Well, I went for the big one today, 20 Mins non stop running.
I was very nervous this morning before setting out, but I knew if I kept the pace slow that I could make it. I think on the previous podcasts (and esp. W5R2) I was running too fast and hence getting stitches and tired legs.
So I set off in the bitter cold to run alongside the river to meet my wife and young son at the swimming baths. The run itself went very well, and the key was pacing definitely. I wasn't listening to the podcast since I can't stomach the music, so I just put on my own music and went for it.
I checked the time when I was nearly there and it was 17.5 Mins - I thought it had been longer. So I kept going. By the time I reached my destination I felt I could go on. I ended up running for 23 minutes and managed a total of 4k.
I was delighted! There really is no feeling like it. Then my wife and son pulled up, perhaps slightly surprised, but really happy that I had made it.
Full of confidence for the rest of the programme now.
So I would say to anyone who is dreading it (as others have rightly said before me) just slow it down a bit, concentrate on taking deep belly breaths, enjoy it, and good luck!
I am working up in Orkney for 2 days this week, and so looking forward to a nice run in a change of scenery. I find having picturesque routes really helps also.