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8k ✅ And it was amazing! ❤️

8k ✅ And it was amazing! ❤️

Well, compared to my slogging 4k on Monday, my run today felt epic! I was quite nervous actually. Usually I’m excited before a new distance attempt, but 8k is getting up there and I really didn’t want to fail.

So I started off at my tiny trot pace and that’s how I remained, running along for fun on the most beautiful day imaginable. Sunny and crisp. My breathing was no trouble at all, my legs carried me in their usual small way, and I loved every moment. ❤️

I got an astonished look from a lady runner who was dressed for the Arctic, and there was me in my usual running vest (and very warm I was too thank you!) 😅

My time was 1hr 4 minutes ish. I’m pleased with that as all my splits were pretty consistent. 👍

My only slightly sad thing to note is that I didn’t run with my dog today and I missed her. I’m thinking 1 hour plus of constant running can’t be that good for a little Labrador. She’s only 6, but I was reading up about it and even though she’s fit, of course dogs naturally run, stop, sniff, run again etc and it might not be fair. So she can still accompany me on my short runs and obviously to parkrun, but not for the longer ones. 🐕❤️

Just walking her now, then off home for brekkie! Happy running everyone! 😀❤️

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Fab very well done 👍🏻

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Thank you Jelon! 😀

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Really, really well done Cheeky. You've absolutely got this 10k nailed. Super run 😀👏👏👏👏👏👍

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Thanks Mike, I can almost see the finish line and it’s so exciting. 😀 Thanks for your encouragement along the way! 👍👏😀

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Well done. This is my next run too.

I would agree this seems a bit far for a breed like a Lab. A Dalmatian would love it!

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Thanks Jay, hope yours goes well! Sure it will. 🏃😀

It dawned on me yesterday that for now (at least) my quest for 10k will include one weekly run of over an hour, and I just had to make the call for her sake. Thing is, she’d do it willingly, but it can’t be a good thing surely. 🐕❤️

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Agree. This is good care for your pet.

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Are you enjoying your 2nd time on the bridge Jay66uk? Are you doing anything differently?

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Loving it - as I did first time round.

I religiously followed ju_ju_’s plan last time apart from not repeating the 8k and 9k weeks, I went 8, 9, 10 in three weeks straight and collapsed.

This time, and sharing some learning from @Ripcurlrana72 , I’m adapting the runs from ju_ju_ to make the midweek run longer and the distance gap to the weekend run shorter. Rip’s physio suggested the jump to the big run might be a little too much.

I’m also going to try to be more disciplined and run two 8k weeks and two 9k ones and not be so impatient to reach 10k. And I’m thinking about how to go from 10k...

My plan looks like:

4 5 6

4 5 7

4 5.5 8 (this week)

4 5.5 8

3.5 6 9

3.5 6 9

3 6.5 10

I’m then thinking of a couple of 3 7 11 weeks then a couple of 3 7 12 ones.

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That looks a good plan. I got impatient at the end too, mainly because I’d spent time on the IC (so I should have been more patient). I only missed out a 9k though. It’s a great feeling to get there - never thought it was possible..

Happy running to you. 🏃‍♂️👏

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That’s a good looking plan there Jay. I’m faffing as to whether I should run 8k again next week, or go for 9k if it feels right. 🤔 Is that silly? I know my route and I know where I’d be at 9k.

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Not silly. Your call. I think first time through we are impatient. I would advise sticking to your plan as it consolidates the distance. But it’s your run.

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Well done and inspirational as always thanks for sharing!

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Thank you Mandi! I don’t half waffle on, but I’m happy to inspire others as others have inspired me! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Well done cheeky! You've got this, you'll be running 10k soon.

I'm out for my 2nd 8k this evening, enjoyed a 7k on Tuesday with no problems.

I'm looking at local 10k races already and planning to enter!

