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FINALLY! completed week 2 of the 10 is the Magic Number 10k plan

FINALLY! completed week 2 of the 10 is the Magic Number 10k plan

Today's run on the left outside, the previous two on the right on the treadmill.

Thanks to Isha bashing my knee, and being snowed in, and not being keen to do a third treadmill run, it's been six days since the previous run. Have also not been able to collect the refill for my inhaler due to the prescription being in Oxford, an hour's bus ride away, and the buses haven't been running, but I managed to scrape up the last dregs from the nearly empty inhaler. I can tell you that after six days, my motivation to go out in the cold and damp and run 5k was seriously lacking! Still snow on the pavements too. Also I'm tired: I'm not young, and I've been prone to tiredness since major surgery 21 months ago, so it just gets me sometimes. Doing the run has energised me though, even though it was a bit of a struggle, so I'm glad i was firm with myself and got out there.

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Well done Flick, you’ve managed to get out at last! 😊

Keep at it, slow and steady as you go....you’ll get there 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Good luck on W3 and enjoy 🤗

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Thanks Ted. When it snows here, everything stops, including the post, and the shelves are bare due to nothing being able to get in or out of Chippy, rather than panic buying (which I think people here are impervious to as being snowed in is part of life for them).

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Sometimes a rest is just what you need. Slightly off topic but have you thought about signing up to get your prescribed medication delivered?

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I was tired last week, i have to admit. Normally collecting it isn't a problem, and it's an excuse to go into Oxford. It was just bad luck with the weather.

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Brilliant, well done. You did it 🤗

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Thanks ju-ju. It was a struggle to summon up the motivation, but i'm so glad i did. Back on track now!

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Well done for getting back to the great outdoors. I know what you mean about the struggle when you have had an extended break. I still find my relationship with all of this is so fragile, I do live in fear that if I don't get out sometimes I will slide down the slope of despair and find myself a non-runner before I know it.

Good to know the Hovis got through even if if didn't come via the bakers boy cycling it up a hill :)

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Thanks Mr Pink. Yes, i agree, it's a fragile relationship. i'm dismayed at how easy it i to slide, even though i love it and never regret a run. i think we might feel different when it gets warmer. i do find that if I'm the slightest bit tired or under par, the thought of turning out in the cold is very daunting.

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Yes it will be different in the spring. I'm not sure I will adjust so well though as I actually am accustomed to running in the dark and cold such that I struggle abit in the daylight. It's almost like driving in the fog, it all goes more quickly and quietly as there is reduced visual stimuli, in the broad daylight it can be an overload for me. Been struggling with my own demons the last few runs, but firmly believe that these things are just a blip that will be long forgotten in short order.. I hope :P

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I think, I hope, that by the time spring comes, we will be so much in the habit of running that and inclination for backsliding will be gone.

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Oh Flick, you did yourself proud! I am now a confirmed believer in occasionally taking a longer break between runs, but I do appreciate there is a risk of motivation depletion for some of us. For me, I am just glad to be rid of the panic I used to have if I didn’t run every other day whilst doing C25K.

Here’s to beautiful spring runs to come! The only way is up now (surely?!)

Sadie-runs xxx

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Thank you Sadie. I think three or four days would have been a good break, but after six I was beginning to slide back into indolence (very easy for me, a natural couch potato and readaholic). the thing is that I'm lazy by nature, but feel so much better when i'm active.

Haha, yes, up, and up, and up...

xxx

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Nice going, Flick. So glad you got out there :)

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Thank you Mike :)

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I know exactly how you feel, I too haven't run for over a week now and really having to give myself a good talking to. It's really frustrating as in my last run i hit my first 5k since graduating back in January and felt like I was really improving , so I'm determined to get back out today. I'll take it slowly and see what happens.

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Well done for the 5k! And yes, I had to give myself a good talking to as well, and for half the run i was convinced i should just cut it short and go home. But I was determined to persevere, mostly because I wanted to complete this week of the plan. so glad I did. I'm all fired up and enthusiastic again :)

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Well done Flick. You've done really well to complete that week.

