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First 10k done! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Nice and cool this morning, but chose to stick to shorts, T-shirt and hydration vest for the big day! (Along with new comfy ASICS running shoes...) Was determined to at least try and stop myself slowing down as much as usual as the kms passed, so very happy with the final time. (In last weekโ€™s heat and humidity it took me nearly as long to do 9k!) Keeping my feet moving a bit faster did involve me yelling PITTER PATTER PITTER PATTER a lot to myself in my head, though! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

As with C25k graduation, I knew I could do it, but was caught off guard by how emotional the run made me. Blinking back tears for the last km, while thinking of so many events that had led up to this point. And thinking about you guys, and wondering where youโ€™d all be out running today too. PITTER PATTER PITTER PATTER...KEEP GOING...KEEP GOING...ALL DONE! ๐Ÿ˜Š 10k!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

So I guess this means Iโ€™m ready to enter the Hoylake 10k mid September now, then the Alder Hey Liverpool 10k mid October... ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Wow, and look at that pace! That's an absolutely fantastic run - bravo! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks Mike! May slow down again for the next one! ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Well done yay yay yay yay!!!!

Congratulations xx

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Thanks Mitch! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Youโ€™ll be here too very very soon...โค๏ธ

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Seriously impressive. You are ready for anything now.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks theoldfellow. Not sure what next at the moment, but never thought Iโ€™d be curiously eyeing up the idea of a HM...๐Ÿ˜ณโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The big question is 'do you want to?' If you do then there is nothing stopping you. But if you don't, then there is nothing stopping you just running what makes you happy.

But do be happy.โ€ผโค

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Fantastic! Well done you! What a great and happy post - so pleased for you - and love the shoes by the way! โค๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

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Thanks Dizzysmum! Still a bit shell shocked ...off to celebrate with my elderly Dad with cake now! ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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Plus youโ€™ve got your grad 10 badge inside 30 minutes of posting!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Have to say the service this side of the bridge is incredibly fast! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‡๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ fabulous news! Well done! ๐Ÿค—

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Thanks EG! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ

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Fantastic run, pace and achievement, well done, enjoy the moment

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Thanks Steve - was thinking of you as I struggled to keep my feet moving as fast nearer the end...thought how youโ€™d be delighted to run outside in cool conditions, so I should just stop whinging right now! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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Even though I am in the gym out here I think it is still 20 degrees plus in there and very humid, I certainly will be glad to get home (briefly) and get outside, never thought I would miss running outside, I guess I have been converted. Anyway, congratulations again on a superb run, you smashed it!

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Oh crikey mountaindreamer, Iโ€™ve only started doing 5ks and your post has got me wanting to do 10k now!! I need more miles in my legs first, so Iโ€™ll be patient! ๐Ÿ˜€

What a magnificent achievement for you. I hope you spend the day feeling utmost pride! Cool shoes too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Thanks cheekychipmunks (cool name!) Getting to 10k seems to take less time than youโ€™d think after 5k. Jujuโ€™s plan works great! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Brilliant MD, just brilliant!! Huge congratulations both on the distance and time, fabulous run :) :)

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Thanks Lorijay! Love admiring my shiny new badge! ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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And it definitely suits you :) :)

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Woo Hoo Moutaindreamer. What a run, what a pace. You sure have it in you to do the two 10km races. This is just so wonderful to read. Rest up now for a few days maybe? :)

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Thanks โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š I still donโ€™t think I can match your 8k speed! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

I didnโ€™t like to mention the fact that I went to the gym again after, so donโ€™t plan on any extra rest days. I expect Iโ€™ll do my 4k on Wednesday, then Parkrun on Saturday still...๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Well just so long as you had a shower there ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Well done - very fast!

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Thanks Jay! The cooler weather definitely helps. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Wow mountaindreamer, do you realise that 4 months ago you were setting off with the aim of running 30 minutes over 9 weeks. Now look at you. I am so impressed with what youโ€™ve achieved, especially when fitted with a pacemaker.

Congratulations, well done, and lots of hugs, you are a star.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ซโญ๏ธ

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Thanks Eileen! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

UpTheStanley will be finished soon too...

Typically, as I set off from the gym to run 10k, my husband went off and ran 12k! (Elsewhere, though, as heโ€™s not a member of the gym, so has to go into work to get a shower until our bathroomโ€™s been done!๐Ÿ˜‚)

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I hope you didnโ€™t feel compelled to have a work out after your run today.

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Oh yes, of course I did...๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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Small delay, but I hope so ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Brilliant run for you, well done ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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Thanks โค๏ธ

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Hoorah! You did it! And so well, too. I am so pleased for you, dear mountaindreamer. And that is an amazing time, too!

