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9k (just, I think) Pffft


Good morning running fiends

So, having successfully beat the demons in my head telling me I wouldn't manage 9k in this heat, I set out with a spring in my step and an electrolyte drink and wet buff around my neck. At 6:15am on a Sunday no less! It was not too hot, and the Buff really made a difference. I wore it around my neck when in the shade of the woods, and when I emerged onto the sunny streets, I wore it on my head. It was lovely and cooling.

I was deliberately going at a very slow pace – though what that was I cannot tell you, as today of all days, the GPS on Runkeeper went haywire on me. I knew something was afoot when it told me I was running at a pace of 4:15 min / km. Really, I was not. I reckon it was more around the 7:40 mark. Next announcement I was going at 3:15 min / km. GET OUT! Grrr. I had no option to try and work out the distance by time. Last week I ran 8k in 53 mins – but I was going a lot slower this week. I ran for 1 hour 12 mins, so reckoned I must have done 9k this time! I tried to recreate my route on MapMyRun on my laptop, but it was too hard, as I did a lot of pootling around and running loops whilst in the woods that I really cannot recall (nor track on a map).

So who knows. I am 98% certain I did the distance, but cannot be flipping sure! Will just have to do it again (as per the programme anyway). I won't get to do it next weekend as I have visitors, but hey, no hurry, right.

The main thing is the run felt good, and do-able – I am really enjoying these longer distances and it was heavenly to be out so early before the intense heat of the day!

Happy Sunday, y'all.


Sadie-runs xx

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Fabulous Sadie and not a drop of sweat in sight!!! 😂😂😂 Wow 9k amazing balls!!!! Xxx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thanks Ripcurly. :-) I definitely wasn't dripping in sweat, I think the slower pace really helped. Actually I got into a lovely slow and steady rhythm, it felt lovely. x

Ripcurlrana71Graduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Definetly slow and enjoyable for these longer runs otherwise it would kill us! Xx


You do seem to be having problems with you tech Sadie - how frustrating for you! Perhaps you're one of those people who create their own electromagnetic field or maybe you are running much faster than you think!😂

Still you were up and out there and that's the main thing. Don't let the mind or tech gremlins win!😊

On a practical note if the tech is playing up couldn't you map a 9k route to run before you go out. At least that way you can feel sure you'd completed the distance.

Enjoy the rest of your day xx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Yup, every app has frapped up for me at some point. I think it might be because where I live is surrounded by big trees. Right outside my flat are huge sycamores, and then I run down tree-lined streets to a small section of woodland. Meh. My lovely sister is buying me a Garmin for my birthday – but I have 6 weeks to wait for that! Well, now I know what a 9k route will be, so I will know for next time.

The mind gremlins have been kicked to the curb now. I really don't know what that was about, as I am not a known wobbler!

Thank you for your lovely reply, Deb. xxx


I feel your pain re. GPS!

Great job though. Chances are you were over your 9k, and definitely well beyond your doubt filled expectations. Well done you 😊

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

I cannot wait to get my Garmin! And yes, I also have a sneaking suspicion I went beyond 9k (but not the 14k that Runkeeper proclaimed! LOL!) Thanks Linda. xxx


Brilliant stuff Sadie-runs i am sure you cracked the 9k mark, I did my first ever 9 km this morning and enjoyed it more than any other run, wr are proper runners now!

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Berksrover

Thank you! And bloomin' well done on your 9k too! It's true, I do feel like a proper runner now I am doing longer distances. I am LOVING the longer runs. Still in disbelief that I am running for longer than an hour, when in August last year, a minute was a struggle! xx


Well done my running partner-in-crime! You did it! Trust me, you really did, I just know you did.

Tech gremlins are a pain though, what is it about 9k runs? My app messed up on me on my 9k run. Let's put it down to the fact that we're too awesome for our phones :D

That's a great idea about keeping yourself cool on a run. Now we can tell everyone you've been running in the buff!!! (You saw that coming, right??) Seriously though, brilliant idea, and so glad it helped. My run this morning was lovely as at that time of the day the towpath is mostly in shade. I love my towpath!

