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It was all going so well!

It was all going so well!

I have found a flatter route locally which I can practice my 5K on it (it runs alongside a wetlands nature reserve as well, so very pretty!). Well, as you can see, with a bit of pushing in my final K (which I knew I had in me, especially with all the amazing support I have received from you all lately), I would have been able to do my second 5K under 30, but alas, the blister gods had different plans for me, as my plaster slipped off my achilles and forced me to stop to sort it out.

I should explain, after my hour long run at the weekend, I have had the biggest of blisters on my heel which is impossible to walk, let alone run on without cushioning. The plaster had doubled back on itself so I had no choice but to hobble along home. I hear walking is good for you too, so I hope hobbling counts as exercise as well! I was still a good 1.5K from home, and had promised the dog I'd only be gone for half an hour, so he was quite cross when I showed up 50 minutes later (or so I projected).

All was not lost, I got to see several tiny lambs and rabbits on my limping travels which (although not putting a 'Spring' in my step) did a lot to soften my mood. There is always next time after all.

Happy running everyone.

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That's the spirit. Find the good things in all of this :)

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Oh ruddy eck! A stray plaster is almost enough to tip you over the edge. It happened to me once in a half marathon race 🙄

I like the Co-Operative own brand plasters and always keep a box 🙂

Being in a hurry to get back usually is usually fraught with things that go wrong 😃. I was late for the Tesco man the other day despite busting a gut 😁. I had to answer the phone while running, to speak to him 😊☺️

I don’t like going for a run while dog sitting in case something happens and he gets left on his own. I go after I’ve taken him safely home. He would sulk otherwise 😁

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My dog is one big long sulk anyway - it's always something with him, when he is the most pampered, coddled, spoilt, well-walked and even more well fed dog I know 😂

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😁 we love em though don’t we, for all their foibles. My borrowed one is either a shrinking violet or in an all-out charge 🙄

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I would class that as a very good run Do You remember.... you did an hour's run at the weekend so a bit of a recovery run would have been fine.. shame about the blister though 😦.. do you have proper padded running socks? I have Hilly monoskin ones and although I have felt a bit of rubbing on my longer runs (about 1hr 20) there have been no blisters. I may just have been lucky though...

Your route by the wetlands nature reserve sounds a treat...lots to see, and more so now it's spring (almost)?

Zombies run for me in a bit! Need to go now though as the clouds are gathering...

Hope your heel heals soon!

Happy running 😊xx

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Yes I did steady 3K for my recovery run on Tuesday don't worry 🙂

It's true, I am in need of some proper running socks, and some new shoes, and some extra sports bras, and a pair of leggings, but funds are low at the moment. I start a new job soon though with a much higher salary so I think I will treat myself on my first paycheck. Enjoy your run! Don't let the zombs catch you!

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Ah what a shame! But spot on with the PMA👍 That’s what I’m enjoying as a new graduate, the feeling that the runs just stretch out in front endlessly now instead of each one being a stepping stone to an end result.

Hope the blister heals soon and that your next run is fabulous! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Liz x

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It is nice just to enjoy them for a while. Consolidation was a fun time. I like to have some sort of goal in mind however - mostly I plan new routes on MapMyRun and then train to be able to do them, like the 9K I did at the weekend. I have my eye on a hilly 12K that I will have to work up to, but it's nice not to have time restraints on it - at least at first

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well done on your run and such a pretty place to run. I enjoy my runs that go through parks much better than through the concrete jungle. You never know what pretty wildlife you'll see

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It is very rural where we are so I am lucky that is is pretty in every direction!

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Hmmm sounds nice. I'm looking forward to my summer runs at the lake this year. It's quite hilly but so pretty and the breeze coming off the water is so nice. We put our houseboat in in May so it won't be long now. It doesn't feel like it though given the ice shacks were just taken off the lake.

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Wow, where is that?

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I'm in Saskatchewan in Canada 🇨🇦

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I just had a sneaky look on Google images - it looks beautiful. I've done a roadtrip all over the states but I've never made it to Canada. One day!

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It really is beautiful. Growing up in the mountains of British Columbia, it took me a while to see the beauty in the prairies but we have some great coulees and lakes, just not a lot of trees in my part of the province. We moor our boat at Lake Diefenbaker which is a reservoir lake but it is great for houseboating - lots of shoreline and inlets for overnight mooring. The only struggle we have is the wind. It can make maneuvering a 50 foot boat with straight sides quite the challenge. Fortunately my hubby is a great Captain, and I like to think I make a pretty good first mate 😆

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You will have to share lots of pictures with us in the summer =)

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I sure will

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Sorry to hear about the blisters. Let them heal, Savlon is good ( other creams are available).

Try Vaseline on your feet where the blisters are before your socks go on until you get those new shoes, and perhaps not too far each run. Remember running shoes need to have plenty of room for hot feet.

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Thanks for the tips!

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Ouch and ouch and ouch... well done you... positivity in spite of blisters... I like your style:)

Lambs, rabbits and joy in your day... you deserve that :) Well done you x

Now, get plastered... ( Blister plasters that is... ) :)

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