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One of my official event photos from Sunday - by way of thanking you all:

One of my official event photos from Sunday - by way of thanking you all:

I'm not sure if I could have reached this point without the companionship, love and support of my running family, but I do know the journey would have been a lot harder without you.

Now to work on eliminating the podgy bit round my middle! In my mind's eye I'm a slim and elegant gazelle, so this was a bit of an eye opener!

And meanwhile I'm so inspired and hooked by this public event running malarky that I've entered the Rotary Club 10k run for Macmillan Support on 21st of this month, at Blenheim again. I did think of doing the 5k instead, just as a nice easy option and to see if I could better my 5k time - but I think I might have been a bit disappointed with doing a shorter run.

Thanks again everyone!!! xxx

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Lovely photo😍of you and your running friends Flick, yes those leggings you are wearing do strike😜 the eye. Good to hear from you that you have entered for The Rotary Club 10k for Macmillan Support, good luck for that run😊

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Thank you :) No idea who the other two were, but everyone was very friendly. And, yes, i do rather stand out against the sea of red t-shirts!

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Well done you. And I really don’t think you’ve got anything to worry about in reference to podgy bits. You look slim and gazelle-like to me. Brilliant achievement!

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Thank you!!! you've made my day xx

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Well done you! I thought it would be you in the loud tights, great photo!😊

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Thank you! LOL, yes trust me to be the eye searing misfit!

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You look absolutely fab Flick, honestly. I know it's personal to you, but if I had just that teeny weeny bit of tummy, I'd be happy. Lovely photo and well deserved for you completing it 😘😊 xxx

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Aw, bless you lovely xxx

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Looking fabulous I would need hair tied back right enough 😝

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Thank you! I hate my hair tied back 😂

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I hate my hair around my face I shove it back under a hat 😝

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It’s only when it’s windy that it becomes a nuisance. I think it’s long enough now to mostly stay put 😊

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Lovely photo Flick - you look so relaxed! And happy! And you are a slim gazelle - there are no wobbly bits that I can see! Beautiful! xx

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Thank you, you are kind. Some of the photos showed it up better - or worse rather 😂 Ot was such a lovely run in so many ways xx

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I’ve got my first official 10k at the end of November. I’m looking forward to it. Xx

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You will love it. ??good luck on the day xx

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Well done Flick 😃👍🏃‍♀️🏅. In cruise mode I see 👍

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Thank you. I had slowed down a bit - that was the nasty up a long gradual slope to the finish bit. I was fine going round the hilly bits, but that last slope to the finish is just plain mean! 🤨

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I know! It’s rotten ☹️ We keep doing it though 😁

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Yrs indeed - I will be back there in the 21st to do another 10k charity run! 😂

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Heel striking .. tsk

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I don’t think so, though I was quite tired by then and that was a steeper slope than it looks in the pic. I can feel my feet coming down on the ball of my foot first the whole time I’m running

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Heel is hitting first in the pic, that's what I was reacting too.

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well like i said, i was pretty tired by the last km so anything is possible. kind of you to point it out :( Now i'm going to be worrying about it!

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Sorry, didn't know you would take such affront.. *eeep* Nothing wrong with heelstriking and lots of so called elite forefoot runners including the kenyans can be seen heelstriking as they get tired. They often swear blind they didn't do it either.

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I would hate to heel strike. I got rid of the Brooks ghosts because they encouraged it. But, as i said, i was tired so (far from swearing blind i didn't) anything was possible by that stage. I was certainly dragging my feet those last few yards, where the photographers were. My shoes, however, are not wearing on the heels more than the rest of the sole.

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Actually this is interesting. you've led me to examining the soles of my shoes. Right and left wear differently, as expected because of the weak left leg. Most wear is on the instep to the front of the shoes, but there is some wear on the outside edges at the back. And also, curiously, on the instep area. i wonder if that's due to running up and downhills such a lot.

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Most people roll inwards on landing(too much and you need supination support) and some also flick their foot outwards. I tend to flick a bit. I also don't feel that I heel strike and don't show it in a wear of my shoes but when watching videos I have seen myself heelstrike. I think we all can change our gait at different paces and cadences and also as you say when tired. When going up hill your more on your toes though, so assume the photo is downhill? If uphill then you were probably heelstriking more than you thought, though not as much as the lady next to you(your daughter?)

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Not my daughter. My daughter is in the pics from the other post I did. My videos from gait testing show for to midfoot strike and most of the wear on my shoes bears this out but, as you say, gait changes with cadence and tiredness.

