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My First 10K - Oh Bullocks!

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After a tiring 8k last weekend I planned a route for this morning up the river one way and back along the canal - easy, impossible to get lost and meant I could consolidate 8k or go for 9k depending on how I was feeling.

From the outset nothing seemed very right about this run. The morning was drizzly; the car park I planned to park i was closed; the music I wanted to listen to kept glitching for the first 0.5k so I had to switch to the radio; along a narrow stretch of riverside path there was a heron (which was amazing) but was held up by a woman taking photos with arms outstretched so no one could get by; and then at about 2k the path was barred by a load of bullocks!

Now I have a thing about cows - probably irrational but they terrify me and whenever I encounter them I have to rely on the person I'm with to convince me it's ok. There was no one else around. I tried the gate hoping they'd scatter but no they all came closer and STARED AT ME! - the only thing to do (now in my own mad cow state!) was to turn around and find an alternative route.

I spent the middle section of the run then going in roughly the right geographical direction but being on the wrong side of a railway line.

I did eventually pick up the canal and finished the run as intended but having passed the 9k mark a while back thought what the hell and kept going to 10k.

A weird old run - but feeling very accomplished now ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy running everyone!

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tony_a profile image

Congratulations. Just did my first 10K this morning too. Feels great doesnโ€™t it ๐Ÿ‘ Iโ€™m with you on the cows, always worry me ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„

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DebJogsOn in reply to tony_a

Congratulations on your 10k!

Yes - it feels amazing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Think my frustration with the cows help fuel my running ๐Ÿ˜‚

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misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to tony_a

I think we should give extremely large animals a wide berth I have had this where they are right at the stile in numbers ๐Ÿ™‚. No way! I am outta there in the opposite direction ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ If they are a fair distance away, and I have a clear exit route, or an escape route if needs must, then I will proceed

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DebJogsOn in reply to misswobble

Couldn't agree more!

FlickM3 profile image

Fantastic. Thereโ€™s a thread to put your name down for your 10k graduate badge x

SueKen profile image

Well done! I have a vow phobia too, youโ€™re not alone๐Ÿ™‚

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DebJogsOn in reply to SueKen

We should start a support group ๐Ÿ˜‚.

It was really annoying they were there. I've never seen them on the Thames path like that before - but would have almost certainly only have done 9k if they hadn't been there!

Sandraj39 profile image

Wow! Lots of first 10Ks runs on here today! Well done, even if it wasn't planned and was somewhat interrupted by the local bovine population! 'All's well that ends well' I guess!๐Ÿ™‚

Sadie-runs profile image

Good work, undeterred by unnerving cows! (It IS scary when thereโ€™s lots of them). Running 10k is amazing, I am in awe. Well done! xxx

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DebJogsOn in reply to Sadie-runs

Slow (very slow in my case!) and steady as always seems to be the key (well that and a morbid fear of livestock ๐Ÿ˜‚). Once I decided I was going to do it, it hasn't been too difficult building up to 10k. I think 7k was the point past which I decided it was possible. Committing to running on alternate days rather than 3x a week (which often dropped to 2x because of work) has also helped.

Hope your tight calves (which are definitely NOT DVT!! - what a pain for you) loosen up soon - and you can start Ju-ju's plan. I have no doubt you'll be racking up to 10k soon enough. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Yep, I am going to have to consciously slow the flip down when I start the 10k programme. I have been getting quite quick and my 5ks, and enjoying it โ€“ but I am fearful of injury (cue pulled calf muscle!) It's nice to hear about your experience, thanks Debs!

Calves are definitely not as tight anymore but i am still proceeding with extreme caution. With a few more comfortable runs under my belt I reckon I will be ready! I have run 6k a few times, so I think I can do it...

Sadie x

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DebJogsOn in reply to Sadie-runs

Of course you can.

I still haven't run 5k in 30 mins yet (34 mins is my best time) but felt like increasing the distance would help with speed which it seems to have done.

