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Well that answers that question

So I finished W9R3 on Sunday and was feeling pretty darned chuffed with myself.

If ever there was a Channel 4 documentary to be made that mixes embarrassing bodies with lifestyle choices to somebody out there running and loving it then it was me.

From drinking tattooed biker to telling everyone in amazement just how much sugar is in their muesli and that a low glide slowly is better for my knees.

My mates have looked at me with confusion, support and shaking of heads whilst muttering ‘That’s it, he’s finally lost it. Call the special number.’

So today was to be Post Grad 1 (it certainly ended up PG rated!)

When I am not travelling I normally take Mrs GB to work in the morning to save her taking the bus and we take every chance we can to catch up when I am at home and not travelling with work.

Then on the way home if it’s a run day I pop into the local shop. Get my banana and some water then head home and go out for my run making sure I get lots of photos to enthrall my thoroughly interested chums.

Today the traffic was pants. What is normally a 20 minute journey today took 50 minutes.

Then on the way home the store rang me to say the mattress we had ordered was ready and could I go and collect it.

Then something else happened then I was working blah blah blah blah blah.

So for those of you still reading, it was 6.20pm by the time I headed out for my run.

I had on my new Brooks Ghost 10 trainers (graduation present to me from me when I was in the U.K. last week) and donned my ‘go faster’ yellow dayglo waterproof long sleeve top and I was off.

Where I usually park for some reason there was a bazillion cars and I found out that Tuesday evening is the local meetup near the woods for the off road cycling club. (Middle aged men in athletic gear in bright colours....I mean seriously!!)

So my slight ocd aspergers thing kicked in and I was wound up after the day that I couldn’t even do my normal pee against the tree then 5 min warm up.

But off I set.

The song that I always play as I start is Spencer Davis Group ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ as that drum beat sets my pace. Well today I forgot to hit start in Endomondo as my 5 min ended and so was late in doing that and then started Spotify where it left off and on cane Chemical Brothers. So my pace was all over the shop.

Up the Slopey Lane of Pain towards Calf Killer Curve and my breathing was definitely not right. I was breathing in through my ears and out through my eyes or something!

Was it these new shoes? Were they not right for me? Was the new top not fitting right?

Flicked through Spotify and carried on.

At the village sign turn point I realised that the Banana I would normally eat is also my first meal of the day. By 6.30pm it’s mixed in with other stuff (it was 3 hours since my late lunch so I was fine). At one stage I thought the dark blue Brooks would also be dayglo in shade of Banana but I survived.

Downhill stretch after passing the pylon and back along the lane in the forests.

In the daytime they are full of butterflies and deers in the fields and pheasants and such. At night time they are full of slugs and hedgehogs and one wild boar that scared the **** out of me as he ran across the path.

I knew my time was slower as I had Endomondo chirping at me telling me my min/km pace. I knew I was going to be slower anyway as I had pushed on W9R3 to get below 8min / km.

The final stretch to the car and I couldn’t see a thing. We live in the back end of nowhere and no, I don’t want a head torch as my balance isn’t the greatest when it’s dark so a torch beam swinging from side to side would put me off. I would prefer my eyes to adjust to the dark.

I was hitting the car remote to get the indicators to flash.

Like some guiding beacon in the dark sea. Like some landing lights on a runway bringing the stricken one engine running bomber back to a spluttering landing.

4.6km in 38 mins.

But I definitely will not be running on an evening again.

Hated every minute.

Got home and Mrs GB said ‘so how was the 1st run with the new trainers?’

Me: bloody brilliant! Loved every minute!

If after doing this 9 week program I was asked to describe in one word the worst run I have ever had?......:

‘Fantastic’

We’re going to have good runs. We’re going to have bad runs.

But here is the thing....the only reason you are having a bad run is because you are out there running.

Great isn’t it :)

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what a fantastic attitude to a bad run! I’ll remeber this post on my bad days...honestly inspirational. Thank you for sharing :)

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Our legs and feet have moved one in front of the other since we were small.

Nobody taught us how to run as kids, we just did it.

I really do believe that 95% if this is all in the mind.

The other 5% is looking awesome in dayglo yellow!!!

How’s week 6 treating you? That is when many folk get the first bad run after the high of smashing the W5R3 20 minute run

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Yeah I must say yesterday’s run w6r2 wasn’t great. I was bouncy and my shins and calfs hurt...especially so in the three minute walk between the two runs...was cursing Michael when he said it was time to run again lol but I did it and the pain eased a little off once I settled into a smoother run. Defo not my best run at all! Although it did make me think maybe only longer runs are a better idea because it was that break in the middle where it really hurt. Maybe my legs just wanted to keep on running?! 🏃🏼‍♀️👍🏼

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Shorter strides and slow it down

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If I go much slower I’m gonna look less like a runner and more like that weird speed walking thing 😂😂

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Oh and I’m rocking the purple and pink spandex galaxy print leggings!

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Fab post, I chuckled at you breathing through your ears and eyes. I know that feeling well.

