I went for my first Week 9 run last night, turning out about 8:40 - it was cold, but dry, and I went the same sort of route as my last Week 8 run. It's amazing how disorienting it was, in retrospect, doing a different route last time - you get used to the landmarks, so you can think "It's about 8 minutes to that sign, then from the bridge to the end it's another five....." - I hadn't realised until last night the comfort of knowing without having to hear Laura say so when I was reaching particular points as I pounded the streets with barely anyone else in sight....
It's something of a shock to realise as well that I ran for 30 minutes and actually ran within myself - when the minute to go was announced, I felt good enough to pick up the pace for it and the tracker showed a big increase in pace (well for me) - instead of my usual 7:30 per KM it upped to about 5:30 for that last minute! I suspect that since my aborted attempt at one of the Week 7 runs I've been a little over-cautious - though that gives me something to build on post-graduation.
Talking of which, what tips do people have for keeping going as a post-grad? I don't really want to be upping the distance too much, partly as I'm not convinced I'll ever have time to do longer (ie an hour or more) runs. I'm thinking trying to do a Parkrun maybe once a month as a focus to keep going, and maybe find a set route and see if I can work on a PB, but other advice welcome!