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Weekly chit chat 21st to the 27th of January :)

Hello everybody and welcome to a brand new week! I love this minion quote because it speaks to the naughty in us!!!

And wow... we are over 1000 now which is awesome!!! When I started this forum I really didnt know how people would feel about it or interact with it. Its thanks to all of you that we have got this far! Go team!!!

Sometimes we don't feel like putting a whole post up but just want to share something small, so this is a great place for doing that during the week. Please join in the discussion 😊

If you're new or a lurker this is a great place to say a little hi without the pressure of a full post.

Have a superb week, and happy Panthering

Ju-Ju, Sqkr, and roseabi

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Wow, Amazing.

So richly deserved for all the experience and expertise you have formulated and shared with us.

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morning Ju. Thanks for this petal. It’s much appreciated πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Bright out there this morning and it’s not raining. πŸ˜€ i’m Off out for a slow 5k, running up steep hills near my home, back down one of them to the finish

Walk home then lunch. Training for a ten mile trail race,which hopefully will be ok, as its surfaced - and fairly flat (I think as it was a railway line)

Good luck everyone. Have fun out there πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Wow! over 1000 happy (and a bit crazy - at least for the outside world) runners :) !!!

As discussed last week, I am preparing a marathon (third week done) with the objective of running it all (so far I ran 4 marathons but I always had to slow down-walk after 20 miles, although my PR is 4h 15, running the full thing at a sustained pace will be my objective this time).

To prepare it, I decided to increase the miles I run in the first 2 months of preparation (Jan and Feb).

This past week was very productive! I managed to run 68.1 miles.

Worth of a note is the tempo run on Tuesday which pleased me a lot (6 miles 15% slower than marathon pace and 4 miles at half marathon to 15k Pace). I finished that run in 1h17'20 with the first 6 miles in 50' and the last 4 miles in 27'20''. The Sunday before I ran 18 miles, so I was not rested when I started either :)

This is the longest I have ever run in a 3 weeks period with 60, 51 and 68 miles and a total of 244 miles in the last 30 days. Today I took the day off, I'll start again tomorrow and will try to keep January's mileage above 240 (that would be a personal best!). Next week I am going to run a cross country race (It was not planned but I found myself saying yes...). hopefully I can keep up the miles and run a fast race over the 8KM.

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Wowsers man πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Awesome. Good luck with it all ✊

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wow you are on fire thats alot of miles!!!!

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1000 plus eh, a massive well done to you lot (all the admin, enthusiasts, movers and shakers etc) for making this happen!!

This week for me will see me try to take a few more faltering steps as I try to scale that HM mountain (on 17th March) for the first time. Recently it's been a case of "two steps forward, one step back". Had my first "proper" run for ages on Friday and was buzzing to manage 9k at a decent pace. No sign of my dodgy knee - that particular injury seems to have been successfully dealt with. However... woke up Saturday morning and was hobbling with a strained achilles/left ankle - it's something that has often been sore after a run, but never this bad :(

So now resting to give it a chance to recover - actually got ready to go out first thing this morning and then thought better of it as I could still feel a slight twinge. Hopefully later this week I'll get back on track and manage a 10k, but there'll then be just 7 weeks to bridge from 10k to HM, which is quite a challenge.

Taking each day as it comes, as they say...

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Oh no I hope it is easing now....

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Thanks - yes, all OK again now - managed an hour on the treadmill yesterday with no further issues, so back on track :)

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Absolutely! Take it steady and don’t push it if it feels bad You might have to keep the pace down too Take care πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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38km planned this week to stay in touch with 2019 km in 2019 challenge on Strava. Planned out the route for running across Spain (Camino de Santiago) - route on Strava: strava.app.link/VPnI1SfYET

Now how to have that conversation with Lady Lordi? The one that starts " You know I mentioned doing a bit of running in Spain early season? Well......." Kluuunkk! ...frying pan making contact with cranium...

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Ummmm....good luck with that 😁

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There's a monastery that gives away wine from a fountain somewhere along that route

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yikes, I hope you are still with us?

