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Post Grad Run 3 with Headspace! ❤️

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Hi Runners

A tense evening and the tension still there at the start of the morning, I had a heavy run in mind. I’m acutely aware that one of my knees feels a bit sore and I seriously considered not going out today. Perhaps an extra days rest would be better. But I had a feeling that the tension at the start of the day needed to be let out. And that knee had a tendency long before I started running. So I get my knee support on because I need the headspace!

I chose a beautiful guided run with soft gentle classical music that was just what the Dr ordered. Talk about letting go! Not about the distance or the time, just being in the moment and appreciating the ability to run! That is some gift.

I had a moment thinking about how far off I was from 5k and I thought “Well, you are almost 50 what do you expect?” and not long after, I saw a gentleman run past me, much older, definitely much more toned.... fit 😱 and he glided by so perfectly gracefully. A true vision. It did remind me, running is whatever you want it to be for you, whenever you want it to happen. Thank you, that mystery man!

I did 3.5k today at Lydiard Park and you know what? I’m happy with that. Because if I had stayed at home, I would have done 0k and I may not be so happy at the end of the day!

I was captured by this tree on my run and thought I’d post it! It looked strong and noble, but I’m sure it has taken a long time to get there! Maybe I will too, but it will be worth it!

Happy running is the best! Enjoy! ❤️

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Carolinemcd
CarolinemcdGraduate

That’s a really great post. I plod along with so many people passing me (some at great speed) but I don’t care cause I’m out there doing it and not hiding on my sofa believing I can’t do it.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Carolinemcd

Thanks Caroline! Totally agree with you! It really is your own personal mission that counts. The ability to run is something I hope I never take for granted. The rest may come in time! Continue to enoy! ❤️

Beanjo
BeanjoGraduate

Wise words Fabulous450. I realise that sometimes I think too much about what it will be like when I graduate from here but actually I need to enjoy the process too because each week sees me getting stronger and fitter. Glad the run eased your tension

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Beanjo

Yes Beanjo! Sometimes you have to remind yourself why you started and be so glad that you actually can! It’s no longer a dream. It’s a reality. 😁😁❤️

Beanjo
BeanjoGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

It so is😊

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Full of grace regardless of speed or distance 👏👏👏

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Thank you Jay! Just allowing what comes naturally rather than feeling disheartened. Hopefully I’ll get there, but if not I’ll be a regular runner anyway! That’s quite a result! ❤️

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

“Get there” is totally down to what you want. At the moment I’m trying for the 10k. Don’t know if I will get there but giving it a go. Hoping to end up with 3 runs a week, a 4k, a 5k and a 7k-ish so that running 5k Parkruns feels relatively easy.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Yes I agree! And with the will to keep showing up no matter what, we will, wherever there may be! 😁😁❤️

theoldfellow
theoldfellowGraduate

Just make sure no council workman cuts your branches off. :)

Great post. I can't run until tomorrow :(

The Dalai Lama said 'the purpose of our lives is to be happy'.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to theoldfellow

Lol!! 🤣🤣 There’s a thought! Thank you oldfellow! That’s made me laugh out loud! Good job I’m on my own or I may have been carted off for some close attention. ❤️

Vix_yp
Vix_ypGraduate

Well done Fabulous50!!! 😘

Such wise words! Running is what we make it and it’s an individual experience. This gives me inspiration and hope with my own journey towards graduation.

🏃🏽‍♀️🤗🏃🏽‍♀️

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Vix_yp

Aah thank you Vix. I am where I am, but lots of people are running longer distances in the time. It also depends on so many factors, aside from age, like terrain, but that’s all too technical for me to run the way I want to. I do like technology, but I feel complete freedom and a break away without it. That’s just me though. I respect and happy for everyone’s journey and achievements. We’re doing some great stuff here! 😁😁❤️

southlundon
southlundonGraduate

Many times I've read that running is good for mental space - I'm looking forward to even trying out not listening to music or podcasts one day. Not sure it'll necessary work for me but I'd like to try :)

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to southlundon

It’s funny southlundon I thought I wouldnt like these other guided runs. You can change the music to your own, but I’ve just gone with it and I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I’m really enjoying post grad and a chance to just try different options. They do have very short recovery runs but I’m kind of unsure about doing those at the moment. Beauty is I can try them when I’m ready too! 😉❤️

Hidden
Hidden

Lovely words. Hope your knee gets better soon. 😉👍

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Hidden

Thanks Gaz! Feels better after a run. Probably just a bit of stiffness. It has been something I’ve had from before running. Might just get it checked anyway though. ❤️

