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A lovely 10k +

Sadie-runs
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Hello my lovely running fiends,

So, am still up and running, and this morning I did my 3rd ever 10k. I took it nice and easy, and found it easier than the first two I did, so seeing some progress. Also getting used to running in the heat. Phew. Just as it is about to get a bit cooler. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I really, really enjoyed this run, and I added half a km on at the end because I felt I could. I love how varied my 10k route is - quiet tree lined streets, woodland and park- makes for a varied workout. I feel very lucky.

I think the addition of swimming and Pilates to my fitness regime is really helping with my running. I feel like Miss Fitty McFit right now, and wish I had started all this malarkey earlier in my life! Ah well, better late than never they say.

Hope that you are all doing well and enjoying this spectacular summer!

Sadie-runs xxx

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misswobble
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So do I ๐Ÿ˜”. but weโ€™re here now so better late than never

Itโ€™s flippin hot out there today isnโ€™t it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜คโ˜€๏ธ I was,out on the trail for a 12km. Slow is the only way today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

I got right to the end, and there like an oasis in the desert, was an ice cream van. Pity I had no money on me ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to misswobble

Yes, boiling, even at 7am this morning! I was armed though, with wet buff and water! I am getting the hang of this hot weather running lark now. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Ah bad luck about the ice cream van / no money situation! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

mrrun
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in reply to Sadie-runs

Hey, letโ€™s put โ€˜boilingโ€™ in perspective here. Yesterday at 6pm the temperature in the deep garden shade registered 37C. High humidity. Gentle hot breeze. (we are taking Croatia coast here). I ran just before 8 oโ€™clock when the sun dipped down and felt the โ€˜oven effectโ€™ again. For some inexplicable reason not only do l enjoy this, l will genuinely miss all this craziness back home in London. ;)

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to mrrun

Well thatโ€™s what you get for going to Croatia, mrrun. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But glad you are enjoying it you crazy man.

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10
in reply to mrrun

I'm in Croatia in September. Please running gods make it cooler then โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜Ž

mrrun
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in reply to Irishprincess

Absolutely the best time to visit. Temperatures down as well as tourist numbers! I envy you madly! :)

Irishprincess
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in reply to mrrun

We went for the first time last May and loved it so much we're going back again.

Richard7
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Well done Fitty McFit .. as MissW and you say better late than never ... But I share your thought there! Great time too. My 10s were all way more than that.

Sadie-runs
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in reply to Richard7

Thanks Richard! ๐Ÿ˜… I managed to go a bit faster in the 2nd half of the run, as I warmed up.

Sarakc
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I know what you mean!! Iโ€™ve just turned 54 and have never felt and probably looked as fit!! Itโ€™s amazing what this running has done!! I also swim for an hour once a week! Thatโ€™s helped too with stamina!!

Well done on todayโ€™s run!!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Sarakc

Thanks Sarah! ๐Ÿ˜˜ Swimming feels lovely after a week of running, so I have made it my Saturday treat. ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ I never imagined I would still be running one year on from C25K, and it is paying off. ๐Ÿ˜

FlickM3
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in reply to Sarakc

I think Iโ€™m going to swim once a week too. I swam almost daily last year because I bought a years pass, but I couldnโ€™t afford it this year with all the running gear Iโ€™ve purchased. Also got sick of elderly charging hippo men hogging the lane, splashing you in the face and kicking you, oblivious to the fact there is anyone else in the pool. But once a week is doable and itโ€™s only three minutes walk away.

Sarakc
SarakcGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Our leisure centre does a โ€œswim ticketโ€ You get 12 swims for the price of 10 . I think itโ€™s about ยฃ40 and is valid for 12 months. I go for the lane swimming on a Wednesday morning 9 till 10 and I go in the slow lane and do breast stroke! There are only about 4 of us! Then all the speedy ones are bombing up and down in the fast lane like professional swimmers! We could do with a medium lane!! I stick it out till the bitter end when they remove the ropes for the start of the aqua aerobics!! All these ladies suddenly appear out of nowhere!! Not my thing!!

Anyway when I first started I was finding it hard work doing 15 lengths! Now I can do about 70!!! Thatโ€™s how I know Iโ€™ve got fitter!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

skysue16
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in reply to Sarakc

Wow, 70 lengths that is fantastic!

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

Me too dear Sadie, but at least we've started it now, eh?

Well done for another fantastic run, plus 10.5k eh? Fantastic stuff! When I was out this morning, I was thinking, again, how fun this was, and you still seem to be enjoying it too. Once again, I'l most proud of you!