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My 16k curse has struck again. I've managed to reach 16k three times in my running career so far and then something happens to derail it on my climb to HM- a car accident in 2014, a nasty fall on the ice last year and now a dreaded kidney stone, so they think. I'm off to get an ultrasound today and haven't run in a week due to discomfort if anything jostles my lower abdomen but I'm finally starting to feel a little better today (other than I'm in the process of filling my bladder for my ultrasound in the next half hour and man oh man, that is getting uncomfortable. Time to stop drinking; she's full 😨). I'm hoping for a short little tootle on the treadmill tonight and will hopefully be back on track soon. I've decided though that I'm going to skip 16k next time and jump up to at least 17k. Superstitious me says that'll break the curse πŸ˜†.

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I think that's a really smart move!

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Aw no, SaskAlliecat, hope this gets sorted soon. (And, Yes, sounds like you need to skip 16k...🀞🀞🀞) ❀️❀️

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That sounds sore! Hope you are soon on the mend and smashing that 17k!

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Thanks MS. Things seem to be improving so hopefully it is an all-clear when I get the report 🀞 and then watch out 17k.....

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Great saskie. You’ll smash a 17km. Hope all that liquid will have been eliminated before you set off πŸ˜‰

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πŸ˜„ it's amazing how happy you can be when someone tells you to go empty your bladder πŸ˜…

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Sounds like me and jobs - twice I've been made redundant after 13 years service!

Getting a new job is less physically painful, hope you are fighting fit again soon.

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Oh man! That sucks. Going through the process of finding a new job may not be physically painful but definitely mentally draining. Best of luck on that front!

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Third time's a charm , good luck !

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Hope you get that sorted soon Sask! 17km onwards!

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Kindney stones are really annoying and painful I had one when i was younger, although I didn't have an ultrasound to see if it had gone. They used a camera...... I am not saying any more!

Hopefully, your be back at it, just remember you won't lose that much fitness in a couple of weeks.

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True. It's more my stress management than my fitness I'm worried about right now, but it is what it is. I'm not sure why I always try for a HM distance this time of year. I guess I see it as a way to get through the winter and I'm not worried about speed. It'll happen....eventually.

My hubby had the camera done as well. Not the most pleasant experience 😳

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I hope it all went well and you are on the mend very soon :)

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Thanks ju. I don't get my results for 2 weeks so I take that as good news. I'm starting to feel more normal and did an easy 20 minute run on the treadmill last night. It felt good so will plan for an outside run tomorrow but will keep it a shorter one (maybe πŸ˜‰)

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I was away at the weekend but I failed to get to the Wyre Forest parkrun, so missed out on the '5K Race' in my hm training plan. So annoyed! Still, moving on. Went for a lovely 16K today, although more annoyance, I had a migraine afterwards. Many apologies if nothing I say over the next 24 hours makes sense πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Oh, and the Sock-o-Knees seem very nice 😊

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Oh that's a shame you didn't make it to the Wye Forest Parkrun, it looked so lovely! Glad you had a good 16k run 😊 , sorry about the migraine πŸ™

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I'll get there one day!!!

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That's pants, the migraine. At least it was after the run and not before.

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Thank you xx

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Rubbish about a migraine but thin of the positive that you got a run in before it came.

Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense, Must not comment about not making sense.

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:D

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I finally kicked off my marathon training this week, a 7k with the club I did a shorter route to see how I was after doing very little in last few months. I felt pretty good.

So on Friday I did a 20km which went OK until I started to head for home and felt the pain but my house is at a top of a long slow hill. (great for Paris that has a similar hill at 20 miles). Then I volenteered at parkrun this week taking photos. (I even managed one of Langley-Loper

For this week it be a 5k and 10km and then I am in Exeter at the weekend for work but will try and fit in a 20km with the parkrun. But might be hard

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And very focussed (tired?) I looked in my unflattering bright pink hat!

I saw someone taking photos at the end but it didn't register it was you benwill. Brain was fried by then under a hot hat...but I got a parkrun PB

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Whoohoo! Congrats on the PB!

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nothing wrong with a bright pink hat after all it was very cold!

and well done on the PB, one day I am sure we will say hello to each other. I wonder if other people have this problem! (I won't be their this week :) )

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Thanks for letting me be part of the 1000.

On and off me is definitely more on these days. I bought a pair of Inov-8 Arctic Claws last week, and my first two runs with them have been a great improvement on my previous runs. Let's just hope the happy trend continues!

I managed to put in a bit of cross-training at the weekend, with 8 km of cross-country skiing in the moonlight. The weakness in my hip flexors worried me a bit, but it went well.

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I had to google those shoes; they look great! One of these years, I'll need to invest in some good ice shoes.

