I have finished!

It is so wonderful to think I have actually kept up this running. I have never (EVER) done it so consistently. I actually look forward to it now - how did that happen?

Can I get my graduate badge now please?

My R3W9 was supposed to be at Exeter ParkRun. I turned up - and chickened out - again. They are all so limber and bouncy looking and I felt like a fish out of water. So, it was off up to Haldon forest with the two dogs for a very enjoyable windy and muddy run then on to the beach at Dawlish for a paddle and to clean up two filthy dogs before I can take them home.

Feeling very content!

Thanks to everyone on this forum for their consistent kindness advice and support!

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2016. xx

13 Replies

  • Glad you enjoyed your run with the dogs. Next time you go to a park run, maybe seek out say 5 people who don't look like champion runners. There must be some. If you find 5 or 3 or whatever the magic number is, tell yourself you'll give it a go.

  • I have to say, I do enjoy my runs alone very much. I feel no pressure! 5 months into running though, I finally ran with a little confidence with some relatives (who normally I would avoid running with like the plague as they are so super fit) and yet of course they were lovely and encouraging and spurred me on!

    So maybe there is a benefit to both? Took me a long while to get to that point. I have enough confidence not to be bothered that some people will be a million times better than me, always, but that doesn't mean I'm not doing great for me!

    So basically well done, its fabulous you've graduated!! Try to keep it up and maybe do a parkrun when you are ready! I haven't yet made it on one!

  • Yeay... Go You! What a lovely run...Snuggle up and feel proud! :)

  • Well done, Jojo! Why not check the results of the Parkrun and see if you'd really be out of your depth? If the answer is yes, maybe look for a different, less competitive one? I've already booked for the Exeter 5K Race for Life on that basis!! :-)

  • Bless you, I was scared before my first parkrun. Maybe ask them if u could volunteer first, then you will know a few people and can see the course in action! You still did your grad run, well done u, keep going, u r doing so well. What do u think u will do now after graduating, any plans?

  • Congratulations. It's a great feeling. As for the parkrun they may look limber and bouncy at the start but you maybe should have gone back to see them at the finish. That's probably the best way to judge how you would get on. Hopefully by graduating and with a few further runs doing your own thing you'll have the confidence to join in.

    Rest up and bask in the glory of graduating.

  • Congratulations on completing c25k! It is a fab feeling isn't it? Here's to the many wonderful miles ahead! Good luck!👍🏃🏻👍

  • Well done, I finished today too and like you wonder how. All the best for your running future x

  • Many Congratulations to you on your Graduation and all the very best for 2016 !

    Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Congratulations - I hope you are feeling very proud of yourself!

  • Congratulations jojo. That graduation run is special. Never mind that you only shared it with your dogs they seem to have lovef it too!

    No reason why you shouldn't join in with other runners though you are every bit as amazing as them ..

    Happy new running year. X

  • Ah, thank you Jan. I love running with the dogs! They come back tired and happy too!

    I have given myself a proper talking to over last 24 hours.

    I will do Parke Park run on Saturday and I will join a running group. This running lark is not going to get away from me now!

  • Well done for graduating!! I decided that Parkrun was my next step as I wasn't running 5k in 30 mins & have now done 3 - I've found it best to start near the back & then there's always someone to keep you company - the tail runner :-) Seriously - give it a go, the atmosphere is great & you don't have to feel like your competing in a big charity event !

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