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W1R2 did not go well.....

W1R2 did not go well.....

Out bright and early at 7am to do W1R2 😃Just started first 60 second run when I tripped on the uneven pavement & face-planted the concrete. Ouchie!!! Trip to A&E - broken nose, broken front tooth, big fat lip, swollen right knee, assorted cuts /abrasions and my two black eyes are just starting to appear. 🤕 I must be a bit mad because it hasn"t put me off!.

Will need to take things very easy while my face is still tender & swollen but intend to start swimming & to use the gym asap to keep on track

As many local pavements and roads are in poor repair. Would I be better off investing in some off road running shoes so I could run off road on local parkland/bridleways?

Husband says that at my age (60) I should be sat at home knitting, not running!

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Sorry to hear you have been through it today.......but good on you that your still just as determined. And as for hubby tell him you can do both!! After all us woman can multi-task 😜

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Thank you for your kind comments x

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Oh bless you. Tell husband you’re not ready to start knitting yet.

Off road running also has its hazards. Maybe you were just very unlucky on your first trip out.

I hope you’re not too sore.

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Thank you! Life in the old gal yet so keeping looking and no looking back x

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OMG! Hope you recover quickly. So cool it hasn't put you off, sod knitting!

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Thank you Mel 😊 it hasnt put me off as I am very determined once I get my mind made up. (My husband agrees but calls it obstinate pig headness)!!

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Oooh, where there’s a blame there’s a claim.

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Thank you - I'll give it a try. Dental work is going to be costly 😕

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But you will have new shiny smile :)

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Alas and alack! Tooth not saveable so had to have it extracted yesterday, smile rather gappy at the mo....but still smiling and getting on with it ☺

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Great attitude, great unique smile, soon to be even better :D Keep smiling - you are amazing!

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That must have been grim! Poor you. Tell your husband that at 65 I both knit and run, but not necessarily at the same time.

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Thank you for your message. The walk home was grim but thank goodness for the NHS and paracetamol 😊

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I also knit and run. Have knitted since I was about 6 and run since I was 52. Can’t do both at the same time though.

Sorry to hear about your trip and all the damage. You’ve definitely earned some time on the IC. Hope your recovery is not too slow.hugs

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Hi and thank you for your message. I have some dramatic bruising emerging now but nothing life threatening so I am keen to be back in the game 😊

Have a good mind to make a pair of lacy booties for my husbands Xmas present! 😁 he threatening to get me a crash hat and gum shield! X

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Me, too Nannalyn53 . I think knitting and crafting in general are not incompatible with C25k. Also cooking, crazy dancing, being CEO of large company- that kind of thing. Falling over your own knitting is plainly high risk though.

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Ignore husband... sorry husband... home..? knitting...? nonsense!

You are amazing and very, very brave...poor face.... I hope it is not too sore... I hope you heal quickly.... Off road running shoes are great for off road..if you can run there. It is brilliant!!! So much to see and hear and enjoy. The landing is softer too..if somewhat muddy on occasions..

Please... take care and know that you are doing wonderfully.... carry on when you feel okay to do so....very, very well done!

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Tell husband I am 68... running 10 K, and out three tie a week... cannot knit and have no intention of learning:) He should be mega proud of you :)

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Aww thank you for your kind and inspiring message! I hope to get as fit as you are and keep going and going. Life's too short to knit booties 😊

You have made my mind up for me to get fitted for off road shoes so I can run on local country tracks. I live in Lincolnshire so the terrain is very flat and agricultural. 0I ride & have fallen off a fair few times...grass and mud definately make for messy but soft landings!

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Oh nooo! Bless you! I hope you make a speedy recovery so you can get back to it! Glad it hasn’t put you off! Sending you big hugs 💐🤗🤗🤗💐

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Thank you for your kind wishes. Hope to be soon up and running again x

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I hope he was joking!You're a spring chicken here.

Hope you heal very quickly and as it hadn't put you off I think you can look forward to being seriously addicted 😄.

I think you just need to be generally more aware of the ground you are running on as bridle ways, pathways, grass can be just as conniving in trying to trip you up.

Very best wishes for a quick recovery. (Buy your husband some wool and needles and see what he makes of it - you might get a new sweater😀).

