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My worst running nightmare has come true!

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Has anyone ever had that moment, I'm sure you have, when you try to overtake another walker? You've caught up with them, reason that you're walking faster, and so the overtaking should take a matter of seconds? But once there, it takes AGES and the seconds seem like minutes as you're side by side not really knowing what to do?

Well....that happened to me today, but with another runner! I'm pretty sure he was a secondary school aged boy, and I'm also pretty sure he didn't appreciate being overtaken by an overweight gal. So he sped up, lost momentum, sped up, lost momentum. My mind was going wild. I was thinking WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? WHEN WILL IT END? AM I GOING FASTER? MAKE SURE YOU STAY THE SAME PACE. TURN AROUND. NO, DON'T TURN AROUND THAT'S STUPID. IGNORE HIM. OH MAN, IT'S REALLY HARD TO IGNORE HIM HE'S RIGHT THERE. And on, and on and on for 1.5km....

Anyway, despite the cringe worthy kilometres, today felt awesome. I felt so fit and healthy in the last 5 minutes. When I wasn't thinking about the young chappy, I was thinking about how far I've come in such a short space of time and how life changing this program really is.

Sorry for the long post. Wishing you all a lovely end to the week 😊

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Wolvesmad profile image

Hahaha be careful chasing young men lol some might take offence. Strangely I was running this morning and could see a young lady about 200m ahead of me walking and thought the same as you (I'll soon overtake her) but she was walking quite briskly and even though I managed to go past it felt like an age before I could let my belly back out lol. It reminded me of 2 lorries overtaking on the motorway when one is only going about 1/2 mile per hour faster πŸššπŸš›

Well done on your run though

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to Wolvesmad

Let your belly back out πŸ˜‚ that's hilarious! It's good to know that somebody was in the same boat as me today. Imagine us running together, what a pair! 😜

UnfitNoMore profile image

πŸ˜‚ crazy!

Good run!

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you! Looking forward to joining you on the other side 😊

This is hilarious! I would've turned around or crossed over!

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to SubterraneanAlien

Hahaha unfortunately it's a trail right by a river. At one point, I did consider running in to the water as a means of escape πŸ˜…

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IgaTGraduate in reply to Jazzyjeff11

My along river path is not wide enough for two, so I would probably push the young guy into the water, as would be too afraid to overtake on the water side by myself :P

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to IgaT

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ hahahaha!!!!!!

IgaT profile image

Sounds crazy, but you can start up running conversation which also make sure your running pace is not too high :P I have no idea what I would do, probably speed up too much and get out of breath. So well done you for keeping the steady pace!

πŸ˜€ Another unlikely experience to add!

Great that you did it.

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to AnnieW55

Thank you! It seems that this healthy lifestyle lark can produce anecdotes as well as a night on the town can haha :D

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AnnieW55 in reply to Jazzyjeff11

Definitely - and no sore head to contend with afterwards, usually.

Millsie-J profile image

I never run close to home when the local schools are starting/ finishing. Some of those sixth formers WALK soooooo fast, even when Im running they leave me way behind 😳

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to Millsie-J

Hahaha, it's horrible, isn't it?! I am a primary school teacher here and during week one, even though I travelled a good 25 minutes from my house, I STILL saw one of my students. I'm going to start running in the dark hehe :-)

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Millsie-JGraduate in reply to Jazzyjeff11

My daughter has that problem, but remember you are setting an excellent example πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»

Tartancat profile image

You've truly made me laugh out loud! And well done for not giving up πŸ˜‚

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to Tartancat

Thank you Tartancat! :D

Jell6 profile image

Don't apologise for length of post, that is really funny πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

Add Wolvesmad and the 2 lorries image, perfection.🀩

Gran4z profile image

Great post! The things us runners have to put up with. Kids eh!

But you ran, you are running, so good on you, and (expletive not written) the young lad πŸ˜‚. Happy running πŸ™‚πŸŒ»

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Jazzyjeff11Graduate in reply to Gran4z

Thank you, Gran4z! :D

I usually say something like ' bet you hate being overtaken by a fat old git!", and then they speed up to 5m/Km and disappear.

Oh the joys of the aged fat runner.....

love it..........the whole dialogue going on in your head. so familiar!

What a great start to my day reading your post make me chuckle.

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