I just find the act of running outside in all weathers is massively good for my wellbeing - so doing it for longer rather than faster seemed the right way to go. Weirdly (and trying not to sound to new agey) it's a sort of meditation.

Have no great desire to race or run marathons or anything - just like being out there - me, the great outdoors and all that headspace ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Will look out for your increasing distance!

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misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

I thought that. You have no aspirations at week 1 except for getting to week 9. Then seemingly in no time at all you find yourself at the end of a marathon ๐Ÿ˜

Anthie profile image

Brilliant! And a great time considering all your efforts to avoid the cows ;-)

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DebJogsOn in reply to Anthie

I was quite pleased with the time considering my toing and froing over what to do about the cows - but to be fair probably wouldn't have done 10k today were it not for them anyway.

ju-ju- profile image

Cows totally terrify me, they donโ€™t move away and are very inquisitive!! Well done it sounds like a lovely run ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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DebJogsOn in reply to ju-ju-

Cows aside it was a good run ๐Ÿ˜Š

Very well done had cows I had sheep today!, I have to say Id prefer the sheep

Me too - but I'm guessing you're not scared of cows!

Bluebirdrunner profile image

Woo hoo..Congratulations on your fab 10k run Deb!๐Ÿ˜„..

I'm worried by cows too, even in your running gear, you can't help worrying that they could catch you and trample you! ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿฎ

Well done to you, not defeated by gremlins at the start, or cows blocking your route, you rose above it all and pulled off a 10k run!

You must be chuffed to bits...brilliant acheivement ๐Ÿ˜Šxxxx

Thank you. I am over the moon - I think doing it by accident was good as I think if I'd set out to do 10k I might have over thought it.

What with all the irritants at the beginning I was fuming when the cows turned up so was then in a determined funk to pick up the route I'd originally planned and didn't really stop to think much about distance.

Now just have to plan when and where to do it again ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sarakc profile image

Very well done on your 10 K !!

A great achievement!!

I am also afraid of cows!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ„!!

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DebJogsOn in reply to Sarakc

I'm glad it's not just me!

I am very happy about my 10k though ๐Ÿ˜Š

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SarakcGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

My first 10k wasnโ€™t really planned either so I made sure I did it again just to convince myself it wasnโ€™t a fluke! ๐Ÿ˜€

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DebJogsOn in reply to Sarakc

Yes - feels a bit like I've achieved it by the back door. Will definitely have to have another go soon.

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SarakcGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Oh no!! Definitely not back door!! I think I was supposed to do 8K on Ju juโ€™s plan and I just kept going as I had done nearly 9! I just felt guilty that Iโ€™d not followed plan! ๐Ÿ˜€

Richard7 profile image

Brilliant Deb .. love the spontaneous approach.

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DebJogsOn in reply to Richard7

Honestly I was so cross about having to double back and then find a different way (Bloomin' cows!) - still 10k was nice. Will have to do it again soon though just to prove to myself I can.

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Richard7Graduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Ju-Ju recommended to me that if you want to keep the distance up try to do it every couple of weeks. I don't (yet) want to do a 10k every week but like the idea of maintaining the distance. Good luck with your next bovine encounter and/or 10k run ๐Ÿ˜

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DebJogsOn in reply to Richard7

Sounds like good advice. Thought I might have a 'lite' week next week in terms of distance (while still keeping up running on alternate days) and then have another go the following week.

Oldfloss profile image

Go you...bullocks and all :)

What a run.... very, very well done:)

Interestingly..or comeback 10K that I did last week.. was 1 hr 20. 33. and had it not been for the left-overs from a load of bullocks... I might have been faster:)

You are doing amazingly... enjoy :) x

The badge really suits you :) x

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DebJogsOn in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Floss - would never have got to 10k (or anywhere for that matter) without all the lovely support on here - so thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

Oldfloss profile image

... and so say all of us :) xxx

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