When you look at the plan on paper, week 5 is daunting - there's no two ways about it. The huge jumps in minutes and intervals don't seem to tally at all with what you've previously been doing. I found R1 on Friday pretty good going but there's a huge difference mentally between three 5 minute runs and two 8's. Only a minute more but soooo much more endurance needed surely?
So out I went this morning hoping, rather than believing, that I could complete the run. Again I set out at a very conservative pace and the first 8 just felt really nice and easy. It flew by! I recovered quickly and was raring to go for the second 8 minute stretch. Definitely harder than the first but the pacing paid off and I wasn't gasping and rolling the last minute as I did at the beginning of week 4.
So I guess it really is all mind over matter at this point. I'm really looking forward to R3 and those 20 minutes!! Now watching the Great North Run for added inspiration!