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Second consolidation run


Went on my second consolidation run last night. It was one of those tougher runs, where my legs were protesting, and it was hard to keep going - plus my left knee started kicking up a bit of a fuss (wtf left knee?!). I focussed on Oldfloss' words, trying to run slowly and gently, soaking up my surroundings (sadly not as picturesque as a Welsh beach) and thinking of all the people who had posted having made it out there for their run and pushed through despite feeling tired or reluctant. You all kept me going. All that mattered was just keeping on going to the end, one foot in front of the other, and when I got to the end of the 30 mins I was surprised to see I wasn't that far adrift of 5k after all so persuaded myself to keep going till I got there. So overall outcome much better than expected when I set off.

Looking at my 'stats' afterwards it was so obvious I was struggling with that run - my pace graph looked like a mountain range, all jagged peaks and troughs, despite at the time feeling like I was being all steady and consistent. Inexperienced fledgling that I am. I actually laughed it looked so ridiculous. I might take a few more rest days before the next run, will see how I'm feeling.

Good luck, wherever you are on the programme :-)

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Well done for toughing it out 👍👍👏

EiralasGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Thanks LL :-)


Well done Eiralas! That’s the spirit that keeps us all going!! ❤️

EiralasGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fabulous - I was thinking of you going out for your run when you felt tired and achy, and that helped to spur me on


Great stuff! Posts lots less this will help me be determined tonight! 😀

EiralasGraduate in reply to _SimonT_

Determination can get you through, and then it feels so satisfying :-)


Well done, especially for pushing through. Dead jealous of your distance (but I’m going to get there eventually).

EiralasGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Cheers Jay! You will get there, and it doesn't matter how long it takes. We're all different and starting from a different baseline - I walk super fast anyway (I walk everywhere and I'm always late!) so probably had a reasonable base level of fitness before starting this, plus my route is totally flat. My distance will change drastically once I start tackling the hills ;-)


Superb. You made it through and laughed at it in the end. Double bonus 👍😉😀

EiralasGraduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Cheers JoJo 😀


It was hard. You went. You kept going. And then you went some more. And then you laughed.

That sounds pretty darned awesome to me, hon xx

EiralasGraduate in reply to sallenson

Thanks Sallenson! You're a one-man cheerleading squad - or do you secretly have the EJBs writing posts and replies for you? *suspicious*


Well done! I've got my first consolidation run in the morning and I have no idea how it will go! Running on my own for the first time not with my sister... !

EiralasGraduate in reply to Ang33333

Thanks Ang - I hope your run went well, and you coped being sister-less.

Well done you! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ The journey continues!

EiralasGraduate in reply to over61andstilltrying

Cheers! It does indeed...

Very well done! Runs like this make me more determined to nail the next run. I’ve had a couple of these runs of late - I blame the heat!

EiralasGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

You're right, they do! Can't use heat as an excuse at the moment, up here in the frozen north.... Well done you for keeping on going in the heat!

Too cold maybe??😉 Roll on some cool days! Good luck with your next run sure you’ll kill it! 👊🏼

EiralasGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Cool days FTW - it's been quite a nice temperature for running. I'll try and send some over. Thanks for the kind wishes too :-)

Thanks! Pls send to Bournemouth. 😎

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