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It is official...Running is good for your health... and your ego !

It is official...Running is good for your health... and your ego !

Up, not so early after a slightly restless night... and out into the morning. The Close quiet and calm as I headed out for a short 3K.

A lingerie drawer of a sky...seamless blue silk, wisps of dove grey lace and rose tipped organdie.

No music this morning... just me and a strangely empty world... folks seemingly eking out the last of the Summer holidays maybe?

Setting off up the hill towards the Common.... slow and steady as ever... rounding the heels and landing lightly... and yes, I do try still to kiss the ground with my feet.. Past the golf course.. a fine mist of rain touching my cheeks and a sharp almost Autumnal tang in the air as I run onwards.

Breathing easily, the pace is slow... up and up, toes kicking small, unfinished, under-ripe crab apples... loosened and littering the pavement, after a wet and windy night... and I turn across through the estate road and down towards the downhill return.

Cutting through the small copse of trees, disturbing the chittering and chattering of small birds, breakfasting on some early hips and haws, and the all too early blackberries...

On, and back through the Crescent and down towards the village...

My head is full of racing thoughts, yet my body moves with a relaxed and easy style... shoulders relaxed, light steps and the stress slowly drifting away behind me into the brightening day.

Two young people... outside the newsagents....waiting for the coach to the Catholic High School in the next town... GCSE Results day...uniformed and formal... preparing for the next step. As am I :)

Along and through Swan Passage and by the side of the stream and I am done. 3K... simple and sweet...all that was needed and all that was wanted.

Walking back up the hill and home.. I find my mind is calm... and ready to face the day.

Postscript.

Just over four hours later...I know what my next step is... or steps... running ones... right back up to where I was and beyond.

The MRI results are through and reported... my Consultant goes through them with me... we study my images and he explains everything. Yes , I did have a stress fracture... actually, not one... not two, but three... BUT, they are all old... very, very very old. One below the knee and two above! It is so strange looking at my own inside.. bones, with the neat clean straight lines indicating injuries of which I have no knowledge.. I fell out of trees regularly, as a child and off bicycles, latterly, but have never had trauma from any of those injuries. They were not caused by running.

The initial X ray just showed them up..because they were there:)

I do have a slight tear in the meniscus, probably the outcome of the original twinge felt after kneeling heavily on a stone floor! But... and this is the very, very best bit... the lovely man said that many folk, over 50, if MRI scanned would have these tears.

He told me that the bones were strong, the patella is fine, there are no ligament issues...and he felt that I was probably fitter and stronger than many folk half my age... He actually said, looking at all the results...wait for it... that my legs are great... and to keep doing what I have been doing, because I was looking really good. To get out and make the most of the last of the summer weather.

This man was young enough to be my son...he told me his Mum was my age... but still, I could have hugged him!

Instead I thanked him for the information and explanation and told him that he had made my day... he had.

I shook his hand and left and it was not until I was clear of the main reception area that I breathed easy, punched the air and did a little silly jig, just as when Laura told me I was a RUNNER!

The huge sense of relief I felt was palpable. I could not contain the smiles.

Thank you each and everyone for the support, and the messages and encouragement whilst I have been on the IC... you have kept me going.. as always x

PPS

Those are my great legs in the photograph.. I love them, thank you, legs!

PPS

He told me knee surgery is to be avoided at all costs, unless it is absolutely essential.

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Great news - onwards and upwards now - there’s absolutely NOTHING to stop you

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Nothing at all... and that is a fact xxx

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Wonderful news, Floss!!! So glad you can officially get going again! Looking forward to hearing of your return to form and your continuation to HM! xx😃🏃‍♀️❤️❤️😎

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Thanks you... I did admit to the chap that I had had a run in the last week! xxx

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Whoopie Oldfloss, that’s fantastic news - I’m so pleased for you. And I love the purple leggings and shoes. It must be so lovely to be running again after all this time. 🏃‍♀️👏

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It really is....those leggings and the shoes.. sadly gone now..but replaced ! are my favourites!!

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Whoop de do! SO pleased for you Floss!

All those weeks being patient and worrying what the outcome would be...and yesterday finally the Best News!😄

Full steam ahead ( in your usual way😉) and back onto the Bridge for the Magic 10k!

Looking forward to your lovely ramble run reports...always a delight to share.😊xxxx

Happy happy running all over the place because you can and are a fabulous Runner! Your 3k yesterday morning was a lovely start....

