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W6r3, and feeling good!

I’d been dreading this one all day. I don’t know why I have such a big mental block about the 25 minute run, but I really do. Every time. Neither daughter was willing to save me from Laura, and although Mr Rainbow had apparently been going to suggest we go and eat out somewhere tonight, he only got home once I was already changed and ready to run and was half way through preparing a casserole to go in the oven and cook while I was being energetic! So Plan A it was then. *deep calming breaths*

Off I went into the dark - oh but it’s not going to be long now until I’m running in the light evenings and I so can’t wait! My five minute walk got me to the expected place and off I jogged, still undecided about whether I was going to go round and round my normal little loop or be brave and venture off down the main road. Familiarity won out, as I got to the deciding point and turned round to head back up the path. At five minutes it all felt ok, and I was feeling pretty comfortable. It felt as though every few minutes I was reminding myself to slow down a bit, but to my astonishment when Laura said I was half way, I was feeling well settled in and as though I could just keep going indefinitely!

Round and down the path and up the car park and round the other way and down and back up... I discovered that running right at the edge of the parking area is good - the ground is a bit softer there but it’s not as tiring as running on grass :) And then there was just five minutes to go!

Since I’d been so consciously holding back for the whole run, i let myself relax now and not try to control my pace, just to go at whatever felt right. It’s only five minutes so I knew I could manage it (hark at me! Not very many weeks ago five minutes felt like climbing a mountain!). It was a long five minutes though, and I’m sure Laura had got distracted and forgotten to keep an eye on the time before she said ‘60 seconds to go’! ;) And it was done.

I ran a whole 25 minutes, thanks to all the support on here. Go me!!! :D Oh, and the casserole? Delicious! :D

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Huge well done to you... I simply cannot imagine running in the evenings..and when people do the runs after a day's work... !

I love the mornings.. and now..like you, revel in the lighter moments at the beginning and end of the day!

Your run sounds t have been lovely and finding that, 'right pace' wonderful:)

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Whereas I just can’t contemplate getting up early enough to run before going to work! :D It takes all sorts, as they say... ;)

At least this evening was only after a day of work - one of my regular runs is after work, then running Brownies... And if I get out of sync by a day (as I have this week) one run will be after getting DD2 home from her gym club at about 8.30pm. I’m longing for the lighter evenings now!

At least it’s not pitch dark by the time I leave the office at 6pm any more. There’s hope that spring is finally on its way...

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Totally admire you.. I was an early getter-upper when I taught.. the habit has remained:) I was a Brown Owl too :)

Spring is on its way.. walking with small runner in training today we saw our first yellow daffodils... undefeated by the Beast from the East:)

Go you x

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Yaaaaaay, that's brilliant :D

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Thats great news RainbowC...no need to worry about that 25 min run now, you know just what to do...

Laura is canny, she knows exactly what you can manage😆😉

Your casserole was delicious too, I hope your hubby takes you out another night for a treat though, you deserve it😊xxx

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Fabulous effort! Well done. I only run at night and love it! Don't know how I am going to cope with the summer months...

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Wow - well done!! Huge achievement! Thank you for sharing, as a newbie who can't imagine getting there, this is really inspiring

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You'll get there, just take each run one at a time, don't look too far ahead and you'll be amazed at what you can do 👍😁

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Hey RainbowC - you're smashing it! Well done! (And can we come round for dinner?) 😀👏

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Well done, I'm off out after the school drop off to do this one!

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Fantastically well done! And dinner waiting on your return, what a 🌟

You're getting into a good rythym... you're doing great 👍😁

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Youre my hero. A runner and a casserole cooker! 😍😂

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Well done! I'll be heading out in about half an hour to do this run. I'm not feeling confident about it as I've found runs 1 and 2 quite hard this week but I'm determined not to repeat any runs - despite all tbe complaints from my 67 year old body!

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Yep, I’d not found the first one too bad, but run 2 was challenging. Maybe in part because I was already anticipating (dreading!) this one and overthinking it. Hope your run lived up to your name! :)

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Yes, it was great thanks! I found the first 5 minutes went a bit slowly but i was really surprised when Laura said I was half way and the the rest went really quickly. I even managed to speed up for the last minute!

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