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Jools2020Graduate10
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Well, I didnโ€™t feel like running this morning. The gremlins were doing their best! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ. โ€œIve left it too lateโ€ โ€œIโ€™m tiredโ€ โ€œI just donโ€™t feel like itโ€ โ€œI havenโ€™t really been enjoying my runs latelyโ€.

But the morning was sunny (if a little chilly) and I knew Iโ€™d feel better after my run, so I forced myself to put my running clothes on. Once I started with the preparations, I knew Iโ€™d go. Long sleeved top, back in the running tights again, gloves & sun visor. Quick look in the mirror, yes - gorgeous again! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Music today, one of my favourite playlists, ELO, Pink Floyd and Queen. I start the music and my watch. And I sing. I start off steady. I need to follow my own advice and slow down a bit more. First km done and slightly faster than I really wanted today. Iโ€™ve had trouble with the 2nd kilometre ruining my negative splits since I moved here. Itโ€™s slightly uphill on the route Iโ€™ve been taking, but nothing dramatic. I try to speed up slightly and it works. Iโ€™m singing along to Queen and greeting other runners as I see them. My watch buzzes the pace for the second km and itโ€™s faster than the first! Other than that, I donโ€™t care what it is, but Iโ€™m encouraged so I decide this run will be short and sweet, so I increase pace more for the last km. The first 300 metres are slightly uphill, so I take shorter steps and repeat my mantra โ€œHills are my friendsโ€ ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Then itโ€™s downhill all the way! I end the run. For the first time in weeks I enjoyed a run. It feels good! I made the right decision to keep it short. โ€˜Homeโ€™ for stretches and coffee โ˜•๏ธ followed by a big bowl of porridge ๐Ÿฅฃ

Splits: 8:01, 7:39, 6:43

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nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate10

Well done in tackling that hill. ๐Ÿ‘

I had the opposite problem yesterday. My middle kilometre (with the hilly bits) of the three was faster than the other two, probably because I have been working on trying to keep the same pace uphill as on the flat.

3km is a great "kick start the day" distance. It sets up a nice buzz which lasts much of the rest of the day.

(As per advice from pretty much everyone here, no running for me today. You might not realise how much of a steadying effect you all have.)

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Thanks, nowster. It works both ways; the encouragement Iโ€™ve received when things havenโ€™t been going so well has kept me going.

Youโ€™re right about the shorter distance being a kick start to the day. Today I felt great both during the run and afterwards, for the first time since Iโ€™ve moved. My fitness has definitely suffered over the last weeks but Iโ€™m confident now about regaining it.

Iโ€™m glad you are resting today; itโ€™s a wise decision.

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

I've been for my walk this evening, which has given me a clue to what I've been doing wrong. I felt the area "pulling" when I did my usual long legged stride (think John Cleese).

I'm going to do a very sedate jog tomorrow, with shorter steps, done at my 10k pace. If anything feels wrong, I'm walking.

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to nowster

Sounds like a plan to carefully test it out, but itโ€™s going to be hard not running with your usual long strides.

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nowsterGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

I shall take it as a challenge.

Pesky gremlins thwarted julia well done ๐Ÿ‘

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to

Thanks, Ian. Soon sorted them out today, I think it was the lovely sunshine here. It does make it easier to make the decision.

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That weather is definitely a game changer Julia, twas a chilly Welsh run this morning, but dry and bright ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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BeatlesforeverGraduate10

Sounds like the perfect start to the day!

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Beatlesforever

It really was! Now I need to learn to love the longer runs again , too.

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BeatlesforeverGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

I'm sure you will but in the meantime it's good to rediscover the joy of the shorter ones too ๐Ÿ™‚

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Instructor57Administrator

Well done on getting out there Jools , Especially beating the Gremlins.

And nice play list ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

I finished at lunch time today but then had a bacon butty after which the 'Couldnt be bothered gremlin' got the better of me ๐Ÿคฃ

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Thanks, Ian. Oh no! The โ€˜couldnโ€™t be botheredโ€™ gremlin is the worst one! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

But I bet that bacon butty went down a treat ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Youโ€™ve said those delicious words again. Now Iโ€™m going to have to get bacon & rolls for after my Saturday run!!

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Like you wouldn't have anyway...

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

๐Ÿ˜‚

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LottieMWAmbassador

WooHoo! Go you! Hills ARE your friend ๐Ÿ˜‰โ›ฐ

Perfect negative splits ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Today, they were! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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LottieMWAmbassador in reply to Jools2020

Yes!!!

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Birdlady64Graduate10

The Queen of Negative Splits is back! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Well, letโ€™s just say she put in a rare appearance ๐Ÿ˜‚

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Negative splits are awesome, Iโ€™ve never managed them, Iโ€™m pleased you got out even with a load of gremlins trying to stop you starting

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

First time Iโ€™ve managed negative splits since I moved here. Even on the shorter runs! Yes, the gremlins were there in full force, but the sun was beckoning, which helped a lot. Iโ€™m going to have to start my runs earlier, I think, to avoid the kids going to school.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

At leas they are going to school and not playing in my park on their bikes and scooters ๐Ÿ˜€but i know what you mean, at school time there can be droves of them

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Yes, they block the path and there are parked cars which make it difficult to go onto the road to run.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Yes, large groups all chattering and filling huge amounts of space

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Peter44Graduate10

That's great your now enjoying the runs, which i guess shows that you must be more settled now, after the move, and that last km, well you were flying again!! ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜€

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Peter44

Thanks, Peter. Yes, trying to make the best of it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Peter44Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Give it time Julia, that's all you can do, but you'll get there!! โ˜บ

Well done for beating those gremlins! I know all about the 'I just don't feel like it' gremlins. They are baaaaaad (sounds like a sheep now). But you went AND you enjoyed it! Well done!

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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FrencGraduate10

Sounds like my run on Wednesday! Same as you, I just didnโ€™t feel like it, and did just over 3k. But well done for getting out there, and Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll be raring to go next time. Runningโ€™s a funny old thing really when you think about it ๐Ÿ˜Š. Have a great Friday! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Frenc

Thanks. I always feel good after a run, but this one was the first one in a while that I actually enjoyed running ๐Ÿ˜Š

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58soonGraduate10

Sounds perfect. Sometimes you get more out of a short run if you increase the speed. I did a similar thing yesterday and feel stiff today even though I ran 3k less than usual!Enjoy the sunshine x

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to 58soon

Thanks! Iโ€™m trying not to put too much effort in, want to enjoy my runs again! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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FionamagsGraduate10

You won out over the gremlins - hardest bit done!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Yes, I did. Victory was mine! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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