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I know it was hard breathing wise running in heat and humidity - but, honestly, it's really cold here now, i'm wearing a jumper and have the heating on. It makes me want to hibernate. I lose all my energy when it's chilly and have to force myself out of the door to run. Hate it!

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I'm with you Flick - I love running in the sun - warm early mornings 😊.

Am actually a little bit worried about the up coming winter months....

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You quickly get acclimatised! Honestly, you do! I warm up in the house and get smokin hot before turning out 👍

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I hated running last winter. It’s like getting into the swimming pool, those horrid chilly moments before you start to run.

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It was so harsh last winter too. And I would dress in jacket and gloves and buff and shiver till I began running, then have to strip after five minutes because I generate so much heat running 🤨

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Yeah, you can run in your vest as long as your head is covered and you have gloves. A jacket tied round your waist for after. Job’s a good un

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My winter running jacket is very thin . Wind and water proof but just a microscopic layer of material so I never needed to take it off. And it has a flashing yellow light on the back!

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Let’s hope it’s not the end of the summer!! It’s been my first summer running as I started in September! Much prefer it to the winter! I hate the short days and long nights! And deciding how many layers to wear!!!! 😀

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Thats exactly it, getting the clothes right. I’ve loved shorts and capris and vests

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Blimey, we're the opposite end of the Cotswolds to you and although it's wet here I'm still wearing shorts and a sleeveless top! We're all different and I love winter. But think of it this way Flick, winter running gear is fab - all those layers!

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Chipping Norton is always colder than anywhere else on the planet 😕 I found the layers a problem last winter. I would freeze in my warmup walk: long sleeved top, long leggings, hat, running gloves, buff - then, five minutes into the run I would be pulling things off and stowing them away in the pockets of my running jacket, all uncomfortable and bulky, because my circulation is so darned efficient once I get going 🤨

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As I'm reading this I have the "stripper" tune in my head 😂 just picturing you discarding various items of clothing as you run along 😂

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lol, exactly the same thought crossed my mind when I wrote it 😂😂😂

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Haha 😆

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I do a winter race and one particularly Baltic year my husband was foretelling dire consequences of my pitching up in vest and capris while grown men were wearing hats and coats, tights with shorts over, and gloves Yet, they go out for a night out down town and they’re in shirt sleeves 🤷‍♀️😃

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I know. No logic in it at all 😂

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Blimey you must have ice in your veins!!! I read your post, then showered and thought I’d better put a thin teeshirty cardigan on over my vest and capris if it was cooler. Came downstairs to make a cuppa and had to fling window and back door open and cardi off as I’m too warm.

I only wore my little thin jacket a couple of times when we were running in the winter because I can’t stand it flapping when I tie it round me. I’ve even been known to sling it over a low wall, along Tarka Trail, and collect it on the way back🤣🤣

I have several lovely thick warm jackets and coats and I probably wear one on Firework Night, one in Bridgwater Carnival when I’m stood around and maybe one when I go up to London in the winter as the wind whistles down the tube tunnels

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Ah, but you don’t live in the Arctic like me. It’s risen to the heady heights of 14 degrees at last. It was 8 degrees this morning. Mr I Don’t Snore wears shorts and short sleeves in winter. I had to buy a ski jacket and thermal gloves for him when we went to Iceland in November, and he still insisted on wearing trainers- luckily no snow, but sub zero temps.

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Ah yes I’m in Sunny Devon ( haha) and although the sun has gone behind a cloud and it’s breezy today, it’s still 20 degrees in my sitting room with the window and back door open.

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29 degrees? Bliss 😊❤️

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20!! 29 I’d be dying !!

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I ran in 29 though 4K was enough and it was slow

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I’m with you Flick - much prefer the sun. It’s pouring with rain here and I’m cold and miserable at home eating chocolate cookies and waiting for the sun! I hate winter with a vengeance. It was nice running in the cooler weather earlier this morning though but I stupidly assumed it would warm up once the sun came up! Xx

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I,ove some aspects of winter - the solstice and Christmas, frosty mornings, crisp air etc, but hate it for running. Something in me unfolds and comes alive when it’s hot. Chucking it down here too ☹️ Xx

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It rained here on and off this morning so I took the opportunity to make 4 pies with all the blackberry and apple I cooked yesterday 😁

Sun’s out now and so is my washing

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It’s getting to that time of year when I always crave pies and stews. Your pies sound lovely 🥧 🥧 🥧 🥧

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They are !!! 😋

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I can't say I'm looking forward to running in winter although this will be my first as started running end of March so I'm with you on this Flick.

