Yes, tonight I smacked my regular gremlins down with the sure and certain knowledge that I could do this run, cos I already did at the end of week 6. They tried to come along for the ride anyway, but I left them behind pretty quickly Three 'puppy pauses' as Pup decided she just needed a moment to sit down - no more than a couple of seconds each, and none after the halfway point (I think she realised we were on the way home! ), but I added an extra minute or so on the end just to make sure I wasn't short-changing myself.
From the halfway point, we come back along the bridlepath which is pretty level I think, then up a longish incline (can't honestly call it a hill). A few weeks ago this bit was hard work - tonight I didn't even notice it. But I got to the top, but the farm, where it starts going down, and realised I was running much faster for the last five minutes than I had been for the first five. I haven't actually checked the details on Runkeeper, and yes I'm comparing the easy going down with the much harder going up carrying a few gremlins, but just knowing that I could do that gave me such a lift!
So yes, I can DO this! The love of running is coming back, and the support of folks on here is so vital!
Oh, and the elder daughter went out for a run this afternoon, and did week 2 run 2 all by herself. So pleased!