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Yay Sandi, hope you smash yours! 💪 And how great to thinking about entering some races! 🏃‍♀️👏

Can you actually believe we’re talking about running 10k soon? I seriously thought I’d just about be ready to run the Severn Bridge 10k next August! 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️💪

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Superb distance! Wonderful that you enjoyed it! Lovely that it was a beautiful day! Enjoy the after glow and all the very best for your next runs! 🍾🥂🏅👏🏻😊🎉☀️👚🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thanks so much 61! It couldn’t have been a better day for running if it tried. Almost no wind, bright sunshine and the air was as crisp as can be. Gorgeous! ❤️

If the forecast is to be believed, it might be a mighty chilly parkrun on Saturday. 😳

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Well done, such an encouraging read that. I’m about to head off out myself now, not sure how far, but this reminds me that I can do it. Thank you :)

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Thanks Neil, it was fabulous and I’m still on a high. 😀

Just go out and run. You’ll smash yours and you know it! Have a good one. 😀🏃

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Glad to hear it cheeky. I'm about to post about it, and yeah, it was a great run, I had a blast too :)

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Yay, brill! Will look out for your post! 😀

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Posted :P

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Fabulous, well done you 😎

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Thank you ju-ju-, it was possibly my best run to date. It felt awesome. ❤️🏃‍♀️

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8k😳!!! Fantastic cheeky!!👍🏻

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I KNOW OL!! I can’t believe it myself! 😅😅 One minute seemed like an eternity back in June, now hopefully 10k is within my grasp!

I can’t believe how well we’re all doing. Who knew we were runners? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃🏃

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1 minute to 1hour+ amazing!!! So happy for you. You’ll have covered 10k before you know it!! Truly inspirational 👏👏👏👏

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Awww stop, you’ll have me blubbing! But yes, it’s quite unbelievable and I’m loving it! 👏👏🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Good run cheeky.... I'm not particularly rapid but my pace tends to be fairly even too.... Hope I can build gently and follow your example. I've no desire to go past 10k at all, but if I can consolidate 5k fairly well over the winter months, building to 10k might be next years challenge!

Cannot wait for first PR Saturday, wonderfully terrified for no reason whatsoever!

Have a great one....

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Thanks Uncle, I’ll never be quick, but then again I have to admit I’m not really trying to be - I’m never gasping for breath. in fact I don’t even sweat a great deal (just turn into a 🍅 ) 10k is going to be fine distance-wise for me too. If can do it quicker over time, then great. If not, who cares? I just love running. 😀

Enjoy parkrun! You will LOVE it, it’s such an amazing atmosphere. Will be looking out for your post of course! Good luck! 👍💪😀

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Thanks cheeky..... Did I read correctly that you've only been running since June? This year, with nothing before?

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Yes pretty much. My only other foray into running was a total disaster and I ran a 5k ‘fun’ race with virtually no training about 22 years ago. Fun? Noooo, hideous, which is why I hated running after that!

My school didn’t even have running, so C25K taught me everything. 👍👍👍

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That's some progress since June! And a serious endorsement for not being in so much of a hurry to cause injury!

Wiggy's impressed! 👏 👏 👏

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Why thank you Wiggy! 😀

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I’m so glad to read this cheeky. Particularly after your last 4km when you weren’t feeling great. You tootled (Well not too slowly after all), the sky was blue, you enjoyed it. Great 👍

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Thanks Paula, yes it was a totally different run to the 4k. Funny how that happens sometimes isn’t it? And the weather definitely helped. ☀️ 🏃‍♀️❤️

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Excellent running cheekychipmunks!

Sounds like you're already mentally preparing yourself for longer distances 😸

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Thanks Katnap! I can’t see me going longer than 10k (not enough hours in the day for a 🐌), but once I’ve reached that goal I’ll consolidate it and see if my time comes down by osmosis! 😅🏃‍♀️

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Osmosis works so as sound a plan as I've heard for a while. 😸

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Brilliant run and good time too. I am trying to psyche myself up for this afternoon's run; too much going on! Calm walk with our Old English on the beach this morning. I don't take her for a run as she is far too interested in other people, playing with other dogs, and smells. Somebody said that the smelling bit is like us reading a newspaper etc. At 35k weight, If I put her on a lead we would end up going her way! Nice that you can take your lab on some runs.

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Thanks so much BC! I’d love to run on the beach, but it’s always so windy and I’d end up going backwards or towards the sea!

I’ve always run with my dog. She’s very good and trots along happily at my side on a hands-free lead - too many squirrels and roads to let her run free if I’m not able to concentrate on her. I’ll continue taking on runs up to 5k or 6k as she does love it. But she only weighs 21.5k and I totally see your point with a 35k pooch! 😅🐕❤️

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What a great run! Sounds perfect. You're doing great!

