Boxing Day, run 2 of week 2, was pretty horrible - I was in the wrong frame of mind, and really felt like giving up by the second interval. Thinking about comments from others on here (encouraging ones I mean!) did help me to keep going, but I really didn't want to bother with the effort.
But today's run 3 was very different. I even started the runs before Laura said 'go' and extended some of them for a few seconds longer. The last one was downhill, which helped, so I decided to keep going a little bit longer (as I'm aware that next week is a big jump up). I managed a whole extra minute, ie 2 1/2 minutes total, so next week's 3 minutes is no longer scary and impossible-sounding.
After the cooldown, I still had another 5 minutes to get back home, including up a fairly steep hill - and I dared myself to run up most of it. And it was even a reasonable jog, instead of the slower-than-walking that I have been doing.
So I'm feeling quite pleased with myself, even though I didn't go through the puddle today - I turned round and came back the same way instead of the circular route.