Good luck for your races - you are so ready for them, Ms Fitty McFit! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚

Sadie-runs xxx

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Thanks Sadie! ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ

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Good report and brilliant time. Love your shoes. Iโ€™ve only had one pair of Asics and loved them.

Question re hydration vest if I may. Is it the Aonijie one? If so, how do you find it? Iโ€™m thinking of getting one as the ones I already have arenโ€™t quite right for me. Thanks

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Thanks Annie โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

The hydration vest is this one, as I wanted one with Prime next day delivery during the heat...

amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07...

I love all the pockets. Itโ€™s a bit big on me, but I find it actually encourages me to quickly settle into a much more smooth/ even running style without bobbing up and down! (As soon as I do that I donโ€™t notice it, as it doesnโ€™t move around anymore.)

I ordered 2 collapsible bottles with straws for it, for the front 2 big pockets, but they stink and make the water taste foul. I also ordered a cheap 1l hydration bladder, but found that annoying, as you had to rotate the bite valve the right way in your mouth before it gave out water. So instead I now use 500ml water in my big 2.5l hillwalking bladder, with the top folded over a bit.

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Thank you.

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Brilliant .. another big milestone ticked off and a cracking time ..well done

New shoes can be a big boost too .. nice colour ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thanks, Rob! The gel in these ASICS shoes makes them really great at shock absorbing. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Fabulous! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ what a run! Wonderful. I'm so pleased for you ๐Ÿ˜ glad the shoe shopping was successful too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Thanks Jo! I only kept 2 of my 5 pairs of sale shoes in the end. This pair of ASICS are crackers! ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ

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Fabulous distance, time and achievement!! Well done. ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thanks Alka! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ You guys belting out 10ks just as I tiptoed over the bridge were my inspiration! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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Youโ€™ve made excellent progress. Good luck with your races. xx

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Absolutely fantastic...Very very well done ....That's an amazing achievement ...All the best to you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thanks Myrar! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Congratulations! Great achievement :)

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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That's s great time, well done ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks Abaggs ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Well done and what a great pace!

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Thanks Dave! I discovered yelling PITTER PATTER at myself really does stop my feet slowing down as much! ๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

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Absolutely brilliant, hon xx Never doubted you for an instant. Getting that 10K under an hour looks like the next target. Brilliant xx

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Thanks Stephen! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ Not sure Iโ€™m aiming for under an hour just yet...will repeat a few times, then return to Podrunner experiments for a bit! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Aw what a lovely post, well done. Iโ€™m just like you in many ways, I keep going albeit slowly. Just entered Eaton Hall 10k in Chester, yikes scary stuff. Good luck, lovely photos by the way.

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Thanks Agelesslass! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ Good luck with the Eaton Hall 10k. Will have to look that one up. Iโ€™m trying to stick to pretty flat fun runs for now, as Iโ€™m not yet sure how well my pacemaker will manage hills.

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Might bump into you one of these days, Eaton Hall is flattish I hope, like you hills are a bit of a mmmm for me.

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Super first 10k - fantastic time and yes, looks like you should get your name down for those races! Well done!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Thanks, Sandra!๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ I entered myself (plus super speedy husband) for the Hoylake one last night. Weโ€™ve decided weโ€™ll see how that one goes before entering the Alder Hey one in October...๐Ÿ˜€

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Well DONE!!!!!!! and a cracking pace too. and looking very good x

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Aw, thanks Flick! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ Iโ€™ve no snazzy leggings like you, though. Once Iโ€™m out of black shorts, Iโ€™ll be in black capris then black leggings! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Nothing wrong with the ninja look ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Well done MD. You smashed that 10k...So fast! Congratulations ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ‰

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Thanks Saartjie...not long for you now...๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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Getting close! 9k today ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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I hadn't said congrats for a day or so and felt I should. Again. Hooray! You are brilliant!! xx

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Wow - 2 lots of congrats!! Iโ€™m feeling really spoilt now, thanks ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

Just waiting for an appt with the Sports Therapist this afternoon to get my spine back on board with the plan, as it decided to have a temper tantrum for other reasons. So my โ€œrecovery runโ€ may end up being rather late this week...๐Ÿ™„

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Fingers crossed it all goes well, babe xx

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Congratulations. Fab run. Love your plans ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Thanks Sybil! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

Never thought Iโ€™d want to enter any official runs until I saw people on here talking about how great having medal bling is! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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I may just buy one in Tescoโ€™s party section for now!!

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