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I'm currently on holiday in Cornwall, I deliberately started this before going on holiday because thought it would be nice to do a few beach runs etc.

This morning I got up at 7am and off out I went, decided on the coastal path as thought this may be a good one to start (only on week 3 so no runner yet!). THE wort decision I have EVER made! Forgot how overgrown, sand-duney it was with no proper paths to follow! Up and down steep hills oh my god to put it politely! I was swearing the whole way round!

In the end I ran down onto the beach and ran back that way! During my first 3 minute run I almost, through frustration gave up and went back. Do not know how I managed to do it, if that had of been a 20 minute run I'd have caved and gone back.

Cursing myself for going that way when I'm still a beginner which has now put me off for the rest of the holiday as feel like I'm dying πŸ˜‚, but also glad I managed to stick to it.

Does this get easier?! Not expecting it to be a walk in the park but feeling I need to carry an oxygen tank on my back at the minute πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Currently sat on the beach rolling around feeling sorry for myself πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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Brave run and it must be amazing running on the beach so maybe on your next run only run on the hard sand and enjoy that lovely sea air. We all have good runs and practice runs. Put it behind you and move forwards positively😊


Ooh Cornwall can be very challenging! I did quite a few runs last summer as we visited several times.

But you got out there and you did it, brilliant! The first tourist run is the hardest for all those reasons you found! Have a look around and see if you can find somewhere a little easier. It will depend where you are. If not, a couple of good walks will see you through the week and back to the programme there after.

Enjoy that holiday!


Yeay!!! Go you!

Stop rolling around and pat yourself on the back... you survived:) Maybe not an ideal place to run, but you did not give in to it, you just plodded on until you made the beach... ( I love beach running :))

It may not get easier, BUT, you get stronger... with every run you make, your stamina and strength builds up, almost without you realising it. The work out you had this morning, whilst not ideal at this stage, won't have done you any harm, ( apart from sand in your shoes). I am currently just about to complete a Women's Running 10K revisited plan and some runs involve deliberate intervals of running, up things...mainly off road! It is very useful for our running progress:)

So...huge well done... and maybe try and find a flatter route for your next one:)


If it is any consolation, when I get a chance for beach runs, I nearly always forget the tide times and last week.. got wet feet!!!


Find a flatter route for your next run. You completed the run despite the hills, the dunes and the undergrowth. That's brilliant. You should be proud of yourself.

Thankyou for all your replies, now I'm recovered I feel like I'm looking forward to going out again Friday! πŸ˜‚

Think it's just at the end when you feel sick and exhausted. I'm going to try the beach on Friday as I'm still only doing short runs so going to try that and see how I get on, no sand dunes!!

Thanks again! X

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Try to use the firmer sand and expect it to be different to your usual run. You can do it!

Will do Thankyou very much!


😁😁😁😁 sorry but I can't heLp laughing It was tough because of your terrain. You really did hobble yourself. Sand dunes πŸ˜ƒ Well, next run has got to be a 100% improvement on this one. Just find some flat and you will be brilliant! Only go very, very slowly and you will be just fine

Have fun! Enjoy your holiday! Cornwall is hellishly hilly. Maybe your next holiday could be in Skeggy πŸ˜ƒ

Hahaha I'm laughing about it now but this morning I was swearing like a sailor πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

True it's hilly everywhere so it seems except the beach!!

Thankyou and yes I agree! πŸ˜‚


I've heard sand is one of the hardest surfaces to run on (sand that is not packed down). I'm on week six run two and I'm not sure I could have done the run you just did!!! Congrats on that!


Well done for continuing whilst you're on holiday-would have been so easy for you to have 'taken a week off' so WELL DONE YOU!!

I was on week 5 when I was in Cornwall-I chose the coastal path too and it was steep, and overgrown and SO hot that I went through my bottle of water all in the first run!! After that one, I found a flatter place to run for the other 2 runs that week-I went along the camel trail (I think that's what its called-near Wadebridge) but I'm sure there is a similar bike-route near where you're staying as they tend to be wider paths and flatter...just avoid the bikes!!

Just get out there and keep going-if its warm or steep then just take a slower pace-its still running, and its still great to set you up for week 4...you may even find that the steeper paths make your next run at home feel easier!! :)

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