I haven't run myself for four days due to...ermm...well, I don't really know. I think I have an inherent and extreme sympathy with snowpeople ( I blame Raymond Briggs) and suffer a sort of bereavement when they all die. I can't eat carrots for weeks and walk around in a state of mourning wearing an old scarf and hat.

Funnily enough, my asthma has been playing up too: the village people-my neighbour's, not the jaunty pop combo from the '70s-have once again taken to having coal fires during the recent cold snap and the smoggy air has been like something from a Victorian novel. I've been gasping like a blacksmith's bellows. At least I am getting the benefit of my 60+ free prescription entitlement for inhalers: my working life wasn't wasted after all.

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Thank you 😊

Im afraid Im guilty of adding to the wood smoke scenario wirh my log burner, though I burn kiln dried and it doesnt seem to produce much smoke.

Hmm, not sure I share your sentiment for snow. I can remember slipping and sliding my way along the pavements taking my daughter to school when she was small. She would slip, pulling on my hand, and then I would slip, my heart in my mouth. Nightmare! ive never been good at balancing on snow and ice. If it’s deep enough, I can wear crampons, then Im ok, but the worst is greasy slush on the pavements.

Still, it’s gone now!

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Finnish snow is here for another few weeks. Bugger!

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Swap my treadmill for your batcave? 🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇🦇

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Log burners are ok and don't affect me too badly Flick...at least if the logs are seasoned; many modern burners recirculate airflow / initial fumes for a second burn and that cuts down particulate and irritant load significantly. But coal has been my life-long nemesis-along with perfume, paint and diesel fumes: I went to Sainsbury on Saturday ( other retailers are available) and the air was so thick with perfume that I had to get out quick and leave Karen to shop by herself. I was pretty wheezy for rest of day. What happened to perfume being subtle and understated?

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Thats a total pain for you, the perfume thing. I think the problem is moden synthetic perfumes, cheap and mass produced. I cant cope with mic’s spray deodorant and he uses it in a part of the house away from me. Some air fresheners do it too, but others are ok. Im absolutely fine with natural incenses, made from herbs and resins, also essential oils and Indian joss sticks. I was wearing vanilla perfume on the bus a very long time ago. A man there bawled me out and said I wasnt considerate, that he was asthmatic and my perfume was making him ill. I was mortified. It had never occurred to me.

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Good work Flick!! Actually getting your trainers on is always the hardest part! Noticed on your map that you're near to where I am, I run near Chippy sometimes, maybe our running paths will cross one day!

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That would be great. Though it was overheard that runners from here ship out to Moreton in Marsh to avoid the uppy and downy bits here!

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Oh really? Well i'm actually looking for a few hills to try out if you can recommend any routes?! :-)

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Im afraid I just run round and round the town at present. I began a run across the fields to Salford earlier this year, but the mud was over my trail shoes, the steep bits were actually quite dangerous they were so slippery. It was hard to walk, let alone run, so Im saving the cross country bits till the weather is warmer and drier.

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Hi Flick. Well done! That's a great achievement in grim weather conditions - but sometimes I think you need to cut yourself a little slack and take a rest. For health reasons, I had to take a 2-months break from running just after I'd finished C25k. I have an auto-immune problem which causes fatigue and pains in my joints (not linked with running); and was worried that I'd lose my mojo if I didn't keep to the programme. However, I was pleasantly surprised that when I started again I could still run 5K+ and felt energised. Often, for work or weather reasons too, I can't fit in a run three times per week; I find that a few days rest in between runs actually helps, so I'm taking Ju-Ju's 10k programme at my own pace. I'm up to 7.5k now and enjoying that I feel good about it instead of forcing myself to run when I feel cr*p. Running for me has very positive physical and mental benefits, but I've learnt not to force it or be too hard on myself sometimes. Good luck with W3 but don't push yourself too hard x

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Thank you :) And i think you are right. What with lack of sleep and longer distances, I'm finding i need more time between runs. If I run too soon, I don't feel motivated to get out there and it's harder.

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Brilliant! Well done you!

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