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What is Your Week. September.

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OldflossAdministrator
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Good morning everyone...

This month it is my turn to bring us all together, in the What is Your Week chat.

Numbers on all the forums, but especially this one, are increasing on a daily basis!

It is fantastic to see, but hard to keep up with. We at Admin have to thank you all for the response to the way we are changing a few things, because of these increases:)

I posted this photograph once before in one of my rambles... but it is opportune, and certainly how I feel at the moment. Returning after a long spell on the IC.. I needed to focus on motivation and moving. Finding what it there inside and using it to move forward, at whatever stage we are, in our running:)

With numbers increasing, it is great have a little fun post ,so we can see who is on, which week of the programme, and hopefully it will help everyone to feel more included on the forum.

We can support, encourage and generally help each other, in a positive and friendly way, with no thought of comparison.

Please remember it doesn't matter if you stay on the same week for a while, that is fine; it is a journey and it really doesn't matter how long it takes, it will be so worth it when you get to the final run.

If you have just graduated, also, this will be a great place to keep you motivated,and there is always the Quest on the Bridge to 10k forum as well for graduates.

So, come and join the fun.... Let us know how it is going :)

Oldfloss xx

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IannodaTruffe profile image
IannodaTruffeMentor

I did my first sub 30 minute 5k for well over a year, last week.

Progress.......

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OutofpuffGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Hey - well done - that’s amazing. Must have felt good ...👏👊✊

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to IannodaTruffe

Blimey oh Riley!!! Go you... that is brilliant:)

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GoGo_JoJoGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

That's great to hear 👍

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RealfoodieclubGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

I am so happy for you. Well done xxx

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

And here are we on the journey stressing about getting sub 30 😂

Great job

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Elfe5Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

That’s great news! 😀

LiisaM profile image
LiisaMGraduate

Dear OF, what is that "thing" in the picture? ...and OK, you've got me up off my duff and I will run this muggy morning, although life has been beating me.... Maybe another half mile? I'll try....

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LiisaMGraduate in reply to LiisaM

Okay, Oldfloss, I did my half mile run, and I must say, I do feel pretty good. Hubby just got up as I returned. The dog and cats are all fed, the dog's been walked, the dog's had his meds, Hubby's had his, and Hubby's breakfast is on the table. I have so much to do, I've been "down" but I feel good now. Maybe I should try to do this somehow more often?

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

Brilliant..Brilliant. Massive well done..Do it when you can...feel good factor...😊

LiisaM profile image
LiisaMGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks for being there, Oldfloss. I'm hanging on to this running "thing" by a hair--and you're holding the other end. THANK YOU for being there--so important to me--more than you can know

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

I am never going to let go..😊

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to LiisaM

It is a conker.. the treasure inside the horse chestnut..!😉

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Cazzajambo in reply to LiisaM

Haha I mis read what you wrote and thought you said to oldfloss she's got you up the duff 😂😂😂

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Cazzajambo

Oh dear .... !

GoGo_JoJo profile image
GoGo_JoJoGraduate

Well I aim to reach HM distance this month. My superman impression (flying through the air) when my mountain bike and I parted ways at Friston Forest gave me a week off whilst the various battered muscles recovered.

I've been feeling down lately and the added inactivity didn't help so when I got a decent finish after work Sunday there were loads of reasons not to run- tired after work, arm and shoulder still sore, had things to do.... etc etc, you know the ones.

But there was one resounding reason to say Yes. Because I can. Because I can choose Yes over No.

I did 8 mile from an unplanned, sort of planned 7 to 9. I maybe pushed a little harder than I should but it felt so good to say Yes. To move. To be in the sunshine, most of it with a grin on my face 👍😁🌞

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Agelesslass in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Brilliant inspiring post GoGo jojo

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Welcome back... 8 miles! Blimey. One day I shall

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

Huge well done.. particularly after your flying adventures:) So easy to give into those gremlins... but you have, as every done wonderfully!

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Jonny_Run_Lately

Well, technically this is week 9 for me. However, due to a week's holiday in Majorca, a persistent shoulder injury and a chronic chest infection it has been almost a month since I completed week 8. I am going to dust off the trainers tomorrow and see how I go. Frustrating to have got this far and had to take a break but determined to finish.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Jonny_Run_Lately

Slow and steady ?

