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W7R2 MJ and I had a bust up, but we’re all ok now!

Well Runners, what a run that was. Is there such a thing as the toxic 20? I was so tired this morning. I was tired before going to bed very late and didn’t sleep well at all. So, “no..no..no” was ringing in my ears this morning! But looking out and seeing what looked like breeze and the thought of the heat to come made me get a shifty on.

So up and out I go! I’m feeling heavy, but I know I just have to go slow. I tell myself, just have fun! I’m still feeling heavy, but I’m moving. Fun? Mmm...not yet. So, I then move to the emergency tool of “are you alive?” and yes I am, so I keep going. “Gosh this must be the toxic 10 others have spoken about”. Another first for me...but I know others get through it, so I know I can too. It’s not that I wanted to stop, it just felt a bit....well.....blah! 😕

So, MJ tells me I’ve reached half way. I kind of disregarded the first 5 minute shout out, it wasn’t helping at the time 😂! So, I say to myself, look it isn’t the fun run you wanted, but you can do it. Then I’m running and running and running and I start to think mmm..how much longer? I must be really tired today. Took my phone out...MJ went AWOL! I was being asked how I feel ahead of W8R1! 😱OMG! Noooooo! I kept running, had to start the app back on the right run, then fast forward to do another 5 minutes, I wasn’t cheating, I think I might have done closer to 40 mins but had no way of telling. Appropriately, Timberland and One Republic Song called “Apologise” came on the headphones! I did have to laugh about that and said “I should think so too MJ. 🤨 I still love ya!”

The best thing about that run was in the last 60 seconds, I found my mojo after all that disruption and I picked up the pace and I loved it!! That was a buzz! Hey..... even 60 seconds of running is better than no running at all!! Happy days! I did it! 😁

Early night for me I think! I’m gunning for a different experience on Sunday! But happy running all! ❤️

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Great write up - I've also lost MJ before and run longer than I expected to - but no harm done! I didn't sprint at the end yesterday, the legs are still being nursed though but my lungs were so much better yesterday in the cooler air, than on Tuesday. That's 2 down, 7 to survive until graduation :)

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Yes, we’re going to sort that MJ out! Clearly he’s a bit of a player! 🤣 Well done you. The Sprint was totally unexpected I just thought after all that, what the hell, why not! I reckon we can do more than survive Equi-geek! All these different experiences and we’re still going, it’s all good for continuing after graduation, knowing every run is unique! We can do it!! Yaay!! And 7 more runs?? That’s even more amazing! 😁

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Well done. Some men, eh?

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🙄 tell me about it! Thanks Jay❤️

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Technology is a right pain, running is hard enough as it is, without have to fumble with your phone to get it working correctly!! After I have finished C25K, I am gonna invest in a running watch I think, much less cumbersome and more reliable... Glad it ended on a high though :-)

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Thanks! I might buy a Fitbit or something as my graduation gift! I’ll be one run away on my birthday if all goes to plan. I wasn’t thinking about it before, but I am going to see if I can graduate on my birthday. That would be a great way to mark it! ❤️

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Happy Birthday for a couple of weeks time!

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Thanks Visionon! I started this thinking it would take about a year for me to become a runner, hence the name. I’m amazed that it could now be a different anniversary celebration on my 50th! Who knew? 🤣❤️

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In the small print we're apparently entitled to two birthdays after Graduation. A real one and an Official one. Like the Queen but hotter. _SimonT_ has set a trend for this sort of thing. In his inimitable trend-setting way :-)

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Hmmm not sure my wife will see it that way, but its worth a try!

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Hey Visionon - were we separated at birth? Or shortly after. My name is Simon. I’m 46 years old. When I started this program I was running in a pair of Brooke’s GTS 9s and went to local running shop, had a gait analysis and bought a pair of bright blue GTS 18s! There is something fishy going on here! 😂

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Bloody hell! Now that is a coincidence :-) I scared to ask anything else now...

How are the shoes though? They feel significantly lighter than my previous 10's.

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I like them! When I put them on in the shop they just felt the same as though I was putting on a fav old pair. They obviously have loads more spring in them. Really I should buy another pair and rotate their use but they are a bit pricey. How have your calves been?

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They are currently OK, I have been using a roller on them this afternoon, however, I am off out running again tomorrow morning, so I will see how they are afterwards, fully expecting them to be tight again, but we'll see if the shoes make a difference. I just don't want to break down, when I am so close to the end, week 8 run 2 tomorrow.

Yeah the shoes are certainly pricey, but hopefully worth it.

