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Wk9 R2 - Touching Distance

My body isn’t making these last runs easy. Between the hot flushes disturbing my sleep and the Runners Bum disturbing my awake, it’s been a tricky week.

I’ve done lots of extra exercises, been using my Pilates spikey balls to ease out my glutes, thighs and calves with ab crunches, clams etc etc to get my core sorted. Found the cross trainer at the gym was good too.

The hot flushes get me up extra early, so I may as well make the most of it: 5.45am run 😩. Today’s run was still uncomfortable but I did it and I don’t feel as bad as I did on Monday. I’ve got the name of a very good osteopath if it all goes to pot but I’m going to see how it goes for now. Got a lumpy roller coming in the post today so I’m going to spend the weekend laying on that and hopefully ease my way to graduation.

I am a bit fed up that graduation will probably be uncomfortable too (aiming for Monday now) but I am nearly there and I’m happy that what I am doing is helping. I really don’t want to stop with only one to go, I’m just going a bit slower.

Meanwhile me and youngest son are going to check our local Parkrun out tomorrow morning with a view to joining in next Saturday!!

Bring it on!!! 😃🤸‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤸‍♀️😃

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Well done! TailChaser you are doing fab! :)

Hope you have fun doing the Park Run tomorrow. I'm trying to get up the confidence to start doing that after I've graduated so will interested how you get on :)

Sounds like you have everything in hand and going slower is good (if I do that I will be walking) lol! :P

All the best for your next run on Monday hopefully and I'm sure you will smash it! :) :)

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Thanks SuperMouse 😀 We’re not taking part, just going to have a look to see how big it is, how athletic it looks (the local athletics club use it so I’m hoping it’s not too intimidating), and if it looks scary! It’s only down the road so it’ll give us a nice morning walk. We’re aiming to take part on 12th if our reccy is ok 👍😊

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Oh that's a good idea.

I'm a bit worried that a Park Run may be a little intimidating as well, filled with serious 'proper' runners but I'm probably being silly! :O Would like to be able to take part just need to know that I won't look silly.

Hope you find it's not scary and enjoy the outing/walk! :)

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Just looked at times for our local Parkrun. The slowest runner was 46 minutes last week. Think we’d both be fine there 😊

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One to go!! Wow go you TailChaser !! You've done amazingly 🤗 I'm sure you'll love Park Run, you've worked so hard to get here you just have to do it!! Nothing can be as difficult as this programme 😂 Cannot wait to see your new Graduate title after your name!! Best of luck for Monday, you're gonna rock it! X

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Thanks Flaraflarkin, I’m looking forward to that too, it’ll feel a bit odd tbh!! And you won’t be far behind me either 😁😁🤗

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So close!! Woohoo!!

I'm in Canada where parkruns aren't as common as in the UK, but I've been able to go on the website and view the results, you may be able to do the same there? I can see that the closest parkrun to me has a real spread of finishing times from 22 minutes to 47, and those were in very small groups of people, so I imagine the larger the group, the bigger the spread... there would be more athletic types, but also more non-athletic types. :)

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Thanks Amandana, that’s a good point! We can view the times. I looked a few weeks ago and got frightened off by the fastest time (something ridiculous like 15 minutes 😳) but I didn’t look at the slower times. There are a lot doing it though as we’re a big tourist (both generally and for Parkrunners) destination and they can’t all be put off by the athletics club surely??? I will have a nosey...cheers! 😀

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Oh God I feel your pain! Night sweats & hot flushes - and I've been plagued with exercise induced migraines to boot! I'm so lucky. Sorry - this is meant to be a running forum not a menopause forum! I'm determined to power through & beat this thing though. It's encouraging that you have come this far. I'm about to complete W4. Good luck.

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Theoretically this is supposed to help and I’m sure it will help when we’re out the other side. Oh but migraines? I’ve been very lucky so far really as it’s only really the flushes and occasional shouting at the rest of the family 🙄. You’ll be fine, if you’re finishing week 4 you’re doing brilliantly! I can highly recommend running early in the morning for the cooler breezes as the weather warms up though, especially if you’ve had a ‘warm’ night. All the best too fellow runner 👍😃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😃👍

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My husband volunteers for Parkrun when he’s not running himself, and has been a tail runner who makes sure the last person gets back. Everyone is encouraging and will clap you in whatever your time. Some people start their running on Parkrun so there’s a lot of walking too. So if you’ve already been on c25k you will not need to worry. Have fun and enjoy the fun atmosphere.

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Thank you Dexy5, that’s very reassuring. We have our bar codes all printed off now so there is no stopping us 😊👍

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Do let us know how you get on. I haven’t done the Parkrun myself yet - I’m saving it until graduation as the next target. Not long to go now ....... W9 coming up.

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Oh good luck to you! I found Week 9 wasn’t too bad really, the anticipation of graduating takes the edge off those extra two minutes.

Yes, Parkrun is my post grad target too. We lurked on Saturday morning and watched them run, bit scary but doable. I really hope I can run it all.

All the best for Week 9 😊

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Hubby reckons if I carry on at my current pace I would do it in 42 minutes, which i know I can’t do at the moment, so I think I will start with a 5 min brisk walk as normal , run as long as I can (at least 30 mins) and then brisk walk until a sprint finish just to show I can. 🤞

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