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What's that bright thing in the sky???!

Hello my running pals!

So I woke up this morning, and noticed a strange phenomenon, something unusual in the sky. I scratched my head, I searched Google, Wikipedia, then eventually, from my the depths of my memory, it came to me. It was actually sunny! And I have a day off. We know what that means, right?

Right! So, shorts on, tshirt, trainers, stepped outside, stepped back inside, picked up a fleece, back out to see how the canal towpath was doing. And the answer? Pretty good, as it turned out. Still some muddy bits, but with the lack of rain for the past day and a half, nothing too bad. I was determined that this run would be no less than the 30 minutes I had been avoiding for the last few runs.

I ran along the canal, off the nice new bit of towpath onto the slightly muddier bit, under the road bridge that was my turn round point for the first 2 or 3 weeks of C25K, past the fields of cows, and under the next road bridge, which was the half way point a little later in C25K. I kept going, in fact I kept going until my app told me I'd been going 15 minutes. The first 5 minutes of the run were tough, as they often are, but I followed my own advice for once and slowed down, and thought about something else, and it worked.

The return run was uneventful, I was a little out of breath, but nothing I couldn't handle, so I kept going, maybe slowing down very slightly, and completed my 30 minute run. No dramas, just a nice, enjoyable run :) All runners need a nice uneventful run every so often, the sort of run where you don't feel dead at the end! Yes, I felt quite tired as I did push myself in the last quarter mile, but I felt that lovely sense of having muscles which had worked hard, if you know what I mean. I could feel them, but they weren't aching or anything.

So that's it really. Lovely run, nice weather, and just what I needed to lift my spirits. Oh, and back on my lovely flat towpath :)

Happy running, friends!

Neil

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Nice one Neil. Good to hear the canal is back up and running. (No pun intended)!!

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Thanks Richard7, yes it's great actually... well, until the next deluge I suppose! So much easier running on the flat, obviously. There's nothing worse than knowing there's a steady climb at the start of your run... with the improved weather and the flat terrain, I just felt so much better running. Call me a fair weather runner if you like :)

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Great run Neil, glad you enjoyed it.😊x

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Why thank you! I reckon I have to enjoy running, otherwise knowing me, I won't stick at it :) But so far, still here!

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Sunshine..... flat rub.... and shorts..perfect :) xx

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Haha thanks Oldfloss, not sure if all the dog walkers out today appreciated my white legs, but you know what? I don't care :)

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Lovely, just lovely! This sounds like the kind of run I am in need of! Well done on getting back up to 30 mins running again. Of course you had it in you! And in the sun too? Brillo. ☀️ Happy running Neil!

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Thanks Sadie :) Funny, I was thinking of you actually, and your last run, and wondering if you'd been out since and "smashed it"? Not literally of course, that would hurt, and we wouldn't want to see you on the IC again would we??!

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Today was “run day”, but I kindly gave myself another day rest, as still not quite over this virus. I do not want a repeat of Monday’s run. 🙁 But! Tomorrow is a new day and I plan on a gentle 4K around the lake of my local park. I need a happy run, and that means not pushing it, and a good playlist. 😀

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Playlists are interesting aren’t they? Actually I’ve been running naked for the past few months. Sorry, unplugged(!), and I’m getting used to it. Anyway, I’m rooting for you for your next run x

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Great to hear you could enjoy the sun AND the run! Well done!

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Thanks Anthie, for me enjoyment is key :)

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How lovely that you’re back out there with the sun on your towpath. Well we know it’s not actually yours...

No dramas are always a good thing...

Happy running to you too.

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When it’s raining, not so good, but I’m the sunshine, it’s really pretty and definitely lifts the spirits :-)

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Hehe at having to go back inside for the fleece 😂

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I know! I laugh at myself sometimes, I have to :)

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Happy running Neil🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Liz x

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Thank you Liz! I really do appreciate the support I get on here. I’m quite sure I would have fallen by the wayside long since if it wasn’t for you lot!!

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Sounds fab!

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Compared to my hilly route, it’s pure pleasure! I notice you’ve been doing some hills of late... are you a hill convert yet?

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I think convert is a bit strong. Have yet to run all they way up the woodland inclines I've been faced with. I am hugely impressed though that my knees have held up to the challenge.

That said - I still prefer the flat 😊

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