Was due to do my "halfway" between w5r2 and w5r3 (I wasn't feeling ready for r3 20 minutes, so my plan was to have a build up run of 12 minutes, then 14 minutes next time, maybe 16 minute s than actually do the 20 minutes). This way, if it isn't a target and I build up slowly I'm less likely to beat myself mentally.
So I was running along listening to w5r2, got to the end of the first 8 minute run and the plan was to get to double figures- 10 minutes. Then I thought no, make it 12. Couldn't do 13 as it would be superstitious so thought maybe 14 or why not round it up to 15? I stopped at 18 minutes. Not knackered, I could have done the 20, but want to save that for next run - now that I know I can do it I can enjoy it and savour it without the doubts in my head.
Really chuffed, absolutely bouncing, today has been a real confidence booster. Being honest, if I'd done the 20 minute run today it means stepping up once more - in my slowly but surely method I didn't want to have to move on again to week six just yet, would rather savour this part and build up nice and steady. 😊
Thanks for all your help and encouragement, and posts, and just knowing you're on hand to bounce thoughts and ideas off and get your knowledge and experience back. Thanks folks, part of this little victory is yours x