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18k. Oh my days! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ₯΅β˜€οΈ

Did it! πŸ‘Š Although I was disappointed when the clouds parted, revealing beautiful sunshine. β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ I’d picked today as the forecast had promised grey and drizzly. The drizzly part was taken off the forecast yesterday - but that was ok, grey is pleasant to run in. But the grey disappeared too and left me running under blue skies. Most people love blue skies - I do as a rule, but not for running.

Anyway, I purposely started off slowly, knowing it would be a slog. Actual snails crossed my path (sweet things, I avoided several 🐌) and I chugged away happily for 12.5k, breaking no records, but pacing myself sensibly. I remember thinking at 9k β€œwoohoo, half way”, then realising - but crikey, another 9k to go! 😳

I then reached 12.5k and my legs said β€œare you having a laugh? We want to stop”. Like my last long run, I fed them some jelly babies and bullied them into slow submission until I reached my 18k goal. πŸ˜€πŸ’ͺ

Did I enjoy it? Not the last few kms, no. But being more stubborn than the stubbornest mule that ever lived, and realising I’d told you guys I would be running 18k, I carried on. Job done! πŸŽ‰

I seriously hope that the weather is cooler for my next long run which will be 19k (flipping Norah 😳). I’ll pootle somewhere short and pleasant on Friday as we’re away this weekend for a wedding - so no PR for me. 😩

Happy running everyone. ❀️

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Great run for you today Cheeky, a easy 18K in a very good time of 2.41.37.

Do just run in a park in circles or on various paths and roads?

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Thanks so much Al. πŸ‘ I’ve been doing my long runs along a lovely towpath along the River Avon. I pass the rowing club where my husband spends most of his non-working life (thus giving me free rein to run as much as I like!) It’s more or less flat too, just a couple of inclines, and each β€œout and back” is 8k, so I know where I need to reach. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Oh my goodness cheeky; you really are going to make it to that HM distance aren’t you. Who would have known you would be a long distance runner when you started c25k. Well done that girl.

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I’m on a non running weekend too.

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Ahh thanks Dexy, yes I believe I will. πŸ˜€πŸ€žI’d love to have the inclination to do extra leg strengthening exercises, but I’m very naughty and I don’t, except for dog walking. My yoga is on the back burner as I have a painful rotator cuff (caused by yoga πŸ™„πŸ™„).

But my breathing is 100% on these long slow runs, it’s my legs which give out first! πŸ™„

Enjoy your run-free weekend I know I’m going to miss PR terribly. 😩

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Yes I’ll miss parkrun too but mustn’t reach number 50 before the end of August. Enjoy the wedding.

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That is some mileage you got there! Impressive! Keep going x

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Thanks JaoJao, yes it’s feeling like a long way now. Onwards to HM is my goal. πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€ž

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18k is some great going cheeky! A HM event will be well within your grasp went it comes! πŸ’ͺ

I felt exactly the same when I did my 10miler, the last 2k took some coaxing out of my weary lower limbs!! Well done you!

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Ha, yes it’s hard isn’t it Uncle? I can feel mine grinding to a halt, so I have to give them a stern talking to! Are you HM-bound? πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ

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🀞 & all being well I plan to do the Perkins great East run on Peterborough this October. At the end of the 10miler though I was seriously wondering if it is too soon..... But then after a couple of days rest it didn't seem quite as daunting, maybe after an 18k session I'll be doubting again.... It could be a long summer! πŸ˜‚

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I have every faith in you! It’s funny how the pain of the run subsides almost immediately, making you want to go back for more (like childbirth really .....! πŸ˜…)

I have a the Severn Bridge 10k on August 25th, then the GSR with some VRBs in October. πŸ˜€ Good luck with yours, and happy HM training! πŸƒπŸƒ

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Cheers cheeky, I have the option of a couple of fairly local 10k's in Sept so I may test my pace at one of those in training for the HM & pick up an extra bit of bling along the way! 😁

Good luck with the Severn bridge event! You've definitely got that one these days! πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ…

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Haha, yes 10k is the new 5k!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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You’ll have to join Oldfloss, Katnap, Tailchaser, me and a couple of others at the Wild Wine Run in Burton on the Wolds on 15 September. 10k fun run around a vineyard with wine tasting and not too far from you πŸ·πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

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🀣 I taste wine after every run Sandie! 🀣

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Come and join us then πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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amazing! 18K :o

That is really great running.

