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Christmas Ministreak 14/16

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Today was the first day of this adventure when I decided not to run first thing in the day as I planned on going into work, getting stuff done and being home early enough to still feel I was on holiday.

So I planned instead to run at the reservoir on my way home. I was very good leaving at 3pm (despite having realised I could have stayed overnight and still not be finished) but then sat in traffic inching very slowly to towards my planned run because of some sort of fuel spill that had closed a major road nearby.

By the time I got to the reservoir I felt like I'd lost the best of the afternoon sun and the temperature was dipping into minus figures - however the whole thing must have been fate as I got to run through the most glorious sunset ever and the folk at the cafe stayed open until I'd finished 'because we knew you'd want your hot chocolate'. 😁😊

A lovely 5k!

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Oh wow that is beautiful! Running outdoors treats us to the loveliest sights, and you can truly appreciate every season for the beauty and contrast, eh?

Well done on a lovely 5k, Deb. You are doing marvellously on this streak. πŸ‘

Sadie x

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to Sadie-runs

Thank you - it was so lovely today and totally what I needed after a day in front of my laptop πŸ™„.

I'm thinking quick jog tomorrow before another day in the office (it is amazing what you can achieve in school when there are no children there πŸ˜‚) and then a longer (though how long will depend on how I feel) run on Sunday 😊.

Hello to you DebJogsOn, Happy New Year and wow, wow, wow! What a treat to run in view of that beautiful sunset and the cafe staying open for you! Aw! How lovely!

Congratulations on your day 14 run and preparing (well in good part) for the new term. I'm sure that you will savour every moment of the remaining two days! Well done again!

I hadn't been keeping up with your posts, but I have just had a little read around and refreshed my memory that it was you who sent me a kindly, helpful reply when I was struggling with motivation, quite a long while back now. So thank you again for that, I still think of myself as someone who has started to run, rather than a runner, but who knows when I shall feel ready to give myself that title?

All the very best with your onward running journey! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Š

I am wondering whether you have a reward in mind for the successful completion of your Christmas Ministreak?

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

My posts on here tend to be a bit sporadic and definitely cluster around school holidays.

Just had a glance at your recent posts and it seems like your certainly solved your motivation problems! Well done. So glad I was a little bit of a help!

I think there is always something new to discover or challenge ourselves in this running lark - so though I don't now consider myself a complete beginner I still think there's lots of fun journeying ahead.

I've enjoyed the challenge of this Ministreak (very much inspired by others on here) as it's definitely helped to keep my mind off work (so easy to let it take over) and it actually felt like a treat to myself as I hadn't managed much running in the rest of December and I hadn't thought of a reward - but now you come to mention it ...I might have to have a think!

over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Oh yes to, "there is always something new to discover or challenge ourselves in this running lark". Running seems to have a mind of its own! And can persuade me to do things and had no idea about just a short while back! Yes, who would have thought that going for a run could be viewed as a treat! Long may it continue!

Gosh you earned and so deserve that one.

So well done.Hopefully the finally two give you more flexibility.

It’s easy Debs for us pensioners.

So easy if and when I decide I can run twice per day for a month,if that fits the bill.

I found that I can just run off any excess pounds without having to think too much.

Atb with your final two days for this streak.


DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to Tbae

Haha - some days I would very much like to be retired!

I weighed myself today and discovered that despite a Christmas season of typical over indulgence I haven't gained any weight.

Another benefit of my ministreak it seems 😊.


Wow! Those are beautiful pictures. What a lovely run it must have been.

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to SANDI_runs

It was beautiful - all good and blue as I set off turning to brilliant red as ran 😊.

Really turned my day around.


Beautiful pictures and great that you got into work and still ran :)

I am back with you today (working at home -3.5k) and for the weekend and Monday (again working at home- which is a mini mini streak

It seems like you have had a brilliant time and have proved a lot/learned a lot about yourself. Good luck when you are back to the chalk face

HW x

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to helenwheels

I have enjoyed it - felt a bit sad today as I know once we're back I'll be struggling to find the time again πŸ™.

Glad you'll be ministreaking too over the weekend. I'm hoping to get a lovely run in on Sunday - will only manage a short one tomorrow as I'm intending to go into school.


Ah that's so nice when things work out when they don't always start well ie lots of work and traffic! Well done on your run, it looks spectacular tonight.

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to sunshinefish

It was beautiful and happened so suddenly.


Gorgeous! I just missed the sunset, but still had a great run. It is such a good way to completely switch off, l listened to the new Mary poppins soundtrack! I love it πŸ˜‚

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to Abaggs

Great that you enjoyed your run - sometimes I remember particular runs because if what I was listening to at the time.


Well done on that 5k Deb...and so glad you got your hot chocolate afterwards too!


DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Hot chocolate was lovely.


Beautiful Deb! I’m a morning runner as a rule, but your post has inspired me to do a sunset run at some point. 😍

And how kind of the people at the cafe! β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

They are lovely in the cafe - have got to know them a bit over time as the reservoir a bit of a favourite route.


What a great way to end your day! A belated happy new year to you. I have not kept up with forum as much this holiday and had missed your run streak but have caught up a bit now. This is a great idea and I'm sure it will have blown the cobwebs of last term away as well as enhanced your running.

It is wonderful to pick and choose running times in daylight isn't it? I hope the new term starts well and your work-life-run balance stays on an even keel! πŸ™‚


Gorgeous, just gorgeous! What wonderful cafe owners to stay open for you. How sweet is that!

DebJogsOnGraduate10 in reply to SaskAlliecat

So gorgeous and really sweet of them 😊. In the summer, when I ran there quite regularly, they'd sometimes get my drink ready if they noticed me running across the causeway (which usually marked the end of the circuit I did).

That's definitely two incentives to leave work that early on a normal work day every now and again.

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