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Back in my hills Wk8R2


I tried getting adventurous last run, went down to town ran by the beautiful river on the flatlands amongst humans and it all went horribly wrong. So I’ve decided I’m a predictable old thing and went back into the hills around our farm and I was back on form! I love hills, strange but I really do. I loved talking to my sheep and I cooled down amongst my cows. Don’t worry I was safe they know me well, I wouldn’t ever venture into a field of cows if they didn’t know me . This lady absolutely loves half a digestive biscuit, unfortunately it had crushed in my pocket but she still licked all the crumbs from my hand. If anyone saw me they would think I was quite crazy as I started to tell them all about my run. I explained that I always find the first 5 minutes difficult then I settle and enjoy it, Sarah keeps telling me to pick up the pace if I can .. I tried and I just can’t right now, never mind I enjoyed it and I ran the full 28 minutes

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I live in a city nowadays, but totally get talking to animals. Do whatever you feel comfortable with, is the best advice, isn’t it.

And judging by that photo, who’d blame you! So, well done!

JullalyGraduate in reply to Tjar

I tried to go out of my comfort zone and it didn’t work as well as I had hoped but I will try again. I’m still enjoying the running though

Tjar in reply to Jullaly

There’s no harm in trying, but there also isn’t in being comfortable in your own environment. If it gets you running, it must be good. 🌷


Good to see you back in familiar surroundings after your venture further afield! Your cows look very happy enjoying the sun :-) Well done on the run- I haven't tried tackling hills yet. I live on a ridge so have just been running along the top of it and not dared plunge off to either side.

misswobbleGraduate in reply to Eiralas

Ah running among green and pleasant land. Looks blissful, hills and all 👍😃🏃‍♀️

Cow eyes are gorgeous aren’t they. Look at those lashes 🙂. I talk to animals. Doesn’t everyone 😃

On that note, off to get the dog 🐕

JullalyGraduate in reply to misswobble

I know I wish I had those lashes !

JullalyGraduate in reply to Eiralas

They are all happy as I am too now back on my stomping ground. The cows are looking at me in funny ways 😂

misswobbleGraduate in reply to Jullaly

I learned a cow poem when I was really little. As I recall it went ...

I’m very sorry for the cow

It’s spots seem funny any how

They never seem to fit

I wonder what is wrong with it

I dragged that back up from the depths 😁

In awe..... on W3R2 today and can't imagine being able to run for 28 minutes! You have smashed it, well done!!!!!!

JullalyGraduate in reply to Tiny51

You will get there, I didn’t think I would manage week 1. Trust you and the programme it just carries you along

EiralasGraduate in reply to Tiny51

That's what I thought too - but the programme really works. Just keep it slow and trust you will do it

Well done! You’re nearly there 👍🏽😊

JullalyGraduate in reply to lagatachocolate

I know I keep pinching myself! Me running!


Ace. The calmness just glows in your post. You have a lovely place to run, no wonder you enjoy it. Last 4 to do - well done.

JullalyGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

😂 who would ever put running and calmness in the same sentence but yeah you are right ..I felt at home in my running shoes today

Jay66UKGraduate in reply to Jullaly

I was feeling spent at the end of mine. Two hours later I am in that warm glow of contentment. So calm.

What a beautiful cow! 😍 Well done you - you’re doing amazingly well!! Look forward to hearing about your next runs. 💪🏼x

JullalyGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

They are lovely friendly girls and great to talk to if you need to explain how bad your run was cos they only answer you back with a lick or scratch behind the ear !


That sounds so lovely, and why would you leave those hills when you have those lovely ladies to share your cool down with.

You must be really looking forward to next week and graduation. Good luck.

JullalyGraduate in reply to Razouski

I am looking forward to it, already planning my route outfit lol


I’m so happy for you and in awe of you running in those hills, nothing can stop you now. Nearly at the podium. Enjoy your last 28 minute run, you’ll not even notice the extra 2 minutes on your next runs. Go you👍

JullalyGraduate in reply to lexi6

Its just so hard to believe, nearly there after all the tears and highs lol

lexi6Graduate in reply to Jullaly

I’ve shed a few too, but doesn’t this programme do wonders to our self esteem, I haven’t felt so proud of myself for years.

JullalyGraduate in reply to lexi6

Its benefits other than the obvious of greater fitness that has astounded me the most . Im so much more confident even talking to people, sounds ridiculous but true

lexi6Graduate in reply to Jullaly

I agree, I’m even looking at buying “out there leggings” went to look at some today $100. Outrageous! May have to go an visit my sister in law in Sydney I think. Anyway enough of me, revel in your runs. Can’t wait to hear about your next run. I love your photos, what a beautiful place you live in.


Well done ! So glad it went well for you! 🐄🐂😁

JullalyGraduate in reply to Ang33333

It really did, I thoroughly enjoyed the run today


Good for you hon!! And we'd all be delighted to lick your hand if there was a Digestive Biscuit at stake!!

JullalyGraduate in reply to sallenson

i think my hand would be a little salty with the digestive biscuit considering I had just run for all that time lol


Love this post 😂

Think my wife gets fed up hearing about my runs, maybe I need to find some cows on my route!

Don’t worry about the pace. We are all different and on occasions when they have said you should be settling in to a good pace I have been coughing and spluttering trying to get one foot in front of the other!

JullalyGraduate in reply to gwrunner18

I am only too pleased for one foot to go in front of each other to the end never mind trying to get them to go a bit quicker

Lovely post, lovely run, lovely company,lovely hills, lovely journey all the way to your podium.