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It was... thank you, thank you...my dear and true friend xxx

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What wonderful news! You must have had a very frustrating summer listening to us lot wittering on about fun we were having. Enjoy your legs!

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I lived through those runs.... and now.. out there again.. thank youx

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Hi

Glad to see you got a good result from your MRI as good as mine I got a good with the bloods as well so am going to walk further and check with the Doc about when I can start running as to doing your HM I managed 14km and it took me 2hours 23 minutes so going to try to finish the distance in a couple of goes but will let you know how I got on.

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Michael.... that is brilliant... my issues are as nothing,,compared with yours.

You are doing wonderfully! I intend building up so slowly and getting to the HM distance as and when...keep me posted please xxx

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I would have hugged him or maybe even kissed him on the cheek if I were you ;) Fantastic. And a virtual kiss to each knee. Many happy kms of running to them.

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Thank you.... I managed to contain myself.... :) xxx

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Indeed great news Oldfloss and great legs 😁😁

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It is.. and so welcome... and thank you!x

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Fantastic news, I’m so pleased for you.

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Thank you.. I am so relieved.... I was imagining all sorts!!!

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Fantastic!!! Lovely legs indeed. I love the thought of something as simple as ‘the next step’. And lovely to have a doc who endorses your efforts...

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Thank you...he was excellent..and very supportive. Quite literally just what I needed😊

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You got legs ... and you know how to use 'em... :)

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I do and I can... thank you !

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I felt so excited and relieved for you reading your post! Onwards and upwards- yeh!! Xx

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Yeay indeed... I heaved the biggest sigh of relief... and now... I can get on with the runs again... happily :) x

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Aw Oldfloss ...this has proper warmed mi cockles!!! Fan-blooming-tastic news, I feel like punching the air myself!!! And going for a run RIGHT NOW!!! Your legs are amazing, our bodies are amazing & I am so chuffed that you can carry on doing what you love most & we can carry on reading all your runderful posts..I am going to raise a glass to you my lovely mentor tomorrow night when I have done my 7 1/2 hour drive up to Paris (no wine for me tonight!!!) to celebrate your wonderful news & celebrate that you’ll still be there for all of us, what would we do without you eh??? That’s unthinkable!! Sending you a massive Mummycav hug xxxx and a high five ✋ too xxx

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Thank you... that is lovely and so kind.... ! You take care tomorrow....I shall raise a glass too tomorrow... to my wonderful forum friends.. it will be bubbly... because Mr OF and I will have been married 45 years tomorrow!! xxx

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Happy Anniversary to you and Mr OF tomorrow...45 years! That's something to celebrate 🎉🍸🍸.....you are both keepers!😊xxx

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Thanks you... a run by the sea this morning.. and a bottle of bubbly chilling now :) xxxx

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Sounds perfect!

Congratulations on your Anniversary💘💑xxx

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Ohhhhh...I’ve decided to raise a glass to you, a glass to you & Mr OF, a glass to each of your knees & glass to this forum...is that a bottle??!!!!! Lol...happy anniversary to you both...I’m really happy for you xx

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It is a bottle..perfect... Bonne sante! xxx

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joyeux anniversaire mon adorable amie et ici à beaucoup plus Xx

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Merci ! xxxx

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Fabulous news Oldfloss! Onwards and upwards! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍👍👍🤗

🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏿‍♀️

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As ever.... great eh ? Thank you xx

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I look forward to hearing your updates. So pleased for you! 😘 x

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Smashing looking pair of pins you've got there Missus, and now you have the go ahead to keep using them! Hooray!

Wonderful post as always and a beautiful run.

Totally thrilled for you that you have the official sanction for your running. xxx

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Thank you!!!

I am able to be out there again and steady as ever... the brilliant thing was...that I saw a fox... the night before.. ( my totem animal)...I should have just trusted... :) x

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Never ignore sign like that :) x

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Dear Oldfloss! What great looking legs! (Don't I wish!....) I have a moment to myself as my husband snoozes on the sofa.... I am thinking of starting up running again after about a 3-week absence. I used to run 2 miles max, although it took me a half hour. Can you recommend how I might get going again? I've been walking the dog out of necessity but not finding time for running, what with the hubby situation....

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Thank you... I am loving my little legs now.... :) Maybe initially just take a little jogette... but what about looking at the plan that ju-ju- has got going... I am back on it, yet again..it is so slow and steady and we all encourage each other...You could join in and have ago.... take it steady and see how you feel ?