9k in the bag, you're doing brilliantly. And your slow is probably my fast, remember? :D

All the best, have a great day xxx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Hidden

Running partner-in-crime! I love it! We really are, aren’t we? All the way back to C25K! Doesn’t that feel like aeons ago? 😱

Thank you for your lovely kind words and all your support! You are a fab running buddy. Apart from when you imply I have been running in the nip.

You have a lovely day too. I will mostly be spending mine reading a good book under a shady tree. Pfffftt! to the heat!

Sadie xxx


Lovely post.Yay celebrate those distances and bask in the satisfaction, whatever the tech scenario.You were 'cookin'with gas'!

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Empem

Thanks Empem! Something was cooking, that’s for sure! 😂


Well done! That’s a cracking distance! It was warm at 6am this morning as well!

Instead of tech, try string? Then you can measure it afterward or even better, just pre-measure 4.5k then you can run to the end and then back! 😂😂😂

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Thanks so much, Mitch! One things for sure, string would be more reliable! LOL! x


Amazing Sadie, well done, you're flying!

And enjoying long runs! You crazy girl!

I did my 7k this week in the heat and really took it out of me... Struggled round my 5k this morning. Mustn't grumble though, the weather is Fab! Keep going x

Ripcurlrana71Graduate10 in reply to Marvo69

Great stuff Marvo69!!

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Marvo69

Cheers Marvo! And yes, the heat must have got to my head, I love long runs now. Slow and steady feels gooooood.

Well done on your 7k! Don’t fret, running in heat makes us fitter. 💪 Just think, when it cools down we will all be getting PBs, right?! xx

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Marvo69

I was wondering how you were!! Glad you're still out there chipping away at this stuff. Good stuff tiger xx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Thanks Sallenson! 😘 I was silly to doubt myself, I am getting better at the long runs than I am at the shorter ones. It’s baffling but interesting!

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Oh. Was your reply to Marvo, Sallenson? So sorry. <Backs away quietly embarrassed>

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Don't be sorry!! You're lovely!! And you did a cracking run!! I was just checking in on Matt cos he's been a bit quiet of late.

And it was your post to start with so type away, hon!! We all love you xx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

😊 That’s kind. I feel all warm and fuzzy now! xx

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Good!! You deserve to!! xx


Well done Sadie runs. There'll be no stopping you now.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

😁😁😁 Thank you, Dexy. x


Brilliant Sadie, very well done!😃

Love the wet buff idea. - It reminds me of a super hot day in the Lake District many years ago when, in desperation to cool down, I ripped off my boots and leapt into a mountain tarn. I evaporated happily along the fell tops for the rest of the day! 😀

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Elfe5

Thanks dear Elfe! Somebody on here gave me the wet buff idea and it’s genius. So versatile, these buffs. 😁 Mmmmm jumping in a tarn sounds heavenly! xx


Well done you!! I reckon you probably did over 10k. Same thing happened to me on my 9k run... I pressed the wrong buttons on my new Garmin 🙄 and couldn’t work out the distance, so I carried on and on and found out later I did 10.5k 🙄😂. You are loads faster than me so you probably did even more than that!! And in this heat??? Just amazingly fantastic... HM here you come!! No stopping you Sadie you are on a running roll. So pleased for you after all your IC setbacks, can’t wait for your proper 10k report 😉😂xx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Fishypieface

Aww, thanks FPF. 😘 I am pretty sure I did 9k, maybe a touch more, but not 10k! I can be speedy, but not in this heat! And I felt I was going way more slow than my usual pace. Pffft to tech- always lets me down when I really need to know. As for IC setbacks - tell me about it! Maybe coincidence, but body has held up well since starting Pilates and improving my core strength. Plus new On Cloudflyers sorted out a minor knee niggle! Mustn’t speak too soon though...! Have a lovely day, dearest FPF. If I achieve the 10k, will you reward me by telling me the origins of your name? 😁 x

FishypiefaceGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

I defo think you’ve done 10k me dear 😀 Use that mindset for next week, it’ll be a walk in the park... well you know what I mean! My user name was my daughter’s Club Penguin user name when she was little. It reminds me of when she wasn’t a stroppy teenager!! I’m really a Lucy 😊 xx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Fishypieface

You will always be FPF to me. 😁 But Lucy is a lovely name. 👍 Yup, this run definitely chased away a few demons and I am feeling confident again. It’s amazing what is achievable when you slow down! xx

It's so wonderful to see this post! Literally blazing away at the moment :D . And to read how comfortable these longer runs are getting - that's the stuff. Couch to 5K and beyond.

