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W9R1 All in the mind!

Marvo69
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Last night, like a malevolent tooth fairy, the running gremlins slipped in. They poured concrete into my spinal column, placed doubt in my mind, sucked me dry of energy, tightened my muscles and delayed my start until the heat of the midday sun! Oh and I had a Paula Radcliffe moment! Well not quite, but I wish I'd been before I left home! I tell my kids that every day. School boy error!

Taking confidence from @sallenson I decided to run without help from Laura too. Mistake. I had to keep looking at my watch and by Christ, time passes slowly when you do that!

So many times I wanted to stop. It's not happening today. Various landmarks on the route early on in the run seemed to take an age to reach. I felt exhausted and beaten before I really got going. I can't do this today. It's not happening.

"Don't you dare stop! Slow up if you need to but don't bloody stop now"!

.. And repeat...

I don't know how I managed my 30 minutes today. Other days I've trotted on for 35 minutes or so. Today I collapsed at 30 minutes and 2 seconds!

And in hindsight, it's my proudest run yet. Not fast. Not comfortable. No gliding path beneath me. But I did it. I bloody finished.

Today was not muscle building. Today was bulking up the mind. Runs won't always, or even often, come easy, so we have to learn to tough it out. Even when we really want to stop and walk!

So, it was a good run. Good because I managed to fight to the end.

Mental fortitude is a necessary element of success.

Push hard!

#you can do it!

2 runs to go!

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Ang33333
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Oh well done! We had that run last run. Was bloody hard work!! But we pushed on. Saw after the run that we'd been going slightly too fast and it was so humid! But we kept going, like you did. Hope your last two runs go well. I graduate tomorrow if all goes well....!

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Marvo69
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in reply to Ang33333

Thanks! Will be cheering you on tomorrow!! πŸŽ“πŸŽŠπŸΎπŸΎ

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Ang33333
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in reply to Marvo69

Thank you!

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Jay66UK
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Very well done. The mental resilience has been one of the best side effects of this programme for me.

Good luck with the last runs. And what beautiful countryside you run in.

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Marvo69
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in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay! Got there in the end, and you're right. Mental strength is a great benefit. Lucky- East Sussex and Ashdown Forest on my doorstep.

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Slow_Rob
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Well done on completing the run despite all the possible doubts ..

Yup some days it is just hell but that just makes the good ones so much better .

As you say nearly there .. don't lose sight of hoe far you have come .. you got this !!

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Marvo69
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in reply to Slow_Rob

Thanks Rob. More enjoyable runs to come!!

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oldladyruns
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well done, race you to the podium lol

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Marvo69
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in reply to oldladyruns

Happy just to get there! Go you! X

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Marvo69
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in reply to oldladyruns

are you up there yet?!

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oldladyruns
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in reply to Marvo69

one more run to do! unfortunately I am away this weekend so may not have an opportunity to do wk9r3 but i will take my running gear just in case

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Marvo69
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in reply to oldladyruns

Come on you... No slackingπŸ˜ƒ

I took my shorts to Frankfurt this week, on business, and managed to squeeze my run in before meeting in the bar!

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oldladyruns
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in reply to Marvo69

lol now I'm feeling guilty, well done you. So when do you jump on that podium?

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Marvo69
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in reply to oldladyruns

done! today - just writing my blog

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oldladyruns
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in reply to Marvo69

very well done, so excited for you, can't wait to read

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SendWine
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Well done Marvo πŸ‘ I'm right behind you so you've got to keep going or I'll have to trample over you πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ and don't think I won't 😜

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Marvo69
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in reply to SendWine

Oooh I'm looking forward to that! X πŸ˜„ have a great week Wino x

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Sadie-runs
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Wow! I have never thought of a hard run that way before but by jingo I think you are onto something - bulking up the mind! Genius! That’s exactly what these runs do.

Very well done. Very.

Sadie-runs πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

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Marvo69
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in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie! Sometimes it's tough I guess! But we're doing something great for ourselves and have come so far. I'll never be an Olympian but doing your best is what I demand of my children, and now, of myself too, so sometimes just finishing is great! How's the 10k going!?

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Sadie-runs
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in reply to Marvo69

Great attitude. πŸ‘Œ

Early days in my 10k adventures, Marvo, but am feeling very motivated and focussed. Very much a mind game, so fingers crossed my pea brain is up to it! πŸ˜‚

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pianoteacher
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Well done! You should feel very proud of getting though that one :-)

Did the same run this morning - see you on the podium x

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Marvo69
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in reply to pianoteacher

See you there! Though I may need helping up! Have a great week sweetie x

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pianoteacher
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in reply to Marvo69

Haha! You too x

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sallenson
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Well done for gritting it out Matt. And on a pretty hot and humid day. With a hat. And no loo roll to hand.

You'll be lost in the land of 10K by the end of the week tho. Just 2 more of these to do!!

I'm still occasionally finding that "C'mon you fat b*stard" works for me as a mantra than "You're doing fine darling" :-)

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Marvo69
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in reply to sallenson

Thanks mate! I had that exact thought today! Got there though

You'll be up soon, then park run party!

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Tiny51

An inspiration!!....you’te so nearly there, fair play to you πŸ‘πŸ‘

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DeeRunning
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Great run mate. You showed those gremlins how it's done. Perhaps stay out of the midday heat for the next 2, then you'll be cool as a cucumber. Well done for sticking with it.

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Kar43

Well done Matt fab job πŸ‘

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Marvo69
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in reply to Kar43

Thanks Kar! Hopefully they'll seem easier after that one!

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Kar43
Kar43
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I'm sure they will βœ…

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Bridget007
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Well done for getting to the end... 2 more to go πŸ˜ƒ

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Marvo69
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in reply to Bridget007

Thanks Bridget

Shocked that the finish tape is in sight. Never would have believed 2 months ago!

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Flick118
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I had exactly the same issue today, W9R1 really drained me, I struggled towards the end and really felt like giving up but didn’t. Well done almost graduation time.

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Hidden
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Well done for pushing through. I know how hard that is. I've had runs like that too. I know Sallenson recommended ditching the app but I haven't & I don't think I will until I graduate (sshhh - don't tell him - he'll set the jelly babies on me!). Precisely for that reason - I know I would start clock watching & that would put me off. Two more runs & you're at the podium my friend. Keep on keeping on. You got this.

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