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The frequency of posts are due to the frequency of running! I'm finally past the winter bugs and have been out every second day. W8 R3 on Thursday felt great. As previously reported I feel totally unable to go faster though map my run tells me my pace is marginally increasing each stage of the programme.

I deliberately turned a corner to end the final minute going up a moderate hill. I would never have done that before.

So I'm just back from W9 R1 and I found the extra 2 mins totally manageable. I think I could probably manage around 35 mins running later this week.

I'm still toying with our forum's Virtual Parkrun on Christmas Eve but using my memory of calculating numbers using proportions (thanks AnneDroid 's mum) I've worked out it would take me 50ish minutes to finish Parkrun which is too slow I think. I've factored in my speed for 35 mins running and 15 mins walking. People do 10Ks in that time!

But I now know I am GOING TO GRADUATE!! Plan is to run Monday and Thursday.

Excited much!

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  • Fantastic news! Well done you! Good luck with your final two runs, savour every moment, you'll love it! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸŽ“πŸŽ“

  • Thank you!

  • Good luck. Just think of that shiny badge waiting for you.

    Just 2 runs before Christmas

  • thank you!! I can't believe I will have managed it in time for Christmas!

  • Well there's no rush to do it, so don't worry. You can build up to Parkrun in your own time.

    It's fine to do Parkrun at any pace though. No-one there will bother one iota. They are there for everyone. Every shape, size, speed, age, whatever. All-comers are welcome there. You don't have to worry you won't be quick enough. There are people who walk round the course as they can't run at all, but they are welcome nonetheless. It's all about getting moving, and once up being able to finish. There are fast runners there of course, but they use it as a pre-race blast. They generally run on the right and we stick to the left and let them whizz past.

    You could always volunteer so you can see how they roll before actually running yourself. Everyone is very friendly so don't worry

  • I did register and had a lovely email from the Director. I explained I was slow...I think they are genuinely just delighted that someone else is not on the couch!! Thanks for your encouragement though - I know you are at 10K now, that is also inspiring and motivating. I believe that one day I might be able to do that too.

  • Good luck for finishing the next two runs, do that you get your shiny grad badge. Mine is relatively new so I can't resist giving it a quick polish. You will feel great when you complete W9 R3. Happy running. πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ

  • Hey SFG, Got yr note this morning. Haven't posted in a while as didn't want to bore the pants off everyone with the mundane stuff! Will be watching for your graduation post. Never fear, I have the crates of bubbly ready, the band are tuning up, balloons are in hand and I have a box of lurid pink pom poms to wave around! You will be on such a mega high, only two more runs and you KNOW it's in the bag. Seriously, I can't wait! :) xx

  • ha ha you remembered the lurid pink bit......I might wear the sweat bands very soon and I will definitely post a 'real me' photo once I do a park run! Come back and post soon, even about the mundane stuff - we miss you!!

  • Oh you're so close & it's such a great feeling. Yes the end is very close now!

  • thank you!

    Or should that be - "it's just beginning.." lol

  • Oh go on....do the parkrun, it's Christmas ! I have done lots of volunteering as a tail runner and I can't emphasise enough that it really doesn't matter what speed you go. I've accompanied slower runners, walkers, tiny children, the over 80's, a man on crutches...... remember the volunteers have CHOSEN to be there and they would all much rather you got round slowly than didn't go at all.

  • Yay!!! You are so close now. Brilliant :)

  • Ooooh! I'm so proud. :)

    So will my mum be when I tell her she has a former pupil who ACTUALLY uses maths in "real life"...

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