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Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay


Its better to burn out than fade away My My Hey Hey. We went to our friend’s funeral last week and Neil Young’s words were on his service sheet (he had a band in the late 60’s and his own songs were also played at his service) just so lovely to have his music to remember him by too.

Just feeling very lucky to be able to get out there and run and have got myself back on track this week. I had intended to make my third run of the week Saturday, but Saturday and Sunday were forecast for strong winds, so decided I’d better get out today. My 10k race is in 5 weeks time and because my first (and only) 10k was February last year, (I know, I know) talk about leaving it late 🤭 thought I’d better have a go! Light winds and not too hot, so it was ideal. I did have a bit of a wobble at 6k as I made the mistake of running past my house and those pesky gremlins started on at me to stop, so pulled a jelly baby out of my belt and the sugar did its job and I ran on. I bought 2 huge packets of English jelly babies at Christmas 😊 Just yum!

Anyway 10k done and although I’m not going to break any records - ever, my time was 11 minutes faster than last years and I got to tick off my 5k and 10k Strava January challenges already. Well Happy! Happy stretching and running everyone.

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Brilliant Lexi6, Jelly Babies are much better than gremlins and will win any battle. I found dates and apricots worked for me on the longer runs. You’ll do well on your race. 🏃‍♀️ 🇳🇿 And of course we’ll need a race report and pics of bling

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, I’m exercising a lot of self control not eating all of my jelly babies at once, something sadly lacking in me when Terry’s Chocolate Oranges arrive in NZ before Christmas. Mine never make it to Christmas Day! Nnnmmmmmmmum yum! 🐷 Bling and pics obligatory 😁


Well done Lexi! Bet that feels really nice to have under your belt💪😄

It's so good to hear you are back in your groove, and in record breaking time (your own😉) Awesome!😊xxx

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thanks BBr, it was a huge relief and very glad I did it yesterday and not today, soooo windy here. Did heaps of stretches before bed and I feel good this morning. 😊 xxx


You just went out see if you could manage a 10k and you did . You must feel so good. Good luck with your 10k race in March 😊😊😊

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy, feeling happier for having done it now. After saying I would never, ever want to run 10k, I’d like to try for 10 miles next, but don’t think I will be ready in March. 😊

Buddy34Graduate10 in reply to lexi6

I was think about 10 miles next also . I will keep at 10k for a while yet 😊


So glad to hear that your friend’s funeral was an uplifting celebration of his life and that you’ve found your running mojo again. 11 minutes faster is an incredible achievement. Well done you 👏👏👏 xx

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie, feeling a lot better about race day now but I know its time to begin some hill work and get stronger gulp! The 10k is round the bays and exposed to the winds, so might spend part of the race going backwards! 😅 xx


Fantastic stuff, bet it feels great to have got that under your belt. And bloody well done for resisting the lure of home at 6km - I don't think I could have kept going when you're literally passing your own front door!

Sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like a lovely send off though.

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Debston

Thanks Debston, it was a huge relief, there was lots of self doubt. The lure of the jelly babies was stronger than the gremlins fortunately. 😀


Glad that you enjoyed your 10Krun AND your jelly babies today, like me it's not often that you have ran a 10K, (I have only ran four) congratulations on completing 10K today (yesterday)

Good luck for your 10K race in 5 weeks time.

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Alan I enjoyed the jelly babies more than the run at the time, but I’m looking forward to the race now.

AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to lexi6

Any parkrun for you today lexi6 or was it too windy ?

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to AlMorr

I decided to give it a miss today, as I thought I might be too tired, but surprisingly I feel good, I’ll definitely go next week, as the parkrun is very sheltered from the wind because of all the trees. I’m thinking of going during the week too and running it 1. its hilly and good practice and 2. there is no concrete in sight there. I’m a little tired of running on foothpaths now.

That’s impressive! Must remember that jelly babies are stronger than gremlins. And so agree about how lucky we are to be here and to be able to run. So easy to take it for granted. So sorry to hear about your friend but that does sound like a great send off.

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Gwenoldy

Thanks Gwenoldy, the jelly babies reside in my running drawer, too tempting leaving them out otherwise I’d scoff em all. After yesterday’s gremlins, I will need to keep as many as I can and save them for the race! (We don’t have NZ jelly babies here, so they’re precious 😅


Wow Lexi6, that's super progress. You'll do your 10km challenge no problem. Go girl!

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thanks Baddie, felt good and no aches this morning, think I have become addicted to jelly babies as I can’t stop thinking of them lying in my running drawer!

BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to lexi6

Sugar is addictive. I'm a sugar junkie too. Try dates?

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

I definitely will and its very fortunate I won’t be able to replace the jb’s once they’re gone. I think some time back it was Dexy5 who posted a recipe on the forum for energy bars, so those will satisfy the cravings too, not sure there’s room left in my belt for anything bigger than jelly babies at the moment after all the excess of Christmas unless I wear my belt round my neck! 😅


Amazing Lexi that you left a long gap and managed a faster 10k time! That’s remarkable but good for you. That’s a nice way to kick off your January and must be nice to have a run after a funeral too, lots of thinking time hey


Thanks JaoJao, it was a relief to have managed it really, but I feel happier about being able to finish the race now. Yes a funeral wasn’t a good start to the New Year, but he was in my heart for my run yesterday. Just saw your post on your 25th volunteer shirt. Well done you. 👍

JaoJaoGraduate10 in reply to lexi6

Thank you appreciate it x

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to JaoJao

And you and all the other parkrun volunteers are so appreciated too.


Rock'n'roll is definitely never going to go away. Where would it go anyway?! The whole essence of it has gelled with running. Or so l believe.

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to mrrun

Totally agree. I can’t imagine a run without music ever.


Well that's a great running start to 2020😊.

Is there a big difference between NZ and UK jelly babies?

My Kiwi friend used to always bring me some Whittakers chocolate with kiwi fruit when she had visited home. That was just delicious .

She has returned for good now, so none of that to look forward to😟

lexi6Graduate10 in reply to Jell6

Replied to myself Jell again! see below


Thanks Jell, it was a relief, because its been so long since I last did 10k. NZ doesn’t make jelly babies at all ☹️ and the only way to get them usually is to buy them at the British shop, but a local store imported lots of English sweeties and chocolate this Christmas and they were worth every dollar. The Whittakers factory is only 2 minutes away from here and the smell of chocolate is really strong but just divine. Drive past, inhale deeply, endorphins released and no calories!

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