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Thank you SaskAlliecat! It clicked today so I needn’t have worried! 👍🏃‍♀️😀

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Well done CCM, this sounds like the type of run I can't wait to have.. eventually 😊

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Thanks Sweetpea - you will have a run like that, in fact you’ll have many! You’re doing amazingly too! 👏👏👏👏

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Thanks so much CCM 😊

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Good job cheeky, 8K... I’m super impressed! 👍

Lovely pic of you too, with the perfect blue sky in the background.

Well... I don’t think Jundal will be too happy to see this...you’re seriously keeping him on his toes aren’t you?!!! 🤣 x

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Thanks TS! It was the most perfect morning for a run - wish they could always be like that. 👍☀️🏃‍♀️😀

Haha yes, c’mon Jundal done yours yet?! 😅😅😅

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How do you link people like that cheeky I’ve wanted to do that for ages...!

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Type @ and begin typing the name. Some choices should pop up. 😀

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Aah! Cheers cheeky! X

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Yay! Well done you! Sounds like you had a great run too. I will be thinking about your great run when I head out in a couple of hours time for another grass/football pitch run with the kids.

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Thanks SSF! I’d like to bottle that one and keep it! 😀

Hope your run goes well. I’m sure it will as you’re making amazing progress too! Good luck! 😀🏃‍♀️👍

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It went ok, a bit slower than last time but I had been awake since 3.30 am so was tired. Now done 3 x 5k, so will do that again this week and then increase slightly on the last one.

What's next for you?

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Well done for running on so little sleep. Great determination, good for you! 👍

I’m doing parkrun tomorrow, 4k on Monday, then I might go for 9k next Thursday ....... or consolidate the 8k. Not sure yet! What about you? 😀

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I was a bit of a zombie yesterday! I think I will stick to the 5k 3x next week, although am back at work so it maybe 2 x 30 m and one 5k, and then increase my weekend run.

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Well done, fanrtastic time and you look amazing. I couldn’t run with my lurcher, she would tangle me up in the lead, stop to wee, stop to eat someone else’s poo, try to outrun me (which she could do with ease!) xx

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Thanks Flick, I looked a bit 🍅 in the pic! 😅

I can’t even begin to imagine running with a lurcher! Beautiful dogs though, but yes, a bit quick for running buddies! 🐕🏃‍♀️😀

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Oh you look normal to me - I get much redder. Dizzysmum runs with one of her lurcher x

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Kudos to her - maybe she’s already a gazelle though! Snails and lurchers might not be a great combo! 😳🐌🐕

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Fab!! Well done!! Excellent to see u completed it! 👍😀🏃

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Thanks Deals, but I was so nervous beforehand, especially after Monday’s clanger of a run! I hydrated tons yesterday and even ate a whole banana first thing this morning for energy. I usually only have a bite. 🍌 Maybe that’s my secret now! 👍🏃‍♀️🍌

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Maybe it is!! U smashed it. 😀. Did u do any pre stretching?? I know I should.... And I will. But so far I've just been doing my usual walk. But now trying to go a bit further....

Enjoy your celebrating!!! 🍾

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I often do a 7 minute pre-run yoga routine at home and also have a brisk 5-10 minute walk. And when I get home I do a 7 minute post-run yoga routine by the same person. 😀

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Well done cheeky , 10k not far away for you, 😃😃

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Thanks Tinker! Whenever I think of that I get 🦋 🦋

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Wowzers! Well done cheekychipmunks you are flying!! 🤗🤗

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Thank you Flara! It was the best run I’ve had! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Well done Cheeky, especially as you weren't feeling great at the start of the week. You've got this!

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Thanks TC, it was like night and day! Wish they were all like this. 😀🏃‍♀️😀

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Oh wow cheeky-well done. 👏👏👏

You’ll have smashed through the 10K before you know it 👍😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Not much sign of a 🍅 in that picture either 😊💕

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Luckily I was blending in with my top Beanjo! Thanks, I loved today’s run! ❤️❤️❤️

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Hi Cheeky that’s an excellent 8k enjoying it all the way and on such a beautiful day,I bet your on top of the world after that. You say you saw a runner all trussed up in clothes, I just don’t know how they do it even with a chilly start I’m roasting after a few hundred yards.🔥

Congrats on your 8k keep trucking and have a nice parkrun run with your dog.🏃‍♀️🐕

Well done👍👌👏😀

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Thanks so much Runsome! 😀

I have never felt anything other than hot/warm when running. No idea how she could have been wearing a hat, long sleeved jacket and gloves today in the sunshine! 😳😅

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Well done cheekychipmunks, and I found 9k easier than 8k if that helps. 🏃‍♀️🐕👏👏

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It does help, thanks Dexy5? How many times did you run 8k? I feel like I could go for 9k next week (after a 4k and parkrun), but wonder if I should consolidate first?

