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Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Longish post alert! About 15 months ago I burst into tears when I got home after completing week 1, run 1 on my C25K sojourn. This morning, this Old Girl ran (read shuffle/very slow trot!) 10km! Yes, you read that correctly- 10km! It was typical OGR weather, ie windy, but luckily that was to my advantage on the homeward leg as it pushed me along. For the first time in a long time I got the music wrong and did the first half with Jimmy Buffett in my ear, then when he left the stage there was nothing and I couldn’t get anything at all so I just trotted quietly along which was actually rather nice for a change. I had company at odd times as Dexy5 and UpTheStanley rose early from their bed to cycle out to meet me along the way and shout encouragement (at least I think it was!) and clap me in at the end - who could ask for better friends?! And Dexy presented me with a fabulous medal she’d made - my first 10k bling! OK, so it was a flatter than a flat thing route and it was sooo slow (1hr 42) but I’m feeling just a teensy bit pleased with myself! A huge thank you to ju-ju- for her fabulous Magic Plan and to all of you who have followed my musings along the way, both VRB and RBs. And once again, huge thanks to Dexy and UTS who got me into this malarkey! It may be slow and it’s never going to be pretty (Eliud Kipchoge need have no fear!) but OGR got there in the end!

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Elfe5
Elfe560minGraduate

Absolutely fantastic !😄👏👏👏

I love your happy photo - & lovely to have such encouragement!

Eventually I hope to follow in your footsteps...😄

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Elfe5

Thank you Elfe! You’ll do it,

I know.!

Woo hoo! Well done OGRs , you have worked hard for this and deserve your medal (and a glass of fizz).

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Shake-and-run

Thank you s&r! We’re doing a virtual cocktail hour this evening with Mr and Mrs Coddfish so who knows what will be drunk!

Jonno34
Jonno34Graduate10

Wow Jimmy Buffett. You just took me back to 1985.

Other tha that well done you. I know your story it is my story.

I keep having to check with myself. Is this me? Running? Like 10k and stuff? Can't be surely! Keep it up.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Jonno34

Thank you Jonno! Yes , I saw him live a few times in the States - interesting and just a little something in the air which left the audience feeling very good! Happy running!

Grannyhugs
GrannyhugsGraduate10

Wow, fantastic run for you 10k. I love the bling. What great friends you have turning out to cheer you an and creating such a marvellous medal. Happy running 🤗

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Grannyhugs

Thank you Grannyhugs! Yes, they’re great friends!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

You look so happy in that photograph OGR, that was lovely that Dexy5 made you that bling after running your first 10K, at the moment 60mingraduate is next to your username, now that you have ran a 10K you should tell the administrators, then you will get the badge and Graduate10 will be next to your username, once again congratulations. 😊 🏃🏾 🎓

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to AlMorr

Thank you Alan, yes I’m very proud of my bling! And I’ll definitely be applying for my Graduate10 badge!

Beachcomber66
Beachcomber66Graduate10

Superb OGR. Many congratulations; I knew Dexy5 would have a surprise for you. Time for some very serious celebration now; you absolute deserve this. 👏👏👏👏🥂

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Beachcomber66

Thank you Beachcomber!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Whoop whoop OldGirl. You did brilliantly and despite your protestations, you run like a runner. You are a runner. 😂😂

I so wanted to give you a big hug at the end and treat you to breakfast, but rules are rules. So I’ll give you a hearty cheer tonight Instead.

Congratulations 🥳🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤸🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

Yes I felt the same but we obeyed the rules! Looking forward to our virtual drink this evening!

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Yours may be virtual - mines going to be the real thing 🥤🍹🍸🤪

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Dexy5

🍷

Roxy71
Roxy71Graduate10

well done so proud of you.... love the medal x

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Roxy71

Thank you Roxy - yes, it’s a cracking g bit of bling isn’t it!

Well done!! Wonderful achievement, you should be very proud:-)

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Couchpotato2

Thank you Cp2! Yes I do feel proud- bemused at the whole thing but definitely proud!

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Congratulations Oldgirlruns, you look so happy and so you should be. How great the others came to cheer you on and you got a medal. 🥳🥳🥳🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️🏅🏅

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Buddy34

Thank you Buddy! Yes I have some lovely friends!

