I really really cannot believe it...

I really really cannot believe it...

Well, well, well....

Aaaaaarrrrrgh!!! Aaaaarrrrgh!!! Aaaarrrgh!!!!

So...after dropping the kids off this morning I pulled back into the drive & sat in the car...it was absolutely chucking it down so my planned graduate run was going to have to be later when the rain had bated a bit (humph)....I do love running in the rain but there’s a limit!! And after my soaking by the canal a few runs ago I didn’t want it to be too hard..I didn’t want to go in the house either otherwise I’d have started a job & my run opportunity would’ve disappeared up the pipe of the vac...so, having bought a tagine yesterday I started searching for recipes online...after a few minutes the noise of the rain on the windscreen got lighter so I jumped out of the car, put the keys through the letter box & set off on my warm up walk, Mr Smooth sounded really promising today & assured me that I was going to achieve my goal...”yes I am Mr Smooth, you just watch!!”...

Time to run, those 5 mins fly by...

I lifted my head, put my shoulders back & set off...my usual rhythm at the end of my legs...feet kissing the pavement lightly..passed the greasy spoon, the smell of bacon & eggs disappearing up my nose...I could feel the people in there looking at me as if I were mad, running in the rain...up to MacDonalds...people sat in their cars waiting for their drive thru egg McMuffins....up to the car wash, nobody out this morning to give me a wave..those toxic 10 mins didn’t seem to be in my head this morning...I wasn’t thinking about my time, pace, distance...I was looking around me, at the trees turning, the beautiful colours of the leaves on the floor...I didn’t have to play the number plate game...or give people names as I jogged passed them...my legs just kept on going..on their own!! No prompting from me to keep going...

Back down the main road....the rain much heavier now, people in their cars glancing with a ‘really???’ look on the faces!!....just me & Mr Smooth...eventually, with 10 minutes to go I turned the corner towards the ford & over the bridge..through the car park of puddles & I entered the park where this whole journey began...as I ran down the path I thought of the early weeks when I could barely run for 60 secs but then, before I knew it I could run for 3 minutes, then 8 mins, then eventually, I conquered the dreaded 20 mins of week 5...Week 6 cemented that I was indeed a runner...admittedly it took quite a bit of persuasion from everyone but I was...Week 7 just flew by...& I started to squeeze the odd park run in here & there...week 8 I felt like a bit of a fraud because it didn’t seem to be getting any easier but yet I was so far into the programme & calling myself a runner....but Week 9, well, every run has been so much easier...

It’s a good job it was raining as Mr Smooth announced that time was up, tears ran down my face disguised as raindrops...I jumped up & punched the air..

I started my warm down walk & looked around the park thinking of all the Kms & stamina I’d built up over the last couple of months & how my life has changed right here....All the advice I’d been given...the trees I’d named, the dogs I’d named...the Oldfloss bush...this is where it all began.

So to all of you...who have been there for me when I’ve had my moments & there have been many, I want to say thankyou from the bottom of my heart...I couldn’t have done this without you all, the advice, encouragement, kicks up the butt, hugs, everything...I take it all with me, it’s part of my running kit...I’ll never forget it

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  • yyyeeeaaayyyy!!!!!! Congratulations MummyCav - you totally did it!

  • I flipping did!!!!! woo hoo!!!!!

  • I've been looking forward to this post :)

  • Really??!! It’s a bit long winded!! 🤔

  • That's just your inner critical voice talking - it's perfect, and a fitting end to a fantastic story. Only the beginning of your running career though. Before you know it we'll be reading about 10K's, half-marathons, marathons, iron (wo)men etc :-D

  • 🤔 who knows...the possibilities are endless!! 💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Thank you for your post. I'm new to this site and found it really moving - and congratulations on reaching your goal!

  • That’s absolutely brilliant! Well done girl!!!

  • thanks Debbie....sorry for the long post!!!!!

  • I am so looking forward to joining you on the podium- I start W7 in the next couple of days!

