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What I've learnt in the last few days

RunningMigster
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Hi all,

Sorry I've not been around these last few days to support and encourage. It's been a bit manic and chaotic both at home and work. Not so bad that I couldn't run though ๐Ÿ˜‰.

So what have I been learning?

1/ My brain cant be wired quite right - I was watching the rain lashing against the windows on the cold dark evening that was Monday. All I wanted to do was get out and run. I absolutely love running in those conditions. That cant be normal can it? How on earth will I manage on a warm summer day? Anyway it was a rest day, so no running. Instead I stayed home and looked after my faulty dog.

2/ I missed Brian - for those who have joined the gang recently, Brian is the name I give to my nemesis. A long steep hill that takes up the last 10 minutes of my run. I decided I needed to make friends with the hill and so gave it a name healthunlocked.com/couchto5... But once I graduated, I changed to a new route with a long downhill finish.

Well, tonight i went and paid Brian a visit. And you know what, I really missed my old mate. The new route is easier, but it's too busy. Too many cars and too many people. So I think from now on, I'm going back to my old secluded, solitary route.

3/ The Fitbit Charge 3 is tough - now I know that you can wear the Fitbit Charge 3 when you go swimming, but you can take it for a spin too! No, I dont mean a spin class, I mean it can survive a 30 degree wash in a Hotpoint washing machine! How that happened, I have no idea

Well, thats all for now. Back to chaos and faulty dog.

Happy running everybody. And embrace that rain. You're only going to get in the shower afterwards anyway ๐Ÿ˜„

Mig

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Tazzy_wazzy
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Iโ€™m a fair weather girl and thereโ€™s no way I will ever run in the rain, lol. Roll on the warmer months. Give your faulty dog a tickle from me x

RunningMigster
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in reply to Tazzy_wazzy

Rain running is the best! :-)

Bluecat9

Not going to lie, Brian sounds a bit scary to me ...

RunningMigster
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in reply to Bluecat9

He was a bit scary to start with. But we ended up with a mutual respect for each other :-)

Bluecat9

As it should be :)

AlMorr
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Good to hear from you RunningMigster, you are enjoying your running, no matter what the weather is, I certainly wouldn't have gone a run on Monday evening in those conditions.

RunningMigster
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in reply to AlMorr

Cant believe what I've turned into! ๐Ÿ˜†.

Still cant believe I enjoy running

AlMorr
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in reply to RunningMigster

๐Ÿ‘

Rhedeg2019
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Glad to hear youโ€™ve been keeping yourself busy Mig ๐Ÿ˜† Iโ€™m with you on the rain; I get excited because it means I can wear my new waterproof jacket and feel smug that Iโ€™m dry (on the top half at least) for my run. Thereโ€™s nothing like that hot shower and cuppa after running in this icy cold wind and rain. What a treat ๐Ÿ˜€. Iโ€™m glad youโ€™ve been re-acquainted with Brian too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

RunningMigster
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in reply to Rhedeg2019

Wherever I go, whatever I do, I'll always have Brian ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Buddy34
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I'm with you on the rain running, Iove it. The strong winds we've been getting that's another story.

Great your watch survived the washing machine and I hope your dog is okay๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ•

RunningMigster
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in reply to Buddy34

Yeah I'm no fan of the wind.

Poor Hudson is going to a doggy specialist next week and may end up needing an MRI. Fingers crossed they will just say he needs physiotherapy

Buddy34
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in reply to RunningMigster

๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

apatsyf

You are def Bonkers! ๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿง But it's in the name I guess..... and what's wrong with the dog?๐Ÿถ

RunningMigster
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in reply to apatsyf

Poor Hudson hurt his back trying to jump up onto the bed. Vet thinks he might have an issue with a disc in his spine. He's much better today, but it's not the first time its happened :-(

Wenderwoo

I agree with the running in the rain mantra, itโ€™s so exhilarating! Though I could do without the muddy puddles. Sorry to hear about your dog - I have a stool by the bed so my two can get up there as theyโ€™ve only got short legs. Hope he gets better soon ๐Ÿถ

RunningMigster
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in reply to Wenderwoo

Cheers Wenderwoo. I'm about to order dog steps. He's so pampered lol

Nymahchai
NymahchaiGraduate

You are clearly working too hard at work with your tabulated lists ๐Ÿคฃ. Itโ€™s all got too much!

I love the rain but not wind too. Mind you my jacket is yet to be proven in Storm Brendan. Canโ€™t do hills either so respect โœŠ.

Poor pooch...hope itโ€™s just physio for him. Maybe a run up Brian for him too??

Anyway good to hear you are on song. Hubby just appeared with head torch on.. what on earth is he planning ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

RunningMigster
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in reply to Nymahchai

With you on the wind! Love the rain, even sleet, but not the wind!

Crossing my fingers that the boy will be fine

motherduckling

I love the idea of giving your hill nemesis a name - there is one near me that I have yet to become acquainted with because she is just so big and I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet.... one day soon though....

I hope your pup is better soon - I dread the days my dog is under the weather - it is so hard to get motivated to run without her!

