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Back on Track...The return of the snail...

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Hello :)

Yes... if you did not hear the whoop of sheer delight as I crossed my beloved fields, this morning... here I am to tell you about it !

This morning, I RAN ! OUTSIDE!! Excited or what?

Well. I had a bit of a horrid day yesterday with all sorts of things going, I made up my mind that, weather permitting, ice or snow holding off, the Beast from the East and the Pest from the West, back in their lairs, I was going to run. I knew the weather was going to be a tad warmer, but I still got out my warmer weight leggings, my new thermal beanie, my Buff and my glubs! ( gloves).

I slept well. Waking, I could hear no rain, or wind. Peeping out into the semi darkness... there was mist. Not fog...just mist. Down to make a cuppa for myself and Mr OF.... half an hour more sipping tea and then a slow start. Wash and teeth cleaning... ( 80 squats whilst that happened, and a few ankle raises for good measure).

A lot of faffing with socks and shoes, a while spent looking for my watch and a quick prayer to the running gods that I had turned it off after my last run on.... NOVEMBER 30th! I found it, and I had! Some stretching to make sure everything was warmed up... gear on, earphones connected and out.

Mr OF telling me to be safe and careful, and to enjoy, with a last warning, ( I had told him he must do this), … he called... “ Do not start off by going UP the hill!). I love uphill, but I knew this may be, quite literally a step too far.

So.... what did I choose to run to on this really special day. It had to be something easy... and short...and familiar. So, it was me and Laura. C25K Week 4. I needed some running but not too much, I had no idea how I was going to fare. I had to be sensible and do, what I am always saying to folk here, and on Couch, I had to run in the way that is right for me.

Warm up walk to Seagull roundabout takes me five minutes. I was for a split second, tempted to carry on up... but when Laura said it was time to run... I turned around and went down the hill! I listened to her voice, I kept it gentle. All the way round and about, along and across the level crossing, closed to traffic until May! The road obviously quiet and then I turned up towards the fields.

Light feet, easy breathing and strong legs... Yoga with Adrienne's CENTER, and a variety of exercise for each day of Red January have impacted greatly. Even when I felt at my lowest, I have done my squat and ankle raise routine with teeth cleaning, indoor walking and a mad dance session once or twice. All these things have played their part.

As I turned up to the fields I did ease back and let my breathing steady, Laura is a friend and I trust her; making the fields, I felt an enormous surge of emotion. I was worried about this first run, I did wonder whether I would run out if breath, or my legs might ache... but as I carried on and saw the track with my majestic tree, I knew. It was going to be okay.

The fields, hedge-blurred, sky and earth blanketed in the softest grey shawl of mist. No sound. The track thick-mudded, and puddled, here and there where the ice has melted away. It was not a sight many would wish to see, but for me it was one of the most beautiful. Maintaining a steady, ( if ungainly), pace I carried on across the field. Slithering and sliding a bit, giggling as I stumbled, and so surprised to hear Laura say there was one last run to go. I realised that I had been walking and running , following her voice, almost subconsciously

I made the crossing of the steam railway and took a quick photo of the track and the tunnel. I shuddered... again, straight out of The Signal Man. Across the line and just up the side of the crop field a way, before turning back, for that homeward stretch of a last run. A short burst of speed, maybe not in your book, but today, for me it was.

And it was done. Laura said, I was to carry on walking , so a last look at my fields before I headed down to the crossing and then home. Laura told me I should be proud of myself. I was simply, grateful.

I walked slowly back up the hill and into the house. Mr OF... “ … and how much did you enjoy that? I was watching you all the way”. Thank goodness for location share!

How much?

Well, it was not far, it certainly was not fast. Style may have been lacking, but as far as runs go? It was one of the very, very best!

Floss x

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David_G profile image

Fantastic news Oldfloss 🏃‍♀️👍 Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here! 👍🤞

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to David_G

Slow and steady my friend, I will get there... thank you x

AlMorr profile image

How wonderful for you to be back running Oldfloss, well done, glad you enjoyed that short run and Mr OF congratulating you as well on your run, I also have Laura with me when I reran some of my runs on C25K.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to AlMorr

Thank you mu friend... just so good to get out there and survive! Laura is a good friend... as are you x

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

👍 🏃🏾

Katnap profile image

Sounds and looks like a lovely run! An excellent return to form.

