I went out for week 9 run 3 today (I decided to count Monday's run, even though it wasn't complete), and again, I set off far too fast- I run like a kid, because it makes me feel like I'm flying :) . So between 10 and 15 minutes in I was knackered- I couldn't catch my breath and my legs were aching, and I was going to stop again, but your comments (you people- on this forum) came back to me like some spiritual guru, and I decided to slow down instead of stopping and having a sulk, and tried to figure out how to make my legs go slower, and found that if I shortened my stride I could find that I-can-run-forever speed that I used to run at in previous weeks.

It still wasn't an easy run- I was still very tired from having set off so fast- and at 25 minutes I really felt quite sick, but at the end I *did* feel like I could have run on longer. This has been a really emotional journey for me (that sounds corny, but it's true), and I don't think I'd have finished it without having this forum to support me. Who else wants to hear my boring thoughts about running? So thank you, everyone, you're all fab!


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  • Congratulations!!! It's such a great feeling isn't it?!

    And well done for keep going!

  • Congratulations, well done!

  • Fantastic!

    I totally get you when you say how others comments come drifting into your mind to give you advice and encouragement and how it's been an emotional journey ( another cheesy phrase) for you. I'm at week 5 and I'm still in two minds whether I can do it - my little gremlin voices have no confidence in my body's ability - but by reading posts like yours, slowly my gremlins are becoming more subdued and I'm now telling them to shut up!

    So congratulations on getting the coveted Graduate badge! :)

    Happy running! ??

  • Congratulations! That's a great achievement.

  • Well done in graduating!

    This is an emotional journey for me to and it's the thoughts of everyone's experiences in their posts that get me through and motivate me so don't stop blogging...or jogging.

  • Congratulations ! Such a wonderful feeling!

  • Congratulations. You must feel up in the clouds...I did!

  • They aren't boring thoughts at all - it's very inspiring for us beginners. Well done on graduating!

  • Congratulations and well done for completing the programme. I hope you you go on and on and keep posting your progress. I just hope I can graduate in a few weeks time.

  • Well done must be over the moon.That was a great post by the way - I ,too,think of the encouraging comments I've had from fellow forum members and its like I don't want to let them down...or myself and that spurs me on through the run.Congratulations and happy running :)

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