And I have never run in more than mild rain - where I am if it is heavy rain it is more than likely because there is a thunderstorm - and I'm not game to head out if there is lightning around!

RunningMigster
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in reply to motherduckling

A few runs back, it was dry when I set off, then some rain, then hail storm and for the second half of my run, warm sunshine. Honestly, I got so warm with the sun on my back, I'm already starting to fear the summer!

motherduckling
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in reply to RunningMigster

Yeah I run in the heat a lot (from necessity - not choice) - my advice would be to get a good hat, and find a shady route if possible. Or if you can, just get up crazy early before the sun is too high - that seems to work best for me!

RunningMigster
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in reply to motherduckling

I started off running before 6am.

I think, when summer comes, I'll revert back to the from my evening runs.

Sparkey5000
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Love your update....for reference iPods survive 40 degree wash and tumble dry!! No one was more surprised than I....proper heart sinking moment when folding the washing and realised Iโ€™d left them tucked into my running leggings pocket!

RunningMigster
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in reply to Sparkey5000

Good stuff. I've no how mine got into the washing, though as I type this, I realise it's not on my wrist today either... yikes!

Jell6
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in reply to RunningMigster

Hmmm, I wonder if it's subconscious sabotage so you can justify that Garmin envy you were displaying!๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

RunningMigster
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in reply to Jell6

Still tempted to treat myself to a Samsung Galaxy Wash... hmmm it is my birthday this year ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Jell6
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in reply to RunningMigster

I was looking at those, very nice!!!

Jell6
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I'm already starting to worry about summer running ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

Give me drizzle and 3ยฐC any day๐Ÿ˜Š

I also dislike hills, or inclines, and running at busy places.!!! ๐Ÿ™„

I woke up at 04.30, couldn't drop off again so went out then, bliss, back and showered by 06.10.

What a change this running lark makes.

RunningMigster
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in reply to Jell6

Cold, dark, wet, early morning runs. My absolute favourite. Sadly, I found that I'm not great at getting up at 5.30 on a morning lol.

Fortunately, it's still dark when I get home on a night. Summer... OMG... i may have to run in shorts! Not a pretty sight!

Roxdog
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Well you'd get in the shower afterwards if you have one! Bit challenging as having bathroom refurbished. Having to shower at work!

RunningMigster
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in reply to Roxdog

So are you killing two birds with one stone and running to work? ๐Ÿ˜

Roxdog
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in reply to RunningMigster

Sort of. Running in my lunch break!

Sham19
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Well done Mig for still managing to get out there. Hope things settle down soon.

I too also have a nemesis. Now you got me thinking I need to give him a name ๐Ÿค”

Think think think..... Also any tips on conquering it apart from slowing down ? I have been running up and down stairs like a lunatic in the hope it will help me conquer my nemesis ๐Ÿ˜‚

RunningMigster
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in reply to Sham19

Tough call... every run is different. The hill takes up probably the last 10 mins of the run. So, for the 2 or 3 minutes until I get to it I tend to slow right down. Slower than my standard pace. Then I pick it up again as I get to the hill.

Some times though, it's still a case of grit teeth and push through ๐Ÿ˜„.

But, I'm still learning! I did try stretching out my stride in week 9, but my achilles wasnt very happy with me afterwards. Might just be that I need to keep trying that though.

Let me know how you get on!

Sham19
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in reply to RunningMigster

Thank you I may attempt it on Friday morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Alast

Good to see you're still getting out there and also finding the time to amuse us with your thoughts afterwards mate, despite the chaos. Sorry to hear about Hudson's problems, I hope his problems can be sorted out with physio (we have a good one here who keeps our Russell on the straight & narrow). Dog children with problems are difficult to deal with, they can't tell you what and where it hurts can they? Our last Russell had hip problems in later years which meant we had to make him a step so he could get onto the bed. The last few months we took it in turns sleeping on an airbed with him on the sitting room floor. (Him spoilt? I wouldn't have said so...) . Keep on running & posting!

RunningMigster
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in reply to Alast

Hmmm steps are being ordered today... visit to the consultant on Tuesday. Fingers crossed!

Leosmit
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Great to read your post! Itโ€™s funny that you mention summer running. I like the 3 degree weather and found myself worrying about when the warmer comes. Hey! Check me - Iโ€™m obviously planning still to be running in the summer!!

RunningMigster
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in reply to Leosmit

Oh you will still be running, I have no doubt ๐Ÿ˜.

I think I'm going to have to go back to early morning running in summer. But that means early nights, and I'm not very good at that ๐Ÿคฃ

primaballerina

great post!

Mum22boys
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I love your posts, they always make me chuckle so was pleased to see this today.

I firmly believe that running in the rain is good for the soul. There's just something about it that I can't expain....

Hope your dog is better soon!

RunningMigster
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in reply to Mum22boys

My preferred route has virtually no pedestrian traffic too. I might see 2 other runners and maybe a cyclist along the way. So it's the solitude, combined with the dark and rain, make it a very soothing run.

Back out there tonight too!

Mum22boys
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in reply to RunningMigster

Enjoy!!

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