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Gosh, it was cold outside this morning!! ❄️😳❄️

Gosh, it was cold outside this morning!! ❄️😳❄️

The title says it all!! 3°C at 8:15am!! You’ve got to be kidding me!! Freeezzzziinnngggg ❄️❄️ I had to scrape ice off the car this morning!!

Still, I donned the gear, with long sleeved running top on, cranked up my tunes, set MapMyRun ready to record added some tissues to my running belt, that was already packed with my phone and keys and headed out the door!!

Bloody hell, was that a shocker 😳 I mean I knew it was cold as I’d already taken my girls to school so knew what it was like but driving in a car is completely different to doing an 8 min warm up walk!!

Warm up done and off I set. Today’s run as going to be a nice gentle consolidation run of 5km.

Since graduating, I keep expecting a brick wall to hit me when it comes to the actual running but so far, and I have no idea why or how, this has not happened and I feel pretty good about it.

I’m running because I want to run, I enjoy running because it clears my head, I need running to balance my life and because I have followed this program, my running is becoming more and more enjoyable with each run that passes.

Running,for me, is not about smashing 20 seconds off my last time or running so fast that I can’t breathe or running hard so that I injure myself or trying to outrun others.

Running for me is about freedom, peace of mind, inner calm, clear headspace, 💭my feet gently kissing the ground, 💋listening to long forgotten tunes🎶 (gotta love the shuffle function), seeing the world around me, 🌎 taking in clean and fresh air, time alone with my thoughts, making never ending to do lists for Christmas🎅🏼🎄🤶🏼, but most of all running is good for my soul. 💆🏼

It makes me happy 😃. It makes me smile 😊. It makes me feel whole ⭕️

God bless those lovely little endorphins and god bless all you wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous, lovely, encouraging, awesome people on here, who I am proud and privileged to call my FRIENDS 👦🏻👧🏼👨🏻👩🏻👱🏽‍♀️👱🏼 because without you, I wouldn’t be here today rambling on and on and on and on........

Happy running folks 🏃🏻‍♀️☀️🏃🏼Now get out there and show the world what you’re made of!! 👍🏼👍🏼

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Haha, oh yes it was. Mine was meant to be the easy 5K run but given l was half frozen with fingers hurting and no gloves, l ran fast, as fast as l could. Past 3K l was comfortable and sweaty but here's the sign of things to come, especially for morning runs. But hey, at least the sky, the leaves and the smell of grass were beautiful so all was well in the end ;)

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Love the early morning runs but I’ll need to invest in some running gloves as my fingers were the coldest part of me today!!

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Ha, I found the same, cold hands to start with but I knew they would soon warm up!!

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I was born to live in the warmth...not looking forward to cold 😵

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Let's go positive here ;) Weather isn't good or bad, it just is.

Cold? Fleece, hat'n'gloves will put a stop to that. Still cold? Run longer and faster.

Jancanrun and l have a shared experience of running in extreme heat in the summer where the Celsius was toying with 40 degrees. Still doable ;)

As l once said, unlike German cars we tend to struggle at times but we still plough on and come out good.

Winter? So what :)

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Absolutely...can’t do anything about it, just have to man up & wrap up!!! Lol 😉

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I used to wish that I could write posts like yours Kim, but not anymore, I just wait for yours and enjoy them. You are the ultimate inspiration to anyone starting this amazing programme and to those at any stage of their running journey. Thank you so much. XxX

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Aww, Martin thank you. You have made me smile and I’ll keep it with me all day. Thank you 😊 How’s your running going?

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Going really well thanks Kim, 2 x 5k and 1 x 6k each week. XxX

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Sounds just like my plan!! x

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Sounds just like my plan!! x

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Love this post and my sentiments exactly, running just completes my life it is my time sorting out my head and my life and as soon as I have completed one can’t wait for the next run! Keep it up! xx

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I can’t imagine running not being a part of my life now!! Crazy isn’t it?!!

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Makes me wish it was a run day

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Isn’t it strange that we feel jealous when others are out running and we’re on a rest day?!! Who’d have thought that we’d be jealous of runners 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏼

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Brrrrrr brrrrrr looks beautiful but yes very cold today .... ❄️❄️ mr frosty first appearance in Lincs too

Good running 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Beautiful but cold ❄️❄️ but well worth it 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

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That was a really lovely post Kim. And a great perspective too. Yes it was cold here as well. Just 2 degrees yesterday, so I’ve been using the old fingerless gloves and lots of layers, like a big slice of cake!

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I need to buy gloves and a good base layer!!

