Managed it.. Took 2 pups now I've got my running belt. Poo bags and phone in the pocket; Sarah on full volume and mapmyrun started. Wife's MP3 player clipped on and playing her favourite tunes in one ear (what a wonderful thing, someone else's playlist: no idea what's next and learning more about her at the same time, so many tunes made me smile.)
I ran out on the marsh which has tricky rocky patches and very large puddles but is good for keeping my speed down as I have to watch every step.
I was surprised that even in the first couple of minutes I began to really feel out of breath and genuinely concerned that this would beat me but I slowed right down and kept on. I was happy to walk though when it came! I recovered quickly (just goes to show how much fitter I am now!) and was ready when Sarah told me to go for it.. but good grief.. my legs felt like lead and again I found it really hard. Got into my stride but was surprised when I was told I was only half way through! Listened to the music and drowned out the negative brain nagging and got to the end.. managed it but gosh people were right to say respect it.. funny that even though I knew other people said it was a curve ball and I worried that I'd struggle, I still found it harder than my w5r3 20+ minute run. Perhaps I over analysed. 😂 Ah well, I'm still really really chuffed!