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Oh you'll have to get your badge changed😊

Fionamags
Fionamags60minGraduate

That's absolutely brilliant! I've just started on this (timed) plan and I will be very happy if/when I progress to the 10k distance after cracking the 60 minute runs. At the moment just looking at the duration you did is phenomenal- well done!!! So there are plenty of challenges ahead!!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Fionamags

Thank you Fionamags! Yes plenty of challenges but a little consolidation first I think! Good luck with your plan!

MartinKH
MartinKHGraduate10

Great post, but even better is that photo ... which speaks a thousand words.

You look quite rightly delighted and very happy. Fantastic achievement, well done 👍🎉🍾🎉🍾🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉👍💪

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to MartinKH

Thank you MartinKH! Yes, a chuffed old girl!

You did it!!

A fantastic milestone run. What progress over those moments. How we make it is all in those hard yards building up to this moment. 10k wow!! 6 miles, think how long that can take to drive and you have just run that! Have a deserved celebration.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to GTFC

Thank you GTFC! Yes, celebratory drink has been taken!

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate

That is such wonderful news a really well done and how lovely of Dexy and UTS that must have been magic

I love reading your posts they are always inspiring

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you W&S! Yes, my friends have been amazing!

WillowandSola
WillowandSola60minGraduate
in reply to Oldgirlruns

It makes such a difference to have good running friends

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Fantastic OGR! We knew you could do it and who cares about the time! Excellent bling from Dexy5 and UpTheStanley too!👍🎉😀

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to JonathanP

Thank you JP! We’ve just had a virtual cocktail and celebrated!

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Cheers!

Congratulations that's really great, you look so happy :-)

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Rigpig

Thank you Rigpig! Yup, I was pretty happy - and still am!

Rigpig
Rigpig
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Well it’s early morning here in NZ and you made me burst out in a big smile with your post, not a bad way to start the day 😊

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Rigpig

Very true Rigpig!

Decker
DeckerGraduate10

You look so happy OGR! Congratulations! Fantastic job! I've just tried to give you a 10k graduate forum badge but I don't seem to have access on this forum ( or I am doing something completely wrong!), so I have let the authorities know (aka roseabi :) and we will get this sorted for you.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Decker

Thank you Decker, that’s very kind- I hadn’t got round to thinking about that yet!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Oldgirlruns

There you go! Since Decker called me here I thought I would oblige 😊😊😊

Well done!!!! xxx

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to roseabi

Thank you so much roseabi! Me, a 10k graduate - who’d ever have thought!

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Fabulous fabulous. Well done, and you look really happy too.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Coddfish

Thank you Coddfish! A strange day but a good one all told!

Jell6
Jell6Graduate10

How joyful, congratulations !!

🍾🎈🎉🎈🍾

And bespoke bling too, it doesn't get any better than that 🤩🤩

lexi6
lexi6Graduate10

Whoohoo! OGR Well done! Lovely photo of you and your fab bling. 👍 🥳 🍸🥂

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to lexi6

Thank you Jell6!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to lexi6

Thank you lexi!

Meepmum
MeepmumGraduate10

7 minutes faster than my 10k, speedy you 🏃‍♀️🥇. Well done, hope you're replenishing your fluids this evening and you don't drop your bling in the drink! 😉😂

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Meepmum

Thank you Meepmum! The bling survived our drink - a virtual cocktail hour with Dexy5, UpTheStanley and Mr and Mrs Coddfish!

Runningroni
RunningroniGraduate10

Fantastic, well done you. And look at that bespoke bit of bling.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Runningroni

Thank you Runningroni! Very proud of my bling!!

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkGraduate10

That’s brilliant. Well done. 10 k is a tough distance. Worth all your hard work. Hope you enjoyed your celebration drinks 🍷

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Raspberrypink

Thank you Rp!

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

How did I not see this yesterday OGR? 😩😩

The most gigantic WELL DONE is being bellowed from Bristol to you! I hope you can hear it! 📣 🎉

You’re amazing! I hope you’re still the proudest thing on the planet at the moment! 10k is epic - and YOU have run it! 👍👏🏃‍♀️❤️👊🎉⭐️💪🏅😍😀

Oh, did I say well done? ❤️😍

Sparkey5000
Sparkey500060minGraduate

Wahhhooooooo!!!! Truly awesome!!! Fantastic achievement 🎉🎉 🥇

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Sparkey5000

Thank you Sparkey!

hamit
hamitGraduate10

Well done, fantastic

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to hamit

Thank you hamit - doubt I could do it on your hills though!!

