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W7R1 done done done!

My second 25 minute run! It was a beautiful morning to do it too, as autumn is in the full swing of its beauty.

Legs still a tiny bit achy after Friday's 25 min run. Thinking of having 2 days rest before the next one, do some yoga strengthening exercises instead?

I am not finding it particularly easy to run for 25 minutes, and am still Slow Joe McSlow, but I am somehow finding the strength from somewhere to complete the runs. Who knew I had such willpower?!

Happy Sunday, y'all. 😘

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Go go Joe McSlow!!🏃‍♀️👍

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😂😂😂 How are you doing, Sadie? 🏃‍♀️

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Missed my run today, 1st day of holiday and a little distracted - tommorow has 🏃‍♀️ all over it!

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Oh that's fair enough! Enjoy your holiday run! x

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Well done @Sadie-runs :) I knew you could do it!

I was thinking the same thing you know, the last 2 runs my legs have been quite achy, so I think I'll leave a 2-day gap before my next one, as it's a biggie! Who knew our legs could carry us this far? And your lungs deserve credit too.

Have a lovely day! x

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Thanks Neil! I have heard a few people on here advise more rest days (if you need them) when you first start the longer runs. That's the brilliance of this forum, you can pick up so many handy tips by simply reading through all the posts.

I am pleased with my lungs, but need my legs to catch up! I live in fear of my knees giving up the ghost. Don't know why.

All the best for your next run. Honestly, 20 mins + 5 mins is the way to look at it, and you will smash it!

Happy Sunday. x

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Joe McSlow gets the job done.... strength and willpower counts for a lot. And in time the speed comes

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That's very true, dear Jancanrun! 🏃‍♀️😘

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I remember Week 7 being quite a slog...yes it’s hard but the feeling afterwards is fab...maybe our legs are bound to feel heavy after all the Kms we’ve covered by this point??? You’ll be on that podium before you know it...take an extra rest day if you feel you need to then, it’s slow & steady when you get out there again..some of the runs/weeks are harder than others but think about week1?? Phew, that was hard eh? And yes, your will power has got you this far & you’ve still got week 9 to look forward to so keep on it...looking forward to your next post 😉

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Hi Mummycav! It's quite astounding when you think about it. Week 1 = 60 seconds felt like an eternity, and the recovery walk was not enough time for me to get my breath back to normal before the next run. Week 7 = I am running continuously for 25 minutes, and not getting hugely out of breath! This sh*t really works!

Week 7 is a bit of a slog, but what I am hanging on to is a) I am completing the runs b) I feel amazing after, and the sense of achievement drives me on.

I do find myself thinking I should up my speed (and honestly, I find this very conflicting as I do know that slow and steady is best). But! This is all part of the mental challenge - knowing to pace yourself and not let ego get in the way of safe and steady progress.

Hope you are doing better since your parkrun, MC? I look up to you as a shining example of how it should be done! 😘

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That’s fantastic, I’m watching you as I approach from behind, that’s just one run behind 😂

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Carolyn, you are nipping at my heels! And doing so, so well. 👏👏👏

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