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Thanks BIT, it felt pretty far I have to say! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Looks pretty far just looking at the numbers lol - even saying 18 out loud sounds a long way, 18000m makes it look as long as it sounds :D

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One thing though, it makes 10k seem, dare I say, short! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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😱😱😱 I'm speechless Cheeky!! That number is insane!! Cannot believe how incredibly well you've come along on your journey ~ absolutely amazing. Well done you!!!πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

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Awww Flara, thanks! I’m good at snailing away over long distances I guess. Lucky really as I can’t do speed! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Cheeky I've just seen the word Collapse at the top of your phone screen πŸ˜‚ Was there ever any other option after 18k??πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ¦‹

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Hahaha yes, my husband saw that too! It was very appropriate! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Great job Cheeky! Well done. I read somewhere to count up to half way then count down from half way. Keeps the numbers small and less scary πŸ˜‚

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Thanks Linda, and yes I guess that’s sort of what I do. It’s funny that I think of anything under 10k to go is a doddle! Although those final kms are always end up being the hardest. πŸ˜€

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I start at the big number and count down..it works for me...x

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Good plan Floss, so each new km there’s a nice surprise when the numbers tick down. πŸ˜€

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I did it on my 10K on Sunday...and on my HM too !

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Huge well done stretch those legs really well...a lovely steady pace too...maybe loosen the legs tomorrow...a spot of cross training? And a lovely weekend to look forward to!

Go you! X

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Thanks so much OF. I have a lovely long dog walk planned for tomorrow to keep those muscles active. πŸ‘πŸ•

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Super... so exciting you are doing brilliantly!!

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Just following in your HM footsteps Floss! πŸ‘Š

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The best bit was right at the end when there was only 1K to go... you think ..wow... I ran a really long way! :) You are going to have such fun!

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I can’t wait, although with impending grandparenthood in September and the GSR in October, I’m not sure which event I’m going to enter. It does sound exciting - and daunting! 😳

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They are both awe inspiring...the grandparenthood...definitely had the edgeπŸ˜‰

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18K wow! How fabulous, congrats :)

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Thanks Julia. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Well done you πŸ‘

I did 14k with Dexy at that pace this morning, but wasn’t the least bit tempted to stick the extra 6 I’d need for my next target on the end this time.

Have you got a target pace in mind for the GSR? 8’30” maybe?

Onwards and upwards!

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Thanks! πŸ˜€

I didn’t have a specific target pace UTS, but 8:30 should be achievable. It’ll be cooler by October I hope! 🀞🀞

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Flipping heck cheeky 18k!!you must have caught that running bug that’s going around πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Keep well hydrated at the wedding this weekendπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Thanks OL, yes it’s a contagious bug isn’t it? Can’t seem to shake it off! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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I think you have got a really serious case of it!!

Well done cheeky πŸ€—

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Thanks Jell, I’m pretty sure you’re right! πŸ˜…

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Yay 😁 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Well done you! I never had any doubt you’d do it. You are one awesome lady xxx πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’₯πŸ₯³

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Thanks so much Sandie! πŸ˜€ I can’t say the last few kms were easy, but there was no way I was going to bail. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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18k run what an achievement well done you 😊

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Wow thanks Buddy, it was long! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Brilliant job CC. You are one determined runner!! I never doubted you for a second. I would be now worrying about having to go out tomorrow and do my long run as we agreed, but I had a change of plan; I went this morning as it was a nice soft (as in wet) start to the day and somehow it just felt right. I set the watch for 10k and plodded off, absorbing all the snail waves coming towards me from the south! I got to 13k and then thought "enough". My legs were getting a bit tight and why risk another injury? So I am a happy bunny too. Thanks for the inspiration, I feel like a long distance runner again, albeit trailing in your wake 😊🐌🐌🐌🐌πŸ₯‡

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Oh yesss, well done BC! πŸƒπŸƒπŸ‘πŸ‘ It sounds like the perfect run and you were smart quitting while you were ahead. πŸ˜€

Mine did feel very long after 13k came and went, but having made a promise to you and everyone on here, determined stubborn little me soldiered on! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Chipmunks rule ok😊😊😊

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Wowsers! Well done on a fantastic distance, Cheeky! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ What a brilliant runner you are! You will smash the HM no problem now. 😁

Sadie-runs xxx

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Aww thanks Sadie, although judging by the speed I was trundling for the last few kms, I’m reluctant to use the word β€œrunner”! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Wow! Seriously impressive stuff. Well done.

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Thanks Stephen! It was almost fun, more so now it’s over! πŸ˜…

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Love the β€œalmost”!

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12k was fun, the remaining 6k not so much! 🀣

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That’s a pretty good fun/non-fun ratio, all things considered.

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Well yes, putting it that way it doesn’t seem so bad does it? πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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Amazing Cheeky ! I have to say that 10k was plenty for me today - perish the thought of doing (nearly) the whole thing again!πŸ˜€

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Thank you Jonathan! 10k is nothing to be sniffed at either, so well done to you too! I won’t be attempting 19k for at least a couple of weeks. πŸ˜…

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Well done! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Thanks RP, I’m glad I did it, I’m equally glad it’s over! πŸ˜…

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Great job... many congratulations on 18. I like sun, lots of sun, then a rain shower, lots of cloud and drizzle for the run itself, then some more of that sun!