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Jonny_Run_Lately

Nice and easy, won’t take long to be back where you were, and you have the advantage of knowing you can!

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lollytwistGraduate

Morning all

I am on w3 of Ju-Ju’s 10k plan. I started the week with the big run of 7k, this morning was 3.5. I’m enjoying the cooler mornings, and happy to see my speed increasing ever so slightly 😀🏃‍♀️

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to lollytwist

Well done you!

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to lollytwist

Good job... shorter runs build that speed.

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glentoran99Graduate

Week 6 run 1 due today

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to glentoran99

Hope it went well :)

Agelesslass profile image
Agelesslass

This app has encouraged me, inspired me and I wouldn’t be running without it. I really appreciate this support Oldfloss, thanks to you and all involved in it.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Agelesslass

Brilliant... go you!

I'm planning on doing w1r2 this evening when my partner gets home to look after the kids, it's also my first day back at work today since May shoo hoping I'm not too exhausted

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to CrochetingScallywag

Slow and steady and relax into it... that is your time:)

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to CrochetingScallywag

Evening runs are great at removing the stresses of the day. Enjoy.

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frenchvisitorGraduate

I got out for a 30min run for the first time in 4 weeks having been plagued with a bad back (2nd time this year!) for a month. It's taken me time to get off the IC as I lose my core strength very quickly and haven't found an activity that helps me maintain it while my back heals. (Any advice?)

Anyway yesterday's run was slow and steady, but I was quite happy and could probably have carried on but I didn't want to overdo it.

In the meantime, I've been reading everyone's posts and enjoying the sense of community and shared enthusiasm. So happy to see you back in the running Oldfloss!

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Snuffy_TGraduate in reply to frenchvisitor

Swimming helps me with my back.

frenchvisitor profile image
frenchvisitorGraduate in reply to Snuffy_T

You're right of course - I wish I'd had the reflex to go to the pool right away!

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to frenchvisitor

Slow and steady is just perfect!

Jogunlikely profile image
JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to frenchvisitor

Find a decent Pilates instructor. Strong core will help your back. They should want to see you for a private session first before you join a class.

Good luck x

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frenchvisitorGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

Thank you - I actually took up Pilates in July doing 30 minute sessions every day, and the back problem arose during our holidays after a week's break from Pilates, so I'm pretty convinced there's a link there. I'm back into the Pilates now and it's frustrating how much I've lost in strength and flexibility, but reassuring to see that I'm making progress daily. Thanks for your encouragement!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to frenchvisitor

Try some exercises at home.. loads of excellent core strength work online.. regimes specifically aimed at folk with back problems...I use one as part of my daily work out...I can send you a link in a PM if you like:)

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frenchvisitorGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

I'd much appreciate the link Oldfloss: I'd really like to put an end to this recurrent back problem once and for all. I'm really enjoying my running and it's a pain to not be able to get out there (says the girl who only stepped off the treadmill at the end of week 5!!!).

Many thanks!

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to frenchvisitor

I will send it... But I have just removed your email address off here.. as it is not a great idea to put it on the forum... ( don't ask...) I will send you the link now) xx

Snuffy_T profile image
Snuffy_TGraduate

Week 8 run 1...hopefully on Thursday.

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Snuffy_T

Go you.. slow, steady and relaxed:)

Taffinator profile image
TaffinatorGraduate

W9R1 tomorrow morning, wow I’ve reached week 9!

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Taffinator

You have..relax as you head to the podium...xxx

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Taffinator

Victory lap and then glory... enjoy the week.

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happysmileydaysGraduate

Complete W8R1 yesterday and found this one hard-going as my return journey is slightly uphill and those extra 3 mins running really do make a difference! Can’t believe I’m already on W8 - the programme has been brilliant is easily taking you forward to the next step. My graduation week will be in France as we are on our hols next week so those runs should be epic! Go for it runners 🏃‍♀️!!!

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

French running..tres bien...it is brilliant.

Get out early morning..kick start to your day..I wrote a post a few years back..happy memories😊

Very well done on yr runs..these lovely longer ones are perfect for your legs ti find their happy pace😊

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Rachel_Runs

I've just finished week 3, starting week 4 at the weekend. Absolutely chuffed to bits that the knee is holding up.

