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My first 7k! (week 3 of ju-ju's 10k plan)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

I am now officially dead. Pathetic pace and time. I just cannot run at that time of day. I am fine earlier in the morning or late afternoon to evening - all the rest of the day, I can hardly run because my legs ache and my body feels like a ton weight. I'll never be any good at park runs!

To be fair to myself, I had a strong wind against me half the time, and the elevation gain is fairly respectable. But even downhill my legs were like lead and my whole body struggled today. The only thing that wasn't an effort, ironically, was my breathing. I didn't puff once, not even uphill. The other thing of interest is that I wore my trail shoes today (Asics Fujirado), as I knew there would be a fair bit of mud on the footpath along the Banbury Road, and though they are kind of hybrid, lightweight and made to run on roads too, they are not as light and fast as my On Running shoes; i definitely felt the difference and i think they slowed me a bit.

So, to sum up, that was an epic struggle and I very nearly gave in and sloped off more than once in the first 20 minutes. A few weeks ago I would have been forced to give up and go home, so things are improving: I did manage to plod round, though the only thing that kept me going was the thought of the Badedas horseman filling my bath and scrubbing my back for me. Also I've noticed a tendency to griping in my stomach after a longer run - nothing serious but of note.

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pinkaardvark
pinkaardvarkGraduate10

Pretty good job I reckon. Was that the first run over an hour? That's a pretty big milestone itself. You'll be at 10k before you know it now I reckon, but do give yourself an extra day or two off after that big push :)

I can't run mid day either, but that's as I feel I need the quiet and lack of distraction I suspect.

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to pinkaardvark

Thank you! Yes, my nearest before was 6k in 58 minutes. I'm horrified at how slow it was though. I guess I have to take the wind and elevation gain into account, but mostly I really can't run during the day, even setting off and even downhill. My body refuses to cooperate. But yes, 10k is looking a lot closer :)

pinkaardvark
pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

well if you did 6k in 58 and 7k in 1:05 you did the last k in 7mins, so god knows how much faster those last 3 will be :)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to pinkaardvark

I never thought of that!

MikeJones68
MikeJones68Graduate10

I reckon that was pretty good going, especially considering the elevation gain. Well done, Flick! :)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to MikeJones68

Thank you. was knackered after, but now I'm feeling pretty good :)

MikeJones68
MikeJones68Graduate10 in reply to FlickM3

I love that feeling you get once you get your breath back :)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to MikeJones68

Am still tired, but the endorphin rush is worth it :)

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

Dont put yourself down, you did it, huge well done. Some runs are a struggle and the next one will be better. More importantly, who is the Badedas horseman?????!!!

pinkaardvark
pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

it's a 60's thing ju-ju, before our time. Kinda like the milk tray man I think, some pervy older woman thing

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator in reply to pinkaardvark

Oh I say, I am going to look him up

pinkaardvark
pinkaardvarkGraduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

gracesguide.co.uk/images/2/...

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

What Pinko said, ju-ju- - but it's 70s! I always have a Badedas bath after a run. Here you go:

youtu.be/W_-rPzlaLnY

HeleneCorsa
HeleneCorsaGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Oh I say... This would not translate well to my life though. I don't have a bathtub, and if someone were to try to usurp my place in the shower he would be bludgeoned with the loofah.

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to HeleneCorsa

LOL, how could you resist him? And don't you love all the allusions to orgasm and ejaculation - they certainly spelled it out in those days.

HeleneCorsa
HeleneCorsaGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Definitely, advertising today is quite tame and subtle by comparison.

MikeJones68
MikeJones68Graduate10 in reply to FlickM3

That’s an 80’s thing and I remember it

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to MikeJones68

They did have Badedas in the 70s though - my sister bought me some for Christmas in around 1970/71

HeleneCorsa
HeleneCorsaGraduate10

You did it though! I think we tend to focus on distance and forget the achievement that is just keeping going for over an hour - no mean feat. To carry on so long when you're not really feeling like it takes a lot of mental strength. And they are kilometres in the bank regardless, which are building up your running legs.

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to HeleneCorsa

Thank you - yes, more ks in the bank, and it gets easier despite today's struggle. I wouldn't have dreamt of running for an hour when i graduated in January x

Hidden
Hidden

Nice work Flick 😊

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

Thank you. You can certainly work up to 10k gradually. You're already doing 5. It took me over 3 weeks post graduation to do it.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to FlickM3

It will be very gradual if i ever do!!!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

It's like c25k, you look ahead and think eek, but week by week you build on your progress. Now I'm at 7k (only two more than you're doing already) 10 looks very possible.

Hidden
Hidden in reply to FlickM3

I guess...might be worth a try 😊

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

In time, after consolidating your runs for a while maybe 😊

Hidden
Hidden in reply to FlickM3

Yes...i definately need to do some more on that first x

Lordi
LordiGraduate10

Wow! 10k on the horizon now Flick! Remember when we were struggling with 25 mins of running back in the day?

Stop. Turn round and admire the view ( how far you've come .)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Lordi

I know. It’s amazing, you more than me, but we’re both progressing all the time!

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

Flick a massive well done on your achievement !👏👏👍😀😀

You are going great guns ! And that time is fantastic.

