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First Half Marathon Completed ! ✅ 🥳🥳

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10

Sorry long post alert ! but it was a long run! 🥵

A few weeks ago in a moment of madness I signed up for the Admiral City of Newport Virtual Half Marathon, which had to be completed by the 7th March....no worries, plenty of time........still plenty of time........oh the 7th is tomorrow !! 😮

So today was the day 😬 kit and new ASICS on, Coach Bennett riding shotgun to keep me company. I knew I had to try and pace myself as it’s a hell of a distance, so the plan was a slowish 10k to begin with, which would hopefully do the trick.

I combined two of my normal 10k routes to make up the distance. First route took me to the town centre, followed by a circuit of the park, both really busy. Running through the town centre I felt a bit conscious of some peoples view of joggers lately and them not wearing masks......so avoid eye contact 👀 and pick up the pace 🏃‍♂️still feeling good as I completed the park circuit and headed home.

But then having reached home, the daunting thought that you’ve got to turn around and head towards the other route 😳 is a shock to the system. All going well but the other route has a killer of a hill, so brisk walked up this, as I did this a lady jogger passed me and said it’s a tough one this isn’t it. I smiled and agreed, thinking it is when you’ve just done 11k !

Carried on jogging the other route but could feel the fatigue kicking in, so the jogging became a lot slower, I stuck with it though only changing this to a brief brisk walk on a few occasions when absolutely necessary.

Eventually and not before time I heard Coach Bennett’s cheery voice saying just 100 meters to go, I wanted to finish with a sprint...wanting to and being able to are two different things and I had absolutely nothing left in the tank so it was more of a victory stagger......but I’d made it!! Yeeeess!!!!! 🥳🥳🥳

My time was what I’d roughly expected, given my current level of fitness and preparation, but that’s ok for my first attempt and gives me something to work with in future, so I’ll take that 😁

Home, showered, hydrated, a nice steak dinner and a cold beer to celebrate 🍺 and I’m feeling as good as new.....except for my achey breaky legs, but it’s a great feeling to know I’ve completed my first half marathon. Another medal and tee shirt to look forward to too.

🏅👕🤗

Happy Running Everyone 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

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Imc50
Imc50Graduate10

Classy Running 💪👍

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Imc50

Thanks LMC50 👍🏃‍♂️

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Well done CP! Really well done, enjoy your very well deserved steak! 😋👏👏👏

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to TailChaser

Thank You TailChaser much appreciated 👍 steak was lovely 😋

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10

That’s absolutely fantastic! Well done! I imagine you’ll be smiling all night! Did you fuel on your run? Perfect protein meal for tea! 💪🏽

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tasha99

Thanks Tasha99, I think I will be smiling all night 😁 it’s a lovely feeling to have completed that distance, tough though it was in parts 👍🏃‍♂️

I just carried a small hand held water bottle on the run, which seemed ok, maybe I should have carried some jelly beans too, I’m still learning so will probably try that next time I think 🤔

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Definitely need to fuel! I’d have fuelled at least twice on that! 💪🏽 Makes it even more impressive!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tasha99

Next one I will and I’ll ensure I do a lot more preparation, I’m still learning all the time... I appreciate your advice 👍

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate10

Fantastic run there , well done 😁👍👏👏👏

I must admit the thought of doing 11k then thinking another 10 to go would for me be a killer 😂

Congratulations ğŸ‘ğŸŽ‰

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Thanks Ian, it was a killer, your brain thinks, we’re home now, time for a well earned rest......so I tried not to think about it too much to be honest 😂

Bambi2020
Bambi2020Graduate10

That’s a great achievement- well done!! 👏 🏅🏃‍♂️🏆

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Bambi2020

Thanks Bambi 😊

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10

Oh wow! Well done you!

