W9 R3 - Thought this was the end but actually it's just the beginning ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Up early this morning, usual cuppa to wake me up and then into my running gear and out the door to a cool and breezy morning - perfect for my special run

Some of you said you would be with me today but I decided that I really couldn't have you all waiting around at the finishing post so instead thought you could all run with me......bit of bunching up at the start people but actually we all ran well together. Some of you are really fast - Wow! and those at the back - just plain naughty with all that giggling going on - you know who you are ๐Ÿ˜‚

Seriously though, I put into place everything I have learned, straight back, relaxed shoulders, steady pace, deep breathing (even managed some through my nose!) and most of all just to try and enjoy it.

I wasn't gremlin free but every time they tried it on, I thought of Laura's words and advice and your words and advice and managed to throw them off.

I managed just a few precious minutes when I lost myself, found a rhythm and just relaxed into a run.

The last minute or two were tough but when I finished I felt really chuffed and proud and I mustn't forget.......tired ๐Ÿ˜‚!!

Just about to ask for my shiny badge - I felt I could never achieve that status when I started but here I am graduating ๐ŸŽ“

I feel sure I would have given up on this had this forum not been here, it and therefore by definition you, have inspired me no end. Knowing that you are not alone and that the gremlins and aches and pains and that feeling that you really can't go on, are being experienced by others really helps and gets you through the tough times. The laughter has been invaluable too ๐Ÿ˜€

Enough now.......I take a bow.......Thank you all..........๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

I'll be back ๐Ÿ˜‰


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  • Congratulations Kate. A lovely inspiring post to read, knew you would do it!!!

    New, shiny badge for you soon, and well deserved ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€ It's a good feeling!

  • My, you looked a fine sight crossing that line and now on the podium taking a bow โœจ๐Ÿ’โœจ๐Ÿ’โœจ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ“โœจ๐Ÿ’โœจ๐Ÿ’โœจ

    Congratulations Kate, what a wonderful acheivement and all your own hard work and determination got you through and over the line.

    You are a runner... You can do it - hurrah!

  • Congratulations GRADUATE finally crossed that line I know it has been a long journey for you because I started on the same day but you never waivered even when your gremlins told you to as others have said it was your journey and you finished it so well done to you.

  • I had no idea we started at the same time ๐Ÿ˜€ How fab and you snuck across that line ages ago!! Thanks

  • The reason you did'nt know was I joined the forum during week four I watched your progress from afar and when I saw you struggle I thought I would join and add my support even though I did'nt have your gremlins due to my military experience but it is your journey now and it is up to you where you want it to take you.

  • Thanks so much - I'm going to complete my charity marathon run during September - completed 4 miles of 26 so far and then I want to concentrate on slowly increasing speed. 30 minutes is a good amount for me 3 times a week but I am so slow - so think that will be my next challenge post September

  • Get in touch with Ann_Arthur she is doing the same challenge you might be able to support and encourage each other good luck I might have a go next May if they do it again

  • Thanks

  • Congratulations Graduate....you have done it, what an amazing achievement. :D :D :D

  • Thanks Jmiss - your turn next ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Well done! Congratulations! โ˜บ Yep the next phase is waiting for you ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Have a great day basking in graduation glory. You could treat yourself to a running related item ๐Ÿ˜Š Shoes are always a good idea.

  • Thanks so much - new shoes sound like a great idea ๐Ÿ˜€Any excuse!!

  • We were all with you - the whole way (sorry for giggling at the back)๐Ÿ˜„

    This is really the start of a whole new chapter and you will write it in your own way, your own words and your own style. And you have SUCH style! Have loved watching and being involved in your journey and now POP!!! Some bubbles for the new GRADUATE๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿน๐Ÿท๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ(and I know that Ellymeg has some chocolate stashed too). Congratulations Kate. You're definitely no lightweight xxx

  • Haha McFitty - glad you recognised yourself ๐Ÿ˜‚....I am enjoying the feeling and have a bottle of bubbly saved for today - thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  • congratulations :) your post last night was lovely. I hope you feel super super proud of yourself, you deserve it.

  • Thanks so much - as always a toughie but that badge was in sight ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Really pleased for you. Well done and I hope you celebrated in style when you completed the 30 minutes.

  • Thanks OldWheezer - Actually although I know I am meant to keep moving post a run, I just stood still for a few minutes with my hands on my knees just to enjoy the moment - fabulous feeling ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Woo-Hoo - I have a shiny badge - how cool is that ๐Ÿ˜€

  • What's that by your name Kate? Is it...? Could it be...? A graduation badge...? Wow!!! Well done!!!

