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Should I do two mini-runs before graduation?

I'm hoping to graduate on Saturday and my last run was yesterday as my work week's rather hectic. However I have an appointment tomorrow about 2km from home. Would you, o experienced ones, consider running there then after 2 hours of work running back? I realise that I don't have a warm-down walk on the way, nor a warm-up on the way back. I have only managed about 3.7km in one run, so far. I always walk to this particular place, but this week I have to go on quite quickly afterwards by car. Obviously I could decide just to run there and walk back, but I'd be rather tight for time if I did that. I would have time to walk there and run back.

Am I crazy even to be considering it? I won't be able to change when I get there so I'll have to run in something that looks like street clothes, albeit with trainers, and I'll have a small backpack as I'll need a little equipment.

The more I type, the crazier this scheme sounds, but you know so much better than me. Have you every done anything like this? I do not want to jeopardise Saturday, either by getting injured or by leaving too long between W9 runs.

Thanks for reading such a rambling enquiry

With love and thanks for all past and future support

Love Lizz x

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I think just wait until Saturday

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Yes, even as I was writing the post, I knew it was a bad idea. Best concentrate on my work, too! I'm in danger of prioritising C25K over everything else this week!

Thanks

Love Lizz xxx

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The podium will be waiting for you xx

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I would do it.

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Oh nooooo! Now what?

I'll see what the morning brings, I guess. Perhaps a light jog in work clothes and trainers, no eye on the watch, just getting to my destination. (You see, I obviously want to do it, but KNOW its a bad idea!)

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Lizz, whatever you do, don't rush.

Why would you? Hectic time trials for the World Cup? Trying to impress the new coach and agent who will negotiate 'That' deal with a major shoe manufacturer?

You should run for fun and health, you're not doing this for money.

I'd like to tackle half marathon at some stage in the spring, maybe summer or, whatever, near Xmas. I'm actually physically ready but having a minor tweak in the lower back I've decided to slow down, scale down, delay, and do it when the time's right.

Don't rush. Injuries don't like 'slow'. ;)

Best!

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It's like when you get something new and you want to wear / use / play with it straight away and all the time (until it's worn out?). I'm running! It's great!

But I certainly don't want to get injured.

Thanks, and good luck with your half marathon when it comes.

Love Lizz

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I would say if you are one run from graduation, a couple of 2k gentle jogs with the option of run/walk if you need, is very unlikely to cause injury.

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True, but my issue with run/walk option has always been - are you running or are you walking, l can't get the two guys together?!

A friend is doing one of half marathons soon but hasn't trained enough and might struggle. He mentioned run/walk option and, unless I'm clearly missing something, that's got not much to do with actual running.

I prefer all running within limits, whatever those may be. Or walking, as choice B, but not together.

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Hi Lizz, I'm not sure I understand what your problem is. Is it that you're afraid to have too many "rest" days between your last run and your graduation run? Why are you afraid of injuries? Have you felt any pain or soreness? In any case, it seems that to organize that in-between run is very stressful for you... So, I wouldn't bother at all ;-) As mrrun said, there's no rush.

By now, your body has built up enough stamina and if you don't run for 4 days, you won't lose anything. You're experiencing the signs of addiction affecting us all lol: OMG I haven't run for 2 days, my legs are twitching! I know something about it: my last run was last Wednesday... and I'm aching to go for a run but as I'm struggling against the flu, and have to work, I've been reasonable. I'd rather have a nice run on Sunday without exhausting my body than a crappy run coughing my lungs out.

Run your graduation when you have planned: enjoy it, take it slowly, gently, relaxed and savour the moment!

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You're spot-on, Anthie - my legs are twitching!

It is ridiculous for me to try to run to my meeting - I've talked myself out of it, although I am sorry that I'll have to drive because there's no time to walk. (I think I run a tiny bit faster than I walk.)

Getting addicted to exercising, I guess. Very happy about it, too.

Love Lizz x

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You'll be more relaxed for your meeting as well, I guess. There'll be plenty of other runs: it's only the beginning ;-)

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I would certainly wait! I know I have never looked anything close to acceptable after a run, even a short one, and I imagine you will just be rushed and wont really enjoy the experience. Enjoy your runs. There will be more in your future!

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