  • I really enjoyed week 7....You'll be on that podium with me before you know it!! ;-)))

  • Wwwwhhhhhooooo congratulations sending you the biggest virtual hug ever and will raise a cheeky little glass of fizz to you later🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  • Thank you Frostycat.....Hug well and truly received....When I've had my shower I am going to go & buy some fizz myself....Yipeeeeeee!!!!

  • Good for you !!!!!! We will raise a glass together later ❤️❤️

  • We will xx

  • There will be a few of us doing that then.. mine is in the fridge already!

  • I will join in that one my lovely running friends 🥂🥂

  • Come here, get a big hug and kiss, let me pin the medal on myself!!! Well done you!!

  • Awww...I’m so emotional!!! X

  • It's a pretty awesome feeling!!! Who knew we could do it? Not I ...

  • No way, I did not think it was humanly possible!!! I’m a bit envious of people just starting the programme...they’ve got a fantastic journey ahead x

  • Yay! Flippin' brilliant :-) you are truly amazing! Very proud of you, and your journey is inspirational. Don't forget about us lot though :P

  • Thank you Neil...inspirational isn’t a word I personally would associate with myself but I’ll take it today...today is a special day!!! 😉

  • And I won’t be going anywhere...like I said on a post the other day...I’m on here more than I’m in Sainsbury’s and that’s sayin summet!!!

  • Lol! Just imagining you speeding round Sainsbury's in your running gear, getting slightly puzzled looks :P

  • Ha ha!! Supermarket sweep!!

  • Great post - well done MummyCav

  • Thank you Scott...a bit long winded but couldn’t find a way of condensing it!!!!!! 😂😂

  • I loved it - tells the whole story, something which i imagine a lot of people forget, how far you have come! Well done!

  • Every time I look out of my window at the park I’m reminded of my journey

  • Brilliant. Well done. Time goes by so quickly after finishing the programme. I’ve done three park runs including graduation run and have missed running this week due to having horrible cough and cold. But I’m planning to get out there tonight and enjoy. Even better, three of my friends have been inspired by me doing this and have already completed up to week 2 run 2. Never thought of myself as the running type but oh so good for mental and physical health. Carry on loving it

  • Sounds like you’ve doing amazing...it’s a great feeling & a personal surprise!!! Loved it all!! Enjoy your run tonight

  • Amazing - well done!

  • Thank you

  • Fantastic! Well done to you. Keep on running 🏃🏽‍♀️🏅👍

  • There’s no stopping me!! 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Yay! Well done beautiful graduate! Such a lovely read, I felt I was right there with you on every step! Congratulations. And, thank you for all the support you have shown me through my first five weeks. You. Are. FABULOUS! 👏👏👏

  • Woo hoo!!! I felt everyone was there with me...it was a fabulous feeling..I’m still beaming!!! I will be all day!!! You’re doing brilliantly x

  • Well done, cav. I remember your early posts and how you were convinced that you couldn't - you have proved that cavcan. So proud of you.

  • Thanks sheps..I didn’t think it was possible but who am I to judge??!!! Cav definitely can!!

  • Yup, This CavCan. When I finally cracked the mental thing, it made me feel that I could do anything. So, go you. You can do anything now.

  • Running kit! Lovely - you did win, mummycav!!!

  • Whoop whoop whoop!! Fan'bleeping'tastic! Well done mam, what a journey you've made from the doubts to the shouts. Love the punching the air celebration, big cyber high fives and hugs.

    Oh and welcome to the land of the GRADUATES!!!

  • Hee hee...can’t quite believe it!! I’m so proud to stand up there with my running family!!

  • Hooray Mummycav109! I have been looking out for this post! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️Absolutely thrilled for you! Thank you for sharing your journey and its ups and downs with us! It has been great keeping company with you along the way. Celebrate today! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Thank you Mimirossi...it’s lovely that everyone is as pleased as me!!! Hope you’ve enjoyed my posts!! And thank you for sticking with me!!! 😘 x

  • Woohoo, well done!!

    Welcome to the Graduates club, grab your badge and take a bow.

