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The things c25k can do to you!

Two years ago I was on the c25k programme like many of you. I was enjoying running, not least for its health benefits and I was determined to keep it up. This was going to become a habit, I was going to become a runner.

Two years later and Runkeeper tells me I have run 366 times in two years. That's every other day for 2 years. I think it's a habit!

During that time I have had a couple of colds where I didn't run (but none in the last year), a couple of weeks off due to niggles (sore shins, sore knees - at the moment my right foot is complaining) and a few weeks off during holidays at the early stages where I hadn't discovered my love of running tourism.

But there have been other times (mostly holidays!) where I have done a bit of streaking (running on consecutive days) because the countryside has just been so inviting. I have run in 8 different countries and a number of different cities. I loved them all. I must admit it helps living in the centre of Europe for access to different countries! Next week we're off to Rome and I am excited at the prospect of running in the Eternal City.

So if you're just starting out on your journey it pays to be persistent. It is a very rewarding activity and if you can turn it into a habit you won't regret it!

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Great post, thanks for sharing. I hope I can say similar in two years time.

5 countries done already, should be 2 more by the end of Feb!!

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Country collecting - a new obsession!

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Wow how awe inspiring and running tourism too, I love the sound of that. Happy running 🏃

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Wonderful inspiring post thanks- I hope to be in a similar place in 2 years! Just enjoyed my 2nd bit of running tourism in the rolling hills of Ayrshire- beautiful! 😃

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Some habits are just perfect to have...Well done you, my friend.. what an achievement:)

Maybe in Rome.. call and ask The Pope if he would like to head out with you... he could ride in the Pope Mobile.. he won't be able to keep up with you :) xxx

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He’s booked out weeks in advance! Our hotel isn’t far from the Vatican so we may see him pottering around😂 The speed I am at the moment I won’t be able to keep up with the Popemobil!

And Rome doesn’t exactly look like an easy city to run in. Great getting lost potential. 5k can be a really long way in unfamiliar territory!

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It sounds wonderful though...I think HeleneCorsa runs or has run in Rome?

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I do indeed! I'm also in the Vatican.

You are right that Rome is not easy to run in, mostly just because there are too many people, and it's cobbly and often hilly, but if you find the right place it rewards you well. Also, if you run in the early morning before the people and traffic appear, then the world is your oyster and it's glorious.

I wouldn't even worry too much about getting lost. The centre of Rome is more compact than you might think.

On the plus side the weather is great for running at this time of the year - cool enough but never icy cold.

You'll see the Pope pottering in the Popemobile on Wednesday at the General Audience (although if very poor weather is predicted it's indoors in the auditorium - not sure what is expected for this week). Alternatively on Sunday he appears at the window of his study in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the people in Saint Peter's Square.

Do feel free to message me if you'd like more info on Rome. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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Thank you! I was thinking of contacting you, as I know you’re based there (saw the Bond video!). That’s a great help anyway. May PM you this evening with further questions!

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Feel free to do so, it's a pleasure to be able to help.

By the way, those are some very impressive stats! I think it's fair to agree that you have quite a habit!

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