After my mental block on Saturday and all your wonderful advice and support, I decided that I owed it to myself to give it another go before taking a backstep.
The weather was much more forgiving (cool with a slight drizzle in the air) and i felt well rested and positive. I decided to go out with the mantra of 'no run is a bad run and each run adds to your fitness and stamina' and a mindset of running what I could with no pressure.
I ran mindfully slow- noticing that when people passed I was having the urge to speed up (due to embarrassment) but fighting that urge, feeling aware that this subconscious urge may be what has been sabotaging my previous runs (that and the heat!!)
I kept the same (very slow!!) pace for the entire run and felt in control. The last 5 minutes were a real push and my legs have never felt so much like lead as when I finished today's run... but i finished it! The full 25 minutes.
Thanks to HoagyM i decided to check on my clock a few times, noting that I had 'only 2 minutes' to my personal milestones (i broke the run up mentally in to 5 minute blocks) or to the end of the run and it really spurred me on when it was difficult!
Also thanks to IannodaTruffe, as I heard your voice telling me 'is it real pain? Is it absolute exhaustion? No? Then you can do this, keep going!'
Everyones advice on my last post got me through this when i needed it most. I have always been so grateful for this forum, but never more than I am right now! I know the next run will be equally as challenging, but I now have belief in myself and my ability to get through it again 😁
So i'm counting it as W7 R2 for now. I'll see how the next one goes and repeat if needs be but as week 8 is just a step up in minutes, i'm going to give it my best shot to keep moving forward xx