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There's nothing you can do that can't be done.

Rob_and_his_westie profile image
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Hello all. It's been some time since I posted on here, but whether you're just starting out or on week 9 or somewhere beyond, I think I can offer you some positive news that demonstrates just how incredible the human body can be if you just give it a gentle nudge with the C25K programme as I did less than three years ago. 

Last Sunday, I ran and completed the London Marathon. 

I'm not fishing for compliments (I've had plenty this week!) but I thought that any of you currently struggling with Week 5 (I remember that....) or finding the going tough, that you can be sure that you can do this. I promise you, I am nothing special. I'm in my early fifties and not long before I started C25K was overweight and had never run in my life. 

Oh, and I've had a hip replacement too. Coincidently I had my bi-annual check on that on Friday. They told me it was in great condition (9 years post-op). You should have seen the doctor's face when I told him about the Marathon..... That's some NHS we have there people - they produced a Marathon finishing hip joint. Incredible. 

The London Marathon is everything everyone says it is. They shut the roads just for you and there's 26.2 miles of people you've never met shouting your name. I'm not saying it's for everyone because the hard work is not in the final 26 miles, it's in the four months of real hard training that precedes it. What I am saying is this. Stick with the programme and be strong. You will be a better person for it and you never know where it will take you. 


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WendyRunner123 profile image

Well done! Thank you for the encouragement on Wk6. Pleased that your hip is doing so well too. 

Toonlou24 profile image

That's brilliant. Well done you. What a fab post. C25k is the best thing I have ever done. It really does work doesn't it! Xx

harveyemm profile image

thanks for posting--really inspirational and congratulations on completing the marathon.

aliboo70 profile image

Wow Rob thats amazing! 😊😆just brilliant, congratulations! A few from our run club did it and my friend Lisa did it as her 1st one on her 48th birthday too! She said it was fantastic! Bet your wife and westie are really  proud!😊

Ps nice to see you back ! 😊

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Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to aliboo70

The Westie (Bailey) came with me. I printed a small sticker from one his photos and stuck it on the back of my number. Couldn't have done it without him. 

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aliboo70 in reply to Rob_and_his_westie

Thats a great idea! maybe I can use that for my HM, stuck George dog on the back! I was wracking my brain to think of your dogs name so thanks for solving that! He was obviously a good luck charm 😊😆

builtforcomfort profile image

Seriously impressed! Can't imagine that I could ever do something like that but then again I never imagined I would be able to run 5K either and I have managed that.  It just shows how amazing the body and mind can be. 

AvatheGardener profile image

Amazing story and how uplifting. Not sure I would ever want to run the marathon, but nevertheless you are inspirational... Well done! 

AncientMum profile image

Massive congratulations Rob, that's brilliant!! 👏👏👏👏👏

I was wondering what had happened to you, and now I know - you were too busy running to post about running! :)

heavyhorse profile image

inspiring post, thank you!

poppypug profile image

It's easy, all you need is love ! :-) 

Morning Rob and good to see you on here again .

C25k to Marathon ! What an amazing journey you have had . Thank you so much for posting this , very inspirational . 

There's no limits to what we can achieve once we set our minds to it . Massive Congratulations to you and the bling is truly fabulous . 

Hip Hip Hurrah ! The leader at  our running club has a hip replacement . Her Parkrun time is about 25 minutes !!!

Hi to Bailey and Westie xxx

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Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to poppypug

I wish my Parkrun time was 25 minutes!  I did my local Parkrun yesterday. First run since the marathon and went round in 32 minutes!

misswobble profile image

Well said Rob ☺ Well done too for completing a marathon, which is the icing on top of the C25k cake.  

Great news about your hip.  Reassuring to know it's marathon proof.  

Display that medal proudly Rob ☺

AndyD profile image

Totally think that is the months of training beforehand that need to be celebrated as well as finishing the race whatever distance. Unfortunately, not many people get to witness the hard work that goes into preparing for a race i whatever the weather throws at us!!

poppypug profile image

Yes it's the time and effort that goes into the training . Must be very hard to fit it all in .

But, where there's a will there's a way ! 

Is that your next step AndyD  ? xxx

AndyD profile image
AndyDGraduate in reply to poppypug

Never say never!!! Got a few HM's and 10k's booked up for this year... perhaps I need  challenge for 2017 :-)

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Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to AndyD

Here's a summary of my training, so that you know what you might be letting yourself into.... 

