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Hello everyone!! I have been trying to come on here to check on you all but I must admit I lost track. I miss you all and hope if your injured your recovering well!!

Between selling our house in the UK and travelling around South America, running has taken a back seat. After I did my HM in Nov running went on the back burner. I picked up some running in January but it got too hot.

So over the last few weeks I have been trying to use the treadmill, my pace is down. i have found running 5km a challenge because it feels like its never going to end and i just want to stop so i really have to try to distract myself. So instead of beating my self up I am trying a new strategy now to get me through the hot summer, intervals one night a week, where I run 4 minutes and walk 1, run non-stop 5km and the last run will either a non-stop run, hills for 3km or intervals depending how I feel.

its less than 9weeks until I return to the UK and our new location must have running routes to explore. I will miss Santiago, it has been a great place to run and I am going to have to toughen up to embrace the British weather.

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Welcome back! Ooooh shivery UK! It was a bit taters this morning, but you soon get warmed up. It encourages you to get a move on

I think running in cooler conditions has a lot going for it. Running in hot countries must be very difficult. I expect in Chile you have to cope with the altitude too. Running will be a doddle when you get back.

Vixchile in reply to misswobble

Thank you !! It was unexpectedly cooler here this morning which was strange but not the same as a chilly start to the morning in the UK. Luckily we don't have deal with altitude in Santiago, it made me go a bit loopy in Quito. I am looking forward to the country fresh air not the rain or wind. I am trying to carry on running at the gym so I don't have to start back at square one but its tough.


We don't have the problem of it being too hot here in England!!! I am more concerned about dodging the rain, winds and hopping over muddy puddles and wading through waterlogged grass! I am sure there will be plenty of sticky brown mud waiting for you when u get back! 😀


Hello Vixchile. It's great to see you here again. It sounds as if you have a good strategy and you'll be fighting fit by the time you get to the UK. I've been in the garden all day and it's freezing but there's some great thermal run wear to prepare you for the British weather!

How have you been IP? Thermal run wear? that has made me chuckle. I looked at the weather and I had to double check it as it was strange to see 5 degrees. I thought it was a mistake!! Coming back at spring time will easy us back in gently, I just hope we don't get snow like we did a few years ago!!!

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Vixchile

Thanks for asking Vixchile but I'm actually on the IC at the minute with a bruised knee bone! It's put me out of action for the last 4 weeks and I have another 6 weeks rest. It's doing my head in but hey ho!

You're coming back at a gorgeous time of year and (usually) perfect weather for running. Lots to look forward to! Keep us posted on how the move goes.

Pigivi in reply to Irishprincess

Sorry to hear about your injury IP, - the IC it's really driving me mental too... But hey, you have only 6 weeks to go, in the busiest period for the garden ! :) x

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Pigivi

Hi Pigivi! It's great to see you here! Sorry you're on the IC too. What's your story?

Pigivi in reply to Irishprincess

A long one... I may write a post about it! In brief: meniscus tore in two spots, another cartilage tear in the back side of knee, lateral ligament torn, kneecap bruised and a Baker's cyst.... I walk because I am stubborn but I shouldn't really... ! Waiting to see a consultant

Vixchile in reply to Pigivi

Guys all I can say is ouch!!! I hope you both get on to the road to recovery soon.

Pigivi - what happened to you get such injuries. I think you need to remain on the couch and shouldn't be walking!! Get better soon!!!

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Pigivi

Blimey! That's a lot of injury! Would love to hear how you did all that so I look forward to your post.

Sorry for sidetracking your original post Vixchile.

No not all!! I am slightly worried about Pigivi 😟- I hope everything is ok!! Sounds serious

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Vixchile

I know! It makes my little bruised bone sound so insignificant!

No bruised bones - sounds painful too. There was me moaning on sunday while wobbling down to lunch in my wedges that the treadmill had caused me to know about me ankle. 😳

I do have a slight chuckle when i fall out of bed some morning thinking I am so glad I do all this exercise its making me like tigger - NOT!!


Hi, hopefully it won't be too cold when you get back to the UK in April. I'd rather run in the cooler climate..😊


Hey Vixi ! How are you ? Long time no hear ! :-)

Are you doing the GMR in May ? I can't remember whether you had entered it or not ?

Lovely day here , gorgeous blue sky , bit cold but no rain -Hurrah ! :-) xxx

Vixchile in reply to poppypug

Hola, How are you?? I have been away but I am trying to get back into running and get back up to HM distance again at some point this year.

