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Hello Week 8 Run 1...


Woke up this morning and felt knackered to be honest, so went back to sleep until almost midday. Obviously by then the sun was almost in full force, and as much as I am a Summer baby, not even I would want to run during the hottest time of the day.

Went about my daily duties but my run was always in my thoughts. Got in from shopping this evening after 7pm, put my running clothes on & headed over to where I usually run.

28 minutes later an i'm still alive to tell the tale. Haven't been in the best of moods for the past day or so and so Luther Vandross carried me though my run this evening. Beautiful voice he has. A voice that soothes my soul at a time when I need it.

My run went ok. Managed to up my pace for the last 60 seconds. That's all I had in the tank today.

Here sitting over the park watching the sun set as I type this and then home for a nice hot soak in the bath.

The way I'm feeling today, I could've easily drowned my sorrows with excess food or afew glasses of wine. But I didn't. I'm so thankful for this programme because even on days like today, it's given me something to look forward to and something positive to do.

Keep running folks.x

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You know what? You are fab!!

No stress, no bother, dramatics. Just go out and do your thing and say "Hey guys, I did my thing."

Brilliant!! xx

Donna79 in reply to sallenson

Thank you hun. Life has its ups and downs. I like to be honest because someone else could be feeling crappy tonight and by reading my crappy post, they to might just get up and do something for them. It's not going to change the world but at least they realise they're not the only ones having a bad day.

I'm sure the usual Donna will be back tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend hun.x

sallensonGraduate in reply to Donna79

I'll try hon. I'm chasing your tail on W8R1 tomorrow :-)

Well done - I hope the sorrows aren’t too intense and that the adrenaline surge of running sticks - have a lovely weekend Kat

Donna79 in reply to Katwpg

Thank you. Just one of those days that I'm sure we all have from time to time. Nothing some Luther Vandross can't fix. ☺

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PS - love a bit of Luther! Reminds me of my clubbing days! Never too much....


Well run. Not listened to LV for the longest time...

Donna79 in reply to Jay66UK

Oh I've listened to nothing else for the past 24hrs. Been watching his old concerts on YouTube too. Voice of an angel.


So good to have you back here Donna.. just doing your stuff.. and enjoying xxx Go girl!

Donna79 in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you. Can't believe there's only 5 runs left already.


Ah I totally get that. I’ve been feeling a lot like that l8ly too. The good old depression creeping in & telling me everyone hates me - i’m fat & useless & ugly! I know running stomps on the head of those demons but I haven’t been able to get there since Tuesday. Got a manic day tomorrow but hoping to get there on Sunday- W8R2. Well done for beating those demons & getting out there. That’s a beautiful sunset. Look how far we’ve come - running for 28 mins - I don’t know about you but I never ever thought I could do that in a million years- we’re pretty bloody amazing! Good luck for R2. Keep us posted.

Life surely is amazing. How one can feel happy one day and the next... well that happiness has gone.

We must not give up though and if nothing else, running proves to us that we are good at something. We've worked at it and come far in this journey.

Someone once said to me, (it's ok to feel down, for whatever reason. But don't stay there too long).

So take those few days off but don't stay away too long. Don't let the demons win. We fall down sometimes but we must get up.

Wishing you all the very best too and of course I will continue to keep everyone posted. Try and stop me. Lol. 😊

Hi Donna I've just started currently at w2. Saw your post which was very positive. I can't wait to see how I improve as time goes on. At the moment pain in my achilles, and knee but still going. Your story gives me inspiration

Donna79 in reply to Keayma

Hi Keayma, well firstly welcome to the programme & secondary, well done for getting up and making the effort. These weeks are going to fly by so enjoy every bit of it, whether easy or hard.

Remember to always warm up nicely & do some stretches before & after your run. Don't over do it, jog very slowly being the key to this programme. Speed will come later on, much later on.

I wish you all the very best. It's the best feeling on earth when you graduate & you will. I still remember when I did, almost 2 yrs ago. Unfortunately I had to stop running shortly afterwards & still haven't returned as yet due to a lingering foot injury but I still take my long walks over my favourite spot & admire all the runners doing their thing.

Wishing you all the best and keep us all posted.x

Can't go wrong with a bit o Luther in your ear! Beautiful picture.

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