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Week 8/2: first run I have not been able to complete

lemondoodle profile image

Haven't run for a week due to the weather, but got out there this morning. Legs felt like lead from the start and I just had to stop after 15 minutes. I then walked for about 8 and then ran for another 9. So 24 minutes in total, but an uncompleted 8/2.

Although I wish I could have completed, I actually feel ok about stopping as it felt such an utter relief. Doing another 9 minutes after a walk felt heroic and I know this is still way better than staying on the couch.

Graduation date deferred for a little longer...

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Eebahgum profile image

That's a shame. View it as a bonus training run and not as a disaster. x

Well done for getting out there! This is a hard time of year, so I reckon we should all count any running we do as little victories! Keep that positive attitude and you'll have graduated before you know it!

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misswobbleGraduate in reply to Cheery_runner61

It's ok to walk. Don't worry about it. The best runners do it. I know that cos I just read Scott Jurek's book

Thank you! I think I felt a little afraid of 'do it once, do it every time' but there is no reason to think that will happen really as I have previously managed 28 mins. And I am very motivated to reach graduation. I see other testimonies on here of not so good runs and then going on to complete full runs again which is encouraging.

deb54 profile image

You got out there and gave it a go - so that counts as a success! Well done! It is important to listen to your body (and ignore your brain!) . Be realistic on your next run and see how you feel.

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lemondoodle in reply to deb54

Very good advice, thank you. I'm letting go of a specific date to graduate on - I need to do in my body's right time.

Thanks for your support everyone - really appreciated. It was the forum that got me out of bed to go running at all today :)

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Fitfor60Graduate in reply to lemondoodle

And you DID get out out of bed so well done Remember what everyone says-- there is no such thing as a bad run Some just dont go quite as you expect I am sure next run will be better Graduation is not too far away now just hang in there

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lemondoodle in reply to Fitfor60

Thanks Fitfor. Collecting my garmin 10 tomorrow so have to go for another run soon :)

danzargo profile image

What the dickins are you talking about? This was a resounding success! Who the heck says you can't stop for a breather walk if you want? As far as I'm concerned you did good. Real good. And obviously, you'd like to do 8/2 as Laura says - so do it on your next run. You're so close to that shiny graduation badge, I bet you can almost smell it!

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lemondoodle in reply to danzargo

Your right, I should call it a 'not so good run' just because it wasn't what I planned. I still did fab, and thank you for seeing it as such a success. And of course it was really wasn't it. I just think it was the first time I didn't compete what I had set out to do: you know what it's like when you are itching to complete the plan... I just want that shiny badge :)

P1glet1 profile image

Hey doodle, don't worry I feel your pain! I have been ill and just done w8r2...went very very slowly :)

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lemondoodle in reply to P1glet1

Ooh, poor you P1glet. Well done for completing however slowly! I love the support on here.

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