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Did anyone else doubt their 10k capability??

So, here we go...

Hello my lovely running friends, I’ve decided to post this on the grown up’s side of the forum...

I’ve made it public now, I am going to have a crack at ju-ju- ‘s 10k plan, so starting today, this is what I will be up to. Now, I’m not 100% sure I’m ready for it yet but actually, is anyone?? Who else doubted themselves??? Please tell me it’s in there......somewhere?!?! W1R1 just completed so a big tick off my chart...R2 Sunday...eeeek...is it possible?! 😝

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Afternoon Mummycav,

😂 I didn’t think I could complete C25k W1 In February never mind run 10k!! I ran my first 10k last Saturday 😯 take your time and enjoy it. 😊 I will keep an eye out for your 10k post.

Good luck

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That’s absolutely brilliant...you must be so proud of yourself? So you should be

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Good for you Mummycav! There's always some doubts, but think of how you felt starting C25k and look how great you did. You'll do great, just take it one run at a time and enjoy the journey 😊

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Thanks Sask...I’m kind of looking forward to the journey but dreading it at the same time!

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I totally understand that feeling.

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Hi Mummycav,

Of course you can do it (assuming your ankle is ok). If I can run 10k you definitely can.

Ju-ju's plan is ideal but if you struggle at all you can take extra rest days or repeat runs.

You know all that stuff about keeping it slow etc so listen to your body and get on with it.

Good luck on Sunday (5k?), let us know how it goes.

Happy running!

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Thanks Wizziewood ..you are amazing...I was naughty & did 5k today...taking a couple of extra rest days now x

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I'm nervous too Mummycav. I'm afraid of getting injured and it seems speedy to climb to 10km in 8 weeks. I'd like to keep up with the gang but might end up repeating a week or taking a few days rest here and there. So I could lag behind... I've signed up for an 8km, mid August and a 10km in October and that does seem achievable. I did a 2.5km at lunchtime - started off grumpy but I am angelic now ;)

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Hey paulanoo...it doesn’t matter how long it takes does it?? All in our own time...everyone will be out there with us no matter how long it takes...keep posting

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Oh thanks. That's helped a lot to hear that. I'll aim for my 8km in 8 weeks then and my 10km for October. I do tend to take more than one rest days after a long run so I should be able to follow the program by doing that. I don't think I'll be one of those 'accidental' 10 kers ;)

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Good luck on your onward journey! You know your ready!!!! 🏃🏿‍♀️

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Thanks chelsea007 ...I’m going to give it my best shot

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Just go and do it, no point going into self doubt. Why wouldn't you do it, anyway? Take your time, do it the way it suits you and go!

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Thanks mrrun..that’s wxactly what I’m going to do...face it head on

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You splitter!

We thought you were our friend. And now look *sobs and dabs eyes with lavender-scented hanky *

You serious endurance athlete types are all the same :-)

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😂😂😂

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Hi Mummycav, yes, I had doubts when I was doing the 10k program and a serious wobble at Week 5..here is my post...all the wonderful replies from the experienced runners helped me over it...they are the best.

healthunlocked.com/bridgeto...

So if Helenwheels doesn't mind and if no-one else is using it, take the Shield of Determination and the Sword of True Grit with you...and all of us as you progress gently through the program.

Good luck with R2...you can do this😊xxx

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Hi Jan,

This so helpful and for me as good as audio fuel.I run without a playlist.Only the lovely Laura and 1234. lol.

Hope you are good.

Did my wk1run1 2.5k so I am off.

So looking forward to the programme 8 weeks.

Doing it on your own without the support of this forum, well that must be a challenge.

Will enjoy reading the support and experience.Thanks.

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That's a fantastic post Bluebird - I learnt so much from the wisdom of the replies to you. Thanks so much for the link

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I thought it might be useful, the replies certainly gave me a leg up!

Good luck paulanoo..keep going and believe in yourself.😊xx

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I have discovered BBC 4's Soul Music podcasts as a result of reading those replies and Stem in Alium. I think I'm sorted for my long runs now :)

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Thank you Bluebirdrunner ...your advice & encouragement has been there all through my running journey so far so I will def be taking you with me!!! X

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So pleased you are on this programme Bev.

I had a good laugh at my pace when I saw your 2.5k pace on Strava.

