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Week 9 Run 2 - Smashed it!!


Set out this morning with a steely determination to not only get this run successfully done and dusted, but to improve on my pace. My second run of the week has proved to be my best one for the last couple of weeks. It’s a dull morning and not too warm. Pretty perfect conditions for running.

Got to the riverbank where Michael was waiting for me. He sounded exactly like he did on my last run 😂 but I put that thought aside and set off at what I thought was a reasonable pace! Music 🎵 playlist specially selected for the run. First 5 minutes weren’t as difficult as usual. Doubts creep in - did I set off too fast? Checked my watch at 1 km and yes, looking good! I plod on to the gate and leave it open, I’ll shut it on my way back. Hoppity skippety turn around at the halfway mark. Glance at my watch - if I can keep up this pace I can do it! Why am I so competitive, when it doesn’t matter at this stage ?! When did I start looking at my pace rather than just concentrating on completing each run?

Michael chips in at the expected intervals, it’s still reassuring to have those time markers. 2 km - still looking good. At 20 minutes I’m starting to tire, maybe I can’t keep it up, I’d hate not to finish, I’ve completed every other run in the programme! I slow down a tad - but determination kicks in and I try to lengthen my stride. I’ve got past 3 km and although I’m tiring now, I know my pace is good and that I have a good chance of beating my PB if I can just keep going. I try and speed up for the last few seconds. Michael says the run is over, but I keep going for a few seconds more in case there is a discrepancy on Strava.

I’ve done it! My penultimate run of the programme and it’s a good one. So proud that I’m almost there. Pace improved by 23 seconds. Wooohoo! My second 30 minute run and it went really well. Graduation beckons!

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Well done you ... another PB 🏅👏👏

Getting faster run by run ... and indeed Miss Competitive Streak 2020 being crowned🤴 it would appear 😂

30 mins to go ... that’s all 30 mins until you graduate 🎓... so close now Jools !

Jools2020Graduate in reply to PlymBorn

Thanks! I’m not sure exactly where that competitive streak came from! 30 minutes to go! I’m ready! I feel I could go out and do it now.... only kidding 😂


Well done, I completed the same run today too. 26 down one to go! - Awesome job and congratulations on the personal best👏.

Jools2020Graduate in reply to TeeJay66

Thank you, I really enjoyed that run. Satisfying to get a personal best. Good luck with your graduation run!

Woohoo!!!! Nearly there now. 🙌

Jools2020Graduate in reply to SJ60

I know! 😀 so excited!


Well done Jools ! 👏👏👏

I knew I would see this post this morning ,haha you are so competitive 😂🏃

So pleased your enjoying it and improving your pace !

So , just 30 minutes of the program left !

I so look forward to that next post !

Your graduation post !

Well done ! 👍👏👏👏

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you, Ian. I didn’t know I was competitive 😀. This is such a great programme and I’ve enjoyed the support from my forum ‘buddies’ on here, too - even if sometimes it’s been from the IC!

Instructor57Graduate in reply to Jools2020

Always support from here Jools 👍


Well done. Amazing that you’re getting PB’s on your penultimate run.

I’m on the same run as you, just 1 more to go before we graduate!

6am on Friday morning and I’ll be heading out to finish this part of the journey!

Good luck with your last run, I’ll be cheering you on and running along with you!!

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Iamaki74

It just felt good this morning and it’s a mental attitude, too, about the middle run of the week. I also like to run early! We could be running at the same time, although usually I’m closer to 5.30 than 6.00. I’ll look out for your graduation run post! Good luck!

What a way to start the day!

Well done, another run and a PB in the bag.

Just the one left. Your achievement is fantastic and you’re still improving, although it’s a journey, it’s still just the start of your running life and you’re doing awesome!

Jools2020Graduate in reply to wobbles_when_runs

Thank you, it was a good way to start the day and it really lifted my spirits after a poor night’s sleep. Can’t believe I’m almost there!


Go Jools go. Sounds like a fantastic run. Great to do a PB too. Graduation is in touching distance.💪💪💪👏👏👏😀

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Grannyasbo

Thanks, yes, I’m pretty excited!


Fantastic! Must feel great. One more...then a big celebration.

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Scout37

Yes, does feel great! Might even drive out for a takeaway Costa, got to put the boat out 😂

Well done Jools! Same run for me this morning but it was awful! 🤣

We'll graduate together on Friday. Can you believe it! 😃

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Fifitrixiebell73

Thanks - no, I can’t believe it! We’ve definitely got this by now 😂


Amazing, Julia! Your pace is really impressive. Put me to shame. One run to go. I can’t wait to see that graduate badge against your name 😊

Jools2020Graduate in reply to BeaglesEnd

Thanks, Matt! The person most amazed is me! Amazed I’ve got this far, and amazed by my competitive spirit; where did that even come from? 😂

Well done for completing and on your pace. Nearly there! 😀

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Chocoholic77

Thank you! One run to go !


Fantastic Jools, well done 👏👏👏

Jools2020Graduate in reply to MccHa

Thanks! Can’t believe I’ve got this far! 😊


Fab well done. You give me inspiration 😁

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Smile23

Thank you and you’ve made my day! Just take it run by run, don’t try to break any records 😂 says she, who was doing exactly that this morning! I like that I’ve given you inspiration 😊. Good luck, I’m sure you’ll do fine.

Smile23Graduate in reply to Jools2020

It does. I started as a total sceptic and unfit overweight 52 year old. My friend inadvertently bullied me into running and so far I am hooked. Seeing everyone else completing with their own challenges gives me the inspiration and belief to continue. So well done to you and thanks x

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Smile23

Well, I am in total disbelief that I’ve almost finished the programme! I’m 66 and I should be tucked up in a chair with my crochet squares 😂, instead I’m out running and smashing my personal bests! Believe in yourself! You can do it! You may find that as a runner you become more focussed on eating a more healthy diet, too! I’ve seen many people on here say that they have lost weight because of this.


Well done 😊

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Dtay1978

Thank you! 😀

Well done , you really are smashing it 👏👏 . My w9r2 went pretty well as well this am, super chuffed!

Here’s to Friday & graduation !🤞


I know, I saw your post! There are quite a few people graduating tomorrow oh, did I just say tomorrow 👩‍🎓 bit excited here! 😀


Good luck for tomorrow, what you have achieved is amazing! Go Jools !!!

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Hidden

😀 thank you!


Woohoo! look at this! Julia!

What an epic run!.... what a pace and also a chunky distance too

It reads so comfortable for you!.... almost every run you are beating your PB!... Just what you need going into your final run!...

Super chuffed for you!.. We've been on this journey together and now you get to cross the finish line too - Brilliant!

I can't wait to read your graduation post!.... I feel sure you will shed a couple of tears of happy celebration

You go lady and as you run...think of what your treat will be for completion .... :-)

and then i will see you on the consolidations! - exciting!

Jools2020Graduate in reply to Tinytears60

Thank you so much, Jane! 💕 I just may shed a tear or two. Yes, we’ve been on this journey together and we have been AMAZING ! I certainly may shed a couple of tears at the end of my graduation run! I will have to celebrate on here, so look out for my post. Later I will go to Costa and have a coffee and cake! 😀

Tinytears60Graduate in reply to Jools2020

For sure! I can’t wait to read your post... if I could I would be on the line with bubbles 🥂🍾 cheering you on .. but I will have to make do with a fab celebratory post in reply to your graduation post!

It’s emotional! And yes! We are all superstars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🎓🏅🏅🏅

Go and smash it! 👏👏

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