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Getting back on that Bridge

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Well, damienair’s call to arms has really done something and I was up and out again this morning to do C25K week 8, run 1 - 28 minutes. Slow, natch, but it felt quite good, could that be the return of my mojo? I’m away at the weekend and wondered about parkrun near where I’m staying - crikey, that’ll be 3 runs in a week! And it’s been a while since I ran 5km but hey, why not give it a whirl? If the going gets tough, I can always walk! Happy running Bridge gang!

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Coddfish profile image
CoddfishGraduate10

Well done, so sorry I can’t run alongside you to support you. Hope your family visit goes well.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

How are you getting on Coddfish? Any improvement? 🤞

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Unfortunately nothing can improve it until I have had surgery. It’s gone beyond being able to run on it. I can still get about albeit slowly and not far / not for long. I can still do a certain amount in the gym (avoiding putting load through the hips), I can swim and do aqua classes and the like. With hindsight it explains my gradually deteriorating performances over the last few years - my parkrun PB is from 2016 or possibly 2017.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Fingers crossed you get your surgery before too long Coddfish. So frustrating for you. 🙁

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Thanks Mrs C - one day we’ll be able to run together again I’m sure!

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

The big question is did you parkrun yesterday? The field had expanded to 400 at Southsea yesterday, all expertly processed through UpTheStanley’s funnel.

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cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Go OGR, your mojo is returning, I can tell! I’m so glad you’re back out there again. 😀🥰

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks cheeky - small steps!

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hamitGraduate10

When you get your mojo back nail it to the floor. My mojo keeps going on holiday with out asking. Finding on a run that your mojo has gone AWOL is not a pretty site. Keep on Running😁

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to hamit

Thank you hamit - excellent advice as ever! Now, where did I put that hammer!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤣

Well done you. Hoping to get out for a run tomorrow evening myself. Weather very trying though, either too hot or torrential rain this week for us ☀️🌧

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Foxile

Well done Foxile - yes it’s been very hot hasn’t it and we’ve had some humongous storms as well - Saves watering the garden!

Hi - I am another “old girl”. I will be 68 in a couple weeks 😳😳 Graduated in 2013, but after a few years, ran less and less. This past winter took a couple months off (or more). I started C25K from the beginning again and I am due to do week 8 day 2 today!!! I am purposely running slower than ever before!!! It’s been much harder to get through this 8years later and 8 years older. Keep up the good work!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Maitko2

I beat you to 68 by 5 months Maitko2 and still can’t quite get my head round it - I mean, how did it even happen?! Well done on restarting C25K, I found I preferred the later runs in the programme; I didn’t get on so well with the stop-start of the earlier runs. I hope you enjoyed run 2 of week 8 - we can trot our way to the finish line together!

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Maitko2 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Haha 😂 that we are the same age!!

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Mormor1Graduate10 in reply to Maitko2

Another OG here, 70 and1/3.....started c25k a year ago at 69..... One of the best things I did. I'm slow I think but going for distance over speed.. And I've short legs so not a huge stride. It's just great to be able to run...and I'm probably fitter than I ever was tho I don't take it for granted now. I stiffen up if I sit for too long and have to think about my knees when I do the fire... They don't seem to be as well oiled as a year ago....

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Mormor1

Old girls rule Mormor1! Happy running!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

You are all making me feel quite the young thing at just 64! 🤣

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Oh but you are!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤣, 65 in October! How can this possibly be?

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Sneaky isn’t it?! Just when you’re looking the other way it creeps up and…..😂

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤣

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Mormor1Graduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

I dream of being 64!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Mormor1

🤣 You have made me laugh out loud, but of course it isn't really funny is it! But you did have your turn at 64. I have just had a little browse at some of your earlier posts. Wow! Aren't you doing amazingly?! I do hope that I can run like you at 70! 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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Mormor1Graduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

Thanks over61andstiltryinWish I'd been running at 64.... I think each year definitely makes a difference and even tho I'm pretty fit now I just know it can't last much longer. Not sure I will increase stamina enough to get to the Hm, but I'm still very chuffed with 10 miles.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

64 is a perfect age

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

I am pleased to read that you think so Coddfish. Perhaps that means that you are also 64. Just read a few of your posts, any news on your hip replacement operation? A friend of mine younger that me I think has recently had two hip replacements. I have forgotten the gap between them. One was definitely before Covid began. She is not a runner but is walking well now.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

I am indeed 64. Not expecting to hear anything about a surgery date until the autumn unfortunately. I am lucky to be in a position to go private but there’s still a 3-6 month waiting list.

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

I shall stay at 64 until October. 😊Are you able to keep up your fitness in any way? My friend was hardly able to walk before her first operation. I do hope things are not that bad for you.

