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Cheating, in more ways than one

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

I couldn't motivate myself to run yesterday despite the beautiful weather, I was just too tired, then later on too hungry. So today straight after work I changed in to my running gear and went off to explore a road which I had often wondered where it went.

It started with a hill, and continued in the same vain. I'm rubbish at hills and have to admit I had to walk a couple of the really steep bits. I have never been so glad to stop and stand aside for a tractor! 2 mins respite. I've added a photo of a steep bit. It was 10 times steeper than it looks though.

While we're doing confessions I've been having a hard time mentally with the idea of running another 8km. All that hard work and no increase in distance to show for it?

So I added the extra km and did 9km. Sorry, I just had to.

Now I've found some really pleasant hilly bits I've an idea of doing interval training up them to see if I can get better at hills...

...but that is for another day. I think when I get to the big 10km day I will do that one on the flat. Thinking of taking a bus and running home for the biggy.

29 Replies
Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate10

Great post! Well run! I’d love to be a bit braver with my routes but don’t want to take any risks at the moment - maybe over winter I’ll explore a bit more 😁👍

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

I get bored easily, that's why I'm trying different routes and different things. Just reading up about intervals. I think I'm going to do more experimenting with them. Sounds like there're hours of fun available that way 😉

UpTheStanley
UpTheStanleyGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Minutes of fun, I suspect, if you’re putting max effort in 🏃‍♂️🚶🏼‍♂️🏃‍♂️🛌😀

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to UpTheStanley

Fair point.

pinkaardvark
pinkaardvarkGraduate10

Yep that looks steep. Fair play :)

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to pinkaardvark

I could only take the photo because I was walking!

Flyingred
FlyingredGraduate10

Kudos! A proper hill to run up! Doesn't really matter where you run, it's just good to be out there running and putting the miles into your legs.

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Flyingred

And B hind. I can feel it today, but not where I thought I'd feel it. I'm off to Google glutes...

Flyingred
FlyingredGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

You'll have to master the legendary 'holding the pound coin between your butt cheeks' exercise while running! :)

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Flyingred

I did that when I remembered, with my special virtual pound coin. Next time I think I'll use my virtual C25K medal 🏅it's just the right size!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Respect Baddie. Hills and 9km! Don’t worry, you aren’t the first one to skip the repeats on the plan. You are nearly there now 🏃‍♂️👏👏

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Is it normal to feel starving the day after a long run?

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

It’s not something I’ve noticed. 😏

Lovely photo BaddieThePirate it looks beautiful (especially when you turn the picture to the left to cut out the incline 😂). I hate hills too, but they are good for building strength. No need at this stage to do intervals on them. Just doing hills in themselves will give your legs a good workout).

Intervals and fartleks are good too. Have you used the C25K+ podcast Speed. It's an interval workout. I've used it a few times , but then went on to using C25K week 1 from the app, and replaced the walking for comfortable running and the running bits with a faster paced run. This was I didn't have to keep looking at my watch for the instruction to change speed, and having Michael Johnson talking to me again was helpful with my own music to keep me from boredom.

Like you I also have a low boredom threshold so have to change my routes a lot. Getting the bus and then running back home sounds like a plan...

Happy running. 😀

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

I like your idea of using week 1. Will try that, thank you

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

PS I think I will have to do intervals on hills because I don't think I can make it to the top without stopping!

Oh, if you mean walking and running intervals I think you're probably right. I thought you meant you were going to do speed intervals... which would be self-flagellation taken to a whole new level. 😂😂😂

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

Great run! And if you can manage 9k with a hill, you will do 10k next time no problem! Promise!🙂

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

I find it difficult to imagine running that far! Fingers crossed, and glutes squeezed!

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10

I love new routes. I chose to go exploring on my 24k last weekend. It makes the time go much quicker 😃

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

24k? I feel dizzy! Just the thought. I might have to go lie down for a few minutes...

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Doing it again today. Just waiting for my oats to go down and i’m Off

I started C25k straight off the couch and have just kept running further and further. Bit at a time, slowly chipping away. As can you 💪👍😃

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

I went out for a short 4km recovery run today with the local group and got some coaching from the lovely lady who runs it (pun intended). I ran up a hill without stopping, just through her coaching. I had a really easy, very, very slow run while chatting with a couple of people and really enjoyed it. And yes I can chat and run! I used to think that was so clever so I'm over the moon I'm now up to that level.

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Yess! well done. Hills are hard but you chew them up a little at a time. It's ok to stop for a breather though

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

That's it! I'm going to think that when I'm running up hill. Gonna chew them up 🤗

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Chew em up and spit em out 😁💪

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

I chewed a hill up tonight then ran back down, turned around and took another bite. I must be mad!

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate10

New route - lovely! And doing an extra km despite having a steep hill thrown into the mix - Well done!

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Tartancat

3 hills actually. Thank you!

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