That was hard work. Managed to keep up the pace for the first bit but it definitely slowed and got more difficult as I got into the second half of the run. Hearing the lap marker was a bit of a spur and it did feel good getting past 6 then 7k. I knew I would reach 8k on the time I was doing but on reaching that it was then a matter of 'only another 90 seconds or so to go so push on a bit farther'. But could I do it? I thought I would not make it to the end of those last 90 seconds. I did but it was a real struggle almost as bad as the dreadful Week 3 of C25k. But I've got through and now I have another two of these runs to look forward to.
Thanks for all the encouragement and good luck to those who have started on the same 'path' as it were. Happy running.