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Back to fun running! PB 😁 Every run a win! ❀️

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Hello Runners

Well it’s fair to say I was feeling a little bit lost and without intention joined the B210K! I had lots of encouragement and a warm welcome! Thank you! 😍!

After lots more thinking, I consulted with the human compass (never fails πŸ˜‰)! I started this journey never thinking I can run. Look at me running regularly. That’s in just 4 months. I also signed up for a charity run in September and it was just a dream to run that race, but I thought I’d like to at least run some! Well, I’ve decided not to join JuJu programme right now, but I’m going to do everything I can to be running all the way in that charity!

So with β€œback to fun” firmly on my mind (its worked well so far), I set out to the park where the race will be. Having done the run with Equi a couple of weeks ago, I knew it was twice round the circuit plus I had my app - everything tracked!πŸ˜‰

β€œCome On Fabulous450! We’re going to do 5k today”! And 5.01k I did! In 37 minutes! And I feel epic! That’s 6 whole minutes faster than my first parkrun! 😱! So a PB and a refocused mind! Weight loss is the big goal now to put the icing on my 50 years celebration cake next year! Thank you for listening to my ramblings of confusion! I’ve found my way home!! 🏑 😁😁❀️

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Well done on such a great improvement on your PB!! Wow! No wonder you feel epic πŸ‘Š

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Little-runner

Thanks Little-runner! That was a big and very nice surprise!! ❀️


Fun is the key ingredient Fabulous450!

Enjoy your are Fab at it!😊xx

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Bluebirdrunner

I agree with you! It’s been fun that’s been my mantra and it hasn’t failed me at all! I feel firmly back on my own track now! 😁❀️


Good for you. Fun is where it’s at. And to be realistic, it was a little early to go for 10k so soon after completing c25k, but your 5k time is brilliant so you are well on your way x

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to FlickM3

Thanks so much Flick! I feel so much more settled now too! 😁😁❀️


Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to chelsea007

Thanks Blue!! πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

Yay! I think enjoying your running is definitely the key. For me it's an escape from all the stresses of work and a busy life if it becomes hard work it defeats the object of running in the first place.

Run what makes you happy 😊

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to DebJogsOn

Yes Deb it was feeling a bit stressful thinking about what’s next.....then lightbulbπŸ’‘β€œGirl....just run and have fun, the rest will show up”!! And it sure did! ❀️


Well done Fabulous! You’re right about the rest showing up when it needs to. Stay sound and enjoy the September run :) I’ve been daft enough to enter something a bit longer so have to push on with that goal as motivation but after October I’m freeing up a bit and just going to enjoy it for a while πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Equi-geek

Thank you! Great stuff Equi! I’m sure you’ll be amazing!! πŸ˜‰β€οΈ


Hey - Absolutely need to do what works for you. I stumbled on to the bridge whilst on holiday and thought I'd stick around. Fun is where its at, so run on and be fabulous! :D

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Thanks LL! It feels right and I certainly can’t grumble with a PB! 😁❀️

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Was that another Stag Weekend drunken-haze stumble? See what you ended up with? Flying around like a gazelle!!

LoungeLizaardGraduate10 in reply to sallenson

lol, no. I was consolidating before I went on hols, managed a 5.5k. Tried for 6k on holiday, that was ok. A week later (last week) did 7k. Going slower and the distance isn't easy, but I'm getting there. 8k tonight (hopefully!)

sallensonGraduate10 in reply to LoungeLizaard

Get out there and smack its ugly backside. You're a winner!!


Go you, what a fabulously positive post. well done

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to ju-ju-

Thank you so much ju-ju! I’m already so happy about every moment of carrying on despite the doubts and becoming a better runner! More to come too!πŸ‘πŸ½ πŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈ


Wow, you're on fire! At this rate you’re going to win that charity race! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to telford_mike

Thanks Mike!! A win only in my own head 🀣! That will do though! 😁 🏁 πŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈ


Good decision Fabulous, not everyone is in a rush to move on. I'm still hanging around between c25k and b210k and quite content to stay there as long as I need to. In fact I may never move on, as long as I am getting out there 3 times a week and enjoying parkrun. Nobody has told me I can't be here , so I think it's still OK to keep up with everyone on this forum. Having a race in September is a good target for you. Enjoy. πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

(I'm on the PC, not my phone so have had to copy TM's emojis).

