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I am a Graduate!πŸ˜³πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™‰πŸ™‰πŸ™‰πŸ‘£πŸ‘£however, it was a bit bitter sweet, and I am a real numpty!

Well, it has taken me a week and a half to complete week nine. No f... Runs, but having been a model student (apart from a half term wobble) I suddenly hit a patch when work took over. Did W9R2 on Saturday. All good. Managed 4.5K in the 30 mins. Then, Monday, Tues home late. Rain, thunder, lightening. Got flaky. So, tonight came home early feeling determined. Clouds come over. Stern talk to self. I always wanted to do Grad run outside. But graduating is not an end event, it is a beginning? So what if you do it on treadmill and get out next time? So, off I went. Knew that I normally run further outside even tho is technically harder (other people have alluded to this. I think it is something to do with the fresh air and being outside feeling just more natural, plus sense of actually making real time progress). Anyway, realised that on treadmill would need to crank it up to match Sat run. By 15 mins, I realised that I was struggling. Not the legs, but chest. Have suddenly got hay fever and should have had a puff on the inhaler. Plowed on. Was not enjoying it, but had that gritty feeling. Got to thirty mins and 4.7k and really, really needed to slow down, so hit button really hard. Sadly, was speed up, not down . Oh dear. Did warm down walk and limped off with hamstrings howling. What an idiot! Have been stretching for England and hoping for the best. Moral is; take the advice here and don't be stupidly self competitive. Anyway, am going to stop beating myself up, keep stretching, have a congratulatory glass. Just wanted to say, thanks for all the support and advice here. I never believed nine weeks ago that I could do this, and I truly believe that the people on this forum have helped to get me here. Cheers!

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Well done on graduating Suebguineapig :)

Congratulations from one stupidly self -competitive runner to another. :)

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Aw, thanks. Is good to know am not the only one!

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You got there - inspirational!

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Many thanks. And good luck with your C25K journey!

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Woohoo congratulations πŸ˜€

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Thanks for taking the time to respond!

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Congratulations!! Enjoy the feeling of graduating, you've earned it x

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Thank you very much. I am!

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Fantastic you did it and you can always rest up a few extra days while you heal and think of your next moveπŸ€”πŸ€”. Congratulations

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Thank you. Am hoping will not be too long! Am keeping doing the stretches suggested on here!

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Congrats on graduating! Bet it feels good and that flow will take the edge off aches and pains I bet.

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Glow not flow - hate predictive text.

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Know what you mean. It took me ages to realise that this site did predictive stuff!

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Yep. You are so correct! Thanks for the reply!

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Well done. It's a brilliant feeling isn't it. Remember though it's a school night so just the one glass!

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Yes, it is something else. Don't worry. Am now doing democratic citizen homework and watching question time on catch up. Zzzzzzzzzz ( no, don't mean that...... Really!)

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Well done Sue ! Blimey, its gone so fast hasn't it ?

Many Congratulations to you and hope all your aching bits and pieces are better after a coupla days rest :-)

Oooh and you've already got your badge, Fab !

Well done to you and yes , its only just the beginning :-) xxx

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Thank you so much Poppy P. You have been there for me (and everyone, it seems) from the beginning. You are a truly great mentor and must be behind so many people's success stories. The aches are getting better already. Stretching all the time. Will see tomorrow. God bless!

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Aw Sue * Blush * Thank you so much, that is so kind of you xxx

You did all the hard work , its just so nice to support people along their way.

Well done and Bless you too xxx

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Well done and congratulations. Coming from wet Wales I would advise you giving running in the rain a go, it is great and really invigorating. I'm not the only mad one who feels this way, over the winter it was discussed a bit on this site with a few of us enjoying it. You, the elements, nature- all very real I think the term is these days! Anyway try it!

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Thank you! Well I know what you are saying and I get it. Problem was, had just had expensive colour, cut and blow dry job, which normally will take me through for at least a week. OMG, that sounds so shallow compared to the running agenda, but sadly true!

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Congratulations well done xx

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Thanks!

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Congratulations! As you say- just the beginning....

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Yes, and I suspect I will have to maybe work with that thought quite seriously. Am determined, tho!

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Well done Sub!

Rest up and you'll soon be good to go. You can spend the down time planning your return and the all-important post graduate run. Make it outdoors though. Find a lovely flat, scenic route and have a delicious steady jog 😊

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Yes, definitely. I realised how much more purposeful outside feels!

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Yeah well done to you from another just graduated person - I think we must have been pounding it out, inside and out at the same time from somewhere in the country! I hope your injury sorts itself pronto too :) And you're right, the people on here have been so supportive it's been brilliant! :0

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Well serious congratulations to you too. It feels like areal achievement, doesn't it!

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Very well done, you runner, you! Love the image of you hitting the wrong button and suddenly going at a sprinter's pace though! Hope hamstrings are feeling more comfortable today...

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Yes, it really does. My lovely Deputy said it was a very funny image. I didn't him!

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I.e. Hit

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Congratulations, Sue. I'm another one who gets silly competitive with myself.

Hope those aches and pains are gone very soon so you can enjoy your very first first postgraduate run :)

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Great to hear am in good company. I am absolutely not competitive with family or friends. completely secure with the fact that I will never be as good as them. I just want to be the best I can!

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Congratulations! Now that's really worth a celebration glass! πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

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Thanks. I enjoyed it!

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Well done! What a fantastic achievement to have got through that last run. :)

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It felt just great, in spite of the "how could you have been such an idiot after all the care you have taken to avoid injury this far?" Stuff!

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Yay! Well done! :You've done brilliantly! :)

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Thank you! I am quietly elated!

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A little tip about hamstrings - they can be caused by being overstretched so further stretching can exacerbate the problem

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