🐱 Katnap 🐱

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Katnap

Only just about 2.5K , but that will do for starters... thanks you x

WillowandSola profile image

Yes!! Well done!! Fabulous write up which I've been looking forward to reading

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you...phew. What a relief x I am just about to reply to your post xxx

Dendev75 profile image

Whoop whoop! So happy for you OF I’ve been waiting for this post ‘return of the snail’ 🐌 it sounds like a perfect return run and how good that all your exercises you’ve been doing have kept you strong and flexible 👏🏻 enjoy your next one 😘 xx

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dendev75

Thank you...your support helps keep me positive x

Beachcomber66 profile image

Lovely to read Oldfloss. Back on course and determined to stay there. Like CB plans; start slow, run light and sort out your breathing….recipe for success. 🙂

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Beachcomber66

Totally...I'll be ready for CB soon xxx

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Mothmoss profile image

Woo hoo for you 😁🌻

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Mothmoss

I'll second that xxx

Dexy5 profile image

Whoop whoop Oldfloss . How lovely to hear that you are out and about running again. It may not have been far, but you put your leggings on and you ran. This is just the beginning of the latest chapter in your running story.

That will keep you smiling until your next little outing.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Dexy5

Thanks you. Yes, I smiled a lot yesterday!

Always a relief to get that first  Irishprincess jogette, tucked away after a long period away from the runs. I felt satisfied that I had finished the run and was comfortable, and immense pleasure at being back on the fields on a misty grey day. I shall take it steady, but intend to build back and enjoy the process .x

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IrishprincessAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

Whoop whoop! I’m so happy for you Floss 🤗 Sounds absolutely wonderful!

Gorgeous photos and I can just imagine you running through the mist 🏃‍♀️

Happy Days indeed xxx

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you... you are always there when i head out for a first jogette after a while inside :) Little voices in my head, saying , keep it gentle, see where you get was a murky, misty, magical run! I have had two days rest and will head out again tomorrow . Thank you xxx

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IrishprincessAmbassador in reply to Oldfloss

Sounds very magical ⭐️✨ Enjoy tomorrow xxx

Oldgirlruns profile image

Fantastic ! I’m so pleased for you Oldfloss, you must be feeling chuffed! Hopefully the first of many more to come!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Oldgirlruns

Thank you so much...chuffed indeed and looking forward to steadily getting back to full strength again! x

Chinkoflight profile image

Your senses were clearly on top of the world, everything is just so much clearer, great description and photos, I like that run! Repeat it soon because you will not have captured everything, and time will fly again. You have perfectly captured running. 👏👏👏

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Chinkoflight

Thank you. Yes... just the beginning of the comeback and a very restrained ramble of a report, more will come...!

RunBrianRun profile image

Simply wonderful news 😃 Well done on your return to running. 👏

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to RunBrianRun

Thank you... it is good to be back on the track again! x

Folkylass profile image

Well done OF! I just knew that you would get out there eventually. I’m so pleased for you!😂😂😂👍👏👏👏. First of many ? Such an exciting post and pictures are great. X

Tim would be so proud of you.x

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Folkylass

Thank you.

Reading your reports and posts has helped me enormously in the past days. Feeling the joy that you are getting from your runs, has kept me motivated and determined to get out there, and feel that again, especially as I was forced by weather or whatever, to exercise indoors.

I thought of you yesterday as I ran...wondering if you were out there and if your trail was as muddy, as mine was:)

Yes, hopefully, this is the start again. I was on the IC a while back for 12 weeks, and the comeback was okay! I was younger of course and had not had Covid, but I am planning on getting back to my routine of three runs over the seven days. I usually do Wednesday, Friday, Sunday...I will see how it goes, and hope that the weather plays the game too!

Tim... I hope he would be pleased for me. I know he would be laughing too, especially at the nearly falling over, bits!

Keep those reports coming, we are nearly there... and for these last few days, I can be outside too! x

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FolkylassGraduate10 in reply to Oldfloss

OF you are an inspiration to me and all of us on this forum believe me. I’m just pleased and chuffed that my Red January runs has inspired you a wee bit …..that is an great honour to me because you are awesome and yes Tim would be giggling but he would also be very proud.