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

Huge well done..slow steady and landing lightly...kiss the ground with your feet😉

Rachel_Runs profile image
Rachel_Runs in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks! I keep thinking about that as I run and it seems to stop me stomping the ground.

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Rachel_Runs

Me too ! I do take my own advice.. and I know it works... I nearly gave a very handsome young man a mild heart attack as I ran past him the other morning :) x

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BlistersnblissGraduate

Completed W5R1 and already have done 2 runs lasting 20 mins already! So a massive thanks..

any chance this app can have GPS tracking in future ?

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Blistersnbliss

Huge well done... This is as good as it gets.. (and it is brilliant)...The NHS will not fund much more... :) That is why all the Admin Team and Mentors are volunteers:)

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Blistersnbliss

I think GPS tracking is everything that the NHS don’t want... Strava has been responsible for a fair few injuries, not their fault but some people get competitive every day and have to learn the hard way why athletes compete once a week (tops) at full pace.

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate

Week 5. Come on run 3! Done run one... being really good today, walked 3 miles this morning and 3 this afternoon... wore boots so I didn’t get tempted to run! Not driven today for the first time since I got my driving license, well when at home anyway, and it feels so liberating.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yeay... well done on all levels!!!!

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Going to attempt car free day 2 tomorrow, but it will mean leaving on foot to run 😱😱😱😱😱

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to UnfitNoMore

You can do it :) x

Corfu2018 profile image
Corfu2018Graduate

Just starting week 8 not sure about 28 mins but will give it a go

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Corfu2018

Slow and steady will get you there..every single time:)

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Sunflower2018

Hi Oldfloss - lovely post you old conker you :-) I am W1R2 only - completed and struggling to get going again. I checked my Profile and originally joined and asked for help ''six months ago'' hmmmm. This time I actually got off my proverbial and ''started''. Need a lot of motivation and positivity please to keep going. Easier when I was younger (just turned 60) and feeling it tbh . Any excuse right? Ok off to walk muttley and do some more exercise. Thanks and HI to everyone here. :-) SF x

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Sunflower2018

Okay..here you are... welcome back, and now we will keep you going :)

Motivation, alongside gremlins..hides under your running shoes... you can do this and we will help.. I was 68 this year...just coming up to my 3rd Runniversary... !

So,,slow, steady and keep posting your runs!

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MrsT0707Graduate

Love the pic Oldfloss, not sure where about in the country you are but it’s definitely appropriate for us up here! I’m usually more of a summer kinda girl but looking forward to some crisp autumn runs 🏃‍♀️ Graduation week for me (I hope!) Runs 1 & 2 complete - sooooo tempting to get back out tonight but I’m trying to be strict with myself and not get carried away so a wee night off tonight and hopefully smash my graduation run tomorrow 🏅

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to MrsT0707

Staffs Moorlands..:) It is a pikkie from a while back..but the conkers here are already prolific and much earlier too!

You are right to stay on track... some rest and stretching will set you up for the Graduation run... the podium the badge and us are waiting! Well done you!

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Slow_RobGraduate

It is another cut back recovery week for me running wise .. probably looking at about 8K as my long slow run scoping a route to try for 14K next week

Carrying on with the additional leg strengthening/wall sits on top of my usual exercise regime ..

Feeling pretty good at the moment I am fitter and stronger than for a long time. Trying to tweek my diet still further. Waiting for Joe Wicks Bodycoach new book to arrive..his recipes look great looking forward to trying them.

So there we are 4 years on from starting C25K ..😁😁

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Slow_Rob

All sounding wonderfully positive...

Huge well done you!

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Lissy24Graduate

Morning Oldfloss & All

I'm due for my W7R1 sometime today. I thought I preffered doing my run first thing in the morning, and I do feel great for the rest of the day but I tend to do do better on my actual run if I run at lunchtime (before eating!) or at the end of the day. In part I think because my 'bowels' seem to be settled later in the day (to put it politely) and maybe because I've taken on a bit of fuel for part of the day already.

Anyway, interested to see how my knees feel today and my left thigh that's been shouting out "HELLOOOOO I'M HERRRRE" the last couple of runs. Hoping to maintain my clean sheet but won't beat myself up if I don't. It's a miracle I've come this far. Have a great weekend 🙄

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

Sounds like a great plan... just take it gently... landing lightly and relaxing into the runs, where your legs begin to fins their happy pace:)

Are you using these exercises...many folk find them really useful..( including me:)

nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/k...

