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W9R3 Done - Only gone and graduated !!!

Well... with a tear in my eye I am very pleased to say that tonight I completed my W9R3 run and I still can't believe it!

I started W1R1 at the beginning of September and I have always tried to run every other day, so I'm very pleased to have completed in about 8 weeks. I will never break any speed or distance records, but I have followed Laura to the letter!!

For all those people just starting out... please have faith in the program and yourself. I am 54 years old, ex smoker, never really done much exercise apart from walking a bit, didn't supplement my running with any other exercise... so if I can do it so can you :-) Oh... and I had a triple heart bypass operation a few years ago as well... so no excuses :-)

I'll be brief... i'm welling up again ;-) but thanks to everyone on this site for all the support and help given... big thanks to Slow_Rob (due to graduate soon) for his support as we have followed each other from almost day one.

So.. what's next... think I'll continue to run at least 3 times a week.. would like to work towards a 10K, but still need to do a 5k non stop, so I might not set any targets in the short term, just to enjoy my runs and build up a bit more stamina.

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Amazing. Well done mate.

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thats is wonderfiul to hear Andy :D super super well done so pleased for you :D :D I am looking good for saturday morning :D Poppy has got teh dancing girls on order :D

I didnt do anything Andy, all your hard work :D :D you should be mighty mighty proud :D :D

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Thanks Rob... and well done on your run today... that's a good pace you've got going there!!

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Thanks Andy ,:D I am very happy with it ,felt comfortable :D but just looking to complete the 30min runs for now, I think i will get a bit emotional too :D really so pleased for you :D

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Woo hoo Andy ! Amaaaazing job, many many Congratulations to you on your graduation :-D

You have done so well and you should be feeling very chuffed tonight.. This programme is fab isn't it ?

Oh yes, the dancing girls are on their way, and then if you could direct them to Rob after ha ha :-)

Wear that badge with pride Andy, you've earned it ! Massive respect to you xxx

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Thanks very much poppy... yes, feeling chuffed... the program is fab and I will recommend to anyone I can. Hopefully I can help and support others a bit who are just starting out.

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Congratulations and well done! You should be immensely proud of your achievements.......woo hoo :-)

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Woo Hoo Andy - congratulations :0) - shaking some pom poms for you. Looking forward to seeing that lovely new shiny badge

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Aww thanks... cheers for the pom poms... they look great :-)

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Well done Andy! Many congratulations and a yeeeeha!

Be sure to run every other day so you maintain the momentum.

Good luck with phase two of your running adventure

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Thanks misswobble... so much to still to do.. chipping away at distance or pace... but must admit, although I will miss Laura's C25K it will be good to create my own plan going forward.

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Oh my goodness, you've only gone and done it !! Very, very well done. It's amazing how this works isn't it ? Laura...all she does is talk....you did all the hard work. Keep it up and do a park run !!

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Thanks henpen :-) I have signed up for my local park run, but think I might leave a few weeks until i'm more comfortable about doing 5K. Funny though... I did do my grad run tonight on their circuit as its very local to my work and I could get there before the dark set in.

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You can do it !

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Well done Andy D - just go do the Parkrun - it really is not about the time and completing an actual timed 5K gives you such a buzz (and I suspect starts the on going I must go again or do another run or something else!)

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Brilliant! Well done Andy :D

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Congratulations AndyD! Sounds like you were determined right from W1R1 and getting it wrapped up in 8 weeks is brilliant. The sun must have known it was your day today 'cos it was out celebrating too :)

Sounds like you have a cunning and wise plan for the next phase: no targets yet, just enjoy and build stamina. The important thing is probably to keep getting out there.

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I'm really chuffed for you Andy!

Hoppy

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Congrats andy you made it well done

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Congratulations! It feels great, doesn't it?

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Congratulations! I hope you feel really proud of yourself. So many running adventures ahead of you - enjoy!

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Way to go Andy! I'm with you on the welling up. Couch to 5 k is not only a physical journey but a mental one as well. Be proud of your efforts - it really is a life changing program.

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Congratulations! :D

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Well done andy thats great news! CONGRATULATIONS! :)

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Many many congratulations Andy, that's brilliant news. Enjoy your postgraduate running :)

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Great stuff, well done! Enjoy your running. x :-D

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Superb, well done Andy.

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Congratulations!

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Thank you for all the lovely comments... much appreciated :-) Got no choice but to keep going now... can't let you all down :-) I'm certainly liking my new shiny badge that has appeared next to my name .... whoop whoop!!

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Well done Andy exciting getting your shiny isn't it - onward and upwards keep up the good work :D

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