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GRADUATION RUN ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“

GRADUATION RUN ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“

So happy, never in a million years did I think I would be writing this post , never mind actually getting off the couch to complete C25K but I did and I have! Never once faltered or even wanted too. I have run in the rain, wind, through a field, had a dog chasing me, and I even took the trainers with me on holiday to complete 3 runs in early sunrise and heat. This is one of the hardest tasks I have ever done, no idea I had such dedication or motivation. A massive thank you to everyone in this group without your constant encouragement and words of wisdom I know I would not be writing this. To all the newbies just starting - listen to the mentors - follow the instructions, have rest days, and most of all ENJOY and have FUN as very soon it will be you GRADUATING.

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Wow, that is just fantastic, and your photograph says it all. I love the tee shirt and the grin on your face. You will be wearing it all day I expect (the grin that is, not the tee shirt).

This may be the end of the programme but it is just the start of your post graduate running time.

Happy running and congratulations. I hope you have cake or bubbles or something lovely to celebrate with. ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ

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thank you so much, I bought the tee shirt especially for the Graduation run (how sad is that) I am still grinning cant quite believe it . :)

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Brilliant! Very many congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ aw hole world of running awaits๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

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Thank you - today was my best run think I am going to continue with Week 9 for a while to improve my distance and just enjoy :)

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Well done !!!

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Thank you :)

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Well done you, the smile says it all

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Thank you still cant stop smiling :)

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Well done! That smile says it all ๐Ÿ˜† enjoy the feeling. I hope I can post something similar in a couple of weeks (still on week 8 so a few more runs to go). Don't forget your badge! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅ‡

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Thank you so much Beatlesforever I think this feeling will last a lifetime I am still smiling :)

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Congratulations!

Now to continue running three times a week to make the habit totally part of your life. The world is your running track.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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thank you so much :) I will keep running all ready planning my next run :)

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Brilliantly done heartless, what a fab graduation pic. Enjoy the bling and the podium.

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Thank you so much :)

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Yayyyyy excellent stuff well done on graduating your amazing ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŽฝx

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thank you so much :)

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Whoop whoop๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

You gotta have some whoops๐Ÿ˜„..

Congratulations Heartlesstroll โœ‹๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘..Well done on Graduating.๐Ÿ˜Žx

Happy running...

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thank you Jan-now-runs I am still smiling and plotting my next run :)

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Well done!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ“๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ†

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thank you so much :)

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Well done you - congratulations on making this milestone, and good luck with whatever future milestones you choose to aim for.

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thank you so much :) my next milestone is to improve my distance I am only up to 4.4 km :)

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That badge really suits you!!!

Bask in the glory and HUGE congratulations... enjoy the party, take time to relax... and then....

Guess what! It goes on... and we will be right there beside you! Yeay!!!

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Thank you oldfloss you are all so inspiring and encouraging :)

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Brilliant photo (and tshirt!) and huge congratulations to you! I think so many of us have been taken by surprise at the journey this little programme has taken us on...it really doesn't end here, it is only just beginning! Happy runnning!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

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thank you so much :) I am still smiling and looking forward to running tomorrow :)

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Well done you! Keep up the good work!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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thank you so much :) I certainly will :)

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Congratulations! It's such a good feeling, isn't it?! Now you know you have the ability, dedication & perseverance to carry on running through all weather, all seasons and all that life throws at you! Happy running.....

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I love it thank you all so much - this forum is so encouraging and inspiring :)

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Excellent! Well done and congratulations!!

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thank you so much :)

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Oh what a lovely post! I felt so like that when I graduated in July. So well deserved - and, yes, that feeling of being part of s group effort... priceless. All power to you/us

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thank you so much :) I am still smiling

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Amazing well done!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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thank you so much :)

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Whoop whoop...YOU ARE AMAZING!!! You have spurred me on when I've been flagging & your inspirational posts have kept me going....am absolutely made up for you!!!! Special special lady!!!! Congratulations xxx

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Thank you I am still on a great high and still smiling - just thinking about the next run tomorrow - very soon this will be you, you are doing so well and so very nearly there - :) keep the posts up I love reading your posts - its pretty addictive isn't it, :)

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It certainly is!!! X

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Congratulations. You look so happy! What a great pic! Wishing you many happy running days to come! ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Thank you I am so happy and I am still smiling :)

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Congratumalations ๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ…๐ŸŽ–

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Thank you so much :)

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Cannot wait to get there myself! You are an inspiration along with all the runners on here. I cannot believe the happiness and wellbeing getting off my .... has given me. Reading and following what others are doing is really interesting, actually hearing that all are doing this for the same reason and enjoying it.

