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Feeling younger

I am new to this site. I was encouraged to try this programme last year by my daughters. They bought me a FitBit. I turned 70 in May and Ive just finished the last run. I did not believe I could do 29 minutes run and repeated the second to last run several times - until I realised Id already been running 29 minutes!! Im very pleased as Ive never done any running. I took it slowly and carefully after I had an achilles tendon problem last year by mistakenly running two consecutive days. I was so keen!

Now they are trying to get me to do a marathon. I think I may put my foot down on that one!!

Look forward to this time as 'me time' and work out all of those issues you waste your time worrying about. Its very clarifying of the brain!!

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Well done.

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Are they going to run it with you 😃

Well done! 29 mins is way fast!😃

I bought my OH a Fitbit, which he asked for, but he never uses it. I charged it up for him and told him to take it with us on holiday. He did but only broke the strap before registering a foot of walking! 🙄🙄🙄 I am so mad as it was about £90. Bah!

Keep running won't you 😃 Go steady though! Have fun 😃

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No they are in Europe. But they cheer me on on the fitbit app! They both run but more then me.

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Thanks.

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What an achievement, I hope you are applying for your graduate badge. If I were you I would do some consolidation of your 5k running before getting to longer distances, especially as you want to look after those achilles tendons. There are 3 good podcasts for 5k+ called Stepping Stones, Speed and Stamina which you might find useful for consolidation, although it sounds like you're pretty speedy already.

Keep on running... :-)

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Congratulations Petalrunner..what an inspirational post.😊

Well done on completing the program and reaching the 5k mark too.🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏

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Well I didnt think much of it until I posted this and now Im feeling chuffed.

Praps because I never think of being 70. Its only a number! like those on the running programme!! I didnt think how far 5K was until Id done it.

Im off to Cyprus now to enjoy my early mornings again!

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You prove it is never too late.

While youngsters who have been running for some time may not see a marathon as a major challenge, as you age you realise it takes longer to get up to speed. If you take the marathon challenge, don't be persuaded to do it in just a few months. It takes a good year of regular running to build up stamina, body strength and running legs and heavy training can take all the fun out of running.

I always say go and run for fun in beautiful places.........that is what running is all about.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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Thank you I will. I talk to myself or any wildlife thats nearby and smile at the idiocy of it all. Met a bird of prey last week at too close for comfort, feasting on a rabbit. Im not sure who was more surprised! Perhaps the rabbit!

Im off to N. Cyprus for another type of beautiful place and will surely smile!

How do I get my medal for completing?

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Look for the pinned posts either at the bottom or side of the page and click on Graduation Badges for September 2017. Add your name and your badge will appear by your name shortly.😊

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Very , very well done!!! Have you finished the programme now???

Think , maybe, before anything with marathon in it...10 K.... and bob across to the Bridge to 10K forum.... there are a few of us slightly more seasoned runners there..:) I am a babe, at 68 :)

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I dont think Im up for a marathon. Too much pressure.

But Im very glad to have completed the programme. It wasnt too bad really. I like early mornings and once Im out I dont even mind if its raining. Hot shower and breakfast with a massage on my PowerPlate to look forward to!!

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You are doing amazing well done 😊 are so right good to have me time 😀

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Brilliant, well done you!

An inspiration to us youngsters ... I'm 60!

Good luck and happy running!

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I'm soon to be sixty and training for a marathon. The training is no walk in the park I tell ye 😤

I've been running for four years roundabout now-ish 😃

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