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I did it!

I did it!

After a really rough few days with some personal issues, I went off last night for my weekly longer run. My Monday night run is usually between 6 and 8k depending on how I feel.

Last night I’d completed the Flitwick loop, but as I came back to the point where I’d head back into town I just kept going and did another loop. I wasn’t thinking about running, but about the past week and all that has happened. At about 8.5k all felt good other than my right ankle going to sleep and before I knew it I’d run 10k. I could have carried on, but 10k was my goal and as I couldn’t feel my right foot anymore I decided to quit while I was ahead. I walked the remaining 1km home and got into an argument for being out so long. Fun times :(

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Woohoo! Well done and what a cracking time. Might want to look into that numb foot though, sounds a bit weird.

p.s. did you say you were just popping out for milk :P

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Thanks! The numb foot thing is odd. It happened at 7k last week and I stopped. After walking for a few minutes it was fine again. Same last night. I did have a bad sprain in that ankle about 5 years ago, so am wondering if it's related......

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Oh dear sounds like you’re in the dog house. I hope you can resolve your stuff amicably and enjoy your running.

10 k though! 💪😃👍🏃‍♂️

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I'm always in the dog house. I think the answer is get my own!

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I find that talking when the TV is on means she will encourage me to go out.

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Oh dear, sorry to hear that. I hope you can resolve things quietly. Arguing is just hurtful and a waste of time and energy.

Good luck 🙂

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Great run Mike, you’ve got to be happy with that time. Fantastic effort 👏👏👏

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Thanks Ted. I am very happy with the time. I thought I'd tail off and do it in just over an hour, but at 8.5k I found an extra burst of energy and sped up again :)

My other half of course made my elation short lived, firstly complaining about how long I'd been out and then reminding me that her brother did a half marathon in 1hr 40mins the other weekend.

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I did predict you’d go sub 60 🤗

I know how you feel where the other half is concerned. My Mrs keeps telling me to stop talking about the running and reckons it’s taking over my life, she’s probably got a point 😊🏃🏃

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You did, Mystic Ted :)

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Wow 10k! Well done 😊🤗

It's way too easy to talk non stop about the running. But it is such a buzz achieving our goals! I can't wait to reach 5k lol but every goal is a buzz. I hope the rest of life sorts out as well as running is for you.

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Thanks Claire :)

I wasn't even talking about running, I was just in the wrong for taking longer than I was allocated!!!

You'll be at 5k very soon :)

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Oh dear. That would probably get my back up! Although could just be she was worried about you but expressed it in a different way lol. My running time is my me time away from my family - as awful as that sounds! 🙈😂 it is kerping me sane at times so it can only be a positive for them lol. Once the longer distances happen and I'm off maternity leave running may become a juggle. But I'm not going it up. Hope it sorts itself out.

And check your ankle so you can still run!

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Nah, she's just odd!! I'm with you on the keeping sane thing. My running time is my only me time, which is why I don't want to stop even when things hurt!

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Maybe your other half would like to join you running, either now or at some point in the future? My suggestion may be way off the mark, but then maybe not...

I agree that the numb foot sounds weird. Is it all right again now?

Well done on your sub-1 hour 10k - cracking pace!

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Thank you!

She is doing c25k at the gym because she doesn't like running outside, which is the complete opposite to me. I think this is the third time she's tried it, and at week 4 this is the furthest she has ever got. I think the problem is an ego thing. For some reason she doesn't seem like it when I achieve something and feels the need to put a dampener on it......

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That's a pity - aren't other people's achievements also a reminder that potentially we can do these things too?

Fair enough about doing it at the gym rather than outdoors, each to their own (personally I would find it infinitely harder at the gym, 1km on the treadmill feels like about 3 outdoors to me). But maybe the key is just showing interest in where she is so far and being encouraging. This type of attitude usually stems from self-doubt.

Please excuse me if I have spoken out of line!

And again, well done. Are you training with any specific goal in mind, or just enjoying the journey and seeing where it takes you?

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I do take interest in her c25k and ask about it every time she goes. She'll just say "fine" or something similar. To be honest I think she spends more time in the cafe afterwards!

