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Joining the graduate gang!

Joining the graduate gang!

Well today was my final C25k Run....... week 9 run 3! It was actually my 46th run (not bad for a 27 run programme) as I had restarted at week one after nine long weeks on the injury couch. Think that's made me a more confident runner though, and also more aware of injury and taking care of myself. My right leg is still heavier and tighter than the left and much more prone to twinges ! Five months to get here ! First run in March was a real struggle, couldn't do the 8 one minute runs... how far have I come!

Anyway all day yesterday and today I kept thinking about the run. Why is it that your graduation run becomes a thing to worry about instead of just enjoying? After all I had run 30 minutes twice now, so know I can do it! Felt rather envious of those heading out first thing today especially of @collywobbles53 who graduated this morning! But I prefer to run after work with a nice relaxed recovery evening ahead, so off to work I go. Quiet office day at my own desk, constantly checking this forum on my phone and thinking what lay ahead. Finished work an hour early (the joys of flexitime) and home feeling the wind buffeting the car. Changed into my running gear, drunk two glasses of water, checked the phone set correctly.. And I'm off,. After Saturday's key disaster hid my front door key in the cat shelter outside rather than take it with me,.. Nothing is spoiling this!

Five minute walk. I've had enough of you and Julie I sing. I'll miss her,, who would have thought? Up to the end of the village and time to start running. Usual faff with the phone to set Strava to measure my distance, and I am off. It's sunny. Was 16 degrees outside when I came home, but feels much cooler as it is windy. Not as bad as yesterday's gales though. I am lucky I think. How can people run in hot countries. Thank goodness for Scotland No rain likely either, plod plod up the hill( well gentle incline but it feels like a hill) passed the place where I dropped my key on the last run, and turn left down the overgrown track . plod plod. Following the same route as my last two runs so I know exactly what I am doing. Lots of puddles on the ground today to dodge round, and my goodness the plants at the side seem bigger and wilder than ever as they move round hitting me as I run past. Downhill here, but mustn't go too fast or I'll over do it. I can almost hear Laura warning me. Down to the ruins at the foot and turn round, looking up thinking why don't I just run on the flat! Up I go, grabbed a wild raspberry in passing first time!! My left arm - only wearing a short sleeved top today as it's warm- feels irritated by the plants pricking it so I swop sides so my right side gets ambushed instead . However the ground is muddier and puddlier there so I soon give up and move back. Half way there says Laura. Yay I think, all (figuratively ) downhill now. Up I go, reach the main road. Well I say main road as its not a track but it's still a farm road with moss and plants growing down the middle! But it's wider, so no need to caress the waving green things as I can run down the middle. ( it's virtually traffic free just an odd cyclist ). The big pink plants seem to be waving at me, I decide they are like all my C25k friends cheering me on and wishing me well., hello @Irishjohn I say, hello @McFitty! I'm off to join you on the very crowded Podium!

Down to the end and my pastel coloured hay bales. Turn round - ten minutes to go says Laura. Not long at all I think. Shall I speed up?? No no don't be silly you want to finish! Plod plod. And finish I do, stop Strava , and see I covered just 2.3 miles (3.7k) so a long way of the magical 5k but hey ho, who cares... I've done my best and am now one of the C25k graduate gang !!

I shout this out - no one is around but I am sure you all heard me - and take a photo of my shadow with my thumbs up, as I am now a shadow of my former self! I can officially run for thirty minutes!!!! Thank you Laura and thank you fellow C25k ers past and present who have inspired me, advised me and encouraged me on the way. You are all amazing!

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Well done! What a victory and a lovely record of the event for you to look back on when you're running marathons!!

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Ha ha! Not up for that but my aim was to be fit at fifty and if I keep this up I might be!!

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Where is the love button when you need it!

Huge congratulations and so very well deserved. 😊

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💓congrats to you too Trixamme! See that chair, just there, next to the fizz and cake? That's yours. ☺☺☺woo hoo the pair of you!

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Thank you! I think I'll pass on the cakes tonight after my pizza fuelled weekend but I'm sure later on in the week I'll be treating myself.