I noticed this morning that I'm still slower than most of the other runners I see. Put it this way, I never seem to pass them, they always pass me, but then I realise that they could have been doing this for years, In terms of our running careers, we have only just started, and to be doing what we're doing already is pretty amazing if you ask me.

You take care Sadie, have a good day, and I'm so glad you posted!

Neil xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Hidden

Aw, thank you buddy. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Yes, I am really enjoying it too! Still have the odd crappy run, but great ones like this make up for it, which is why I persist.

Yup, I still think of myself as a new runner, still building running legs. Happy with that! I frequently get passed by speedier, younger runners (usually men), but two hoots I do not give! I am so not competitive - apart from with myself. ๐Ÿ˜ You are doing grand, Neil, donโ€™t ever get hung up on speed, just keep the running consistent, add in new challenges now and again, and watch the magic unfold! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

So glad you posted too. xxx

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

It's always good to support each other isn't it? I'm not that hung up on speed, but it's one metric which is a good indicator of how I'm improving, that's all. And the new challenges are fun, like your 10.5k today :P

ChrisAllen1
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Well done Sadie, cracking run

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to ChrisAllen1

Cheers Chris! It felt very good. ๐Ÿ˜

mountaindreamer
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Well done Sadie! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Sounds like you have a great route there. I love being a running fiend! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to mountaindreamer

๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น Running fiends are the best! ๐Ÿ˜‚ And thank you! I still cannot believe I can actually run that distance! x

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

Go Sadie! You're on a roll, very well done ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Irishprincess

Thanks Princess! I have had a good run of, erm, runs lately! How are you doing? x

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

Doing great thanks Sadie, running is just ticking over for various reasons but mostly because I hate the heat and all the faffing with sun creams and insect repellant, etc. Oh for those crisp, cold days *sigh*

xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Irishprincess

Donโ€™t worry my dear, autumn will come! I for one am really looking forward to some autumn running. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Dexy5
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Well Done Sadie- youโ€™re doing great ๐Ÿ‘

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Thanks, dear Dexy. x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

Well done lovely Sadie and a nice pace to do that distance, especially in the heat. I suspect we will all be adept at managing the heat by the end of this summer. Letโ€™s hope we donโ€™t have any eastern beasts again this winter โ„๏ธ Btw have solved the heel lock by using the last metal lace hole instead of the non metal one, and itโ€™s perfect, firm without pressing on my Achilles xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Thank you, lovely Flick! I could have gone a wee bit faster, but wanted to enjoy this run rather than make it a slog! Plus I am still paranoid about injuring myself. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

It will be interesting to get back to winter running. (This is my first full summer running). Although I am looking forward to cooler temps, I am not looking forward to the dark morning runs, and only being able to get to the woods at the weekend. ๐Ÿ™„ Running in cold and rain does make me feel like a super hero though. ๐Ÿ˜‚

xxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

PS Glad you found a heel lock method that works for you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

I was thinking about that yesterday. If we are still here, most of my runs will be curtailed as half of them are off road, which will be impossible in the dark ๐Ÿคจ

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

๐Ÿ™ aaaagh, sorry to hear that Flick. Last winter I wasnโ€™t running more than 5km, so found it easy to mix up routes. I am going to have to plot carefully if I want to run further before work in winter...grrrr.

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

This town is too small to run far after dark. I will have to run in the day - which I can do as am no longer working away from home, but prefer not to as mornings and evenings are better times for me. Really hope Iโ€™m back in Oxford where you can run for two hours on lit pavements without running out of places to go. Ah well ...

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Have everything crossed for you for a successful move back to Oxford soon, my dear. Canโ€™t have you running in small loops like a hamster on a wheel. xxx

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

Thank you โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

APScotland
APScotlandGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

There are some fantastic head torches out there now - chest torches too, so you may yet be able to run in the dark. Get one with loads of lumens, focus-able, and comfy! I used a head torch thru the winter, though on roads / farm tracks which were mostly smooth. Wouldn't fancy trying it on very pot-holed uneven terrain. :) x

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to APScotland

Unfortunately itโ€™s very hilly and rough going round here, and in winter gates are quite dangerous as the mud is very deep and rutted. I canโ€™t think of many places here 5hat I would risk off road in the dark, even with head or chest torch. Shame really. My daughter uses one as there are few street lights where she lives, but sheโ€™s running on pavements and roads. I have flashing leds and reflective strips on my clothing to be actually visible.