I haven’t ran since Sunday I’m just resting my ankle and it is getting better. I hope to finish WK 3 this weekend.

Once again Flick well done😀😀

Happy running🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

Aw, thanks Maggie. My daughter just did her first 10k - only took her and hour, but then she is 33 years younger lol.

So sorry about your ankle, but you might run better forbthe rest. Good luck for Sunday xxx

Uphill-downhill
Uphill-downhillGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

I ran with my daughter last night. She graduated 0-5k a few weeks ago, she put me through my paces :) Then again she has a 30 year advantage! I'm finishing wk 2 so 6k for me on Friday...... it's really encouraging to see everyone's work, so well done and thanks for your posts x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Uphill-downhill

I haven't run with my daughter yet. she's a lot faster than me, but then where she runs is a lot flatter!

Do post your 6k run when you do it! x

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

Thanks Flick ! These youngsters their so much better than us aren’t they ? hee! 🤣🤣

I bet you’ll soon catch up to her! 😀😀

Yes I’m sure the rest will do me good. After work tomorrow I’m off for two weeks so I’ll be able to pack some running in,except for 23rd of March when I’m going to a recording studio in Cardiff to record two songs😲😲This was my birthday experience from my super hubby for my 60th. So I’m excited about that as this is something I’ve always wanted to do.!

Will keep you posted on that one.

Take care Flick x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

Oh, wow, how exciting! Will we get to hear the result? You take care too 😊 x

Decker
DeckerGraduate10

Really well done Flick!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Decker

Thank you 😊

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

Well apparently when I been and experienced they studio will e mail me the finished product ....so you never know you might! But don’t worry I won’t let the fame get in the way of my running! hee! hee! Who am I kidding!🤣🤣

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

I shallwant your autograph of course 😍😍😍

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Of course! 😀😀

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

That was a wee bit like gobbledygook ! Apologies and I hope you could understand. 😀😀 what I meant to say was when I have had my birthday experience the studio will.....etc etc! 😀😀

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Hidden

Lol, dont worry, Imworkd it out xx

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

X😀

Fantastic, you did it! Absolutely nothing wrong with slow and steady! I only managed 3k today - felt rubbish and had a very tight left calf muscle so I gave in and shortened my run.

You didn’t give up though - sometimes a run builds mental muscle and willpower stamina more than physical and that’s just as valuable!

Bask in hat Badedas moment - sadly I am old enough to remember it!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Fionn42

Thank you! I think you are right about the mental muscle: it seems I have to battle that one every time I go out at the moment :(

I really enjoyed that hot B|adedas bath, even though the bloke on the horse failed to turn up yet again!

EmmaRunning
EmmaRunningGraduate10

I think it’s a great achievement. I’m looking forward to getting there myself this week at some point. So I’m using you as inspiration! I’m also going to use the advert as inspiration - because you know, visualisation can help 😳😂

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to EmmaRunning

That made me chuckle good luck and post when you've done it! X

Anthie
AnthieGraduate10

Wow, what a run! Even though you struggled, you admit that there are improvements (great that you have recovered your breathing). You're doing fantastically well with the hills! Don't you worry about the pace. I ran the 7K on flat ground and I found it quite challenging: it felt long (first time for me as well) and the next day, my knees reminded me of their existence lol. Have a great well-deserved rest (did you get that massage ;-)?)!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Anthie

And no, the wretched horseman failed to turn up yet again!

Anthie
AnthieGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

ah you need to find someone who's more reliable ;-) I've never seen the ad but I figure it's very tacky!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Anthie

There is a link further up this thread. Actually, dont tell anyone, but I still fancy the pants off Mr I dont snore, but he’s never carried me off on a horse.

Anthie
AnthieGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

ahaha

Anthie
AnthieGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

The ad is amazing: tacky is not strong enough a word to describe it! More like soapy and cheesy lol It would be banned today. Thank you for this piece of pop culture :-)

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to Anthie

Yep, all of those, and more sexually suggestive than would be allowed today.

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

Ah, thank you so much for the encouragement xx

Slinkymalinki
SlinkymalinkiGraduate10

Well done Flick! Slow and steady wins the race... and you're definitely winning on the road to 10k! Had forgotten about Badedas horseman - hilarious advert. I'd rather he swooped me up onto the horse for a good gallop other than ruined my bath! I'm not doing as well as you - the last dollop of snow coincided with a bad bout of sinusitis so I've just started back doing small distances to build myself up to 5k again before getting back to Ju-Ju's plan - next week I hope!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

I agree, being carried off on the horse would be much more exciting - though i rather gather that the bath had already ended - complete with oorgasmic sighs and stretches - before he arrived, so maybe the abduction happens after! And sorry to hear about your setback. i hope you are back up to speed soon!

rolysmate
rolysmateGraduate10

tis I Lecler

Well Flick don't be putting yourself down lass that looks like a corking run to me and be honest just go back a very short distance in time and you would never have thought this was even possible and absolutely nothing wrong with that pace.

Also Oldfloss told me (several times) that hills are character building so you really must have tremendous character with all the hills you're climbing, keep it up Girly you are doing great xxx

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to rolysmate

Thank you! you are so sweet and encouraging! What a nice bunch of people on here :) I'm knackered today and will be taking an extra rest day methinks! xxx

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