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At last - another Sunday adventure!

skysue16
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It has been two weeks since I last ran! Lots of reasons - visiting family, extra hours at work, illness and just worn out! Today I was determined to get out for a run so despite feeling weary when I woke this morning I got out of bed and straight into my running gear (I find this a good strategy!). Off we went, lovely and quiet on the road and calm, dry weather - just perfect. Always best to start off nice and slow, especially after a couple of weeks of no running - so that's what we did, although Squiggy always wants to go faster of course ;) As soon as we get to the beginning of the trail Squiggy is off the lead and busy looking for squirrels and birds. I was feeling good, just jogging along and enjoying the beautiful Autumn colours. Not really an adventure - well not yet! On the way back I spotted a cyclist coming towards us wearing very bright yellow jacket and helmet. It was my other half! It wasn't a run day for him but he decided, after I had gone out, to join us rather than sit at home! So that was a nice surprise :) He continued on past us and caught us up a bit later. Squiggy was busy charging up and down the track rushing into the bushes and trees then suddenly he appeared out of a bush with.....a pigeon!! He was so pleased with himself and trotted along, tail up showing off his 'catch'! I decided to continue along the track for a while and when hubby caught us up he assisted in extricating the said pigeon from a rather grumpy and growly spaniel!! After that excitement Squiggy had to stay on the lead for a while longer then he was off again and trotting alongside the bike. I am such a good boy! ;)

In the photo I am wearing my birthday present. An Aonijie running backpack. Running with the dog and extending my distances means extra kit as well as water. This one was suggested by someone on the forum, ages ago. It is fantastic, I love it. Lots of little zipped pockets for small items like keys, gels etc. Two larger pockets for bottles. I bought a soft bottle with a drinking tube/straw and it works very well, just taking little sips. There is also room in the back section for a water pouch/bladder as well as an extra layer, food etc. Very light and comfortable to wear and very reasonably priced :)

Anyway, I am rambling on! Just so pleased to be able to enjoy a lovely 10k today. Happy running everyone :)

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cheekychipmunks
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That’s the exact same hydration vest that I have SS. Great aren’t they? I used my loads whilst working up from 10 miles to HM this summer. 👍

I love the look of your beautiful trail. I have lots near me, but they’re all really hilly. That’s fine for a short run, but too much for my little pins to make a longer route.

Squiggy sounds like such a character! Isn’t it fantastic running with our 🐕🐕? ❤️ Nice that you had your hubby along too. Great run all round! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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skysue16
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in reply to cheekychipmunks

Perhaps it was you that did a post about it a while back! I am making good use of it already, it is amazing what you need to carry when running with a dog! Yes, he is a character! We are so lucky to have the old railway track to run along, very pretty and mostly flat. I do have to make myself find some hills on some runs!

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cheekychipmunks
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in reply to skysue16

Possibly me, I don’t know. I was recommended it by a lady on the park and ride bus on the way back from the Bristol 10k and I did recommend it to a couple of people. Anyway, whoever it was, they’re great aren’t they - and very comfy. 😀

What a lovely route, being mostly flat too. My flat long route is also very muddy and puddly, as I’ll be discovering in the morning! 🙄😅

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Maddee_6333
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Yay. Well done for getting out there.

I am a big fan of getting up and straight into running gear, if I don’t I end up prevaricating and sometimes don’t end up going at all.

A couple of times recently I’ve put my clothes for the next day in the bed with me just so they aren’t too cold in the morning 🤣

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skysue16
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in reply to Maddee_6333

That's a good idea! You get out much earlier than me so being organised really helps I'm sure.

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Olivia78

What a great idea! Or I could ask the dog to sleep on them 😀

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Maddee_6333
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in reply to Olivia78

Both mine would happily do that for me, but they sleep downstairs so I’d still get cold going down to fetch them 🤣

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Olivia78

Mine sleeps on (most of) my bed. If I’m lucky she lets me have a space on the very edge 😂

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Maddee_6333
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in reply to Olivia78

😂😂😂 I have a couple of friends like that.

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Grannytobe
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Great bit of kit and a fantastic run. Well done

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skysue16
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in reply to Grannytobe

Thank you! We had a great run.

