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Week 7 Run 1 complete!!!!!

OK so i had to have a week out due to late night working and early morning working and I know it might seem like an excuse but last week I was shattered morn, noon and night !!!!! So I decided to write off last week and start again on Sunday morning which is my normal start day for the new running week. I started off and immediately I started thinking !" can't do this , I can't breathe !! " etc etc then Laura pipes up " you should be into a nice steady rhythm" and there I was settled into a steady running pattern!!!!!

But instead of taking my usual route I parked myself in the countryside and thought I would have a change of scenery, well what do you know ¬!¬!!!!! I came across these new metal style gates come stiles ?????? that you have to squeeze through and lift up catches etc.!!!! i got very cross at some points as they were really stiff and covered in nettles and I was definately about to drop at one point and there I was cursing and shouting at this thing and Laura was telling me that I had done really well and I was shouting at her that actually "NO" I was not doing well and I was not really getting on very well !!!! A couple of lone walkers in the beautiful Norfolk countryside gave me side ways glances as if to say " mad, mad mad" and walked on at a quicker pace !!! But I did manage to get through this metal contraption and continue on my way. When I arrived outside my door I thought good , another one down and ready to go and one of Miles-Yonders milkshakes (which i am quite addicted to now!!!) along with the crunchy peanut butter and rice cake scenario keeps me going all the way!!! That is my return home treat!!!

looking forward to run 2 of week 7 and beating myself up about not losing as much weight as I thought I would have by now??? I have lost almost 1 stone but i did secretly hope that I would maybe have lost more as I have been following my fitnes pal quite avidly over the past 7 weeks, still I suppose one thing at a time - I must stop being quite so impatient !!!! Good luck all

best regards


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Sounds like you had an eventful run and I must confess to having a little giggle at the scene you described regarding the walkers speeding up their pace :) Hope your next run is less eventful :)


*blush* Only been here two minutes and I have half the board addicted to pre/post run goodies!


Excellent work, Josie, well done. :-) It can't be easy coming back into something like week seven after a break, but you definitely did really well, stiles aside. Those things seem to be causing a lot of issues at the minute! Talking at/to Laura is normal, BTW; sod what the walkers think!

Good luck for run two! I feel you'll enjoy the chocolate milk a bit more if it's left in the fridge overnight/a few hours first. It's beyond delicious. I look forward to it after each run! Run two here you come, you'll do ace!


Yes, running in the countryside has its challenges doesn't it!! I've studiously avoided such routes (when in the UK - nothing quite like it here to have to avoid ... in fact I've never seen a "gate" or a "stile" in a "field", but then I'm between a city and an open mountain).

Anyway, I think the contraptions you're describing are called kissing gates. Annoying as they might be, I'm sure it's easier to lift a catch and squeeze through than climb over a traditional stile or gate. Although I seem to remember in the dim and distant past of my school days doing something called a gate vault in gym lessons (OK - attempting, I was never any good) and I'm sure someone said something about this being an actual way of getting over a real gate.

Hope you find a nettle-free run next time you're out. Stiles and gates get in the way, but nettles and brambles are really annoying too!


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