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Come in Number 7191 Your Time Is Up And Its A New 10k PB !


My London Vitality 10,000 Run, was all planned for tomorrow, even booked the day off to recover afterwards....BUT 4:30am this morning I woke up and felt wide awake, actually felt really good, so decided to get out there and go for it ! I think my subconscious realised Tuesday is my normal day to go out running. Couldn’t find any safety pins 🧷 of course so ended up sellotaping my number on and hoping for the best 🤞

Laced up the Brooks and got out there, weather perfect, nice and cool, Nike 10k Run Started, shuffled the playlist and set off.....Coach Bennett describing the start of the run as like lighting a fire 🔥 nurture it gently and build it up gradually, liked that analogy. I felt nice and calm today and breathing was slower and more controlled.

Reached the park, the site of so many 5k personal best attempts and knew I’d reached half way, ran passed the bench I’d often sat on to recover....onwards and upwards, not slowing or feeling tired today... heading for home....This Is Me from The Greatest Showman blasting in my ears....still not watched that film yet, love that song though. Passed the speed camera, I’m sure it just flashed.....maybe not 😜...2k left, then 1k left then before I knew it 200 metres, picked up the pace and finished with a sprint....Coach Bennett telling me I’d completed the run....I looked at my time and realised is shaved 3 minutes 26 seconds off my previous 10k PB 😁 absolutely thrilled to do that on my first ever Virtual Running Challenge.

Home then straight back out to walk the dog, who fancied running today too 🥵 but managed to run with him for part of the way, so he was happy.

Showered and off to work....sat at my desk feeling very pleased with myself for the rest of the day...,still loving this running malarkey 👍🏃‍♂️

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Bloody amazing! Well done! 🏆🌟

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to JoggingT

Thank you JoggingT 😊 nice to have a run when everything goes well, especially when it’s your first event. Are you still running? Haven’t seen you for a while.

Seem to have lost my mojo at present? These dark nights dont help much. Nervous of running on my own when it's dark. ☹

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to JoggingT

Maybe an early morning run, it’s lighter in the mornings now. Sorry to hear you’ve lost your mojo, nice to see you’re still on the forum though....hopefully you’ll find it again soon.

Will do, you certainly inspire me. Cheers .

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to JoggingT

That’s kind of you to say that, thank you 😊


Wow, amazing! Well done to you. You make it sound so easy - and with a PB, too! 👏👏👏👍 And you went out again afterwards with the dog!

Great that you decided to run a day earlier than planned because you felt good; it was obviously the right decision. No wonder you were pleased with yourself!

Now - what are you going to do with that day off that you booked to recover? 😂

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Thank you Jools2020, it felt like the right time to run today, so glad I did too, it set me up for the rest of the day 😁


Brilliant run Couchphoenix ! Well done on your Virtual Vitality 10000 and a cracking new PB too!👏👏😀💪 No wonder you felt chuffed with yourself at work today too - enjoy the bling when it arrives!😀🏅👍

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thank You SandraJ39, I’ve just uploaded my evidence to the event organisers and will look forward to receiving my medal 🏅 and tee shirt 👕 my first bit of running bling 😁


Congratulations couchphoenix. Hats off to you for going to work after your 10k - I was collapsed on the sofa the rest of the day after mine!

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thank You Dexy5 I was collapsed on my desk at work instead 😂

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix



Nothing like a last minute decision to run! I love the analogy of lighting a fire too. That's a brilliant run.

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Roxdog

Thank You Roxdog, 😊can’t beat a bit of Coach Bennett’s wit and wisdom to get you through sometimes 🤔 🏃‍♂️


What a fantastic account BB ... 👏👏👏

Sounds like a fab run and you could have done more but instead you shaved a few mins for a new PB

What a fab achievement- and they reward you with some bling too - a medal 🥇👌

Sooo - a day off to recover... surely that’s earned you a glass or 2 of your favourite tipple to celebrate 🥃

Another goal smashed! 💥👏👏


CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tinytears60

Thank you TT60 my red arrows running buddy 😊 I’m having a nice glass of fizz as we speak......and as you say a I’ve earned a medal too 🏅Tomorrow will be a rest day to recover 🛌 then back out Friday.....what next I wonder 🤔

Tinytears60Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Red Devil’s BB 🤣 Not arrows ( you might be as fast as them but I’m not! 🤣)

Aww glad you’re having a glass 🥂🍾

And a lie in tomorrow 👌

I can see a HM next 👏👏

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tinytears60

Oh yeah Red Devil’s 😂😂 must be tired 😜


Amazing!! 🙌🙌 Very well done, enjoy your fizz 🥂

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Beatlesforever

Thank You Breatlesforever, slipping down nicely 🤪 too nicely

BeatlesforeverGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

😂😂 Hope you're not feeling it too much today 🤢🤣🤣

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Beatlesforever

I’m fine thanks....slept well though 🥱🤣

That’s absolutely amazing! Smashing it, well done! 💥

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to LouiseA

Thank You LouisaA 😊 I enjoyed that one, everything felt just right today 👍🏃‍♂️


Brilliant, well done - I went on Saturday because it felt right, despite an ominous forecast, which proved to be a light drizzle! I took Coach Bennett on mine too, that spark analogy was really helpful!

