So Proud. 🏃‍♀️💪🐕❤️: I survived Ashton Court... - Bridge to 10K

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So Proud. 🏃‍♀️💪🐕❤️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

I survived Ashton Court parkrun - 2.5k up, 2.5k down “with steep bits ... where there’s no shame in walking”. I was super nervous and had no idea how I’d fare. It’s rated 495 out of 519 parkruns in elevation! 😳

But I didn’t walk once, I didn’t even feel like I needed to! I overtook people on the hill, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy I found it. Proud isn’t the word. 😀 My regular parkrun (Eastville Park) had prepared me more than I realised with its hills. My time is going to be very similar too I think. I had visions of it being my slowest 5k ever.

I had my MMR splits set at 0.10k so I’d get regular updates to tick off. I had a couple of landmarks to reach (the cottage, the stony path) and they came up way quicker than I thought they would. And then we turned and ran down which was amazing! 👍🏃‍♀️

My friend (gazelle) cheered me in (and my running buddy obviously! 🐕), then we had mince pies and a cuppa. I’m buzzing! 😀

I absolutely cannot wait for New Years Day - bring on that double. I’ve got this! 💪💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🐕🐕

Merry Christmas everybody! ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸŽ„ğŸƒğŸŽ„ğŸ•

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Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate10

Fabulous Cheeky! Congratulations! 👏👏👏

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Equi-geek

Thanks Equi! It was amazing. ❤️

sunshinefish
sunshinefishGraduate10

Yay! Go CCM. All those runs have stood you in good stead for this one. Huge well done on not walking and doing a great run even though it had the dreaded h word!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to sunshinefish

Thanks SSF. I can almost say I enjoy hills now! The feeling of accomplishment is fabulous. 😀

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

Well done! It’s such a high when they go better than expected especially when they have that kind of elevation 😮

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to BrianUK

Absolutely Brian. It really was unexpected, which made it so much more enjoyable. 🏃‍♀️👍

Empem
EmpemGraduate10

Wow ! Massive respect and enjoying your Joy!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Empem

Thanks Empem, I’m still grinning! 😀😀

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

Well done, that sounds like hard work! Merry Christmas to you ğŸŽ„

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you IP. Hard work, but so rewarding. 🏃‍♀️💪

Merry Christmas to you too! ğŸŽ„

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Fabulous! You star!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to linda9389

Aww thanks Linda. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas! ğŸ˜€ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸŽ„

Runsome
RunsomeGraduate10

Excellent you smashed it brilliant run. Just goes to show you are better than you give yourself credit for. Fantastic you should be proud as punch. Well done ⛰🏃‍♀️😀👍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Runsome

Thanks Runsome. Isn’t it fabulous how fitness increases by degrees? No way could I have made it up that hill a couple of months ago. 😀

jayval70
jayval70Graduate10

Well done cheeky. So happy for you 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to jayval70

Thanks so much jayval! I’m still glowing with pride now, 3 hours later! 😀🏃‍♀️

Oggy2401
Oggy2401Graduate10

Congrats Cheeky. Good running up that hill. I did my local parkrun today, the only hill being the footbridge I had to cross twice over the river Tees. But did a new PB. Merry Christmas x

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Oggy2401

Haha thanks Oggy! All hills are relative - I looked at the parkruns ranked harder than Ashton Court ..... 😳

Tartancat
TartancatGraduate10

You smashed it Cheeky- there's no stopping you now!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Tartancat

Haha yes TC, I think I’m a little bit addicted! 😅🏃‍♀️

Well done cheeky. Never doubted you 😊👍

Have a great Christmas 🌲💕

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Beanjo

Awww shucks Beanjo, I was nervous because I knew I had to do it. I’m stubborn as a mule and there’s no way I’d have let myself walk, so the pressure was on! 🏃‍♀️😅

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate10

Fabulous!!! I’m still scared of hills - sticking with my treadmill in winter and my (relatively flat) Park run for now 😂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Becky1606

Well Becky, judging by my runs this week, including 4k on the treadmill on Tuesday, today’s hill was easier than that! So kudos to you! 🏃‍♀️💪😀

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Well done Cheeky, I can see how you were so intimidated by it. I’ve found that the hills aren’t as bad as I think they’re going to be and maybe that is because we look at them with a pre-fitness head. When you run them your fitter self gets up them because you’ve got both stronger legs and lungs than you realise.