    Now you can start planning the rest your running career. Take a few runs, just because you can, then the world of running is your oyster. So many great opportunities ahead for you to explore

    Keep us updated, post graduation

  • Thank you whatsapp...I won’t disappear...think I’m addicted to this forum as much as I’m addicted to running!!!

  • That's true. I wonder what the plan would be like without the forum, and whether I would have taken to running without it!

  • Whoop whoop😄😄😄....🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

    Huge Congratulations MummyCav a Graduation run to be proud of...in the rain, with automatic legs and the temptation of bacon buttys and egg Mcmuffins.

    Absolutely delighted for you Mrs. 💪✋👏👏👏👏👏👏Well done.

    Your badge is ready I'm sure. Step up and wear it with pride. Graduate.😊xxx

  • There’s the double whoop I was waiting for!!!! Thank you sooooo very much for all the encouragement and advice you’ve given me & for willing me on...wouldn’t have stuck at it without that...you’ve had a MASSIVE part in changing my life xxx

  • Ah, you were always going to make it Mummycav, you are made of strong stuff and an absolute Star 🌟

    I have loved following your journey and reading your funny and endearing posts and I'm sure you have helped many others through theirs....

    Keep on running and posting...

    Happy Dance now and enjoy your celebrations🍷🍰🌹🎈🎊🎊🎊🎊🎊xxx

  • Oh, I will JNR...I will be raising a glass to you for all your help x

  • Mummycav, what a joy this has been, to have followed each other through this amazing journey, your brilliant detailed, funny heart warming posts have made it such a joy. Very very very well done for graduating and thank you for sharing this with us. I hope you are going to stick around for a long time. XxX

  • Awh thanks Martin...thankyou for all the support & encouragement you’ve given me too...I will be on here like a tramp on chips 😉

  • Good to hear that mate.

  • Well done! I first noticed your post a two or three weeks ago when you said you were struggling on the same runs as me, and now you have left me way behind. Brilliant - and some nice writing too. I am just about to start Week 9 - had to go to England recently for a funeral, without trainers, so you have raced away to the finish. Keep on inspiring others...

  • Thanks Duddles...not the best reason for coming over here, if you’d have been near me though you could’ve borrowed a pair of mine!!! Lol...you’ll enjoy week 9, I know I have 😉 happy running

  • I had no idea you had Size 12 feet!

  • What an amazing, inspirational post (thank you so much) and many congratulations on a fantastic achievement 🎉🍾👍🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Thank you so much...I’ll be looking out for you & your journey...happy running

  • Hip Hip Hooray! Great job, very well done Mummycav! It's been fab reading your posts, spurring me on, a couple of weeks behind you. Make sure Sainsbury's doesn't swallow you up again! 😂

    Enjoy your new running life, go girl!

    👏👏👏🏆🏆🏆

  • Brilliantissimo. :) With bells on.

    What a lovely happy feel-good graduation post. And no one can ever take this away from you.

  • It will stay with me forever

  • Yay!!!!! Congratulations. What a great post. You are an inspiration x

  • Awh, Glossy, what a lovely thing to say...I just hope that some of my posts have made a difference to at least one person x

  • Absolutely!!

  • Yessssss! Fan-blimin-tastic Mummycav109!!! So happy for you, enjoy that tagine with a glass or two of something! Nice one runner 😀

  • Thanks Charlotte...I’m over the moon!! It’s a great feeling!! 💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Congratulations you did it ! Well done on what sounds like a great graduation run

  • It truly was! I kind of knew where I’d be when Mr Smooth told time was up so I had the happiest of grins and cheeks with tears!!

  • Literally can't like this enough! What a super start to the weekend - nay, to the rest of your running life. Well done, you have thoroughly deserved this, not just for the running but for your inspirational posts and support for other people.

    xx 👏🏽👏🏽🏆🏃‍♀️

  • Mummycav109 your post above is brilliant, that along with the fact that you have graduated is amazing. You posts have helped me along in the 8 weeks I've been doing this, very inspirational.