I have entered the GMR in may but I don't know if I will be race ready, plus as we have now sold our house we are looking to move to Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, south Warwickshire kind of area. Have you entered?

No rain is good. We are going to miss the weather here.


Tell me all about hot weather running!!!! I had my first parkrun back home this morning - stinking hot with high humidity. For the first time ever, I got an attack of the "dizzies" after the run and had to lie down. They say that the fitter you are and the more quickly your HR recovers after strenuous exercise, the more likely you are to get the "dizzies" if you don't continue walking at the end of a race. Your heart beats like crazy to supply the required blood ( even moreso when very hot) and then you stop the exercise suddenly, HR drops quickly so that not enough blood is being supplied (causes low blood pressure) , brain doesn't like that and starts going funny!!! :)

You Know It's Hot In Australia When ….

1) The best parking spot is determined by shade not distance

2) Hot water comes out of both taps

3) You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron

4) The temperature drops below 32c and you feel chilly

5) You discover that in January and February it only takes two fingers to steer a car

6) You discover you can get sunburnt through your windscreen

7) You develop a fear of metal door handles

8) You break a sweat the instance you step outside at 7am

9) Your biggest bicycle accident fear is "What if i get knocked out and end up lying on the road and getting cooked"

10) You realise asphalt has a liquid state

11) Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard boiled eggs

12) The trees are whistling for dogs

13) While walking back barefoot to your car from any event, you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the carpark

14) You catch a cold from having the aircon on full blast all night long

15) You learn that Westfield Shopping Centres aren't just Shopping Centres, they are temples to worship Air-Conditioning

16) Sticking your head in the freezer and taking deep breaths is considered normal

17) A cup full of ice is considered a great snack

18) A black out is life threatening because your aircon and your fans no longer work.

19) No one cares if you walk around with no shoes on, but it is advisable to at least wear thongs.

20) You keep everything in the fridge, including potatoes, bread and clothing

21) People have enough left over beer cans to make a boat and compete in a regatta. (NT joke)

22) The effort of towelling yourself off after a shower means you need another shower right away.

23) You will wait patiently until the day it starts raining to go on a run.

24) You worry your ceiling fan is spinning so fast it will fly off and kill you

IrishprincessGraduate10 in reply to Bazza1234

That's brilliant, funny but scary too Bazza! All I can say is thank goodness I live here!

runningnearbeirutGraduate10 in reply to Bazza1234

So many of those resonate except I don't have ceiling fans or a.c. in my house, and whatever the weather I think that cycling is unimaginable given the quality of driving.

Vixchile in reply to Bazza1234

I can agree with so many points!!! Its all true


Hola, nice to see you again! Um, if you don't have thermals already... I am never warm at the moment :(

I hope your new running strategy works out for you but don't despair, you'll soon get back into it. And I'm sure you'll find lots of lovely new running routes when you get back to good old Blighty :)

Vixchile in reply to Anniemurph

Thanks Annie!!! I have been looking at the forecast and I am so grateful we are going back in 7 weeks just as it should be warming up. It was a shock when the temperature dropped to 25 degress nobody knew what to wear. I am hoping for some lovely running routes - it will feature on the house hunting checklist - I won't be sharing that with the estate agents as they will think i have dropped of my tree. Luckily my partner understands how important running is to me!! I can't wait to get outside again


Hi Vix, was wondering about you just the other day!

Funny isn't it, we go to hot places for holiday, but I'm not sure most of us would be able to cope with it in 'real' life

We've had some right chilly times of late - winter finally arrived! It's not too bad for running though.

Hope the move etc goes well and you settle back OK.

😀🏃 xx

Vixchile in reply to pinkangel16

HOLA Pinkangel - how are you?? I have been terrible on here, i just can't find the time at the moment. Trying to buy a car, sort out stuff in chile etc. life is mad - seems like the UK is having a late winter this year!! I am sure after a few months I will adjust to weather. This summer has been bearable on one day at 36 degrees so everyday life is ok. My feet are less swollen at the moment so everything is a bonus!!


Vix! You'll be coming home just as I'm going back to the heat! Enjoy the cool, I'm hoping we wont have another heat wave in France like last year xx

Vixchile in reply to Curlygurly2

It will be nice to come back to the UK and enjoy a "British Summer", I am glad we bought so many ponchos!!! I hope you don't another heatwave its too much when its mega hot!!!

Good to hear you are still around and running - it is easier to run in cool weather ...

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