I'm counting down these long runs now and thinking that 8 more isn't very long for my body to meet them with insouciance, let alone look forward to them, which is a state of mind I'm trying to develop! At the moment I run by telling myself I can go for a nice swim afterwards (well, it's better than promising my stomach a chocolate bar, which is the reward I first decided on!) I had to slow down from 8.5kpm to 7.5 kph about 7 minutes from the end so I think I must try to maintain the higher speed for just a few more minutes so that I can be sure of completing 30 minutes by week 9. My mind keeps telling me the faster I run, the sooner it will be over in spite of my arguing that I'm going to run for a set time not distance- sometimes I think my mind is busier than my feet
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