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Yep. I concur 100% UNM! Thanks. πŸ˜€

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Congrats on reaching 18k today and in the sun β˜€οΈ! Great job. You're doing so great! Fingers crossed for grey drizzly days for your next long run though 🀞

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Thanks Sask, oh yes I hope so too! It makes running so much easier I think. ☁️ πŸ’¦

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I don’t know why the β€˜collapse’ top right of your screen leapt out at me! πŸ˜‚

2 hours and 41 minutes of running - that’s just amazing! Did you need a loo break?! 🚽 🌳

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My husband noticed that too - it’s very apt! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

I didn’t need a loo break, but I’ll have to be strategic when the runs get longer still! 😳

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Your body tends to utilise every ounce of fluid so it probably won't be an issue. I've reached 5.5 hrs so far but no loo breaks needed yet! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰

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5.5 hours? 😳😳😳 Makes my run seem like a quick trot around the block! Awesome - and yes good point about the fluids. πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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🀣🀣🀣 hardly! You wait though, won't be long and you'll be thinking anything less than an hour isn't worth getting the kit out for πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

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Haha yes! I already don’t think it’s worth running less than 5k - maybe the day will come when I think of 10k in the same way! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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WOW, oh wow! Speechless! EIGHTEEN. Flipping 'eck. πŸ‘πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈβš‘οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ‘

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Thank you Baddie! HM distance is looming. πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Wow! That is an amazing distance, very well done! I am so impressed πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Thanks SS, yes it was a long way, and the last few km felt like it too! Fun to know it’s done though. βœ… πŸ˜€

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Well I’ve just read this, well done you ....and I’m just about to set off for my 18k. Hope mine does as well as yours did 🀞

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Oh thanks LL! I hope yours goes well - can’t wait to hear how you get on! Go for it! πŸ‘πŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Did it!! 😁😁😁

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Amazing! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Well done you! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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That's amazing! Well done you. I can't believe how far you have come, truly a success story and an inspiration x

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Wow, thanks so much SSF, being called an inspiration is something else. What can I say? ❀️

I’m such a huge advocate of C25K, I want to shout about its benefits from the rooftops. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ If I can, anyone can. πŸ‘Š

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Absolutely. I would recommend it to everyone. I have had hubby do it, and also a work colleague too, after I suggested it.

And you are an inspiration! xx

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Wow! That is so impressive and rather daunting as I’m still struggling around 12k and have a HM in October. Think I’m going to investigate the jelly beans never been a fan but....! Well done you xπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

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Thanks CC, you’ll be fine for your HM, 12k is a great distance and you still have plenty of time. πŸ‘Š

I find jelly babies easier to eat than jelly beans - you can nibble bits off as they’re bigger - but word of warning, keep them dry otherwise they turn into actual slugs. I know from personal experience! πŸ˜³πŸ˜…

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That sounds delicious!! Will definitely keep them dry!! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I’m still experimenting with belts and hydration carriers. I know a particular type was recommended but cannot find the thread now!! Need something soon to get used to x

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I’ve just invested in an Aonijie hydration belt and bladder if that’s any interest to you. It has loads of pockets for keys, phone, jelly babies etc, and it’s comfy and light. πŸ˜€ I also have a FlipBelt, but I needed to be able to carry more water on these longer runs. πŸ‘

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That was the name, thank you. What model did you go for? There seem to be so many x

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I’m not sure of the actual model - it was the first one that popped up on Amazon, it had really good reviews and cost Β£25 ish I think. The bladder was a bit extra. I love it! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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How strange I’ve just ordered one too, the same make -waiting impatiently for it to arrive. We seem to be mirroring each other at the mo. 😁

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Haha yes we do! Hope you like your hydration vest LL. I’d never heard of the brand until I got talking to a lady who had one at the Bristol Race for Life. She swore by it - and that was good enough recommendation for me! πŸ˜€

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Great run !!! I’m considering uping my k a bit as only reached 10k so far. Maybe you have just inspired me to give it a go ! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Thanks Laurzmum. If I can, you can. You can do it, so give it a go! Tell us all about your progress, obviously! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸ˜€πŸ‘

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Oh, and I’m not β€œonly 10k” is a phrase! πŸ˜…

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You’re a star Munks! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Super well done to you, it’s a long way! I love the way you bribe your legs. I talk to mine and they seem to like tough love πŸ™„πŸ˜‚

At this stage a lot of it is mental and you’ve clearly won that battle too. Whoop whoop πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Aww thanks IP! You’re so right, tough love and bribery is the way to go. πŸ’ͺ And I often tell my Garmin off for blatantly tells fibs about how far I have left to run towards the end. Those 0.01kms sure take a long time to tick down! πŸ˜…

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I tick my long runs off every 5K and give myself a little treat/water at each point. I can’t tick off every K, that’s torture!

