Graduated - If I did it so can you

Well I jogged 30minutes for 3 times last week so have officially completed the Couch to 5K programme. I have jogged once since and will be again tonight and feel pretty damn amazing. I weigh 18.5 stone and used to despise jogging. I am officially converted and if I can achieve this then anyone can. I genuinely did not think I could achieve this at the beginning and have had quite a few 'wobbles' along this confidence building journey. I took a total of 14 weeks to complete the programme so even if you have a few setbacks keep going, I can promise it will be worth it.


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  • You are awesome, well done :)

  • Congratulations! You are an inspiration! I just finished week two, which I'm amazed at, because I'm very overweight. I'm nervous about running three minutes straight next week, but everyone says just trust in the programme, so I'm trying to do just that! Well done, and I look forward of hearing of your post-graduate progress! 😊

  • Thank you, you will do this too. It is not that long ago I was the same as you. As I am jogging I look at my route and remember all the points I had to run to each week and every time thinking I won't be able to do this but I did. I really mean it, if I can then anyone can as I lack self-motivation and am a big girl. Enjoy every milestone and don't beat yourself up for the wobbles, it really is worth the effort :-)

  • Congratulations πŸŽ“πŸ‘Ÿ Happy running πŸ€—

  • Well I have to say massive congrats and thank you for the inspirational post πŸ‘ :-)

  • Good on you! You truly are an inspiration and a great ambassadores for Running. ☺

  • Thank you for this inspiring post....I too am overweight and never thought I would do it (especially this morning) but my husband, sister & children are all so proud of me which makes me keep going. My husband even admitted he did not think I would stick with it....but I will and I will graduate too.. :D

  • Thank you, yes you will. I have also enjoyed the positive comments from both my hubbie and sister :-)

  • Really brilliant and inspiring. I'm sooooo pleased for you; you're a fantastic advert for the programme and what it can do.

    All the best for the future.

  • You are truly amazing I'm just starting the c25k thinking I might walk it because I never be able to run I weighed in at 17.3 stone but you now have me thinking I might just go for it !

    Wow you must be so proud of yourself I hope that's me in 3 months or little after x

  • Thank you. You will be me by about Christmas time, just take each jog as it comes and enjoy every milestone. It is possible and you will do it :-)

  • Look at that beautiful graduate badge! Very well done and welcome to the club! :)

  • Congratulations! What a fabulous post. This is what everyone starting c25k should read :) especially "I genuinely did not believe I could achieve this at the beginning". How many graduates are reading this and going "I know!, I know, Me too!!" And calling it a "confidence building journey" - a perfect tag- line. That is such a huge part of the programme. Enjoy all your post graduate running and thank you for such an inspirational post :)

  • Well done you! The achievement is all the sweeter because of the effort required.


  • Thank you. truly inspirational

  • I have just signed up for the Couch to 5K today and am totally daunted by the thought of running 5k, but you have inspired me! I'm about 5 stone overweight and ready to give it a proper go now :)

  • Well done. I've just started week 1 too.

    We can do this πŸ€—

  • Thank you. Well done on making that first commitment, you can do this just take one jog at a time and you will be surprised at how quickly the weeks go. There will be ups and downs but just remember why you started this and the feeling when you achieve each goal :-)

  • "Running 5k"

    Actually, you'll learn that the objective is to run for 30 minutes 3 times per week. The distance that you cover is not important. At no point during your C25K adventure should you be concerned about speed, pace or distance. Only the time is important.

    You have the rest of your running life to work on those other metrics.

    Welcome to this lovely community. Post often.

  • Well done you! :) :)

  • What a fantastic post and reading through the replies above - inspiring to those at the start of the journey. A friend recently told me that if you continue with anything for 12 weeks, it will become a habit. Guess you have a new habit but a healthy one πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    I don't have a habit by the way - I'm addicted as confirmed by my hubby πŸ˜‚

  • Well done you 🍾🍸🍾🍸🍾🍸🍾 all your own hard work 🍸🍾🍸🍾🍸🍾🍸

    βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨ Congratulations upon your graduation βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨πŸŽ“βœ¨

    Cheering you over the line and right up onto the podium under the graduation tree. Take a bow and wave πŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ‘‹πŸΌ

  • Congratulations!! You did it!! New badge looks great. :)

  • Well done that is aaaamazing!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Congratulations on your graduation. So wonderful to see self-inflicted limitations disappear before your very eyes, isn't it. I think your story will inspire many a newbie. Thanks.

  • Excellent. Well done!

  • Massive Congratulations to you BigGirlJogging , a fantastic achievement

    Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Well done you xx

  • What an inspirational post, thank you. I have hustled completed w2 r3 early this morning as the sun was coming up over the park, lovely. Now it's on to w3 r1 next and I really don't know how I will be able to run for 3 minutes. All these amazing comments keep me going and encouraging that even I may be able to this. Thanks everyone

  • well done, you can do this :-)

  • Thanks so much for posting this. Really encouraging.

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