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Thanks, Oldfloss, for your advice. I like that, "jogette!" I will look at Juju's plan. By the by, we had 5 deer in our yard this morning. One was about 2' high with spots, a baby, and running around at one point scaring two of her herd with her sudden antics!

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That's brilliant! So pleased for you !😁😁😁😁😁

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Best news indeed.. thank you x

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Wow great news and what a wordsmith 👍😀

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I was very welcome news... and thank you!x

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Wow fantastic news floss, and he's right you do have a great pair of legs!😊lovely compliment 👍🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃✔onwards and upwards then,there a HM to aim for! 😊xxx

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Ha ha.. I think he meant in the fitness stakes...but he was good for my ego and my health!

I am going to finish the 10K plan again on here... take it steadily and enjoyably and then build up... I was amused yesterday, when I got an e mail saying there might be a place on the Tissington HM.. ( I was on the reserve list), but is is a bit too soon... at the end of September. I know I would be pushing myself too hard for that date. But, there will be others!!!

Thanks Ali xxxx

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Fantastic news, what a relief and how nice to hear all that reassuring stuff too.... Having to wait so long for an answer allows the imagination to run away with itself... but thankfully the only thing running over the hills and far away will be you! :)

So glad you are back where you belong at last xx

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You are so right.. starting positive and staying positive was the hardest bit.. I had imagined all sorts! Just being able to run safely and knowing it is okay to do so...is wonderful... I so missed my sights and sounds...the trainer and my daily exercises, although helpful... did not quite fit the bill. Thank you my friend xxx

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Love the write up of your run and even better the results of your MRI. Happy running 😊👍🏻🙌🏃‍♀️🍾

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Thank you.... it has been a very long wait since I had the first x ray!!!

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Beautiful description of your run and what lovely legs.🕺🕺

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Thank you... and I am very grateful to those legs...they have taken me and will take me to amazing places!

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Such wonderful news, Flossie! I am so pleased for you and happy to see you out and running again. 😁 Yay! 👏👏👏 xxx

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It was good news.. i had convinced myself that my bones were giving in to the increasing years! Just being outside and soaking everything up is amazing! Thank you x

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Great news Oldfloss!! Onwards & upwards all at a 🐌’s pace of course 👍🏻

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It was welcome news and thank you! Snails totally rock.... even with slightly cracked shells:) x

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Great legs indeed! You are always such an inspiration and big support to others, I am happy that you had good news. I think that doctor had a bit of a crush on the Queen of Running!

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Tee hee.. I think he meant it solely in the fitness stakes:) ( I can pretend though :)) He was very good for me ... I feared the worst and got the best :) Thank you!

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Well he seemed to love the bones of you :)

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Great to see you out there again Oldfloss!!! What fab news about your legs too 😁👏

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Such happy welcome news,, and good to be out there with an official, it is okay stamp!

Thank you x

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Wonderful news!! ✊👏 I got quite choked up for you. I'm so happy that those beautiful legs are OK and you're back out there doing what you love 💗

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Thanks you... I got a tad down in the waiting time, although compared with the issues which other friends on here have it was so minor. I love my running and my rambles...my legs, as it turns out are stronger than I imagined:) xx

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I know. Waiting is awfully hard, but it's good for our "patience training" 😉

To get such a good result after all is almost worth it! 🤗

Minor... doesn't feel like it when it's happening and it certainly wouldn't have been had the result gone the other way.

You made it through to the other side and there is no holding you back now! 😁

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You are lovely.. thank you x

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Great news! You must be relieved that your patience on the IC has paid off & you have the go ahead to go ahead! The photo is testament to your great pins (very groovy leggings!). Looking forward to hearing about your runs & congrats on your wedding anniversary! 🥂 Big celebrations all round...

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Thank you... thank you...I am relieved.. this running lark has taught me a lot... patience being one of the best bits! Yes... we have a bottle of bubbly chilling and have had a lovely day.... beginning with a run by the sea this morning:) x

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This is such fab news Floss! I'm so, so happy for you. You've had a fair old time of it but you've come through and can now go, go, go.

I'm just surprised you didn't hug the nice consultant anyway 😉😘

I'm sending you a big hug in any event xxx

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Maj.. I nearly did... I was so delighted,,, grinning like a loon! It has been tough.. though nothing compared with many of our chums on here. I am looking forward to running and rambling... I did celebration run by the sea this morning too!

