OK this was no London Marathon but hey the πŸ… medal means so much to me πŸ€—πŸΎ

OK this was no London Marathon but hey the πŸ… medal means so much to me πŸ€—πŸΎ

Hi Fellow 'Runners'

I did it!!!!! 😎 So it was a wet Friday on the outside... Quite funny I was sitting on the sofa listening to the BBC weather as they said 'And we will get some rain later in the afternoon....' So looked out the window and some strange wet stuff was falling!! This cannot be the BBC has said we will not have any rain until this afternoon!! And then went onto the BBC Weather Website and put in my postcode and yes we would have cloud and then later about 3pm we would get rain.... Had no one from the BBC informed the rain Gods? So looked at my weather app and yep it said we would have rain all day!! Oh well I'm just filling in as the run went without much happening!! Onwards......

So it was here the final run in the program WK9R3 I cannot believe it's here!! But I put on my uniform and my trusty shoes and Laura was on and so off rain falling but this was MY run so do your worst!!🌧 Rain on this run would not 'Stop Play!' As I left the house and started the warmup walk I had time to reflect on the 9 weeks when I started out WK1 with a 60 second run and then 90 seconds walk... 60 seconds!!!!πŸ˜±πŸ˜– where were the paramedics? I will need oxygen at the end! And how I felt at the end 😣 And then the next weeks when Laura would say 'You can feel how you are getting stronger and the stamina is building....' And thinking 'Laura are we talking about the same body? This one is not feeling anything more than pain!!! And the every time you say 'Your getting stronger' I check and NO! I'm not!' It brought a smile to my face then Laura as if hearing that broke in 'OK that's 5 Minutes it's time to start...' And so it began the final run...

Laura came on after 5 Minutes to say 'That's 5 Minutes...' And it took me back to 'I Ran The World' the fantastic support and I could almost see the Vitual line of all the Friends I have made on here cheering me on! I was almost running on a cloud and felt very good down the hill and up and this time I was feeling so good when Laura came on to say 'That's 10 Minutes....' I thought 'Let's carry on up the hill' πŸ˜‰ And so into new territory and I need this as trying to add on for a 5K so up I went and instead of puffing I was running fine and with every step I was getting faster and then it hit a stitch 😱 On no not now! But I did my breathing and pushed out my newly found stomach πŸ˜‚ Out and pushed on at a slightly slower pace... 

Laura came on to say 'Your doing great and that's 15 Minutes....' And so I started slowly to build the speed and then Laura came on and 'That's 20 Minutes and Your doing great but You have another 10 minutes.....' I was running at a new pace and new when I got home and looked it would be a new PB and so pushed on then a Woman came towards me pushing a buggy and so I moved into the road and smiled as I passed with ease and thought of the early days when doing this would have involved every muscle stretching to its limit!! And then Laura with 'You have 5 minutes left....' So I did a 'U' turn and started back as I approached the 'Jolly Farmer' I thought of a celebration drink 🍾  And then Laura came on to say 'That's it time to slow down...' Wow I had done it 30 Minutes running and then the slowish walk home... 

I would like to Thank All MY New Friends who have encouraged and supported me through the program and given me a new buzz... Loved All Your posts and at times almost felt I was there... So the house was decorated (photo attached) to welcome me home πŸ€— And I felt Great!!! So I Graduated good luck to all who are still doing the C25K and βœ‹ Virtual High Five to all who have Graduated today and this week WE have done it!! BIG Yippee πŸ€—

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  • Well done! :)

  • Fab stuff oldpapabear!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜†you did it, and in style to it sounds! That graduate badge looks great on you. Congratulations!  love the decorated house too!😊

  • Brilliant - just brilliant - well done ...

  • Lovely run report, love those flags! Congratulations - just look at your shiny badge! This forum really does make a difference doesn't it? I often think about what I might write when I get home, even if I don't do it if you know what I mean. Happy running! Xx

  • Woohoo. Congratulations, well done πŸ˜€

  • Wow, well done! Can't wait for that feeling. 

  • It's all bunting and frolic at your house! 😊 Well done PB     love the badge! 

  • Fabulous! Well done you. We graduated the same day πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸƒ. Your house looks great!

  • Excellent!

    It has been a privilege to share your journey, as with the other particularly fine posters graduating at the moment. It absolutely *is* like the London marathon.

  • Lovely, lovely , lovely. :)

    Huge congratulations OldPapaBear!!!!!!!!!!!

    it has been wonderful to watch your progress, and to read your amazing posts.. and to meet the Small Royal Couple x

    Your house looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a graduation!

    Keep posting... GRADUATE.. and Huge Bear hugs..Flossxxxx

  • Brilliant!  Well done Papa Bear!  We've enjoyed your journey here too. 

    PS I can't tell you how many times I shout at the radio 'LOOK OUT THE *bleep* WINDOW'!  I don't get out much.

  • Absolutely brilliant OldPapaBear so pleased for you , a great achievement and many more to come 😊

  • Yeah!!! Congratulations papa bear.. fantastic GRADUATION post!! The decorations are brilliant you must have been so chuffed.. awe so happy for you.. you have been fantastic along the way.. you should feel very proud!

    Good day for a celebration.. I will raise a glass to you tonight badge looks awesome!! Well done and good luck with your plans post graduation running :)

  • Aww...your post made me well up! What a lovely post and what a lovely homecoming too - look at that bunting.  Looks like you've made a few people very proud.  Congratulations papa bear xxx

  • Congratulations on graduating! Love the pic - a great celebration indeed☺!

  • Aw  thats brilliant ! Many Congratulations to you PapaBear !

    Your house looks amazing !

    Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Excellent! Well done! πŸ˜„

  • Lovely post, and what a homecoming! Very well done indeed. Enjoy the feeling.

  • Congratulations, you did it! What an amazing achievement, 30 minutes non stop! 

  • Well done you!  It is amazing to look back and remember that w1r1, isn't it?

    Keep going now - it can be tough with no more Laura to drive you on, but it's worth it (and that graduate badge looks good against your name :) ).

  • So many people completing their own personal London marathon this weekend - fantastic! Congratulations Old Papa Bear, you are now really fit and will enjoy your time with the "royal couple" even more! Brilliant!

  • Huge congratulations PapaBear. What a great feeling - I hope you feel properly proud of yourself! Lots of lovely running adventures ahead.

  • Yay!!! Fantastic - an inspiring account :)

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