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New shoes and a PB for 5k :)


I treated myself to new shoes for my birthday - Brooks Glycerins, rather than my usual Ghosts. They were last year's model at less than half price, and I wanted to try that extra cushioning for my dodgy feet and knees. Today was their first outing (Oscar insisted on being in the photo - he has to be involved in everything!), and I got a PB in my hilly home 5k route, at 31m 46s, ie 10min 13s per mile ... very pleased :) :) Roseabi's Summer Speed Challenge is spurring me on. I set myself a goal a few weeks ago to run 5k at 10 mins/mile pace by July - I think it might be possible, but might have to be on a flatter route! My 10k speed is a lot slower ... but the route is more than twice as hilly too! :)

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Very well done you.

I wish I could somehow magic my minutes/km to your minutes/

Atb with the remainder of the challenge.

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Tbae

Thanks Tbae! Yes - if only!! Might need magic shoes plus a pair of wings and a small engine to achieve that ... at least in the near future. Never say never, as the gurus say ;) x

Tbae in reply to APScotland

You are flying and doing great.

I can live in

Love the gurus.


Love the shoes and love the cat! What a cutie. I wish you many more PBs in your new lovely new shoes. :-) x

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie! Oscar loves to be loved. I just have to watch out for him as he can be a serious trip hazard when I'm sprinting the last 50 metres home ;) x

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to APScotland

He looks gorgeous. 😻

Samarie in reply to APScotland

Is Oscar a tonkenese? He looks gorgeous.

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Samarie

Yes, he's Tonkinese and very aware of how handsome he is! He also believes that rules don't apply to superior beings such as himself. He's also adorable and adoring so we've given up on most rules, so long as he's not putting himself in danger! :)

Samarie in reply to APScotland

I know exactly what you mean. I have 3 tonks. Two chocolate pointed boys and a blue mink girl and everything you said apply to them as well. Best breed of cats. And well done on the run?

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Samarie

Wow! 3 Tonks!! That must be a real handful!! We have 2 more cats ... a rescue boy who's half Egyptian Mau, half Norwegian Forest, and an ex-feral black and white girl who arrived, starving, in a snowstorm, missing all the fur from her tail, 5 years ago. She still spends most if the summer outdoors but moves inside in the winter, and now loves to be stroked by me and my OH. Still runs a mile if anyone else appears! Sadly the boys hate her, and chase her out of the house. Probably because she still eats like there's no tomorrow and will eat all their food if they leave a bit for later! We can't leave bread on thd kitchen bench either - she'll have that too!


Well done! Great time - especially with hills! 😄

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Joy57

There's no escaping the hills as we live at the top of one. I do sometimes long for a flat route ... but the views are great from up here ; )


Sassie shoes and lovely cat :) Happy Running :)

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Oldfloss! :)


Ooh, shoe porn! And love your pussy cat. I love orientals. Fantastic time for your 5k too. I can only dream of running that fast - best I've done 5k in is 44 minutes.

APScotlandGraduate10 in reply to FlickM3

If I remember correctly you have a hilly route too? It makes all the difference! If I really push hard I can run down the steeper bits at 3mins/mile faster than my average speed, but slow down 5 mins a mile on those bits so overall they definitely slow me down. All those hills should help us go faster when we find a flatter route though! x

FlickM3Graduate10 in reply to APScotland

Curiously, I find running on the flat much more tiring now. I ran in Oxford last Sunday. The first bit of the run was on the flat and I slogged along. It was a relief to get to Morrell Avenue and start climbing, really less tiring, and my pace dropped very little. I honestly don’t understand it. I always told myself I was going slowly because of the hills, but it seems it isn’t so. I have to accept that I’m just slow, and at my age it ain’t going to get much better 🙁

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