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Ooh I'll have yours!!

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Oh my gosh! Fizz, cake, balloons. Chair with your name on up on that podium! 🍸🎈🍸🎈🍸🎈🍸👍👍👍

Are you wearing that smile that goes all the way round?

Bask in the applause👏👏👏👏👏how far you've come, you Graduate!!!

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I'm smiling ridiculously tonight!!

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And rightly so :)

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It's amazing isn't it. In March when I started I could only do two of the one minute runs the first time!!!

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I know... 30 minutes solid running, you just can't imagine it being possible when you start.

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I know. One of the things I'm going to do soon is run round the village the route I did early on with all the walking breaks!!

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Congratulations! A lovely graduation run - something you'll never forget. Now you can run however you want and the real adventures begin. But first enjoy that feeling of success! A huge well done💐🍾🍸

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Congratulations! Now you really can relax and just enjoy your running!

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Wonderful ... and welcome!

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Congratulations on your graduation run well deserved

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Many congrats @HilaryC! Enjoy the feeling! You did it!!!!!

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I did. ! Feeling very smug!

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And why not? Well done - and enjoy the smugness i say!

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Wonderful...So happy for you. What a journey this is. 🎓🎉😀🏃

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Soon be you here grinning from ear to ear!

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Look at your badge :-) x

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I am!!!!( Basks in self congratulations)

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👏👏🍾🍾🍸🍸🎂🎂 woohoo. Well done. Celebrate in style and I look forward to reading an equally lovely post after your first free run 😀😀

Good shadow picture by the way. Hope yours behaves and doesn't mock you like mine does 😀

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Thank you! Hey A have you seen the hips on that shadow photo? Huge huge huge.

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You haven't seen mine. Maybe we should stand on our heads for the photo then we'd have big boobs and slim hips 😳

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That Is such a good idea! Except I'll fall down hurt myself and not able to run...

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Good point 😀

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Well done you! Sounds like the perfect graduation run! :) xx

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Loved reading your post! So pleased that you did it. I agree that it's odd how the gremlins start before a final wk 9 run. Seems to happen to most of us. As if we can't believe how far we've come - metaphorically speaking.

I see McFitty is tempting you with cakes!

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She is trying to weigh me down!

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Congratulations Hilary 🎉🎉🎉🎉🍾🍾🍾🍾🍸🍸🍸🍸💕💕💕💕

And a lovely post, I felt I was there with you xxx

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You were one of the rosebay willow herbs waving in the wind!!

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Well done.

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Congratulations

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Well done Hilary, many congrats on completing the plan. Good luck with the rest of your running.

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Hilary , YOU are amazing !

Many Congratulations to you on your Graduation , a fantastic achievement !

I hope you enjoy wherever your running takes you from here , it's only the beginning !

Well done GRADUATE !!! :-) xxx

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Looking great with that badge next to your name, Hilary! You have really deserved it! Congratulations 🏃♥️🏆🍾🎉🎈👏👍

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Congratulations! :)

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Congratulaions!! Brilliant achievement! I'm slightly behind you - two left to go!

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Ooh so nearly there! Look forward to seeing you graduate very soon too!! It's a fab feeling!!

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Fantastic! Congratulations:)

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Congratulations Hilary! Well done perservering through to the end. Keep running and find some time for us if you can.

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Well done Hilary

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You're amazing Hilary. Well done and congratulations 🌟🍾🌟🍾🌟🍾

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HURRAH AND CONGRATULATIONS!!! Smiling like the Cheshire Cat here :) Well done and richly deserved you :)

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Hee hee it's such a great feeling isn't it!!!

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Aww well done HilaryC you have fought and won :)

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Congratulations! You did so well to keep the motivation to come back after injury. Your badge looks great!! :)

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Lovely run, so enjoyed it, the raspberry must have been delicious. Amazing story of dogged determination winning out. You are a runner and that G-run sounded fab. Love the sparkly badge it twinkles so well and suits you. 🍸🍸🎓🎓🍾🍾🍾 well done you🍹🍹🍹

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