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That didn’t go so well wk8R1

Jullaly profile image

Well I will put that one down to experience! I got through it but only just. It was too hot, I was too thirsty, I was dehydrated, my legs were too heavy and to top it all off the podcast I chose to run to was rubbish. I don’t know what I was thinking, I went off too fast and I got out of breath. I should know better after 8 weeks. So I’ve told myself off and will do better next time!

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Very well done for hanging in there and completing.👏👏

Every run is good learning and Miles in the bank towards your building.

Just a thought if you can run without music, your bad choice music today, there is a school that thinks the best way to pace yourself is by listening for any change in both your breathing and footfall.Probably need no music to do that.Maybe worth a thought to try once sometime to tune into your own body.🤔

Keep smiling.🌟👏👏

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Tbae

I will definitely try that during the next run, just me and my feet no music and see how that goes. Thank you

Debsy2008 profile image
Debsy2008Graduate in reply to Tbae

Oooo I will try without music too as I felt really clumsy tonight (was listening to music and don’t usually so maybe that’s it!) thanks for the heads up 🙌🏼

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Tbae in reply to Debsy2008

You can google it, loads of info.🤔👏👏

I was the opposite, techie dinasaur, no playist, just me and MJ.Sorry I misunderstood you normally run without.👍👏👏

Many schools favour that.🤔

Now using the 5k+ Laura’s podcasts for graduates with audio fuel, fabulous though and a great help with the bpm.Something for you to look forward to.👏👏

But I think listening to your own breathing and footfall and recognising when it changes may help to better recognise and control not going off too fast and if you have speeded up.etc. It is not easy for anyone.🌟👏👏

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pianoteacherGraduate in reply to Tbae

That's very interesting Tbae - going to google it to find out more after dinner. I'm a musician and I run "naked" using an interval timer to let me know when to walk/run. Was wondering about running to music but what you've said there makes a lot of sense x

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Hidden in reply to Tbae

My friend also swears by that, says it's good thinking time. Personally, I love my sounds too much and tonight it was Electric Dreams...loved it!!

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Tbae in reply to Hidden

Yes your right we are all so uniquely different and have different needs.It is about finding them perhaps and trialling them maybe.🤔👏👏Lovely posts yesterday on doing it and finding our way.

I guess like running are we ever the finished article or always a work in progress to eternity.

Continuous learning,improvement and enjoyment forever.

Keep loving your music.

It talks to your soul.

I like your friend love my thinking time, but I am not sure the boss shares the results.🤔🙈😂😂😂

Keep enjoying and smiling.🌟👏👏

We live and learn and we’ve all done it! 😩

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Silly me but very well done to you, you must be on cloud 9!

To be honest I’m knackered!! ☺️

mrrun profile image

Don't worry about that, happens to all. Many start speeding up when uncomfortable, making things worse, that's normal.

In order to feel better when running in warm weather you must hydrate well a day BEFORE the run. Drink at least 2-3 litres of water in regular intervals, and do that every day but never drink lots before the run, that would simply ruin it all, try and you'll see.

If you hydrate properly that will reduce cramps, 'heavy legs' and general discomfort.

Finally, if you must run in the peak sun, seek shade, wear a cap and comfy kit, just shorts and top. Or you can run early or late in the day. And if it's really too hot then skip it, your fitness won't suffer a single missed run or even a few.

Hope it helps!

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Tbae in reply to mrrun

Great advice.👏👏

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mrrunGraduate in reply to Tbae

I had to do all that on a different level. Last year I holidayed in Croatia and for three weeks the temperature didn’t drop below 30C. Daytime peaks were close to 40C, and you don’t run then, that’s for sure.

So, for me it as very early, right after dawn and even then the sensation was crazy. I am not a big sweater but then I was literary melting, even my eyebrows were dripping. Evenings were a no-no, because the day heat and humidity made it really awkward. Regardless, it was a fantastic experience and cooling down in the warm sea afterwards was priceless!

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Tbae in reply to mrrun

I love it and eyebrows dripping,must remember that one.😂😂

Worked out in the Gulf in the 70’s,12O Deg F shaded and 100 % humidity, in a smelter of all places.Did not run,🤔😂 you could burn your feet on the beach, we were fed salt tablets daily.🤔🙈😂😂😂

I hear you my running friend.👏👏

Always enjoy reading your advice,replies and some of your story in the FAQ Posts.