It's amazing how changing your usual running routine can affect the quality of the run. New shoes, new top, new time of day, new lighting conditions... too many variables being changed at once! BUT you did it. You were running and kept on in spite of everything, so it was officially fantastic. Well done you.

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Yup!!! Summed it up perfectly, love the breathing description 😊😊

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Ah, the Slopey Lane of Pain -- I've been there once or twice!

I know how everyone likes morning runs. I do too, but nothing beats a good evening run for getting work/traffic/stress out of the brain and back into their box. Then when you are done your mood is improved 1000%. A whole day of wasted work turns into a not wasted day when you've finished your run.

Great job!

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What an incredible post! That has made my morning!

It had me laughing out loud... always good before 7 a.m.! The breathing bit, slightly reminiscent of Irish-John ...'breathing from both ends'!

Superbly inspirational.

I would love to quote your,"...the only reason you are having a bad run is because you are out there running." please, in my replies to folk struggling, always giving you credit , of course:)

Very, very well done you.. you Brooks and Daygo clad RUNNER you!!! x

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Quote away.

The fact that I am out there is as much down to you guys.

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Thanks GingerBohemian —-this post is just what I needed....I’m back...trainers on later this morning, lip well & truly picked up so I can see to fasten my laces,,,,thank god for this forum & my new found family....I’ll be posting later when I’ve been out....😍

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Go girl!! I will track you progress from Cyprus!! Never thought I would be aiming at getting a run in as soon as seen son off to school..would go now but think as am leaving them to go on holiday should at least be here to see him off!! 🤣 have a good run, sure will be great but if it’s a bit meh then chuck it in the f*** it bucket and move on!!

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😍—-have a great holiday!! Trainers packed????

It’s in the bucket...!!

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Well done! Wearing trainers as not enough room when going hand luggage only! This has been well thought out you know, even had to leave a normal top out so could get running stuff in 🤣🤣🤣

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Now that’s showing proper commitment Polly2810 !!! 🏃🏼‍♀️👙

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Ah thanks...still need to actually use them mind...it’s about 28 there at the moment. We will see. 😎

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Phew...that’s boiling!!! Maybe short runs with little on?!!! Lol 😵

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Haha I don’t want to offend the locals!!

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Lovely post! The wild boar, the breathing and your poor mates. Then of course the magical transformation in your head when the run is over. As long as that is happening you will always run!

Sounds as if you live in a great place for running!

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Middle of the countryside in the Czech Republic. May not be quite as great in January !

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Ah, just round the corner then (I’m in Munich!).

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I'm in Munich Tues and Weds next week. Just sorting out a running route around the airport.

No point staying in town as Tues I am in Donauworth and Weds I am in Austria

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That's real commitment and determination you've shown here

Good for you

And brilliant recount of your day 🤤

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Brilliant run, brilliant post👍🏼

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I dont do evenings either.... body just says no. Huge well done for getting out there... thats what puts hairs on our chests :)

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Brilliant post and best attitude ever. But hang on, wait --- you saw a wild boar on your run? And just threw it into the conversation like that?!

It reminds me of my dreadful roasting hot afternoon run on the Circus Naughtius Maximus, where Ben Hur's infamous chariot race was filmed back in the day. Half expected a chariot with knives on the wheels to show up out of nowhere. Seriously thought I might just drop dead on the spot. I'm definitely a morning runner too.

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Plenty of wild boar around here. Cant take the dogs to the forests at twilight at certain times of the year when the young ones are born. A 250kg angry mother boar coming at you at speed is a tad disconcerting.

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Definitely! They are amazing creatures (and taste blooming marvellous - sorry...) but they are not to be trifled with.

There are very common throughout Italy too and have been known to stray into smaller cities, but generally don't make it into Rome. I think even wild boars know better than to tackle the ring road around the capital...

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Yes they do taste lovely!

A few years back this one found his way into town for the day

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Bad runs are often the best runs, because it helps you work out what you love most about running...

And dayglo go faster, yup that works for me in my running recipe as too does running in the morning. If I try evening or afternoons all sorts of necessary tasks arise... such as shall I clean the oven hinges with a toothpick, that kind of critical task.

You are so right the only reason you have a bad run because you are running and that is so good....

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loved this post! really made me smile after getting in red faced and knackered from week 3 run 3 in the cold wind!

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But I bet you feel great though!

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Ha, but how where the new shoes GingerBohemian 😆...thats what we really want to know😉...

Well done on a challenging run.x

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Hahahahahah.

They were ‘weird’. Comfy but weird.

I have worn my other trainers as normal ‘day in day out’ trainers as me and Mrs GB do a lot of walking especially when we are on weekend city breaks so the Nike ones I had were super light and really comfy.

The Ghost 10 feel a tad heavier but that was only the first time I had worn them.

I’ll only be wearing them for running and nothing else so they should soon get broken in.

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This post is amazing. It's longer than my mini p-g run this morning! I hope you keep posting but hopefully your runs will be better, entertaining though that was. Perfect words and sentiment to end.

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