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Running up that hill

Regular readers of the Where Are My Knees blog (or those that follow me on Twitter) might have seen that I started running last month (I wrote a blog post about it on Where Are My Knees here).  I feel like I probably bang on about it all the time, but that's because I'm genuinely excited to be doing something active that I enjoy.  I only started really enjoying it about a week ago when I began being able to run steadily and breathe fairly normally whilst doing it.  It makes such a difference because I can think through things and reflect on the day whilst running rather than just thinking about whether I'm going to be sick or hyperventilate.  My first run was on July 23rd and it took me 20 minutes to walk and run a mile.  Now I can run the whole mile in about 10 minutes - I'm not showing off here because compared to others that's still a relatively slow time, but it makes me feel proud because I can feel myself getting fitter.*

Today I went for a run along the disused railway line from Burley to Brockenhurst in the New Forest.  I wanted this post to be more about how lucky I feel to have such beautiful surroundings on my doorstep so I thought I'd share a few photos I took on my phone.  I was always more of a seaside person growing up (and to a large extent I still am) but there is something so magical and rural about the forest.  I can't wait for it to be Autumn again as I know it's going to be even more amazing when the leaves start turning and there's a bit more of a chill in the air to cool me down!


Today I ran just over four miles - I had to walk for a few paces now and then as my legs weren't used to running on uneven ground and were quite sore at the beginning.  I left in the last picture as it made me chuckle a bit, don't think I'm going to be winning any 5ks with my 40 minute time! The image is from the Nike website - I run with my iPhone (hence the cool bumbag - cringe!) and use the Nike Running app; it's absolutely brilliant considering it's free and records all your times, distances and routes as well as syncing it to the Nike website where you can access more information and set yourself goals.

Considering my post a little while ago where I was feeling immensely stressed and pressured I have actually had the most relaxing long weekend ever and it's done me the absolute world of good.  Last week I was on a teaching course (PTTLLS) doing 3-4 hours of coursework a night and feeling anxious about the assessed training session I had to lead but I passed the course, managed to keep my emails back in the office in order and then spent Friday when I got home blitzing the house so it's now all nice and clean and I just feel calm and on top of everything.  I feel like I am definitely more suited to a life of leisure; I could definitely get used to that  feeling at the beginning of a few days off where you feel time stretching out in front of you and you know you can just relax and enjoy it.  I only have a two day week this week before we head off to End of the Road festival on Thursday and I couldn't be more excited.  I've decided I'm going to treat us to some yummy goodies from Abel and Cole before we go - Tom bought a new fridge for the campervan and I can't think of anything better than shipping off with a fridge full of organic cheeses, bread, meat, juice, and of course, cider! If you have Spotify you can get in the End of the Road folk-y groove with this awesome playlist I found here.

How have you all been spending your Bank Holiday weekend? Has it been fun-packed or have you been relaxing like me?


* Note about running - Running is a great form of exercise but did you know there has been an increase in sport injuries during the course of 2012? Find out how you can manage injuries caused by exercise and if pain persists you can visit a physio at one of the private hospitals in Sheffield for treatment.

23 comments

  1. I haven't been for a proper run since I left st andrews because I miss the gorgeous scenery-pavements and motorways don't have the same calming effect! x

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  2. Im so jealous of where you live!I think id be ultra motivated to run if this was on my doorstep! Only annoyance will be when it gets dark at 4pm! xx

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  3. I find these posts very inspiring hun. My boyfriend runs a lot and says it really takes away the daily stresses but when I run, oh lord, the stress of just making it down the road almost kills me off. It's good to know that if I keep it up, hopefully that part will pass and I can just clear my head instead. :) xxx

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  4. Hey! Agree with Kate - Really inspiring post! I'm really getting into running too and I absolutely love it. I've just up to where I can manage four miles in one go.. it takes me just over 10 minutes a mile to do it, but it feels incredible especially as a year ago I couldn't manage finishing a mile without walking. Fantastic blog!

    http://p0larmilk.blogspot.com

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  5. This almost makes me want to start running again because the sheer enjoyment and enthusiasm you obviously have for it is quite infectious (: I used to be a keen runner when I was younger but gradually gave it up and then started again last year but never really got very far. The overwhelming urge of nausea I seem to get after running so far kinda puts a dampner on my whole running experience and although it does get better once I get into the swing of things I think I like my bed in the morning a little too much (: xx

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  6. Good on you lovely. Definitely a good feeling when you start to enjoy running and stop thinking about how to breath. I've not been for weeks now. Damn this little puppy. Plan to start again this week. Think I may struggle again to start with. You'll be taking part in a marathon before you know it :) xx

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  7. Great post - I use the nike app too and love it. Keep it up - I started running last November and started from nothing - and now I'm doing my first 10k race on Sunday eek!
    The Life of Emily-Alice

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  8. You have no idea how badly I have the urge to become your cheerleader! I could just wait at your finishing point and jump up and down and chant 'go Rosie, god Rosie!' x

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  9. Congratulations on passing your course! I'm sure it was a big weight off your shoulders :) I wish I had the motivation to do so much running, wow!

    louisejoyb x

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  10. I so want to take up running, the Nike app sounds really good! xx

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  11. I'm training for a half marathon at the moment and I started out like you in January this year. I would love to run through a forest, that sounds so lovely.

    I don't know if they have one where you live but you should check out park run, they do a free 5k timed race every Saturday where lots of people turn up, its really fun.

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  12. Keep up the good work! Slowly but surely you will get to where you want to be. :) And I will definitely look up that Nike app.

    http://miavega.blogspot.com

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  13. I've also just started running as well and have finally started to enjoy it- the nike running app definitely help to keep you motivated! I was so unfit before and always attempted to do this 4.2km circuit near my house but could never do it without stopping but the other day ran it for the first time without walking at all. Glad you're liking it too- its amazing how quickly you can build up your fitness!

    Rosie
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    therunwayrose.blogspot.com

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  14. I love running, I've been asking my brother if we can go for a run sometime, I really want to start getting into it and be able to run without pausing especially. The last time I went running with my brothers omg, it was like they were sprinting and I ended up getting picked up not long after setting off hahah! This was a year odd ago though, I'm not even sure. I went with my friend before summer recently and it was going to be our thing but then she got a bike, lame. I got a piercing by the way, if I didn't stay sat down I would have fainted definitely, I'm useless haha.

    sophieal.blogspot.com
    xo

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  15. I need to start running! haha. x

    -LORETTA
    www.vintagewalls.blogspot.com

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  16. I've been intending to start running for months now, and haven't got round to it... I need to stop thinking of reasons not to start and just get out and do it!

    xx

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  18. Your 'Where are my knees' post inspired me to start couch to 5k. I started on Saturday and I ACHE today!

    I'm looking to invest in some good trainers and running clothes. Can you recommend anything? Are zaggora hot pants good for running?

    Thank you!!

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  19. EEEK! Well done Rosie, I get a mega high from running, so I know what you mean. I'm so enjoying being back into it. Heads up- arms bands are great for running with your iPhone, mine was about £5 from Amazon!

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  20. I am really trying to find the motivation to get fitter. I went on one run and found it so difficult that i'm finding it hard to go on another! I will have to take a look at this Nike app :) xxx

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  21. Well done! I am terribly inconsistent with running - I get fast and then let it slide for a couple of weeks and have to start all over again! Although maybe if my running track was slightly more interesting than a treadmill like yours is then I would be more inspired! xoxo

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  22. well thanks to you and all your running taught I ran for a whole mile the other day... by ran I mean crawled along the pavement in pain, but it felt fabulous after! We are SO lucky living where we do xoxo

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