Just finished the second run of Week 8 and it was so much easier than the first run. I was even able to up the pace and give it stick the last few minutes - collapsed in a bit of a heap afterwards, but it was worth it. Including the ten minute warm up and warm downs I travelled 5.87k . Three years ago, when I was a mere stripling of 68 I managed a bit further, but I am trying to learn not to be competitive against my younger self, and just enjoy it. It went so well, that I am even more apprehensive about the last run in Week 8 - it seems it cannot possibly go as well. Cannot get rid of that feeling of dread before a run.
Once again, since finding the tales of inspiration on this forum, it has made the journey so much easier - and interesting.