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Change of scenery for Wk 7 R2&3

Im still here, but its taken me 9 days to complete week 7 mainly due to work hassle. Instead of the hills on the farm I have been down in the town running the flatlands by the river...in public too. I have managed to hide on quiet remote roads around the farm for the past 6 weeks due to lack of confidence. It may sound silly to most but I have found it very difficult to start running in front of people. I wish I could get over that. It really was quite funny, I started to walk for the warm up and when I was due to start running I saw a couple walking and froze. I waited until they passed then got started. I managed to dodge into the trees and behind walls. I must have looked very suspicious. I am sure I use more energy avoiding humans than doing the running. I have thoroughly enjoyed changing the scenery though and avoiding the hills! I will keep looking for new places to run for week 8

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Wow looks beautiful! Very well done for completing your MI5 training run! 😎

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lol it must look like that! I love it down by the river so much better than the hills around the farm

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But did you swallow hundreds of flies?? I find that running by the river. 🀒

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There were no flies, even on a gorgeous day like this its probably too cold in the north for flies lol

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Nah. We defo get flies. πŸ˜‚

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lol, I must have kept my mouth shut lol ..for a change!

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Must be running fuel?? πŸ˜‚

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good protein!

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Indeed we do... got two in my eye the other week

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I hadn't thought about these sort of running injuries lol

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Ha! It was interesting trying to extract the little buggers whilst trying to keep running :-) I'm learning new skills every day!

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I'm a hider so I totally understand πŸ˜‹ well done getting back on it πŸ‘

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So there are more secret runners here lol

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I know exactly how you feel about avoiding people. I saw dog walkers ahead of me the other day: took a detour to avoid having to run past them (uphill too!)and I ended up running through a field full of rabbit holes! Not a great move

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oh no, people vs rabbit holes, I think I might have gone for the rabbit holes lol

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Well done secret squirrel! Good to have you back! Looks like a great spot!

Go young lady

#you can do it

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Good to see you too, it is a beautiful place to run. Its a few miles from where I live but its worth the drive

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Wooohooo! You have come so far in such a short time. πŸ˜ƒ

I used to run on paths beside hedges so I was mostly invisible, but eventually got used to being visible and forgot about it. There are so many runners out and about that I’m sure most people don’t notice at all. Not far to that podium now! πŸ˜„

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I start week 8 tomorrow morning, I think the more i go public the better I will feel about it

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Ha ha πŸ˜‚ I used to do ninja running too in the beginning. I used lonely trails only used by the hardiest of dog walkers or went out in all black at the start of an evening (more worried of being judged on my running than run over πŸ˜‚). What makes us do it? I also used to feel the need to speed up or not stop to walk in front of other runners so they didn't think I was rubbish!

It'll pass - you'll buy your first bright piece of running kit, jog confidently past some one else or simply just reach that point where you love it so much it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks!

Only 6 more runs to go and you'll be a graduate!

By the way that path looks lovely - happy running in Wk8 😊

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Now that will be a picture I take, me in fluorescent fashion running past a crowd lol

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You mark my words - it'll happen before you know it 😁

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I will hold you to that lol

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Yes I can confirm that. Once you get that graduation badge you’ll want to do a Parkrun and there’s no escaping. And you’ll realise that you aren’t the slowest or funniest snail around. πŸŒπŸŒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŒ

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Looks lovely and flat! I like flat! I'm a hider too . We tend to run about 8pm but we've noticed more people out now later in the evening when it's cooler. A few fast runners pass us and have been really friendly. I think it helps there are two of us!!

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Actually you are quite right, some of my friends who initially found it funny that me of all people were starting to run asked me last week if I would get them started and we could run together. After I graduate I will take them up on that and maybe I won't feel so embarrassed

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That’s great- where’s the triple like button? πŸ˜ƒ

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Yes, you will- I found that. It’s just letting it become your new normal. Good luck with W8. I have embarked on (2nd time round) W3. Yesterday was definitely the longest three minutes in the world. πŸ˜‚ I am hoping tomorrow that it will feel shorter! πŸ˜„

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I like that ..my new normal ..I will keep telling myself that when I run tomorrow

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Looks lovely there. 2 weeks to go😁😁

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it really was so beautiful and made me realise just how much I love running

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Well done! Only 2 weeks left!

The fact that you’ve been running in town shows that you are getting that confidence, slowly but surely πŸ‘πŸ½

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Thats true, there is no way I would have wobbled in front of everyone in week one lol

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Pleased you have got out again, after work hassle.

Lovely spot and a short change from your hills.

Maybe it’s just because you are accustomed to running in your beautiful and remote Northumberland. Pharmacist,scientist, teacher,farmer,mother and grandmother and now runner and more.🌟

Go you.It can only be out of your comfort zone and away from your beautiful home and hills.πŸ€”πŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸ‘

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Thank you, you are always so supportive. I think its a good idea to get me out of my comfort zone, the more I do it the better it will be

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Def does not sound funny to me. Totally know where u are coming from. After having a tough week at work with nasty bitchy small- minded people I think I'd much rather work with animals! Well done - you're whizzing through this programme- I'm struggling with W6 ATM. You will get more used to running outside. If it makes you uncomfortable though don't do it. You don't have to answer to anyone. At least you are running outside - I'm still on the treadmill!