17 Weeks; 65 Runs 404 Miles; 6.5 mile average run length; 22 Mile longest run. 15 Gym/swimming sessions.

8 Personal Records on the way - 6 Distance records (15, 16, 18, 20, 21 and 22 miles); a PB at 5 miles and a PB at Half Marathon.

5 Races - 4 at 10k plus a Half Marathon and 2 Fastest runs in a year – 1 at 5k, 1 at 10k. 

Hard work, but the biggest challenge is a single mental issue. Once a week, after every long run you get about 10 minutes to pat yourself on the back before you realise that you have to hit the "reset button" and do it all again, and more, the next week. 

But is it worth it? Oh yes....

poppypug profile image

Ha ha that means Yes ! :-) xxx

Oldfloss profile image

Just wow! What an inspirational post... gives me hope! :)

Atalaya profile image

Oh wow! Congratulations Rob.

IannodaTruffe profile image

Nice one, Rob!!!

Keep running, keep smiling.

Slow_Rob profile image

Outstanding Rob_and_his_westie  great post ☺

jt24 profile image

'Not fishing for compliments'- no, you're not- I am more than happy to hand them to you on a silver platter :)

Wow! How inspirational are you?!?!

Massive congratulations and thank you very much for coming back on to the forum and sharing :)

Rob_and_his_westie profile image
Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to jt24

Genuinely, I wasn't looking for compliments. The spirit of this forum is that we gain inspiration from the achievements of others. I don't think you can get much better than a marathon from someone who understands the effort required to get going from the couch. I'm not the first and I won't be the last. Good luck to all of you. Nothing is impossible. I know. 

jt24 profile image
jt24Graduate in reply to Rob_and_his_westie

I'm quite sure that without the forum I wouldn't have graduated. It's been an amazing source of advice, info, 'virtual running partners', inspiration etc. I would love to think that with a couple of years under my belt that I could consider 'bigger things'. I have genuinely appreciated you coming back and showing us newbies that 'folk like us' can achieve what we set our minds too. I just have to say it again, sorry!- Well done :)

goonkeepgoing profile image

Congratulations :) Awesome achievement. Beautiful medal too.

Rob_and_his_westie profile image
Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to goonkeepgoing

It's big, heavy and most definitely, my precious. 

Bluewings profile image

Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing Rob, the forum is encouraging anyway but post like yours really give it that extra credibility. I'm so impressed, huge congratulations to you 😃😃

runswithdogs profile image

Well done.  I hadn't realized you were working towards one so this is a fantastic surprise to read.  Very inspirational.

Noaky12 profile image

Hey Rob, I was wondering where you had got to!! Nice to hear from you again, but no wonder you'd been quiet with all that training to be done ☺

Wow brilliant job, nice one. Amazing... 

Sandraj39 profile image

Lovely, lovely post and massive congratulations on what you have achieved. As a recent graduate now of 10k, I am not sure I would ever be marathon material😮 but I love that this programme opens up so many opportunities and the chance to really learn what we are capable of. Fab pic of your well earned bling too! 😀👍

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Rob_and_his_westieGraduate in reply to Sandraj39

"not sure I would ever be marathon material". I remember saying that.....

AnnieW55 profile image

Congratulations Rob. Inspirational post. My mind is starting to turn towards a "big one" and posts like this might make me take the plunge.

boptillyoudrop49 profile image

Congratulations on completing the marathon! Can't see myself running a marathon 3 years after graduating but it is great to know I possibly could manage it.

nhs2015 profile image

Oh whoa Rob, what a story! Fantastic you. A Marathon! to me it is the impossible. You must be sooo chuffed. I envy you. 

Actually I was wondering what happened to you, I will always remember you because of the Westie and I will always remember your wife because of those lovely finger nails. (I think it was your wife?) 

You are right to tell us about your achievement. It is a fantastic boost to our moral. 

Burgdude profile image

Just awesome Rob! What an accomplishment. Glad to see you posting again.

AncientMum profile image
AncientMumGraduate in reply to Burgdude

Hey Bergdude, how are you? Haven't seen a post from you in a while :)

TurboTortoise profile image

Rob, many congratulations, that's amazing. You kept that quiet - over on Facebook the C25K Beyonders group was tracking all our London marathoners on the day, wish we'd known! That is wonderful news about your hip joint too, and something I find very encouraging. So much so, I might have entered a certain ballot...

Curlygurly2 profile image

Fab post Rob, you've done so well. Bloomin' fantastic xx

Congratulations!! Truly inspiring :D

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