The moonlight cross-country skiing sounds fabulous. A while back hubby and I did a moonlight snowshoe trek and it was great. A good portion of our snow has blown away leaving nothing but annoying ice but we keep hoping for a good dump of snow again 🀞

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Ice is the worst!

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It does take a lot of the joy out of the run! Those spikes look like they would give great traction though!

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wow skiing in the moonlight just sounds so magical, cross country skiing is something I would love to do again. I bet its glorious :)

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Thanks ju-ju- , and pretty please can I have my Half Marathon graduation badge? Not sure you spotted my request on the pinned post? ❀️❀️

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There you go!

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Thanks - it’s looking sooo shiny! πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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Hi Ju-Ju, my week will comprise a long run and a couple of shorter runs, more or less in line with Abi’s HM plan.πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ I’m going to concentrate on the long run for HM purposes, but the others are just there to keep things ticking over.πŸ‘

I’ve got the London Winter Run (10K) the first Sunday in February so that will be my focus next week. Apparently there will be 20,000 of us trundling round central London for cancer research so I need to keep injury-free for thatπŸ€žπŸ™‚

Happy running everyone, whatever you’re doing! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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1000 of us crazy peeps, marvellous! πŸ€—

Have just about got rid of that nasty cold now, just a bit of extra nose-blowing to contend with but I am back running again. Did a steady 5k at Parkrun on Saturday, nowhere near my PB but did my speediest final 400m so I'm happy with that! A slow and steady 6k tonight. Next Saturday I'm joining my club's HM training, should be about 11 miles on the actual HM route (or as near as possible - some of it you can't run unless the roads are closed due to lack of pavements!). Will be interesting to see how I manage the massive climb at the start 😬 Got to practice that!

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I'm looking forward to hearing about it!

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The media told me this morning that today is Blue Monday. It sure is.

Had a headache all day. Reynauds is worst it's ever been this winter. I got home from work late, cold and hungry with white fingers. Monday night is running club night which I always look forward to but tonight I couldn't even face a 5k with them. So I ate a stollen bite and 4 jelly sweets after dinner despite saying no pudding as no running.

Now I am sitting all alone watching crap TV as the family are scattered all over the house. Wish I had gone running. I know now for next week, go even if it's the last thing I feel like doing.

Not all is doom and gloom, got a Parkrun PB and a new road bike on Saturday πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ

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Sorry to hear of the struggles! Today was definitely a tough day; we chalked it up at work to the full moon/blood moon lunar eclipse last night but Blue Monday fits the bill. Time for happy Tuesday? Congrats on the PB and new bike though! That sounds great!

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This time of year is tough for sure. Hope it turns better soon. Mrs Decker gets awful migranes when the weather changes dramatically. Happy for your PB though! And a new bike sounds amazing!

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Should have done SRC it was quite good lots of people considering it was cold, one day i will sort my life out and get organized to do the winter 10k.

what new bike did you get? i saw on strava you said you had a new bike and you had a spin on it.

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Morning Ben. It's a Liv (Giant) Avail Advanced Pro 2019. Above my original spec/budget but at Β£1k off list price Mr L-L told me it was too good a deal to walk away from. Hope the weather allows me to use it again next weekend!

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Oh nice very nice :) i have a giant too that i got under the cycle to work scheme so not as good as your speedy one. Hope you get out to use it loads

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I hope you're feeling better. Sometimes it's just too hard to get out the door, especially when you have other struggles.

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well done on the PB and thats exciting re the bike... my husband has Raynauds and his fingers go really white as well. It looks quite creepy but is awful for him. Bring on the warmer weather!!!

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It has been unusually cold here this week (today it was -30 with the wind πŸ₯Ά Yes I can hear you laughing Sask 😁 ), but I’ve been trying to get the runs in. I am trying to get a 20k min long run into each week now to get used to the distance. So far managed it for 3 weeks more or less. On Sat it was another cold one and I got 24k in, running to and from the run. Was a bit sore yesterday after that, so kept tonight short to a 5k indoors. Also have to miss wed intervals this week for a training thing I signed up for. I have a mara plan but I’m really only following it in spirit:) the runs wind up short, skipped or too long! I’m also in denial that a cold is on the way. Broke down and took some meds tonight. Whole pile of new project work just showed up which was welcome after a bit of a drought, so it should be busy over the next few weeks.

