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I only went and did it! the Larkfield 10k graduation run

...cue the chariots of fire soundtrack in the background, for what was -for me at least, an epic run!

After a couple of weeks of finding it difficult to follow my training plan properly, being on holiday and my babies starting teething, which made for a bit of uncertainty in my ability to actually do the distance, I stood at the starting line of my local-ish and thankfully flat Larkfield 10k.

Started right at the end of the pack of runners and made a conscious effort to keep my pace slow and steady throughout - the key target being to finish and never mind the time. Took a while to get in rhythm but after 2k or so I felt good and kept going. Past the halfway mark of this 2 lap course I was still feeling strong and after some water I kept going. I managed to pass quite a few of the people who went flying off at the start in the process, which felt great! I'll never be proper fast but I enjoy knowing I'm not last...

The difficult part was km 8 &9, I was tired, feeling it in my legs and struggling, but so determined to finish. I found a second wind in km 9 and approached the finish line...and there waiting for me were my wife and 4 month old twins! What a wonderful surprise, it really gave me wings and I finished stronger than I felt at any time in the race!

My birthday is tomorrow and I can't think of a better gift, than this new version of myself who can run for 10k for the first time in my life!

Thank you to everyone in here for the help and support and in particular to the people on Strava - you know who you are. I wouldn't have made it here without you-thank you.

And now...onwards and upwards! After some cake :)

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Congratulations on completing your 10k today, how lovely was that being greeted at the end by your wife and 4 month old twins, by the way happy birthday πŸŽ‚ for tomorrowπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸƒπŸƒ

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Thank you! The finish with the family was the best feeling ever :)

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Well done!! And happy birthday for tommoro.

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Thank you!

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Lovely! So pleased for you. Well done and happy birthday for tomorrow πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜Š

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Thank you very much!

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Yay! Congratulations on graduating in style (and with bling!) πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ…β€οΈπŸ˜Ž πŸ₯‚πŸΎ Enjoy your celebrations (and cake! 🍰😍)

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Thank you very much - I loved this bling! :) though the real prize is the graduation badge!

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What a perfect graduation and early birthday gift!

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Indeed, that's the perfect way to graduate, for me at least..knowing there's a finish line with a medal at the end pushed me through, and then seeing the family got me flying to the finish line!

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Another 10k graduation in a race with a medal. Well done GeorgiosA and a very happy birthday. Lots of reasons to celebrate

πŸŽ‰πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸ…πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ°

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Thank you very much, can't wait for the graduate badge :)

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Wonderful in lots of ways! brilliant! Well done you! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ°

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Thank you, and yes it was! First time I finished a race with my twins by the finish straight...best feeling ever!

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Wonderful Georgios! What a great way to celebrate your birthday with your family. Happy birthday!

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Thank you very much!

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Woot!! Well done!!!

Aaaaand... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

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Merci beaucoup! Et bon voyage :)

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What a lovely post. Well done on your 10k and your well deserved bling. Congratulations! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ

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Thank you! :)

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Beautiful story.Thank you Happy birthday and massive pats on the back!

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Thank you very much :)

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Brilliant, what a perfect end to what sounds like a pretty perfectβ€”albeit toughβ€”race!

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Thank you - I couldnt think of a better finish! :)

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Happy Birthday Georgios! Checking out this report too!

Fantastic acheivement getting a 10k under your belt and in race conditions, thats awesome.

To go with your birthday badge and your Lovely 10k bling you also deserve the Graduate10 badge, ask here and it will be awarded...

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Have a lovely day and recover well from that race!😊xx

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Thank you so much Jan :) Looking forward to the graduate badge - a virtual bling to cherish!

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Well done! What a wonderful post and how fantastic to see your wife and twins on the finish line!☺ All this running will definitely help you keep up with them once they are bigger!! Happy Birthday to the new and improved you!β˜ΊπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸŽ‚

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Thank you very much! And that's exactly the plan, try and keep up with them - it will be a challenge :)

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