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Thank you for your message. I definately will be more aware and cautious from now on as its been a hard lesson learnt today.

Can't believe how something so simple and do-able all year round can give such a marvellous feel good vibe. Today has just caused a temporary blip and I will be back out asap...and probably sooner than I ought if truth be told 😊

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Ouch!! You don’t do things by halves....

So glad it hasn’t put you off. Will look forward to following your journey on here.xx

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Thank you for your message...if something is going to happen, it invariably happens to me. . . with knobs on.

My husband will have to wait for the knitting of the booties I'm afraid . . . as there is so much more that I want to do before I give in to old age 😊

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So sorry to hear that. I had a similar experience coming off a bicycle, but with less injuries.

Good show for wanting to stick with it.

Good luck and speedy recovery.

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Thank you Rob. Just unlucky this morning, sh*t happens but you have to keep moving forward don't you? 😊

I am getting a bike for my birthday but have now had to promise to buy and wear a cycle helmet as well.

I really enjoy going to the gym but running outside is so much more 😊 so will be up and on asap 😉

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You're welcome.

I had a standard bike helmet on when I hit the ground, but landed face first. Knee and facial cuts and scrapes as well as a broken front tooth. That really hurt each time I breathed through my mouth...

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I feel for you but admire your spirit and determination.🌟👏👏

You have no intention of wrapping yourself up in cotton wool. Just a pity you had to demonstrate that.🙈

Here’s to a speedy recovery and fulfilling your dreams.🌟👏👏

Knitting, always knew us men were a bunch of whimps.🙈🤔😂😂

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Thank you for your encouraging words 😊 can't wait to get back to it 😊

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Oh that's such a shame and so frustrating! Speedy recovery but don't let it put you off ... pavements and the like being uneven is a hazard but you will come to accommodate that ... I'm the clumsiest person ever (so I'm told) and have had a few near misses but because I'm such a klutz, am mindful so have got away with it so far. Onwards and upwards and maybe knit yourself an airbag? :-) xxxx

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Lol! Up to losing nearly three stones, I had my own twin air bags! 🤣

its been a lesson learned the hard way but I am still here to tell the tale 😊 so definitely will be more cautious on my next run in tbe great outdoors

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Oh no! Hope you recover soon. Take time to rest and heal, the running can wait a week or two. As for knitting, I knit for relaxation when I am (ahem) on the couch watching tele. So you CAN do both 😄

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Thank you for your kind good wishes. I hope to swim and gently use the crosstrainer and static bike to keep going while swollen 😊

I might even give the knitting a go ☺

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Sorry to hear of your accident but you sound determined so looking forward to hearing of your running adventures once recovered

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Thank you for your message. I will be back on track as soon as possible ☺

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I admire your determination and that this unfortunate accident didn't put you off. You have a soul of a runner!

Good shoes are the most important investment for a runner, I also recommend a good socks to prevent blisters ;) Running in woodlands or fields have multiple advantages including soft landing in case of tripping :P but seriously be careful and run slow. We want you in one healthy, happy piece.

I wish you speedy recovery! A lot of ice packs, gentle movements, and looking at bright side of it - new panda look is (hopefully) once in a lifetime adventure, you wouldn't have it if not your brave nature.

Good luck and speedy recovery! Keep posting and when ready - running!

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Thank you for your encouraging words.

I got kitted out with 'proper' running shoes and socks when I decided to go outdoors. Seemed expensive compared with high street brands but worth every penny, I love them as they make me feel like running on air!!

I think that I am guilty of wanting to go too fast, too soon....a bit of a hangover from being at the gym as there is a bit of a speed culture there... but I am taking on board your great advice as I want to enjoy tbe journey, not just rush blindly to the finish 😊😊

A good pair of trail shoes are top of my wish list for safe off road running....can't wait!

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Our best motto is 'Slow and steady' ;) Going slow and improve slowly will get you much further without injury. Well, without any other injury.