    Well done, don't forget you Graduation badge!

  • Congratulations...its people like you who inspire people like me 😊 xx

  • ❤️❤️❤️❤️ keep at it Claire...I’m living proof it can be done!!

  • Woo hoooooooo!

    Get you up on the podium!

    Congratulations and fizz is indeed the drink of the evening!

    And whilst drinking that fizz, sit down and go back and read your posts from day 1.

    Then you REALLY get to see how far you have come.

    Congrats again !

  • Congratulations graduate 🏅🎓🏃🏻‍♀️

  • Thanks Jacs 😊

  • Whoopee!!!!! Well done!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉😜😜😜🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Congratulations you have done it, we'll done 😁😁😁

  • So thrilled for you - take a bow! You've been an inspiration to many of us 😊 Carry on enjoying your running journey!

  • Wow well done, it is hearing about your running journey that makes me feel even more motivated to get to the end , congratulations

  • Fantastic...if you keep at it, you will succeed...persistence pays 💪🏻

  • Yay! Congratulations and very well done. Be proud. 👍🍾🍾🍾🍾

  • Thank you Mitzie 🏃🏼‍♀️

  • ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTED FOR YOU! ☺☺☺☺☺☺

  • Thanks Irish-John...this feeling is going to take some beating!!! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

  • 10K is not bad:) But this first stopping point on the running journey is so, so precious!

  • Really well done. You are now a graduate and 10k is just around the corner👍 👏🙃

  • I hope to do 10k one day...thanks Helen

  • Oh well done, and well deserved Mummycav109 - you are a runner!! I'll bet you are still on that runners high!

  • I am!!! Especially when I read all these lovely responses from my running family...I feel truly blessed 😊 thank you

  • Super job Mummycav109 ! Well done!!

  • P.S. Where's your badge?? Go get it!

  • I’m not sure how!!!

  • Go onto your newsfeed, scroll down to September Graduation Badges - just message to say you have graduated :)

  • Thank you Jeani 😉

  • Blooming brilliant - we all knew you would do it and in style... congratulations graduate.

    Dont forget your badge

    healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

  • Thank you JCR...and thankyou for the MASSIVE part you’ve played in changing my life!! X

  • Not at all loads of people helped me - this is running karma, you've helped others too. It makes us a better community when we all help each other.

    But you've made me smile, laugh, cry, groan and scream (but just that one time - honest!)

    Such a well deserved medal and I do think your mum would be smiling and cheering

  • I heard that scream in Yorkshire!!! My Mum would be thanking you as well as me xx

  • Okay... this has reduced me to tears ...of joy! :)

    What a journey... what a post, what a Graduation run, and what a RUNNER!!!!

    What an absolutely incredible path you have run so far... it has been inspirational...You have taken advice on board, discovered so much about running, so much about yourself, and yet always, always found time to support and encourage other forum family members.

    I have watched your progress over the weeks, sometimes laughing with you, sometimes despairing with you and sometimes crying with you... and it has been a privilege to be a part of your journey.. so far.

    Well done GRADUATE.... bask in the well deserved glory, as you wear that badge with pride...the bubbly is chilled, my party frock is ready and we shall all be there helping you celebrate :)

    I am sending you a massive squdge! Well done !

    Floss x

    PS

    It goes on... and guess what.. we are still here with you :) x

  • Awh...what you’ve said means so much to me...I couldn’t have done this without all my running family beside me...certain ones who have been there right from the start but you, you are top of that list...you have encouraged, supported & advised me every step of the way, there isn’t a post you have commented on...there’s a different person living in my house now...still a devoted Wife & Mummy but a fitter, healthier & stronger one...both physically & emotionally...my Mum would thank you too if she could...I will be eternally grateful for the part you’ve played in changing my life xxxxx xxxxx I will raise my glass to you tonight Oldfloss...you should be recognised as a national treasure xxxx

  • P.s...I’m filling up again!!! 😩 xxx

  • Well done Mummycav! Brilliant!

