So I did it! I've not really suffered from the gremlins up to now, but my goodness I did for this one! Last night and early this morning I had the voices whispering 'what if you can't do it? What if you...', well I won't use the 'F word'.
So I set out at 6am with the gremlins still prodding me, my mind started exaggerating every niggle and ache so even as I head off, the fears are still there. Actually I picture just the one gremlin, a kind of gargoyle who sits on my shoulder and whispers negativity in my ears...
But off I went and at this point I know it's a bit clichéd, but I really did think of everyone's posts here and it help me keep going. Soon I was three quarters of the way through and even tried to smile at a chap who moved aside on the pavement for me, but I suspect what he saw was a rather sweaty grimace.
Slowly (very slowly) on then and as Michael Johnson announced there were only two minutes to go I seriously nearly cried with joy that I had done it, because I knew then that I would manage the 20 minutes and the gremlin was vanquished. I'm sure he'll reappear at some point but at least I know I can tackle him if I just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
So I did it. Bit of hip pain still but my legs are still attached and to be honest it's really just a dull ache which I'm sure will pass over tomorrow's rest day.
Onwards and upwards (no, not upwards - I hate hills) to week 6!