In the beginning, after my first few runs I realised that with quite fast pace I was running at I won't get to the end. The last time I've started the programme I was 'running' way slower than I would walk. I felt weird and a bit ridiculous. But after few runs the magic happen. I felt in love with the process. I stopped putting pressure on myself and I started to truly enjoy it. Now, my pace is better but still slow. The thing is that you should be able to have a conversation while running. I can't imagine that, as I am running alone, but I keep the pace that barely change my breathing pattern. I have higher HR and a bit faster breathing. All of those increase with time, as I'm getting tired. But it's not like I am dying and fighting for each breath. I made a small house rule - every time would be forced to breath through mouth to catch a breath instead of calm breathing through nose, I figured out that I am running too fast. This small house rule helped me a lot to pace myself. And as during process I gained quite a lot of endurance and stamina, my pace naturally increased.

So go slow, and even slower. If you have to take additional rest day, just go ahead. Keep it simple, keep it happy.

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Great practical advice - thank you. I will ne saving and re reading for sure 😊 slow and steady for me from now on!

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That's what puts me off running outside, as I do have a tendency to trip up. I run at the gym and I'm sure road running is completely different and much more pleasurable, especially when we finally get good weather!

Good luck with your recovery! (I'm 71 and was up to w8 before going on holiday for a month so I'm more or less starting again).

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Hi and thank you for your message. I hope to be back on it soon and hope to get up with you on week 8 soon. 😊

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Ahh good luck. I'm so glad it hasn't put you off. Wishing you as speedy recovery. I also knit to try to stop snacking and have just finished the challenge. I'm 54! Keep on moving don't stop!

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Thanks for your kind words. I can't stop now...starting exercising and running has been a life changing and enhancing experience. I fear I may be an addict already 😊

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Sorry to hear of your fall 😣 you have a great PMA! I'm 60 this year and have only just started this on W1R3 later today...tell Hubble you can do both! We get more determined the older we get 😁😁

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Hi Dawnie, I promised myself that I would get fit when I turned 60 and its been one of the best decisions I've ever made. Spent my life watching others enviously as I never thought I could ever do anything sporty...pleased to find that I was wrong 🤗

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Oh no pool. You poor thing. Hope you heal quickly 😊

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Thank you! Onwards and upwards! 😊

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Ouch - hope you are not suffering too much and in too much pain. Well done you for not being put off. Think about using the treadmill at your gym. Knitting can be your chill out time. Keep us posted on how your doing please xx

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Thank you for your message 😊 I am hoping to start with gentle exercise on Monday as I want to keep my joints from stiffening up.

I feel okay tbh apart from nose/moutb pain but look rather battered as the bruising is coming out in glorious Technicolor! 😊

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What a cheek! I am 63 and completed the programme last July, this time last year I would have laughed at the thought!

Go for it girl, just don't push it, allow your body to heal and then back at it!

Can't wait for the better weather to get out of the gym and back outside!

Good luck!

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Thank you for your good wishes! I am hoping to still do the Yorkshire Wildlife 5k at the end of the month ... no, no, can't fib . . . I am determined to still do it , even if I have to walk all the way 😊

I am a bit of a nightmare as I won't give in or give up once I've put my mind to something but I have taken onboard the good advice from yourself and others to take it slow and steady but knitting and sofa sitting are low down on my to do list! 😊

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I feel for you "Christianne57", bit unlucky regarding your fall, you could sue the council for failing to upkeep the pavement in proper condition, they probably will blame all the snow and frost we all had during the winter, just ignore your husband, rest and start again after you recover. There is NO upper age limit regarding when people start to train for C25K, we are all in it together.

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Thank you for your message - its been a long, harsh winter which has really taken its toll on local roads and footpaths around here. I think I was plain unlucky too. I will just have to take this injury on the chin (or nose!!) learn from it and move on....too much to look forward to doing this summer to waste time looking back ☺ I am really genuinely grateful for the wonderful support and encoragement that I've received from this community

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Oh no 😢. At least you’re still feeling positive about it all. Hope you heal quickly and get back to it soon. You’ll be constantly looking at the ground now I’m sure!

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Thanks! I hope to be up and running as soon as! I will be more careful picking routes in the future for sure! I am feeling the call of trail running for softer landings!!

