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Consolidation run 3

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My turn to do the ponies this morning and as the temp was due to soar thought I would give this early running a bash.

How do 3 horses (Not all mine! they share a field) manage to produce so much poo over night? 40 mins I spent lugging a wheelbarrow of poop around the field. Glamourous I know! πŸ˜‚ At 8am I set off on my run. It was quite warm already by then. I had Laura for company today in the hope I'd get to 30mins. Close but no cigar! I managed 28.5 mins, by which point I was virtually running on the spot. That last pull up to the motorway bridge really tested me today. I'm happy with my run. Most of it I felt comfortable, in a good rhythm. Just the last bit I ran out of steam. Not sure if it was running with no fuel on board, time of day or not fully recovered from blood doning.

But it's fine. It's where I am at the moment and 28.5 mins better than 12 weeks ago πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Happy running folks xxx

Ps yet to be convinced on this early (ish) malarky x

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Unicorn earned!😊xx

JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner



That’s a pretty good pre run workout! Sounds like a great run to me... and if you finished on empty then that’s cool, you gave it everything... and without the unusual pre run routine you’d have run 30 easy.

We need to get the planners to force roads over the running routes rather than the other way round, my car doesn’t struggle with an uphill late in the journey, I do!!!

JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Oh I agree whole heartedly πŸ‘πŸ‘

I then followed up with a post run work out as ponio had to be ridden but at least that involved sitting down πŸ˜‚

UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Jogunlikely

Still quite a calorie burner though according to my nutrition app


Well done, you are still out there and still running, that's what counts.

I hear you on the poop scooping, although mine is dogs and not horses but I need to train them to poop over a bucket sunk in the ground, would make my life so much easier !


i also have ponios and have wondered about tracking my yard activities eg back and forth to muckheap haha. keeps us fit and hay time soon.

JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to runwithdog

My bestie used to run a livery yard. A light day would be 40,000 steps! So it soon adds up. :)


Nice post. You’re one run ahead of me. Sounds like the wheelbarrow was as much of a workout as the run.


Well done and you did a wheelbarrow workout before running 😊😊


I hope it wasn't too warm while shovelling?

😸 Katnap 😸


That’s a really good run, I did my third consolidated run yesterday and only ran for 23 mins but I’m happy with that, like you say, looking back to W1 who’d have thought it possible! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ X


I reckon that wheelbarrow workout was easily worth those missing 1.5 minutes! And a ride too! That’s some serious keeping fit Jogunlikely!


I know exactly what you mean about the amount of poo and wheelbarrowing - I used to have ponies!! ;) Well done for trying an early run. I prefer morning runs because I feel too tired later in the day, especially on work days. Keep up the good work :)

PS What type of pony do you have? I used to have a wonderful Fell and cheeky Shetland

JogunlikelyGraduate in reply to skysue16

He's an Irish sports horse but has a lot of Irish draught so chunky. He's an absolute star and got me back riding after a few nasty incidents on a TB. I'm his 2nd mum as don't have time or money to have my own x

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