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Week 5 Run 3 : 20 Mins of Freedom

They got the buildings straight, but the maze below is baffling. Dammit, I like right angles.

I have been looking forward to this run since the beginning of the programme. And it was true running freedom - no stop / starts, free from phone, running belt, headphones, music, podcasts, drill instructor, shoulder pain, exhaustion, stress.

I just set my watch timer for 20 minutes and began. Listened to my trainers hitting the pavement, the birds, my own laboured breathing; I noted the smells particular to Hong Kong - a heady combination of seaweed-y sea air, sewage, durian fruit, and that pungent scent of cooking stock - and focused on the present moment. Breath in: 'This breath.' Breath out: 'This moment.' That's all we ever have, after all. Mindfulness at its best.

At worst I was slightly puffed and had jelly legs towards the end, but I kept my pace steady and slow. I am the tortoise, 🐢 not the hare. The new route design is a geometric puzzle of architectural insanity, so my mind's protractor was always at work, planning the next illogical path to take.

Overall, an excellent run. It's bloody good to be alive.

🐢 🐌 🍍

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Yay Dee ya got this. Take it slowly for week 6 as its a bit messy, with walking/running and then the freedom again of pure running in week 7. Still one run at a time, savour them, running such a joy eh? 😁

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Hey Lexi, it's so nice to have someone in a similar timezone on here lol. Yep, not too fussed about Week 6 (famous last words?). It will be what it will be, I tend to go with the flow. Will take it slow n steady as usual. Will need the podcast, headphones, etc for the first 2 runs, then bliss, can ditch all the gear and just run to the timer for all the following weeks. Joy, indeed :)

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Hows those new shorts? Not brave enough yet but maybe when the legs are more toned. I’m liking those sticky out things on my calves, think they’re muscles. Have been looking at some of the funky leggings some of the members on this forum have I love them, wish we could get something here as cheap. Looked at some plain leggings only today $95.00 Its almost cold enough for my fleecy ones, so I’ll hang out and wait. I’m still getting out three times a week with no more podcasts, still need music though you are a machine!

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You get those legs out..if I can ( and I am really old) then you can :)

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You’ve got belting legs tho OF. Mine are very short, but I guess at least they still touch the ground, quite important when running!

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Very important... :) xx

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He he! its time to get the hat and pants on as coverage starts here at 7.00pm. Apparently Auckland supermarkets have run out of cucumbers, fortunately we’re in Wellington, so sandwiches are still on phew! Had picked out a hat, to wear with my finery but apparently its been done by someone called Beatrice and is now “old hat” 🥨 Can’t celebrate too much I start week 2 of ju ju’s plan tomorrow. Gulp! X

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I have the champagne ready to chill later.. :) x

Ju's plan is wonderful.. I have done it twice now:)

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You’re amazing wow hope I can do it 😁

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You will😉

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Thanks OF Feeling quite inspired. The hubby is watching Antiques Roadshow on TV as I type before the Main Event, the programme title just me really, but a very amazed antique. 🥂

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Crikey I forgot all about the wedding. Less than 3 hours till kick off!

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Oh wow you've got some decent pins there Oldfloss. Great pic and great style!

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I agree with Oldfloss. Get those legs out girl! Well when the weather permits. I never thought I would wear them out but heat stroke risk is real. If i want to run, i gotta strip down to basics 😨 Apologies in advance to bystanders. $95.00 for leggings is outrageous. Get thee to Amazon and buy online.

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I’ve seen pictures of new shoes bought and posted on here likened to shoe porn. I would do it with leggings but Flick has a very serious addiction on here, can’t compete with that, she has booootiful leggings. Oh wow! Just been to Amazon thanks Dee I covet them all. I want them ALL! Have Mastercard will travel

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Wowsa Dee! You just bloody did it didn't you? No fuss, no bother. Just get in there and take no prisoners. Truly a legend in your own lifetime, though with dodgier shorts. And a faint whiff of durian fruit.

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You may call me Yoda. Or mushroom, tortoise, snail or pineapple. I will answer.

Oy, these shorts ain't dodgy! Can't speak for the whiff though 🤔

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Tortoise, snail.. both excellent role models:)

What an evocative post... I was running with you there...thank you and well done you!

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More posts like this please:)

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Thanks Oldfloss for your lovely support. I never would have hit my slow pace but for your sage advice after W1R1. Thanks for all you do here x

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Fabulous. And somehow you don't sound as hot!!!😘

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Thanks Jell! I did a whole post without mentioning the heat lol. It was as hot as usual (which I love) but yeah, that route out of the sun = bliss 😀

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Sounds like you discovered it at just the right time, you are on the home straight now🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤩🤩

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Yes, and those first 4 weeks training in the park/furnace are hopefully now paying off. I've done the hard yards already lol. Hopefully...

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Wonderful! Brilliant!

That is the sort of meditative state that I remember hitting the first time I did 5 minute runs; it was such a revelation to find that place.

Your post is truly inspirational.

Rest well and enjoy week 6.

Take one of my unofficial half way badges...

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Thanks Rob :) I meditate regularly and practise mindfulness when i can, so it was great for that to be incorporated into the run today. That's why I've really been looking forward to uninterrupted runs without distraction in my ears. Should be some good runs ahead!

Thank you - i humbly accept your half way badge. Wow. Halfway there.

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