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W8R1 (audiobooks and my first 5k!)

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate

So today I have just finished week 8 run 1.

At work we were talking about how we keep motivated on treadmills / stop ourselves getting bored and my experienced runner friend (think 10k every week) told me she listens to audio books! Now, I am a massive bookworm so I thought I'd give this a go instead of watching shows like I usually do.

As I was feeling a bit heavy legged I made sure to do a 10 minute warm up instead of the 5 and then moved treadmills and started measuring my distance from when I began jogging (just for interest).

It was amazing how different it was.

I didn't once think about time or distance or speed, just plodded along listening to some thriller mystery for the 28 minutes!! I was actually really annoyed when Laura said stop!

About 3 mins into the cool down walk.. I checked my FitBit and realised I had covered 4.55k.. so I made the executive decision to carry on to the 5!

I ran it in 36 minutes!!

So yes - slightly not sticking fully to week 8, but SUPER PLEASED WITH MYSELF.

19 Replies
oldestnewest

Wow that’s amazing. Well done 🎉🎉

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to Mashedpotato

Thanks! Honestly feeling a lot more emotional than I've felt after a run before haha

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Wowsers! You’ve found your mojo.

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay! Hoping to carry it all the way to the podium :D

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to Becky1606

I am confident you will. A runner is born.

Forestgrump
ForestgrumpGraduate

Good Lord ! I could never have done that at week 8 ! Well done!

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to Forestgrump

Thanks :) I couldn't even run for 60 seconds at the beginning of this programme so I am fully bursting with pride at the moment.

Forestgrump
ForestgrumpGraduate
in reply to Becky1606

Maybe try a ghost story next time , you might find you hit 7k in 30 mins 😁

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Wooh hoo! Go Becky! That’s brilliant! Loved the part where you were annoyed when told to stop! How dare Laura interrupt the story eh?! 😂 Brilliant distance too! I tried a podcast once, but only for a few mins and couldn’t get into it. It was early days, so I might try an audio book sometime! 😁❤️

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks so much Fabulous, I am honestly dead pleased (even if it was slightly off plan..). Lol I was like Laura come on it's just getting good we were in this whole dramatic chapter and I suddenly hear "cool down".. not the most fitting of things! :) If you're a bookworm I strongly recommend audiobooks <3 :D

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Becky1606

😁😁 I would be pleased too! Sounds fantastic! Another thing to try later! ❤️.

5k?!! Wowsers that’s flippin amazing! You go girl! 👍👍😊

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Thanks Blonde - we are SO close now!! :D

BlondeAmbition72
BlondeAmbition72Graduate
in reply to Becky1606

We certainly are. I can almost see that ‘Graduate’ badge now 😉

Lilipolpo
LilipolpoGraduate

Any audiobooks you’d recommend?

Becky1606
Becky1606Graduate
in reply to Lilipolpo

So this is my first time running with audiobooks and listening to "The Girl Before" which is a thriller / mystery! Would really recommend

I totally love my audiobooks!! I use them on my 45 minute drive to work and back every day. I am listening to a particularly entertaining science fiction book right now, and I started listening to it during my runs. The time just slides right by and I am done before I know it, especially if there is a battle scene! 😂😂

helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate

I always listen to a book when I run. It really helps pass the time especially as you run further. I like to multitask! I don’t think that the spoken word helps with speed but for distance it’s great. Just finished Jo Nesbo. Nothing like a Nordic noir to quicken the heart!

Fabulous run btw.

southlundon
southlundonGraduate

You’ve inspired me to finally start that audible free 30 day trial for my next run!

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