We are nearly there see you at the finish line😂😂😂x

alpacagirl profile image

What a wonderful post and photos - I so enjoyed reading it and your joy in running outside again shines through.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to alpacagirl

Thank you, it has been a fair while since I got out there !

It is one of my favourites places to run and over the years since I Graduated has been part of my running rambles...hopefully there will be a lot more rambles to come...x

Scruff55 profile image

Great run. Well done for following Laura and how much did u enjoy that. 🤣🤣🤣 Patience is a gift and you deserve that run. Take care and enjoy your return to running albeit slow and steady 🤣🤣

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Scruff55

I enjoyed it so, so much... and yes, it will be slow and it will be steady! What else? :)

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Scruff5560minGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

there is no other way 🐢🐌

OldManRunning profile image

Superb Oldfloss glad you're back out and running. Nice photos too 🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️🎉😉

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to OldManRunning

Good to be out there, thank you x

MissUnderstanding profile image

This is just brilliant news. So pleased that you got back out again and it was good. Hooray for lovely Laura coaching you through. Do you think you’ll carry on with her?

Massive smiles here at your news-I bet you’re still beaming too! ❤️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to MissUnderstanding

I am still smiling, I have to say... just good to be out despite the mist!

I am not sure whether Laura and I will stay together... maybe for another run, or maybe I will just do a , see what happens run? Off to Middleton Top for a walk today!

Thank you x

Cmoi profile image

So pleased that you're back running Oldfloss , keep having fun!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Cmoi

Thanks you ! That is for me the important bit.. the fun and enjoyment x

Leotigris profile image

I'm so glad that went well for you Oldfloss! Does that railway actually run? The tracks look so overgrown!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Leotigris

Thank you... yes, it does... sometimes .. it is a line from Foxfield Steam Station to a siding. I do have photographs somewhere; there were some beautiful old trucks at the end of it but sadly they have gone... they do over the summer months clear it.. !

Sandie1961 profile image

Wonderful to hear that you are back running outside. Now to look forward to your first run back in your beloved Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Congratulations! Onward and upward xx

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you... five weeks to go ! Just good to be back out there... x

Elfe5 profile image

Yaay, yaay, yaay!! 😄

Turning delighted cartwheels for you 🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤸‍♂️🤗

That’s so encouraging and restoring OF - I love Mr OF watching your progress too! Xxx

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Elfe5

Hello! Thanks you. Yes..he keeps an eye on me just to make sure I'm OK!Just glad I feel so much stronger again! X

LiisaM profile image

Wonderful pictures, post, and joyful run! Mr. OF is A1, too, for watching you all the while. I was touched!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

It was, thank you...Good to be getting back to normality! I am putting together a music list for you! X

LottieMW profile image

YAY!!! 🥳🙌🏼🎉

The return of the snail at last! 🏃🏻‍♀️🐌🏃🏻‍♀️

…I’ve looked forward to this post so much…and it didn’t disappoint 😄

You can’t beat C25k for a gentle return to running can you? Must admit that Jo Whiley was the girl for me though ☺️

Onwards and upwards! 🐌🐌🐌💐🏃🏻‍♀️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to LottieMW

So true. C25K a familiar friend... there was only ever Laura for me... she was there with me at the beginning :) On we go!

Birdlady64 profile image

Woo hoo! Yes Oldfloss This is so brilliant to read. So happy for you 😁😍🥰

I always share live location with Mr B but he never ever bothers to track me. 🙄🤷‍♀️

80 squats - really? 😱 Way to go you💪👏

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Birdlady64

Thank you...! Mr OF does a good job!Yes..20 to each cycle of the toothbrush...its become a habit! X

Lucylasticplease profile image

I absolutely loved reading that. I’ve had a break for various reasons and I thought that my running days were over. But I’m getting back to it slowly. I’m on week four now and loving every Monday, Wednesday and Friday again.

I will follow your progress with interest. Thank you for writing such a wonderful account of your run. ❤️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Lucylasticplease

You are welcome...take it slow and steady. Many folk on the forums have had time out and are making comebacks...You are in good company.

Instructor57 profile image

Sorry I'm late reading this but so happy to do so 😬Well done my friend 👍

Good to hear !

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Instructor57

Thank you x

Jell6 profile image

So glad you got out there 😍

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