    I've followed your journey and now you've done it!

    Keep smiling, keep posting and keep running. Good luck with your future runs Graduate!

  • Thank you Wizziewood...your presence has been felt x

  • Whoop! whoop! fantastic job. Well done you.

    Congratulations :)

  • Thankyou Linda x

  • Ah I am so pleased for you well done. Congratulations. Hope to join you soon. Ehugs on their way xx

  • Thank you so much...won’t be long for you xx

  • Oh, I've been waiting to see this post appear!! Many, many congratulations to you. I am now sending you virtual love and hugs in recognition of your fantastic achievement!!

    Well done and thank you for your words of inspiration over the last few months.

    Now go grab that graduate badge as you've more than earned it 🌟🏆🥇🥂

  • Yupii! Congratulations! Your run sounds like with touch of running gods. You are one amazing runner!

  • I'm waving pom-poms from my holidays! Raising a glass of Madeira's wine!

  • Ha ha...there has definitely been miracles happening!! I told you I like pom poms!!! I can see them!! And I will join you in a virtual glass of Madeira’s wine....clink 😉 xx

  • Imagine better show than cheerleaders during NBA, as I have pom-poms and glass of wine at the same time! Screaming with admiration louder than Biber's fans. Today is YOIR day!!!

  • Yeeeehaaaaa!!!

  • Fantastic. Congratulations 🎉👍🙌🏻 So pleased for you. Must be an amazing feeling. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  • It is...I feel overwhelmed too at all these lovely messages 😊

  • Awesome, well done on graduating :)!!!

  • Congratulations well done!!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🎉🎉🎉🎉🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ happy running!!

  • Woohoo!!! Congratulations!!! 😁👩‍🎓🏃‍♀️🏅🎉

  • Wow wow wow fantastic -- so happy for you - it brought tears to my eyes reading it as know how much this means to you .... sounds like a great graduation run .

    Treats tonight for such a mega achievement my friend . 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉 🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂🥂

  • Well done you. And a lovely post. I'm raising a glass in your honour.

    This is just the beginning... enjoy.

    Happy running. 🤓

  • What a lovely read, felt like we were there with you every step of there way! Your lovely personality over flows into your writing and it's just a joy to read! Very many congratulations you runner you! You've just done a super amazing thing. Well done!! xx :) :) :)

  • Aw, thank you Fishy...you’re very kind....everyone’s very kind..so kind it’s overwhelming

  • You deserve a jolly good weekend. Well done. xx

  • Thank you Downtwo...can’t wait to crack open the fizz!!! 🥂🍾

  • Congratulation . . So happy for you that you made it :-) . . But pleeease don't leave this forum, I have gained so much from your wonderful posts, I am sure I speak for many xx

  • You gone and did it. Congratulations.

  • I did...unbelievably!!! If I can do it anyone can!!! Week 9 just happened!!

  • Well done Mummycav, that's amazing news!! I'm so happy for you!

  • Thank you Minnow...I’m dead chuffed!!! 😉🏃🏼‍♀️

  • It has been so entertaining, nerve wracking and rewarding following your journey. Watching those doubts ebb, disappear and now become a dim distant memory is why I am here on this forum, witnessing another life change, literally for good.

    Well done Mummycav. Life won't be quite the same ever again..........for any of us.

    Keep running, keep smiling.

  • Thank you IannodaTruffe...you are also partly responsible for this life changing event...your wise words..no nonsense explanations...& inspirational posts have been firmly cemented in my brain...you have touched so many peoples lives... & I, for one, will be eternally grateful to you...I’ve read back on my posts & it certainly has been a bumpy journey but I think W5R3 was the one that changed me...weeks 8&9 confirmed that I was a runner, albeit a very new one....it will be something I will do as long as my legs will carry me!! 😉

  • Congratulations 🎊 you amazing woman you!! My W4 R1 today, you give me inspiration that this WILL be me!! xx

  • Thankyou Sadie...it definitely will be you in time 😉

  • Wow what a great post and a fantastic achievement. You are such an inspiration and a winner 🏆🏅🏃🎶

  • Thank you Carolyn...I never thought I could be an inspiration to anyone...that’s such a lovely thing to say my fellow running, cornet playing friend 😉

  • Boom! 👏💪👍 Congratulations!