Remember you telling me you were slow.

Well don’t worry I am sure I will have that honour among this new class of Panther cubs.

Your friends the terror team are a few runs ahead, Neil & Sadie,I hope they are shinning a light.We will find out if they are setting any traps.lol.

Hope your friend is progressing well through her C25k journey.

JuJu was saying she needed structure and just transferred to the 10K more or less without consolidation, I think, as have many others for similar reasons.

You have good miles in the bank and extra supporting your friend , you will do great.

Enjoy it and believe in you and the 10 the magic number 10 k plan.

Good luck to all the new Panther cubs.

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Ha ha..well, I still think I’m slow Tbae ...I’m sure Sadie-runs & 316neil are paving the way for us!

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Well I wouldn't dare speak for Sadie, but I like to think I'm making the mistakes so you don't have to :) I have a load of respect for you as a runner, I'm quite sure you'll do really well at this, especially with us rowdy lot cheering you along. I actually enjoy the longer runs now more than the shorter ones. My last 7k felt amazing.

Having been reading your progress over the last few months, you can do this, I know you can. And I bet you'll find it easier than C25K as well. We're all rooting for you!!

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Wow, thank you 316neil ...this is a boost to my confidence...I like the idea of you & Sadie making sure the paths are clear for me, I will be right there behind you two...& if you feel like you’re faltering, just think of me snapping at your heels!! Thanks Neil x

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I would die for your pace.

Maybe the 30:20:10 intervals will do the trick as per link supplied by JuJu.

Run for me tomorrow 10K.Long easy run every Sunday.

Planning 10,11,12,14,16,18, 20 & 21.5k in the 8 week programme.

Yes the terror team have been very busy foddling shoes. Ha Ha.

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Wow Tbae ...your long runs really are long runs!!! You’re amazing...I’d die for your runs!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

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Thanks Bev.

That’s the plan,I have worked up to this for months and our Panther leader has approved it.

Need the structure and the support of the forum and the other Panther cubs.

Basically using JuJu’s 10K plan to get to the HM distance.

I know you are ready for your 10K, and very deserving of it too.

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It's hilarious, I just have this mental picture of Sadie-runs sneaking in to her local running shop to have an illicit fondle with the running shoes... "I'll leave the other pair, I promise, it's only you, I just have to find the right moment to tell them"... although actually I think she's planning to string both pairs along...

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😂😂😂

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😂😂😂

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I still haven’t found the right moment to tell my ASICS...I just know that they will be so upset that I am planning to leave them for a younger model. 😕

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It’s funny you know, it’s a pair of ASICS that I have me eye on 😂

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Don’t worry about the doubts, honestly. Just do the program. It will get you there. Having followed you on strava, I would say you are well up for it. In fact, I’m sure you’ve been running way longer than me. Trust yourself, trust your body and trust ju-ju- ’s excellent plan. We will all be cheering you on, so don’t forget to post your progress reports. Go on, you’ve got this😊💜

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Thank you FlickM3 ...your so encouraging to everyone x

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Well, I'm not an expert, but I have picked up some knowledge along this route, and i have absolutely no doubt in my mind that you can and will do it. In fact you might be like me and several other and find you do the 10k by accident well before the end of the program. Once you have done 7 or 8k, the extra 2 is nothing. Look, if i can do it at 71 with a dodgy leg and breathing problems, you will do it easily. Your pace is faster than mine too, so you will do it in less time :) xx

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You are not alone. Before my freak 7k yesterday I just didn’t think I could go beyond 5k. I start tomorrow but from week 2 as I unintentionally did week 1 last week. Lovely 3k tomorrow - looking forward to it. We can all do this! 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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Right there with you Ripcurlrana71 💪🏻💪🏻

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Hey Bev, you'll definitely crack this one! 10k is only 5k max! I remember reading your self doubting stuff during C25K but look where you are now, go for it, I want to see that shiny Graduate10 next to your name ;0) x

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Gosh yes, I had loads of self-doubt posts on my C25k journey...all the encouragement & kicks up the butt got me through...hopefully it will again!! Thanks lardofale

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Hello there... here you are :)

Loads of folk have/had doubts.... about all stages of the running...:) Think back to C25K.... and those first runs!

