Well, I did say I'd let you know how I got on and after all my whinging about Week 7, today I'm glad to say that I'm back feeling confident in my ability to Graduate next week.
I didn't consciously slow it down but I guess I did because I still had enough energy to give it some welly for the last five minutes. One is pleased with oneself
Going back to my pre-week 7 route helped a lot as there are no inclines and I know how far I have to reach geographically for every 5 minutes of the run - I think I find the visual landmarks as reassuring as the audio ones on the podcast but I'll need to move on from that if I want to eventually get to 5k as I'm only plodding at the moment - but I'll deal with that after Week 9 thank you!
Anyway, thanks to all those who encouraged me to go for week 8 rather than staying on week 7 - you pushed me to do the right thing and I'm really pleased I listened.