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I am sat crying right now....

But my tears are not ones of sadness...they are ones of ABSOLUTE ELATION....after the park run feeling on Saturday....which, I have to say you all took away from me with all the virtual love I was feeling....I was hopeful to attempt W6R3 on Tuesday as I thought an extra days rest would be a better plan...so, knowing that I wasn't going to run today I enjoyed a bottle of my favourite Rose' last night, even though I was going to fat club this morning...anyway, off I went for weighing this morning & to my surprise I had lost another 2lb..."some miracle is happening here" I thought!!! Not that I've got much to lose....Anyway, got home, walked through the door & there they were...my trainers...looking at me...so I ran upstairs, changed into my running trollies, slipped my trainers on, locked the door & off I went...now, I didn't go up the main road today, for some reason I wanted to go back to familiar territory so I went to the park where all this started....well...it worked...my little squirrel friend kept making an appearance too which made me smile...there was the 'oldfloss' bush that collected my gremlins when I was struggling back in the early weeks...there was all of you lot whispering in my ear...I've said it before & I'll say it again...it was knowing that I could tell my running family how my run had gone today that kept me running, I wanted to tell you that I HAVE JUST RUN FOR 25 MINUTES NON-STOP!!!!!! Ohhhhh Mr Smooth...he was so proud of me!!!! I punched the air when the time was up!!!! So...I AM A RUNNER, I AM....!!!! I AM A RUNNER!!!!

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You ARE definitely a runner! Brilliant achievement 😎🏃🏻‍♀️💪🏻

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Absolutely brilliant! Well done!!

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Brilliant stuff, you are a runner, you are in fact a smooth runner. Mr Smooth and all us smoothies are proud of you... in fact everyone here is proud of you. Just look at all those messages after the Park run. Well done you

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That's what I mean...the support on here is over-whelming....xx

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P.s...that was a lot of replies to my parkrun post!!! Lovely 😊 people x

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Ooooh goosebumps reading your post😊xx

What a way to start a Monday morning.

So many positive things happening for you.😊 Yeah! that Week 6 run is HUGE.

You are officially told you are a runner and it cements that feeling of being able to run non stop😄..yipee

I love your enthusiasm and look forward to your next report....

Well done Mummycav 'Runner'.xx

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I am sooo happy....I actually feel like a runner now...I'm not a gazelle, I'm not a puma...I am my own kind of runner, in my own running world...x

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Congrats - you......are........a........Runner.

Say it loud say it proud! (but don't do it in inappropriate places - no need to scare the young or elderly, or small animals (squirrels included)).

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I am going to say it to myself all day!!! Tomorrow I am going to treat myself to some new running shoes because I deserve them...because I am a runner....

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I'm kind of hoping for some new ones myself for my impending birthday. Dropped enough hints!

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Hope the hints work!!! 😉

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Well I hope they buy you trainers that have been fitted after a gait analysis and following trials of all other appropriate shoes, based on comfort!!

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Oh yeah baby!!!

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Yes you are a runner!!! How fab does it feel?!!! 😊

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Absolutely fantastic!!! 😄😄

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Woo Hoo! Fab job!!!!!

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Thank you 😉

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You bloody are a runner, get in there!

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Ha ha...I am!!!

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Hey, Mummycav is a RUNNER, brilliant news mate, we're getting close to our graduation now. Well done. XxX 😁

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Hoping the polish will be out soon!!! x 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏻💪🏻

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Yes. You are. ☺☺☺☺

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My calves are telling me I am too...I'll be cracking walnuts with them at Christmas at this rate!!! 😂😂

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You have real spirit mc :) A true Runner indeed :)

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I'm sooo happy!!!

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Well done, your an inspiration

Les

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❤️❤️❤️ my heart is swelling...thank you x

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Congratulations!

More proof that this program works, and the positive power of posting & replies in this community.

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It certainly does work...& yes, the power of this community is absolutely priceless...

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Fantastic and very well done to you. It's a great feeling when you get to 25 minutes. Weeks 7,8 and 9 were my favorite weeks on the plan. Well too on the weight loss.

