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Lovely day for a run!

I really enjoyed my run today. Ran naked (well, without any audio accompanyment). After my 10k on Monday, I wondered how I'd feel. I felt good, and started off at too brisk a pace. I moderated it a bit and got into a groove, running a pace that was on the hard side of comfortable. I was running on a nice course - through a little village part of Oxford, over a lock, along the Thames towpath, over Folly Bridge in the middle of Oxford, back along the other bank of the river, past Christ Church College, finishing by the Botanical Gardens. It's a nice course, but harder than the one where I'd run most of my 5ks. Lots of little bridges to go over that breaks the stride pattern and makes you work a bit harder.

I pushed myself at the end of the run and managed a new PB by several seconds - 33:28

I think I prefer running naked, being able to experience my surroundings more fully. I'm going to try another slow run tomorrow, and see how that goes, rest Friday, and do Parkrun Saturday.

Good, this running thing, isn't it?

My run - connect.garmin.com/modern/a...

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Sounds like a lovely run through some beautiful surroundings. I find that pretty nature gives me such a boost for the runs :)

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It's fun planning routes, and then looking at the Garmin results map to see where you've been.

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It is indeed. I started my running 6 months after moving to a different part of the country, so I've also used it as a way of getting to know the area.

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So much better to run without music when the weather is as good as this - it can't help but put a smile on your face. Good run!

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Thanks, Nick. I feel like I've got a whole new lease of life. I'd never have thought I could do this!

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That sounds like a lovely place to run , Steve

Well done ! xxx

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It is, Poppy, and on a lovely day like this, it's even better!

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You scared me a little there until I realised you were just without music not clothes :). I worried about the old people and children :)

I have run without music a couple of times. I changed my route and was a little worried as it can be lonely down the coastal path if the dog walkers aren't there. I thought I would leave my music off so that I could hear someone approaching from behind :). I then thought that maybe I didn't want to know if I was going to be attacked so put it back on:). I have also thought that if I am going to be attacked and dragged into the water that they should do it at the beginning of a run and not near the end :(. On that thought I will run tonight without music :)

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:)

Have a great run tonight, Stef!

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That does sound like a great running route, and well done on the PB!

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Thanks! It's nice to see progress.

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Ayyyy??? 10k??? I must have missed something here!!! That is seriously good work, you havent long graduated!! Flippin heck, well done!!!!!!

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Hehe..... it was Monday, I set out to do a long, slow run for the first time (notionally 8k according to a myAsics plan, though I doubted I could run that far). Once I got into a comfortable relaxed pace, I felt I could keep going and going. So I did. It felt great. It's here -

connect.garmin.com/modern/a...

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