I have realised that running is as much a mental exercise as physical. Despite following the programme to the letter and even completing W9R1 this morning (covering 5.1km in the 30 mins!), I still find my biggest enemy is myself!
I had a horrible week 8 (despite posting longer distances for each successive run) fighting down the voice in my head that said "you'll never do this", "it's such a long way", "why not rest for a bit", "it's going to be sunny and hot this morning" - usually all within the first 5 mins. In fact I have learned that if I can successfully handle the first 5 mins I can do the full distance of the session I'm running.
I may be the only one with this defeatist mind, but my question to graduates is whether it gets any easier? Looking back I can remember fear at the idea of running 3 or 5 mins at a stretch, but don't think twice about that now. So is the same true for the longer distances? Will there come a time when 30 mins feels "yeah, I can do that, easy?"