After a false start which led to this 'week' being more like two, today was the last run of week 3, and it was the first time I did the last 3 minute run and felt I would be capable enough next time for the dreaded 5 minutes.
Guess how I did it?
I slowed down. Just a little. But it made all the difference. I hadn't allowed myself to slow down previously, telling myself I am young and reasonably healthy, I should be able to keep going at that pace. But like you all keep saying, I can go back and work on my speed later. So I've finally listened.
Have done lots of hiking over this weekend too so hopefully this will have strengthened my legs enough for week 4. Any tips welcome