Thanks to thistime, for pushing me out of the door today. That was probably my best run yet - the first 5 minutes I pretended I wasn't going for a long run, and it was surprisingly effective! (5-10 was still a bit hard, with the thought of how much there was still left - but it was the thoughts, not the legs, that were the issue).
At 15 minutes I got to the path-wide muddy puddle, so hitched up my trouser legs and splashed through - so wet socks for the second half of the run, which isn't too pleasant, but didn't really bother me once the wetness had warmed up a bit (uck!)
I passed two faster runners going the other way, who both smiled back.
Pace was just a shade faster, 6.2kph - but it felt easier too, which is great, even the fairly steep hilly bit near the end. And I kept going at the end until I got to my house, so ran for 35 minutes - 3.6km, 2.2 miles. My previous furthest distance was 1.8 miles, so that's the first time in my life that I've run over 2 miles. I'm so pleased with myself! 5k gradually gets more attainable-looking!