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Thank you - this group is my inspiration without all the encouragement and support I think I may have given up - especially at Week 1 - never thought I would move on to week 2 - but the program is set at a level which is achievable and knows we are capable of completing - it is addictive I run every other day and the days rest is thinking about running - pretty sad really seeing as I hated running or being out of breath :)

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Fantastic! Well done to you ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘

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Thank you so much :)

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Fantastic picture! Absolute triumph and celebration. If you're anything like me when I graduated you'll find it hard to get rid of that grin, so be prepared for aching face muscles the next day, LOL!

On second thoughts - if you can manage a long run you can certainly manage a long grinning session. Have a great day!

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Thank you so much - I am still on a terrific high - sat here planning a route for tomorrow my next aim is to complete 5k I am only up to 4.4 at the minute :)

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Yes I think that was about my distance at graduation. Next run I did was go straight to 5k. Out and back to a small village across the fields, 2.5 km each way. I completed it in 38 mins, then two days later round a reservoir I did 5 k in just over 36. Parkrun debut on the Saturday was 37:36.

Once you've done the 30 minutes, another 5-10 on top of that is no biggie.

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Thank you I will try my best - I dont think I am anywhere close to 5k yet - cant decide whether to continue repeating week 9 or start at week 1 and when it says walk i will jog and when it tells me to jog I could run faster ? any thoughts please ?

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I would say that as long as you're not exhausted at the end of 30 minutes, then go for it. Only stop if you are starting to feel out of breath by that time. But the course teaches you to find your own pace, that you can sustain for long periods without collapsing in a heap.

In one of my week 8 runs, I seriously underestimated the length of the course I'd plotted, and by the end of 28 mins I was nowhere near back to where I'd parked the car. As I had to go and pick up my daughter from a friend's at a specified time, I just cut the time by running through the 5 minute cool down walk, making it a 33 minute run. Absolutely no problem at all. And of course it left me realising that Week 9 was going to be a doddle.

Now you said in the OP that you never once faltered or wanted to. So I reckon you could do it. Only time to take a rein-check is if you feel you're gasping for breath, or any major discomfort.

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Great pic which says it all - congratulations. I have just completed Wk1 ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Thank you - Well done Surreyjelbel completing week 1 - I found week 1 the hardest of them all, my body went into shock at exercising - I was so out of breath someone actually stopped to ask if I needed any help - but I persevered and the runs became easier - stick with it - you will do it- the program is so clever and built at such a level your body is able to cope with the next week - word of warning it will become addictive :)

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Brilliant. Well done. And so well put too! :)

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Thank you so much :)

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Yay well done!

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Thank you so much :)

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Congratulations! ๐ŸŽ‰

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thank you so much :)

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Fantastic work! A true voyage of determination and self discovery, big congrats and a cyber high five from me fellow runner!

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Thank you :)

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That photo and your joyful attitude have made my day :) Many Congratulations Graduate!!! :)

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Thank you I am still smiling today :)

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Well done! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…

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Thank you :)

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That's what I've been doing since I graduated two weeks ago - I am building up my stamina and hoping to do a park run soon - welcome to the world of running! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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thank you I am a little nervous about going it alone I like listening to instructions from Jo :)

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I love Jo too! So I keep listening to her - for a few more runs until I feel comfortable rather than stretched ๐Ÿ‘

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Wow ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰well done - fantastic post full of heart . I'm smiling reading it and looking at your picture . Happy safe running . I can't wait to get there too 7 more runs for me eeekkkk

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Thank you, you will get there very soon the last few runs seemed to go by very quickly- 7 more runs and you will be posting your graduation run too - keep going you can and will do this :) looking forward to seeing your post very soon :)

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Just marvellous! Well done x

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Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

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