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Fell off the wagon

I fell off the wagon last week. After a yoga session on tuesday I got home late and didn't feel like I had the energy or time for a run so postponed till the next day. I did manage to run on the wednesday but that was it for the week, missing my run on thursday and saturday :( I even missed going to the gym on the sunday as St Ives was like a scene from waterworld dailymail.co.uk/video/news/... and the causeway I have to cross was closed. (I did go, but had to turn back :( )

I felt so low over the bank holiday having failed to run and was positively grumpy with myself and others.. 'bear with a sore head' springs to mind.

But I came onto the forum and read a few posts from others that were struggling and it seemed to help promote a little bit of anger at my lack of resolve which helped me get back out the door after yoga last night. My running routes are all still a quagmire though so had to stick to the paved bits and at one point a lake had breached and was flowing over the path so I ran ankle deep through it for 50m or so.. very refreshing :O

So thankyou fellow runners for your posts, even if your having a bad time your words may help others. I managed a nice 5k PB albeit with a slightly soggy bottom hehe

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Nice run! The weather is such a nightmare at the moment. It really doesn’t help us to feel joy at the prospect of soggy feet and soggy bottoms! 😁. Well done you for turning the grumps into a positive outcome - a great example to follow!

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A few days off occasionally is a very good strategy Pink.

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You are not wrong. I felt a bit like a spring lamb as I set off last night. It was hard not to run fast as there was so much spring in the calf. I'll put that down to the break rather than the yoga but it all helps :)

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Think it would be a bit hard to run in that! We have family who live in St Ives so they were on the phone telling us all about the floods. This weather is just getting boring now 🙁

Good for you for still getting out there.

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Hehe, yeah I did think I should be building a raft at one point. Thankfully the area is a managed flood plain, so although spectacular and at the same time annoying from a soggyness perspective, there is little to no damage to houses etc.

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I think falling off the wagon is par for the course at some stage. The main thing is that you climbed back on pretty quickly :)

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Hehe yeah, I think i'm starting to self identify as a runner, it is slowly becoming part of my id so it will be hard to lose that, but the flipside will be feeling grumpy if i can't get out and run. Now if I could only get to the point where I enjoy running :O

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Some runs i enjoy: either because of runner's high after, or a sense of rhythm, exploration and general exhilaration. some I slog round cursing and clock watching. But I never, ever regret a run in retrospect :)

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No I haven't regretted any yet, fingers crossed.

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Well done, great news re the PB, and it feels like the whole country is going under..

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Well done on the PB Pink, good effort considering 😊

I’ve been grumpy for the last 2 weeks and the possibility of another 2 weeks on the IC! 😖

On the plus side, I’ve been Marshalling at my local Parkrun so been taking the atmosphere in 😊

Happy running 🏃🏃

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Ooh what does marshalling involve? Do people actually cheat at a park run lol

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Its just basically making sure everyone is going the right way and encouraging and clapping runners as they pass....good fun 😊

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Well with that run I think you well and truly leapt back onto the wagon. Challenging weather conditions really don't help. If I hadn't joined the gym I'd have missed loads of runs as many of my routes have been impracticable lately for one reason or another - either underwater, too far from home for the time available, or too excessively crammed with people. (That said, I fear that to protect my virtue, I may have to re-evaluate the gym situation :( ).

I know what you mean about feeling off-kilter when you don't get a chance to run for a while - perhaps this is a sign of our metamorphosis. That said, the break and yoga probably did you the world of good, as your PB shows.

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Thanks Helen, sad to hear you are worried about your virtue :O . Us chaps don't quite have to worry about the safety aspect as much, though maybe we should. Living in the boonies you feel a lot safer than I guess you do in a big city. Have you been venturing into he circus maximus again or getting chased by Tam O' Shanter man?

Do stay safe please. But don't let that gym owner be bothering you either lol :o

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I got followed by Tam O'Shanter cyclist in the park last Thursday but he backed off much sooner this time after I gave him the most evil of evil stares. I had just come to the end of a murderous 11k against high winds, dust clouds, hayfever and a hangover. I was not in any mood for hassle. I think I scared him away - I'd been to the office in the morning first so I set out wearing mascara etc., and the tears from dust, grit and hayfever, along with sweat, left me looking like the Joker! Also he may have remembered me ringing on the door of the Spanish embassy last time.

The gym owner thing is more irksome to me. He is very polite but also very emphatic and I don't really think it is appropriate to contact me by phone. I don't think he would be harmful but it's embarrassing. In fairness he is very good-looking and probably doesn't grasp the concept that someone might not actually be interested.

This did lead me indirectly to a sub 1 hr 10k on the treadmill though, ha ha. I was determined to run 10k yesterday, but running outdoors wasn't going to fit with other plans. But he came in while I was running and sat at the desk which happens to be right behind the treadmills and I felt a bit exposed. What with all the mirrors and the fact that, let's be honest, anything that can jiggle will jiggle when you run, I wanted to be out of there asap but without sacrificing my 10k. I used the probably faulty logic that if I went fast enough it would all be a blur... :D

You are right about safety (and quite simply, freedom from comment and hassle) being a problem for women and it definitely conditions my running options. There are plenty of places where I won't run, and I'm not particularly a scaredy-cat. I just don't want the risk or the bother.

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Maybe invest in some running spikes :)

Though they may fu$% up a treadmill good and proper lol

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Ha ha! Spikes would be a great solution.

I can see myself losing my temper over the treadmill one day anyway. I always get little electric shocks from them if my hand accidentally touches the front part when I am running (and this has happened to me on several different ones in two different gyms). Definitely torture devices.

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Not Ming the Mwrciless lusting after your glutes I hope...

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No no, he is very proper and correct. He sometimes mentions his girlfriend and is very sweet about her. He very nearly cracks a smile ☺

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Not so fierce then 😊

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He was HORRIBLE to me earlier, so much so that he apologized afterwards! He says he is strict with me because he knows i can take it which i suppose is intended as a compliment 😐

I still think he is the best ☺

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I think for that kind of instructor, it IS a compliment. From what youve written before, he seems to respect you and obviously thinks you are serious about what you do.

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Glad you got back our there, and a great time to boot!

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What would Mary Berry say? 😂😂

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