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thank you Dexy!! We continue to adjust and still getting out there running! A short while ago that was a pipe dream, so we have every reason to be very happy indeed!

(Thanks for the emoji’s too! πŸ˜‚)! ❀️

LouiseW_NI in reply to Dexy5

You sound like my kind of person Dexy, I completed C25k a month ago, have done a couple of parkrun sans, am able to do 6.5k now, but not sure I’ll do much more- the 3x a week at that level seems to work for me!

Dexy5Graduate10 in reply to LouiseW_NI

I would’ve used my age as an excuse but I now know that there are people on this forum who have proved that age is just a number . Well done for getting up to 6.5k Louise. πŸ‘

Brilliant! Well done πŸ‘

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to MandiV

Thank you MandiV!! 😁❀️

Fun sounds the best option to me and the weight will surely come off with the regular runs over time. Fantastic PB- well done you. πŸ‘πŸ‘

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Beanjo

Thanks Beanjo! I chose a 37 min run on the app and thought I’d just have to run on! But I was spot on when it finished! 😯 That felt so good! 😁❀️

Beanjo in reply to Fabulous450

Bet it did 😊. Decided I’m going to just consolidate for the moment- try and increase my distance and β€˜speed’ gradually πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒ

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Beanjo

Yes me too Beanjo!! I just keep going out there and see what happens. I’m still a snail too, but we are always getting better. πŸ˜‰β€οΈ

Yay Fab - what an amazing time!! πŸ˜ƒ

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to southlundon

Thank you!! It sure is for me!! 😁😁❀️


Well done on knowing what you want and on a cracking PB! 😊❀️

Getting out to run 5k whenever you fancy is awesome, whatever you choose to do next.πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to mountaindreamer

Thank you so much! 😁❀️


Well done Fab .. I decided to do 10k plan after my distance naturally crept up to 8!

I think you are totally right you have to enjoy your runs and not make it a chore. Having goals is a great motivator but it can also demotivate if we try and stretch too much too quickly.

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Richard7

Thanks Richard! I’m still challenging myself to be a better runner! So I’m definetly going for a natural creep too! It might even happen quicker than I can imagine! 😁❀️


Thanks Richard! I’m still challenging myself to be a better runner! So I’m definetly going for a natural creep too! It might even happen quicker than I can imagine! 😁❀️


Fabulous as ever Fabulous450 love your posts, and great to see you having fun again. I think I am still wandering around in the post C25K wilderness wondering what I want to do next!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Berksrover

πŸ‘‹πŸ½ Hey Berksrover, I figure if we just keep getting out there in the wilderness we will find our way. This run as you please requires a different mindset for me. So I had to get my own head around what I want running to add to my life. You can’t beat a bit of running for feeling achieved even when you don’t know if you want to go! You will always come back a better version of yourself, no matter what happens out there. The funny thing is you usually come back having completely surpassed where you thought you were! Let’s just keep doing that! πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½β€οΈ

BerksroverGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

As ever Fabulous450 you are right, the feeling of achievement after a run is the drug that keeps me going lol. For me, running has been a means to an end, a way to get fitter and to help lose weight, both of which are going well, but I also want running to be enjoyable and a lot of the time it is, I just want to up the proportion. Whatever happens, I can't imagine life without running now! πŸƒπŸΌπŸ˜

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Berksrover

You’re a Graduate 10! 😍😍 You're an inspiration and certainly have what it takes! Enjoy!! 😁😁❀️

Look at you lady!!! Your doing sooooo well!!!! Positivity, humour and loads of fun = happiness xxx

You carry on lady! I’m gona turn to you for advise once I graduate on my next run. My parkruns are normally 42min. Need help!!! Love your posts. Keep going x

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Peet999

Aaah......thank you Peet!! I’m so looking forward to your celebrations! The podium awaits with big hugs!!

