Completed :-)

I can't believe after struggling to run for 60 seconds in Week 1, that yesterday I completed Couch to 5K. Okay I didn't run 5K in the 30 minutes, only 3.3K, but I am running 30 minutes regularly. My goal now is to increase the distance I cover in the time so that I still have something to work for. I also look forward to running for pleasure and varying what I do... who would ever have thought the overweight woman with dodgy feet, knees and hips and asthma as well, would ever become a runner. It was so easy to use all the issues as excuses to say I couldn't even try to run, but running has actually helped the issues improve. I couldn't have done it without the podcasts to help teach me pace, this forum to help me realise I was not alone with my struggles and for sheer encouragement, and the lovely people at Parkrun who have been so supportive and encouraging as well. For anyone with any doubts, this really is achievable :-)

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  • Well done! What an inspiration 😊

  • Fabulous!

  • Totally inspirational! I'm week 4, run 1 and like you overweight with a few ailments but running makes me feel fabulous!

  • Congratulations-you must feel so chuffed?! Go get your graduation badge 😊

  • Who'd have thought it indeed... how many of us have said that!!

    Huge congratulations...very very, VERY well done! Just forget the 5K..the whole idea is the thirty minute runs... (C 2 30 minutes does not really have a ring to it..) :)

    Many, many graduates never reach 5K in 30 minutes... and many of them, are half marathon and marathon runners and beyond now. The idea of getting to 5K in nine weeks is a target..but not essential, and many folks who try to push towards it too quickly end up on the IC or not running again at all ...so you are doing just fine!!!

    Now you have graduated... and after the party:) just bask in the glory of being a runner. Just a few runs for pure joy are wonderful...no pressure from any aspect and just you out there and loving that you are able to run. Then, when ready, so much choice and if you keep posting..the support continues, with advice and encouragement!

    So... go and get that badge, Graduate! Wear it with pride... you totally deserve it :)

  • Well done. Now you need to ingrain the habit so that life without running is inconceivable.

    Keep running, keep smiling.

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