Well, after the trials and tribulations of week 8, week 9 has been relatively calm so far. One very cold run on Tuesday, another slightly warmer one today, and I covered an extra 200m so now I'm very close to 4.5k for 30minutes
Following advice on here -you guys are WONDERFUL- I'm now going to take an extra day off and go for the graduation run on Sunday morning. The extra day really made a big difference after the problems last week. Thanks again.
Now I can hardly believe I've got to this point (and even feeling pretty good through most of the run - remembering the tomato-faced quivering wreck I was after week 1) so I'm even more surprised to find myself looking at the graduate T-shirts trying to decide what colour to get (erring towards orange at the moment since you asked although it'll clash very badly with both Aldi jacket and my other fleece).... Although I'm really looking forward to getting my new t-shirt I'm wondering if it would be tempting fate to order it before doing the run, so I'm going to hold off for now.
There seem to be a ton of people either graduating in the next few days or just starting week 9 - isn't it great that so many of us have gone along this path, all fighting our own particular difficulties along the way, and now about to emerge the other end! Good luck everyone and I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's graduation experiences.