W9R3 "A miracle!" :)

W9R3 "A miracle!" :)

1 X 5K run. 11 PM run.


"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." - John Bingham


This programme has been a very humbling experience from the very start.


It knocked, mocked and laughed at my pathetic overall understanding of my fitness level. I used to think I was healthy, wise and sage like. This delusion was quickly shattered on W1R1 behind a tube station heaving, weaving, sniffling and thumping my way. Sure all this is nothing new to people here. Sure this programme has been done and dusted by so many before and will be done after me. Still a personal best and a lifetime achievement for me nonetheless! :)


My pace and timing may not look pretty. My elevation gains may not be all the rage. My performance may not win medals. :(


Look, all I am saying is give me a year and it will lead to a medal or two and a real competitor to Mo! :D :P


I am not sure if I will be of much help out in the real world convincing people to take up running. My best evidence is myself. Used to be depressed and a couch potato. Now all I need is a banana and can run 5K. :P


Going forward, planning to increase my distance by 250 meters at a time. It could be a week or two in between steps. 10K by March 2018. One can dream!


Okay, I will stop getting ahead of myself. :D


Thank you everyone. I wouldn’t have done it without this forum and I mean it. :)


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  • Brilliant, well done runner! You are a graduate, claim that well deserved shiny badge!

    5 k achievement too, terrific. Your plan looks really sensible and should guard against overuse injury as it's a steady increase.

    Your journey is just beginning! πŸƒπŸ»πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜ƒπŸŒŸπŸŽ“πŸΎπŸ‘Ÿ

  • Thank you Jacs!


    I am definitely taking to slow and steady to enjoy running.


    The journey is just beginning indeed! :)

  • Excellent! What a difference a mere nine weeks can make to a life. We know this here. :)

    And, yes, a miracle is the perfect word for it.

  • Thanks!


    Nine weeks whizzed by! :)

  • Well done! This is just the beginning, I look forward to following your progress (and you'll get to 10k quicker than that. If you want!).

  • Ah thanks!

  • A personal best, a lifetime achievement, 5k and a graduation badge! Woo hoo, look at you!

    I've no doubt you'll hit every one of your targets. That 'oomph' is shining out of your post.

    And we all know that a fabulous graduation run deserves a fabulous paaarrttaaaayπŸ˜†so step up and bask in the praise and


    Get the party gear on and dance like no one's watching!!


  • Tonight is going to be a good night!


    Nothing like a relaxed slumping onto the couch with a glass of low calorie no alcohol beer!

    And some political satire on telly of course. :)




    Thank you McFitty!

  • Wow!!!! Go you... Graduate.!

    What a journey and a well deserved badge at the end of it...:)

    I remember writing a post about not having speed, distance or style.. but here I am still running, and you will be the same.. Great plans for your future running journey. :)

    As Thoreau said, " Go confidentiality in the direction of your dreams.... "

    After the party that is... Congratulations !

  • β€œI learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..”

    - Henry David Thoreau

    I somehow never seen this quote before! Thank You!

    Source: goodreads.com/quotes/278883...

  • He is a big favourite of mine :)

    We all need to celebrate our successes and move forward with confidence... you know this for sure right now :)



    Realised I mis-typed confidently!!! So poor for an ex English teacher! :) x

  • Well done and congrats.

  • :)

  • Well done! :) That is a very nice time :) Bet you will be doing the 10K before '18 :)

  • ~Thanks John!


    Trying to fan out routes around my house hoping to see where 5K and 10K will get me saving me a fortune on public transport! :D

  • Fantastic inspirational post - as always :p ! Congratulations on the end of the beginning! And putting it out there for a 10k next March - WooHoo Well Done You! :D See you on the podium...xx

  • Thank you!

  • Fantastic, well done. Come and grab a glass of bubbly and join us on the podium. Love your plans for the future xx

  • Thank you!


    Bubblies all around tonight!

  • Hey well done, massive congratulations, another one joins the club :-D

    I didn't get to 5k but then I didn't run for 38 mins - but wow didn't realise it used up that many calories!!

    Love this bit Now all I need is a banana and can run 5K. :P !!

  • Oh thanks, I read your post earlier!

    Congratulations to you too!


    I think calories in that app is a rough approximation based on weight.


    A heart rate input would probably have returned an accurate burn. Still, all I can think of after seeing that many calories is a sweet sweet cream topped cake. :D

  • Congratulations on your graduation and on a fantastic 5k achievement. I knew you could do it!!

    11pm run? and ANewMe2017 runs at the crack of dawn - am I the only one who runs in time for wine o'clock?

    What ARE we going to do next week??

  • Ah thanks. Very slow pace but I just didn't want to stop short.


    Saw your post just now, Congratulations and well done on your graduation!


    Wine o'clock should be a thing on the clocks! :D

  • Fantastic! Congratulations! Such a massive achievement and you should be justifiably proud of yourself. It is not easy and I'm sure, like a lot of us here, you wanted to quit at times after a particular tough run, but you didn't! You are amazing!!

  • Oh my. :)

    Thank you Annie!

  • Sorry to be so late to the party but well done. Great job for you and an inspirational celebration lap. Post grad it's great to have a next goal as finding the motivation outside of the programme can be difficult. I do Parkrun, have entered a few 5 K races and have entered a 10K in May.

    Just keep running...πŸ’πŸ‘£πŸƒπŸΏπŸƒπŸΏπŸƒπŸΏπŸƒπŸΏπŸƒπŸΏπŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸŽ‰πŸΎ

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