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W7R3 done and dusted

Wet and cold :( Not sure if the conditions were at fault but this evening's run was a battle of two wills. One was saying, "STOP!" whilst the other was saying, "Don't you dare!". I'm glad I chose to carry on but it wasn't easy to begin with. The second half seemed to go quicker.

Finally, I'm not embarrassed to say I'm glad I've got two days' rest before I tackle the final two weeks :)

Take care.

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A couple of days rest and you’ll be racing to go. Only 6 runs to go, then it’s graduation time. Superb effort to not give in tonight 👏👏

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Thank you. I'd have been very annoyed if I'd stopped.

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Yay! Go Antonio, my iron-willed virtual running buddy!

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Hahaha....I've now gone bright red, and not because of running!!

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Ahhh but you slayed the swarming gremlins and carried on! Yesss! 🙌

Have your well deserved rest and pick up W8 with renewed vigor! You’ve got this! 💪🏻😀👏👍🏻

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Thanks. Rest, I will!!

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Huge well done! Relax into the lovely long runs now. Let the newly forming running legs find their happy pace. Get in some stamina and strength exercise in over the weekend too.. it pays dividends for the long runs:)

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Thanks :)

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Here I am! Bit late to the party but you know what they say...

Anyway, congratulations to you. Biggest challenge yet is to battle with your will. There’ll be a lot more of that to come but you’re nailing this. 👍🏼x

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Welcome to the party. Again, you're never short of inspiring words. Roll on W8.

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I’m really struggling with consistency. (5k, then nothing for 3 weeks, then 2k then nothing.......) so I’m cutting right back and planning to run just one little mile every day. That way I won’t put it off and it’s not too uncomfortable. That should get me back into the habit and increase my confidence and stamina again.

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I think a little every day would be better than your current inconsistency. Your stamina would also improve. Even if you can't manage every day and fall back to your current regime, it's still better than nothing and will keep you topped up. Maybe look at joining a park run, if you can commit to weekly?

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I’ve been doing park runs. I’ve done 5 now over the last few months. There’s one here in the village. So I will do another when I feel confident again. Park run is part of the problem, it’s hilly and I struggle to get anything under 38 minutes which I then go home and beat myself up about, rather than be thrilled I did it!

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hmmm...Surely it's the fact you've completed it that matters? Forget distance. It's about getting out there and running, no matter what pace. In due course, I'll try to get out for a 30-mins run three times per week. I just won't be bothered about distance. And a hilly run is far better for you than a level 5k in so many minutes. Don't be so hard on yourself :(

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Yes I know. I give good advice but don’t take it eh?

Anyway, as I say, I’m doing something about it.

A mile a day. If I want to go further I can. But there’s no pressure. 😊

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That's right - no pressure. Take your time and enjoy it. You'll be fine!! :)

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