I have got into a nice routine running at 5:30 in the morning over summer and thought of freezing temps and venturing out to run will take some serious self talk 🤓

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I used to run earlyish if possible and then when I got back in and showered I was nice and warm for a few hours.

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I must be intending to run as I bought a run light this week so now just need gloves to complete the ensemble..lol..I think it might be trial and error for me in winter with regard to time of day/night I run. 😊

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Ahh yes I did wear light fingerless gloves as the backs of my hands got really cold!!! The only bit of me not covered in a generous layer of flab I expect 🤣

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How far off running again are you now? How is the foot progressing?

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Yeah the foot is pretty good, no problems walking, even walked in Rocket Dog flip flops one day, they have a contoured footbed. But I was scared my foot would slip in them as it was hot so I was very wary walking. But I’m mainly walking in my running trainers, more supportive. Dr advised speedwalking last two weeks of September then starting C25k again in October

I have another sports massage booked August 20th and Emma will work on my foot then, she did wonders last time.. loosened it right up. She said worst thing is to let scar tissue build up and tighten it all up.

And I have yet to brave my wobble board which I purchased and am scared of.

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October is not so far away now. You have been amazing, so stoic and determined. Thank goodness the end is in sight. We will all be cheering you on when you get back out there x

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Thanks 😁

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I got Karrimor thin running gloves from ebay. Even so, I had to take them off after a few minutes as my hands get warm.

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I will lose half my routes once it gets darker, unless I run midday. Also too muddy for off road here in winter. And then there’s snow and ice that render me housebound and running on my tiny treadmill. Moan, moan, moan lol

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It was an endurance test for me last winter. I began c25k in mid October and graduated in January. It’s been so wonderful having the light evenings and mornings to run. My routes will be shut down too if we’re still in Chipping Norton as the cross country routes are treacherous with mud, and of course unlit after dark. Boo...

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I agree on the idea of getting up that early in the dark and cold. I’ve loved getting up early this summer... I guess it is what it is 😆

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It is indeed what it is, but I wish it wasn’t beginning to do it quite so soon 😳☹️

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Absolutely! Far too soon! X

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Did I reply to this? I’m losing track! The cold start kills me, even if it’s going to warm up later 😕

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My biggest hate is the wind, absolutely detest it with a passion! 😤

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Yes. It was like a giant hand pushing me backwards sometimes last winter

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I don't really wear anything too different in the winter - longer tights and long sleeved tops (and a light rain jacket if it's really wet or cold) as I warm up pretty quickly when I'm running. What I really miss is the light. In the winter if I run before work it's dark and if I run after work it's dark add anything wet to that and it's really uninviting. I graduated in November and was really determined to keep running whatever- but now I've been spoiled by this lovely spring and summer running I'm expecting to be a bit 'soft' and will need to toughen up in order to get out there.

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I’m much the same as you for,winter gear. I was hoping to be back in Oxford before winter, but I can’t seem to sell this flipping house. At least there you have miles of well lit pavements to run on when it’s dark. Here most of my runs take me off road and will be impossible for one reason or another. Ah, well, I don’t intend to stop running, so I will have to cope, but, as you say, spring and summer have been idyllic for running and exploring.

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Well lit pavements but boring. Someone bought me a running head torch as a gift - but fear I would look (more) ridiculous 😂?

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I LOVE being out in Oxford at night. In the centre you have the gorgeous college buildings, and further out you can see inside everyone’s houses, which I find fascinating.

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Me too, especially at Christmas when I run up Knob Hill to check out their lovely decs 🎄

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Hope you manage to sell your house soon! I can really sympathise! Took us over a year to sell ours in Northern Ireland before we moved here!

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People love the house, but they want to park their car outside, and it’s double yellow lines here. And apparently walking three minutes up the road is far too exhausting, so they buy another house which isn’t half as nice as ours but that they can park outside. When did the great god car start taking precedence over having a lovely home? I really don’t understand it. It never occurred to us to ask about parking when we bought it, but then Mr I Don’t Snore is quite happy to walk miles. But seriously, free parking two three minutes walk away and that’s a problem? No wonder everyone is obese.