  • Yay!!! Whoopee!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ - Thanks

  • Aw, I'm delighted for you! I loved reading your graduation post...you're right, it's just the beginning for you. Think you'd better rename yourself greatratekate! Wishing you many, many more happy runs. :-)

  • Congratulations and I love that badge by your name - you're a real pro now!

  • yippee , well done

  • Thanks :-)

  • A huge well done for getting through the programme, even during the tough times. No longer "lightweight", you pushed through and crossed the finishing line. I hadn't intended running with you all this morning, but you made me get up despite my hangover and I loved running with you all. Although that McFitty is a bit of a distraction and the Musketeers were being really silly for the whole run - but they're only young graduates, let them have their fun!

    The real journey actually starts now! Keep posting, it keeps us all motivated.

  • Brilliant JaySeeSkinny ๐Ÿ˜‚ and thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Congratulations ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰ Great posts! Enjoy the feeling! Happy running.

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Well done & congratulations on your shiny new badge. Looks good up there next to your name. Enjoy your day of celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ“

  • Thanks so much Polly2723 ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Congratulations Kate๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜„

    Phew, we enjoyed that. Brilliant post after a Brilliant graduation run. Know exactly what you mean about the few moments of rythmn, more to come hopefully.

    You look stunning in that badge.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Well done and keep on running...

  • Thanks Jan ๐Ÿ˜€ I will

  • Well do Kate, great news. ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿพ

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Well done you :)

  • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Congratulations kate! Onwards and upwards! Excellent stuff๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Thanks :-)

  • Well congratulations you! You took us all out & showed us how a graduation run should be done. Fantastic job & wonderful post too.

    The only way is up from here.

    Good luck with your charity challenge too. โ˜บ

  • Thanks so much - as you say onwards and upwards ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Fabulous, fantastic, amazing, incredible - they all describe you๐Ÿ˜Š. Well done xxx

  • AWESOME News to wake up to here Kate โ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บ

    So very very happy for you. The Run itself is GREAT - the way you've found yourself on this journey is absolutely heart warming. You are a Runner AND now you have found out that you are also the kind of Lovely person everyone wants to be happy and succeed โ˜บ

    Welcome to the Graduate Table LovelyKate โ˜บ

  • Thanks Irish-John - that bought a tear to my eye and I am absolutely chuffed to bits - thanks for all your support ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Fantastic๐Ÿ‘ Really well done :-)

  • Thanks Jogonanon ๐Ÿ˜€Happy days

  • Kate, I am just so so pleased for you !

    Your post last night was so moving and heartfelt , it touched so many of us .

    I thought about you this morning when I went on my run, just willing you along as I ran . In fact , so many of us ran with you in our hearts today, I am sure.

    Massive Congratulations to you and I really hope that you stick around to inspire the others that are going through their personal journeys .

    Well done ! :-) xxx

  • Thanks so much poppypug - I'm really chuffed even though I ache!! And yes, I'm here for a while yet :-)

  • HI successful Kate. Sorry I'm late to the party but I was last in the shower queue after our super run together (he he he).

    A huge congrats for graduating but also for finding and being your own self.....super, super, super๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • Haha Jacs-W - I know - those boys just jumped in front of us all ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Many, many congratulations. You deserve that bubbly! I am sure there are many out there who can empathise with the experiences you have so bravely outlined. Now rock your moment!

  • Thanks so much Suebguineapig - I am rocking!!

  • ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy day! Big congratulations to you! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  • Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Hey Graduate... looking really really good...Took me a while to catch up with you this morning...:)

    Well done you ! Now... the journey goes on and it is so exciting ! :)

  • Thanks Oldfloss ...missed you recently......๐Ÿ˜€

  • Well done and congratulations xx

  • Congratulations on finishing this very first part of a hopefully very long running journey. You look great with your badge on. Hope you celebrate properly!

  • Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Congratulations LWKate. I am sure that your Mum and Dad are proud of you, even if they cannot articulate it.

  • Well Done Kate, knew you'd smash it!!

    You are so right it is the beginning of a new adventure. Now's the time for making new goals after, you've finished your marathon, just to keep motivated.

    I struggled at first without Laura's routine but now I've made all sorts of plans and goals with Hubby. I'm boring everyone to tears at work, reporting to them every time I've been on a run, when and where I went, how far and what time etc etc.

    I think they're secretly quite pleased for me!!

    Well done your shiny badge really looks good.

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