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I did W1R2 today and thought of you!! Kept swapping from focussing on next lamppost, convincing myself I could reach it, and checking the ground for trip hazards!! Softer landings sounds good but maybe not in this weather lol!! Take care 😀

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Hi! Well done on completing W1R2. I am going to borrow your strategy when I get back out! Hopefully the weather will be better soon 😊😊

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Ouch! Looks painful. Well done on deciding to carry on - sounds like you have the right attitude to smash the C25K programme. Ignore husband. I'm 61 and have recently graduated, you will do it too. I've done all my running, more or less, on pavements and paths. You do have to be careful but I've been lucky so far - I agree that many pavements are in shocking condition. Good luck with the running once your face is mended. xx 😀💪👍🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you for your message JoP61 ☺ I turn 61 in 10 weeks and would love to be able to do what you have done.

Actually ... you have inspired me to try to complete the 8 week programme by 61 as my goal to aim for now 😊

It would be a great birthday present to myself. . . And someyhing that money can't buy 😊😊

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Go Christianne! There will be no stopping you - let us know how it's going, and good luck! 👍👍😀

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I run in the country, but there are lots of hazards here, no lights, muddy and slippery ground. Last night I nearly tripped on a stick that had fell from the tree.

Plus here we also have wildlife ie wild boar argh

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Hi! Wild boar!! Yikes!!

The worst animal attack I experience here are members of the very lovely, exuberant, but over friendly dog community that insists on jumping up to greet me with wet and muddy paws.

My own fault as I have dog treats and poo bags in the pockets of every garment I own 😊

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Oh no! I hope you make a speedy recovery and can get back to c25k soon ... as for your husband and knitting 🤣

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Thank you Bridget! Got a goal set for ten weeks time so I am raring to go

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Oh no, poor you, and we do it to be fitter! Impressive that you are not put off, find a park or path in good repair and stick with it, you will notice that you pass marks quicker and easier as we get fitter. Good luck and may you heal quickly.

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Thank you for your message - good advice about finding good paths.

I will stick to the Parkrun track in town or trail running for the future. I am a bit shy and thought I'd be less conspicuous out on the village but didnt realise how important a good surface is. And I realise that no one takes a blind bit of notice anyway! 🙄

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Get better soon- arnica helps as well as mineral baths . I had a bike accident last year and all it did was teach me how much I love my bike... I am sure that the joy of running will get you back out there soon..:😀

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Hi Margoblue, I have been cycling since the age of 7, I am now 71, only started running recently when I came across this site, I completed the first week of C25K, I ran/walked it in 42 minutes before all the snow and frost came, I'll restart when the warmer weather comes.

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Thank you Margoblue - I am going to look for Arnica Gel at the big chemist in town today as the little pharmacy in the next village looked at me as if I was requesting Crack Cocaine when I asked if they stocked it

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Arnica Cream rocks! Dramatically reduced the swelling. Tjank uou for your mega helpful tip 😊

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Ouch! You sound positive though - so keep going! (When it stops hurting...)

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Thank you Pippayoungart! No goi g back now...onwards and upwards!

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Did the swimming work? Hope it helped!!

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If you're worried about running and you enjoy getting in the pool, you could use the same concept from the couch 2 5k with swimming instead? E.g. swim during your running time and then rest for the walking time in the programme. I'm not a swimmer and don't know how easy this'll be, but logistically you could time yourself etc and just keep a log of which run and week you're up to!

It would help you keep on track and when you've healed, you could continue with the running when you feel better.

Again, I don't know whether the fitness effects of swimming will have the same benefit as the running, but just an idea to keep you on track :)

Hope you feel better soon!

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Thank you - thats a great idea! I am going swimming on Monday and the pool is pretty deserted at 7.00am so I can have a lane to myself to try this.

I really want to do something physical and not lapse....and I will ne assured of a soft landing if I stumble 😊

Brilliant idea!! Thank you so much!

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Did the swimming work? Hope it helped!!

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Thank you it did! Definitely kept me going although it was much harder than I expected but quite exhilarating 😊 starting W6 tonight, so happy to have got this far after an eventful W1!!!

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Oh you poor thing, looks painful! Good for you to keep going! You’re way to young to give up and just do knitting! 😊

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What a day! Tell the hubby exactly where to stick the knitting needles (haha). With both running and swimming you’ll be doing a triathlon before too long.

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Oh no poor you, glad to hear your fighting spirit has survived.

