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Longest run - 8k-Blimey


I did my longest run today - an hour with a couple of mini walk breaks - and achieved 8k - I ran with a friend who ran at a faster pace than I would run - which pushes me - but I think messed me up for the finish.I was berating myself for not running longer and faster - and Mr SB pointed out that I had actually run 5 miles and ought to be jolly pleased with myself. So when he put it like that - i was jolly pleased.

I am entered into a 10k race next week and was going to wimp out on the basis of todays performance - but my running pal - has 'bullied' me in to doing it in the spirit of it will good for me and build up my running strength of character - oh ok then I said.

So wish me luck for next week - i do feel ever so slighty nervous.

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I will wish you all the very best of luck suzybenj! I am no where near those sorts of distances but yes you jolly well do right to be pleased with your progress.

Keep calm at the start and I'm sure you'll be fine. ENJOY! and


suzybenjGraduate in reply to Beek

Keep Calm keep calm - such good advice - -I have butterflies already. Thank you for your support :-)


Fantastic...you are so going to nail it...well done you x

suzybenjGraduate in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks for the support JJ- It wont be pretty - but i will finish - aiming for 1 15 or better!!


SJ - Just take it easy, keep going at your pace and no one elses and you will be absolutely fine - and we look forward to seeing how you do next week.

suzybenjGraduate in reply to c4ts

thanks for your v sensible advices and support. I will report Back!


that is fantastic - if you can do 8 you can definitely do 10, great that you have a running pal. Hope you enjoy your 10k next week, you will do great, can not wait to see the results :-)

suzybenjGraduate in reply to alcopop

thanks alcopop for your support - much appreciated


Can't to see how we'll you do. You will do fine and you will enjoy it.

suzybenjGraduate in reply to Burstcouch

thank you for support- I am slightly nervous - but feel persuaded it is doable


Fingers and toes crossed for you suzibenj! One day, I hope I will be posting about those types of distances. You are an inspiration so be proud! X

suzybenjGraduate in reply to tmc1701

thank you so much - is still does not feel easy -and each effort is hard won - but still i am making progress. thank you for you kind words.


Sending good luck vibes your way Suzibenj. I am in awe of anyone who can run 8 bloomin miles! Incredible.

suzybenjGraduate in reply to danzargo

Can feel those vibes coming through - thank you :-)


If you can run 8K you can deffo do 10K. Best of luck with it; just keep putting one foot in front of the other!

suzybenjGraduate in reply to OldNed

Thanks Old ned - that is very encouraging .


I agree with Oldned. I did the 10k at the Great Scottish run last week with no extra training. The atmosphere on the day pushes you along. I'd advise setting yourself a pace you are comfortable with and just keep plodding on. You'll find you pass people who have gone off too fast or are walking bits of it. By the time you get to 8k you're almost home and if it's at all a big event folk will be spurring you on to the finish.

suzybenjGraduate in reply to wilmacgh

Thank you - for your wise words - I will definitely try to resist the temptation to set off to fast - as I know this will be my undoing- As you say after 8k it is only 2k more - so here goes fingers crossed :-)


Just keep it steady SB and the miles disappear. You may be better off by yourself though, if your running partner is too fast for you. Good luck, enjoy it.

suzybenjGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you - I am hoping the miles will disappear as you say. I think my friend is good for me on what i would call tempo runs - pushing me out of my comfort zone and the switch in my head that just says "walk"- and to be honest I wasn't done in at the end of hour - just a bit out of breath. But I will defo take it steady on sunday:-)

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