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Tech fails while snail triumphs!


Today was my first long run of the distance version of the Magic Plan. I decided to pick up where I left off at the timed version when I got to 7k in 60 mins, so I was going to do 8K today. I was so excited to get going on this as my last couple of runs have been brilliant and I've just sort of clicked into a pace that feels right.

I passed the crappy 5 minute gasp and soon settled into a rhythm. Van Morrison was giving it 'Bright Side of the Road' and all was well; lovely and quiet on the cycle path; perfect temperature. Then radio silence. I checked my watch to see how long I'd been running and horrors - the battery had died along with the music!

The gremlins had a quick howl at me but I firmly booted them back into their cage - you could just repeat the 60 minute run, they said... I decided that I was going to keep going past my 30 minute landmark and count up to 5 minutes to take me (hopefully) an extra 1k by the time I turned and ran back to the starting point. So it went great - I started counting once I passed my landmark and decided to add on an extra minute to be on the safe side as I'd done 61.30 to get to the 7K. Then I saw an old bridge over the path up ahead and thought I'd turn back when I reached it (I do like a good landmark...). But the bleeding thing was a lot further away than it looked so I called it quits after another (estimated) minute and headed back.

I got onto mapping software once I got home and tried to map out the route. Was a tad difficult to do this accurately given the terrain, but it looks like I ran at least 8.5K today! A bit naughty, I know, but OMG I am just chuffed to bits!!!! That was an absolute belter of a run - I am so excited!!!!

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Well my goodness!! You don't do things by half Mrs!!!! What a fantastic run without a safety net. I bet you are really excited 👏. Honestly what next for you?? That 10k doesn't seem that far off for now does it😉 Will there be a half marathon on the horizon?? Great result so.chuffed for you🖐️

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Allbarron

Thanks! I'm going to be sensible though and follow the plan to the end - tempting though it is to charge on. I think the 10k will do me fine for a bit and I can work on fitness and improving the 5k time. But who knows? Today I'm eyeing up 10 miles :) ha ha ha ha. (Tomorrow morning I might be eyeing up ibuprofen...)

Allbarron60minGraduate in reply to Fionamags

Haha!! After my day I'm eyeing up a large G&T but trying not to give in as I'm determined to do those intervals tomorrow 😉

🎉🎉🎈 Brilliant that sounds a marvellous run despite the tech failure. You seem to have really found your running groove 😊 x

I treated myself to a Garmin watch, I reckoned on all the money I'd saved on hair cuts I could afford one from the lower price range 🤣🤣😊

Delly-dot60minGraduate in reply to dijep

I love my Garmin - Forerunner 45s 💖! I bought mine with the same logic 😉🤣

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to dijep

I've got a Garmin as well - it was my birthday present from my husband. I absolutely love it! When I lost the plot with pace and speed etc it was fantastic to keep a check on what I was doing. But at the moment I seem to have found my pace and have locked in - although what the numbers will say when I do it again next week - who knows???

dijep in reply to Fionamags

That's one of the things I'm hoping it will help with, I find it so difficult to judge my pace. The C25k +podcasts helped but I really don't want to have to rely on them.


Well Fionamags that’s a determined run against all the odds if I’ve ever read one. Impressive distance too 👍🏃‍♀️

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Thanks. Was so happy to be started on the 10k journey that I wasn't going to let the tech rule the run. Onwards ho!!!!

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Damn right it’s us that controls the tech not the tech that controls us 👍


Blinkin' flip Fionamags! There's no holding you back just now is there?! Talk about firing on all cylinders and all that. Fantastic run today!! 🙌🏼

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

Yep - cylinders all pumping away great style :) :) :)

Fantastic run, it’s horrible when you have a tech failure isn’t it. I forgot to start my watch on my last run, luckily I know the Route well as was able to run the whole distance despite having no reminders in my ear. Won’t be long now before you run the 10k. 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to MoliJ

Well I think its around 4 weeks off as there is the increase and then repeat. But I feel like I really did something today so I think steadying the buffs and following the plan is definitely the way forwards!

MoliJ in reply to Fionamags

I have run my best and fastest. whilst on the timed plan. So pleased you posted about it.


Yey well done 👍


Fantastic effort, amazing what you can do when you are prepared and put your mind to it. 10k is just around the corner. Happy running 🤗

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Thanks. It definitely feels close :)


We all need a triumphant snail in our lives Fionamags,’ a chuffed to bits triumphant snail,’ a great delight, what more could anyone ask for😆 well done you, brilliant run 🤗

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to jorgeRuns

Hahaha thanks from the Triumphant Snail!


That’s fantastic!!!!! Well done!!!! I have my 8k later this week having done the 5k middle run today- I am truly excited at the thought of it and want to go NOW but my legs would never forgive me 😂😂😂

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to AlysP

I know exactly what you mean! Once it all clicks its just amazing isn't it?


I love the howling gremlins! You are really on a roll and are going from strength to strength Fionamags. It's interesting that without the tracking of time or distance, you actully ran further!

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Roxdog

I knew you would like that! Now I understand how you got to running for 60 minutes 'by accident'. I think you clicked into your happy pace a lot sooner than I did!! Vive la Happy Pace!!!

RoxdogGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Hahaha - yes, completely taps into the accidental runs! This is why I need a plan! I must do the plan (New mantra)

10k within sight there Fionamags! Sounds like you’ve really got this sorted! Enjoy the rest of juju’s plan; I’m just redoing it as well, though I suspect I’m finding it a bit harder work than you seem to be! Happy running!

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well that's after taking many weeks to do the version to get me to 60 mins. I would have found the distance version horrendous because I was so slow. But it did the trick to build up my fitness.


There might have been a tech failure but your run was great . I'm sure that run would have filled you with confidence to get to 10k. Well done you 👏 👍

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Champing now 🤣🤣🤣


Your joy radiates out of your post (maybe minus the initial tech issue rant, but we'll gloss over that bit 😉) When it all works it's infectious, not just for you but for us reading your post, I can't help but smile with you 😀. Look forward to seeing how far it actually was when you repeat it next week 😉

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Mum22boys

If I haven't seized up tomorrow I was going to investigate on my bike. Heh heh dying to find out for sure.

Mum22boysGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Do let us know if you do 😉

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Mum22boys

Mum22boys it was 8.25 or thereabouts. Thought it was further. Not exactly sure though as it was a miserable day so hubbie and I just drove nearby and walked to the point. So still a bit of a guesstimate. But still a great run!

Mum22boysGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

And more than the 8k you were planning on so plusses all round 😊


Well done on a great run put the gremlins in their place well and truly. I’m on Wk 1 of JuJu’s magic just done my 35 minute run this morning it’s great to read about how others are now achieving so much. Really inspirational On wards and upwards. Happy running 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Scruff55

Thanks! I'm sure you'll enjoy the Plan - its good to have another programme to follow after consolidation, isn't it? Which version of the plan are you on?

Scruff5560minGraduate in reply to Fionamags

Because I run with the snails I’m doing the 60 minute plan. Not sure if I’ll ever progress to the 10 k one. But heho a new challenge is good motivation so you never know. Hehe. 😀😀😀🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Scruff55

That's what I said as well! 😉 The 60 mins Plan is a great way to build up fitness - I think I would have really struggled with the distance version straight from consolidation. Good luck!

Scruff5560minGraduate in reply to Fionamags

Thanks 🤞🤞🤞


What a great run and determination, it’s amazing how when the technology fails that we find other ways to get to where we want to. You can do it now, so when you run again you can just confirm the figures -best of both worlds. Enjoy!😁👍👏🎉

FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Over62


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