Well the first run of week 8 is under my belt. I took an extra days rest as I had been having knee pain, it was uncomfortable on the run but not a problem and is no worse after the run so I think I will just go with it. I figure that I am feeling better in so many other ways that a bit of a niggle in the knee is probably a compromise worth making. I took the flatter route which I've not done for a while because I wasn't feeling on top of the world. The route is lovely, some gentle undulations which are challenging but nothing too hard. I did settle after about 10 minutes but I really had to work hard throughout to keep the gremlins at bay. It is sheer determination that I am using now because I've come this far I refuse to be beaten by a run, I also know that if I am struggling I can just slow down a bit more not that I'm going at much of a pace in the first place! Once I'm over half way I keep telling myself that I don't want to have to do all that again so I have to keep going. Probably not the attitude if I am thinking of running as a lifestyle thing! I was very grateful for the warnings on this forum about Laura telling you to finish early and then repeating herself a couple of minutes later. Having applied such determination today I would have been rather gutted to find I hadn't actually completed the 28 minutes. Just 5 runs now to graduation ....
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