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I love running outside, well done for keeping going on the treadmill, I would have given up if I had done my runs that way. I have the concentration span of a sparrow lol

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Ha ha! I love the gym - it's like others have said - horses for courses.

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The gym gives you so many other exercises too, well done

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I also prefer off the beaten track for my running forays but I have experienced the odd β€˜concerned’ look as other members of the public see a black person β€˜running’ in their direction. If only I had the energy to do what I think they think I may be thinking of doing. I usually disarm them with a smile and hello 😊

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good for you, I think I get the concerned look because they think this overweight runner just might bowl them over lol

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To be fair, I’m pretty strong and could probably kick their asses if I really wanted to but I have more important things on my mind like getting to the next minute/kilometre/breath/step - not necessarily in that order πŸ˜€

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Yay! I’m only one run ahead of you. We might cross the line at the same time at this rate.

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we might ..well done you, so are you off the IC now

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Yeah. W8R1 yesterday. Can’t believe how much I missed it.

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You are ill πŸ˜‚

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Tell me about it. I went out at 630am to take photos of my route for posterity!!

photos.app.goo.gl/710yzOL5X...

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Good to hear your news! Glad you’re managing to run despite the madness of work. Nearly half term! All the best for week 8, wonder where you’ll be! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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I can't wait for half term! ..im not sure where I will run ..im getting adventurous

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Well done. You're so close to finishing the program now. I run a path that has loads of cyclists on it and I'm ok with that as they are past me so quickly but freak out a bit on the occasions I see other runners as I always worry they're judging me only just starting to believe I can actually call myself a runner

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I keep thinking I'm a fraud but I'm not I am running! I suppose some of the people pass will feel the same way we do

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Exactly. I feel the same way but I'm sure that most runners are only focused on their own personal challenge when out and aren't even paying attention to what the runners they pass are doing

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Fantastic!! You're in sight of that podium and we're gonna scream your socks off when you get there.

And then buy u some fluorescent ones that glow in the dark.

You go hon!!

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lol , thank you I look forward to seeing those sock babies that glow in the dark lol

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Looks so beautiful . Well done for completing wk7. You know I’m a closet runner too but trying to pluck up courage to break out! Maybe tomo 🀞🏻x

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it is amazing how many of us are closet runners, perhaps I will run in disguise. I hope you get the courage to get out there

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Hello again, I had wondered where you were. Very good to hear from you again. Well done completing week 7. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈI found that teaching could be so exhausting, so to me you are doing brilliantly to be combining the two. I ventured onto a hill last week for one run. I always knew that your hills were so much harder than the flat ground. All the best for your week 8 runs wherever you choose to take them.

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Thank you and well done for tackling that hill, I have to admit it felt so much better running on the flat. I will try not to go awol again! lol

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Early on - week 3 I think - I was walking/running along surreptitiously after dark when a mass of runners poured out of a lane to my left, and went streaming along the route I was taking. They must have been a local running club doing some kind of race or time trial. Even though I was only running for 3 minutes there was no way I could have gone any faster, and they were just zooming past. I felt very self conscious at first, but then somehow following the plan gave me the confidence to ignore them, not to mind that I was going so slowly, and to walk when Laura said to walk. After that I had a lot more confidence just to do my thing, trust Laura, and not worry what anyone else was thinking. I hope you build up that confidence too- it is wonderful that you have inspired your friends to give running a go!

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I don't usually bother, but the other day a group of teens were trailing along and I couldn't see a way between them and parked cars without stopping or getting some comment or other, so I slipped along a side lane and down a parallel street.

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I know that feeling, the things we do to avoid situations, well done for finding a different route around them

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I totally get it. A large part of the reason that I started going out to run as soon as it’s light was so that I would have the towpath to myself. I do totally love it though.

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Im making myself be seen in public now, I'm hoping it will get easier but I'm an early morning runner for that reason

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Wow looks a lovely place to run well done it's when I see other runners that are alot quicker then me πŸ˜’ shows me up πŸ‘Šx

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its silly really isn't it because we are all going quicker than the ones on the couch. One very fit runner smiled and said hello to me this morning.

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Well done you, young lady. Not long to go. Good luck.xxx

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not long for both of us pair of nearly 58s

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I was the same. Particularly the first couple of weeks. I tend to go out early which used to mean no one was about but now that it’s light out I am seeing more people. But at the end of the day, who cares. I saw someone the other day out running which was more of a fast walk then run but I still thought get on you for getting out and doing it. I think we walk past so many people in a day and don’t notice them that we are probably hidden enough running :)

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very true, I think for so long I was very overweight and I thought some may judge me for that but as my daughters keep telling me what I think I look like and what I actually look like now doesn't match up lol

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Listen to your daughters 😎

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After initial intense shyness and self conciousness, I am now totally shameless about running in public in a shocking pink top, blue swirly running tights finished off with lime green trail shoes!

I may get arrested by the fashion police some day but enjoying it too much to care. πŸ˜‚

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I'm loving your fashion sense, I may invest in some shocking pink lycra at the end of this lol

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I avoid people too! I changed my route this week and has definitely helped. Different things to look at and took the focus off the seconds ticking by πŸ˜€

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