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Accidental 9k

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All these accidental runs people keep I see why.

I went out with the intention of doing my second 8k run, but on my warm up walk to the starting point I decided to set my app at 8.5k and finish at 8 if I needed to.

I went off much too fast so the 2nd and 3rd k were a bit slower. Then I hit my stride and sped up again. 6k was hard (probably because I was going too fast) but then at 7k got my second wind and went speeding off to the end again. Got to 8 and decided I was fine for the 8.5...reached that and thought sod it...I may as well carry on for 9!

So 9k in 1hr. Way too fast and I couldn't have gone another step and can feel it now but proud of myself. Didn't see how I would enjoy running longer distances yet here I am. Loving it!

Just need to book my first 10k race now 😊

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Well Done Saartjie and brilliant write up! I keep saying to people, it'll just kinda happen. No-one believes me until it creeps up on them.

Hope you get your race booked soon!

Keep on running, flying and winning!!! 😘😘😘

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Sutsha

Deffo going to use that as my mantra πŸ˜‰

SutshaGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Stolen from someone way quicker than I! 😁

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Sutsha



Excellent job, so fast. Good luck for the next one!

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Jay66UK

You just know it will be too tempting to do 10 😜

Sarah that's fantastic ...Wow hats off to you ....Your just smashing these runs now 😊 I'm in awe ....Well done girl 😊😊

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Myrar

Thank you. Am really loving running. Only taken me 25 years and many failed attempts to get to this point!

Well done Saartjie, you’re so close to the finishing line now! πŸπŸ™‚

It’s a great feeling when a run all comes together like that πŸ˜€πŸ‘ It doesn’t happen every time but that just makes it more memorable. 😊 Keep going now and you’ll be there before you know it πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to David_G

Not sure if it came together...Kept trying to get away from me more like! Don't know why I kept going so fast 😳


Well done Sarah - definitely 10 next week then!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I’m not running a long run this week as I have the 10k race on Saturday evening. I’ll do a 4/5k tomorrow then rest.

Get booking that race girl!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜‡

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Good luck with your race! Am so excited to be able to enter a race now...knowing i can actually do it. Never thought I would get to this after only a few months. X


Just brilliant Saartjie, well done. Just a jog to the finish line now. It's great when the unintended runs happen like that. Fabulous time too!! :):)

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Lorijay

Thanks Lori. Bit TOO fast for my little legs really. Can't do that for the 10k!

MadDave in reply to Saartjie

I think if you can keep the pace up then it’s not too fast for you, but you might want to dial it back just a little bit do you have enough for a sprint finish?😜

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to MadDave

Definitely need to dial it back a bit for another km. My legs had nothing left to give yesterday! Will save the sprint finish for an actual race πŸ˜‰


Another accidental 1k Saartjie? What amazing people you are . Well Done πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Spurred on by all these 'accidents' 😁


Well done, it’s nice when it just kinda happens. Good for you.


Haha another 'accident'. Top tip for your 10k - eat half a banana an hour before you start. I have never eaten anything before a run before, but that bit of banana lasted me right through my 10k, and I'll never look at a banana the same way again - they’re miraculous!

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to telford_mike

Haha! Thanks Mike. I had a pain au chocolat and coffee before this one. Second time I've done that and had a good long run. Must be the sugar and caffeine boost!

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Hmm? Half a foetid banana or coffee and baked goods? Tough call. But you may have chosen wisely there....

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to telford_mike

Isn't there legislation to prevent people like you from eyeing up bananas? :-)


Amazing run Saartjie super quick 9k!!! You were flying πŸš€πŸ’₯πŸ’₯. Look forward to hearing about your accidental 10K. πŸ˜¬πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ X

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thanks Ripcurlrana71. Spurred on by my VRBs as usual πŸ€—


Well done Saartjie !πŸ‘πŸ‘I do accidental runs too although I’m not back to 9k yet. But mine are like I get to 5.somethingk and think to myself let’s round that up to a nice neat figure hee! hee!. I love itπŸ€—...........Anyway congrats to you and brilliant time!πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Hidden

Thanks Peggy...nice to be able to do that. A few months ago I could not wait to stop!


Oh I know that feeling very well!😩However it’s not long before you get over that🀣🀣

Great stuff! In no time you’ll get to 10k and beyond! πŸ‘


Fantastic post - inspiring me to go for it! Well done and you’ll have no trouble with the 10k now! Brilliant stuff! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to Dizzysmum17

Thank you! Happy running πŸ™‚


Brilliant Saartjie!! Well done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» You did great, and are sooo near that 10k now.... Sounds like the perfect time to book a race (or fun run, as I’m calling them!) πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈπŸ˜Š

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Thanks MD. Yes I'll definitely be running not racing!


Brilliant, hon. That 10K has PM'd me in fear about you asking for advice. I ignored it. Go get that sucka, babe!

Mind out for any accidental HMs tho.


SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

Haha! Think there's more people to fear than me! Although...I am going trainer shopping today so who knows? πŸ˜‰

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to Saartjie

Ah yes. The Autumn wardrobe... :-) Are we thinking "russets"?

SaartjieGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

I'm not for dialling it down...lβ™₯️ve my bright pink shoes! Besides the light is starting to fade so I need to be seen πŸ‘€

Wow that’s incredible well done you πŸ’―πŸ€©

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