It hurt, and I wanted to quit in minute one, but I slogged it out for the full twenty minutes. Really noticing that my breathing/lung capacity has improved since the start of the programme but my legs were feeling the pain today.
It's such a mental challenge! I tried to focus on anything other than what I was doing, because the thought of 19 more minutes was too overwhelming, so (following some advice from one of the bloggers) I just narrated a little commentary on what I was seeing as I went e.g. 'There's some houses... and a tree... I wonder what kind of dog that is...' etc. That totally helps.
I have been measuring my time/distance using the Endomondo app for the last 4 runs and while I'm doing a good overall distance, I think my times are really slow - about 8-9 minutes per kilometre. I definitely want to improve my times when I get past week 9.
Funnily enough, they were setting up for a 5k in the park as I was running, and when I was reaching the last 5 minutes I went past the 'finish line'. I intentionally didn't go between the posts because I'll save that for a real 5k but it did feel like a rehearsal for the future!