Oh what a feeling it is indeed !

When I started on this program 9 weeks ago, I was so sure of not completing it, given my history of abandoning previous fitness programs. Yesterday, when I completed the last run of Week 9, it was a moment of victory over my own self-doubt and a huge sense of accomplishment. Once again, many thanks to all my inspiring fellow-runners on this website who continue to provide encouragement and support.

The key is to ensure continuity and consistency going forward. I've decided to continue with a 30 minute run every alternate day for this month and focus on increasing my speed and stamina. Any suggestions ?

Thanks again and have a bril day ahead.


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12 Replies

  • Well done on graduating - make sure you ask for your badge! It's a great feeling isn't it :-) personally I've always been distance-obsessed so I really wanted to get to 5K first (I'm very slow about 3.75k at 30 mins). My plan then was to increase my speed so I could do Park Runs. I missed the podcasts though and started to lose my way without the structure of the C25K programme. I still have the C25K+ podcasts on my phone and still use them sometimes. What are your aims with your running? For fitness and enjoyment or do you have a goal to work towards? Good luck with it

  • Hi deekay64, thanks for your message. It is a great feeling indeed. The sense of personal accomplishment is beyond words. I still haven't done a single outdoor run, stuck only to the treadmill. My aim initially was to prove to myself that I could complete a fitness program, but now its more about losing weight (still 20 kgs overweight), feeling fitter and enjoying that sense of pleasant tiredness at the end of the day that lets me drop dead at night. Thanks again and have a great day.

  • Well done Ganesh, I haven't seen you for a while and wondered if you had given up, I'm delighted to see you didn't!

    Did you venture outside or did you stick to the treadmill?

    It's quite easy to loose your way after graduation, I find that logging every run motivates me, I want to go further, or faster or at least equal!!!! I've now got a garmin and once if figured it out (technodimbo) I think that this is going to really motivate me!

    Good luck!

  • Hi Cloudchaser, thanks for your message. I did miss the nine week mark by a couple of days - we're in the process of relocating from India to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and I missed one run whilst scouting for homes and schools for the boys. Didn't venture out at all, stuck to the treadmill and will likely stick to it - it works like a charm for me. I don't know what a garmin is, so I will look it up online :-)

    Thanks again and have a great day.

  • Congratulations. It's an amazing feeling isn't it. I am going to continue with 3 or 4 runs a week, 1 trying to improve my speed and 1 to increase time, and the other I don't know.

  • Excellent stuff, well done!! I'll be doing a similar thing to Susan. I've not figured out if speed or distance is more important to me yet :)

  • well done

    I will miss the 9 week course by one week as I have had a very chesty cough for last week so it will be coiuch to 5K in 10 weeks for me

    well I hope so as tomorrow is my first 28 minute run with the remains of my cold still there

    Why not try something else like cycling for 10 K that it was i will probably do

    Running outside will also make a difference as you will see a lot more than just the view from the gym

  • Congratulations! :)

  • Congratulations on graduating - a great achievement :)

  • Congratulations....you've inspired me to continue. Only on week 2 and was having my doubts I'll be able to do it cos I too have abandoned many fitness programmes. Will keep at it. Well done.

  • Excellent! Well done! I've just done W9 R2, so it was great to read your post.

    Whatever you decide to do, keep running regularly.

  • Congratulations! :)

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