Back to running outdoors in old Blighty 😊 - Couch to 5K

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Back to running outdoors in old Blighty 😊

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate
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Just back from a quick 4k 7am run......ahhh....how I've missed outdoor running!!!!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜

I also ran without my knee support thingy for the first time in 3 weeks or so and I had no niggles.....hurrah!!!!!πŸ€—

Tried a new route today in the "big park" where my local park runs take place.....and also tackled a "hill".....ok, a gradual incline but to me it felt like a hill.....lol!!!πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

For now, have decided to focus on consolidation and scope the path that the park run uses....in the hope that I'll feel confident enough to turn up to run alongside others in a park run soon enough...fingers crossed!!🀞

Really happy to be back running amongst trees, birds and squirrels!!!πŸŒ³πŸ¦πŸΏπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜

Happy running, peeps!!!😊

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Welcome home Hotheels! πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

β€œA quick 4k”! So casual! You’re such an amazing runner now! πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈ

Great that your knee is behaving. Bet you’re relieved about that. πŸ‘πŸ»

Good plan scoping your parkrun route. I bet you’ll tackle one sooner rather than later - once I’d run 5k, I just had to have a piece of parkrun, I had serious FOMO reading all the euphoric posts on here! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜…

Anyway, enjoy consolidating, and happy happy running! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hahaha!!!! Trust you to spot how casual I made it sound.....πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

But it's true.....had meant to run yesterday morning but what with a delayed flight, arriving really late and jetlag.....I slept in and spent most of yesterday tackling mountains of laundry and getting geared for schools starting.....πŸ™ˆπŸ˜… life just takes over!!!

So, I just accepted it, remembered to drink lots of water and went to bed early. Woke up today and off I went confident in the knowledge that I could cover 5k but aware of taking it slow and only pushing as far as felt enough.

So - that's what I did....and it felt great!!!

I know that if I do a few more runs like this and build up to 5k, then I'll feel much less nervous about joining a park run.....and given my miserable sense of direction (believe me you, I can get lost in no time!!), scoping the route is the only way forward.....lol!!!!😁

With your bubbling enthusiasm about park runs, I also have major FOMO.....so hopefully I'll get there soon!!!🀩

Love you, Cheeky xx😘

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Yay, sounded perfect! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

And Hotheels, I’m not the only enthusiastic one - you always paint a happy picture too - Hotheels running merrily along, I’d imagine always with a broad smile and sunny disposition! πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»

You must promise to do parkrun as soon as you’ve done a few 5ks. You will absolutely love it! Such a fabbo atmosphere! β€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈ I can’t wait for the weekend after next - can’t do next weekend as I’m going to a disco. No really! And I won’t be home until the wee hours! Don’t laugh!!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Weekend after though - bring it on! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘‹πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Hahaha!!!! Check you out.....Cheeky is going to the disco!!!!πŸ’ƒπŸ˜Š

Only discos I've been to are the ones I help organise at my children's schools.....lol!!

Have loads of fun.....and smash the next park run!!!πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘Š Cantv wait to hear all about it!!!πŸ˜„

Woohoo!! Look at us....totally morphed into running-junkies πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈand loving every second!!!

😁😍

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

I know it’s crazy alright! The only reason I like rest days is because it means the next one is a running day!

Disco will be fun. Average age of our group will be late 50’s! It’s a hoot and we’ve been before - my grown kids find it hysterical! Believe me, if I could parkrun the next morning I would - but I fear I’d crash and burn! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜€

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Sounds like you're set to have a blast!!!! Enjoy!!! xx

PS: I know the feeling about rest days.....I'm itching to go and then have to wait until rest day is behind us.....lol!!!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Get you at the disco πŸ’ƒπŸ½ Cheeky!! 🀩❀️

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate

Good to have you back Hotheels sounds like a great plan, got for it girl

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Berksrover

😊 I remembered how you said that you waited until 7am and set off....was a tad bit nippy when I started but I quickly warmed up and with the sun out, it was a pleasant sweaty run.

After weeks of hot and humid weather, was nice to have a cool run!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Welcome back hotheels and good luck with your quest to reach 5K. It won’t take you long to get to Parkrun, and it’s so much easier with people to follow . πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘ πŸ‘ (a shame the hot heels are going in the wrong direction)

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy xx

I find that I run faster on the treadmill than outdoors....so, will see how the next few weeks go and whether my pace gradually gets better.....I've never even seen a park run so dont quite know what to expect.....but, as C25k is all about breaking barriers, I'm keen to give it my best shot 😊

Fingers crossed 🀞

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate in reply to Hotheels

Just remember that Parkrun is a run , not a race although people are trying to better their own times. But there will be people walking, some running with dogs or pushchairs. And you can never be last.

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

That's very helpful!! Thank you xx😘😘

Its probably what I need...to connect with other local runners.....as it's all getting a bit too much for my husband now......as he thinks I've lost the plot with all this running.....lol!!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Dexy5

And yesterday there was a woman with a baby in a front carrier! β€οΈπŸ˜€

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Wow is all I can say!!! πŸ˜€

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Fantastic Hotheels! Happy running!! That’s the best!! 😁❀️

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks xx

Hidden
Hidden

Lovely to know your back where you belong, trees, birds and all the other wildlife. And going quickly, you put a smile on our faces. πŸ˜‰

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Hidden

Gaz!!! 😊 I've been following your progress.....can't comment on your posts as I'm still too chicken to join the B210 community......

You've been doing so well......keep it up, mate!!!

Yes....I'm back.....it's lovely to be back and running outdoors. Now that I'm back on home turf....I'm hoping I can get a few 5ks under my belt before working out what's next...😊

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Nothing wrong with the B210k forum, slightly different vibe to this one but still inclusive and supportive. Anyhow, good to have you back, enjoy the hills and the wildlife! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ¦‰πŸ°πŸΏ

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to telford_mike

Oh I couldnt agree with you more, Mike!!! 😊 B210k seems just as lovely as C25k, but I find some of the post discussions a bit daunting, so figured I'm not yet ready to join. Hopefully in time.....!!!πŸ˜‰

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Remember. You. Are. A. Runner! πŸ˜€

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to telford_mike

Awww Mike....you are a proper sweetheart, you are!!!

How did you know that I still struggle to believe that.....????!!!πŸ˜‰

Trying hard to slay those gremlins everyday.....x

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate in reply to Hotheels

I was chicken too Hotheels, but it’s just as great as C25K! So dive in girl! It’s not a commitment to run 10k, it’s a Bridge as long or short as you want it to be. I’m in training to β€œdo my best 5k” at my Charity run on Saturday at the moment. Though I do have a 7.5k in my programme tomorrow. I think it’s about building endurance, so I’m faster at 5k. 😳 I’m quite looking forward to it. Though I’m not sure how I’ll do it, I’ll certainly be giving it my best shot! See you on the Bridge! 😁 ❀️

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Hah!!! Says the girl who joined B210k by mistake and then reckoned it was a sign......!!!!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

Look at you do your thing now!!πŸ€—

I'm not confident to dive in just yet.......so will hold out until I do x

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate in reply to Hotheels

Oh yeah! It was a happy accident though! πŸ˜‚! Hey, it will be here whenever you’re ready (and even when you’re not πŸ˜‚)! ❀️

Hidden
Hidden in reply to Hotheels

You'll find out what's best as you continue along this path.

Keep πŸ˜€ing. πŸ‘.

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate in reply to Hidden

I'm trusting in that.....!!!

Thanks Gaz x

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