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Ouch!! That looks painful. More like Couch to Casualty! Try arnica cream - it helps with bruising. I’m in my 60’s and fear falling when running. Luckily I have a grass clifftop to run on and feel it might be a softer landing if I come a cropper. Therefore I bought trail shoes for that purpose. Take it easy and hope your face heals soon.

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Oh poor you! Well done for wanting to keep going though! I also started running again later in life (64) and im really enjoying it again. Ignore hubby and his remarks about knitting! Tell him he should be out running WITH you.

I knit in the evenings when I’m relaxing too. 😜 you can do both you know. Hope you are back to normal soon

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Get well soon and continue your journey of recovery back to running! Any knitting should be left to healing wounds to do 😊

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Oh you poor love.... sending you lots of get well wishes and I hope you are on the mend soon x

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Oh no that's awful. But stay determined and focused. I'm mending slowly and can't wait to start running again. Going to do things differently this time though and seek advice.

Knitting indeed!!!!!!!

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You poor thing! Get well soon and don’t take up the knitting - you’ll soon be back in your trainers 😊

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Ask your husband if he would like to join you with a couple of black eyes lol - poor you- wishing you a swift recovery x

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Jez looks like ya done a few rounds with Ali...

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Oh you poor thing!! That's dreadful! But go you for staying active and still allowing your body to heal - that's fantastic! As for knitting...plenty of time for that later!

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Hi Runner,

I have run for decades almost always on a high school or college track. They are well maintained and usually available for elders like us. Keep up your running and pry your hubby off the couch and onto the track with you. GO RUN!

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Ooh you poor thing! Could have happened anywhere, anytime so good on you for not letting it out you off your stride! Very natural for your lovely hubby to feel protective! We’re spurring you on so when you’re ready get out there again but in the meantime you don’t have to be actively running to be part of this fab community! Xxxx

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Sorry to read about your fall. I absolutely love your gutsy attitude - you're an inspiration. Recover soon xx

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OMG!! Poor you :( Shaken and broken but not stirred! I really admire your resolve. Good luck recovering and getting back out there.... super carefully x

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That looks so sore... Your local council should take care of the pavements before anyone else gets hurt, it could be costly for them.

As for knitting... I suggest that you buy hubby a pair of needles and a ball of wool.

Healing hugs.

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Thank you for your kind wishes. On the mend now and looking forward to getting a pair of trail shoes this week . (Husband is treating me 😊) and I'm also getting myself an annual pass for the local country park, where the local Parkrun is held to be able to run off road regularly 😊

The sunshine is a big incentive ti get oyt and on it, isn't it? 😊

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Sounds like hubby is a sweetie :) The park sounds like a good idea, too - much more pleasant running terrain :)

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You poor thing hope you get better very soon

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Thank you for your message - up and running again! Im a game old bird 😂

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Good for you 👍 go get em

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Oh my Christianne - that’s awful!!! I hope you are resting up today. I started my first few weeks pounding the pavements but switched to parks/beach and early mornings. It solved the problem of everyone and everything being in my way. 🤬

I hope you recover quickly and continue this brilliant plan. 💪🏼

Oops just realised this post is a month old! Hope you’re better now.

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Hi and thank you! I am on W6 now 😊 and so happy that I kept going!

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Oh I do feel for you. 🤕 I hope you are soon feeling better. Well done for feeling positive about carrying on. Maybe try the treadmill at the gym to get your confidence back again before heading for the roads.

As for being 60, I started C25k at this wonderful age and graduated last week so that's definitely no reason to stop. Do keep us posted.

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Oh yes. That is an old post 😏

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Thank you! It is an old post thankfully 😊 and both husband and I are now on W6 ... definitely keep an eye on where I going nowadays x x

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That’s great that you are doing it together. My hubby was acting as personal trainer by running well below his normal speed. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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So proud to meet a person like you over this platform. my best wishes ! This post has encouraged a lot of people to be like you and follow in your footsteps.. So brave of you..Hope you have recovered already and breaking new records in running.. :-)

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Thank you for your sweet message.

AThis is a great forum isn't? 😊 Great support, advice and positivity.

Pleased to report that I'm fully mended & looking forward starting week 7 tomorrow

Wishing you good running! x x x

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