Hug has been gratefully received..thank youxxxxx

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That's the best news I've heard all day. You are such an inspiration to us novice runners on these forums.

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You are really kind,thank you x

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...😀😀😀👍👍beautiful run ( I was with you every step of the way🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️!) and the best news possible from your consultant! So, pleasedfor you dear Oldfloss and glad that this means there will be many more of your wonderful posts!🙂x

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Such welcome news... the waiting was getting to me...You are always with me... one of the friends that have been with me every step of my way xxx

I am looking forward to more rambling!

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😊x

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Such wonderful news Floss! It's great to have you back, running with us once again. Those are some great gams you've got! If you've got them, flaunt them 😁

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My motto!!! Thank you.. hope you are good and enjoying your time at the Lake xxx

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Unfortunately it was a quick trip, just one day but I still managed to get my run in. The air quality was very poor due to the forest fire smoke and it was quite windy, but I managed to run the 10k course again for my race next month. It was slow going and I kept it easy due to the smoke but it feels good to get one more run in. Hopefully I can run it at least once more before race day 🤞

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Ooooh brilliant news Floss!

Back on your journey, nothing to stop you now!

Have fun, enjoy.

Xxx

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Thank you... managed a sneaky 5K this morning,, it was wonderful! xx

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Very very pleased and happy for you OF :) It would not be the same without you running with us, believe me :)

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Thank you, you lovely, lovely man xxxx

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Excellent news...excellent legs! 👍👍👍👍

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It was...and thanks... :)

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Yes! Yes! Yes! I’ve been silently wondering how things were going but didn’t want to ask directly 😳 This is the best news ever! Now off you pop 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

(PS I punched the air as I came through the ParkRun finish line today in full view of lots of people 😳😂)

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You ask any time you like:) x

Thank you and a huge well done you... I was careful not to scare any old ladies, as I did when Laura said that I was a runner!!!

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😂❤️

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That's bloomin' marvellous!!!!!!!

xx

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It was...I am lucky...xxx

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Love your description of your early morning run. Fabulous description of your trip to your orthopaedic guy, made me chuckle 🙂. Happy for you Oldfloss, enjoy the running 🌻

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Quite a short ramble for me...thank you! I am eager to get back on track again...but gently:)

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Nice 'n easy, you'll soon be as good as new 🙂

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Wonderful news Floss!! So happy for you. Time to hit the road!

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Indeed... working back up, my friend and hopefully back on my HM training plan in a while too :) Thanks you xx

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Wonderful news Floss - I’ve been thinking of you & wondering how you are. (I’ve been away on holiday with very little signal) I’m grinning from ear to ear for you!

Happy happy happy running lovely you! 😄

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Welcome home... and thank you xx

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Ah so pleased for you - that's fantastic news! Love the leggings and shoe combination, and the bounce 😍 Now you can build back up and know you are doing the right thing without worrying.

When I took my cat to the vet a couple of weeks ago, the vet said they'd need to put her on some anti-inflammatories, frowned at the screen showing her records, looked at the cat again, and said: '*how* old is she?' - me: 'Seventeen'. She did a double take and said: 'crikey! She doesn't look it!'. That's kind of what I imagine the consultant doing when he looked at your scan 😉

Congratulations on your anniversary too - llongyfarchiadau! 🍾

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They are my favourite ones.. I do not know what I shall do when they wear out.. the shoes have become gardening ones! I was jumping after a 10K... just because I could:)

The chap I saw was lovely and very supportive and complimentary... it did wonders for me ! Thank you!

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Glad your ok and fighting fit .I felt I was on the run with you after reading your post 😁will get back running after my malta holiday to hot hear to run 😏that's an excuse I'm so full of food and wine😂

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Loving those sorts of holidays.. seven weeks in France was why I started C25K three years ago:) Enjoy! The runs are still here:)

Thank you x

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What a lovely read floss ...im so happy for you ..what fantastic news ..i love the thought of the calm relaxed run ..im going to try that next time out ...take care and keep running as the nice man said 🏃🏃❤️

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Thanks you..there is a lot to be said for taking it gently:)

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Fantastic news, so pleased for you 😀 . Does that mean we can look forward to many more of your wonderful descriptive ramblings? 😊

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Oh yes... be afraid..be very afraid. :)

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