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December hibernation

jessm_01 profile image

It appears that I have made the decision to go into hibernation well at least until the nights starting drawing out again

I made it to Week 7 however I have no enthusiasm to go out at the moment, I leave the house in the dark, barely see daylight and come home in the dark. The last thing I want to do at the moment is run... unfortunately

I think once I get my new sports watch for Christmas that’ll help me along. Now it’s more to whether I want to go out, I’ll try to do 25 mins without going over the fortnightly barrier and go from there.

I am going for walks to keep up my fitness but I will complete the programme just not in 2018. The fact I can say I can run for 25 mins is a triumph for me as I never thought that would be possible.

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UnfitNoMore profile image

Maybe get a run in on your days off to maintain your running legs?

It is getting harder to find the time, but the shortest day is next week so there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

We shall see you graduate for sure... have a good one.

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jessm_01 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I’m going to try 25 mins a week but something happened at work which may have persuaded me to go out tonight

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to jessm_01

Cool... still can’t beat a good stress burning run if you have the time!

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jessm_01 in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thankfully not stress related just a realisation of someone else running to collect something and coming back out of breath...

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to jessm_01

Ah... well, they should have sent a runner 😂

Tell them... slow and steady!

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jessm_01 in reply to UnfitNoMore

I’ve never seen someone move so quick for a subway sandwich 🤭😨

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jessm_01 in reply to jessm_01

28 mins :)

Oldfloss profile image

Walking, strength and stamina exercises are great for keeping you going... But.. if you do get out there you may feel differently.? What about runs at weekends...?

It is hard when the days draw in... but worth making an extra effort too.. lay out everything the night before... some high viz gear and the thrill of a winter's morning with all the sounds and sights... because it is never as dark as you think... unless of course you are in a Dark Skies area :) x

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misswobbleGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

The thought of getting out is worse than the actual doing. It’s fine once you’re out there I like being out when everyone else is huddled indoors Mostly empty streets, starry skies, sorta thing 😁🏃‍♀️💪

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jessm_01 in reply to misswobble

I went out and it was foggy, also saw a fellow runner and he had a proper stomp on

Tartancat profile image

Your lovely new watch will spur you on, no doubt about it!!

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jessm_01 in reply to Tartancat

Defo! I just want everything to be accurate and hate estimating

IannodaTruffe profile image

Just think, after Christmas you will be able to time how long you are on the couch each day...........

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Ouch ! 😆

I’ve come to accept it, I am going to try and go out once a week at the weekend - 25 mins is better then 0 mins

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IannodaTruffeAdministrator in reply to jessm_01

I am the first to admit that I do not run as much in the winter months and often only fit in two runs per week, but I retain the intent to fit in three runs, if possible.

You are quite correct......25 minutes is better than nothing........but the recommended weekly duration for heart rate raising exercise is 150 minutes.

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ButtercupKid profile image

Personally I like running in the dark and the cold. It guarantees no-one else will be out there to watch me waddling along 😄

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JazzydGraduate in reply to ButtercupKid

Exactly no one can see you sweating and bright red in the face. Perfect time to start me thinks ha ha x

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ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Jazzyd

My thoughts precisely 😆

mrrun profile image

It’s never and never will be ideal. In the summer many dropped running because of the heat. Some would never run in the rain, some dread winter months. The way l look at it, you either want to run or you don’t. I’m careful when it’s frozen out there but having read how our Canadian runners on the forum explain their ways, l think I’ll do the ice sheet runs as well.

You only see and feel the benefits if you’re running at least three times per week. You only see the weight drop if you run long runs at least once weekly, and you only see the balanced blood pressure if you’re are persistent with your exercises, otherwise it’s back to square one. I’m the end, we all have our own choices.

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