My first Parkrun was just under 43 mins and that was post graduation, so you’re well ahead and doing brilliantly! 😍

Have an amazing graduation run!! ❀️

Look at you Mrs

A proper runner and everything

Pleased you found your happy place


Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Ouching

Thank you so much Ouching!! It was a bit of a muddle for a bit, but it feels great to be at ease with myself again. ❀️

Fab that's amazing ..I just caught up with your post (sorry) ...And your o. Juju plan.... go girl you are such an inspiration ...Fantastic 😊😊

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Myrar

Thank you so much Myrar!! After graduation, I think it’s the courage to go on a bit of an adventure and do it your own way that brings you the most happiness. We are all working with what we’ve got, but it will continue to get better every time we go out there. We learn and we grow stronger. You’re doing really well too!! Good on you! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ Let’s keep going out there! ❀️

Epic 5K run, well done! That's very exciting πŸ˜€ Love your redefined version of how you want your running life to be. Fun is the way to go. Inspiring, as always, Fab xx

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to DeeRunning

Thank you!! 😍 I definitely reclaimed my running yesterday. The distance and pace came naturally and it was a great feeling Dee! 😁❀️


You are on fire Fabulous! Very very well done! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you Cheeky!! PG Run 15! And a nice firm consolidation of the mind! I am a runner! ❀️

cheekychipmunksGraduate10 in reply to Fabulous450

Too darned right you are Fabulous! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done on the pb! Truely epic! Interesting to read about your thoughts on fun/10k. I’ve been having a mojo v gremlins battle whilst recovering from my rib injury. One part of me says β€˜you need to keep improving/achieving so you need to run further/faster’. Another part says β€˜what’s wrong with sticking around 5k, having fun, fitting running into the rest of my life rather than letting it take over completely?’ I’ve been watching some of my contemporaries doing amazing things and feeling slightly envious, but i’m glad that it sounds like i’m not the only one who is hanging around the 5k bike sheds...!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Pippayoungart

I’m in the shed with you Pippa! No doubt about that. I definitely admire the 10k goal and achievers (and certainly wouldn’t say never), but I’m happy with 5k. It’s a bit like that amazing realisation of feeling bored running around my starting β€œLittle Park” nearby my home. When the excitement and feeling of achievement starts to dull, I’ll seek to go further naturally. Taking 30 - 50 minutes out of a day is pretty awesome, so whatever I can do in that time won’t be in danger of becoming a chore. I don’t feel it’s boring or repetitive yet. Far from it! A new experience every time. I’m really not sure where I would even be running for 10k either πŸ€”, but if it needs to happen, I’m sure I’ll find a way!

We’re doing just great!! 😁❀️


Your Fabulous enthusiasm is contagious, I feel like I want to get my runners on and get out there! πŸƒπŸƒπŸ˜Š I would but I ran last night πŸ™„

Well done on your PB, that’s a big chunk of your previous time πŸ‘πŸ‘

Get the Charity run out of the way then look at your options, that’s what I did 😊

The weight will come off without having to diet, I’ve lost a stone in 10mths purely down to my running and strength exercising, I was a virtual couch potato before, just did a little walking πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

Good luck on your Charity Run, and expect to do another PB πŸ€—


Oh thank you so much Ted! It’s great to hear your journey! Yes, my charity 5k is close by now, so I’m going to keep that vision in mind! I’m so looking forward to it now too!! 😁❀️

Well done Fab. Check you out smashing PB's ! Superb!.

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Forestgrump

Thanks Forestgrump! 😱 I know!! It was like graduation all over again when I realised I was going to do it in the 37 minutes. No further running on required!! 😁❀️

Ooh well done you! What a fabulous feeling to get to 5K *and* do it in such a quick time πŸ˜€ It sounds like you know exactly what you want, and are doing the right thing for you - and as you say, the speed and distance may start to happen without you really noticing. And even if they don't, that doesn't matter if you are enjoying it ❀️

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Eiralas

Definitely Eiralas! I can honestly say I’m feeling on a running high again now! Just staying with the fun factor and not getting too technical about it is a relief. Of course I love doing better, who doesn’t? But my conclusion is that we are always better in some way every time we go out there. Love that! ❀️


Sorry for the late reply - I’ve been away and prioritised my runs over my emails! That’s fantastic - 6 min improvement might spoil you for future runs!! Fun runs must suit you!!

Fabulous450Graduate10 in reply to Sybilw

Thanks Sybilw! It certainly was a nice surprise and I hope they’ll be more surprises to come. 😁❀️!

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