APScotland
APScotlandGraduate10
in reply to FlickM3

Definitely better safe than sorry! Anyway, it's far too soon to be worrying about winter runs ... let's enjoy the summer sun while it lasts :) :) xxx

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to APScotland

True ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Sounds wonderful. I am taking a couple of weeks off for a niggling thigh strain. Have taken out a short term pass for local leisure centres - swam this afternoon, booked 3 pilates sessions .... this is instead of running, not sure I could handle it AS WELL AS running - well done you!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to linda9389

Oh sorry to hear about your niggle, Linda - but proud of you for coming up with plan B! Very Good. I love Pilates and swimming, both will set you up so well for when you can run again. I only do one class a week, plus one swim, so itโ€™s not so hard to fit in. I am lucky that the Pilates is class is run at work, so I get to do that Thurs lunchtimes. ๐Ÿ˜€ Heal quickly, Linda! xx

Wow Sadie ..That's fantastic what a great post ...You should be so proud of yourself what an achievement ...๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Myrar

Thank you so much, Myrar! I have worked hard for it, and do feel awfully proud of myself! I have never been a high achiever, ๐Ÿ˜‚, but I have found something I love, so itโ€™s easy to stick to.

Aww that sounds just lovely Sadie. I'm so glad you feel like that, Im working toward it, but I shyed out of running today, it was 4pm though and we'd been on a walk with the pups already, just had to get out of the house.

I, like you, wish I'd taken this up years ago, but nevermind, we're into it now and we can enjoy it and improve as we go xx ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to quirkybee

Thanks Quirkybee. ๐Ÿ˜˜ You got out and walked the pups though, and that counts as exercise! The heat is not helping our routines much at the moment, but that wonโ€™t last forever...so enjoy the summer I say! xxx

skysue16
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VERY well done! Brilliant run ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€ 10k is a good distance and great time too.

Sadie-runs
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in reply to skysue16

Thanks Sue! I am starting to quite like the 10k distance! x

Lorijay
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Sounds like such an enjoyable run Sadie and wow great time as well. Love it when it all comes together ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Lorijay

Thanks, it was! Makes up for all the rubbish runs when you have such a good one. ๐Ÿ˜ x

Mummycav
MummycavModerator

Brilliant Sadie...itโ€™s amazing how far youโ€™ve come, really amazing! You are Miss Fitty Mcfit without a doubt! Youโ€™ll never not be now either because your dedication & sheer enjoyment shine through with every post. I feel Iโ€™m at my fittest too....my swimming has improved as Iโ€™ve progressed my running & I love Pilates even more now because I can feel how much it helps in my running ...itโ€™s all just fab!! And we can share it all with each other on here too! BONUS!! x

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Mummycav

Aw, thanks MC! To think, this time last year I could barely run for 60 seconds! Learning to run is life changing, and such a fun journey. I never knew it could be so rewarding to push yourself this way. Very happy to hear you are swimming and Pilates-ing too! Good lass. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ I am finding swimming so much easier since starting to run, too.

Love sharing this on here with you too! BONUS indeed! xxx

Bluebirdrunner
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A super run Sadie!...brilliant ๐Ÿ˜Šxx

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you Jan! xxx

APScotland
APScotlandGraduate10

Well done Miss Fitty McFit! I've been trying yoga several times a week, using the "Ultimate Yogi" DVDs. I am stiff as a board, but after just a couple of weeks of this I can see minor improvements. I hope it will eventually help with increasing my stride length, reduce injuries, and keep me mobile into my old old age ...

Definitely a great idea to mix and match our weekly activities, and pilates, swimming and running is a great combination. I loved swimming most days on holiday but am less keen on the busy local pools at home. Perhaps we need to start digging our own ... ;) x

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to APScotland

I LOVE yoga! Have been practicing on and off for 20 years. It takes time and patience, but when you start feeling the results it is amazing. It will do your running good! And AP, oh to have a pool in the back garden! I would love that. xxx

APScotland
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in reply to Sadie-runs

I've tried yoga occasionally in the past but this programme is suiting me best so far, so with any luck I'll stick with it long enough to get some real benefits! The pool ... might be a pipe dream ... lots of black pipes, coiled up, to get solar heating ... lol! Never say never! ;) x

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10

Well done Miss Fitty McFit!

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask! Am considering changing my screen name to that now, it kinda has a nice ring to it. :-)

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

It sure does and is oh so true ๐Ÿ˜Š

orangeguy
orangeguyGraduate10

Sounds like a really nice run Sadie๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ . . . yes it cools down tomorrow apparently, as much as I really like morning running it will be nice to be able to run at slightly later times in the day ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to orangeguy

Thanks O-Guy! I hate to jinx it, but 10k is starting to feel manageable! I cannot wait to see how I fare in cooler temperatures! Happy running to you. ๐Ÿ˜

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