That’s a nice time from where I’m standing...faster than my 5km pace 😂

I remember cursing when the live events occurred...Mr. L was an artisan baker and it used to be a nightmare as the local farmers market would be on the same day...and all the roads would be closed! 😬🙄

Well done again! 👏🏻👏🏾👏🏽

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Thanks Lottie, second half was tough, which I knew it would be, but kept going. When I did my previous 10 mile run I completed it in 2hrs 8mins, but I had more energy on that day. I’m just pleased I managed to complete it 😁

Artisan baker 😋 fresh bread ğŸž lovely

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Now retired...and to add insult to injury, I’m now low carb! 🙈😬🤯

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Aahhh bless you.....Low Carb Lottie 😂

LottieMW
LottieMWGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

😂

...oh and my daughter in law also did the Newport Half this weekend! (She’s done it for real as well!)

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to LottieMW

Nice one 👍 Well Done Lottie Junior 🥳🥳 x

Whoop whoop CP !!!! 🥳🥳🥳 Or should I call you half marathon man from now on 🤔😂.

Nicely done. Fantastic achievement and I’m really pleased for you 🙌🏻

As long as you don’t need to see the dentist afterwards (see photo) all is good! 😉😂😂

If you haven’t seen the movie, the dentist reference will be lost on you! 🤣🤣🤣 x

Dustin Hoffman in Marathon Man
CI578
CI578 in reply to Indielass00

"is it safe? " I've seen the movie ğŸŽ¥

Indielass00
Indielass00 in reply to CI578

👍🏻😀

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Indielass00

Thanks Indielass00 😊 it was tough but so pleased I managed it.

Sorry the movie reference was lost on me 🙈but not my good mate CI578 who’s the film buff and has an amazing memory for detail.

Half Marathon Man 🤔 HMM.....naaahhh CP will do fine 😂x

CP it is! 😀 Congratulations again!!! 🙌🏻 x

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Congratulations on completing your first Half Marathon, the only thing wrong is that you have posted it on this, the Bridge to 10K forum, I am sure the administrators will put the magic words HALF MARATHON next to your username but on the marathon forum, not this one, once again a big congratulations to you on running your first Half Marathon.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to AlMorr

Cheers Al I didn’t even realise there was a HALF MARATHON badge, I’ll have to get it sorted, thanks for letting me know👍

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10

Wow, what a great run! Fantastic, you must be so pleased and proud, it really is an epic achievement! And doesn’t it make you feel great. So pleased for you. Many congratulations! 👏👏👏👍🥳💪

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Thanks Jools 😊 it was a tough one, but I’m really proud and pleased I managed to achieve it 😁More preparation needed if I attempt another one in future though 🥵

Jools2020
Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Rightly so! It’s a long way. But a few 10Ks, couple of 10 milers maybe and you’ll be good to do it all over again 😊

I don’t know how you managed to reach your house and then set off again! I don’t think I could do that. I have a 10 mile circular route and a couple of side roads to add for the rest.

RunningJ123
RunningJ123Graduate10

That's really brilliant!!! You surely deserve your medal and t-shirt!!!!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to RunningJ123

Thank You 😊

Well done Geoff I'm really pleased for you 👍🤗

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to CI578

Cheers me old mucker, wouldn’t want to do too many of those, but really pleased I managed to complete it 😁

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10

Awesome, that’s such a distance especially after the winter we’ve had

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you Sola 😊 I’m so pleased I managed to complete it.

A nice 5k next time me thinks, which should feel like a walk in the park after today’s effort!

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Give your legs time to recover or that walk in the park will feel like a trek

After thinking our hill walk up and run down was easy and running a slow 5k the next day getting out of bed the day after for work was a bit of a trial

I’m envious though and always want to run further but it takes me forever to go any real distance

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

I will have a few days recovery now. I’ve just taken the dog for a walk around the block and they felt ok, but I’m sure they’ll ache in the morning.