You did brilliantly then and you will now...:)

The great news is you can still post on C25K too :)

Take it steady and enjoy it is a terrific plan..many of us have used it more than once to get us back on track..it is so easy to follow and totally doable.

Great to have you here my friend:)

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Thank you Oldfloss ...I couldn’t have done C25k without this forum..& yes, it was a right journey for me, with lots going on along side it!! But like you said, here I am!! With the grown ups...!!! Eeek..who’d have thought it??!!

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Always doubt myself. Always surprise myself ☺️ Go for it!

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True..me too!! 😉

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I did!but managed to do it in just over 2 weeks from graduating c25k! Still consolidating now though.

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Wow, well done Tasha99 x

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I have every faith in you.... and you know what? When I did week 1 Run 1 I remember Laura saying at the end that by the end I will be able to run for 30 minutes I nearly fell over laughing. But I did it, and so did you.... and you can do this 👊🏼

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Thanks ju-ju- ...I’m looking forward to trying!! 💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️ ...god, 30 mins sounded & felt like an age!!! But, here I am!!! Still surprising myself!! Thank you for your support xx

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Yay! I for one am very happy to see you here. You got grit, girl, so don’t doubt. Don’t doubt, just do. It will be tough at times, but then again so was C25K, and you did that....xxx

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Thank you Sadie-runs ...it’s you & 316neil tgat have spurred me on & made me hungry for more!!! Ha ha...10k eh?!! Eeek!! Xx

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Absolutely ...I think that's natural when you start working towards a new goal but stick to your plan (whether it's ju-ju's or your own) and that feeling will be replaced by a "steely determination and strong self-belief" 😉. Seriously, go for it - you will be fine!🙂

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Thank you Sandraj39 ..I am riding on all this encouragement...& support...x

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I am with Jason. I never thought I would run foi longer than 5 minutes let alone run for over an hour. Yes running is physical but I think getting over the mental barrier is the key, you can always run slow but what your brain has to tell your body is - keep going. A positive mental attitude, if you want to do it you will. We will all be waiting at the 10k finishing line to applaude you home

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Wow thank you bertiesugar ...you’re right though, some of the time it’s ‘mind over matter’ your legs are ok, lungs ok but head, not always...there’s always an element of ‘I can’t run anymore’ but pushing through that & maybe anything is possible...at this rate i’ll be able to hear everyone cheering for me up here in Yorkshire!! 😉

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Ah... the post I've been waiting for!!! Yes MC, you've most definitely got this in you :) Don't let those pesky gremlins get a look in & put you off. They can do one.... And if they even look like they might be starting.... I'll be round to sort 'em out :) xx

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Oh Fishypieface , you have been such an inspiration since you first posted on here...not just to me but hundreds and hundreds of people on here & no doubt out on the pavements...thank you for keeping me going & helping me get this far!!! Who actually am I??!!! X

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You are a super lean running machine!! :) I wish I had inspired 100s! I think it's the other way round, you've inspired so many people, me included :) But knowing I've helped you, even a tiny bit, well that's enough for me! Group hug everyone! :) xx

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Yup me too. I’ve done week 1 and about to start week 2 of jujus plan. I’m keep saying I’m not sure I can do 10k ( said that about 5k too) but I did surprise myself with a 7.25k last week so you never know ......?

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Brilliant limberlou ...I hope this will be me in the near future!!

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Umm did a 10k this morning - was going to be a 5.5 but it just sort of happened.

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That’s made me laugh out loud!! Brilliant!!

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Like you MC I have a few doubts, but I am putting my faith in the plan and reminding myself of similar doubts I had at the start of C25K which proved to be foundless, W1R1 for me tomorrow morning, but which one?

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Absolutely...oooo, those first runs on the C25k programme had me doubting myself as a person never mind a runner! That’s why I renamed week 1 to ‘weak 1’ coz that’s how I felt...but here we are eh??!! Smashing it x

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Hi MC, yes, feel quite daunted, but have signed up for a 10k at the start of September so will be going for it! Will be starting on Monday.

