No need for those requested nags … I did it! - Couch to 5K

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No need for those requested nags … I did it!


Thanks to all who responded so kindly to my previous message. The weather forecast last night was giving us 50+ mph winds for anything after about 8am today, so I set the alarm, laid out the kit and was out the door by 7am. The sun was shining and the wind was howling, but fortunately no rain. As stated previously, we have just moved into a VERY hilly part of Wales (is all of Wales this hilly? not sure) so I knew there was going to be a lot of walking involved.

My new route starts off with a gentle downhill section, then a bit of gentle up and downing, then a mahoosive uphill which I don't think even mountain goats would try and run up, then a gentle long uphill then a lovely long downhill back to my house. The views were spectacular, I didn't see a single vehicle, I did see a lot of sheep and cows (scaredy cat bullocks who were fine when I was walking, but who ran away when I started running - did I make the ground shake so much they thought an earthquake was imminent?). The wind was wild, but didn't blow me over and I was actually assisted up a bit of the long slow hill by a tailwind.

Anyway, the upshot is I DID IT after months of relative inactivity, and now I ache like hell.

Thanks to all here who encouraged me. You guys are awesome!

The next challenge is to repeat this on Monday (next available opportunity, but it will probably take till then for the muscles to recover anyway!).

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Sounds like it’s going to be a fab place to run Hills are gonna make you so fit 💪👍😃🏃‍♀️

useitorloseitGraduate in reply to misswobble

Or kill me!!!!


Well done. 👍👍👍

I was looking forward to having a good nag, but I'm pleased you got out there, in heroic conditions by the sound of it. ☔🌧🌪

You did it, so I think it's you who's awesome. Hopefully you'll be a lot less achy but the time the glow of success wears off. 😃

useitorloseitGraduate in reply to sparkyjohn

Had a long bath and now doing a load of housework. The best workout there is!!!

misswobbleGraduate in reply to useitorloseit

I was hacking at rock hard soil in my garden yesters thinking I was getting the best work out ever. Kerrrrrang ! Ooooh the shock 😁

useitorloseitGraduate in reply to misswobble


IrishprincessGraduate in reply to misswobble

That's what I've been doing today MissW and I can't dig a hole because my soil is so hard. I have loads of plants to move and divide and it's soooo frustrating. A good workout though 💪💪💪

misswobbleGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

I waited til after rain but it’s not penetrating down You”ll have to water your plants well,or,leave,the clump soaking in buckets 🙂

I was just coming here to check and here you are! Good for you. The only way now is forwards, step at a time 🙂


Aww that's great useitorloseit so pleased you got out there and started your road back 😊😊


Well done! I think all of Wales is hilly. I used to live up in the valleys - not a flat bit of road to be seen for miles. But on the bright side, where there's an up there will also be a down 🙂


Hi Useit

Well done for getting out there into what sounds like a fantastic place for a bit of run/ sorry to hear about your mum and dad and everything that goes with that.

I too have the hilly, up and down thing going on on my 'regular' 'runs', but know the total pleasure of the views, the peace and the coming back down bit! I haven't been on here for an age...I see my last post was four years ago and I remember that, at the time, we were both on the C25K journey...I am still at the run/walking lark, but my mileage is way down this last year or so due to needing to travel for family illness, and such, and then there was a summer of crazy workload and the OMG it's hot, I can't run in that!

BUT, I find that when I can get out, the old run/walk is a good friend that clears my head, helps me think (and chat to myself), gives me some me time and, when some tasks are not going the way they were planned, gives me a goal that is achievable, no matter what the pace....I am more walk than run!

Good luck for Monday - you can do it!


useitorloseitGraduate in reply to Tikiczocky

Aww Tiki good to hear from you again. I've been awol for a while as well, but hoping to be a more regular runner and contributor from now on. Sometimes life just gets in the way but running's always there waiting for us...

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