You’re a very consistent runner, which is something you should be very proud of. 👍

WillowandSola
WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Thank you, I am, 😀 I’d run more if work didn’t exhaust me most days

Fionamags
FionamagsGraduate10

That's amazing - what an achievement! You must be all smug and glowing by now - and knackered as well, I would have thought??? Well done - enjoy that well earned bling!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Fionamags

Thanks Fionamags 😊 smug, glowing and knackered pretty much sums it up 😂 I’ll definitely enjoy that bling, worked hard today for that one 🏅🤗

Jericho2332
Jericho2332Graduate10

Massive well done! That's a very tough run, my legs the next day were a mess!!🤣 Massive grin on my face for a week though and I'm sure you will too 😁👍🏻

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Jericho2332

Thank You 😊 Definitely have that massive grin, I’m constantly shocked at what can be achieved 😁

Legs not too bad at moment, just took the dog for a walk around the block and they felt fine, but I’m sure it will be a different story in the morning 😬

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

This is brilliant Couchphoenix and I love your victory stagger at the end , this is also me 🤣. Congratulations 👏👏👏👏

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Buddy34

Thanks Buddy34, I honestly had absolutely nothing left in the tank at that stage, so it really was a stagger 😂 a victory stagger is the best of all though 👍

Sandraj39
Sandraj39Ambassador

Wow Couchphoenix - that is fantastic! What a great achievement! 💪Definitely pop over to the Marathon Running and Race Support Forum to request your Half Marathon badge - we can only ‘wear’ our Graduate 10 on this forum but over there you will be able to have your HM one!😃 Wear with pride!🏅

By the way, fuelling will definitely help. Don’t know if it’s been mentioned above but Tailwind is great IMO. I don’t like the ideas of gels but this will keep you fuelled and hydrated - it’s a powder you add to water. Link below.🙂

tailwindnutrition.co.uk

Birdlady64
Birdlady64Graduate10

Amazing, fantastic brilliant!

So pleased for you - you will be grinning like make for days I bet! 😁

Did I read this right - you went out for your first HM wearing new runners? 🤔

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Thanks BL64😊

I will be grinning for a few days 😁

My runners went out for their maiden voyage on my previous post.

GigglyBFC
GigglyBFCGraduate10

Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Perhaps you should have done the 2nd track first 🤣

Don’t know what to say about people frowning down on runners, seems bizarre to me but each to their own... avoid 👀 sounds like a good plan 👍🏻

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to GigglyBFC

Thanks GigglyBC much appreciated.

Maybe the second track first would have been a better plan 🤔 🤣

Maybe I was imagining it, I try to avoid busy places, didn’t expect it to be so busy with hardly any shops open, but I suppose people just want to get out for a hour. Helped me pick up my pace so not all bad 👍🏃‍♂️

Peter44
Peter44Graduate10

Huge congratulations CP, that's brilliant, how must you be feeling ☺☺☺☺☺ if we could only bottle it, i'm envious now, but must be sensible and wait ☹ you certainly deserved that steak, and beer, hope you wont be too stiff tomorrow.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Peter44

Thanks Peter44, I’d love to have a few bottles if we could 😁

wasn’t sure it was the best idea I’d ever had, I’d forgotten I’d signed up for it until I got a reminder email, but I thought why not give it a go, I’ve completed 10 miles twice before and I love a challenge, I’m so pleased I did now.

Keep being patient and sensible, it will get easier and your strength will return 💪🏻

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Absolutely brilliant run CP! You deserved your steak and beer! 🥩 🍻

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks CC much appreciated 👍 they didn’t touch the sides 😋

Frizzbomb67
Frizzbomb67Graduate10

Wow! Congratulations on your first half marathon 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Hope those achy breaky legs don't ache for too long.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Frizzbomb67

Thanks Frizzbomb67, I took the dog for a walk around the block earlier and they felt ok, so fingers crossed ğŸ¤ž

Now63
Now63Graduate10

Brilliant running Couchphoenix and fab time👏👏👏👏 I really admire people that can do half marathon s and marathons.I just couldn’t do it I’m sure! The furthest I managed was 11k and some of that was a brisk walk as it was up a big incline 🤣🤣.

