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Week 7 - yes, really!

As I said in a previous blog post, I thought I was going to have to repeat week 6. I simply couldn't imagine running for 25 minutes every time. But I've now done it twice this week - hooray! I'm even starting to run to the beat of the music, rather than shuffling along at a somewhat slower pace.

When I first started the programme, I tried to run in secret for reasons I shan't bore you with. Last week, however, I was rumbled by the postman. Since our outrageously gossipy rural postman is also known to all and sundry as "News Of The World", it wasn't long before the news spread - the Mad Dogwoman is running! Once the word was out, there was no need for me to turn back before I reached the nearest village anymore, so I've taken the advice of others and found a slightly different route to alleviate the boredom of trudging up and down the lane which runs past my house.

The first attempt to find a slightly different route worked out fine. Just after reaching the half-way mark, I spotted a footpath running along the river and back towards the village - ideal! OK, I did find myself with a long walk back when I reached the end of the run long before I got home, but worse things happen. Same thing happened today, with a detour required to avoid the young bullocks which had now been put into the field through which the footpath runs. They were so surprised to see me that I managed to sprint past them and out the gate before they gave chase - couldn't have done that a few weeks ago!

Will need to find an alternative route on Friday, ideally one which doesn't dump me in the middle of nowhere with a long walk home. But hey, much to my surprise, I'm actually managing week 7!

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Good for you, sounds like your doing very well, running outside is interesting and glad your finding different routes. Have done most of mine on a treadmill but determined to get outside now I've graduated, hope the rain holds off!


This made me laugh, with the bullocks and the postman! Who would have imagined running could be fun? I'm also surprised to find myself in W7 - unlike you, I did repeat W6 and found it bloody hard second time around! I think it just goes to show how much being able to do this is in the mind, not the legs.


To avoid such dangers I mapped a couple of routes out on, I find this one much more user friendly than map my run.

Well done on not being trampled.


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