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Ricomincio da 3

Ricomincio da 3

That translates as : start again from 3 (I know... the pun is completely lost here... it is the title of an Italian movie)

enough of it! Not a proper run since the 7th of December and still do not know exactly what is wrong with my back - but it is not hurting anymore so I decided to get out there and just do it. In the past 3 weeks I did have a go at a treadmill, and found it much easier than road but soo booooring - so I kept swimming and doing a bit of elliptical, joined a circuit class , walked up the hill, walk the dog, but still I can notice a slow decline in fitness :(

With the sun out, and a more decent temperature I headed for a run OUTDOOR! (and how can one compare running on a treadmill facing a wall to my usual running route, that you can see here: ?)

Not wanting to over do it I decided to start over, from week 3 ,hence the post title.

My running route starts after a 1 k downhill walk - which I consider my warm up, usually takes 10 minutes - unless I meet neighbours - a hill that I then walk up as a cool down (and that takes sometimes 20 minutes - it is steepish) So off I went, following Laura talking me thru week 3 : - 90 sec run, 90 sec walk, 3 min run, 3 min walk, 90 second run... wait a minute! I can go on... and so run to the end of the podcast (that is about 12 minutes), slowly - am keeping on the cautious side of things...

The HM is only 10 weeks away - I hope to get back to 30 min non stop in another 3 or 4 runs - that would leave me 8 full weeks to get up to the HM , which I am planning to run/walk, maybe run 10 - walk 3 for the whole race... any tip? The Myasics plan does not include any run/walk option. Before the back problem I could run 8 k, and I can walk for Ireland, even with a dodgy back...

Oh, and I also got a new pair of shoes :) - not exactly running ones, as they are for "fast hiking" - which in my case could well apply to my very slow uphill trail running :) For those who really want to see what they look like: salomon.com/us/product/x-ul... - I wish they would go for normal plain colours though - I hate being noticed!

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Beautiful picture, if that's where you run I am sure you will be back to form in no time at all

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Well done for that run. Your route looks gorgeous as do your shoes. Love the colours. Be bright and proud!

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Sure I'll get used to the colours :) and yes.. West Cork is gorgeous!

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Oh I didn't know you were in Cork! Beautiful countryside.

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I'm sure you'll soon be back on form. Enjoy these springlike days.

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