WK 9 : RUN 3 - GRADUATION & FIRST PARK RUN - D... - Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

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I was up at 6,ready to leave the house y 7.25 and met my friend and work colleague at 8,then up to the park.

This was a massive experience for me and very much outside my comfort. I can talk for Wales, where I live, πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚but crowds can be a bit nerve racking, but it was fine, the people there were lovely and friendly and made me feel welcome.

I've been suffering with a slight water works problem the last couple of days and really thought I'd have jump in the lake, lol. But my friend ran alongside me, which added 10+ minutes to her usual pace, but she cheered me along, alongside another runner who trails behind the trailers. But I finished it, I didn't stop and I got to the finishing line, very red faced and tired.

I did it in 47+ minutes unfortunately, but my problem distracted me quite a bit as I was dying for the loo from the start. But hey ho, I did it and very chuffed that I did. Can't believe how far I've come and can't believe the kindness from those if you who gave supported me and commented so lovely on my posts. Thank you my friends, one day I would love to meet you all. 😘

Where do I go from here now, haha?

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You grin, enjoy the bling and then do another Park run maybe?

MarkyD profile image

Where do I go from here,

Is it down to the lake I fear?

Showing my age a bit with that lyric, sorry.

Well Beth, what can I say? What a lovely shade of orange, and colour-coordinated with your friend, too. Great planning.

So, so, so pleased for you and your graduation. Many congratulations. And looking forward to hearing about your next exploits.


Jancanrun profile image
Jancanrun in reply to MarkyD

Haircut 100 - got to add it to my playlist now...

Mummycav profile image
MummycavModerator in reply to MarkyD

One of my fav songs!!! Lol

damienair profile image

Congratulations on your graduation and also on your first Parkrun. Both are great achievements. Now you have an official PB time to try and improve upon.

Omg you only went and did it, you are the bestest, well done you am so glad you made it and graduated too πŸ…πŸƒx

Irish-John profile image

Congratulations Graduate! :)

KoKo30 profile image

Congratulations! So pleased for you, well done. I have loved your posts and your story, keep posting please!

Polly2810 profile image

Congratulations...you are one of the many on here that are giving me the inspiration to jerk going!!! Really well done!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Polly2810Graduate in reply to Polly2810

Oops keep!!! 🀣🀣🀣

Bluebirdrunner profile image
BluebirdrunnerGraduate in reply to Polly2810

Polly you can correct your post by clicking on the little down arrow and editing your reply...πŸ˜‰..

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Polly2810Graduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

If I could see one then I might!! It's a favourite hobby of mine posting wrong words I'm afraid!! 🀣

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BluebirdrunnerGraduate in reply to Polly2810

Its in a little box next to the like button..πŸ˜„but I agree I exect people to know what I mean if slop upπŸ˜†...x

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Polly2810Graduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Nope not got anything other than reply by my like button 😊 πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

MarkyD profile image
MarkyDGraduate in reply to Polly2810

I like to carrot my smelling pistakes.

You get yourself right up on that podium my girl and take some applause πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Well done and Congratulations Quirkybee. Great run too...5k😎 and you needed a pee!πŸ˜‰

Look forward to hearing about your next run wearing your shiny new badge..x

PaulaHud46 profile image

Fabulous! Hope your problem clears up soon. Enjoy your moment πŸ™Œ

Mummycav profile image

You are amazing Beth...that's all...anyone who is just starting out should read your inspirational posts right from the beginning....your journey has been fabulous....I'm in awe of you & I'd love to meet you....one day....absolutely well done, from the bottom of my heart xxx

rolysmate profile image

To be honest I think that's a cracking way to do your graduation run and your time considering wasn't bad and to be fair doesn't bloody matter

Well done graduate runner

Sandraj39 profile image

Brilliant! Well done!☺☺

Madge50 profile image

Excellent! Well done you, what a star.......where do you go from here? .........well there's parkrun every week .......there all the time ready and waiting for you.......the rest is up to you.....πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘

#loveparkrun ❀️😎


Go you, well done on both. It's nice problem to have in what time do next. The running world is your oyster:)!!!

Oldfloss profile image


You did amazingly... and it was tricky for you... with your 'wee' problem.. och aye!

You have had a journey and a half and I have been entertained, and inspired by your posts, every one: You have shown folk the way to make this journey , with eagerness, excitement, and a confidence, in the way C25K takes us forward and always with that happy smiling face:)

Well done you... you have done it and had terrific fun, including the Park RUN.... an excellent time too.

Where do you go from here???? The choices are endless.... bask in the glory of the Graduation ... then maybe, like a few of us.. run, just because you can... I called them, my runs for pure joy..:)

Then lots of consolidation of the 30 minute runs,,short, longer, see where you get to, runs...then maybe.. after a couple of weeks or so... move onto the C25K+ podcasts.. they are structured and different, and really support the different disciplines of our running!! They are fun though.... and then.. well.. there is a whole other forum on Bridge to 10K , if , in time, you feel that is where your running legs want to take you... many of us that you know are already over there... :)

But. take your time... you know my watch-words.. let it evolve and as you have been doing all the way through this journey.... ENJOY!

Go get that badge... GRADUATE!!!!


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MummycavModerator in reply to Oldfloss


Cliff_H profile image

Awesome, well done. I graduated on my park run when I completed the programme, feels great doesn't it.

JennyChan profile image

Well done! Brilliant achievement x

Martin_Rose profile image

WOW, absolutely amazing Beth, graduating and a park run, you should be so proud of yourself, keep running and keep posting. XxX πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ…πŸ…πŸ…

davelinks profile image

Very well done! It's great at PR, I was there yesterday..😊

Millsie-J profile image

Brilliant run graduate! Congratulations πŸŽ“πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ­οΈπŸΎπŸ…

Lavender1962 profile image

Congratulations! A great 2 in 1 day. πŸŽ‰πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

SueKen profile image

Very well done graduate! And nothing "unfortunate" about 47 mins, a very respectable first time, and something you can now look to work on. Congratulations on finishing C25k and your first Parkrun PB 😊

WOW!! Amazing work girl! I am so chuffed for you for not only completing the course but making it a park run!!! I hope you went out a big slice of cake afterwards to celebrate!!

Very well done and I guess you'll be moving on to the 10k's now!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€πŸ‘Œx

Brilliant, well done you! I knew you could do it.

Good luck with your future runs.

Gwibiwyr51 profile image

Excellent achievements, 2 in 1. Da iawn Chdi ( well done you ).

Well done. parkruns are fab xx I graduated today too xxx enjkybthebrestbof your journey xx

Just realised it says 7 months ago . Not sure why they come up at the top of my feed but hope you are still enjoying your running journey xx

That's brilliant, congratulations on your fantastic achievements. Enjoy your place on the podium and celebrate in style πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ†

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