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Hello happy runners! It's been a while.

I wanted to post about the athens marathon (you know, the original classic!) and then more of life got in the way! My mobile was stolen and i lost touch.

I want to confess i didn't join THE run- felt somewhat intimidated and not "a real runner" for it. But then, the night before i felt so stupid. There is a 5k, a 10k and the actual marathon. Some people walk it. Why the intimidation??

So i got up an hour before it was due to start in Athens and went for a 5k. I was determined to even manage the 'dreaded uphill' that i usually partly walk.

Well i did both: 5k and the whole uphill bit. Wow. I wanted to show me that i didnt join the marathon just because i am chicken, NOT because i can't!

So moral of the story is we can do ANYthing we put our mind to. The rest is excuses. Probably my middle name...

Having said that i am struggling with keeping up with my runs... it's as if there is the good Maya who has become a runner πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘Ό and wants me in gear and out the door and that other one, the naughty one ☻😴 who replies: "you can't make me! Tomorrow is as good a day!" And the days add up...

So. This post is to share my guilt and hope i will do something about it! This is why i cannot even qualify to post on B210k...

Some encouragement would be MUCH appreciated!! πŸ’“ thanx everyone and happy running to us all!

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Katnap profile image

Well kudos from me if you ran up the hill to the Parthenon. That is a steep hill 😡

Well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Keep running! Keep smiling! 😸

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Mayanow in reply to Katnap

Oh no. You misunderstood me favourably...πŸ˜‰ i DIDN'T run the actual marathon. I just ran AT THE SAME time near my home to show me i could. I will do it next year though!!

Thank you for your kind words!

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KatnapGraduate in reply to Mayanow

But still, the hills I remember in Athens and Lavrion are steep so I'm impressed even if you aren't 😸

Go Mayanow!

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Mayanow in reply to Katnap

I will not argue because i have been putting myself down too much for not sticking to my running (every other day plus gym). So enough. Thank you for being encouraging katnap!!!!

Iknow that the 5k route of the athens classic marathon starts in the centre of athens (mild uphill section) and again finishes (with all other categories) in the ancient marble stadium where the modern olympics were first held. I will report back next year in awe!

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Good mind just needs a bit of encouragement. So here it is. Go lass go.

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Mayanow in reply to Oldishrunner

Yeah. In my case a little firmness would be helpful too!! I just went for a run but only could do 20 mins. And found it hard. So. That's my punishment for not keeping up with my schedule!!! That should teach me eh?

Oldfloss profile image

Thanks for the post! Positive thinking!!!!

Now.. maybe, pop across to Bridge to 10K and,,, see what is happening there... it could get you started on that path to the actual Marathon :)

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Mayanow in reply to Oldfloss

Ohmygod oldfloss! I could not even do the 30 mins today... it's as if all my obtained fitness went down the drain!!! I need to get my mojo back...

(It feels like if i go to the b210k forum i am gate crashing the party, know what i mean??)

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Mayanow

Come on.. you'll be amongst friends:)

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Mayanow in reply to Oldfloss

I will then! Thank you for this.

Maya that’s brilliant! You achieved your goal, to run the 5k and conquer the hill! There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, and you are definitely a legitimate runner, no question! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Š

Come on over and join us on B210K. You’ll recognise lots of familiar names, and we still chat away and share our good (and not so good!) runs regularly!

Look forward to seeing you over there Maya! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Oh dear cheeky!! Thanx for the support. You are all right. I should move forward. But having skived a few runs feels like i should start over and that is NOT AN OPTION!!

So i'm thinking, first i must NEVER miss my runs again and then slowly get back on track with my progress to 10k.

Still, the fact that i posted here today got me out and running so that's a win! πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Mayanow

No need at all to start over. You can consolidate with a few 30 minute and/or 5k runs, then when you’re ready you can start working towards 10k. Lots of us use ju-ju’s Magic 10 plan and lots fly solo. I flew solo the first time, now I’m working up to 10k again on the Magic 10. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

So see you over on the Bridge then? πŸ˜€Deal? πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘

DEAL! πŸ˜Šβ€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ thank you for the push.

