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The below is from 4 years ago on FB

"It is now 217 days since i last smoked , just over 7 months :D If i had known what some of the after effects would be maybe I wouldn't have.

The bottom line is i did and have become a non smoker, now I never thought i would say that lol

I have also now compeleted Week1 on a C25K program (Couch to 5k running program over 9 weeks ish ) the ain is run for 30 mins or 5k distance at the end of the 9 weeks , that seeems a long way off at week 1 but if you dont try you never know"

A very useful reminder on FB page just how far I have come in 4 years . No they haven't always been easy I have had injuries have lost motivation and struggled with a few demons but I am still here running it is the one constant that keeps me further away from that 40 a day couch potato person.

C25K is so much more than just about running..long may it continue πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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AlMorr profile image

Wow 40 a day, if nothing else you have saved loads of money and gained many healthy habits like running, well done

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

You wouldnt believe how much i haven't spent on them !!!

I am probably the healthiest and fittest I have ever been..not bad for a 60yr old 😁

davelinks profile image

Well done Rob! Keep at it! I'm in a similar boat, but I stopped smoking at age 36 am now 63.. motivation gets me sometimes as well, my head sometimes lets me down and have lost some conditioning to what I had, but it always peps me up when I do get out for a run, am out later this morning, I'll see how I feel at 20 mins in and maybe push on if good..

Am thinking of booking the local 10k run in October as a goal, my nephew is doing it, so gives me some motivation there...😁

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to davelinks

Thanks davelinks and well done you too.. I am booking my local 10K for next year. My son needs a new medal for his collection 😁

My current goal is 10 miles .. should be there by October if I stick to my current plan 😁

Enjoy your run !

misswobble profile image

Woohoo! Go man go! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to misswobble

Thanks misswobble 😁😁

ancientrunner profile image

Well done - I have real admiration for people who quit the fags.

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to ancientrunner

Thanks ancientrunner . In some ways it was easier than I thought. Best thing I did till I did C25K 😁

AndyD profile image

Keep at it Rob... "we" did it before... you can do it again :-)

Slow_Rob profile image

Thanks Andy I am persistent if nothing else 😊

monkeyannie profile image

wow what an inspiration You are Rob thankyou for the congrats on my first 5k ,would you mind if I ask how you consolidated the c5k after graduation I feel a bit lost with out the c5k app many thanks annie

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to monkeyannie

Thanks Annie and you more than welcome..

I ran the 3 x 30 mins for a couple of weeks to get used to doing that then pushed on for running for 5K once I did that I then started to do some speed intervals and hill work ..

There are some C25k+ podcasts as well .. you may find these useful to if you still wanted some structure

About then I started at park run which a lot do .. whether they can run 5K or not . It is a very inclusive and friendly thing to do. Some walk it or run/walk .you are never last as they have tail runners who are ..

Post graduation is a strange old time. I guess it's about finding your running feet and perhaps a goal I.e 10k or further.

What ever you do keep it fun and enjoy your new found freedom to run πŸ˜€

Hope this helps a little Annie

Dexy5 profile image

Wow just think how much you can spend on running gear with the cost of that smoking habit! But more seriously, think of how much healthier you are now. Well Done you, I know it’s not easy to give up . πŸ˜„πŸ‘

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 .... I had a few failed attempts previously.. I used the NHS Smoking service this time . Great help.advise and support😁

Well done on the running and the non smoking. That is inspirational.

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to

Thanks Hidden to kind.. every one here is an inspiration

The support no matter what is amazing..

in reply to Slow_Rob

It’s true 😊

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to

It is very rare for an online forum to be like that. It is the best ever πŸ˜€

Flaraflarkin profile image

From one ex-smoker to another πŸ‘Š Put it there! Well done Slow_Rob you are at the beginning of an exciting and healthy life now!! 😊

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thanks Flaraflarkin well done you too, i am 4 years 7 months smoke free now ...

telford_mike profile image

Great story Rob. I'm the same age as you and also quit my smoking habit 4 years ago. You’re dead right - C25K is way more than just a 9 week running programme πŸ‘

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to telford_mike

Thanks telford_mike and well done to you as well..i still have my app telling me how many days etc .. agood reminder if i need one

Sandraj39 profile image

Happy Runniversary Rob! You are right of course, the impact of running is massive and it is great to look back on those first tentative steps to a better way of life. Here's to all of us who dared to dream..and believe in ourselves!πŸ˜€πŸ₯‚πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to Sandraj39

Thanks Sandraj39 great words from you there too

AncientMum profile image

Great post Not-So-Slow-Rob. You've come a long way and you should be really proud of yourself. Here's hoping the next four years will hold more successes for you. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to AncientMum

Thanks AncientMum ... hopefully yes .. I never thought I would be calling myself a runner

Mayanow profile image

Your story is inspiring. Well done on all counts. Quitting smoking is probably the hardest challenge. I too gave up fags eventually (!) this past february, not one since. I still vape a little due to the dual challenge of dieting simultaneously.

Thank you for giving me one more push in the right direction! 😘

Slow_Rob profile image

Thank you Mayanow . I was what alot would call a hardened smoker, your kind words are very much appreciated..

You are doing brilliantly stopping smoking, dieting and doing C25K ,hats off to you ..

Keep doing what you are , you get stronger each day , you can do it 😊

Razouski profile image

Well done Rob. Enjoy your Runniversary.

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Slow_RobGraduate10 in reply to Razouski

Thanks Razouski

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