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Hello everyone!

I managed to squeeze in another outing yesterday, though was very glad I had decided to put my waterproof on as it started raining in earnest just as I finished the warm-up walk. Normally I hate getting wet, so was surprised how little I was bothered by running in proper rain - guess it helped that it wasn't actually cold. Did another week 1 run, and it was much the same as last time - can still feel that discomfort in my leg. Not sure whether to try another week 1 run tomorrow or ramp it up to week 2 to see how that feels. Decisions, decisions....

As I was running (OK, running-walking) I was thinking about how this time last year I was sitting in a hospital waiting room, where I'd been all day after a long night of no sleep, waiting to be admitted with what turned out to be appendicitis. A year ago today I was recovering from surgery. Thinking back to the recovery period makes me appreciate the fact I can run and walk - just 5-10 minutes of snail-like walking on level ground was so tiring even 2-3 weeks later. I am so very grateful to all the overworked NHS staff who took care of me and got me back on my feet ❤️

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Well done for getting started - I find it doesn’t really matter whether it’s raining or not - I'm either soaked with rain or soaked with sweat anyway, and rain cools you down better than sweat 😀 Great to hear you've overcome your operation too. Good luck!

EiralasGraduate in reply to telford_mike

Cheers Telford_mike 🙂 Good point, re the rain - I'll tell myself that next time. Try to subdue my inner cat 😉


Well done, hon xx

I'm taking a tour through the old familiar leafy lanes of C25K while my assorted leg problems heal up. Did a W2 run just now. Felt good.

C'mon. We've done it before. We'll get there together xx

EiralasGraduate in reply to sallenson

Good to hear your W2 run went well - I suspect you will be zooming off back to big school in no time. Maybe I need Andrew and his magic ruler to sort me out!

If I make it out later I'll think of you running alongside me as a virtual running buddy 🙂

sallensonGraduate in reply to Eiralas

I'll always be your running buddy. We go back a long way. Not going to leave you behind hon xx

EiralasGraduate in reply to sallenson

Aw, now I have something in my eye...

sallensonGraduate in reply to Eiralas

Sleepy dust. It happens. xx

Hugz make sleepy dust better xx

Hi Eiralas, glad you made it out again. I don’t mind running in the rain, after the recent heat the rain is a welcome change. I ran this morning and my fingers were actually cold when I started out, not for long though!

I guess you know your body and current level of discomfort better than any else so you just have to listen to what it’s telling you. Is is pain or is it a niggle that will pass as you get stronger again? How about taking a couple of rest days before week 2?

Fingers still crossed for you and your recovery, good luck out there. Slow and steady. 👍😊

EiralasGraduate in reply to owmeknees

Hi owmeknees! Yes it is good to have some rain. I remember how cold my fingers would get when I started back in January - I would do the warm up walk as fast as I could, and couldn't wait for Laura to tell me to start running 😉 Hope you have some gloves ready for when the weather starts to turn.

I'm finding it quite difficult to 'judge' this pain, despite the fact I am used to listening to my body. The physio suggested trying to run again even though it is still there, so long as it is at low levels, so that is what I'm trying to do. I'll keep it slow 🙂

owmeknees in reply to Eiralas

Slow sounds like a good plan 👍

I first started in January too but I don’t even remember the cold! Think I was too busy trying to stay alive and keep my knees going at that point. Definitely considering gloves now though! Take it easy and keep going 😊

EiralasGraduate in reply to owmeknees

Ha ha, maybe I was so conscious of the cold at the time as I had enormous holes in my leggings! 😳 That can't have helped 😂

Great to hear that you went out again, maybe you’re right about trying something a little harder (w2) - you’ll soon know if it’s the right thing or not. Maybe just spend a bit longer stretching / warming up before hand??

The body is an amazing thing, good to hear the recovery went so well.

Keep up the good work


EiralasGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Cheers LL! The last physio gave me some specific stretches/exercises to do before and after running, so I'm giving them a go. Hopefully they will help.

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