Anyway well done ğŸ‘ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸƒâ€â™‚ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™‚ï¸

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Now63

Thank You Now63 😊 I’m still surprised I managed that distance, much more preparation needed for the next one as that was really tough. You reached 11k which is great, so never say never. 👍🏃‍♀️

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Thanks Couchphoenix I might one day. However it’s hard to do that here as there are many hills and inclines. I managed 10k this morning so that was my March Strava 10k challenge done🏃‍♀️😀😀

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Now63

I agree, It’s difficult when you live in a place with hills and inclines. I live on a main road and fortunately I have a relatively flat route I could use for part of a HM.

Well done on completing your March Strava 10k challenge 👍

Now63
Now63Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Thanks Couchphoenix👍😀😀

CaptFrey
CaptFrey60minGraduate

Congratulations that’s marvellous.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to CaptFrey

Thank You CaptFrey, it felt marvellous to achieve that distance 😁

Smile23
Smile23Graduate10

Well done you. 😁

You should be so proud of yourself its s fantastic achievement.

Hope the steak and beer were as good as they sounded😂

your achievement should be celebrated

HM is my next goal but it will defo be slower than you!!

Enjoy your success you deserve a round of 👏👏👏👏

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Smile23

Thank You Smile23, I am proud of achieving that distance. The steak and beer didn’t touch the sides 😋😂.

My next HM will involve much more preparation and I’ll carry more fluid and a gel or something to maintain my energy level. You’ll get there, it’s tough but achievable 👍

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10

Great work! Sometimes having a deadline is good for just doing it even when you feel you're not ready - and it's good to find out that actually you are ready after all!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

Thanks BBP, you’re right, I’ve only been running 10 to 12k recently, so to take that on was a tough challenge, but again I’m shocked at what can be achieved if you tell yourself I’m doing this. I was shattered at the end, but it’s not put me off doing another in future, it’s like when you complete your first 10k and think I’ll do that again only better 👍

Blackberrypie
BlackberrypieGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

I'm hoping this will work for me - I'm sort of triply committed to do a half marathon on the 28th and training hasn't been going at all to plan, mostly due to lack of time and niggly knees. But knees are now doing better and I managed to cover 9 miles today, plus finding time for training should be easier from next week, so I'm hoping I'll be fine as long as I take it easily.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Blackberrypie

You’ll do it, 9 miles is great preparation and having committed to it will give you that extra incentive to get it done, just set off really slowly and pace yourself, which I’m sure you will and you’ll be fine. 👍

Frenc
FrencGraduate10

That’s amazing Couchphoenix! Well done. I bet you’re pleased as punch 🥊. Bet you slept well 😀🏃‍♂️👏🏼.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Frenc

Thanks Frenc I surprised myself with that one 😊

I did sleep well.....actually I must get up in a minute it’s nearly midday 🛌🥱🤣

Frenc
FrencGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

You just made me laugh out loud! If you can’t have a lie in after half a marathon and cold beer, then I know nothing! 🤣

linda9389
linda9389Moderator

Fabulous!!! Congratulations halfmarathoner!!!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

Thanks Linda.....ooooooohh halfmarathoner that makes me sound really good ! 😁 I didn’t look too good staggering towards the finish line though! 🤣

More preparation needed for future ones, but I’m proud I completed it and it gives me something to work with now 👍🏃‍♂️

linda9389
linda9389Moderator in reply to Couchphoenix

You should be very proud! Having nothing left at the end means you tried very hard indeed - great job!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to linda9389

Thank You 😊

Congratulations! Amazing stamina - and you actually ran home and turned around again - no way could I have made myself do that!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Slothgoesrunning

Thank You SGR 😊

I tried not to think about it and just focused on how good I’d feel if I actually managed to complete it, it’s surprising what you can do if you put your mind to it....never say never ! 👍

GailXrunning
GailXrunningGraduate10

Congratulations! Sprint or stagger matters not, you did it and crossed that HM line.💫💫💫

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to GailXrunning

Thank You GXR 😄 I did it as you say and that’s all that matters. Next HM I’ll be better prepared.