I hate running on a treadmill. Due to the Beast from the East I was forced to do my last run on a treadmill at work last week. I did 6k and it felt like I was on there forever.

My first goal was to just get fit and be able to do a 5km 2 or 3 times a week. Once that was under my belt someone on here suggested I try 10km, which seemed impossible, but now I am there I had no wish to go further, but now someone has suggested half marathon..........

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Ha ha, that sounds like a familiar story! I am much the same, though as I have had the odd brush with the IC I am trying to take it as it comes. If I set my mind to something then I am like a dog with a bone and that isn't necessarily always a good thing. There is an HM in Rome in September (the Vatican/Rome "Via Pacis") which I am interested in but it'll still be hot then, and therefore maybe not a great choice for a first HM. I'll see how I feel nearer the time - it may not be easy to train during certain periods in the summer due to weather and childcare commitments and I feel that I'd be better off with a springtime HM, since for me winter is better for training.

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Well done, hope to emulate this is in the next few months.

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Nice work Mike! That is a really quick time! You’ll be doing an HM in no time :) This running gets a bit addictive eh?

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Thank you! Yes, it does. Despite the 10k only being 14 hours ago, I am sitting here contemplating going out with the work running club at lunchtime!!

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Haha! Just look after that ankle. Maybe give yourself at least one day to recover

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Very impressive! Well done and enjoy (a moment to be cherished when tension elsewhere...)! For your numb ankle, it reminds me of mine after a very bad twist; at the time they cast my awfully swollen ankle, the intern didn't know better, which compressed the blood vessels and didn't help recovery at all. It could be that some blood vessels are under pressure in particular on your longer runs? Perhaps check it with a physiotherapist. There must be some exercises that help.

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Thank you! I sprained my ankle badly playing badminton 5 years ago. It could well be related.

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Well done on the 10k Mike. That is a cracking good time. I have found that running off my stress can sometimes result in a faster time than anticipated. Just take care to not run all your runs quickly. In regards to your numb foot, it could be related to your foot swelling more on your longer runs and cutting off blood flow. Often our running shoes need to be a half size larger than your regular shoes to compensate for this, especially for those long runs. Make sure your not lacing your shoes too tight, as well There are some different ways to lace your shoes, that can help reduce pressure.

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Thank you! My running shoes are a size larger than my normal shoes. It could be the lacing, but I think the issue is more likely related to a bad sprain I got playing badminton a few years ago. It is fine again now :)

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That is good. Hopefully you can find a solution to it though, since we all know you're going to go after that HM now 😉

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Fantastic run Mike: very well done to you. The time looks a great one to me...way beyond anything I could do.

Mind that ankle though Mike: they can become long term problems. Three years ago I managed to step into a rabbit hole while walking Offa's Dyke ( as per my penchant for self- injury that anyone reading my posts will know). I got a painful sprain that I tried to walk off over the next week or so. Bad mistake. It was almost 9 months before it felt right again: prompt physio help would probably have reduced that drastically with less long term damage.

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Thank you! Yes, I think mine is perhaps related to the bad sprain I got playing badminton a few years ago. I did rest that up as well as I could, and it was 3 months before I could play again. I've not had any issues with it since then though.

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Good call, great time and I hope you still have your feet?

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Thank you, Ju-Ju. That means a lot coming from the 10k guru :)

Yes, my feet are fine today and no aches at all!

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Wow, well done, Mike - what a stonking good pace for your first 10k! Congratulations on your shiny new badge. Take care of that foot and I hope that the other stuff resolves itself soon x

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Thank you, Angela!

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Well done and Congratulations on your first (of many) 10k runs Mike😆😉

Great acheivement, and pretty quick!

😊x

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Thanks Jan :)

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Well done. Sounds like a fab run, apart from the end.

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Thank you. Yes, the thought of going home is one of the things that keeps me running!

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Brilliant job. You must be very happy. What a great time too.

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Thank you :)

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Hey, well done you and what a cracking pace! I hope your personal issues are easing. Big pat on the back and a hug xx

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Thank you, Flick! :)

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That is absolutely fantastic Michael...i am immensely proud of you & everything you have achieved...amazing...😊

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Why thank you, young lady. You are doing amazingly too :)

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