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8k, a foaming alsatian and Coach Bennett

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FionamagsGraduate10

Spurred on by the enthusiasm from a few of you on here for the Nike guided runs, I've been giving them a try lately. Today was my long run so I decided to give Coach Bennett a whirl using his 10k run.

Well it started off really weird - i couldn't find my pace, my watch kept telling me I was doing 11.30 per km for goodness sake! But I eventually settled down and off I plodded. Was marvellous!

It was an out and back along the cycle track and on the homeward leg I passed a couple of people with a huge black alsatian. It was off the lead and had its eye on me so I slowed to a stop to let it past me. My heart nearly stopped when I noticed that it was actually foaming at the mouth!!!! Anyway it satisfied itself with just giving me an evil look as it slevvered its way past. Whew!

Then the hunger kucked in and there was not a haribo in sight. So stomach complaining mightily I persevered for the final 2k. But very pleased that's my longest run in a long time - 8k!

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Jools2020 profile image
Jools2020Graduate10

Well done, Fionamags! Coach Bennett is great. 👏👏👏🏃‍♀️👍

Maybe the dog was just happy and the foam was slobber 😊

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Hmmm well it didn't snarl at me so maybe you're right. Alsations aren't meant to drool though..

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Fionamags

No, they don’t usually, that’s true 😊

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Instructor57Ambassador

Well done on your 8k today !That dog would certainly have put me off !

I'm even nervous of passing them if they are on a lead !

Glad your enjoying the NRC runs 😁👍

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Instructor57

They are a bit of a revelation actually. Running alone but part of a community of runners - that really made me smile thinking of the lovely VRBs on this forum!

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Instructor57Ambassador in reply to Fionamags

'Zombies Run' can also be a fun app 😁

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Instructor57

I've tried it a few times but never really got into it. Might try it again.

58soon profile image
58soon60minGraduate

That sounds like a great run FionaMags. 8k used to sound impossible but great that you've achieved that. Coach Bennett certainly keeps me going, especially when I'm not in the mood!Happy running 😍😍😍

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to 58soon

I'll deffo be running with him again.

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ComfortnotspeedGraduate10

Glad you survived the Alsatian slaver! It must have liked the look of you! Good run. 😀🏃🏼‍♀️😀🏃🏼‍♀️

Another NRC convert here.

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Hareshaw-GrannyGraduate10

Great run for you in spite of the canine incident. Much as I love dogs when you're running they're a bloomin nuisance! Doing my 8k tomorrow and nearly ready for the EMF 10k 😱. Be here sooner than we realise.

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Hareshaw-Granny

Yes its fast approaching! I'm planning to do it on Saturday 29th - what about you?

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AlMorrGraduate10

Good run for you today Fionamags, 11.30 per km for a 8K would be 1 hour 32 minutes but I am sure you were quicker than that, I think your watch was wrong, congratulations on completing your first 8K and longest run for some time.

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks. The watch has a bit of a tirravee at the beginning of a run when it's trying to work out pace. I did it in 70 mins so nowhere near that starting pace thankfully!

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SassyF60minGraduate

Nice run - well done on the 8k! 🤩

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to SassyF

Thanks! Good to be racking up distance again.

BaddieThePirate profile image
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

Well done. Glad you didn’t get eaten by the Alsatian.

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

I think it decided I'd be too chewy 🤣🤣🤣

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BaddieThePirateGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

All those running muscles 😊

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

That dog sounds scary, glad it left you alone, good run though, so annoying when Garmin says you are slower than you expect

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Never mind - Coach Bennett was in my ear telling me it wasn't about the pace 😉🤣🤣

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

He’s great isn’t he?

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misswobbleGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

He’s the man! 🥰

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Delly-dotGraduate10

Oh FM! Lots of well dones coming your way.....

Firstly on your 8k run - it must feel fabulous to be running that distance again (I’m dreaming 😴 of the same).