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You’re going to nail that 30k with all the long runs under your belt. Welcome to the deep freeze πŸ₯Ά 😳 but we’re actually a decent temp right now with single minus digits and snow in the forecast. I can’t wait to get out for a snowy run, perhaps by the weekend. I did a 30 minute brisk walk on the treadmill tonight, felt ok-ish so hopefully soonπŸ€žπŸ™πŸ»

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Thanks Sask. I hope so. We also got around 6” of snow which made the temps more bearable. It would be nice if you could get out for some milder temp runs or even. walks. 🀞

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Brrrr! 😱

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It definitely sounds like you're on track!

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I hope so. I have a loose plan to do a mara after the 30k, so Im trying to take the distances seriously.

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-30? stay inside never go out! I can't cope well in anything minus its not natural!

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But you feel so virtuous! One of my most cherished running memories isn't near -30, just -14, but it was great to see the faces of all the people standing still, freezing, at the bus stops I passed, while I was fine.

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You've nailed it C3PO. It is such an amazing feeling and a great high running in those temps. People think you're crazy (maybe a little bit true) but with the right gear, it is comfortable. We were downhill skiing in -35 over Christmas. It was cold, and the runs were short, but you have nothing exposed and you go in to warm up the toes and fingers often (running keeps me a lot warmer than skiing, despite wearing less gear). Sometimes you just have to embrace the cold 😁

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There is no bad weather, just bad layer choices! 😁

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It did feel a bit special, especially my early solo run to the main run on Sat. Those two combined made 19k. Once moving, It actually felt warmer than it showed. Also the race in March could have similar temps, so it’s good from that pov

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Haha. Between my run group and the weather there doesn’t seem to be much choice in the matter. πŸ™‚ Though this looming lurgy of mine may have some input.

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Good morning Ju-Ju!

I think my body is in shock after Saturday’s pb and I’ve been feeling a bit delicate.

Was going to try to get back to Intervals yesterday but I was waiting for a visitor who never turned up so just went out for an easy run with Katnap’s running group. Tbh it was probably for the best as waiting in forced me to have a rest. And I got to have a sprint around the running track at the end which was great fun - they seem much smaller than when I last went on one at 11 (but I’m also a lot slower...)!

Right, I’m off to finally get my sub-30min 5k celebratory tattoo this morning. Help! 😳😳😳

Have a fun week 😁

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That sounds intriguing! πŸ€— What is the tattoo?

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A flying duck on my shoulder. I love ducks πŸ˜πŸ¦†

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Ah, that sounds lovely! I love ducks too, we must be quackers! 😁🐀

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Totally and utterly πŸ˜†

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ooooo tattoooooo

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It’s looking good Ju-Ju πŸ˜€πŸ¦†

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Got out on Sunday morning for a planned 17k sure that I would not be able to go the whole distance. Forgot to charge my phone, so had to run with no sounds in my ear too.

However, it was one of the most enjoyable runs I have ever done, and not only did I make 17k but I felt strong and actually sped up towards the end.

17k is the furthest I have run since I did my first HM last March and the second furthest I have ever run, so to not only do it, but to do it comfortably was a great feeling.

I wont be complacent though. I drop down the weekly mileage this week to recharge before notching it back up again once more.

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Wow, this is great! Well done!!!!

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Thanks Abi. This time last year I had sprained my foot on my long run so it makes it feel sweeter that my body held up.

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Great going Whatsapp! Feeling strong towards the end is the biz! πŸ˜πŸƒπŸ’ͺ

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Great work!! These are the best runs when you surprise yourself!

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Everything that isn't running is absolutely awful at the moment, so I took myself out in the baltic cold to do a bit of a run yesterday to avoid it all. My hands froze terribly, to the point of nearly falling off, and for the very first time ever I slightly wished I had gloves. The run wasn't very photogenic but it was good to get out for a slightly longer distance, I'm mindful of a half coming up in March! I stopped at the furthest point for a strawberry ribena just because it's the best ribena, and then ran past the turning to my home to Greggs because I was hungry. Alas, no vegan sausage rolls left ☹️ I got a vegetable pasty and coffee instead, which helped to thaw out my hands a bit. Once I got home I drank my mocha in the bath πŸ‘

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First run in week 3 completed and hopefully Parkrun tomorrow for 5k run 2. Going okay but been really icy in Glasgow and therefore last 2 runs on treadmill. Find it really boring and seems longer (??) than running outside. Hoping for better weather.

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