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First run of new term!

Well the new term is well under way, seems like the holiday never happened!

Monday, I attended a new class of Boxfit and Tuesday I resumed my normal Pilates class.

Wednesday, the weather was good so I decided to head out the door for W7R3 around 5:00, straight after work.

Everything seemed to be going well; usually I find first 5 mins and end of run harder. First half seemed okay, yah! However the second half was harder. I struggled more than I had during the holidays, jogging slowly on the spot a couple of times and even trying jogging backwards, very briefly! However I did finish.

Does this run still count or should I do it again, till I can do it easily, with no jogging on the spot?

When I got to the hill I usually run up, at the end of my extended end walk, I met a local villager at her house, who stopped to chat So when I left to complete the hill run, omg it was hard getting to the top Last couple of times it seemed to be getting easier.

Why did I find it hard again?

Over the holidays I'd struggled with W7,8 and 9 and had returned to W5R3 3 runs of 20 mins to consolidate before returning to W7. W7 R1 & 2 went quite well.

I'm wondering if it was hard because I ran later, in the evening after work, or because of additional activities of Boxfit and Pilates. Feeling a little disappointed as things seemed to be getting better!

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Seems like you are progressing with the running and I would count it as a run (especially as it appears you have already done this week previously). Why did you find it harder? Some runs are just harder than others, however, my Thursday run is an evening run after work and it is always a slower run than the morning/daytime runs I do. If you are struggling with the second half it may be that you are going off too fast to start with and wearing yourself out, try to maintain a slower pace (easier said than done I know). Move on to week 8 for the next run.

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Thanks SC1472, I wouldn't have thought I was starting too fast, I'd say my whole run is at a slow jogging pace! My route (I stick to same route as I'm nervous of dogs and any encountered here are mainly on leads as it's cut through to other villages) has some gradual inclines and hill at end as I go back way I've come.

In the holidays, I ran in the mornings, usually around 9:00 or 10:00. I didn't have work, nor was I doing any other activities so maybe that's why it was harder.

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Slow down a bit.. count it as a run and instead of jogging on the spot.., just move onward, but slower!!

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Thanks Oldfloss but I don't think I could go any slower! I'm pretty much slow paced as it is! People would probably class me as a jogger rather than a runner!

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You move...not walking = running :)

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Thanks Oldfloss

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I would definitely count that as a run.

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Thanks Maddee_6333

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