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You will be fantastic HoagyM ...you wouldn’t have signed up for it if you didn’t think it was possible would you??? Looking forward to reading your posts 😉

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Of course you can! You have been running for a good long while now, with lots of miles on the legs; they are ready and so are you! C'mon Mummycav

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Thank you helenwheels ...I am GOING FOR IT!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️ X

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Go for it!! I think JuJu's plan is very manageable. I'm starting again next week after ankle ligament problems having got to week 3 before Xmas only to be thwarted by snow & sinus problems. Am determined to keep going this time. I don't have any time pressures so if I have to repeat a week that's fine. I'm sure you'll do it, you're a great runner!!

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Thanks Slinkymalinki ..sorry to hear you’ve been injured but glad to see you back...we can do this!! 💪🏻💪🏻 You’re a fantastic runner with true grit x

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Ah thanks. I don't think many of us would achieve anything without the support of this fab forum! I need 2/3 days off after each run so it will probably take me a bit longer but as I'm a snail that doesn't matter!

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Just go for it! I’m just about to finish Ju-ju’s plan and I’m amazed! When I wrote it out and stuck it to the fridge, I really didn’t believe I’d last the 8 weeks. But here I am, HM next stop! But the best bit was this morning when I told my 20yo son I was off to do 5k, he said “that’s quite short for you now!” Nearly kissed him (of course I didn’t!!) and I skipped round in my best time yet, with the biggest grin! Good luck- looking forward to seeing the graduate badge in a couple of months time- though you might do it ahead of time, like some of us did!!

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How brilliant thinking 5k isn’t very far?!! Who’d have thought it?!! I love running with a grin...just makes you realise how fab a good run is! HM next?! Wow, now that will be a fantastic acheivement 💪🏻

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I think you’ll be great MC. I try not to think too much about the distance and just zone in on each run. With the gradual increases you will hardly notice it over time and probably pleasantly surprise yourself! Good luck you will be awesome 😎

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Thanks Decker ...I will def give it my best shot 💪🏻💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️😉

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You can definitely do this - no need for doubts - I think the trick is don't over think it. Just run regularly and up the distance gradually and you'll be at 10k before you know it.

Have always considered you way ahead of me in terms of running provenance- can't believe you have done it already! X

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Awww, thanks DebJogsOn ...I think it’s all about confidence & self belief...and also the time being right...all of which have been lacking lately...but I want to get on with it now, get out of the running rut that I seem to be in, even though I’m enjoying it I need more...watch this space x

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you have so much grit - you will do it! And remember what you juggle with your kids and your friend's kids, you're great - and you deserve these ever-longer runs as your me-time. Looking forward to the day I see your Graduate10 badge next to your posts. I know it'll happen. I haven't been ready to go for 10K yet but I started the plan yesterday - we'll all do this together!

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Aww, thank you so much icklegui ...I definitely love being out there with my thoughts & it’s def my ‘me time’ ...everybody needs ‘me time’ don’t they? I love sharing my runs with my friends on here...coz it’s not only about running is it?? It’s about us & how we feel...how our runs affect us, how our journeys are going & how we bounce off each other...I love it x

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You will be fine. If I can, you can :} Enjoy the runs and just take it one run at a time. Oh, and jelly babies help with encouragement.

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Ooo, I like jelly babies!

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It’s in there. You’ll be fine. Look at what you’ve achieved so far.

I’m starting jujus plan on Tuesday because I want my long run to fall on a Sunday.

Today I decided to go for a run without any goals. No time or distance to achieve, just wanted to see how far I could go at a constant steady pace.

Excluding my 5 minute warm up and cool down walks I ran 10.9k in 1hr 34 minutes. Not particularly fast, but that wasn’t the aim today. Nice steady conversational pace, I even managed to sing along with my music at the end. 🙂

One thing about longer runs is you have a lot more time to concentrate on your running form 🙂🏃🏻‍♂️

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Well done to you, fantastic acheivement 😊x

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Thanks 😊 I can hardly believe that 5 months ago I couldn’t run 60 seconds, but today I ran 94 minutes 😳

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Wow, that’s fantastic! 😊 x

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You are not alone. I remember clearly finishing c25k and feeling that running double that distance was impossible. I used to look at the bridge to 10k forum and think I'd never graduate on here. But, just a few weeks later, I found myself on a normal evening run where I'd tried a new route and had already covered 7k due to misjudging the distance and I just kept going.

You can do it, and having the advantage of using Ju-ju's programme I'm sure you'll soon have yourbadge on here too :)

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