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Sunday Morning Benchmark Run 🏃🏾‍♀️ ❤️

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Fabulous450Graduate10
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Happy Sunday Runners!

I’ve just got back from my first benchmark run in my programme. Let’s just say it was tough and I’m dripping everywhere, but it was satisfyingly doable!

There are 3 segments: 7 mins warm up, 3 mins going for broke running (hard) and then 5 mins warm down. 15 mins in total! I wasn’t naive to think that 15 mins wasn’t going to be tough 😯. I was dreading the 3 minute section, thinking going hard for 3 minutes is quite an ask, as you still need to carry on afterwards. And it was a challenge 💦 😓. I kind of wish the coach didn’t do the updates to say “your half way now” 🙄 and “one minute to go” (not quite as bad as half way 🙃), but then something just kicked in and I say “come on, we’ve got this”! Shoulders up and a bit more power in the legs and I’m feeling good. Then we’re done!

You can walk after in the warm down (now she tells me), but it’s recommended to get back to a jog, so I just forget the walking bit (the hard bit is over 😁) and jog for all of the last 5 minutes, while trying to regulate my breath again of course.

Wooh...benchmarking is a whole new experience! 😲 Now I’ve done it, I won’t be afraid next time. Mystery over!🧐 😉 These type of runs are ideal for the little park close by, as the surface is flatter. So my little park is not going to be totally redundant after all. I will go to the big parks for the long runs though. I’m not keen to go around and around for what now feels like eternity.

So I did 2.12k in 15 minutes! That’s further distance in 15 than my last run. I’m happy with that, especially considering 12 minutes of the total run was actually a light jog. Hey...not bad!! Feeling good on my new programme!🏃🏾‍♀️ ❤️

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Nice one. What's benchmark? ☺️

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to

So, the App designs the runs in the programme and this one is where you have to run hard (speeding up) for a certain length of time during the run 3 minutes this time. This enables them to adjust and tailor your programme according to how you do. There might be another word for it, but that’s what the App calls it. 🤷🏽‍♀️❤️

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Equi-geekGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Sounds interesting! Glad you don’t have to abandon the little park 👍👍

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

Me too Equi! It played a big part in my outdoor running journey! 😁❤️

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ch3lsea007

Fabulous Purple Girl Runner!

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to ch3lsea007

Thank you Purple Man!! 😉❤️

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Jelon

Great you’re having fun and mixing it up. 😊👍🏻

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Jelon

Thanks Jelon! Yes I’m really enjoying not knowing what to expect again, but ready to give it a go! 😆❤️

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telford_mikeGraduate10

Sounds tough but good fun! It occurs to me that for some reason I have never been for a run on a Sunday 🤔

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to telford_mike

It’s always seems to be nice and quiet on a Sunday Mike. I like it! Perfect for tackling unfamiliar runs! 😁❤️

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RunBrianRunGraduate10

Never heard of benchmark running. But well done anyway 😃👍

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to RunBrianRun

Neither me Brian! Just doing as told! 🤣🤣❤️

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DebJogsOn

Great stuff 😊

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Thanks Deb!! 😁❤️

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theoldfellow

I have the distinct feeling of being left standing by a cute lady runner, who is Fabulous, just Fabulous. 😍

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to theoldfellow

Aah no...we’re running together!! 😉❤️

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mountaindreamerGraduate10

Well done, F450! Sounds like a fun run! 😊🏃‍♀️❤️

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Kind of tough, but fun too! ❤️

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LoungeLizaardGraduate10

F450 ⬆️⬆️ Love it! You sound like a Ferrari!

Great effort - which app are you using? I’ll do some of these once my 10k is out of the way!

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Nike+ App LL. 🤣 I had to pretend I was a Ferrari, that’s for sure. All in all though a very different and fun 15 minute run. Thank you! ❤️

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LorijayGraduate10

Well done Fabulous. I too am having some fun (I use this term loosely..lol) doing intervals in an attempt to improve my speed. Definitely know I've done some work when I finish. I think it is great to mix it up, keeps it interesting and for me, motivating. :) :)

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Lorijay

I agree Lori! It helps that it’s a programme tailored for you. You just go out and give it a go! Back to a few apprehensive thoughts but great feeling once completed! 😍❤️

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SybilwGraduate10

Sounds challenging - just what you enjoy! Does the app have a name?

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Thank you! It’s the Nike+ running app Sybilw! ❤️

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SybilwGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you Fab. Just looking!!😊

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sallensonGraduate10

Is this the Nike app? Sounds fun xx

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to sallenson

Sure is Sallenson! Nike+! I don’t have anything to compare it with, but there’s lots of variety! It would be very difficult to get bored. There’s even a “Don’t want to run” run! 🤣 I’ve done that one too! 🤣❤️

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sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

It's on my phone I think. Along with every other running app currently available :-)

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to sallenson

Perfect!! 👌🏽 ❤️

I think i need to do a bit of that! well done :)

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to

Thanks Flick! It keeps it varied which I like. 😁❤️

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Ang33333Graduate10

Sounds interesting! Will have to try it! 😁

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Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Ang33333

It will be really good for improving my ability to adjust my speed. It was a challenge 💦 , but I would recommend it. ❤️

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Eiralas

Sounds good! And great that you have found a purpose for your little park 🙂

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