It’s a massive achievement for me, someone who’s always admired people who can run and finally built up the courage to have a go myself, complete C25k and go on from there 👍

Raspberrypink
RaspberrypinkGraduate10

Well done. Great run 👍🏼

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Raspberrypink

Thanks RP, much appreciated 😊

9weeks2Run
9weeks2RunGraduate10

Wow that is absolutely fantastic Geoff, 👏👏👏Congratulations on completing your first Half Marathon what an impressive achievement ⭐️⭐️⭐️💪💪💪and fantastic medal to your growing collection, 🏅🏅🏅Well done you, so proud of you.

Yummy well deserved celebratory meal and 🍺 I bet you enjoyed that!!

Such an inspiration, Well done

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Thanks Rebecca, not sure where I found the energy from, but proud I completed it. I signed up for it a while ago and left it to the last minute so wasn’t properly prepared, but I will be next time. It’s increased my enthusiasm as I keep discovering what I’m actually capable of if I put my mind to it.

Meal was yummy 😋and I’m looking forward to my medal and tee shirt, which are extra special 😁

9weeks2Run
9weeks2RunGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

It is brilliant that you ran that distance you are going from strength to strength Geoff. So wonderful how focused and enthusiastic you are. It really is fantastic all you have achieved. You are a half marathon runner!!! I bet you never imaged that when you started C25K, you are so inspiring.

I bet!! lol I wouldn’t take the medal off 😂 look forward to seeing a photograph.

Take care

Rebecca x

HeavyFoot
HeavyFootGraduate10

Well done, Couchphoenix! Fantastic going!!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to HeavyFoot

Thanks HeavyFoot 😁

Great run congratulations on your achievement especially as you really dug deep to achieve. Have a rest this week, just gentle runs and then dream and plan for the next. ğŸƒğŸ’¨ğŸŽ‰ğŸ…ğŸŽ‰

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Over62

Thanks Over62, 😊excellent advice, that’s exactly what I intend to do👍

I definitely dug deep, but so pleased I completed it 😁

Cmoi
CmoiGraduate10

Congratulations Couchphoenix - look forward to seeing you over on the Marathon forum! :)

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Cmoi

Thanks Cmoi 😊 I pop over there from time to time to admire you all....yesterday’s effort has given me even more respect for people who complete Marathons. Proud of my achievement though and I’m constantly learning and surprising myself 😁🏃‍♂️

Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate10

Congratulations CP on your first HM. Hope your legs are recovering and that your jaw aches from the constant grin on your face 😁 My HM was a year ago next weekend (the week before lockdown 1) and it is still my proudest running achievement. It is such a long way! Even more kudos for doing it on your own; I had a running buddy encouraging me all the way round!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie, my legs aren’t too bad actually, my hips ache a bit but I feel ok. I’ve got an ice pack on my jaw though as that’s killing me today 😁😂🤣

Seriously though I am really proud of completing it and I will do another in future. I’ll be better prepared next time though 👍🏃‍♂️

PandaCory
PandaCoryGraduate10

Yaas! Congratulations!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to PandaCory

Thank You PandaCory 😊

Maisiecat1
Maisiecat1Graduate10

Amazing work Couchphoenix!

How are those legs feeling today?

I'm working towards my half marathon and today going out for a 15k hopefully!!

Your determination got you there so well done you ğŸ’ªğŸŽ‰ğŸ‘

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Maisiecat1

Thank You Maisiecat1 😊 you’re doing it the sensible way, unlike I did, but I’m still very proud of my achievement. Much more preparation for my next one and like you I’ll be clocking up a few longer runs prior to attempting it.

Legs are ok actually, hips ache a little but I expected that. So all good 😀

Good luck with your HM training and today’s run 👍

AndrewJR75
AndrewJR75Graduate10

Well done Couchphoenix. That is an absolutely amazing achievement. I hope those beers tasted great as they were well earned 👏👏👏

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to AndrewJR75

Thanks Andrew, it was tough but I’m so proud I achieved it 👍🏃‍♂️

The beers slipped down a treat 😋🍻

nowster
nowsterGraduate10

Very well done. As to the end, "The spirit is willing, but the legs are weak."

