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That elusive final run... Done!


Dosed up with paracetamol & antihistamine, I set out for my w9r3 session, the last run of the couch to 5k programme, my first run for 9 days & my first outdoor run for exactly 2 weeks. My God it was hard. I had gremlins hanging off every limb, really in the first 5 minutes when I'm sure I was doing some sort of Highland Fling rather than running as I just could not work out my pace or breathing. But I just kept telling myself I could do it. I had already done it. I had run the 5k I'd started the programme for in the first place, & I'd already done both an indoor & an outdoor 30 minute run. This was just a tick box exercise. Ok, my eyes are still swollen (though better than yesterday) & my nose & throat aren't great, so I was doing more mouth breathing than I would normally, but I was at least breathing so that's always a bonus! Anyway, heavy-legged, & I'm sure doing little more than a running-style power walk in places, I did it. I did my final 30 minutes & went so far round my normal route that I had to stop & turn back to avoid ending up in completely the wrong place.

Thank you all for your advice & support over the last few weeks & especially in response to my last post. It has been great knowing that there are people out there who get what we're going through, good & bad.

Now, what's next?!

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Breathing, always good... go you GRADUATE!!!!!

What's next....? Well, you bask in the well deserved glory.. you rest a bit then time.. we are we are all here, celebrating that achievement!!

Take a bit of time to start feeling more chipper... then just move onto some runs for joy...just because you can :) Then some consolidation of the 30 minute runs.. and shorter routes too.. plenty of time for that though..just enjoy this moment and go get that badge!!

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

How do I get the badge on here lol? Not that I'm being needy or anything...!

OldflossAdministrator in reply to SunnyMummy

That should take you there.. :))

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Aha! Thank you. Oo it's there already! 😄

OldflossAdministrator in reply to SunnyMummy

It really suits you... very, very very well done:)

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you so very much for all your advice & motivation x




Im happy for you. Huge well done. Celebration time!

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Aquila12

Thank you!

Whoop whoop SunnyMummy 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏

You nailed that Graduation run despite the conjunctivitis... Very well done to you😊

Now we can hold the podium ceremony and get the balloons out🎈🎈🎈🎊🎊🎊whilst you do a little dance and are awarded your badge...

Go you...and now your adventures begin Runner...😊xxx

I think McFitty is in charge of the champers...

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Fab! I haven't won any sort of badge for running since I was at infants school 😄

BluebirdrunnerGraduate in reply to SunnyMummy

Wear it with pride😆😉

You've earned it.x


So you got there. Congratulations.

In some way I hope the antihistamines don't work, because that might mean you have to face this every year. Best wishes for your recovery and your future running.

Keep running, keep smiling.

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you. I'm not sure that the tablet I took this morning made any difference. My eyes seemed better whilst out, albeit protected behind my shades, whereas my nose & throat have been fairly consistently grotty most of the day. I think - maybe hope - that it is a virus. I've also been quite achy at times which I don't think would be hay fever or other allergy related. I'm currently just flushing & wiping my eyes with saline & that seems to be helping.


Well done Sunny ☀️You are a Graduate! 😃 Congratulations 🏃‍♀️👍✔️🍾🥂🍰

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to misswobble

Thank you 😄


Congratulations 🥇

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Deslys4444

Thank you ☺


Congratulations! And breathing is always better than the alternative.

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Tomas

Yes that's what'I reckon too 😂

Well done! Hope you're feeling a bit better. Have some rest in this heat & then enjoy......!

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Slinkymalinki

Thank you Slinky! Not sure 'rest' is on my agenda for about another 17 years but am being less busy lol.


Well done, just finished week 8 run 2 earlier today so will hopefully be feeling the graduation buzz next weekend

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Si68

Yay, go you! I'm feeling a bit mixed now as it's both the end of something I'm not sure I ever thought I'd do, & the beginning of the next challenge.



SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Irish-John

Cheers! ☺


Huge congratulations👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Funny how we are all motivated by getting a funny grey smudge next to our names!

Just one thing though, that was not the last run, but the first on your graduate running career. Party🎉🎉, rest up and run for fun 🏃🏼‍♀️😀👍🏼. Don't worry about what comes next until you come down from that graduating high😀😀😜

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Bonkersbrit

Thank you. Yes technically I had already done 3 30 minuters but I counted my 5k (a 33 min run) as the third of my week 8 ones due to its timing. Glutton for punishment me lol.

I'm going to run again tomorrow - want to keep the habit - but think will just basically repeat w9 for a bit until they feel more comfortable. I had one very good one in but the first & last were pretty tough going. Then we'll see about maybe 10k training...


Well done !!! X

SunnyMummyGraduate in reply to Loulou70

Thank you LouLou!


Well done!

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