JoPo48
JoPo48Graduate

Oh what a beautiful post. Thank you. X

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to JoPo48

Aah thank you JoPo!! Hope you’re enjoying all your runs too. Every single one counts! Best wishes!! 😁😁❤️

QueenTea
QueenTeaGraduate

Lovely to read, Fabulous. I’m having a stressful week with family concerns but out with the dog having a coffee (me, not dog) & your post reminded me to appreciate simple pleasures. Thank you💖

JoPo48
JoPo48Graduate
in reply to QueenTea

I'm home now about to put the kettle on. Had only one running buddy with me today ( one dog lame from yesterday ) Poor dogga. Still, nice to have the old slow one with me!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to QueenTea

Thank you QueenTea! I had to honour how far I’ve come and appreciate the beauty of just stopping to be only in this moment! There’s no better feeling to me!

Hope the stresses subside! As sometimes when you look again, there’s some things that may not matter so much in the end!❤️

Crittermad
CrittermadGraduate

I didn’t realise there were runs in headspace?! Is that what you used? Just had a look around. May give a go sometime, thanks! Glad your run was so chilled!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Crittermad

Yes, there is a few of them on Nike+ Running App. I thought it would be good to give it a go and I found it really uplifting. ❤️

Flaraflarkin
FlaraflarkinGraduate

Wow Fabulous450! The tree that started as a seed and stood the test of time; painstakingly maintaining strength, balance and commitment ~ regardless of being blown about and facing life's challenges ~ a lesson for us all ❤ Just being 🙏

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Flaraflarkin

Absolutely Flara!! It’s even had bits cut off, yet the size of it and the strength really was something to see. There are certainly bigger trees but somehow that one was my tree! 😉❤️

Flaraflarkin
FlaraflarkinGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

The perfection of imperfection ❤

Alanist
AlanistGraduate

What a lovely post and the most beautiful thing is that you enjoyed yourself.

A reminder to us all that sometimes just being able to run is all that we need.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Alanist

Thanks so much Alan! I’m actually glad that I didn’t do any tracking during the programme. I’m not sure how that might have challenged my sense of achievement. I’ve definitely achieved what I set out to do and so every PB now will be a lovely bonus! But the real diamond for me is I’m doing it! 😁❤️

Alanist
AlanistGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Your so right. Tracking the run seems to put more pressure on you to complete times and/or distances rather than just going out there, having fun and having the sense of achievement of just being able to do it.

Hidden
Hidden

It has a fence around it. Is it historical?

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Hidden

Not sure Tabatha I took it while running. Perhaps it’s to stop people messing around with it. ❤️

Lovely post Fabulous! I don’t think it matters at all what other people are doing, whether they overtake us or we overtake them 🙂

We’re all fighting our own battles for our own reasons and we can only do our best. 😀👍

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to David_G

Totally agree David! I definitely appreciate being out there doing the same as Mr Fitness and all the runners! ❤️

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator

That's it 👍 so long as you get something good from it... it's all good! 😁

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

It’s always feel good! ❤️

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate

Inspiring post Fabulous450. So true, the physical and mental release from running is immense and you’re right, having a go, no matter how we feel, is better than 0k on the couch. I miss my runs on rest days...and the tree...I ❤️

Continued happy running lovely. 😊

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Dralimc

Will do Dralimc! You too!! 😁😁❤️

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

Well done! Hope your knee is ok. My right knee is not right - nothing to do with running - So annoying! 😖

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Ang33333

Hi Ang! Mine is the left! Yes annoying! Not something I could describe as painful, but it definitely feels a bit weak. I’ve looked up some knee strengthening exercises so I’ll do those on my rest days and see how that goes. ❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator

I love Headspace, saw that run a few days ago and I need to run it. Not ready yet, but soon.

I have two bad knees, one of which is saying “what the **** are you doing to me” right now while the other is saying “bring it” so I’m listening to the correct knee.

I’m looking forward to graduating here and getting back on that other app for the headspace run... not sure about just go with Mo, he’s a little intimidating 😂

Great to hear how much you enjoyed today’s run... keep ticking off the miles.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Aah UnfitNoMore, I love that!! 😁😁! I shall listen to my “bring it”! knee too! 😉! Sometimes you have to tell the body who’s boss!

