Well, that's week 5 day 3 done, and very happy that I have got this far. I know this is the run that a lot of people look at with trepidation, but I felt that everything that came before in the Couch to 5K program prepared me for it. The first five minutes or so were the most difficult as always, because at that point I always feel like my body and legs are 'just settling in', which I think is normal. But once warmed up I felt nicely settled into my running rhythm, and the desire to go the full 20 minutes at a sedate and steady pace kept it ticking over like a well oiled clock. I actually felt like I could go a little longer when Sarah Millican's voice unexpectedly told me 'well done petal', or some words like that
I think that the barrier that many see with the 20 minute run is really more of a mental one than anything. Every run before has already bestowed the stamina to complete it, and the barrier is simply in the mind. The best advice I can give to anyone approaching week 5 day 3 is this: It isn't the beast that imagination makes it out to be, just tell yourself that it is 'simply another run, but a little longer'. Keep this in mind and maintain a slow and even pace, and you will reach the end of it before you even realise.