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Maybe that’s my problem, too much tech! And I mustn’t peek in between times either! πŸ˜…

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Superb! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜

Stubbornness and determination will take you far! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

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Thanks JoJo. I’m definitely stubborn, and my accountability to all my VRBs makes me downright determined to achieve the goals I set myself. So it’s all down to you guys really. ❀️

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She just keeps going and going and going! I want batteries like yours, cheeky! You're making fantastic progress, what determination you've got, just amazing πŸ™ŒπŸ’ͺ

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My legs would like to buck that trend about keeping going and going sometimes GOG! But I bribe them and they haven’t failed me yet ..... πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€žπŸ’ͺ

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Wow, what an inspiration! How long ago did you start running?

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Thanks so much FGS. I started C25K mid June last year and graduated on August 18th. I was never a runner at all - I hated the thought of it - but that amazing programme flicked a switch and now I’m a total convert. ❀️

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You are just doing fantastic brilliant progress. Fingers crossed 🀞 for cooler runs. The heat really knocks me out πŸ₯΅

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Thanks so much Runsome. I guess last year during C25K, the distances were short enough to just ride the heat out. With these longer runs I too find it takes its toll. Let’s do a cool temperature (running days only!) dance! πŸ˜…πŸ˜€πŸƒ

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Sounds great. Mind you if I start dancing around the breeze I cause should cool it down a bit. Not so sure about the earth tremors, I’m not quite the twinkle toes.πŸ•ΊπŸ˜‚

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Wow you're doing amazingly well! Congratulations! I too plan runs for when I hope it will rain but am often thwarted haha! I'm back down to cautious 5k at the moment because of hip pain but as long as I can get out there and tootle around slowly I'm okay with that! Happy running!

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I know, it’s not fair is it HS? Parts of the country are having deluges and parts have only had a couple of rain showers. I think we’d all like a happy medium! πŸ’¦β˜€οΈπŸ’¦β˜€οΈ

Good that you’re able to get out at least. Take good care of your hip and you’ll soon be back to full fettle. πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺπŸ˜€

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Wow! That’s really good, well done Cheeky. I’m really missing my running and can’t wait to get back to it ☹️ X

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Aww thanks TL! πŸ˜€πŸ‘Š Do you know how much longer it’ll be before you can get back out there? 🀞

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I have my stitches removed on Monday. My running meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I think the Tuesday maybe too soon so I’m praying I can go on Thursday x

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Oooo that sounds hopeful! I’ll keep everything crossed for you. πŸ˜€πŸ€žπŸ˜€πŸ€žπŸ˜€

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Wow! Amazing distance Cheeky. In awe πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»

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Thanks Lexi! Now it’s done I can say I enjoyed it. This time yesterday I wasn’t so sure! πŸ˜…

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Oh just wow!!!!! Those legs just keep on going my fabulous Duracell Cheeky. My god. 18k. Just amazing!!!! Amazing!!!! Amazing!!!! πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.

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Thanks Wimborne, my Duracells needed replacing yesterday when I got home! It was fun and a real achievement, but crikey it was hard at the end! πŸ₯΅ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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I can’t even imagine how hard that must have been. You should see the state of me after just 30 minutes πŸ˜‚. I am back in the park where I started going round in circles. I felt self conscious last night and couldn’t face running past the same set of cricket spectators for a 3rd time. They would have got the first aid bag out ! Must get over my fear of pavements again but just not ready yet ☹️

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Gosh yes you must be very wary of them ....... but you’ll get there, you’re well on your way back and soon you’ll be whizzing past us all like at Southampton PR! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done! That's a great run! I'm trying to increase my distances again now I'm not having hot flushes every 10 mins. I'm inspired by you now!

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Thanks Ang! Go for it - if I can, you can! We’re behind you all the way! πŸ‘ŠπŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Thanks 😎

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Wow!!!

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πŸ˜€πŸ‘ Thanks!

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Stop showing off!!

Haha, honestly well done and yes being stubborn is a big help with running I find! I'm in awe of your 18km. Not there yet but one day, I'll follow you there :-)

AMAZING WELL DONE

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You’ll definitely get there too CP2, and no doubt your legs will have more left in the tank at the end than mine did! I could have walked the last couple of km faster! But thank you, I’m pretty chuffed today! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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No, I think i'd be pretty much the same! I wish sometimes I could just teletransport and have a RB rather than a VRB ;-)

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Great achievement! Pleased to see you’re still running πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ we graduated at the same time. I’m still running too although run 6-7k 3 or 4 times a week on the treadmill. No desire for marathon running for me but you have such stamina to run that far and for so long. Well done x

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