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I watched you,you inspired me


I was sat in traffic again this morning and I saw you from behind. I don't know you but I watched you. You were in bright Lycra, like many of us you were quite curvy and walking briskly. I watched in awe there you were out doing it. We were in a huge set of roadworks that are going to be there for months, you were there in all that traffic and all those work men. I watched the work men look and look again, you broke into a run. I thought I wonder if she's doing c25k. The work men watched. I crawled past you in my car, your face was red, you were puffed and had that grim face of determination. I stopped and watched you carry on. I watched other drivers watch you some staring, some looking away and thought we'll done you. You walked again. Past more workmen who spoke I don't know what they said you ignored them. I crawled past you again as you broke into another run I had to suppress the urge to get out of the car and congratulate you for what you were doing. You inspired me I came home got out the treadmill and ran, not in traffic or past workmen like you and thought of you while I ran. My feet are still sore from the sores but you told me to get on with it. I don't know you but today you made a difference to me and who knows may be some one else who sat and watched you

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Yeay... great post.. and go you!

How many of us have been inspired like that. it happens to me when I read the amazing posts on here..:)


This is such a brilliant post , loved reading it .

Yes, inspiration comes from seeing others winning their own personal battles . xxx

TombenolyGraduate in reply to poppypug

Thanks it was a great start to the day

What a fab post! Thanks for posting this.

TombenolyGraduate in reply to Irishprincess

No worries just had to share


Brilliant.... I was running in rush hour traffic yesturday and its hard to completely zone them out but it feels liberating running past queuing traffic!!! Well done too :)

TombenolyGraduate in reply to ju-ju-

It makes people think I could do that

OldflossAdministrator in reply to ju-ju-

I always pull my tummy in and hold my head up a bit higher... :)


Excellent post, yes, it sounds like they're doing C25K doesn't it?


So all of you feeling nervous about running in public, you just have to think that people are either off in a world of their own and oblivious - or thinking "Good on you" or "That's amazing"

TombenolyGraduate in reply to GoogleMe

It really was hard not winding down the window and yelling we'll done but she did have headphones in

GoogleMeGraduate in reply to Tombenoly

Good call - might just have startled her or been misheard and thus misinterpreted. Different if it is quiet and she's coming up to running past you.

What a great post Tombenoly😊

I love seeing others out running it spurs me on too! Good for that lady in lycra I hope she was doing c25k (I bet she was) as she is bound to succeed.

Keep running everyone.. (if its not too windy) 😊xxx


This is such a lovely post. I would love to think someone had had such positive thoughts about me when I was at that stage. Thank you so much for sharing this.


I too am spotting those probably on c25k

I have the urge to say what week are you on but usually have trouble breathing so wave as if I even consider gasping hello I would forget how to run


Amazing post! So inspiring and emotional.

Thank you!

I am on c5k and struggle while running and even more with motivating to get me out of the door.

Such a lovely post. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading every word.


Parkrun you are encouraged all the way round with calls of "well done" and "keep it up your doing great" .Since joining them I find myself shouting out to anyone jogging past me in the street on their daily run. Hope they dont mind.


What a beautiful post! And well done for being inspired and for running when you got back. I hope your feet are okay now.

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