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Lovely post Kim, it really resonated with me. I know exactly what you mean about peace of mind and clear headspace. And I love listening to old faves on my phone.

Make sure you get yourself some running gloves. I couldn't face the wintry runs without them.

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Thank you and running gloves are on the shopping list!!

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Great post thank you 😀

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My pleasure 😇

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What a wonderful post! Your reasons for running and what it does for you resonated with me . I feel the same way. It is great, isn't it? Continue to enjoy your runs, as cool as they are becoming.....

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It is wonderful and I shall now be purchasing base layers for the upcoming colder months!!

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Great idea! It's chilly this morning in the Canadian prairies (-12 with windchill 😬) so thinking of when to fit my run in and what to wear....but NOT thinking "Do I want to run?" because that's an obvious YES!

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You’ve got -12 with windchill and there’s me complaining about 3°C in England!! Hope you fit your run into your day, whenever it might be!!

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The first cold runs of the season are a bit of a shocker, aren't they?. A run last week was around that 3 degrees and my thumbs and face were very cold for the first 2k. Fortunately they warmed up. I suspect the gloves won't be coming off on today's run!

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My legs aren’t affected at all by the cold and once I’ve been running for approx 5-10 mins, my arms are ok but my fingers are another story!! I think they warmed up about 5 mins from the end!! Gloves must be purchased and soon, I think!!

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And I was sweltering at 21C at 8am here on Costa del Sol! Isn’t weather wonderful? Loved your post btw!

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21°C! Wow! That’s a lot warmer than England at the moment!!

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I was up at 0530 to do arm day before going for a run with the dogs.

My fingers were sticking to the barbell for the first sets.

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Ouch. Fingers stick to barbells!! That’s dedication 😊

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What a lovely post.

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Thank you. It was a lovely run 🏃🏻‍♀️

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We are so on the same page/wavelength re running and I'm slightly envious of your cold morning run. I'm managing about 2.6km in about 18 mins but actually not bothered about distance here. If I can run for 20 mins tomorrow that'll be great if not it's no problem. I still get to run along a beautiful Caribbean beach with the sound of gentle waves lapping on the shore. The temperature however is a little tedious but then when I'm not running it's just perfect. Happy running. Another beautiful post lovely lady.

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Thank you 😊 I’ve always been a fan of the colder mornings even before I’d taken up running 🏃🏻‍♀️ so now I get to enjoy them even more 😊 Enjoy the Caribbean 🏖🏝

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I absolute loved your post....so inspiring 😊

Like you, I’m not interested in running to beat the clock, just the freedom and solitude does for me.

My sisters passing is what got me going 4 weeks, and since then I’ve got the bug. I’d sooner have my sister around but a good situation has come off the back of a bad one.

She’ll be by my side on Dec 3rd for the 5k charity run I’m sure! 😊

Happy running young lady xx

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Thank you Ted. Sorry to hear of your sisters passing but I’m sure she’s super proud of you for doing something positive 😊

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I’d like to think that 😊

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Brrrrr...it’s cold here in yorkshire too Kimchoc08 but your post has warmed my cockles!!! Lovely...l enjoy your posts, always so positive, I know I’ve had a few practice runs since graduation that make me doubt myself, I’m glad you have only experienced good runs since yours...no need for you to mix things up, you’re def doing something right..x

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I keep waiting for the ‘rubbish’ run as its bound to be there but at the moment I seem to be outrunning it!! Yorkshire is beautiful and I’m slightly jealous of you right now 😊

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I think you’re too positive & determined to have a bad run Kimchoc08 ....if it were to come though you would just rise above it & move on... 😉

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Let’s see if I’m still positive when I’m running in the winter when it’s -5°C out there!! Love the running but not sure about the low temperatures ❄️❄️

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Lovely post Kim. Was very chilli here too today but I find I heat up pretty quick although my hands were a bit cold 🙋🏻

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Same here. My hands were the only part of me to feel the cold today. Must buy some running gloves 😁

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I’ll look into that too 👌

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Love your posts! :) Tissues! I forgot mine today, bad move! I got some Karrimor running gloves cheap on Amazon, wore them today and they did the trick so nicely I had to take them off! And are now in the wash and they doubled as a tissue!! Ew but needs must and all that! :)

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Needs must!! We need a checklist in plain view so as not to get caught out by our forgetfulness 😮

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Definitely! 😂

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What a lovely post. Thankyou Kim. That really is the remarkable thing about this forum. People just being positive and "getting on with it". Exactly my sentiments

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Thank you 😊

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