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Week 7 run 1: hardest run yet!

I haven't posted a great deal on here (reason:I hate typing on my phone 😂) but boy oh boy I struggled on tonight's run. It seems crazy when I think that I did exactly the same thing on Sunday, but that was a nice flat route and early morning.

Contrast that with the fact that I've been at work all day (on my feet, I m a teacher), have a slight cold and plumped for a new route which I didn't realise would be so hilly in parts 😕

Anyway.... I did it. All the way along I had the most lovely scenery... Autumn trees, late evening sunshine and fading blue sky... BUT all I could feel was the steady acge in my legs and the sense of impending doom as I wobbled along wishing every minute was the last.

I stuck it out (How do we do it? Really and truly, how do we keep going?) but for the first time ever, the run ended with me being ushered indoors by my husband and then me promptly breaking into floods of tears at the whole grinding, punishing and relentless difficultly of it all.

Several hours have passed and it is only know that I am feeling the familiar euphoria of having pushed my rather overweight body to its limits. I feel determined and bloody proud that having never run in my life before, I have completed every single run of C25k so far.

Bring on week 7 run 2, I'm ready for you 😀 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Very well done some of the worst runs turn out to be the best ones....

Gutsy, determined and gritty all qualities shining through in your post.

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Everything in your life can affect your running and conversely, running can affect just about everything in your life.

Change of route, a slight cold, a hard day at work, Donald Trump still in office.........all these things impact on you and your running. Bad runs often appear to come out of nowhere and we all have them, but I do believe that a bit of analysis can reveal situations that we can try not to replicate in the future.

Each week has, over the years been picked out as the toughest, by different individuals, but that is normally based on one rogue run that upset the china.

Put it behind you. It is done, so well done. Proud? Too bloody right!!!

Take a deep breath before the next one, smile and tell yourself you can do it.

You can do it.

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Good for you! Well done for hanging in there 👍. You're not far from graduating 😃.

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Very, very well done:)

Pat yourself on the back... job done :)

Please.... keep it slow and steady as the runs get longer... put in some strength and stamina exercises on your rest days too...:) Walking.... swimming... cycling?

Warm up well and makes sure you are doing plenty of post run stretches...

nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/...

But mainly... slow down..this half term is a long one ( I remember them well...) so use the runs, to lose the teaching stresses... and really take it gently!

( Big hug too... ex teacher to teacher) x

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Well done 👍🏻 I am so pleased for you!! Doing great. 🎉🎉

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Well done! As tomorrow is only week 1 Run 2 for me your post has been a real inspiration 😊 thank you

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You'll be at week. 7 before you know it Lorraine,keep persevering x

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I really hope so

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Wow.... Having just read all of your replies, I'm bowled over by how supportive you all are, thank you so much. Your kind words will keep me going and thank goodness for this forum 😊😊

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