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Yeah that was the same for me, as you don't run that fast on the shop treadmill. I tend to find as I speed up my gait lengthens and that is when the heel comes in a bit more. So I am trying to up my cadence more lately but it is hard on the calves if your not used to it.

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Since I’ve been running faster my stride has shortened. Not consciously but it seems to be happening - the gait line on Garmin is more regular too

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That's good, sounds like you have good form ;)

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I think it’s hapoening because I’m more out of breath, but I do have Oldfloss ’s voice in my ear saying small steps!

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That’s a lovely photo!! Well done on entering another race too! I’ve yet to be brave enough to enter a race! 😀🏃‍♀️x

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Thank you 😊 And go for it. It’s great fun and very satisfying - not a bit like the on your marks get set go if school days

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Brilliant! 😊🏃‍♀️So lovely to see this happy, joyful photo! Thank you! And more 10k races!!! Wow!!

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Thank you :) xx

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Lovely photo Flick. Great momento of the day. I always have my hair scraped back, I wish I could run with my hair down! That finish being on a deceiving looking harsh slope was mean! Xx

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Thank you! And, yes, that last slope was very deceptive. nice at the start though :) xx

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Good running Flick well done :D I want some of those leggings for myself! Look good!

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Thank you xxx and Sturdy by Design re fab leggings, lot of lovely patterns :)

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Yes, now that you refer to the leggings I am going to totally blame you for the fact that I now seem to have an account with this company, and another pair of the bloody things on the way!!!!!!!

I wouldn't mind, but I am rarely out in the daylight, but they are soo comfortable, and they stay put🤨

You look pretty trim to me by the way!

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Lol sorry about that 😊 which pair did you get? And thank you 😊

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Pair?!!!

Fantasy (ordered)

Paint Swirl

Serenity (capri)

They sneak up on you, a pair of capris...

now it's cooler, I'll go full length, Oh! I like those I NEED another pair. 🤯🤯🤯🤯

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I have paint swirl in capris. They have dragons coming at the end of the week, and I want starfish when they come back in stock. Also got wild Africa, comic book, Aurora, fiesta, I might have forgotten some - eek not good if I’ve so many I can’t remember them 😳

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Seems I only have a mild version of this malady 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Give it time 🤪🤪🤪

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Just made an account :D I also like a few of the reebok ones

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slippery slope ;)

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I tried but out of my size in the ones I really liked 🤣👎

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She does sell out fast, especially in medium, but he restocks once or twice a week. She's a small business so lacks storage space

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I'll keep checking back 👍😉

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I had to send my size back and go a size up!!!!!, they do have a draw string at the waist so that worked well for me. They do stay put 🤣

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I'm glad you got sorted. I usually order a medium and the last couple I've bought have been more like a small. that's fine, they still fit, but i let her know so she can check with the suppliers. I always take the drawstring out as they stay up anyway.

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My most recent pair was smaller too, I did let Charlene know, and she sent me a replacement pair, plus a returns bag, but I measured them against my original pair and they were a good cm smaller.

The replacement pair was smaller too! but I kept them, they do fit, I just like things less snug I think.

I do love the brand though.😊

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I'm glad you told her too. My dragons and starfish were definitely smaller, tighter to get over the ankle bone too when putting them on.

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A lovely photo! You look very comfortable and not struggling at all. I wouldn't have guessed that was at the end with a hill that kills 🙂.

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Thank you :) I actually tried to sprint at the finish but was literally dragging myself along. i've run hillier 10k before, but not as fast as this. And this wasn't the steepest bit but it went on for a very long time! I really don't know how Clairecandothis managed it after a half marathon x

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I find the longer less steep hills more challenging than short and steep..... they just keep going and going and going 😆

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It’s true! 😳

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Well done Flick. I think you look amazing, definitely a highly coloured, Lycra’d gazelle. Well done for your race, brilliant job!

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Thank you! Love it: highly coloured Lycra gazelle! I think I might wear my Tikiboo leopard peacock leggings for the next race 😂

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Excellent! I have the Tikiboo pawprint ones, this could be the start of something! 😁

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Yep,Tikiboo sand sturdies everywhere ❤️

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You look graceful and effortless, I love your loud running gear, well done you xx

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Thank you - wow, graceful and effortless. How deceptive appearances can be: that last stretch was a killer 😳

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If you think THAT is podgy, I am NEVER posting a picture of me.

Were there any others in the picture, I don't think I spotted them......

