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Does it Count?

W9R3...

But I had to stop - hill in front of me, no breath - for 2 minutes at the 20 minute mark... then I added 2 minutes on to the end, and beat by PB distance, coming in at 4k!!

Does it count though? with the stop and all? Do I still get to graduate??

Note: I started the C25k at the beginning of August, quit smoking (smoked for 35 years) at the beginning of September, so I'm thinking that's where my breathing troubles really lie... It's improving but still a bit of a struggle at times... the legs is willing, but the lungs.... meh....

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Totally....you did it... yes you did...the 30 mins.. well done you... :)

It will take a while for those lungs to recover..( but, three months on and they have already started to improve... medical fact! ) but you are so on the way!

Go you, for your determination and your sheer will power... go and get that badge... it is waiting for you!

Keep running, keep posting.. it may take a while, but every run you take, makes you stronger and healthier :)

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Good gosh, Oldfloss... my eyes are stinging from your post... thank you, and thank you again. xo

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Of course it counts, many of us have done that. Very well done you!

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I think you've got your answer, so I'll just say 'well done' and 'congratulations'. Enjoy your shiny new badge and the rest of your running life...

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Yep, well done you, job done, badge collection on your right. Look forward to seeing your shiny new badge and hearing about your post graduate runs too. Congratulations! 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎓🎓🍾🍾😀😀

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Of course it counts. I really admire you for sticking with it with the breathing difficulties and for giving up smoking too. I started at the same time as you and have just run my graduation run too. Well done!

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It counts :) Congratulations!

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It counts, it counts, it counts - it definitely counts! So well done on graduating, and a PB too. Probably an even bigger well done is in order for giving up smoking! You're reaping the benefits already and I'm sure that breathing will get easier. Keep running!

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It is entirely up to you. My rule is, if I have to stop at a crossing or to go across a road, that is fine because that is for safety. If I stop because I need to, for example achy legs, out of breath - I wouldn't allow myself that. However if you feel ok with a stop and want to add up the total running time, that is fine for you

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I'd say you did it!! Fantastic achievement, well done you!!

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Congratulations. 🎉🎊🎈

More congratulations on giving up smoking. That is impressive. Now you will not only get fit you won't smell like an ashtray!!!

Well done!

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I would say you've done it! Well done! And well done for giving up the cigarettes after 35 years. That must have taken a lot of willpower! Enjoy your next run!

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Welcome to graduation 🎓 amazing what with the stopping smoking aswell

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Yay! Look at your badge! Welcome to the grads lounge xx

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Whoop whoop ☺ well done, many congratulations and back slaps 😊 Good for you! great news on the gaspers😊

Slowly climbing hills really helps with building fitness and your lungs will be much better for it. They are hard but worth doing. Slowly, slowly and have a stop to get your breath back as needs be ☺

I find a motivating song really helps me climb those hills

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Congratulations! Enjoy that amazing feeling!

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Congratulations on both completing the programme and quitting smoking! Your badge looks great. :)

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Look at that badge👀👀 Well done 👍

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Congratulations :)

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I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all more - I appreciate the support and encouragement. You've filled my heart. xo <3 :-)

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Well done - a double achievement, graduation and giving up smoking!

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Just to add my congratulations. Well done.

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