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I've had a peek at the next 3 weeks & yes, they're all long runs but only 3 more minutes at first & I am sure if I had to this morning I could've run for a bit longer...I was completely in the zone...a park gardener walked passed me with his wheel barrow & at one time I'd have jumped in it!!! But not today..not me...No way!!

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You should've pushed him in and taken him for a run. Lol

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Yay, yay, yay I am so pleased for you. You ran for 25 minutes 😁😁I bet all the little creatures in the park were cheering for you, lol. Well done lovely. It's a long run, but keep going and don't look back xx

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Thank you so much Beth...It is long...when Mr Smooth announced that I'd run 12.5 mins I thought whaaaaat????!!! But I just carried on & on...I was tired, but I did it & I can do it again...I was surprised at my breathing too...it was very steady & quite deep, not the shallow fast breathing that you think you're never going to get over...long deep breaths...so surprised!! LOVE IT!!!

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Yayyyyy well done you, yes you are a runner and a damn good one at that... keep going mate your almost there 😀x

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Thank you Tricky...almost!!! 25 minutes seems an eternity back in the early weeks...and almost an impossibility but here I am...starting week 7...yikes!!!

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Well done and a huge congratulations ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thank you...it can be done weekendwanderer...it really can...stick at it

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Thank you I will 😁

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Fantastic post well done bet you are so proud , I can't believe we doing this. You really are a runner 😃😃😃😃

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Thank you heartlesstroll...This run has changed me...

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It's weird isn't it where the motivation comes from I've never been this motivated ever especially for exercise - especially running I hated it 😊

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I liked running at school...but not distance...I was like a whippet at 100m...the fastest in my high school at the time...hated cross country, tried a half marathon once...yikes, that was awful, then...now look at us??!! Runners!!! Get in!!!! X

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Well done you sending you a virtual hug❤️🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇🎇

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Got it Frostycat...thank you..I wonder if this elation will ever subside??? I'm proper happy...right to my bone!!! x

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It may slightly but only till wk 7 r1 which I just did this morning and trust me the grin will be right back I think I even feel more elated at doing it twice xx

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Yey!!!! I peeked this morning at week 7....I was glad to see that it's a continuous run unlike the first run of week 6...that was an absolute killer & a real surprise...I knew I could do this run, the park run, for me, wasn't the right place to try it....thats why I couldn't wait until tomorrow, I just had to do it today!!! So chuffed x

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Yes I agree with last week I don't know why I struggled too ,but we are thought it now and graduation is in our sights xx

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Go you 😁

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If I can do it...anyone can

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Giggling with excitement is better than medicine! We should all do it more often 😃

So, well done! It's all going fabbo int it 🙂

Yeeeeeeeeeha! 💪🏃‍♀️✔️👍😃

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It is!!! Nowt like a good giggle!!! It's def fabbo misswobble...🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️💪🏻💪🏻😀😀

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Wait til you start racing! That really is a giggle 😃

Such fun! It's a blast

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Ha ha...think that'll be a while off!!! Lol 😂

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You'd be surprised 😃🏃‍♀️✔️👍🏅

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Brilliant! Congratulations! No miracles, just your hard work paying off! 😀👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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Thanks Decker...it's soooo worth the hard work!! You don't think it's ever gonna happen and then bam!!!

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You go girl!! 👊Bam!!

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Brilliant, I'm really made up for you, MC! And it's all your own doing :)

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Yesssss. Well done you!

The highs and lows of the runners life. You answered a bad run experience with triumph on the next run. Damn right you're a runner!

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Yipeeee!!! I definitely feel like one today!!! Weeks 7,8&9....bring them on!!! 🏃🏼‍♀️💪🏻

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BOOM! That's what I am taking about. Well done.

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Oh you are an emotional little flower.........

Well done, you are blossoming nicely, fellow runner.

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Emotional time bomb me!!! Thank you IannodaTruffe...you have played a part in this...

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I am sure that this programme has taught you a lot about yourself and your mental attitude. There's a lot happening when you learn to run.........

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Hey you...... RUNNNNNNNER!!!!!!!

