I've been sooooooo worried about moving into week 8. Week 7 was completely pants for me, for no other reason than I found the 25 minutes a struggle, especially the last 5 minutes.
Today before I ran, I was convinced that it was going to be 'one of those runs' I met a few gremlins before I'd even got into my kit! They were feeding me the usual lines, such as '28 minutes is a long time, you know, 'don't forget that you struggled last week', 'just stay in bed, you know you want to' but following a stern talking by Carl (my other half), I jumped my first huddle and got into my kit.
The next huddle I had was that my iPhone was out of battery, so I had to delay my run for 40 minutes! During this time, I was talking over my fears with Carl and how when i get to a certain point in my run (about 20 mins in) I really struggle and want to give up and how I thought my playlist wasn't helping (it's at this point that two slowish songs from Florence + The Machine come on).
I took the opportunity of the delay to add a couple of new tunes to my playlist and shuffle some others around and then off I went
I deliberately tried to just focus on running at a steady pace because I wanted to finish and was not bothered about speed. The re-shuffled playlist was timed just right, as I'd moved a Florence song to about half way in to slow me down and made sure that I had some pumping tunes during the last 5 minutes. I'm amazed by how something so simple as moving a few songs on a playlist had such a positive impact on my run.
I had such a good run today which is brilliant considering where my mind was even before the run. At several points during the run I completely zoned out and all I could focus on was pushing forward.
I'm looking forward to run two on Tuesday. I can't believe I've only got 5 runs left