MVBrown profile image
MVBrownGraduate

Sorry Oldfloss being back at work means limited time on forum. I’m nearly at the podium two more runs of week 9.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to MVBrown

Well done you..life does get in the way of our runs..😉

Hi Oldfloss I’m on week 2 ran in the rain yesterday and because I am behind did a treadmill run today. I will be back on track by Monday as I really want to get back to where I left off on August 2017 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

That all sounds brilliant...well done you !!

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Ang33333Graduate

Just completed sixth 5k since graduation in June! Have taken it very steady and still a happy snail! 5k is still not easy! Have rejoined Weight Watchers this week. I think if there is less of me to carry around it will get easier! Also swimming again. Aiming for first park run two weeks today! 👟👟🐌🐌🐌😁😁

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

That sounds like great plan..are you mixing up your runs up too? Slow and steady, longer runs..all good for making the 5Ks feel like a walk in the park..😊

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Matilda2903Graduate

Week 9,run 2 completed this morning. Phew! One more to go, wish me luck please 🤞😁🏃🐌

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to Matilda2903

No luck needed... just slow, steady and cruise your way to the podium. Well done you!

Elfe5 profile image
Elfe5Graduate

Hi Oldfloss, I’m gently nurturing my knee off the IC with something

W4- ish currently, mostly on flat ground - chugging along ok, with cycling in between to help strengthen those muscles. 😃

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Elfe5

Well done.. taking it gently is the thing and the cycling will help with that strength... well done you!

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embobsGraduate

I’ve just started wk4, run 2 will be on Monday. I’m enjoying this journey so much. I did a little air punch when she said I’d ran for 16 minutes! I’m so proud of myself and love the feeling of achievement. This forum is so supportive too. I’m addicted to both! Thanks to all the admins for your hard work and kindness 😌

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to embobs

Yeayayyaay! Well done you... we have all done it.. air punching and whooping! You are doing brilliantly!! Onward and upward :)

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ButtercupKidGraduate

The forum is really helping my motivation, so thanks to you and the whole team for keeping it going. I’m fat, slow and autistic so a physical running buddy would be more stress than help to me, but with all the lovely people on the forum I never feel alone and always have someone to ask for advice. Thanks everyone x

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

Brilliant.. and err, your description of yourself...? ... you are carrying a little too much luggage.. you are travelling at just the right speed.., and you are an individual...and... you forgot to say how awesome you are :)

I specialised in Autism as part of my degree at University!:) Did a teaching practice at one of the first specialist schools in Staffordshire:)

Yep.. we are always here... well mostly... and we are so lucky to have each other. I have friends here who have supported me since I began C25K and Graduated in 2015. They keep me going, in so many ways. So we are never alone.. we run together at whatever level we are at..

Huge well done you!

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks for your tact ! I sometimes use Alexander McCall Smith’s description, “traditionally built” 😁

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

My favourite... I use for me...built for comfort..not speed:)

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

And “I’m a workhorse. If you wanted a racehorse you should have gone to a different stable !”

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to ButtercupKid

I love that one... :) I may have to use it:)

December-Bride profile image
December-Bride

Just did week 3, run 3 and really struggled. I do have a slight chesty cough and am congested so I don’t know if that affected me, not sure I can face moving on as I don’t feel like my endurance has built up, might repeat week 3, or should I push on? Thanks.

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to December-Bride

Congestion is bound to affect your breathing and your energy levels, so go easy on yourself. I’m very overweight myself, and I plan to repeat week 1 indefinitely until I can actually jog the runs, so even if you have to repeat week 3 two or three times, you’ll still be well ahead of me ! Get well soon x

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December-Bride in reply to ButtercupKid

Thank you and good luck to you.

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator in reply to December-Bride

If you are congested.... then rest up a while...we do say. chesty coughs are a signal to ease off a tad...then maybe move on but very, very slowly:)

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December-Bride

Thank you for the advice, I’ll rest up until I’m better then take it easy. It’s a relief to know that I only struggled due to the congestion, I was feeling a bit frustrated at myself at not moving forward.

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to December-Bride

This running teaches us many things. Patience is one of them. Heal soon. You will be fine!

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