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to nowster

Cheers Nowster ! 😂😂 Both the spirit and the legs were weak by the end of that one ! Next HM I’m determined to finish with a sprint, even if it’s only a tiny one 👍

Brilliant running. Well done you. That must feel so rewarding.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Jennyhare

Thanks Jennyhare, it was tough but felt great having achieved it, I surprised myself with that one 👍

Juliet202
Juliet202Graduate10

Wow and wow a million times !!!! Congratulations !! 🥳🤸‍♂️ that’s absolutely brilliant. Oh my - such a long way !! Well done. Dunno what to say. I’ve completely backslided from my HM plan - I got to 10 miles jeffing but then had to stop for injury. Now I’m back on a working up to 10k non stop again, and today’s 7k nearly did me in - had to stop to walk after 30mins and 50 mins. Congratulations again. 🥳

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Juliet202

Thanks Juliet202 😊 my running has been a bit erratic lately with all that’s been going on, but I’d completed a few 10 - 12k runs so even though I wasn’t that well prepared I thought I’d pace myself and see how I got on. I was really pleased to achieve that distance. I’d do another in future but much more sensible preparation next time. You reached 10 miles, so I’m sure when you fully recover you could do it too. 👍🏃‍♀️

Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate10

That's fabulous, well done you! Brilliant pacing strategy too.

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Curlygurly2

Thank You CG2, even with a slow 10k to begin with it was tough, but I’m proud to have achieved it 👍

Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

I've got mine coming up in two weeks, I'll be doing much the same thing...slow running with a few "speed bumps" when I feel I can. I'm following the usual route for mine, and I will have to pass home at about 18K too, I know how hard that is!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Curlygurly2

Good luck, Curlygurly2 I’m sure you’ll do fine, at 18k your on the home stretch (excuse the pun) . Just focus on how amazing you’ll feel when you reach the finish line 🏁 👍

Curlygurly2
Curlygurly2Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

I did this route two years ago, at a "real" HM, I want to see if I can beat my time!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Curlygurly2

Great Stuff !! .....I’m looking forward to reading your post to see how you got on......,Go For It !!!💪🏻🏃‍♀️

Run46
Run46Graduate10

Whoop whoop, very well done CP ğŸ‘ğŸŽ‰...how you managed it without fuelling along the way I'll never know, sounds extra exhausting 😖😅

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Run46

Thanks Run46, definitely proper preparation and fuelling next time....that one has given me something to build on, proud I achieved it though.....still learning and enjoying the journey 👍🏃‍♂️

Lookslikejames
LookslikejamesGraduate10

Amazing work, well done!! I get injured every time I do 10 miles so it’s going to be a while before I manage a half!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Lookslikejames

Thanks LLJ, I’d completed two 10 mile runs previously, but they were some time ago, fortunately they were injury free, but I remember how tough they were, so I knew it was achievable. Proud to have achieved it.

I’m sure you could do it too, health permitting 👍🏃‍♂️

Lookslikejames
LookslikejamesGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

Nope, I think my right leg would drop off 😂

Well done though, it’s a massive achievement! Once you’ve got a couple of those under your belt, it’ll be marathon time! 😱

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Lookslikejames

😄🤣🤣 I’m sure your right leg would remain in place .

