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Snakes & Ladders, and snakes...running is just a game ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thereโ€™s been a distinct lack of sunshine in North Norfolk in the last week but the good news is that despite lots of fog and overnight rain all the tracks are finally drying out so I should have a few more options for my latest re-start....which was this morning.

Despite the drizzle and mist my energy and motivation turned up early and off we went, starting at the beginning, Week 1 Run 1 of my HM plan, again ๐Ÿ™„

As I trundled along at probably my slowest pace ever, enjoying my slow run time playlist, (Who knows where the time goes Nancy Griffiths, Trouble in the Fields Maura Oโ€™Connell & Landslide Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham) I decided that running was just like a game of Snakes and Ladders, so should be fun right? ๐Ÿ˜†

I reflected on how before Christmas Iโ€™d made my way up to the top half of the board and had my sights on the finish line, the dice was rolling well, I was going to win, yay ๐Ÿ˜€ .

Do you remember those inner groans when you landed on that long slippery snake? Just when you thought youโ€™d win! First it was knees, then the sick bed, followed by a week of snow and ice. Last week I landed on a small ladder but it only took me up 2 rungs before, you guessed it, another horrid snake ( in the guise of a painful hip) reared itโ€™s ugly head, out of nowhere! My board is full of snakes, who stole all the ladders?

After another week on the IC my hip improved and so here I am back at the beginning, Run 1 complete, in Siberia of all places, who would have thought ๐Ÿ˜ƒ At the same time Iโ€™ve clocked up more than 500 miles on my way to John Oโ€™ Groats but its in my real world, playing snakes and ladders, where all the fun is at!

It was my first run down to the sea in ages, deserted on account of the murk, high tide was slapping the promenade and trying to throw cold water on me. No chance. Despite the huge clumps of Clay and Flint flung in my path by the eroding cliffs and killer hill up ahead I had landed on a ladder and was climbing again and it was pure delight, thrilling. Would someone bottle that moment.

So, whether youโ€™re on a ladder or sliding down a slippery snake, keep smiling, itโ€™s all just a game.


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Brilliant post ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

That's exactly what it's like ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sounds like you not only climbed a ladder today but truly conquered it.

A little glimpse of the sun for me out gardening today โ˜€๏ธ off course its gone again now.

Oh how I long to see the ๐ŸŒŠ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to dijep

I knew youโ€™d understand, I guess we keep playing and rolling the dice, itโ€™s worth it for the good times. Glad you had a peak of sunshine, every little helps, the sea will be in sight again sometime this Summer ๐Ÿค—


Well done jorgeRuns! What a great post, love the snakes and ladders analogy. Yes, I will definitely keep on smiling ๐Ÿ˜€. Happy running ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘.

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Frenc

Hello Frenc, thank you ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿค—


This is such a great metaphor for running! I can visualise the Board as our forum - with some of our VRBs zooming up ladders, others slipping down snakes - still others waiting their turn to play... Marvellous! Key to it all is our intention to move ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Yes, intention is sooooo important, I think the secret is to keep playing, not to turn the board over in a huff when things donโ€™t go our way ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค—


Well done jorgeruns, a lovely pic. Iโ€™m pleased to hear that youโ€™ve found a ladder today . ๐Ÿชœ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy, one of those days when you know you should keep running, through all the ups and downs ๐Ÿค—


Loved reading that! I seem to be moving forward one step at time, waiting to see if i get a snake or a ladder

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Yes of course Iโ€™d forgotten that, thats how the game can come out sometimes, you donโ€™t get any great strides up or down but one step at a time youโ€™re moving up, and always in the game. ๐Ÿค—

WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to jorgeRuns

Exactly that, we plod in through winter and hope for a ladder in spring

Lovely post Jorgeruns - glad to hear you had such a good run.. all we need is to keep playing the game when we can at the moment.. I got my first vaccine yesterday - that gives hope for staying in the game.. Your post goes to show how much more we appreciate the ladders after weโ€™ve met a few snakes..๐Ÿ˜Š

