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Decided to run my second run this week on the road rather that at the Gym, despite the 30c heat I much preferred it to staring at the wall at the gym, although did find it a little harder but much easier to run at my own pace. I think I'll stick to outdoors from here on in.

Didn't find the runs quite as intimidating this time, and still surprised to find I'm quite enjoying it!

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Paul

Well done, I agree running in the hot weather does have an impact. When I started C25K it was a very hot day around 1 o’clocK I think, so it was tough.

I had a recommendation from ‘fabulous450’ to run in the morning as it’s cooler. Why not try this as it might make it a bit easier and remember to keep hydrated.

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I was thinking about that when I was about half way round, my only problem is that during the week I already have a 6am start to get to work and I'm not sure I have it in me to get up any earlier! I'm doing parkrun tomorrow so that should at least be in a cooler part of the day

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Great that you have thought about park run and gym.

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I've really enjoyed Parkrun, going to try and get there every weekend - one way of measuring my progress.

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Well done Paul! I've just moved to southern Sweden which is experiencing a heat wave at the moment so I feel your pain! Maybe if mornings aren't doable for you, you could squeeze it in to the evening when it is cooling down a bit? What week are you on? I've just finished week 1 :) Good luck!

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That was an evening run, but I might try a bit later next time. I didn't mind it so much, but if I was running more than 90 seconds I think I might have melted!

I'm on Week 2, how are you finding week one?

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Not too bad - I find it hard to keep up any sort of pace in the 6/7th running interval, but I have kept running so far. Luckily the place we have moved to is really flat and has a nice big park about 5 minutes walk away which is great. I feel a bit self conscious about all the other (much more competent) runners around though! Did you find week 2 a big step up?

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I was surprised how much longer 90 felt the first time, but once I'd got the first interval out of the way it wasn't too bad. I do find my legs feeling tired towards the end of each interval, but just go at my own pace. I've resolved I'm not going to be fast, just want to finish..

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Well done running in the heat, please do be careful though and drink plenty water.

During the hottest days we have waited until 7.30/8 to go and run. It’s just too hot for me any earlier.

I hope you find a more suitable time!

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Thanks, and its great to see graduates hanging around and contributing to the community. It must have been about 7ish when went out - had my water (even bought a proper running bottle!). Parkrun is at 9am tomorrow so I've frozen my bottle so it'll be nice and chilled too when we start

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