Courageous and hope all your running plans are being realised.

Thank you.🌟👏👏

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mrrunGraduate in reply to Tbae

Of course, a normal human would think, hang on, why don't you simply just swim? I mean, it's also a great cardio workout, the sea is clear and warm and you are less likely to collapse in a heap of heat exhaustion!? Honest answer? I literary never thought of that, haha....

Tbae profile image
Tbae in reply to mrrun

Nearly 50 years on and there is a beach in Dubai with under sand cooling.🤔🙈😂😂

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to mrrun


Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to mrrun

That sounds an amazing experience, I think I should have swam in the river today!

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to mrrun

Thank you, I was just not properly prepared today, my own fault. Thanks for advice I will certainly learn from it

Tkaye profile image

You did it, well done for hanging in there.

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Tkaye

I did hang on , only because I definitely didn’t want to repeat it 😂

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mrrunGraduate in reply to Jullaly

Repeating, especially when things are working for you, is not bad at all. We are not in this to hit targets, we are in control and goal posts can be moved if needed.

I repeated the entire C25K, before l drilled 10K afterwards and thought 'that is it, l can do it', and then took time, tweaked and repeated sections of weeks on the way to completing my first half marathon.

Enjoy yourself, that's what counts. Don't rush, don't push, it's your showtime here. Listen to other guys but, ultimately, listen to your body more. If you know why you're doing this then just hang in there, take whatever time needed and you'll get there, even with an odd injury (or two, in my case). ;)

SuperMouse profile image

Well done you did it anyway.

That seems to be my motto at the moment 'I should of known better' as am now on the IC due to knee as thought I was a 25 year old athlete. Today I am 51 and I really do feel all my years! :(

You are doing really well. Well done! :)

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JullalyGraduate in reply to SuperMouse

Oh no im so sorry to hear this, I hope you and your knee are back in action soon x

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SuperMouseGraduate in reply to Jullaly

Thank you! Jullaly :)

Minderella profile image

I had exactly the same problems this morning, albeit on W7R2. I now know that the early morning runs are essential at this time of year. I ran later today and it was way too hot. Thank you for helping me to feel better! We still did it!

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Minderella

We did it indeed, I was determined to finish it because I definitely didn’t want to do it again! 😂

18Windmill profile image

Been there! Found week 7 intolerable. I didn't realise I could go slower, but I can; it really helped. And a rubbish podcast does nothing for motivation. But one more closer!! 👍👍👍

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to 18Windmill

We learn all the time but yes I’m limping to the finish line 😆

gwrunner18 profile image

Key words being you got through it :)

I don’t work Monday’s so went out later than normal this morning and it was very warm.

Nothing worse than bad music while you run either but onto the next one 🏃‍♀️

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to gwrunner18

Next one won’t be as bad because I will prepare properly, I’ve been drinking more water today and re hydrating myself

Ang33333 profile image

We're going to run week 8 run 1 tonight. It's clouding up here. Actually hoping it might rain!!

Kesky profile image

But you did it anyway -so good for you. Beautiful photo too.


Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Kesky

Thank you its my new fav place to run the hills around our farm

Tasha99 profile image

But you still did it! You’re doing so fab! I remember you posting very early on and being jealous of those of us who were in week 8 and 9, and now that’s you! It’s so exciting! You’re nearly done! 🎓 in sight 💪🏽

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Tasha99

I know I have to keep pinching myself lol

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Tasha99Graduate in reply to Jullaly


Very well done for pushing through and completing the run. I didn't have the best run today either but looking at the progress that I've made through the program really helps keep me focused to get go to the end. You're doing amazing here's to the next run 😀🏃‍♀️

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Runnermum

actually that is so true, I remember how hard I found week 1

Hidden profile image

Well done for getting through it regardless! That looks like a lovely place to run.

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Hidden

yes ..and NO hills yay

Debsy2008 profile image

I’ve had one of those runs tonight too, let’s put it down to heat and being a Monday lol

Onwards and upwards 💪🏼

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Debsy2008

I think a few of us have had the same battles, anyway I'm drinking water like a good girl now!

Debsy2008 profile image
Debsy2008Graduate in reply to Jullaly

Yes it’s all ups and downs 😃Fab 👌🏼

Jay66UK profile image

Another experience to add to your list. Well done for fighting through. I hope the next one is more comfortable.