Brilliant.... just blooming brilliant!! You are doing this and doing it in your own fantastic way!!!!

Go you!

Runner!!!! x

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Ha ha...thanks Oldfloss...you were there with me today...in that bush!!! 🌳

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Awesome! 😀😀😀

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Brilliant you👏👏👏👏👏

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Absolutely brilliant you - tears of joy and elation is a wonderful feeling .

Thanks for message and wifi depending I will keep in touch - keep sending them and I will reply when possible . Hope to run here tomorrow but steep hills out each side of the harbour do let's see - our running family will help if I don't achieve the full 25 mins xxx

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Definitely keep me posted...I'm sure you'll enjoy your runs whenever you do them....ourvrunning family will be watching with interest! xx enjoy your hols

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Yay well Done!!! Fab news. Wk7 here you come! Really pleased for you. 🎉🎉

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Fabulous achievement and fabulous feeling! Well done! 👏👏👏

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This is fantastic to read' I can really feel your joy! 😁I am going into wk5 run 1 tomorrow with trepedation but I know thanks to everyone on here that I can do it. You ARE a runner!!! Xx

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Go, go - helepops, Go!!!

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Yes, you ARE a runner!!! Well, you were already a week ago when you completed W5R3 ;) But YES, now you are a BIG, happy, smiling runner :D

Huge congratulations! I knew you will do it! Sometimes those runs out of nowhere, different (or just long time no run) routes make it happen so suddenly and with a smile on the face :D

I am so happy for you!

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Omg, only just got the notification for this post. Teary eyed reading it. I've never known a community like the runners. So glad you've done it. VERY inspiring. I'm still piling on the pounds so truly envious too.

You kicked ass. Xxx 🎉🎋🎇🎆

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Wahey! Pompoms flaying for you in the vineyards, girl - you're right to be proud of yourself. Onwards and forwards, graduation is in sight..

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That is amazing! Well done. Remember the feeling when you don't think you want to put your trainers on.good luck with your running adventures. Keep smiling. Oj

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Fantastic stuff! I've never looked at my trainers in the porch and then run upstairs to don my running trollies, may have to do that later! Well done Mrs RUNNER, a big cyber high five from me and hugs from your ether running family!

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Hurray!! Congrats, I'm cheering and punching the air with you!😁👏🏼👏🏼

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Well done - what an amazing achievement. I hope I can be as focussed and determined like you when I get to week 6. You should be enormously proud!

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🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Loved that feeling!!!

Congrats your doing amazing!!

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You go, girl! X

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Fabulous ...and well done!😀😀

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Brilliant! You ARE a runner. Such a motivational post, I can't wait to get to week 6 and feel the same way.

I think you definitely deserve those trainers (and possibly a new top?).

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Thank you Glossy...there are tonnes of motivational people on here, their post are what keeps me going!!! I never thought I would be put in that catagory..!!! Or the catagory of 'runner' but this run definitely confirmed it to me...it won't be long before you're at this point either, look how far you've come already and the feeling of accomplishment is incomparable...keep on it & keep posting! I think you're right about the top too...a girl always needs a new top!!!

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Absolutely! Xx

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You certainly are! 🏃‍♀️ well done 👏

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Thanks Mrsh3...I feel more like one after this run

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You really are a runner 🏃 Well done! There will be no stopping you now 🤘

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Thank you...W7R1 in the morning...I've been itching to get on with it!!!

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I always reckoned that once you'd cracked week 6 you had essentially cracked the whole thing, because week 7 just repeats the 25 minute run of week 6 to consolidate it so you know you can do it as you already have. Then 28 doesn't seem too big a jump from 25, and 30 even less of a jump from 28. And that's how it turned out!

In fact on one of the week 8 runs I misjudged the distance of a new circuit I'd worked out, which was longer than I thought, and I had to pick up my daughter from a friend's house at a specified time, so when I saw that at the end of 28 minutes I was nowhere near the car, I ran through the 5 minute cool down walk, ending up running 33 minutes, without any trouble. After that, week 9 held no fears for me, because if you can do 33 you can certainly do 30!

So .. congratulations on cracking it!!

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