Highway to Hell

After a couple of extra rest days I was determined to do a longer run this morning, and I was ready bright and early... or so I thought.

Then the faffage began, as having thought it was fairly mild, when I stepped out of the door I decided that my vest wasn't going to be a match for the chilly morning. So I scrabbled around to turn off my app and music, fumbled for the front door key in my running belt, and wasted a good 15 minutes: shoes off; upstairs for running jacket; downstairs for gloves; look in the garage for a buff for my ears (washing basket); throw socks and assorted small son the floor in vain; realise a helpful person has sorted my running stuff out); look in hall cupboard, find buff; put running shoes back on; visit cloakroom; realise that if I'm doing a long run I need Vaseline on my feet... So shoes off again; upstairs for Vaseline; feet adequately slathered, put socks back on again; back down the stairs; shoes on; jacket, buff and gloves on. At last ... I was out the door.

I probably didn't need a warm up walk but I was taking no chances, so off I set.

It was an out and back route this morning, and I failed to think about the implications of my initial running down a very steep hill. It was too easy.

Soon I was at the bottom, running past the station and on to the cycle track away from the traffic. The end of Autumn was still visible all around, with leaves to scrunch through, and lots of berries in the hedgerows. A brace or two of pheasants flew up from a neighbouring field, and I settled in to the run enjoying the surrounding countryside. My legs felt good, as if I could run for ever, so I carried on... and on... and on...

It was only when I didn't recognise the surroundings, that I realised I had run further than I'd anticipated, and for some reason I had turned the feedback off on mapmyrun. Checking my phone I found I was 9km from home. Some of that was my 5 minute warm up, but it was further than I'd intended and I still had to run the same distance home.

The next km was ok, but then I started to feel the aches. I slowed down a little and concentrated on my breathing, enjoying a few new tracks on my play list, Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran), had me thinking I was running like a wolf, and while I played around with the lyrics in my head (not very successfully I'm afraid) I managed to pick up the pace and continue.

On the way out the track had followed a few undulations in the country side, but these had magically been magnified into full on hills when I ran back. I'm currently rehearsing Handel's Messiah with one of my choirs, and for the first time in my running a classical track came into my head, "🎶Every valley, shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill laid low. 🎶" and had me longing for the hills to be flattened out.

Somehow, despite aches in my hips (never had those before), I got back to the station, and onwards towards the bottom of the road home. There was no way I was running up that, and this would probably be my 5 minute cool down. Cutenhoe Road... there was nothing cute about it. Even walking up it was a killer. Highway to Hell was on my playlist, I thought I was already there. My legs were doing their best to stop, if I'd walked any slower I would have been going backwards.

10 minutes later I was still dragging my feet one in front of the other to get along my own road to my front door. I just about managed my stretches before falling in the door.

Map my run told me I'd covered 18.6km, although two of these were walking. No wonder I was shattered. I spent the next 20 minutes having a long soak, and have struggled with everything else today. I'm not sure that my legs are ever going to forgive me. They certainly didn't want to get off the couch this evening.

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Wow! That was quite the run.....enjoy a much deserved couple (few?) days off, resting and stretching the aches away.

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I will definitely be resting. I had to go into London this evening and my legs were complaining all evening. 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Wow wee! Raz that's a fab run respect to you!! You have given me more inspiration!

Well done and

Happy resting🛌😑💤💤💤

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I will definitely sleep well tonight.

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Oh my!!!! Unbelievable.. totally.. well done you.... !! You did brilliantly....

Stay on the couch.... stay on it tomorrow too!!!

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I may be on the couch for a couple of days. 🙃

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I am in awe! What a run.

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Thanks, I actually surprised myself, but will be glad when my legs stop aching. 🤓

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Wow that was some run!! Well done!

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Hungry like the wolf great track!!

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Yes it was a good track, I ran so long that I heard a whole load of music I don't usually hear.

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Indeed!! Hope the legs don’t protest too much tomorrow!!

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You are such a great runner - I really am in awe. Running 9km just like that and not realising how far you've gone! You'll be doing half marathons in no time!

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I've a friend who keeps telling me I should train for a half marathon, but I'm not so sure. Mind you I said the same thing when he coerced me into doing a proper 10k race and I've now done two, so who knows...

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Wow 😮 what a run. Well done and at least you’ll sleep well tonight 😴😴

I have to ask about the Vaseline though as I’m intrigued-how does it help?

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The Vaseline is to try to prevent blisters. A while ago I got two horrible blisters after running 10k, and some of the advice in this forum was to put a thin layer of Vaseline on my feet so that it stops the friction from your socks rubbing your skin. It only half worked as I have a new blister on one foot.

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Thanks. I’ll have to remember that one in case I ever need it

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Awesome distance get some rest

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Feet up and resting now, thanks.

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Thanks, I don't need persuading to get some rest, my legs won't let me do much else. 🤣

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God god, that was a RUN! I cannot even begin to imagine running that far. And it all started with C25K...you give me loads of hope and inspiration. 😀

"Faffage". Love it. ❤️

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Yes, it was a year ago this week that I restarted C25k after a second lot of surgery for breast cancer. Having lost 1 and a half breasts, I decided I needed to get fit and hope this would help keep me healthy. It also helped me cope with the way I was feeling, as I got really down. I had never run before , so I'm quite pleased with my progress. 😁

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You are doing brilliantly! Make sure that you rest up well,thats a long way!!! 🏃🏃🏃🏃😊

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I will be taking it easy for a couple of days. No running or gym today, and tomorrow is my day with my friend recovering from ruptured quads, so we do a very gentle run, running for 2 minutes and walking for 2 and at a very slow pace until he's covered 5k.

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Well done, that's a fab run! The Messiah (Handel, that is :D ) got me down most of my HM which is in glorious countryside and there are bits where I was completely on my own, so I could sing along (I'm an alto) to my heart's content :)

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When I was running with Bernstein's Wonderful Town I found myself singing along out loud, but then got out of breath, especially as there is a conga piece and I just wanted to dance 💃🏽 . 😂😂

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Brilliant run there! Think your legs deserve the couch for a while 😕

I do recognise the faffidge before a run - bit of a routine now 🙂

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I've had a few faff free runs lately, so the faff yesterday took me by surprise.

My theory is that there is more faffing in winter as there is more kit to hunt down and put on. :-)

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Wowzers Razouski ? That is fantastic!! But I’m not sure I could ever run that far without realising! You were def on autopilot there! I’d be having a flipping month off after this!!! Lol x

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I guess I was just in the zone... I surprised myself to be honest 🤦🏽‍♀️

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Wow! Just wow!!

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Wow! I am not worthy that is one serious run. Maybe it’s the fabulous music spurring you on. Think I’ll have to add Highway to hell to my playlist. Your description of faffing about before made me laugh as it was all too familiar 😀. Enjoy your rest days!

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My legs have just about forgiven me. :-)

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