When all of you were waking this morning, I happened to be awake in the middle of the night here in the U.S. I responded to a few blogs and Fraz posted a blog about the challenges of the last few weeks of C25K. Others responded posting the same feelings. I have struggled thinking I should be better at this point then what I am. Hubby (smhall) encourages me and tells me I'm doing great but I still have the negative self-talk. I FINALLY went back to bed and gave myself a mental swift kick in the patootie for allowing this week of all weeks to not be the most fantastic week ever regarding something I have taken on and did for myself, plus actually completed! Reality check for me: I am 49 years old, I can not and will not any longer compare myself to a 20 year old in ability or endurance. I keep a log and I notice my first run of the week is difficult but I believe most of it is apprehension of the unknown. R2 is usually my best run, probably because I have faced the number 1 run gremlins. R3 is usually my worse run, I'm thinking because I am not allowing my body enough recovery time. When I looked back at this past week 8, I was frustrated thinking I am not improving and knowing how each and every run is a major challenge for me...In 3 runs this week, my short little legs logged 1 hour 24 minutes run time and I ran 6.36 miles!! Good gravy!!! No wonder my dratted feet hurt!!! So week 9, you start on Sunday and I am going to soak in every single minute of coming from not being able to run a solid minute to running 30 solid minutes!!! Wishing all the other future grads much success as we run towards our goals!!!