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Parkrun - 23:18 - Also got promoted at work!

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate

Hi all!

It wasn't a good week for my running but apart from that it was an excellent week!

I mentioned in my blog last weekend that I didn't run the previous week because I was preparing for an interview at work. Well I was successful and that meant I skipped one run because I was celebrating and then skipped another one because the weather on Thursday was horrible.

It was a great way to (almost) finish the year; lost 26kgs, took up running, ran a half marathon in 1:57, 10km in 50:30, 5km in 22:28 and promoted to manager at work! I work for Ford so I'll now get a new car every 5 months.

Completing C25K gave me a lot of confidence, as did all the encouragement that I got from everyone on this great forum. I have advocated C25K to colleagues at work (including a few overseas) and everyone knew what I was doing because I was fundraising when I was training for the half marathon. Also the weight loss was obvious to everyone too (have a look at my profile pic). I can't say if this had an impact in managements decision, it shouldn't because work performance is what should matter, but I think that I demonstrated characteristics that could not have harmed my case.

Today was my first run since last Sunday's 10km. I will run another 10km tomorrow and then start my interval training programme up again to try and beat my 5km PB. I ran the first 2.5km in reasonable time but then started to flag and was pretty much on my own so didn't have anyone to race with to push me along. So hopefully I can get back to the training and start to chip away at the times again!

Happy running all and here is a link to my run:

connect.garmin.com/activity...

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notbad
notbadGraduate

Congrats! It's good to read about the spin offs your new life style has had, I think for many it can certainly increase self confidence and that shines out.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to notbad

Thanks and yes it has increased my confidence.

sfb350
sfb350Graduate

Well done and I'm sure your determined attitude and approach to training (and life) will have had a positive impact on your interview and promotion. Very inspiring.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to sfb350

Thank you!

Excellent time, way to go and congratulations on the promotion.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to OlsBean

Thanks and I am hoping for another PB some time in December!

deb54
deb54Graduate

Looks Iike you are half the man you were, and sounds like you are twice the man you were! Well done Aftabs!

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to deb54

Thanks!

Landesman
LandesmanGraduate

Fully deserved Aftabs. Great results. Congratulations.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to Landesman

Thank you!

Fattytumtum
FattytumtumGraduate

Well done, Here's to 2014 and more success

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to Fattytumtum

Thank you. I am planning for another half marathon and a sub 20 min 5k.

Fitfor60
Fitfor60Graduate

What a year you have had Massive congratulations for all your achievements

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to Fitfor60

Thank you!

Well done and some brilliant achievements going on there. Congratulations on your promotion.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thanks!

wilmacgh
wilmacghGraduate

Well done Aftabs, as ever an inspiration to us all.

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to wilmacgh

Thank you!

squaremum
squaremumGraduate

Smiles all round, you've had a brilliant year, well done!

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to squaremum

Thanks! I would never would have thought I could have made this progress when I started, but now that I have I keep thinking I should have done this years ago. I guess most of us feel the same.

nextjenn
nextjennGraduate

Massive well done! I'm sure the commitment you have shown with your fitness has in a way influenced them. Who cannot admire that kind of strength and determination? Congrats!

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to nextjenn

Thank you!

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

What a lot of achievements in one year... From couch man to bionic man!!!!

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to ju-ju-

...and thank you for all the kind words and encouragement over the past 6 months!

rockchick69
rockchick69Graduate

Congratulations and really well done with your fantastic year. :)

janda
jandaGraduate

I'm a bit late in seeing this but what a fantastic, inspiring post Aftab. Great to see you going from success to success. Congratulations on those times and all the other positives, especially the promotion. Ford will benefit from your focus (no pun intended) and your enthusiasm. Hope to catch you again at another race. I must post again soon too. All the best. James

Aftabs
AftabsGraduate
in reply to janda

Thanks James. Let me know when you sign up for another race and I will see if that fits into my plans. I am focussing on getting the 5km times down at the moment and will stick with that for a month or so and will then re-evaluate.

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