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CoddfishGraduate10 in reply to over61andstilltrying

I can swim and do aqua classes without difficulty. I can do gym weights so long as it doesn’t put weight through the hip. Walking is slow and uncomfortable but I can still get around thankfully. I was running right until Easter so it’s been a fairly steep decline (I have known I had a problem for several years but have been managing it with exercise). I hope your friend is now ok.

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Coddfish

Swimming is such a good exercise, do you still swim in the sea or are you going to a pool? Aqua classes sounds like a pool activity. Weights are considered very important as we become older. I wonder what sort of things you do with weights and how much weight to you mean.My friend is doing well in terms of walking, a couple of hours without any trouble I think. I shall have to ask her if she is doing any other exercise.

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AlMorrGraduate10

Well done Oldgirlruns, although I am not a member of Damienair's Bridge Gang I wish you all the the very best to get over to the other side of that bridge, onwards and upwards 🏃🏾 👍

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks Alan, while I probably would have got there eventually on my own, it’s fair to say I was struggling a bit so damienair’s proposal for a group assault on the bridge was just what I needed to give me some oomph! Hope you’re doing OK?

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I am just wondering how I can "oomph" you along for an assault on the bridge OGR, take it slow and steady, that's the way to do it as in C25K.

I am doing OK thanks, this morning I ran my 59th (not) parkrun, I am quite pleased with my time on this particular course, up to now on that route I have never managed to get a sub 36 minutes 5K, let alone a sub 35 minute one, this morning in light rain ☔ I ran this course in a time of 34.06, which I am very happy with. 😊 🏃🏾

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Thanks for the encouragement Alan - and a huge well done on your 34.06 (not)parkrun time!

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AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

👍

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FionamagsGraduate10

Great to hear you are back into it! Park Run will be a great motivator.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

I hope so Fionamags, although having done so few of them this year the thought of a whole 5k fills me with alarm! Trot on!

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FionamagsGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

You'll be grand - now you're back into it it won't take long.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10

Wow that’s good to hear, keep that mojo with you

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks WaS - hamit suggests nailing my mojo to the floor. I may do just that!

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

I’d nail it to your trainers 😀

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

🤣🤣

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Dexy5Graduate10

Go for it Oldgirlruns , and don’t forget I’ll be checking the parkrun results to make sure you’ve done it!

No pressure. 🤣

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

No pressure my foot!!

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Probably best to use both feet 👣

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Do you think that’s where I’ve been going wrong?!

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over61andstilltryingGraduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

🤣 Keep these lovely comments coming!

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Fantastic running and very well done. 👏👏

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Thanks Damien!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10

Well done OGR. You are only a youngster compared to my 69 years 🙂 Doesn’t it feel good to be able to just go out and run again. 👏👏👏👏

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

Thanks Bc - yes I’m still wondering how I got here after all these years!

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Beachcomber66Graduate10 in reply to Oldgirlruns

Determination is the answer to your question!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Beachcomber66

😂

Hi oldgirlruns well done you! Yes his post inspired me too! I’ve run 5k twice this week so far! And the scales have dropped! 👍

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Sammy-Lou

Excellent! Go you!

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JonathanPGraduate10

Very promising OGR - keep it up! 👍

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to JonathanP

Thanks JP!

Well done! I’ve lapsed I’m afraid and haven’t run 5k for months. Lost confidence as a result. Planning to start again this week ( eek it’s already Thursday) so might do what you’ve done and go back to the C25K!

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10 in reply to Shuffledaway

That’s a good idea Shuffledaway - it’ll give you a good lead back into it again. I’ve just gone back to week 7 as I had been running but sometimes only once a week and I mainly needed something to focus on. Good luck!

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Raisemeup60minGraduate

Well done Oldgirlruns - from another old girl who runs best way she can! I'm also on Damien's 'Bridge', and ticking over at 5k, 6 if I'm lucky.I'm also running with a late 60's number on my back and it does need a bit of shaking off at times, but as senior runners know, it's amazing what we can still do. So let's aim for our very best and hope 10k will happen, but if it doesn't I'm still grateful for all the years 'service' my legs have given me and are still 'giving'!

Would be good if we were all nearby as we could form a 60+ running group - that would be a force to be reckoned with and probably bring that bridge to 10k sharply into focus and within reach.

Best wishes ☺️ everyone, you're just great.

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OldgirlrunsGraduate10

You’re right R - I’m constantly amazed that I can run at all (that’s if you count what I do as actual running - more like a slow shuffle/jog!). Happy running!

Well done to you Oldgirlruns. So pleased to hear that C25K week 8, run 1 has received the ✅treatment. 😊🏃🏻‍♀️

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