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I found the first 8k tough so I did want do it again. Also Jay66UK said that he regretted missing out the repeats. However, when I first did 9k it felt really good (before my trip) and I felt I could’ve done 10k. So when I got off the IC and did my 2nd 9k I think I was a bit impatient. I thought I’ve had a good rest and done some exercises so if it it feels right I will go for it. I cannot recommend that as a course of action to others, it just felt right for me then (actually 9.5 of it did!). I will definitely consolidate now. I don’t intend moving on for at least 5 months, and maybe never. Enjoy parkrun tomorrow!

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐕🚶‍♀️🐕🚶‍♂️🏃‍♀️

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Ahh ok, so I might see how the week pans out. Now I’m up over an hour of running, I’m taking more care with stretching and warming up, so I’ll more than likely go for 8k on Thursday and see how I feel on the day. I know where 9k will happen I think, so if I think it’s doable I will.

Ooo how exciting is this? 😀🏃‍♀️😀 Thanks for all your help Dexy! ❤️

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You’ll have no problem cheeky. Just keep that even breathing. That’s the most important thing I learnt on the bridge. 🏃‍♀️👏👏

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Well done that is a fab achievement!! Glad to hear it was such a good run and also a lovely day!

My short runs I fear may be the same for my little legged chihuahua!!!

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Thanks Marcia! Haha, yes I think you might be pushing it a bit with a chihuahua! Although a lady at Parkrun runs it with her dachshund most weeks! 😅🐕🏃‍♀️

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Wonderful cheeky. Great post and sounds like the perfect run! I consolidated 8k this week, still can't believe we can run so far! Enjoy parkrun, I'll be doing it this week too 😁🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you CH, yes it’s unbelievable how far we’ve come isn’t it? I’d never think it possible in my case! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Enjoy parkrun. I can’t wait! 😀🏃‍♀️😀🏃‍♀️😀

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Me too, I have some new snazzy warmer running wear for tomorrow! By the way another recommdation for doing another week of 8k. I'm not sure of the science but it felt like it worked for me.

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I'm afraid I haven't, cheeky! My last run was my 7.5, and 15-16 hour days at work are sapping my energy! I'm recovery running this afternoon, probably 4-5k but Sunday... Sundays the day! I shall attempt an 8k, probably stop there, rather than pushing it too hard. Then I'll be working Tuesday and Wednesday, but then I have eleven days off! I'm planning to get to 9k by the end of that, and then 10k is in sight... A new playlist becons, methinks!

Well done on yours, fab time!

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Kudos to you juggling all those crazy working hours with running Jundal. Don’t know how you do it!

Enjoy your well deserved run today and good luck for Sunday! 💪 You’ll smash it in true Jundal style! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. 🏃🏃😀😀

Go you! 👍

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👍😁

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Brilliant, well done Cheeky! 10k in sight. I’ve decided my t-shirt will be too cold for Park Run tomorrow - forecast about 3C but found a rather nice mid layer in Aldi for £7.99. Result!

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Thanks Sandie, yes the big 10k is almost within my grasp! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

I’m also toying with what to wear to Parkrun tomorrow. Just checked and it’s meant to be 3 degrees for us at 9am too. Might be my first time running in long sleeves ... or shedding layers on the move with dog attached to waist. Dilemmas! 😅🏃‍♀️🐕❄️

Good luck with yours! 😀👍

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I would never dream of running with our Cocker - far too hazardous for everybody 😃

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😅😅🐕🐕

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Yey! Well done cheekychipmunks...sounds like a perfect run x

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Thanks Mummycav. Only 2 things would have made it better - having my dog with me to celebrate at the end like we usually do - and of course it being a 10k run, not 8k! 😅😀

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