I’m not trying to advertise it, but the app is very good indeed! Well....at least for me it is. I set out determined to complete, but also to make running a very happy habit! I’m definitely doing that! 😁😁❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

I was recommended it by a serious runner friend, it beating Strava in the respect it has free plans, but not being quite as public. Problem is it assumes some kind of fitness to hit 10 minutes first time out... it needs C25K stuff plugging in below “start up.”

I will return to it and NTC too, I’ll just be 9 weeks or so!

Some pains are recovery pain, muscles ache as they rebuild and strengthen, so pain around a joint can be normal. My wrong knee didn’t shout at me during the exercise, just nagged at me after. If it’s a serious stop it needs it’ll tell me during.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Brilliant! 🤔 Interesting about the recovery pain too. Could be!!

Sounds like you’ve got this and I see W1 is already in the bag now! Go you!! Love your story and it’s great that you’re back out reclaiming your fitness! Keep going and well done you and your daughter too!! Brilliant! 😁😁❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

I kinda have all the theory in my head still, but it’s been a LONG time, and I’m paying the price for my lifestyle, heck I enjoyed it though! Having an overweight unfit 12 year old though, that’s all on me, and that I haven’t enjoyed seeing... time to fix it! She’s aiming for the 5k, but little does she know there’s a junior parkrun not 5 miles from home that’s 2k on sundays... it’ll be a nice surprise 😈 I must remember to volunteer as a Marshall as parents can run with their children if not lol

Basically in recovery... muscles are bundles of fibres... when you exercise some of them break, and in recovery they hurt as they heal... the brain sees this and builds more of this type of muscle fibre at the same time... so that recovery pain is normal. They’re pretty good at healing fast and the fitter you get, the faster they’ll heal, so when fully fit you can go on slow paced runs and build endurance without stopping the healing, thus run 5/6 times a week

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Oh welcome to the running family!! It’s great to have you around! Thank you!

2k Parkrun sounds pretty fantastic! So nice that you and your daughter are both running together! 12 is a tricky age isn’t it? I wasn’t petite when I was that age. No one wanted Serena Williams or Kim Kardashian’s thighs in my time either 🤣. But, I’m sure she’ll be absolutely glowing with fitness and pride soon enough. You both will! Big hugs! ❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

Not sure I’d fancy those thighs either... maybe I’m getting old but I always was intimidated by girls with more defined muscle than me 😂

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

I had them UnfitNoMore and definetly did NOT want them!! Or at least it certainly felt that way. Leggings were never worn by me! 🤣❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

Nor me! I did like curves, just not muscle bulk... I’m going with the flow now and accept I’m not Mr Alpha male and Ms Alpha female is just a person. Too many stereotypes in my upbringing I guess. Of course if I chase either and it’s not a race... my wife would assist my running potential by removing a couple of items that get in the way lol

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

🤣🤣🤣.....Oh dear!! Yes, definitely stay away from leggings! ❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

I dunno... I was into 80s metal... I could do spandex.

No... actually, I totally couldn’t.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

🤣🤣 might be best to give up the idea all together! Hey, there’s always skinny jeans! Happy running! ❤️

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreAdministrator
in reply to Fabulous450

You too... nice chatting. Keep up the great work and keep inspiring us newbies. I’ll aim not to wear leggings ever... and one day you’ll pull some on and be confident.

Now I did my workout, I haven’t smoked all day... I think I need a glass of wine to reward myself. 🍷🍷

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to UnfitNoMore

You too!

Oh, I wear the running ones no problem! I not that bothered anymore. I’m definitely in the take me as I am camp now!

Good for you! Relax and enjoy! ❤️

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate

Love your posts, you express what many of us feel so eloquently

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Berksrover

Oh thank you so much Berksrover! Running does give you so many new perspectives. Sharing makes you realise you’re not alone! What’s really most important is to be happy being you! Oh and a lotta laughs comes in very handy too! 😂❤️

lovely words and very true, thank you.

That was a lovely post!

Those Headspace runs are really great, whether you do the ones in the Headspace app or the free ones in the Nike Run Club app.

It’s good not to focus too much on distance or speed, just by turning up and starting a run you’ve achieved something, and like Andy says you’ll be a slightly better version of yourself when you finish. 🙂

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to 1Potato

Oh yes!! Loving it!! ❤️

_SimonT_
_SimonT_Graduate

Well done Fabulous! You really give it your heart and soul and that’s all that matters! 😀

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to _SimonT_

Thank you Simon! I certainly do! So I have to acknowledge that and how far I’ve come. Was back out today and still enjoying it! ❤️

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