Congrats and happy Christmas ğŸŽ„ 🤶🏻😊xx

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to TailChaser

You’re spot on TC. Not a chance in a million years I’d have run that hill even a month ago. It’s why running is so awesome, it keeps on giving! 😀👍

Brilliant! Your a star! â­ï¸ğŸŽ…ğŸ»ğŸŽ„ğŸ•

Thanks so much 61! Can’t wait to go back there now! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10

Nice! Well done cheeky! Feels great to do even better than expected. Sounds like a challenging PR.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thanks Sask! I was seriously doubting my ability to run the whole thing (loads were walking), but I felt strong the whole way up. It felt amazing, even quite emotional when I made the turn at the top! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

SaskAlliecat
SaskAlliecatGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Whoohoo! That's so awesome. It's amazing how emotional some runs can be.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Fabulous run Cheeky! I never had any doubt that you would smash it 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👏👏👏💥💥 Have a wonderful Christmas

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you Sandie! I was really nervous all day yesterday and even watched a YouTube video of someone running it (how sad is that, me doing homework before a parkrun! 😅😅)

It was such fun though and I can’t wait to run it again. 🏃‍♀️

Have a fabulous Christmas, and here’s to a happy 2019 full of great runs! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Fantastic Cheeky! I have to admit, after avoiding hills like the plague during c25k, I now quite like them, in a masochistic sort of way!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to JonathanP

Isn’t it funny how that happens Jonathan?! I’m really looking forward to doing it again. New Years Day I’m doing them both, both hilly! What have I become? 😅😅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Enjoy your hills in 2019! 👍🏃

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yes who'd a thunk it?! And a happy running 2019 to you🏃‍♀️😀

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10

Well done Cheeky, you are doing do well.

Have a great Christmas, I hope you get all you want ğŸŽ„ğŸŽğŸŽğŸŽ…

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Jell6

Thanks Jell, I really enjoyed that run. 😀

Happy Christmas to you too. I happen to know I have a Garmin waiting for me! I haven’t looked forward to a present so much in years! ğŸŽ â¤ï¸ğŸŽ„ğŸ˜€

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10

Brilliant. I may have to try Lyme Park again.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay. I’m guessing Lyme Park is a hilly one then? Go for it! 🏃💪

Happy Christmas to you and here’s to a fab run-filled 2019! 😀

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

Crikey, just looked - number 513! Whoa. 💪

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Yup. My parkrun cherry, and only attempt to date.

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

I went to Lyme Park in summer for the first time, not to run mind you, but we did walk the dog along part of the 10k route. Stunning views across to Manchester but I would not want to run up those hills 😫

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to Sandie1961

The local running group have nagged me into doing it again next Saturday 😱

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

Fantastic Jay. Will look forward to hearing how it goes! Bet you’ll find it a whole lot easier this time round. ğŸƒğŸ‘ğŸ¤žğŸ˜€

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

Brave 👏😮

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

I’ve spent plenty of time up there... sat on my bum watching the festival... definitely no running involved! Well done cheeky it sounds like you and your loyal friend did a great job!!!

👏👏👏👏👏

Merry Christmas to you too ğŸŽ„

....3 sleeps til Garmin 😁⚡️

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Hidden

Ahh yes, the Ashton Court Festival, the Balloon Fiesta, all sorts of fun stuff! I too would never have dreamed of running up those hills back in the day!

I KNOW - 3 sleeps! 😍😍😍

pianoteacher
pianoteacherGraduate10

Brilliant cheekychipmunks! One of my running club coaches was there this morning as well - looks like a very tough course! x

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to pianoteacher

Thanks PT. Yes, definitely tough but strangely enjoyable, and I can’t wait to run it again. Can’t believe I’m saying that! 🏃‍♀️

Crawlhome
CrawlhomeGraduate10

Brilliant cheeky, well done and fantastic running with those hills 😁

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Crawlhome

Loved it,CH! Looking forward to New Years Day now, not dreading it! 👍🏃‍♀️

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

Well done!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️💪

Fantastic. That’s a great achievement 🏃‍♀️💪🏻

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to hudsondoglets

Thanks HD. I can feel my quads today, that’s for sure! 🏃‍♀️👍💪

Fab cheeky!! Merry Christmas ğŸŽ„

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Oldlady57

Thank you Oldlady! I’m still buzzing. 😀

Merry Christmas to you too! ğŸŽ„ğŸ˜€

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10

Love this cheeky! 🙌 You are a true inspiration! Huge well done!ğŸŽ‰ğŸ¤©

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Hidden

Thank you so much Dreams! I’m looking forward to New Years Day when I get to do it again, followed by my regular one at 10.30! Bonkers!

Merry Christmas to you! ğŸŽ„ğŸŽ„

Hidden
HiddenGraduate10
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Eeks... Slightly bonkers!... but in the best possible way! 🤩🤩🤩

You’ll be amazing as always, I’m sure! Looking forward to hearing about it already! 🙌👌

Merry Christmas to you too! Hope you have a wonderful time! ğŸŽ„â¤ï¸

Mummycav
MummycavModerator

Well done cheekychipmunks, I can tell you’re chuffed to bits...and so you should be 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Brilliant!

Happy Christmas...and here’s to your New Year’s Day run 🥂

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10
in reply to Mummycav

Thanks MC! I can’t wait to tackle it again!

They were talking about parkrun on the radio just now and I’m wishing I could be out there this morning.

Have a wonderful Christmas and here’s to a happy 2019 full of fabulous runs! ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸŽ„ğŸŽ„ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Here here my friend xx

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