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to PeggySusi

Hello PeggySusi, thank you, youโ€™re so right, keep on playing thatโ€™s the key, me and Mr J had our first jab today too, what amazing progress has been made there, ...and yes those ladders arenโ€™t they just great, next itโ€™s to learn to take those snakes in our stride, or should that be slide ๐Ÿ˜†, we wonโ€™t panic, weโ€™ll just say โ€˜well hello there, another snake, here we go again, weeeeee......โ€™ ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿค—


Thank you for such a wonderful post!! It's been some time since I ran due to sliding down the snake with knee pain. I was really beginning to think I wouldn't get back but thanks to your honest and humorous perspective I think there may be hope. Good luck on your HM journey and may your path be filled with lots of lovely long ladders.


jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Allbarron

Thanks Allbarron and Iโ€™m sorry youโ€™ve been having a tough time with your knees, they really are pesky little blighters, small but can have quite an impact. Iโ€™m trying to improve my overall muscle strength through daily yoga to try to protect my knees more, I donโ€™t know how far I will get and am no longer interested in how fast, as long as I can keep running at all Iโ€™ll be happy. Good luck getting back onto the ladder and stay hopeful ๐Ÿค—

Allbarron60minGraduate in reply to jorgeRuns

Thanks jorgeRuns I did do yoga for the whole of January but have let that slip. You are right, the knees give a lot of pain for a small part of the body. After your post I'm going to give myself a shake and see if it's just mind over matter. Onwards and upwards eh?

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Allbarron

Just a gentle little shake mind ๐Ÿ˜‰, remember to keep breathing lots of love in, let us know how you get on ๐Ÿค—


Fab post Jorge, hereโ€™s to more ladders ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Š

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to lexi6

Here here Lexi, ๐Ÿค—


Brilliant post! That sounds so much like what my regular running is like! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

And yes, sometimes itโ€™s like โ€œwho stole all my laddersโ€œ! I am currently trying to finish the magic plan..... since before Xmas! Moving back and forwards between weeks 4 and 6! Just too many snakes in that section! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿชœ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿชœ๐Ÿ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to CBDB

Thanks CBDB, sounds like you have the same board as me ๐Ÿคฃ it took me ages to get over that bridge but boy o boy it was sheer joy the day I ran my first 10k, in all it was 10 months from Couch to 10k, when we work hard for something the rewards are huge ๐Ÿค—


Great image of our life/running journey ! Iโ€™m worried Iโ€™ll end up dreaming of climbing rope ladders though.... Now Iโ€™m wondering if thereโ€™s a monopoly analogy or poker !! Mwah ha ha ! ๐Ÿคจ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Juliet202

Ah now thereโ€™s a challenge Juliet, wouldnโ€™t that be fun, just imagine our biceps ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜†

nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Juliet202

Why is it always the second prize in the beauty contest? ๐Ÿคฃ

(Do not collect ยฃ200.)

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to nowster

๐Ÿคฃgood point nowster, I won 3rd prize once at Butlins, 6 years old! ๐Ÿ˜†


Great post Jorge. I have used the same metaphor in the past. The ladders are the great folk on this forum who keep us going when we are down and the physios who patch us up when we falter. I seem to have been in an adder infested patch since last May really, with some good but short ascents in between .... but we keep going!๐Ÿ™‚

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

๐Ÿ˜ I can imagine that board Beachcomber66, with extra drawings of folks helping haul us up, additional cards with free physio appointments that allow you to move 2 extra spaces. Maybe someone artistic can make us a HU version ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿค—

Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to jorgeRuns

Steep upward hills where you have a number deducted from the dice throw and the reverse for downhill....and a cafe with flat white and brownie at the end..possibilities are endless ๐Ÿ˜‚

So very true, thank you for posting. I'm new to all this and hit my first snake recently after the bad weather which knocked my confidence but I'm back on the ladder and it's slowly coming back together with each run

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Clh232

Well hello and welcome Clh232, ( love your profile description btw). I know what you mean, when first meeting these pesky running snakes itโ€™s a blow for sure but when you get to know them itโ€™ll start to feel a whole lot better, youโ€™ll be taking them in your โ€˜slideโ€™ in no time. Let us all know how youโ€™re getting on ๐Ÿค—

Clh232 in reply to jorgeRuns

Thank you!


