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Bye-Bye Week 8!!!😱

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I began experiencing right knee niggles last 2 runs.....hence figured I should give myself an extra rest day before attempting W8R3.

So, after taking it easy yesterday, I woke up today morning really looking forward to my last run of Week8.

Started off as usual.....concrete legs refusing to co-operate, but coming through after the Toxic 10....and I got through the remaining 18. I attempted a "hill" (okay, a slight incline) during the last 5 mins, which really pushed me as I was quite tired by then.

Knee niggles in both legs now, nothing painful or unbearable - thinking that perhaps those knee support thingies might help going forward? Do I have to wear it all the time or only when I run? Does anyone have any thoughts/similar experiences?

All in all, happy I finished Week8 on a fairly positive note.

We go away on holiday later this week, so fingers crossed I'll "graduate" in a foreign land!!! 😱😱😱 Eeeeks!! I'm not sure how I got this!!!πŸ˜…

Roll on Final Week9......I'm all geared up to smash you in my signature "sedated-snail-hippo-hobble" style!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŠπŸŒπŸŒπŸŒ

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Well done Hotheels only 3 more runs to go and we will be putting that medal round your neck, look forward to seeing your graduation photo, keep going, rest and hydrate well and look after your knees πŸ’ͺπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Berksrover

When you put it like that.....omg!!! I've come a lonnnnnngggggg way😱😱😱😱!!!

Thank you for your support - it has been a constant since I started out on this journey xx

Ready to rock Week9!!!😁


Bring on week 9. Not long to go until you graduate πŸ‘πŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Shakywakey

Thanks Shaky!!! Not long before you're counting down to graduation too!!! 😁


Awh well done!! Hope you have a lovely holiday and enjoy week 9 x

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dee_N

Thanks Dee!!


Laying out the red carpet for W9!! πŸ™ŒπŸ‘ŠπŸ™Œ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Flaraflarkin

Hah!!! I'll take to the red carpet in true snail style!!!

Thank you xxx Still have no idea how I've made it this far....but there's no looking back....onwards and upwards!!!!😁

Amazing Hotheels! You’re doing soooo well! And have fun during your graduation week on hols. You’re sure to find somewhere lovely to run - I did, and really enjoyed the change of scenery!

Take it easy with those knees. Maybe slow down a bit more? But you know your own body so know best!

Have fun, and can’t wait to hear your graduation news in 3 runs’ time!! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘ŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you, Cheeky!!!

Never thought I'd be able to get this far, I'm excited and nervous at the same time!!

I hope I can find a good running route in my tourist avatar....fingers crossed!!!

Yeah....knees.....going to pick up the support things that KayBee1000 suggested, as I'm not in pain....just some discomfort....and I want to make sure I'm as careful as I can to avoid IC.

Watch this space!!!😁

cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

That’s the spirit! I will be watching this space and can’t wait for your graduation! πŸ˜€ Happy hols. πŸ–πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€


Well done!

I bought a pair of knee supports from Amazon a few weeks in, as an old knee injury started flaring up.

I put it on under my leggings only when running, and it has really helped. I still get the odd niggle now and again, but it was getting to a point that it was hurting all the time and I was having trouble walking, so it definitely helped.

The pair I bought were these:

Hope that helps! Good luck with Week 9 πŸ˜€

HotheelsGraduate in reply to KayBee1000

Ah....this is perfect, methinks. I'm going to pick these and hopefully see an improvement.....thank you!!!!πŸ‘

KayBee1000Graduate in reply to Hotheels

You’re welcome πŸ™‚


I've got a secret to tell,

Week 9 is easy cos your almost there.

Keep positive and enjoy your holidayβ˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Hidden

You're so right Hidden.....!!! 2 mins extra doesn't seem too big a jump from 28minuters......fingers crossed, I'll be ok!!!😁

Well done Hotheels. Not long to go now πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Mashedpotato

Thanks Mash x

If I can get this far, then anyone!!!


Definitely look after the knees - no heroics, OK??? You can take a week off after week 9. I had to nurse mine through the last 3 weeks and they’re now fine, because I was super-careful. Good luck and look forward to your graduation post πŸ‘πŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Equi-geek

I'm focussed on looking after the knees!!! Going to get those support thingies and go easy.....very keen to avoid the IC!!!

Thank you for the advice.....I'm taking it and following it!

No snail heroics!!!😁


You're so nearly there! Enjoy your holiday and tourist running πŸ‘πŸ˜

HotheelsGraduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you!!! Tourist running.....let's hope I can find a nice route. Don't fancy running on!!!!

But, we'll this space!!πŸ˜‰


Go girl! Enjoy your hols and go steady with that knee. It won’t hurt to give yourself an extra days rest in between. Slow but sure is the key. Good luck x

HotheelsGraduate in reply to PaulaGullett

Thanks hun x I definitely plan to go gentle with the knee......!!😁


Eeee! Nearly there now; I'm so excited for you!

Have a great holiday, and I hope the knees behave themselves ☺

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Runip

Ah, thanks Runip!!!

It will be interesting to see how I cope with integrating my running in a holiday......I've only run outdoors to date - so I've no idea whether treadmill running will appeal. I'm also anxious about finding a suitable running, will have to play it by ear and see how I get on....while being extra careful with the old!!!

Wish me luck!!!


RunipGraduate in reply to Hotheels

I would, but you definitely don't need luck. You have well and truly got this. Treadmill or new route, there's no stopping you now!

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Runip

A...that is such a lovely thing to say!!! Thanks hun x

I had trouble in early weeks with ankles so someone recommended gait analysis. I had this at Runner’s Needs where I found my gait was neutral but my shoes did not offer enough support or cushioning even though they were running shoes. I bought new ASICS shoes to meet the needs and now life is much easier and less pain.

The gait analysis is free and I would certainly recommend it to anyone experiencing ankle, heel or knee pain. I’m sure there are other places to get it done too but this was my local.

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Thirtyb

Thank you!!! I had gait analysis done early on after Week 1 and invested in a pair of I suffered from horrible arch pain. I also was advised to use arch support inserts which made a massive difference and I've never looked back since.

I've never had any knee problems and this niggling pain only started about a week ago.....not unbearable but noticeable.

I'm going to use knee supports and see if this helps.

Lol......I'm just growing old, methinks!!!πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Well done Hottie , Good luck with week 9. πŸƒπŸ’ͺ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

It's the home run......Chicka!!!!😱😱😱😱

Excited and nervous......proud and anxious.......mixture of all kinds of emotions!!!

Still in shock that I've come this have been so supportive, thank you!!!! xx

Deborahchick46Graduate in reply to Hotheels

It's a great feeling. I got really emotional doing week 9. You've done great. All I did was replied to your posts. πŸ€—

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Sometimes, knowing someone out there has your back is all you need to find the courage to keep going!!!

By simply replying to my posts, you've done that in spades!!!!😍


Hi Hotheels, I found the early weeks a bit hard on the knees but moved onto the treadmill and it was softer. My knees then built up some strength until I went out again. So you may find it easier on holiday. Have you bought new running shoes from a good shop, because the soles should take a lot of the impact?

Dexy5Graduate in reply to Dexy5

Oh and try doing squats on your rest days to strengthen those knees. Have a good holiday πŸπŸ–

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Another good point!!! I will definitely look to do squats on rest days.....😊

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Yes, new Asics at the back of a gait analysis bought after Week 1 and arch support inserts made a positive difference to my running experience.

This knee niggle is new....but you have a point. The holiday treadmill running might give my knees an easier time......hadn't thought of that, so it's something I will try!!!😊

Thank you Dexy5!

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