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Week9Run3 OOps but Yay I made it!

I thought I'd mix it up a bit and do yet another different route - that'll teach me! I set off on the road (well pavement) adjacent to the woolly woods. It's a lovely setting, mature trees lining both sides of the road. I was so busy enjoying my warm up walk that it was only when Laura told me to start runnig that I realised the only way was up (to paraphrase a well known song).

I have spent all of my 9 plus weeks steadfastly avoiding hills. Inclines, slopes I have dealt with but I now realised with dread that what lay ahead was a big stonking hill. I must have shuffled up it for about 7/8 minutes when I remembered that I wanted to live so I turned around and headed back. It was downhill now which gave me time to catch my breath. I was relieved when Laura told me I had 1 minute to go and absolutely elated when I finished!

My thanks go to the mentors, graduates, other runners and my week 9 pals. I won't mention people by name (too many) who have especially helped to motivate me when I needed it; made me laugh, and most of all helped me believe I could do it. Jancanrun all these wine bottles seem to be empty .........

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Well we had to wait for you your Highness to reach the podium, you and your calves! So of course the bottles are empty. What's this I've found oh yes that will be a crate of rather nice what did we originally agree, a Pinot, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Burgundy...

Your day, your choice. Well done my friend I am chuffed to bits you got there. :)

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Haha, I believe you. Yes I never thought I would get this far, so feeling very pleased with myself. As for the wine, all of the above please ;) .

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All of them coming up and bloody well deserved especially after all that couch and calf management. Am I allowed to wait until after lunch before drinking, or are we going Barolo first before midday?

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Oo, I think a small snifter before lunch is allowed. Saluti (hope I'm not swearing at you) ;)

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Saluti and cin cin, which is chin chin but you know that anyway! Auguri and complimenti....

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From idiot to speaker of Italian in 9 weeks - now that's a programme I could do with ;)

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Brava that woman. To include a hill, even an accidental one, must mean you are an Honours Graduate with a FIrst. Well done.

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Ha, thank you sheps , I'll take that first with pride.

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Yay!! Woohoo! You've done it!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I know, who'd have thought it? Certainly not me at the beginning of week1. I only downloaded the first 5 weeks podcasts as I didn't think I'd even get that far. I wanted to get it done before I reached my sixtieth later this year - and I bally well did. :)

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Hey well done you 👋 👋 🎉🎉😊😊. I'm seriously impressed that you tried a different route and tackled the hill on your last outing.

I knew you could do it and despite the delay in reading this (for which apologies- seems I didn't get updates in Ireland) I'm feeling quite emotional and so so proud of you!!

Keep up all the good work & keep me updated 🏃🏻‍♀️🏁🎉🏅👩🏻‍🎓🍾🐒

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Thanks ChunkyMonkey. I went past the route in the car yesterday. It was actually uphill from the warm up walk and I actually must have shuffled up it for that plus another 10 mintues, not 7/8 as I first thought. That's probably what's done for my foot! I shall be buying some supportive insoles before I next run. Oh and losing some weight, but that might take a while longer - haha!

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