Oh what a description! Love it! Yes I've been up and down those ladders and snakes for the last couple of months. I'm on the bottom rungs of a ladder now ๐Ÿ˜Š and intention is there in bucket loads (think window cleaner climbing up with bucket and chamois, that's me) haha! Good luck with HM plan๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ˜ƒ

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to Blossom-

Great image Blossom, I like the idea of your bucket full of intention, onwards and upwards we go ๐Ÿค—


Hey jR! As so many others on here, loved reading your post. Rings so true, and definitely good to remember not to turn the board over in a huff!!

I've had too many days off this week (ie. haven't run at all) so you've inspired me to get out there no matter what!

Will be thinking of all you VRB's out there!


jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to 58soon

Thanks 58soon, enjoy your run, keep rolling that dice, eventually youโ€™ll throw a double 6 ๐Ÿ˜hopefully at the end of May,..I havenโ€™t heard any news on the vitality London 10k yet so hoping it will still go ahead ๐Ÿค—

58soon60minGraduate in reply to jorgeRuns

Yes - I really do hope the Vitality 10k goes ahead. I still haven't hit the 10k mark yet, so I need that as my goal. Fingers crossed! Would be great to actually meet some VRBs!

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to 58soon

Itโ€™s a great goal, definitely looking forward to running with Real Running Buddies ๐Ÿค—


What an encouraging post jorgeRuns. I can relate to it as I have just stepped back on to the first rung of Ju-ju's Magic Plan again! Went out and did the longest run first and slowed my pace down too. Also managed to combine the run with my (not)Parkrun so was able to post my time too! Unfortunately I don't live near the sea because that looks totally exhilerating.

I shall now be thinking of it all as a game of snakes and ladders which somehow makes it even MORE fun. Happy climbing - happy running!

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to 59er

thatโ€™s great 59er, glad to hear youโ€™re back on the bridge, slowing down just makes the game and the fun last longer ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿค—

Brilliant post

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to bbbonbon

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

I really enjoyed reading your snakes and ladder analogy. It made me feel better because that's kind of happening to me. I hope your world is full of ladders in future.

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to JulieByf

Hello JulieByf, glad it helped, you are not alone, so many of us here face the same setbacks so do keep going, most injuries can be dealt with eventually and itโ€™s sooooo worth the struggle for the rewards up ahead. I see youโ€™ve had knee troubles, how are you getting on? ๐Ÿค—

JulieByf in reply to jorgeRuns

Not too bad thank you. I'm doing some exercises recommended but I'm not sure if they are helping yet. I'm only doing very short runs at the moment as I have found it's the longer runs that aggravate it. I may try a longer run in a week or so. If it continues I will try to visit the doctor and see what they say, although at the moment its impossible to see a doctor and I feel like my knee is hardly important enough to take up their time.

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to JulieByf

Iโ€™ve found the same, since extending my miles so Iโ€™ve been doing strengthening exercises and no long runs. Itโ€™s tricky with GPs isnโ€™t it, you should though be able to get them to refer you for physio if private physio isnโ€™t possible. Good luck with it, we will get there ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿค—

JulieByf in reply to jorgeRuns

Cheers! I've just come back from a short run and I think that the knee problem may come from the fact that I sit slightly to the left. If I drive any distance my left hip is always a bit niggly as I tend to lean a bit to the left side and it is my left knee that is the main problem. I will eventually try to get referred to a physio, I would like to try and go for longer runs, but in the meantime I will also keep up the strengthening exercises. Happy running and thanks again.

jorgeRunsGraduate10 in reply to JulieByf

Youโ€™re welcome, slowly does it ๐Ÿค—

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