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Oh no! That’s such a shame! I’m afraid the car really does seem to rule these days! 😬

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It makes me laugh at the gym where there is a huge car park but everyone wants to actually drive into the building practically, jockeying for the spaces nearest the doors. When I saw a pro footballer doing it I rolled my eyes at him 😁🙄

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What’s even weirder: my friends daughter, a keen runner, paid gym fees to train for the Blenheim 7k in spring because it is a hilly course. She lives in the same town as me - I’ve learned to tackle hills by running up and down them. She doesn’t run here but only at the gym.

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Daft innit. Too much money some folk 😁 Free hills and they’d rather not. Why enter a hilly race at all 🤷‍♀️

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The only joy of living in London – it is always a few degrees warmer than anywhere else. But that has been killing me this summer. Over 24 degrees at night and being able to sleep as a result / having to run at 6am in the morning, even on the frigging weekend, in order to not get heatstroke! I am loving this cooler weather, I had the most glorious run this morning in 14 degrees – I could breathe! And I felt like I was flying! And I had a good night's sleep!

I don't mind winter running; I love the challenge and get hot very quickly. Only thing I hate about winter running is when it is icy and I cannot run. That makes me very sad. :-(

Now autumn, that rings ALL my bells and ticks ALL my boxes. :-)

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Also you have the advantage of lit pavements after dark. I do feel for those of you who hate the heat, and I did in fact get sunstroke etc, but that was bad management. I’m fine with hydration backpack and a running hat. I have to say I’m getting more sleep now it’s cooler but that’s because my beloved isn’t restless and is snoring less. Yes, you are right, lovely warm, mellow, fruitful autumn days are something to look forward to.

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I'm so excited! I hate running in the warm. It makes me grumpy and fractious, and I need water, and there is too much glare in my eyes and too many bugs to bite me. I love the autumn here, with the gentle golden sun, and then those crispy winter days where everything looks magical and a bit like timeless archive clips, and even when it's thick ice out and everyone is sliding about but you're running along in ice grips so they think you're some kind of wizard. What I could do without is the west coast dampness I'm going to have to deal with now I run at work. It will now drizzle till next May, apart from a few days...where it stops to rain properly. East Coast climate all the way!

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I like the crispy winter days too, just not running in them. Walking is different because all I need to remove after a while is my gloves, but running is difficult because I’m frozen to begin with then too hot. And snow and ice here is lethal. Spikes are no good because the pavements get trodden down by people walking over them, then it freezes to a thin veneer that crampons and spikes don’t work on but you can’t walk on without slipping either. The only place to walk is the road, but then it’s dangerous with fast cars.

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That's why Yaktrax are great! I'm not into crampons, I find them awkward to run in. But coils are perfect for running on compacted ice, and I now use them to get to work too. I seem to be quite good at regulating my temperature luckily, I just stick on one of my trusty lululemon zip up jackets (I know they're not a nice brand but I'm afraid they make my favourite Define zippy tops so I've ended up with tonnes of them) switch my Buff to a merino one and out I go, snow, ice, the works. But not rain. There is no place for rain in my running. I might pull the zip down an inch later on my jacket so it's not a polar neck anymore, but Scotland is that cold in winter that you never really overheat 😂 I do have Reynauds but it never really bothers me all that much when I'm running so I don't wear gloves, I guess my circulation must get a good shove. Occasionally I'll wear a woolly arm warmer with thumb holes if it's really baltic. I just keep everything on, I'm not into carrying stuff at all. Once I'm set, I'm set for the whole run.

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I have yak tracks but wouldn’t attempt to run on them on the pavements here as the ice is so thin you are literally skidding the coils on the concrete underneath, but it’s too slippery to actually walk. I’m very wary because my balance is bad due to my injured leg, which i also don’t want to risk bashing again.

My partner has Reynards and also ones in Iceland; he kept them on in the car, then they retained the heat when we got out.

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Yes, I'm starting to get seriously worried about the cold/wet months to come. My wife had to almost push me out the door yesterday, and it was actually quite warm, although not like recent months.

Not sure what to buy (as a male) to run in the cold and wet. Any advice welcome.

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Well, pretty much the same as women. Long running leggings/tights, running gloves, a buff or hat, long sleeved top, thin, wind and water resistant running jacket, and peel and stow layers as you warm up.

