Graduation run

10 weeks ago I decided to make some changes and start enjoying life. I quit my job to take the summer off with my family, quit my 30 a day smoking habit, and started c25k after 20 years of no exercise and poor diet. Like most people here, I didn't really believe I'd ever run 5k, but with each passing week I felt better in myself and wanted to push on. I finally run 5k in 30.52 tonight, and im chuffed to bits. Next step is sub 30 mins and park runs, and to just keep the running habit going. Ive really started to enjoy it (except week 7, but I'm even glad that i had to fight through that). Thanks to everyone that comments here, it's a really great forum and your words really help. Good luck to those starting out and to those who are struggling, please persevere and reap the rewards. As a side note, I started a new job 4 days ago, I'm 11lbs lighter and I've saved Β£1000 by not smoking. C25k has really helped to change my life. Now to get my badge πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


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  • I love this post mrbob. A massive well done πŸ˜„πŸŒŸπŸ˜„πŸŒŸ

  • Wow!...what a wonderful post to read :) Well Done Sir! :)

  • Massive Congratulations to you MrBob !

    I must admit I got a little teary reading your post , you have really turned your life and health around for the better . Your family must be so proud of you !

    What a brilliant story , and Well done for packing the fags in ! I smoked heavily too and packing them in and doing this programme are two of the best decisions I have ever made .

    I wish you all the best for your healthier future and that you continue to go from strength to strength .

    Take a bow Bob, and Happy Running to you ! :-) xxx

  • Congrats! Great post, and quite some story. I feel you, in same boat as yourself. That running pace is amazing as well.

  • Many congratulations to you on many counts. Those are all life altering changes, not easy but so worthwhile. Well done to you.

  • Wow MrBob! Talk about turning your life around. Congratulations on all fronts - enjoy the new you. I bet your family are really proud!

  • Go, MrBob!

    You are a star!

    Keep running, keep smiling.

  • Absolutely brilliant stuff Bob! Well done mate, you can quite rightly feel very proud of yourself. You are another inspiration to the rest of us newbies. Thank you.

  • Brilliant. It's on and up from here.

  • Wow! What a turn around! I am in awe of your achievements! Well done and congratulations!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Well done πŸ‘ your an inspiration thank you and good luck πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸƒπŸ»

  • MrBob , congratulations on your wonderful life altering summer. Hope the new job is way more fun than your old one but, if its not, I think you'll just find another one until it is. I would encourage you to start ParkRun right away as it's great for keeping you motivated and it's such a friendly and positive experience. With any luck the rest of the family will join you, if only to cheer you on at first, and get healthier in the process themselves (even fresh air and daylight is a start!). For me, quitting smoking in 1997 was my lifetime no.1 achievement and I've never been tempted since, hate it in fact. Fortunately it's completely incompatible with running too so you'll not be bothered by anyone smoking near you at ParkRun! Good luck!

  • A brilliant post... very motivational.... well done you and huge congratulations on so many levels:)

    Onwards and upwards !

  • Congratulations! That's tremendous achievements all around, well done :)

  • What a fantastic commitment to a new and healthy life well done!!

  • WELL DONE!!! What an amazing achievement in all your life changing decisions! An inspirstion to us allπŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸŒŸ especially us newbies and so glad you mentioned week 7 my first low was yesterday on week7 run 2!! Think a def bad run!! However its people like you & all the people who take the time to post that keeps me goingπŸƒπŸƒπŸ˜Š THANKS EVERYONE πŸ‘πŸŒŸπŸ‘πŸŒŸ keep up your anazing changes & what great time for 5k il be looking for tips im a real slow coach but still trying!!! Enjoy every minute of the new you & new jobπŸ‘

  • Brilliant - you are an inspiration πŸ‘

  • Bravo Mr Bob, you are an inspiration!!!

  • You don't do things by halves, do you? A massive well done! I'm very impressed - keep up the good work😎

  • Now that's a great summer! :) Well done!

  • What a fantastic and inspirational story! Huge congratulations to you on all the changes you have made to your life and completing C25K ☺.

  • Well done Mr Bob! When I woke up this morning I wasn't feeling good about starting week 3 later today, but half an hour on here reading posts like this one and it's 'bring it on, Laura!'

  • Very inspirational to others struggling especially me, well done πŸ‘

  • Wow what an inspiring post! Well done and good luck with the new job and new you.

  • Crumbs you don't do things by halves do you?! Amazing story. Keep it up!

  • Wow, massive congratulations!

  • Congrats, proof live is for living

  • Congratulations mrbob. It's a great feeling graduating and that time is awesome.

  • Well done. So inspiring. Hope you continue to enjoy running

  • Well done mate! The first time I ran a full 5k it took me 40 minutes, I'm now down to 28. Keep up the good work. My advice would be to work on speed first, then increasing distance, but do whatever keeps you enthused. Giving up smoking is the single best way to improve your health, so I wish you luck, don't give in to temptation.

  • Wow!!! What a victory! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ

  • Brilliant. Well done you!!!!

  • Wow MrBob you've certainly taken life by the horns! Massive congratulations on completing the program and for a very quick 5k time. I'd heartily recommend the Park runs, running amongst so many other enthusiastic runners is quite an experience and you get to try and PB each week 😬. Keep it up and I'm sure you'll go from strength to strength πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Such an inspiring story! You must be really proud! Go you πŸ˜€!!

  • Only just started with the run. You are such an inspiration. Well done

  • Awesome! Congrats!

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