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Mummycav
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Wow well done skysue16 ...sounds like you had a great time...errrr, apart from the pigeon part!!! I would've died!! At least hubby was there to assist, it's a good job he got motivated and followed you!!! I love your backpack...there are never enough pockets and zips for us are there but that looks just the ticket!! I don't take water with me, ever but sometimes, when I'm aiming for 10k I wonder if I should because it might stop me from flagging??? I just can't bear carrying a bottle so I might just invest in something like this myself and see how far I can run when I take water with me...thanks for your post, you've got my fire up for more distance now!

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skysue16
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in reply to Mummycav

I am used to Squiggy catching wildlife! He is so fast and stealthy that he even caught a squirrel once, slower moving things don't stand a chance! ;) Yes, the backpack is great. I never used to take water even over 10k and when we lived in Scotland it was never hot enough to really need any! But this summer I found it very warm even early morning. The soft bottle is really good I didn't notice I was carrying it.

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Olivia78
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My dog sends kudos to Squiggy. It’s been her ambitoin in life to catch a squirrel but she hasn’t managed it yet

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skysue16
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in reply to Olivia78

What breed of dog do you have? In one of my previous post (reasonably recently) there is a photo of him jumping up a tree, he loves doing that!

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Olivia78
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She’s a mutt - cross between a King Charles cavalier and a Pomeranian. Very cute and rather fluffy, sheds white hairs on everything

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skysue16
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in reply to Olivia78

Ahh, she sounds lovely 😊

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Bluebirdrunner
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Aaah that really is a lovely photo Sue, so nice of hubby to turn up and capture you on your trail path. This must have been before the pigeon incident. The backpack looks briliant and I like your pink jacket too.👌👌

Happy running 😊xxx

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skysue16
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

The backpack is great! I love my pink jacket, have had it quite a few years now and it washes brilliantly.

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ju-ju-
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Lovely backpack and I love your go running strategy!!

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skysue16
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in reply to ju-ju-

Ahh, lovely to have you here again Ju-ju :) Yes, I am really pleased with the backpack.

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Sandraj39
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Lovely photo of you and your running companion skysue! I run on similar trails. I also have that running backpack but haven't tried mine yet! Sounds like a great comeback run! 🙂

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skysue16
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in reply to Sandraj39

Oh, you must give it a go!

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Franglaise
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Looks just like one of my trails in France...but round the corner the Hills begin! Love your spaniel....I have 3 of them! The pigeon incident is so familiar....and rabbits and bambi....thankfully my doggies usually get outrun...probably helps me screaming at them like a fishwife!

Sounds like a lovely run and awesome pressie.

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skysue16
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in reply to Franglaise

Spaniels are great fun! Do you have Springers? Unfortunately Squiggy rather likes livestock - so glad I discovered Canicross!

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Franglaise
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They are cockers...Ellie, Jasper and Jarvis (my fault....just HAD to name him that.....he has real attitude too

There is never a dull moment.

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skysue16
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in reply to Franglaise

Ahh, yes Cocker spaniels are a bit crazy too! But good fun :)

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SaskAlliecat
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What a great run for you and Squiggy. You run in such a pretty spot. I can just imagine how proud Squiggy was of his find. He must have been quite miffed to give it up 😆

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skysue16
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Yes, he was not impressed! But he soon forgot about it once we got going again :)

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Oldfloss
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Brilliant that you got out and what a super day, all three of you had!

Your vest looks great and is clearly helping.. I love my vest, but only wear it for anything longer than a 10K.

Squiggy seems very pleased with himself in the photograph, it must be as exciting for him as it is or us.. ( only more so :)

I am glad that you are feeling better and that the run did the trick! x

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skysue16
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in reply to Oldfloss

Yes, he loves running with us. Yes, the vest is very useful especially when carrying all sorts of things like doggie bags, treats, lead, phone etc etc!

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Dexy5
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A lovely run with squiggy. I was recommended that hydration vest by cheekychipmunks too. It was great in the summer when increasing to 10 miles. It’s better than trying to fit everything into a flipbelt on long runs.

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skysue16
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in reply to Dexy5

Yes, it is good. I am extending to 10 miles (hopefully) so thought carrying water would be a good idea, as well as all sorts of other things!

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Run46
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Sounds like all 3 of you enjoyed it...great to have a good run after a bit of time off and I bet that 10K really stretched your legs out! 🏃‍♀️👍

The back pack sounds good, not that I need any encouragement to buy more running stuff 😉

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skysue16
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in reply to Run46

Ha, ha - it is tempting to buy more kit isn't it!

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