Well, I just did my final run of the programme - and I have a great big smile on my face!
I almost didn't do it though. I took my running gear with me to work today, intending to do my W9 R3 on the gym treadmill, but I felt so terrible at work all day - kind of shaky, out of sorts and with mysterious stomach pains - that when I left the office I went straight home, thinking I felt too bad and I would do the run tomorrow.
As I got off the train and walked home I thought "What a lovely cool, crisp evening - what a shame I feel too bad to run tonight."
Then I got home and within about ten minutes of being indoors a funny thing happened. Suddenly I felt much better and wanted to run. So I put my gear on and off I went, running up a long but reasonably gentle hill about 5 mins into the run.
I last did the same route in week 6 but this time it felt a lot easier, and this was the first time that I didn't feel like collapsing in a heap at the end of a road run, rather than trundling through it without incident on the nice, comfy treadmill at the gym with no hills, wind, rain, traffic or muggers to contend with
On the way back I ran past a shop that had a beautiful window display of fairy lights arranged in a huge heart and I took that as a good sign that all would be well with my health.
I got home after my run and all my aches and pains had vanished and I felt great!
It just goes to show that illness is all in the mind sometimes