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First Run Back - Was Tough!

Ripcurlrana71 profile image

So after my highlight of running in Central Park on Saturday I dragged myself out of bed and headed to the beach. (My body was still in NY time of 2am!)

I wasn’t up for it but knew I had to get this first one out the way to get my head back into gear. Couldn’t even see the seafront for the mist!! Was a good thing though as I couldn’t see my usual KM markers so had to keep going.

I found it hard! After 2km just wanted to stop. But kept pushing and miraculously did 5k. Just to be clear I wanted to give up at every KM after 2. Just wasn’t feeling it. But now I’m so pleased I did it - hoping next run will be a tad easier and maybe even enjoyable! ☺️

Happy running everyone - watch out for those gremlins!

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sallenson profile image

Well done hon!! Surprised you could see anything at all!!

Decent pace too. Good to have you home safe and sound. You shd feel good about today :-)

Thank you! Feel better now that I’m home with my mug of coffee. 😊

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sallensonGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Everything is better with coffee!!

Oh yes!!! ☕️ ☕️ ☕️☕️And plenty of it!

Good on you! Hope the next one's better x

P.S. If that's what you can do when you don't feel like look out!

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Ripcurlrana71 in reply to

Thanks Sutsha! 😏

Jay66UK profile image

Well done. Wow, that’s some pace you’ve got there! What is the running app and how do you get on with it?

It’s Strava and get on well with it. Got the free version. Like to track my pace and tells me everytime I hit a KM. It silences your music to give you that info so you don’t need to hold your phone to keep checking!

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Might be wrong, but looks like Strava Ripcurlrana71? I use it too and it's probably the best of them. You have to accept that's there's none of them perfect, but it's more accurate than others... and I've tried 'em all!! 😂

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Ripcurlrana71 in reply to

Yes it is! Be great to follow each other - feel free to add me - Alka. 😊

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I did look out for you when I added Hayley but nothing under Ripcurl. I now see your Strava tag, so I definitely will x

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Ripcurlrana71 in reply to

Great! It’s under my real name. 😊

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Nice to have you back and well done on getting out there. I bet the next run will be easier. You might need a day or two to recover and let your body get used to the time adjustment. I'm off to France this morning and plan to do a run this evening (even though it'll be hot). Hope to do a 5km on Sunday and go for croissants afterwards ;)

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Ripcurlrana71 in reply to

Thanks Paula! Yes planning on next run Sunday now. Enjoy France and yummy croissants 🥐. 😊

_SimonT_ profile image

Welcome back Alka! A slightly different vista for you! Well done on your great run. To do that when you’re not feeling it is awesome! 😊

Thanks Simon! 😏

pianoteacher profile image

Good to have you back :-)

That is a great pace - especially considering you weren't feeling it! Think I might download Strava on to my son's phone. Mapmyrun seems a bit innaccurate. We used it on the Parkrun course the other day and it said we'd done 2.5k a long way before the turning point!

Thanks! I have MapMyRun too but only because I didn’t know what to get Strava to tell me my KM milestones. Worked that out now. 😬

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pianoteacherGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Haha! Think I'm going to have to drag myself into the 21st century and replace my Nokia brick :-)

You’re a pro now so it’s a must!! 😬

Bridget007 profile image

Well done! And 8 achievements 😃 speedy 🏃‍♀️

Thanks Bridget. 😊

limberlou profile image

Good god!! You are like a rocket, woman!!! There’s me quite chuffed cos I managed to get my 5k down to 39 minutes!!! Haha! Still it was only my second one so things can only get better.

Mine go up and down! PB 33 mins - highest was my 1st 5k PR at 37.20. Just depends on route and weather!

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limberlouGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

I’m just chuffed I can run for that long 😁. It was weird I felt I was struggling to get to the end of the 3 x 30 min runs then my first run out after the disastrous graduation run I just felt like Forrest Gump and just wanted to keep going, so I did and ran for 40 mins!! First 5k. Then the next 2 were only 25 mins long, then 2nd 5k. Depends on the day I think definitely

Definetly. I did get myself a ‘Run Forest Run’ tshirt from NY! 😬😬

limberlou profile image

I’ve been threatening to get a “This is not an Invisibility cloak “ one printed.

No, that’s just for walking through town.....

But sometimes for running

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