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Good luck for tomorrow! You are really close to graduating! 😃

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Thanks, just mapping out a new route, it takes your mind off the pain :-)

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I wouldn’t recommend the double birthday celebration trial, Visionon! 🤣❤️

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You're probably right, I'll never get away with it. At my age I hardly even get half a birthday, I'm at the bottom of the pecking order after kids, wife, cat, guinea pig, hamsters then me!

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Think yourself lucky you’ve not got a dog and parrots too then! Always a rainbow! 🌈 🤣❤️

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It will be a double celebration! 😁❤️

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You go girl!! 👍😁

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Thank you Blonde! Wishing you a great run today too! ❤️❤️

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Thank you! I’ll be heading out around 9pm!! 🤞🏻

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Good idea! It will be much cooler and enjoyable! ❤️

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After all that and you finished the run plus some - well done!! I genuinely believe that we get the best results when we put the effort into those things we least enjoy/find difficult - creates a mental toughness. Next time a problem rears its head - you can say to yourself - well I beat the last one so I can beat this one! :)

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Oh Paul, me and my mind have had some battles 🤣, but these days it kind of knows who’s boss! You can’t stop it from happening sometimes, but I do give it the 🤨 and demand that it shapes up fast! “Shut up...tough....I’m doing it”! Works too! 🤣❤️

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Ha! Great account of your run, you really are doing well. And yes, treat yourself to a bit of 'running kit', you're a runner now so you need kit! x

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Thanks Matt! Looks like I am! I’m going to check them out and start drooling! 🤣 Hey.....it’s all motivation and incentive!❤️

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Oh well done on ignoring the gremlins and pushing on in such an awesome, kick W7R2 in the butt way! Sorry to hear about the tech glitch, I'd be looking into a pre-emptive graduation present. A watch with timer is so very handy, especially now you're on long runs. Go you! 🏃‍♀️💃

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Thank you Dee! I’m going to be looking into that today. It will spur me on! MJ has done it before, so I know now to keep an eye on him. 😉❤️

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Oh I’d hate an app glitch like that 😳 You must’ve felt brilliant thought by the end - and finishing with a sprint too!

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He isn’t going to catch me out southlundon! I know I’m slow, but snoozing on the job? 🙄! We’ve had words. He’ll be fine! ❤️

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So... The cracks emerge...The "Dog ate my Homework/The App went Funny" tale.

Hmm...

I did chuckle a lot tho. Well done for running for some unspecified time on quite a warm day.

Now get your act together. We're not used to this sort of faffing from you.

Woman up and get on with it :-)

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Lol it was very faffy!! Act will be back in check! After some sleep mind! 😂❤️

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I did it too the other day. I thought, “where’s Sarah? Surely I’ve earned a ‘well done pet!’ by now”. I must admit, it wasn’t the app, it was me. Trying to switch between getting my music on, logging the run on my Fitbit, and starting to run, I must have hit pause!

Great to have a target for Graduation Day. I’m still ‘one run at a time’ so not planning any dates yet, other than W7R2 tomorrow.

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Hi MeandMam, it was definitely me too! I just use MJ as an excuse. I leave the app open, but it seems that it has accidentally clicked on buttons (not sure of the technical term! Lol) in my bum bag, while I’ve been running! Maybe I’m bouncing too much! Now he’s warned me about that! 🤣 Ah....I’m not fussed about it! It definetly put my mind firmly back on the run! 😁❤️

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Well done to you! Not so well done to MJ he needs to pay more attention 🤣🤣🤣

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Thank you Bridget! I’ve had another word Bridget! He did apologise for taking a nap! 😉❤️

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Well done fabulous you did great! A faffy run but you still got a buzz from the last bit. You are a runner🏃!

I like to have map my run at the same time as Sarah as the robotic voice confirms at each km that I am indeed keeping my running at a snails pace which is quite comforting! And is backup if Sarah goes awol!

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Thanks Teddly! I think I’m going to have to try that. Providing that it doesn’t affect you listening to music, it will be a great back up. Hope your runs are going well too! ❤️

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Glad you got a buzz at the end! Not all runs feel good, some you just have to plod on through. ☺☺

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Thanks Ang! It was a plod and I kind of accepted that along the way. So the last 60 seconds was pretty nice!! 😁❤️

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Well done Fabulous! Great post and good effort running when tired and then slapping on an extra 15 minutes at the end! I’ve heard that about MJ. He never seems that bothered when he’s on the telly! 😂 Sarah never left my side the whole way through (I did have to carry her a bit, though😝)

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Lol! You’re right he does have a bit of a mono tone. There have been moments when it varies, so lets just say, he knows how to keep you going so you can see if he’ll be impressed! ❤️

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Well done! I shout at MJ every time he tells me my walk is over 😂

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Thank you! Oooh now there’s an idea! 🤣❤️

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