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Delayed end of W7 - Tuning into my body

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Had originally meant to go running early morning at 5:30am......

The alarm went off, I got up brushed my teeth and started to change into my running gear when I realised that instead of just those beastly gremlins to deal with, I felt all achy and sore throughout my body. My feet, arms and back hurt......

So rather than force myself to run, I listened to my body and went back to bed.

Woke up much later feeling rested. Upon considering why I felt so sore, I realised that having gone for a hike with the family yesterday must've worn me out more than I realised.

The old me would've been happy to have a genuine excuse to not go running, but funnily enough I found myself feeling rather disappointed and sad at not being able to go running today......which I found oddly amusing tbh!!!!

Anyway, got on with my regular stuff, took it easy for the rest of the day......and at 8pm, began feeling like my body was ready to take off for that, like a child being told that Christmas has come early, I jumped up with glee, quickly got changed and off I went!!!!

And I ran....for 25mins nonstop and thoroughly enjoyed it too!!

So pleased that I didn't force it today morning but managed to stay positive and wave goodbye to Week7 on a happy note!!!

I love running.....I can't do without running......!!!! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

To all you peeps, happy running for the rest of the week!!


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That the way. If I was like that in the morning I'd do the same as you.

Isn't it funny how your body will let you know what to do!

Your an inspiration to fellow runners.

Enjoy week8, we'll all be with you. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to

I honestly think that I would've been miserable if I had forced myself to run when I wasn't physically feeling 100%......reminding myself that it's not a race and remembering to listen to my body's signals was definitely the right I really enjoyed tonight's run.

Thank you for your amazing support.....roll on Week8!!!! 😁

Oldfloss profile image

Huge well done to you.. the lovely longer runs beckon:)

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

I would love to be able to do longer runs for sure...... but I'm very slow at the moment.....reckon I'd need more than an hour to manage 5k.

But, for now I'm just focussing on one run at a time.....tracking purely on time.

To be able to run nonstop for 25mins, however slowly, was something I could not even contemplate doing 7 weeks, I've definitely come a long way from being a couch potato.

One day.....I will do those lovely long runs at a reasonable speed!!!😊


Shakywakey profile image

Another great update. 25 mins is fantastic πŸ‘πŸ‘

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to Shakywakey

Thanks Shakywakey!!! It felt good to get those 25mins done and dusted tonight 😁

Flaraflarkin profile image

Yay! Great post Hotheels 😬 You did the right thing and it paid off! πŸ™ŒWell done on 25minutes!! πŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thanks Flaraflarkin!!! Can't believe how sad I felt at not being able to run this morning.....and how happy I felt when I could go out tonight.....I'm definitely hooked!!!!

Today's experience has only made me realise how important it is to keep going slow and steady so that I avoid IC and keep enjoying my running.....even though it's at a sedated snail pace!!!

Runip profile image

There's such a difference between your brain trying to find a reason not to run, and your body telling you not to. So glad you finished the week on a high πŸ‘

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to Runip

Totally agree!!! 😊 Yes - week7 has been a mixed bag for me, so I'm glad it's behind me!!!

Thank you x

Fabulous450 profile image

πŸ€” Did someone say they’re in love with running? πŸ˜‰! Now 7 weeks ago could you ever have imagined saying that? That’s just brilliant! You’re brilliant! I think that it’s a good thing to be flexible with yourself. You absolutely did the right thing waiting! πŸ€“ Well done!! 😁❀️

Hotheels profile image

Yes yes yes....I'm in love with RUNNING!!!!

No way would I have ever in a million years believed I would ever say that!!!!

But it's true!!

Running has been my gives me hope that I am capable of bringing positive change to my physical and mental health.

And the tremendous support from my C25k family keeps me going!!

Running totally rocks....and inspirational runners like you make this journey awesome!!!

Thank you xxxx❀

Dg_w profile image

HaHa. It’s scary how you can get into the running bug. I generally run in the evening, though already the days seem to be getting shorter! Not sure I could do the getting up in the morning run TBH.

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dg_w

I've never been an early bird...... always been a night owl......

So I started off with evening runs.

But somewhere around W3-W4, I had long jam-packed days juggling stuff and the only way I could fit a run in was to do them first thing in the morning (before all the madness started).....and I actually found them very effective in clearing up my head and pumping me with happy endorphins to tackle the rest of the day on a, early morning runs were defintely an eye-opener for me.....and made for a very shocked and speechless "early bird husband" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

But yes, I have definitely got the bug, that's for sure!!!! πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Your post should be pinned so people can see that it’s ok to delay a run if all doesn’t feel right with your body. Others might have gone out anyway and either had to bail, or they might have completed the run but felt totally miserable, and/or injured themselves in the process.

So kudos to you Hotheels! You did the right thing for you and it paid off! You sound happy and thoroughly upbeat and how great is that!? ❀️

W8 stretches ahead for you. It’s yours doe the taking. Go smash it! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ‘Š

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HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Don't know how to pin a post.....think only admins can do this?

But completely post would've been very different if I had gone ahead with running in the morning......probably riddled with lots of negativity and pain!!! Just makes me more aware of my body and the importance of patience and perseverance!!!😊

Thank you cheekychipmunks!!! I'm right behind you with starting W8 tomorrow......we can SO do this!!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

We SO can! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈ

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