And that's Week 7 done

I took Laura's advice and varied my route this week. For one run I went the opposite way round to usual. Today I ventured in a different direction which included a grass footpath, unlit, at around 6.30 am!!

I'm now building up a record of runs on Runkeeper and although I'm not trying to go faster, the records show I'm continually getting faster - ever so slightly.

Most of my early weeks were on my treadmill. But as the runs have got longer, and the treadmill is so boring, I'm pleased to have ventured out more (even though I've probably signigantly added to the pavement potholes of East Yorkshire!!)

A colleague runs around 8 miles each lunchtime and admits to hating it. I can't honestly admit to enjoying the actual running. But as my colleague said, the real enjoyment is in the sense of achievement; knowing it's done and that you're on a mission to look after yourself better. And I certainly feel less guilty about the odd wine or beer at the weekend!


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  • Good going. I was on the treadmill on week 1 but tried outside and haven't had to use it since, love the freedom of being able to go anywhere and to be nosey around the area where I live too! Have you registered for parkrun yet, I went along as a volunteer first which was a great way to see the course and this Saturday can't run but will go along to help. Graduation round the corner for you, how exciting!! Julie

  • Thank you for your kind comments. I can't really "nosey" too much as it's so dark when I have the bottle to venture out! But compared to the inability to stop noticing the clock ticking down whilst on the treadmill, I definitely would rather be out.

    I haven't yet registered for Parkrun. I've told myself that registering is my prize for when I graduate. My logistical problem is that my local Parkruns start at 9.00am on Saturdays. That's when I do enjoy myself - on the golf course. I will participate in a Parkrun but only if I play golf in the afternoon (rarely) or the course is closed.

  • Social running isn't for everyone though. I love running on my own and find groups are so different - moving along at a group pace, talking and running etc. The thought of doing something like a marathon 😕! Tried a running group and wondered y I should pay 2 quid to pound the pavements in the dark when I can go out when I want, choose my own place and even go off track! Maybe that is just me, people seem to love the social side of running

  • So far I've only run on my own but I'm looking forward to giving the Parkrun a go - on the odd occasion I'm not golfing at that time.

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