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W9R1 completed!

W9R1 completed!

Hey guys/gals,

Gosh, I've been busy lately! (Too busy to even post about it on here!) However, that didn't stop me getting out yesterday and successfully completing my very first run of week 9. My final C25K week!

I don't know if anybody heard about the severe winds that hit parts of Staffordshire yesterday, but I found out...I was exactly half way around my run when it started raining, and then from out of nowhere the wind picked up and in an instant it was gale force, blowing *all* the remaining leaves off all the trees around me! These leaves were travelling horizontally (like the rain was). Even though it made it tougher, I'm actually glad I was running into the direction of the wind, because I reckon it would have blown me over if it was coming at me sideways! At one point, I ran past a load of workmen digging up a road (Mercian Way) and half of their barriers got blown right into the road and they were struggling to retrieve them all! As soon as I got past the workmen and crossed over the road they were working on I was a little sheltered by all the houses, so the wind died down a bit for me then. If I was just on a walk, I would've taken some photos. But as I was running, and my mobile was inside my pocket anyway, I didn't bother.

After my last run, I made a conscious effort to go slower at the beginning of this run and I must say it really did help, because although the run wasn't dead easy, I didn't find it as tough as my previous few runs. In fact, I even upped the pace a bit towards the end, as by then I was into a nice slow and steady rhythm.

As you can see from my running log, I managed to run 3.63km on this run which is the most I've done so far. But then again, I have gone 2 minutes longer than before as well.

So, that's another one down and I now only have two more to go. Who would've believed it? Not me, that's for sure! ;)

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I would have believed it! Well done! A seagull flew straight at me on my run this morning and then veered off suddenly six feet in front of me! Reminded me of your horizontal leaves. Rather unnerving, but amazing at the same time!

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Haha. Yeah, well I don't have to worry about seagulls living in Staffs...unless it's been blown way off course!! :D

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Omg look how far you have come Lee😊it's fantastastic & I still remember your post where you were struggling believing in yourself! Your posts are so positive & an inspiration! 2 more to go😊😊🏃🏃🏃🏃😊 Mr Runner and an all weather runner too😊 it's freezing cold up here in Scotland!! But amazing how a run warms you up! Watching for that graduation badge .... Enjoy😊

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Thanks Phyllis! :) Yes, you're quite right about the running warming you up...I'm usually sweating like mad on my run after setting off with all my extra running gear and hat on as well! lol

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That's fantastic Lee337 - a really great run with lots going on to keep you occupied!

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Thanks! :) Yeah I guess it helps to take your mind off the pain, eh? :D

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WOW my dear running bud - you've done so well - congrats on another fantastic run. Can't believe you're only 2 away - dig deep - the other side awaits :-) x

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Thanks buddy! :) I'm looking forward to joining ya on the other side very soon! :) x

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Brilliant. Well done, and in such horrible weather. Good luck for the next one!

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Thanks! :)

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Fantastic!!! I know exactly what it's like running in the wind and driving rain lol... it's tough so well done for getting through it :) Not long to go now..I hope your next run is a good one too. :) x

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Thanks debze! :)

Yeah, it was actually the first time I've had any rain during a run since I started C25K, so I guess I've been lucky up to now. Just two more runs to go and I will have completed C25K!! Blimey, I can hardly believe it! :D x

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Your route looks a bit to me like a boxer dog's face, with one ear visible on the right hand side.

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Err...yeah, I meant to do that, and a boxer dog was just what I was trying to achieve! ;)

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LOL, LOL! Very funny. You're so creative, Lee337, more creative than you think. Just think what you might "draw" on your next run 🏃🏻 Apart from breath that is! . . . swords ?. . . hopefully you won't need those! LOL 😂

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Erm...I think I might just go abstract for the next one! ;)

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LOL 😂 I keep thinking of Irishprincess's route resembling a demented escaped convict. But going abstract for the next one is just excellent 👌🏻 Full marks 👏🏻👏🏻😀

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Well done! Hope you'll have better weather for your last couple of runs before your graduation. Thankfully it's a beautiful, cold autumnal morning in London so may go out for a short run a bit later today.

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Thanks Barbara! :) I hope you went out and had a nice run yourself.

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Well done that's great going :)

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Thank you ju-ju-! :)

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Well done you I've only been out once have had a dose from hell as have the kids !! Hope to get out today and can't wait even though I don't feel 100%.

Slow at the beginning is what I have to do too as I still feel I'm starting to fast

Let's keep going I'll update later

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Thanks Cuig1975 :) I hope you're feeling better soon and you went out and had a successful run yourself.

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I did and found it tough but again so glad to have done it

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