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I haven’t run in rain yet at all so I’m actually hoping for a shower or two tomorrow during Parkrun just to see what it feels like and grab a memory to take with me.

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I’m doing my first ever parkrun at Banbury tomorrow and it’s predicted to be sunny and 14 degrees. I was going to ask you if there are loos at the park or near, or do I need to go before I get there. It’s just I want to make,sure I’m well hydrated and if it’s only 14 degrees, I might need a wee..

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That’s great you’re doing a Parkrun tomorrow! I’m hopefully doing my second ever one tomorrow as I’m off work!! 😀

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Watch this space 😊🏃‍♂️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. There are loos it about 5minutes walk away at the sports centre. More here:

parkrun.org.uk/banbury/course/

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Thank you!

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And bring change for the parking meter.

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Ah. Well if Mr I Don’t Snore (who is taking me) decided to bring the dogs, then I will, but if he decides to have breakfast instead then it won’t be a problem

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Thank goodness it is much cooler out there ..am going out at 6-6.30am before it gets to hot ...

Not quite time for base layers and leggings yet .. even then the cold isn't so bad to run in .. any excuse to put my leggings on 😁

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It’s actually cold here ☹️

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Hehe, I knew it, happens all the time. Once proper winter weather settles in, there will be loads of nostalgic 'where is the glorious heat' emails. I left Croatia yesterday and the max over there was 37C with ludicrous humidity, imagine the uproar if we had it like that for 6-7 weeks on the trot? ;) A temperature dip won't hurt us, we are the lucky ones with this weather.

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We Brits love talking about the weather. Couple that with running, and I am sure we could keep a thread going for several weeks lol!

I for one love running in all seasons. Winter and summer both bring their own challenges, but that's fun too, being challenged. I remember fondly the day I ran in sleet that felt like teeny, tiny knives slashing my eyeballs. And I do like feeling like a ninja with my Buff up to my eyeballs and every available piece of flesh being covered in black lycra. And running in the dark and startling foxes. Love it all. All running. All weather. (Though I confess I had a couple of gripes when it was over 30 degrees here. Ahem.)

Welcome back to Blighty mrrun!

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Well, I was always going to mourn the passing of the heat. I spent much of my childhood in Iraq and Cyprus so I got used to it

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Yes its feast or famine isn’t it! . . . I'm sitting here at my desk with the rain beating on the windows wondering should go for my run now or wait a while until it leaves off 😕

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Run in the rain! It will make you feel like a super hero. :-)

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OK . . . I'm going right now Sadie! 😂😂😂

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I love running in the rain. I once ran to a party wearing a black sun dress, dancing round in circles as I went, feeling untrammelled and free. Arrived feeling like a wild thing, all glowing wet locks and clinging garment. They offered me towels and fussed over me catching cold. Not quite the image I thought I was projecting.

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Just stopped here. Been at it all morning

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Eek! Definately get yourself that new warmer gear Flick, and then maybe you will learn to embrace the cold?? It's all good for me I'm afraid - I find it hard to get out and run in the heat!🙂

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I’m well equipped for winter but it’s like two climates in one outing, too cold till I run then too hot 🤨❄️🔥

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Yes, you're right - layering is the way too go!

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Bit of a faff stowing stuff away and tying things round your waist though, but I guess no need for water bottles or hydration packs 😊

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It’s looking good for tomorrow when I run again, but we’ve had ltorrential rain here today. I’ve just had to throw my walking jacket in the washing machine to nik-wax it again. 💦☔️🌧

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Yes cooler but sunny tomorrow

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Actually the thing this thread really shows is how alert to the seasonal changes we are - another real benefit of running for me (as I used to be outside and up close to nature and the weather much less) - so will try to enjoy the fading of summer and look forward to a glorious autumn and a crisp cold winter - will enjoy it all so long as there's not too much mud!

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Yes, it’s wonderful to be close to the seasonal cycle

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Supposed to be running this evening with my daughter and normally I'm geeing her up to get out but even my heart isn't in it as I watch the pouring rain outside.........oh god just realised son is at Scout camp near Oxford so going to come back with soaking clothes tomorrow and we only have a couple of hours before getting a ferry...conundrum. Do I leave clothes and throw away the mouldy ones when we get back or try quick wash and airing cupboard? We don't have a tumble dryer as the only place we can keep one tends to blow them up.