So where do i find juju's plan? Is it a podcast? I am not motivated enough with just music or audio podcasts nowadays. I definitely could use a plan!

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cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Mayanow

Excellent! 🀝

You’ll find ju-ju’s Magic 10 plan in the pinned posts over on B210K. There’s no podcast or app, but a fabulous flexible and, most important, very doable plan for you to follow, complete with videos and strength exercises. We’re half way through one now. You could join it, or wait until the next one in January. Have a look - and good luck Maya! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈ

Great. Thank you for all the info. I'll check it out now. You along with oldfloss seem to have rekindled the belief in myself once again... πŸ’™

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JonathanP profile image

Hi Maya - we all get losses of motivation from time to time, but recognising it and deciding to do something about it is half the battle! The B210k forum can really support that πŸ˜€

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Mayanow in reply to JonathanP

Thank you jonathan. I need the encouragement.

So.... Looks like all roads lead to the big 10k!! I promise to post there next 😎

Hi Mayanow great to hear from you! Glad you’re ok πŸ‘Œ yes, as the guys have said there are lots of familiar faces over on B210K it would be great to see you over there πŸ˜πŸ‘‹βš‘οΈ

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Mayanow in reply to

Hey you! 😁 all is fine,

Just a case of progressive skiving... πŸ™„πŸ™„

But, yeaaah... will hop (or run?) over at b210k !

I’ve not done a run in months!! I feel bad. Feel like I’ve undone the hard work. Still had issues with my foot but not had time to go Drs. Feeling like I

NEED to get back on it!! Plus I miss the feel of the Lycra πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

I do miss the early morning runs. Going to get my bum in to gear and get fired up again.

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Mayanow in reply to

Omg dave hi! Is it ok that you made me feel better...? I thought i was the only one. Eveyone seems to be getting on, progressing, upping PB times and distance and then there was me. 😰

Let's push each other forward.

I feel just like you say: as if i've undone all my acquired fitness!! Plus the lycra right?!?! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ what a waste...

Let's try ok? It will soon be xmas and i CANNOT deal with all the delicious food without some counter-action! Should not, anyway!

in reply to Mayanow

Agreed!! I’ve even tried seeking a running club near me or something like that but can’t find anything!

Yeah I’ve been drinking probably too much too 😬.

I’m glad I made you feel better πŸ™‚

I think that it’s great people posting on here about how much they have done but it’s human nature to compare yourself against others and how they are getting on. Which isn’t always a great thing to do. Do you have a running buddy who can push you on?

I’ve not been on c25k in ages. So when I saw your post it made me think about it and how everyone is getting on.

Plus missing the chafing Lycra, does it chafe?! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚

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Mayanow in reply to

Well i have not been here for ages either. And no, no running buddy here. I have my friend in england who was the one who told me about c25k. She finished it last year and by starting the programme, i got her back in the effort. But now i am the one who needs encouragement!!

I checked out ju-ju's magic 10 plan and i don't know if i can gear myself up for it. Yet. I need some runs in my pocket to tackle bigger numbers!! πŸ˜₯😱😰

It would reaaaally help to have someone to run with... would stop the downpour of excuses!

Ok so let's focus on the lycra craving for a jumpstart!!!

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Yeah I’ve had a peek at it too. But I’m fairly happy doing my own thing. Maybe I pushed myself a little too hard?! πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Yeah. It’s so easy to make excuses for yourself. Are you in the UK then? Weather is pretty pants here at the mo!! Rain rain and more rain.

I’ve only run in it once and everywhere got rather damp! πŸ˜‚

When are you planning to do your next run?

Yes let’s get the Lycra craving sorted!! Pink men’s Lycra?! Not sure it exists! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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Mayanow in reply to

Lol!!! Pink? PINK??!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ we must research the globe for this fashion! On it!