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Ethelbert

Thank You Ethelbert 😊 I agree Coach Bennett is good company on these runs I find, and he makes them so much more enjoyable. Sometimes when it feels right, you’ve just got to get out there and go for it 👍🏃‍♂️


What a great run 😀 sounds like you enjoyed every minute of it and so you should. Super time 👏 and loving the lighting of the fire analogy 🔥

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Mum22boys

Thank You Mum22boys 😊 I did really enjoy it and it’s a good confidence booster when you get a run like that. I’m still learning and still improving. I’m learning to relax more, which is improving my breathing and stamina 👍🏃‍♂️


Flipping heck I don’t even know what to say!!! You did that before work??? that’s really fantastic what a great run

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thank You WillowandSola 😊it wasn’t the plan but maybe it helped that it was unexpected and I didn’t overthink it, who knows, I did enjoy it though 👍🏃‍♂️


Wow, an amazing chunk off your PB! Congratulations. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheekychipmunks, 😊 as I was getting to the end of the run I still felt good and I knew my pace had been consistent throughout so I was thinking to myself, this could be faster than my previous one. I really went for it when he started counting me down in metres and was thrilled with that time 😁

cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix



Great work, nothing like a race (even a virtual one) to get your feet moving! Enjoy the buzz :)

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Thanks Blackberrypie 😊first of many I hope, you’re right it’s a great buzz and the thought that you’re in a race albeit virtual definitely gives you that extra boost 🏅🏃‍♂️


Great write up CouchPhoenix and great work on your PB 🥳🥳 🏃‍♂️

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Windoze

Thank you Windoze 😊 PB and you get a medal too....can’t be bad 😁


Brilliant- well done! I had Coach Bennett for mine on Saturday as well & I think he helped a lot. Looking forward to the bling as well 🏅😄. Glad I got it done though because I think the weather here this weekend is going to be 💩

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to PandaCory

Thank You 😊 That’s good to hear, well done to you too PandaCory, I think it helps listening to him, he’s very encouraging and he’s company when you’re out there on your own. Weather was perfect yesterday....but as you say, it’s set to change so good job we’ve got it done. Like you I’m looking forward to my bling too 👕🏅👀


Brilliant !! Wow all that plus dog walk AND sitting at desk working all day ?!?! 0430 start ?!! Makes me exhausted reading it 🙃 !! Great run !! - did my first 10K myself on Sunday and itching to get back out there myself (had a couple of rest days). Hope you’re still taking the day off today !

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Juliet202

Thank You Juliet202 😊I felt ok throughout the day....I think the buzz of having done it kept me going, but I was exhausted when I got in from work so had an hour 🛌 when I got home.....definitely a rest day today, although I’ve just taken the dog out for a walk. Congratulations to you on completing your first 10k, 👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳that’s brilliant, it’s gives you such a sense of’ll have to enter a virtual race next.....start collecting the medals 🏅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Juliet202Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Actually my first 10k was the Vitality 10k !! It was great fun doing it on Sunday - came across a group of 3 women wearing the Vitality bibs going clockwise round the route that i was doing anti-clockwise, so we kept passing each other & waved ! All in the pouring rain ! My next challenge is the Pennine Way (End to End) - just to keep up putting in the miles over the winter months - I'm behind already and only 1 week in the 5 month challenge ! Enjoy your day !!

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Juliet202

Sorry I’ve only just realised I missed your reply. Your first 10k was the Vitality 10k ! That’s great so you’ll get a nice shiny medal and tee shirt too 😁 ......3 runners in the same race heading in the opposite direction, what are the chances 😂 .....Good Luck with your Penine Way Challenge I’m sure you’ll soon catch up 👍🏃‍♀️

Wow! And all that before work 😮! Great run, great time! Congrats on the PB 👏🏻👏🏻

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

Thank You Frizzbomb67, 😊 I wasn’t planning to work afterwards....good job I have a desk job and I’m paid from the neck up 😂

What a run CP! 🤩 Congrats on the PB too 🙌🏼 Loving Coach Bennett’s lighting a fire analogy, especially when it’s so cold out there! 🥶

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to acountrycabbage

Thank You acountrycabbage 😊 it certainly was quite a run....I liked that analogy, I imagined this little tiny fire and how you’ve got to nurture it and build it up gradually....seemed to help visualising that somehow. It wasn’t too cold yesterday, it was quite comfortable when I went out 👍🏃‍♂️


3 minutes 26 seconds! Wow!! It’s a bit late to tell you they sent safety pins with your bib! 🤣 Great work - and now a free day off

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw you’ve told me that, I’ve just found them in the bottom of the envelope!!!! 😂😂😂 you can tell I’m new to all funny 😂 thanks for letting me know! I was pleased with my new PB...definitely a rest day today.

SybilwGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

🤣 I’m no expert!! I hope you’re still enjoying the glow - I am and I ran on Sunday! Off for a short one soon 🤞🏻 as it’ll be the first run with a plaster on my heel.

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Sybilw

I’ll remember for next time. Yes I’m still enjoying the glow, you can’t beat it can you. Enjoy your run 🏃‍♀️ 👍


Wow! Fantastic! 💪🏻🎉🎉🎉😄 Did you feel like you had the world to yourself at that time? I love that feeling.😄

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Elfe5

Thank You Elde5, 😊I’m an early morning runner, the air is so much fresher at that time of day and the streets belong to you.....I agree it’s a great feeling 😁


Blooming brilliant! 😁👏👏👏

I love that you just decided to "go for it" at 4:30 in the morning. And on a work day too!! And managed to take the dog for a run afterwards - or did he take you? 😉

Huge congrats on that massive PB

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

I just woke up for some reason and felt wide awake....which definitely isn’t me ! I’d planned on going out today, and as for walking the dog, yes you’re spot on he was pulling me along at that stage 😂

Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix


Wow, amazing and a PB too 👏💪 can’t believe you had the energy to walk your dog afterwards 😂

I still haven’t seen The Greatest Showman yet either but understand it’s a must see... love that song too 👌

CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to CazzaW

Thank You CazzaW 😊I managed to find the energy from somewhere. It’s a great song to run too 🎵 look out cos here I come🎵 🏃‍♂️This is me! 😂must get around to watching it sometime 👍

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