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Is he at Hillend? Why don’t you just spread the clothes out quickly on surfaces radiators etc and let them air dry while you’re gone?

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My friend suggested just leaving it on the line until we get back😂

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Not too cool yet here in the NW, Flick. Think I’m going to prefer Autumn / Spring as running months. I may even retreat indoors to the gym treadmills when the pavements get icy...

Hope you enjoy Parkrun tomorrow! 😃❤️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you. I’m excited and apprehensive in equal measure

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They’re great fun, Flick, you’ll love it. 😊❤️❤️ All the volunteers are so supportive, and they have a great atmosphere. There’s even always a volunteer tailwalker, so no one, even those who want to walk the whole thing, will ever have to come last.

The front end of a Parkrun may contain fast runners, but further back everyone is just competing with themselves and out for some fun exercise. I think everyone tends to go for coffee after Parkruns as well - if you want to meet other runners. (My husband is always too impatient to get home again, so we sadly don’t join them.)

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Thanks. Ive put up a separate post on this. I think Imwill be dragged off home too, as I’m being taken by Mr I Don’t Snore

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Ha Ha! What will he be doing while you’re running? My husband is taking me and son might come too if he’s up in time! They plan to get a breakfast in the cafe I think! Not a chance of them even walking it!!! 😂

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He went and got a coffee then walked most of the course. He was tempted to run it but said last time he did a run he pushed too far and fast and landed up in hospital because he wrecked his knees playing football to semi professional level in his youth.

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My husband is very stubborn! He likes that I’m running and getting fitter but he says he hates running and he says his knees wouldn’t be up to it! He played a lot of cricket in his younger days!

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I think they think we might be better at it than them. Mic was going to come swimming with me, but he backed out of it, and I know he thinks I might beat him. They always have to turn it into a competition. I wouldn’t have as I’m just as slow at swimming as I am at running. It’s just as well I’m vegan because I would have been a rubbish hunter gatherer

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Oh quite possibly!! Andy is very competitive!

However he’s a great cook and he’s toiling away in the kitchen now while I “recover “ from my exertions this am!! (Keeping one eye on the cricket too! He can multitask when he wants!!! ) 😂

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Ooh, he’s cooking for,you? Mic used to cook for me, but now he won’t even eat with me as a dirty protest because I’ve gone vegan.

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Ha ha! I imagined you were both vegan!

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No. I was vegetarian when he met me. I won’t have meat cooked in the house, can’t bear the smell, bad enough feeding raw meat to the cats. He’s always eaten veggie at home and meat if we go out. I think the vegan thing was too much. He has a German mother who was brought up on a farm slaughtering and preparing meat, and he used to go and stay on his German cousins’ farm, and meat is almost a religion over there, so he just doesn’t understand my diet, I think it disturbs him. He knows my arthritis has disappeared since I cut out dairy, but emotionally it doesn’t compute for him.

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Oh goodness that must be so difficult for you both! It’s bad enough in our house with our younger son being really fussy( He has Aspergers) Won’t have certain foods touching etc!!!!

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How do you cope,with your son’s food aversions? I suppose you must just have to keep foods separate, or even served on different plates for,him.

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It was worse when he was younger but thankfully he’s not so bad now (in all areas) He’s 14 now and just absolutely obsessed with the musical “”Wicked” !!! Yes he has pasta completely plain in separate bowl and certain veg in different bowls! He actually ate squid tonight and we nearly fainted!!!!! 😂

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Oh, bless him, he sounds a lovely boy.

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Cooler temperatures? What are those?!? We broke all kinds of heat temperatures yesterday reaching 40. The only saving grace was the smoke from the forest fires that blew in from the neighbouring provinces making the sun feel less intense. I was “smart” and went for my run at 9 am when it was only 23. It was 26 degrees by the time I finished. I was running (hiking) hill repeats so was pretty hot when I finished. We’re supposed to be 38 degrees today. It’ll be another day living in the water since our boat doesn’t have any air conditioning and the wind feels like someone turned the furnace on high 😩. I’m not complaining though, i’m at the lake and before we know it, winter will be here.

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I remember you running completely bundled up in sub zero temperatures last winter!

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Yes, we go from one extreme to the other around here ☀️😅❄️😬. Now it’s about how little can I wear and still be deemed “respectable” 😇😆

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Yes, indeed, I might moan about the British weather, but there are definite advantages to living in a temperate climate!

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