Slow as ever but glad to find I've still got it!

Since starting the 5x50 Challenge, biking it to and from work has been my main activity, with a bit of walking thrown in on off days. Which is another way of saying I haven't been running as regularly as I would have hoped, in fact once a week if I'm lucky and no Parkruns :-( So tonight, knowing that the dog could do with a bit of an outing, I decided, spur of the moment, to get the trainers on and run instead of walk - and was chuffed to bits to do 5.72km in 42mins - which may sound very slow but that included doubling back now and again to find the dog, stopping to put his lead on once when we came across some other dogs and he wanted to play, and roaring at him when he went awol for a few minutes in pursuit of a very big deer. Plus it was on woodland tracks, where you have to have your wits about you if you don't want to go head over heels on an inconvenient tree root. It may sound like I'm making excuses but I'm not - it wasn't fast but it felt really great to be out there running again, even let out a completely involuntary "yeeha" when my tracker said I'd done 5k :-)


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  • Sounds like a great run to me, well done for getting out there ! Bet your dog was happy too! Would like to take my dog but she would be useless as she only behaves when she is chasing her ball!

  • Great going! Are you liking the challenge? We are doing well with it, although I am ready for a break! :-) I bet Murphy enjoyed running with his momma today! :-) Gayle

  • Hey Gayle, how are you? Yes, enjoying the challenge - I'm lucky as the last wee while I've been working locally four days a week so have been cycling there & back and that easily does my total on those days (12km round trip) but on other days I am very conscious having to fit 5k in somewhere - I'm hoping by the end it will just be second nature and that I won't slip into old habits! What really making the challenge do-able is the team camaraderie, much nicer than trying to do it on your own I think. And yes, Murphy is loving his long walks and runs - what a good memory you have! I swear he's gotten fitter too - maybe there should be a canine version of C25k!

  • I'm glad you are up and tracking now! :)

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