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W2R3 - only me and the path

While coming back from groceries and seeing so many wierdos=runners, as we are, I've realized that I didn't post yesterday free run and I wrote I only in my head.

So, I wish I could say it was an amazing run full of energy and feeling freedom, as I was without my dog. Instead, it was run during which I was anxious, I couldn't get rid of unexplained stress. I was all tense despite great views. Even sun came out for a moment to cheer me up. It was Friday, after work, perfect moment to be happy, relaxed and careless. Fortunately, around half of the run it was better, I felt at least some of this stress and tension went away. My lungs and legs felt tired, and the longer I ran the harder it was. But I pushed through and completed all sets.

Not sure if I'm ready for week 3, but ready or not, here I come!

Happy running everybody!

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Happy 😊 🏃 to you IgaT, but 🏃 are NOT wierdos, sounds to me that yesterday's run was not one of your best, everyone has their bad days, I just hope that your next run is much better.

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Runners are positive wierdos. I meant it in a good way ;) I like wierdos <3

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Wow. What a beautiful place to run!!

Sorry the run seemed like hard work. At least you still did it! Well done you.

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Thanks. I will take 2 rest days and hope it will sort it out and next run will be the way I remember it can be :)

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Yeah I’ve struggled with a little knee niggle for a while. I should probably get to a drs, it seems to be Ok whilst running. It just stiffens up after the run. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Did you tried cold compresses, elevation in the evening, and good nice stretches after each run?

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I do the NHS stretches but haven’t eliminated the ache. Maybe I need to do dynamic starches before a run also?

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Yes, dynamic stretches before may help. I do at least 15 min stretches after and usually 30-40 min. I also used to take Joined Care Max from Seven Sister.

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Did you find the supplements helped?

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This one - yes. After having huge knee problems I started to take regularly this in conjunction with Calcium+Magnesium (Boots). After 2-3 months, I started to feel improvement. I was talking this duo for several years. I was also walking daily plus hiking weekly. My hikes distance and difficulty increased very slowly. I was also stretching my legs, but not on regular basis. I started to run later on, when I felt brave enough and that my legs (and knees) were strong enough. As I was a chicken, after several very painful moments in beginning of hiking when I nearly needed someone to carry me. I was very aware of every discomfort in my knees, and I was taking additional rest days whenever I felt I needed. Now, I am off the supplementation for the first time since 2014/15. It is only 20 days. So far so good. I think I will be taking supplementation from time to time, to give my knees a boost.

During last year I also lost some weight - restrictive diet due to bowel issues.

I would suggest buy, take it daily for 12 weeks and see if it helps you. Why 12 weeks? It needs time to supplement to work and build up or rather balance the level. If you don't like pills, I'd suggest natural gello (bones boiled for hours - can be cows or pigs, lamb would probably do as well) and eat daily small bowl. I hate the taste of pure hello, so I went for pills.

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Wow very informative!! Thank you for the advice. I think I may take you up on taking the supplements for 12 weeks and see what happens.

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When you will be buying them, read a little about their bioavailability. Which means how much of the stuff your body will absorb. It depends on the chemical structure and tablet additives, as well as supportive vitamins/minerals. Sometimes, the cheapest or the most expensive pills are not the best ;)

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That’s great. I will have to remember that. You seem very knowledgeable about it all.

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Not that I am an expert, but I studied a little ;)

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Always good to make sure you know what you are doing. I absolutely agree

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Thanks for sharing Iga - all the good and the bad, we're all in it together!

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:) I know not all are good. I try to keep it positive, but sometimes the only positive is that I did it, and hopefully my health increased somehow due to it. I know that the good runs will come :)

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Keep at it IgaT. You're doing great.

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Thank you :) I will. Sometimes all of us need a little encouragement.

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But you did it IgaT , you still carried on even though you weren’t feeling it....because you know how much you benefit from a run, good or bad...you are a steely, strong runner & im so happy that you’re back out there xx well done 👏🏻

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Thank you :) It is so nice reading it, and so encouraging. Next week will be better ;)

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It will x

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Well done for keeping going! Some runs aren't great - legs like lead & no energy - but its still counts as a run.

Keeping going and pushing through is tough and hard work but I found that, for me, it built resilience and character . . . I have always been very quick to give up when things get too hard but sticking with the program to graduation and beyond has given me a big psychological boost and determination in other areas of my life.

You have a gorgeous track to run on!

Keep going - you're going fab x x

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Thank you :) Today after work W3R1 on the schedule with my dog. Not sure where we will be running - depends on behaviour of my furry friend. It will be or the same path as on the photo or around football field (if she's not behaving well).

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