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C25K stealth runner!

C25K stealth runner!

So she who must be obeyed doesn't run hmmm

Well for some weeks in between runs I've been doing power walking with her (I'm the pace maker) and these walks have been done with little runs added in as we're going (sounds familiar) and strangely enough the runs have got a little longer as we've gone (hmmmm) and a couple of weks back I entered us for the virtual poppy run (but I can't run) and don't worry we can power walk!

So today we did our poppy run, we stood in the car park by Ogston reservoir at 11.00 and observed the 2 minute silence thinking of those lost and then off we set.

We walked briskly to start and she said when your ready we'll have a little run so off we set (We'll just run to the end of the res), nice and steady I said lets keep it slow so we did,.

We hit the end of the 1st k just before the end of the reservoir, I asked you ok and yes was the answer so lets run on to the church and onwards we went (passed a few walkers and got cheery hellos), bit of an incline up to the church but we powered up it quite nicely.

Got to the church and the next section of about 1 k is all up hill into the village of brackenfield and alongside the green, shall we keep going or do you want to walk yet, I'm ok so on we went, shorten your stride a bit and we'll be ok and that's what we did though the last 3rd was hard work for her but by this time she could see the turn point which then took us down hill so even though I could see it was tough we kept on, well we turned that corner and set off down the other side of the green and I could sense the relief.

The next 1.5 k meandered down hill so we kept going (she really had that c25k glow on by now) and just opened our stride out a little to take advantage of the downward slope and then came a short incline back up to the church , I asked "you ok" and got a nod so on we went, ( I was giving lots of encouragement ) and shortened our stride a bit again and slowly the church drew nearer which was again the turning point back to the res.

We rounded the bend and we'd got a little jog in front of us to the reservoir and the final 1k back alongside the res to our starting point and still she kept going.

At 4'5k I gave her a heads up and I felt the pace increase just that little (she was tired) and then again I called the time at 4.9 and a smile spread across her face and It the 5k mark there was whoops of joy from the both of us (she doesn't run you know) and a little dance before we walked on back to the car park.

Immensely proud of her achievement today because she doesn't run you know, back at the car park we presented each other with our medals.

Poppy run success

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Tell, ' She doesn't run you know', that she is a star... and that, 'she runs you know'!

Go both of you.... what a lovely post and a lovely photograph... wonderful!

Congratulations on the run!

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She amazed herself and I was so proud, wasn't easy but she kept going

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I can understand why and I hope she is proud of herself too :)

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What a wonderful post and so glad you got to survive to see this day, you trickster 😉. Your better half did amazing and should be so proud of her accomplish, as should you for being so supportive! You guys are too cute for words! Maybe she'll become as addicted to this running lark as the rest of us. You need to get her to join this forum too, we'd love to hear her side to all of this 🤣

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She was amazing and shocked herself but after all the training (which she didn't really realise she was doing) it was within her reach

Very proud of her!!

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I love this post rolysmate! Your wife is amazing! I'm in awe, both of you - really well done! :)

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It was the most amazing run and my heart was filled with joy

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I had no idea you were so close to me! What a fabulous run congratulations to *both* of you.

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Thank you, home town Alfreton!

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Congratulations

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Post of the CENTURY!!! WELL DONE BOTH OF YOU :)

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thank you John

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What a brilliant post, what a star your wife is, a likewise are you for believing in her and encouraging her all that way. Such a fab poppy run story...and a photo to prove it. It's pit such a huge smile on my face, so the beams must be fairly bright in your house tonight! 😀👏👏👏

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out tonight, Italian and a glass of red!

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Brill what a lovely supportive fella, not to expect someone who “doesn’t run” to keep to your pace is the way to go. Wish my OH could slow to that pace lol!

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What a super Poppy run. You and MrsRolysmate especially, should be very proud of yourselves...

Well done, and very sneaky of you to initiate the run/walk training regime into your Power walks..Sounds like she is a pretty good runner now with heaps of stamina and discipline.

Good going both...😊xx

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Fantastic- great post! Huge well done and cheesy grin! 😃

Oh... and it's good you know your place rolysmate!😂

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fast approaching 37 years married, you eventually learn your place

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Ha ha!

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What a lovely post to read! Well done to both of you, especially she who doesn’t run!

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think she now realises she does!

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What a brilliant picture of the both of you, even the ‘I don’t run’ runner!! Lovely lovely lovely 😊

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was a wonderful morning

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Love it 💜

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thank you

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Oh wow that made me feel really emotional I want to give her a huge virtual hug 🤗 love the photo. Superb achievement congratulations to you and her who should be obeyed 🥇🌟

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Was great, and the further she ran the more my heart filled with pride

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Wow. Congratulations. What a fantastic achievement for her. That’s amazing 🙌🏻🎉🎈😀

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terrific, best run ever

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Lovely! Well done, Mr and Mrs.

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thank you

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Brilliant! go ‘she he doesn’t run’ n such encouragement , well done!!

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Yey!!! Great photo rolysmate !!! She who must be obeyed really can run you know!!! Love it...what a lovely proud poppy run pair you two are!!! Congratulations xxx

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It was great, though I was thinking of my c25k friends as well

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Of course x

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Brilliant post!! Well done both of you!! 👍🏼👍🏼

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Well done to both of you - such a happy pic! 🌺👏

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thank you

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Cracking run for a non runner! Brilliant achievement and a fab pic. You stealth coach, how many more are you going to recruit?

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as many as I can, have 5 converts now all out there at different stages of the journey BUT I wont give up as this programme has helped change my life

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Nor should you, the more converts the better!

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yes mother

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Oops, did that sound very motherish? For a non mother that’s very worrying. I’m thinking the dragon in Sorry

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loved your response and was very much the sort of thing meemam would have said

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You are such a ninja rolysmate - well done to your better half too! 8-)

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Thank you

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What a fantastic post & photograph! Well done to your better half!

I'm doing the same with my 18 year old couch potato son who is "keeping me company " while I'm out on the streets!

He's on wk 7 run 3 - although he doesn't realise it yet!

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nicely done

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How amazing to have seen this. I instantly recognised the lane you were running down, having been up and down there for years and reading your post just confirmed that it was indeed the spot I thought.

I am on week 4, run 2 and finding the hilly bits tricky but you've really inspired me and I will go out with added enthusiasm and positivity tomorrow morning.

Well done to both of you and how lovely to a.) have the support of each other and b.) be running in such a beautiful place.

All the best to you both! X

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well next year you might run the poppy run with us!

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A wonderful tale AND run! WELL DONE to both of you!

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