Congratulations, I ve been following your story for a long time and it's great to see you get to 10km.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to LisaMc2

Thank you LisaMc - need to do it again now! Happy running!

LisaMc2
LisaMc2
in reply to Oldgirlruns

It will be a doddle next time!

I'm still working towards 10k, slowly but surely I will get there.

Like you I'm not fast.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to LisaMc2

And I’m sure you will - truthfully, if I can do it I’m very sure you can! Embrace the slow, it’s nice to have the company at the back of the pack!

Rowers
RowersGraduate10

Brilliant news - so pleased for you 😀

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Rowers

Thank you Rowers!

I missed this yesterday, how???!!

Blimmin well done OGR! 🙌💪🎉🍷

And sterling work from Dexy and Stanley there, must have looked like a scene from a Rocky film - I expect everybody's got that music in their heads now 😁

Have a lovely recovery today and bask in your achievement (but don't forget to stretch) I'm chuffed to bits for you.

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to grumpyoldgirl

Thank you so much GOG! A gentle walk today in the sunshine I think!

Over62
Over62Graduate10

Fantastic achievement Oldgirlruns you have truly worked hard for this.

So pleased for you great job and superb support from friends too.

Enjoy every moment 👏👍🎉🥇

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Over62

Thank you Over62! It’s been an interesting time for someone who’s never run in her life! Happy running!

Over62
Over62Graduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

I agree, it was the same for me when I started last September it’s amazing what can be achieved. After getting to 10k slowly last month I have settled into a new consolidation programme of 5k, 7, and 10k each week, this week I am really feeling the benefit of this as my stamina has increased and this morning and I have ran 1minute faster than ever before for my 7k I am well pleased at this unexpected result.

So here’s to your consolidation runs.

👍🏃🏻‍♀️

Yeah - well done that’s a major achievement and I hope you enjoyed lots of cocktails last night! 😁

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Reluctantrunner40

Thank you Reluctant!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10

Thank you cheeky! Yes, I can just about hear you - must be the lack of traffic and aircraft around! Still feeling good - had an online cocktail hour last night with Dexy, UTS and the Coddfishes at which a glass was raised!

Well done you!

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to JuJogger

Thank you JJ!

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10

Wow great news OGR! That medal is better than any mass produced one 🏅 but it all goes to show you must pick your friends very carefully 😆. Congratulations

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Sybilw

Thank you Sybilw! Yes friends are important and I’ve had these ones for many years now - I like things to last!

Sybilw
SybilwGraduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Me too! It’s an age thing 😆

Mimirossi
MimirossiGraduate10

Well done! Fantastic! Xx

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Mimirossi

Thank you Mimirossi!

Way to go! That picture is pure gold! Did I read that right, you started C25k only 15 months ago??

Fantastic achievement

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to wuthhansenn

Thank you! Yes that’s right - I started late Feb 2019, had a break on the middle with a calf strain and graduated in August. It’s gone quickly- which is more than can be said for the speed I run!

Noodle1991
Noodle1991Graduate10

That’s brilliant. Well done. It’s a great feeling isnt it. What next?

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Noodle1991

Next?😱. Probably just some consolidation and maybe work on a bit of speed on my 5k so that I’m not always at the back of Parkrun!

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Fantastic achievement Oldgirlruns and so great that you had Dexy and UTS there to cheer you on. 🏃‍♀️👏🥳🥂 The first 10k is really special isn’t it? Hope you enjoyed your celebratory cocktails 🍹

Oldgirlruns
OldgirlrunsGraduate10
in reply to Sandie1961

Thank you Sandie! Yes, it’s special and I hope there’ll be lots more. Did I really just say that or is there some uncontrollable force making my fingers move?! We’re all so looking forward to our next meet up, wherever and whenever that may be!

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10
in reply to Oldgirlruns

Me too! Let’s hope it isn’t months and months away 🤞

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