Well that sums it up! I returned to a hilly loop to finish the week and it didn't kill me. I still get these funny moments of thinking 'I can't do this, this is awful', but I seem to be on the oustide of them now. And I think I ran through a metaphor this morning! There was a great bough fallen on the path from the hedge into a wheat field. I had to climb over it to get through.
Week 9 starts Saturday. Sweet.