The tech - well, it sounds like you run somewhere lovely... I find that as long as I get the thing to lock on first, it's alright, but that's increasingly becoming a struggle! Hope your running watch does all it promises to, but we know you're doing fabulously anyway.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to icklegui

Aw, thanks icklegui! I am not that far away from you, in Beckenham. Loads of trees here, LOADS! So although it is a busy little place, it is very green. It is quite the revelation, how do-able these longer runs are. I am gobsmacked that around this time last year I could barely run for a minute! And look at you, one year on!! Blazing away yourself like a good ‘un! xxx

Well done Sadie 👍 Sounds like a wet buffs the way! 😂

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Sadiemac

Thanks! Top tip of the week, fellow Sadie! I get all kinds of fantastic tips on this very wonderful forum full of lovely folk. 😁 x


Slow is new fast! One minute per km less than a regular comfortable speed, and there’s no stopping. I’m gearing up for my 18K late today, usual long South Bank route. Visitors probably see me as one of London attractions, me and a silver pantomime guy opposite London Eye.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to mrrun

Enjoy your run, mrrun. One day I will do 18k, I will. As for you, well, you have made it into Time Out’s Top 10 Things to See in Central London. (At least you don’t paint yourself silver like that twit.)


Hahaha, true! Last week l got a friendly wave from ‘Charlie Chaplin’ in full combat gear complete with white painted face. Unless he gestured for help stuck on a pole in this weather while l wizzed by!


Good stuff Sadie, you clearly were well prepared for the heat and it paid off! Like you say, the best runs of all seem to be those long ones when you just get into your stride and let it flow 😀

Great to see the gremlins have been dealt with, and now that 10k is just a small step away!

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to HoagyM

Thanks Hoagy! Apart from silly tech fails, it really was a perfect run. 😁 x

YES!!! Well done you x

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to CitizenP

Cheers CP! x


You did brilliantly Sadie...that cold wet running buff is a winner isn't it... clever SaskAlliecat! 🐱😊x

9k✔definitely, maybe more as FPF says..

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks Jan! I think I have picked up a few top tips from the very clever Sask! xxx


Technology is useless!! You, however, are clearly superb and loving every gazelle-like minute of it!!

You lot are awesome xxx

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Ah ha! This one’s for me? (As clearly I am a gazelle, ahem). Thank you! This forum is indeed full of awesome people, yourself included, kind sir. x


Well done Sadie. I think if you know your pace roughly it's a good guess. So we'll done on your 9k run.

I hope the watch sorts things out when you get it. My watch sometimes gets confused when running under close cover but does recover.

Hopefully you will get a tech trouble free 10k run.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Richard7

Aw, thanks so much Richard. I am amazed at how much I am enjoying the longer runs.

Cannot wait to have my watch! Trouble with the phone apps seems that once they lose GPS they never recover! I live an area full of trees, huge ones, wondering if that’s the problem? Map My Run failed me on my C25K graduation run, so if Runkeeper fails me on my B210K grad run, then it will be apt!

Hope all is well with you. x

Richard7Graduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Had a bit of time off recovering from too far too soon! Back out last week but Sunday I couldn't face it after not enough sleep and just too warm so Kudos to you for getting out and getting it done. 🎩 Hats off to you.

Sadie-runsGraduate10 in reply to Richard7

It has been awfully tough with the heatwave. If I hadn’t been on the 10k programme I probably would have had a wee break and just done 3k runs to keep myself ticking over. The rest will have done you good, Richard!

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