SO I ONLY WENT AND DID IT. After 8 months on the program I have finished my graduation run. For anyone reading this at the beginning of their journey, don't give up you will get there :)

I have had to be patient, go at my own pace but I am now able to run for 30 minutes without stopping including up and down hills. I often thought this day would never come but i am a stubborn character sometimes and refused to give up.

Since I began this Couch25k plan I have lost over 2 stone in weight (I recently joined slimming world and intend two lose at least 2 more) I feel so much healthier and fitter and I am really proud of my achievement so far.

I have only good things to say about this forum. When I was struggling your posts were my encouragement. Any question I thought to ask was already answered and when I needed to connect with people who understood the trials and tribulations of learning to run, you were there.

I have shared my small victories along the way and there was always someone there to pat me on the back. So thank you to everyone who contributes, it really does make a difference.

I promised myself several months ago I would run a park run this year. I have registered and that is my next goal. I want to complete a 5k run ASAP so I will let you know when that next hurdle is reached. But for now, that is all.


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  • Yeahhhhhh well done graduate! Absolutely brilliant! Enjoy your celebrations runner πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸ»πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. You really stuck to it and now you can run for 30 mins. That is HALF AN HOUR. That is ages! Who would have thought it. Very well done!

  • Massive congratulations! You have summed up the C25k experience perfectly in your post. You deserve to feel very proud. Don't forget to ask for your shiny new graduate badge!

  • Way ahead of you. It was the first thing I did after getting back LOL

  • Yayyyyy. Well done

    Enjoy that park run :-)

  • Well done! That is a great achievement. How will you celebrate?

  • Not sure. A small glass of wine as a toast to my success maybe 🍷I am counting my syns at the moment...

  • McFitty'll have a party lined up somewhere!

  • I can hear the party poppers!

  • I found it!!

  • Well deserved! I hope you enjoy it! I might have to toast you as well!

  • What a lovely post and I am sure it will inspire many others who are starting outπŸ™‚! I agree that a slight stubborn streak is no bad thing in this running game - a little determination can take you a long way. Big congratulations!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ˜€

  • Thanks x

  • Whoop whoop...done and dusted and gonna get the badge to prove it..😊

    Well done gingerwhizzer...didn't realise today was your graduation day!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸƒ

    Sounds like you are in great shape now and running up and down hills is fantastic.πŸ˜„

    Enjoy your party..then start planning your next running adventures. xx

  • Excellent - just shows what you can do if you persevere. Enjoy the feeling!!

  • FANTASTIC! Many congratulations Graduate :-)

  • Congratulations!!!! :D :D :D

  • gingerwhizzer you absolute star. Take lots of pics of what I'm sure is a 'wraparound' smile!

    And now... the band are ready. We're all ready. The balloons are up...

    Take a bow, Graduate. Huge and heartfelt 🌟🌟CONGRATULATIONS🌟🌟

    Now we paaaar -taaaay😊😊😊


  • Love it !!!!

  • That is EVERYTHING!! Well done. 5k will be easy to reach with your attitude (which I think is wonderful.) Happy running.

  • Very impressed you've not just graduated but graduated with hills.

  • You did it!

    I bet the final 10 seconds were glorious!

  • Amazing!

  • Many congratulations to you. Your patience and perseverance have paid off big time 😊

  • Whoooo hoooo how fabulous. Graduation!! You must be feeling so fabulous - what an achievement πŸŽ‰πŸŽ“

  • A Massive Well done to you Ginge !

    Many Congratulations on such a fantastic achievement and I really hope you love wherever your running takes you from here :-) xxx

  • Congratulations! Well done - it's a great feeling isn't it?

  • The best. I ran another 30 mins this morning just to make sure it wasn't a fluke!!

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