Secondly, welcome to NRC! Look out for Coach Cory, he’s wonderful too.

Finally, a huge well done for facing down a scary Alsatian 😬. Despite the fact that I am a dog owner myself, past experience with Alsatians means that encounter would have terrified me (much prefer my cuddly Cockapoo 🥰🐾). No offence to the lovely Alsatians out there.

Happy running buddy 😊

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

Thanks for the support. I did listen to Coach Cory on the 20 minute run - i really liked him too. Possibly more than CB. But I just looked for a long guided run and that was it. Can you search by Coach?

That dog really was scary! When I was a kid one of my friends had a German Shepherd-Alsatian cross and it was gorgeous. But it could be really scary with strangers - was very protective.

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

How are you getting on? Are you off the IC? It won't hold you DD - you'll be back. 🤗

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Delly-dotGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Haven’t been on the IC for a while, it’s just been difficult to get in the three runs between family, work and volunteering and I didn’t want to push too far to soon. I’m going to make a restart on The Magic Plan this month.

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

I'm not managing three runs either. Work is frantic at the mo. Got 2 runs in this week though, which is better than than 1.

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Delly-dotGraduate10

I haven’t tried searching by coach but the overview for each guided run tells you who’s coaching. I’m making my way through the thirty minute runs at the moment as a bit of consolidation, then thinking of redoing the timed Magic Plan. I’m glad everything is going so well for you. You are definitely on track for that 10k at the end of the month 💪🏼 🏃‍♀️ 😀👍🏼

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Delly-dot

Thanks - yes I feel like I'm on it now. I was where you are now not so long ago. One good thing is that you now have that feeling of achievement to revisit as you work back up to 10k!

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CouchphoenixGraduate10

Well done Fionamags, the NRC Runs are great aren’t they 👍

That foaming Alsatian sounds pretty scary 😧

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9weeks2RunGraduate10

Wow that is fantastic Fionamags what an amazing distance 💪💪💪💪⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️So impressive. Brilliant how much everyone is loving these NRC runs. I am going to give one a go too. Glad you got away with just the stare 👀 !!

So wonderful to read your posts x

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Ha ha ha I do love your use of emojis. 🤣🤣🤣

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CowladyrunningGraduate10

Well done! I like the guided runs for a change every now and then. In my experience most GS dogs are just big soppy things so was probably just drool! 😁

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Cowladyrunning

Trouble is trying to stop your heart thumpjng in case they hear it - because everyone knows that animals sense fear - and that just ramps it up even more.... 🤭

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Scruff5560minGraduate

Good run for you today FM. Glad you faced down the dog. I am always anxious around GS or Alsatians they are such powerful dogs. Guided runs are great aren’t they. Happy running 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🌈🌈

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Scruff55

Thnx! Definitely going to do more of the guided runs. Less of the dogs hopefully - unless they are small and fluffy 😉. But not chihuahua- they nip!

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Now63Graduate10

Well done on your fab run!👍. Scary about the Alsatian though I would be scared too and I have two labs.The owners really should have put the dog on it’s lead so you could pass safely !Have tried the NRC app but I couldn’t get on with Coach Bennett I found there was too much talking for me.However I think I might give it another go😀😀

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Now63

Or try Coach Cory? He was good too.

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Now63Graduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Thanks Fionamags I’ll give him a try instead😀👍

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dijepGraduate10

Wow 8k that's amazing you're on course for the 10k at the end of the month 👍 And surviving the attention of a mad Alsatian 😂I tried Coach Bennett once but I didn't get on with him, I may gibe him another try with a different ruin as he certainly get 👍from lots of people on here.I couldn't get the enthusiasm to post about my 30 minute outing with a massive 5 minutes running 😏

Have fun

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to dijep

I love that you're going yo gibe him a try with another ruin. 🤣🤣🤣 You're as bad as me! Don't despair Dijep - you'll be back on form again soon.

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dijepGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

😂😂😂🤣That was before a drink as well 😂😂

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