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Graduation week...not yet!

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Completed my R3 W8 on Sunday and was looking forward to graduation week when...Sunday night I felt a scratchy feeling in my throat. Woke up Monday morning with full on lurgy, again (2nd time in 9 weeks since I started this C25K). Took a test, it was negative so only a cold but my head and sinuses are still blocked now. Supposed to do R1 tonight but I think I might leave them all now till next week when it's properly gone so I can enjoy my "lap of glory" onwards and upwards I suppose 😷

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Instructor57 profile image

You are right to wait !I have been having Sinus problems lately and managed a short run on a day they felt clear, but since then they have been bad again .

Hope it clears up and you can get back out again soon 🀞

Thanks matey. I'll (hopefully) graduate next week now then follow up the next three weeks to Christmas with consolidation runs...hopefully chipping a few runs in while I'm off too! Hope you're feeling better soon tooπŸ‘

DC25K profile image

Listen to your body! You’re totally doing the right thing. You’ll be back before you know it.

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Bill_Carson in reply to DC25K

Cheers buddy πŸ‘

Headspace1st profile image

Sorry to hear that Bill, but I’m sure you wouldn’t enjoy your runs even you had the energy when feeling like this. Rest up and you will make the finish line when you’re feeling much better, I have no doubts about it πŸ‘πŸ»

Thanks Headspace1st I want to enjoy my graduation week run ever since I heard it referred to as a "lap of glory" I'll get there, no fear of that πŸ‘Š

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Enjoy your lap of glory 😊This morning I competed my first solo run without the app, it felt a little strange, I used an interval app to keep me aware of time but hadn’t set it completely right so had to watch my phone for the midway point. Surprisingly though it was my fastest run so far, just needing to be careful about injury as my Achilles is feeling tender with running lately.

Thanks buddy πŸ‘ and well done . completing your first solo run πŸ‘ I've been running the same route all through this but there's roadworks on now and they've closed the pavement off in some parts so you have to cross over a busy road so I changed my route for R3 W8 but I didn't know where the end was going to be. I might have to change it again as it looks as though I'd finish my 30 minute runs up a steep hill, not ready for that yet 😲 strange how your solo run was your fastest but then again 9 weeks of practice must did something for you πŸ‘Š

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Janec1956Graduate in reply to Headspace1st

Well done Headspace1st.

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Oh Bill, Sorry to hear you have the lurgy😷 Take care now, that lap of glory is in sight. I was ill the past couple of days because of my covid booster and flu jabs. So no running yesterday and am just about to go and run my first solo!!! Might just replay week 9 for company πŸ˜‚. Hope you are well very soon 😘

Thanks Jane. I know, was looking forward to graduating this week too, ah well. Funny you saying you were I'll off your booster jab my wife had hers on Monday and she's bad off it too! Hope your first solo run went well πŸ‘

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Janec1956Graduate in reply to Bill_Carson

It went very well thank you Bill 😊. I did my warm up then set my timer for 30 minutes. I was shocked 😲 I did 3.98K. I'm still in shock that I managed to graduate. I'm loving this running πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ lark πŸ˜‚

Well done Jane! Never mind running for 30 minutes, this 5k lark is in the bag for you πŸ‘Š

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Janec1956Graduate in reply to Bill_Carson

Nah...honestly, I'm just happy I can run πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸƒβ€β™€οΈfor 30 minutes. My physical and mental health has improved so much. My resting heartbeat used to be around 85-90. Now it's around 60 which I'm very happy with πŸ™‚Forgot to say before I hope your wife feels better soon x

God for you Jane, just keep doing what you're doing then as it's making you feel good πŸ‘ thanks Jane πŸ‘

njd967 profile image

Feel for you fella. It’s just a matter of time until you achieve your goal, but you will do it. I battled through the wind this evening on my W9 R1 and can safely say that you don’t notice the difference of the extra couple of mins so you have nothing to fear. Look after yourself and see you at graduation!

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Bill_Carson in reply to njd967

Cheers buddy! Well done on your R1 of graduating week. 30 minutes of non stop running, brilliant πŸ‘I'll get there myself next week so I'll see you in the other side (with your graduation badgeπŸ…) πŸ‘

Sorry to hear you have the lurgy, I've got the same thing myself along with a chesty cough.Hopefully only a few more days until we can run again.


Horrible isn't it, just throws you off your stride. Pair of us can look forward to next week hopefully. Get better pal πŸ‘

hamit profile image

Get yourself well then go for itπŸ‘

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Bill_Carson in reply to hamit

Cheers hamit πŸ‘

Rest as much as you need Bill_Carson I was off running for a total of 5 weeks, firstly with COVID followed back-to-back with a really nasty flu infection and rotten sinusitus.

That being said, I was VERY surprised at how little condition I lost in that time and I got back into running last Sunday at almost where I was consolidation-wise before my illnesses. I am only a very recent graduate and was only a couple of weeks into post-grad consolidation runs before I got sick, which is why I was so amazed!

Now, taking into account that I "run" slower than a slow thing, I actually managed my very first 5k on Saturday coming in at 52 minutes - the longest and the furthest I've ever run - and I can say it was tough, but it was definitely do-able!

So, what I'm trying to say in a very convoluted way, is to keep the faith in your abilities. Take whatever time you need to feel 100% (or close) again, then put on those running shoes and be positive - I'm sure you won't have lost much if anything at all πŸ’ͺπŸƒπŸ’ͺ

Thanks Over60sRunner for the words of encouragement πŸ‘ hopefully back to it next week. Hope you're feeling a lot better now too and well done on your 5k πŸ‘πŸ‘Š

Druanna profile image

Hope you feel better soon.

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Katnap profile image

Enjoy the delayed pleasure! πŸ‘πŸ‘

🐱 Xmas Katnap 🐱

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Bill_Carson in reply to Katnap

Ha ha thanks πŸ‘

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