Just got back from the final week 8 run. I find that the first 10 minutes are not pleasant, you just have to get through them. But after that I get into some kind of running groove, still with heavy legs but managable. My pace is a slow shuffle of a jog, only passing people if they have at least one walking stick.
But today around the half way mark, I was getting a message that if I wanted to, there was an extra gear available. I dismissed this with some scorn, thinking that this was not the time to mess around and maybe not finish the run. But I was still feeling good at the 28 minute mark and suddenly to my surprise I upped and RAN. Speed, legs lifting up behind, fast enough to set my hair flying, and a manic grin on my face. I stopped after half a minute, more out of shock than anything else and completed the run for 30 minutes, with no stops. I had been wondering when reading about interval training, i.e. slow jog with bursts of speed, knowing that so far I didn't have anything in the tank to give, but wow, maybe there will be!
Life is full of surprises. I add another photo, just because I can. It is the Greek mountains as seen from our house.