Doing double that distance would make both my legs drop off !! My step daughter did the London Marathon a few years ago and her toe nails came off 🤢

Lookslikejames
LookslikejamesGraduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

😂 I think my body would collapse in on itself if I attempted a marathon. One day I guess. I never thought I’d do a mile, yet alone 10

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Lookslikejames

10 miles is still a great achievement 👍

Speedy60
Speedy60Graduate10

Woop woop! Fantastic achievement. Well done you! 🥳🏅🏆🥂🍾

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Speedy60

Cheers 🥂 Speedy60 👍🏃‍♂️

Week7
Week7Graduate10

Congratulations 🏆

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Week7

Thank You Week7 😊

Ellesbelles85
Ellesbelles85Graduate10

Well done you! Amazing effort- my turn next week! I’m nervous and excited at the same time! Great to hear your thoughts!! Well done again!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Ellesbelles85

Thanks Ellesbelles85 😊 I’m sure you’ll do fine, just pace yourself....listen to me one HM and I’m giving advice 😂

I look forward to to reading your post 👍

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10

Well done, fantastic feat!!😁🏃‍♀️

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123

Thanks Hedgehogs123 😊 it was a tough one, but I’m proud I achieved it 👍🏃‍♂️

Hedgehogs123
Hedgehogs123Graduate10

You did an amazing job, not sure I can ever imagine running that distance. It must be a great feeling, good for the self esteem, you enjoy! 😄🏃‍♀️

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Hedgehogs123

Thanks for your support, I do appreciate it. To be honest I couldn’t imagine I’d ever cover that distance, it was as much a mental battle as a physical one, but so pleased I managed it. 😁

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate10

Long post definitely justified after long run. Totally understand the victory stagger. Loved the description 👍😁👏⚡️🍻

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to BaddieThePirate

Thank You BTP, it was tough one but worth the effort.....I’ll be better prepared for the next one as I know what to expect now 👍 🏴‍☠️

Tipee
Tipee60minGraduate

Wow 👏 well done I think the beer and the steak were very well deserved

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tipee

Thank You Tipee, 😊I enjoyed both of them 😋

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Congratulations 🥳 your 1st HM - whoop whoop

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Dexy5 😊 it was a tough one but I did it 😁

Tinytears60
Tinytears60Graduate10

Absolutely phenomenal! 👏👏👏👏

Really proud of you 🥇

Well deserved bling! 👌x

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Tinytears60

Thanks Jane 😊

That was the toughest bit of bling I’ve earned, so proud I’ve achieved it though😁🏅

Ironic it was the Admiral City of Newport Virtual HM. I was one of Admirals first ever employees, before they’d even sold a single policy. x

Tinytears60
Tinytears60Graduate10 in reply to Couchphoenix

... what a connection then! 👌 appropriate!

I’m not surprised it was tough!...it’s impressive! x

Princess_pony69
Princess_pony69Graduate10

Well done Couchphoenix - such an achievement, and an excellent time to boot 👏👏

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Princess_pony69

Thank You Princess_pony69 😊 I was expecting it to be around 3 hrs as I hadn’t prepared as much as I should have. I know what to expect next time though, and I’m still proud to have actually done it 😁

so very well done CouchPhoenix - lots of congratulations to you!! You are so supportive of us beginners here on the forum, I am very glad you have achieved something brilliant for yourself. I ran my first 4k yesterday, which compared to you is nothing at all, but for me is excellent. 😁✅

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Rosec25k

Thank You Rosec25k 😊 that’s very kind of you to say that. I had plenty of encouragement when I was doing C25k and I couldn’t have completed it without that, so I like to support people who are on the same journey when I can.

Congratulations on your first 4K, it’s a great achievement 🥳🥳 and shows how much your fitness and stamina are increasing, Well Done 👍

MilliePuli
MilliePuliGraduate10

Really well done - great run and a great read. Hope you enjoyed the steak and cold beer. 🍺🏅

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to MilliePuli

Thank you MilliePuli 😊 it was a tough one, but I was determined to do it and very proud when I did. Next time I’ll be much better prepared 👍

The steak and cold beer was lovely 😋

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate10

That is just amazing! You've come a long way and you really deserve it!

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate10 in reply to Roxdog

Thank You Roxdog, 😊 I’m pleased I managed it, it was tough but that was my fault as I should have done more preparation, but I was proud to have completed it. I’m still surprised at what can be achieved when you put your mind to it 👍🏃‍♂️

I have come a long way since struggling to complete 60 seconds running when I began C25k.

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