And to think we thought 90 seconds was difficult!

That seems like a lifetime ago now doesnt it??

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

More than!

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

lol I found a minute difficult .. yes I need to put it into context, I would have laughed until I cried thinking I would run for 28 minutes one day

Mumsygill profile image

You did it tho! And you learned from it- that’s a huge part of this isn’t it? Don’t get me started again on the awful podcast music I listened to last run. !

I’m doing this early tomo morning- drinking water like there’s no tomo at the mo.

Well done- big tick next to that run 👍😘🏃🏼‍♀️

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Mumsygill

yes I'm getting organised too ..drinking water, sorting my podcast and my fashion wear all well in advance!

pianoteacher profile image

Well Done for getting through it. What a beautiful photograph x

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to pianoteacher

its my new favourite place to run ..its beautiful and loads of wildlife

JennyH10 profile image

Gorgeous photo!

Funnily enough I did the exact same thing on my w8r1, it was a scorcher May Day bank holiday and it was a hot sweaty nightmare. Well done for seeing it through we live and learn 😊👍

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to JennyH10

lol don't we just .. I should have know better lol

At least you did it 😀. Not long to go till graduation now 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Notsobigdoug

I know I can't believe that I have come this far, I would have never dared to think it possible

Notsobigdoug profile image
Notsobigdoug in reply to Jullaly

You have done so well. I’m so happy for you.

mairi1 profile image

Well done you for completing the run, I had a complete failure on R2, too hot, too hilly and first time of the treadmill, just couldn’t do it, walked most of the way! felt awful, but have now given myself a good talking to and back on track, and back on the treadmill. Lol. Repeated R2 and did R 3 tonight, start W9 on Wednesday, want to get this in the bag before I turn 58 on 30th May. Xx

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to mairi1

Happy Birthday for the 30th, what an amazing present to you. My 58 is two weeks after you! Who would imagine we would have done this!

mairi1 profile image

Thanks and happy birthday to you too when it comes, Never in a million years did I ever imagine that I would be able or even want to run for 28 mins non stop and hopefully I will manage 30 mins on Wed. Good luck with your next run, the finish line is in sight. Xx

Hidden profile image

You did it. Good for you ! 👍 imagine 28 minutes 😳 wish I had the heat experience. I’m still running in 2 fleeces and a t shirt ! Interesting about running without music. You have such a nice place to run. Enjoy run 2.

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Hidden

its not often I can say we run in heat where I live either so this is a change. Im going to try and run without music as Tbae suggested next time.

Tbae profile image
Tbae in reply to Jullaly

Laura’s and Bazza’s 1234,1234,1234, it’s maybe 150bpm 🤔.But for sure your own slow and steady happy pace.So pleased you have found your running that you love. 🌟👏👏

It was tough but you still did it!

Your great attitude and determination saw you complete the run despite everything! Graduation is getting closer and closer 😊 you can and will smash this.

Good luck for your next run x

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Christianne57

Thank you I am going to do this, it means such a lot to me to finish this programme

Rua8 profile image

Well done, don’t forget you are in week 8, so pat yourself on the back even if it was a crap run ;) And the next one will be better!

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Rua8

I know week 8 how did that happen,!

- but you stuck at it. It is quite hot at the moment which doesn't help. You're nearly there!!

Jullaly profile image

I’m so pleased I stuck at it, I think running will stick to me always from now on, never thought I would find the exercise I love, but eventually I did !

Dexy5 profile image

But didn’t you have the most beautiful view to look at. Sometimes you need to get it wrong to prove everything our mentors say is important. Hydration , slow and steady.

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Lol I know don’t tell them 😂

Hidden profile image

You have done so, so well! Loving your posts and your pictures. Hydration is so important, that's why I'm having a couple of beers after my W7R1! A days rest so I can rehydrate. Had a day off today and it was so tempting to have one in the sunshine, but with a run planned I knew better. Looking forward to your next update.

Jullaly profile image
JullalyGraduate in reply to Hidden

I’ve had a cheeky couple of glasses of vino this enening in the sun but it was a trying run today and I have 2 rest days coming up. We are getting closer to the finish line

zog3 profile image

I have just struggled with exactly that run but as you say will learn from it and just try again another day!

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