So very well done.🌟👏👏

JullalyGraduate in reply to Tbae

Thank you Mr Bay, I took your advice and ran with peace and quiet, worked a treat

Tbae in reply to Jullaly

Keeping finding your needs and bringing your gems to the forum.

I bet your students are so pleased for you also.👍 Are they still monitoring your progress.🤔

No pressure then.🤔🙈😂 I could not handle that. 😂 Just as well you have your lovely cowgirls to chat to.🌟👏👏

JullalyGraduate in reply to Tbae

My students are all very interested in my progress both in terms of heart rate and generally, poor things are sitting their physics GCSE as we speak

Tbae in reply to Jullaly

Good luck to them.👍

Hope they are using the Karvonen 🤔 method/ formulae and the clever simple Borg exercise exertion 1- 10 scale.

Atb and take care of you.🌟👏👏


Well done!! Love the cows too. So pleased to hear how happy you are back running on the farm. Graduation ever so close now :)

JullalyGraduate in reply to Lorijay

Its my comfort zone, I will break out again one day soon


Amazing views! I don’t blame you! And conversations with the cows are an added bonus! 😁

JullalyGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

It is a beautiful place to run and I love the cows and sheep, they are so nosey.

Very well done. I bet you can’t believe that you have only 4 runs to go 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏁💪

JullalyGraduate in reply to Notsobigdoug

How did that happen, it just suddenly comes around


Lovely photo. So glad it's going well. I'm sure the cow completely got it! 👍👍👍


she seemed to get it! Animals are funny if you are relaxed they are relaxed, if you are upset about a run they are upset about your run too lol


Fab, fab, fab!! 😀

... and I love the biscuit lover! 😄

JullalyGraduate in reply to Elfe5

I know i love to share a digestive biscuit with that cow, she loves them lol


Well done! Fantastic work there! 💪🏽

JullalyGraduate in reply to Tasha99

Im loving it Tasha


I do love your posts and beautiful photos. Well done on W8R2. Not long to go now oldladyruns. Be proud. 🐄🐄🐄🏃‍♀️

JullalyGraduate in reply to Dexy5

I surprise myself everyday, I've never achieved anything like this

Well Done! Sounds totally picturesque and relaxing running around you're farm. I hope you know how lucky you are. 😃

JullalyGraduate in reply to Sutsha

I know I'm incredibly lucky and for years I've heard the message find the exercise you love doing and stick to it. I never found it until now


Yay! Well done and enjoy it. Don’t worry about where. I always run the same route and see something different every day 👌🏼

JullalyGraduate in reply to Debsy2008

How true, everyday its different. We are incredibly remote and yet the only person I met was one other runner, he was so professional looking but very friendly

Debsy2008Graduate in reply to Jullaly

Even the professionals had to start somewhere 😉

Can’t beat the countryside and wildlife for company 👌🏼


Great post and love the pic of the cows :) Just 4 runs to go!!!

JullalyGraduate in reply to HoagyM

I love my girlies, they are so interested when I run past them. Mind you they have a poke around my pocket just in case I have a cheeky digestive for them. Cant believe I have 4 runs left how did that happen


Arrggh - scary cows!

Your run sounds great though and so close to graduation now 😊.

JullalyGraduate in reply to DebJogsOn

My cows know me well so they are not scary but I would never go into a field of cows I didn't know because that would be scary and dangerous

It’s so beautiful there, where are you??? X

JullalyGraduate in reply to SeA49

We farm in Northumberland

You've gone awful quiet. Trust all is well??

JullalyGraduate in reply to Sutsha

Thank you Sutsha we have had a family bereavement and so been staying with relatives

Sutsha in reply to Jullaly

I'm so sorry to hear that. We've missed you around the forum as you'll see. Please accept my condolences. Xx


I think you have to do what you enjoy/are comfortable with otherwise you won't do it. The more I work with humans the more I think I'd rather work with animals. Particularly after some wonderful lady I work with had me in tears last week because she was so nasty.

JullalyGraduate in reply to Hidden

Im so sorry you've had an awful time in work, its very sad when someone who obviously has their own issues to deal with takes it out on someone else, reducing you to tears. Hope you are having a better week

Hidden in reply to Jullaly

Thank you. I don't usually let it get to me but this time it really did. Much better week coz she's on holiday for two weeks! After that I'm coming to stay with you cows! 😉

JullalyGraduate in reply to Hidden

lol id like that

Hidden in reply to Jullaly

Sorry I just read what I said - I meant your cows - not you cows!


Fantastic photo- it looks beautiful. I did w7r1 this morning and tried a new route (for the first time) in our village. Unfortunately both the 5 min warm up and then the run 🏃‍♂️ finished outside our local pub 🍺. Good job it was closed !! Think I’ll need to avoid this route during opening hours !! Anyhow, well done getting to w8 - not long now until Graduation 👩‍🎓 Keep the photos coming !! Keep it up!!

JullalyGraduate in reply to F1ipperation

Thank you, I've just posted that I haven't been able to run for a week so I think I will be joining you back in week 7. Love the idea of pub running, now thats a new sport lol

F1ipperationGraduate in reply to Jullaly

I’ve just seen your post was a week ago ! Sorry!! Great to hear you’ll be back running again. From what I’ve read you could still try the next run and see how it goes. You can always cut it short at 25mins if you need to. I’ve not been looking at what the runs ahead entail, so don’t know how much harder w8 is. I prefer to wait to find out on the day.

Pub running 🍺🏃‍♂️ is a great thought. Could be the new cross training exercise 🤭that people talk about 😂😂 Best wishes for your next run 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️I’m sure you’ll be fine 👍😉👌

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