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Ooh I think I can squeeze in a run.......

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My schedule has gone to pot! I normally run Monday, Thursday and Saturday but I ran the 5k poppy run yesterday (sunday) with two sprint finishes which I was mightily proud of!! I was pondering over running today as I don't normally run two days back to back. But I am working Tuesday and Wednesday 0800-2030hr with oncall too so no chance there. Anyhow, Mr RFD had to leave post poppy event yesterday on a family mission of aging parents where he has had to stay over until another son arrives from Australia. That means me doing the school run and chores today, so I resigned myself to no run. So up early, kids all washed dressed, fed with pets fed too. Packed lunches x3 made, school dress up for x2, homework done x2, P.E. kits ready x3, dance club outfits x2 in bag and of course poppy run medals packed in bags x3. All three dropped off to school on time, mission accomplished. Trip to pet shop to get dog food on way home. Harness dog and take for a hours walk. Back home for a cuppa while doing online grocery shop. Then, woohoo, I have an hour to spare before having lunch, putting slow-cooked casserole on, walking dog again and then picking up son at 3.20 followed by girls at 4.30. Then it will be full on at home with no chance of breathing let alone running. So while I finish my cuppa I ponder, should I run if I ran yesterday? What route should I do? Oh for goodness sake I say to myself, think less and move more!! So I don my lycra, lace up my shoes and swing out the door with the finness of a geriatric cat! My route was newish, and 4.7 miles (7.5km). I was in the groove with the music, 'this girl is on fire' blaring in my ears. At 1.5 miles I and my legs wondered what am I doing?!?! Keep running I say, I only have an hour! With that I kept focused and carried on all the way round and home again. I was a bit puffed at times. I looked at my garmin and I was quick today, my mile times were 10.25, 10.11, 10.10 and 9.48! Having a small window seems to make my legs go faster lol. Anyway after my brief step off the hamster wheel of life, I need to hop back on to a quick lunch and then the dog needs to go out.............

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You are a running machine 🙌🏃‍♀️! Way to get the run done!

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The only way is to just do it!! The weather was beautiful and I feel better for it too.

Yeayyyyy!!! Brilliant!

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Blimey! I need a sit down after reading all that!! Well done you - loving the discipline and dedication! A very decent run too RFD - bet you felt great afterwards!🙂

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I felt fabulous, it was an enjoyable run! Don't always say that lol. I am aiming to get back up to 10 miles again now my ankle seems to be settling.

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It's a busy life you lead! Well done for keeping on top of it all :)

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It is too busy sometimes and I cannot keep all the balls up in the air, but I try very hard lol. Running keeps some sanity for me.

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I think that small window of opportunity to get out must have been like gold dust. Good on you for getting out and enjoying a run. We tend to put everyone else first, and by the time we've done that, we are too tired to run. I was reading a blurb by Christie Wellington and she says she built in her run times and the husband and kids got used to it. It's good to see mum doing exercise 😃👍🏃‍♀️✔️

When you are pushed for time it does give you better focus to get the job wrapped up. I hope next time you can do it at your leisure though 🙂

All the dog walking does pay off, and again it is a bit more time to enjoy the outdoors and plan runs 🐕

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Yes everyone gets sorted first and my needs come last. With the children in school I get some guilt free hours so once everything is done I can have my time. I cannot ever foresee marathon training as I just couldn't commit that amount of time with our family as it is.

The good thing is the children see me running so they are keen to run too. They wanted to do race for life or poppy run so we did. However I did get slatted by another mum that I must have pushed my daughter into running it as she wasn't smiling in the post run photos. She loved the run but hates cameras! This has made me wonder if I should let them run events.

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Don't worry about other folks 🙂 If your kids want to race they will 🙂 It's fun and a great way to get them to sleep and away from telly etc.

They way my marathon training is going i don't think I'll be doing it again 🙄

After yesterday i might never run again ! 😩

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Oh no, you have been doing so well with your long run, I am impressed and envious. How long until the event? We all have bad runs and I think that sometimes our body needs time to catch up with a schedule. Keep going, rest when needed, it will get better.

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It's in three weeks. I have a fell race before then. Gulp I forgot that one 🙄

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It's not long so no wonder your legs are objecting to the training plan, I bet it's been a good few months. They are ready and you will be great!

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