I have made a discovery this morning. I try to do my runs as early as possible in the day, so I’m usually out by 5.30am. Well I ran W5R2 this morning. I’d assumed the runs were all the same length, like in previous weeks, so it came as a nasty shock to find that it’s now 8 minutes. I told myself I could do it and set off. Because it’s so dark I tend to simply run in a haphazard way around my estate - which is fine for the shorter runs. I was in the zone. My heart sank a little, I must admit when I was told I was doing brilliantly you’re now half way! I thought I must be nearing the end, but I was determined to do it! at which point a monster emerged from out of the dark! A very large dog came barking aggressively towards me. Now I don’t mind dogs, but when they are large and charging towards me, I’m less keen. I let out a little surprised scream (don’t tell my husband - he’d never let me live that one down!!). Fortunately the dog came to an abrupt halt when it’s lead snapped it back, the owner taking the strain! I realised I was looking into the eyes of a rather hefty Rottweiler! It was barking and straining to get to me!! Aaaagghhh! It tried to go after me again, when I skirted around it and carry on running. So, that perhaps is the risk of running at that time in the morning, all the dangerous dogs come out. That put me off my stride a bit, I must admit! Kind of lost it so I didn’t complete the first 8 minutes (did more like 7), but did manage the second which I was pleased with. Going to repeat today’s on Friday, before I then attempt the 20 minute run on day 3! Wow! Wasnt expecting that! 20 minutes? That’s quite a jump! Urgh.