No... i wish i WAS there, rain and all. i am in Greece. It's getting cold at last but not as much rain. Not every day anyway.

I ran pitifully on the day i posted. Around 20 mins i think. So today was my next run. I took a different route to spice my interest and listened to beat-y music at 162 BPM all the way. Well. I ran around 30 mins but it was a struggle. I had to walk 2-3 times to catch my breath. I think i went a bit fast, plus it was a constant slight uphill.

So. Happy i went out and ran. Finally! Dissatisfied with my difficulty/un-fitness...

When are you thinking of giving it a go...?

🀣yeah. Well I would definitely stand out in pink. Would probably scare some folk too with the site of me in some scary tight pink leggings πŸ€’πŸ˜‚

Greece! Lovely jubly. I take it you’re not a native Greek then?

Well at least your getting yourself moving. No matter how slow!

I feel so bad just feel unhappy and unhealthy.

It was good that you did an uphill too!!

You’re still doing great no matter how you feel because you are being active and putting some form of effort in.

I plan on getting fired up again when it’s no p****ng it down! 😬

I need someone to give me a kick up the butt to get me going again. I’m like an old clock you’ve got to wind up. I’m nearly 30 you know!!

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Mayanow in reply to

Are you seriously going to talk about age? Really...?? I am struggling to come to terms with my (fab) 50 age so don't rub it in!! 😒

I know how hard it is to get up and go out. And it shouldn't be!! Like you said, i too feel miserable and unfit for it.

You know what? Tell yourself you'll go out for 20mins. 5' warm up walk-10' running-5' walk. And IF you feel good, you can continue for another 10' but no promises. I bet you'll keep running. Every time i allow myself the freedom of choice, i go on! It's the going out with the prospect of 30+ mins. For me anyway.

I went to school in England and also studied there 🎨but i am native greek. So here i am πŸ˜πŸŒπŸŒžβ›± ! I have many friends in the uk and i try to visit as often as possible.. it's never enough though!!

Soooooo when are you going out for a run???? πŸ•ΊπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•ΊπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•ΊπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ•Ί(no emoji for a man in pink lycra, i'm afraid...)

Yeah but I bet you don’t feel 50! It’s all but a number this day and age.

Yeah we shouldn’t feel so bad about not running all the time. Do you do any other exercises? I fancy trying to get back in to cycling and some weight lifting. But I guess it’s also having time to squeeze it in!

Yeah. That routine sounds good to be fair. Just to ease myself back in to it.

I bet you have some lovely running routes do you? I’m in Lincolnshire and it’s rather flat, can’t really complain about the countryside though. Would you ever consider relocating? Is there any sort of running clubs or anything you can join?

Well it’s still raining in the mornings the last couple of days. Maybe start from Monday? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ when are you next off out?

You’re just jealous you don’t have pink Lycra πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

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Mayanow in reply to

Hello again! Merry xmas dave. Hope you are feeling jolly through the holidays!

It took me a looong time to reply- sorry about that.

I have been at the same stage with running. I go out and then 2 days later i dont get around to it. So i go out again. Feeling it's my "first" time everytime.

The weather has turned chilly. I wonder what it it's like running in the cold. Maybe i'll be out of breath quicker?? We'll see. I'm planning to go out today.

There are clubs here but not in the suburbs where i live

Also i always stress that everyone else will be real runners and i dont dare join groups. I prefer my own time and pace. Would be great to have a running buddy all the same.

About relocating, of course i do! It's my dream

When my girls are older and sorted i am flirting with the idea of returning to the uk. It feels warm and just right. But then maybe by then the uk will have relocated altogether faaaar away from europe!!! Ahaha

Anyway. How are you doing? Did u get back into the runs? Or the other exercising you thought about??

Ps.of course i'm jealous of your pink lycra! Drives me crazy!!!!!

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