I'm delighted to report I have just completed W8.
I had to be practically bullied off the couch this evening by my husband and son to do W8R3, but I'm so glad they made me get up! They were right, I do feel good now I've done it.
The run itself was fine, I was comfortable all the way through & could have done another two minutes no problem, so W9 holds no fear for me now. I never thought a few weeks ago I would ever be saying that! I only wish I could run a bit faster, but if I did go faster I wouldn't have the stamina to complete the number of minutes required.
I've been thinking about what to do after I graduate, because I will need a plan to keep me motivated. I'm nowhere near 5K pace yet and I'm definitely not ready for C25K+ so I have tentatively decided to do the program again, but this time run at my current speed for the walking sections and speed up for the running sections (if you see what I mean). Hopefully I will be able to build up speed that way, in the same way that I have built up stamina during the current program.
I plan to start W9 on Monday or Tuesday, depending on how my old knees feel.