It may have been the sunglasses.❤👏❤👏❤👏

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Haha yes I was rather noticeable. However, there were a few more of us in flashy gear 😊

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Great picture, Flick - looking relaxed to me! Fab news that you have signed up to do it all over again, too!🙂👍🏃🏽‍♀️

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Thanks Sandra😊 yes I have, I must be mad LOL X

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Great picture - you look very relaxed and gazelle like.

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Aw, thanks 😊

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Wonderful pic, looking fabulous Flick 🔥

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Thank you. Coming from The most glamorous runner that’s a compliment😊

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Lovely post, you are an inspiration. I’ve just shown your pic to Mr Bry64 and asked how old do you think the lady is on the right ,after a moments consideration he said about your age ?? (Which is 54) .He won’t believe the truth though he has said I better keep going if that’s the result 👍😁

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That did make me chuckle. Thank you both x

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You look great Flick, and not like you’ve just run 10k. Was the red T-shirt everyone else is wearing out of your goody bag? Seems strange to get them before the run, but probably easier to administer. I’ve yet to see a parkrun picture I would be happy to put on the forum!😂

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i don’t know about FlickM3s race, but it seems to depend on the organisers... St.Helens 10k - goody bag, Port Sunlight - race day tent - just show your number, Wigan - 10k race - by post if you buy one. Dream trail race - none, but £14 to enter- nice bling ( T’s advertised a few days later along with hoody’s).

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Thanks for that. I’ve entered a Santa run but don’t know where or when I get my Santa suit but hopefully i will be advised. 🎅🏻

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Somebody on Sunday was running dressed as an enormous fluffy red heart

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That would have been warmer than a t-shirt ❤️

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Thanks 😊 I collected my T-shirt but didn’t want to wear it for the race. They handed them out beforehand so people could run in them though. There were changing rooms and baggage drop off. My daughter wore hers, but that was because she was going to run in a vest but was too cold. As for a goody bag, no such luck - all they gave us after was a medal, a bottle of spring water and a leaflet about raising more money.

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well done 👍

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Thank you 😊

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You look like a gazelle to me Flick! Fantastic photo!! And a fantastic run!! Well done you!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❤️

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Aw, thank you Fabsy. ❤️❤️❤️

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You look like a slim and elegant gazelle to me, Flick! 😃🏃‍♀️❤️💥

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thank you, very kind :) x

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Flick, you look amazing!! Fit, fabulous, stylish and going strong. A quiet sense of power and determination. X

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Well, thank you 😊❤️ Though I was flagging by then. That last long steep slope up to the finish was a killer!

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Great pic Flick 😊 don't think you need worry about and podgy bits , looking fab 😊 as for the leggings well it wouldn't be you otherwise 😆

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Thank you 😊 You will be pleased to know Ive ordered two new pairs of leggings, one of which has a dragon scale pattern 🐲🐲🐉

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Great picture Flick! You look absolutely F A B. U.LOUS DARLING !!! 😍😍Nothing to worry about there.👍👍. Love the leggings!!

Good luck for your next run.!❤️X

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Thank you Maggie xxx Oh, it's Strictly tonight, thanks for reminding me :)

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That’s ok ! You can tell I’m addicted to strictly! It’s just so good 💃🕺🤣🤣xx🤗

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Me too ❤️🤩😍💃⭐️

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Well done. And signing up for another 10km. Wow.

Don't worry about the middle bit, it comes with the change of hormones and I don't know anyone who has got to the menopause and not got it. I used to hope 'middle aged spread' was a type of chocolate spread reserved for adults. Now I know better as I have a spare tyre that has to come with me everywhere. If you do find a way of getting rid of it please share!

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Mine arrived with medication when I had Cancer three years ago. and no change in shape till the medication. I’m a stone over the weight I was before that, it’s all round my middle, but it’s going gradually. But not something I particularly like discussing on social media!!

And thank you re your kind remarks about the run 😊

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Congratulations Flick! I’ve got my first big public event tomorrow- Croydon 10K. It’s a bit intimidating but I’m hoping the support of the crowd and other runners will get me round🤞I’ve run most of the course one way or another, just not all at the same time 😂

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Have you done the run now? i bet you were fine :)

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Hi Flick, yes I did Croydon 10K in 1:02:39 according to the official timing. I’m very pleased with that! 😀👍I’ll put a report up as a separate post once I’ve had a chance to reflect on it all but for now it’s enough to know I got through it with the support of my friends on here 😊

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