  • Thank you Lottie 😉

  • Great post, and bloody good for you! I hope I will be like you soon, what an inspiration you truly are xxx

  • Awww, that’s such a nice thing to say..you will get there, nice & steady...inspiration, that words been used a lot today...thank you

  • Well done Cav! Congratulations 👍🏃‍♀️✔️🍾

  • Thank you misswobble...👍🏻🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Well done on a fantastic run.....and on climbing up to the top of the Graduate podium. Great running.

  • Thankyou...my legs seemed to be on autopilot!!! There was no stopping them!!! I think I can see everyone from up here!!!!

  • Well done so proud of you - you have achieved all you've been working towards 😀🏆🍸🍷🍺🏆

  • Thankyou..you have seen it all unfolding, thankyou for all your encouragement x

  • Whoop whoop! So pleased for you, huge congratulations! Xxx

  • Thankyou...it’s a great feeling...one to be cherished

  • Oh yes you little beauty... well done graduate you have done it through thick and thin you have finally got there... am so pleased for you mate onwards and upwards forever now 🏅🏃

  • Thank you my friend Tricky x

  • Lovely post. I could visualise it all as I read, and in some ways relive it with you!

    Seriously, congratulations. I expect your face muscles will be aching with all the grinning. I know mine were!

  • Congratulations!!! It's such an emotional run isn't it? Really, really well done. I'm so happy to read this tonight.

  • How did I miss this?? Huge congratulations!!! You worked so hard for this and its so well deserved!! Cheers to you Mummycav 🍷 !!

  • Wow what an absolute beautiful post, congratulations on graduating and sharing all your advise and moments on here. You should open a blog; I mean your writing skills are something else! I had a white wine spritzer for you yesterday so cheers and be proud of how amazing you really are xxx

  • What a beautiful post and a glorious graduation run! Congratulations! 🎉

  • Wow! Well done you, I wonder if I will ever manage it.

    Your post was so descriptive, I could smell the bacon and eggs and feel the rain attacking your face but I never felt tired legs or aching muscles, just determination. You deserve your success for sticking with the programme.

    I do have one question though?

    If you put your keys through the letterbox, how did you get back indoors when you were done?😂😂😂😂😂

  • Lol...just the car keys!!!!! 😂

  • Congratulations 👏🙌👊

  • Fantastic well done

  • Thanks salvage 😉

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! X

  • Thanks Nobbywatts x

  • Great stuff! Enjoy your time on the podium

  • Thank you...I’m staying here until I get pushed off by all the next set of graduates!!! 😉

  • Congratulations!! 2 more weeks for me.

  • Woo hoo!!! Enjoy them...week 9 is an absolute joy!!

  • WOOHOO! I have been looking forward to reading this! CONGRATULATIONS MC on gaining your very well-earned place on the podium - and on a truly fabulous and engaging post.

    Enjoy the buzz today and be proud of your fabulous achievement - and no more doubts, you are truly a confirmed runner!

    I will definitely raise a glass in your honour this evening (any excuse, hey?!). And please don't even think of leaving us now you've gone on and graduated. You are a huge inspiration to newbies and to those of us who are still working through the programme, and have so much to offer.

    Sending you a whopping great big virtual hug. xx

  • Thank you so much Helena...it’s been an absolute pleasure watching everyone’s journeys & I will def continue, I want to see how everyone’s doing, after all, we’re a family right??? Your reply made me have a little cry!! I still have the feeling of accomplishment & no doubt that will last all weekend....thankyou for my great big virtual hug, it’s been well & truly accepted...I don’t know how you’ve found the time with your busy life!!! Keep running...as and when you can...I’ll be watching & running along right at your side xxxx

  • Aw, thank you, I know you will...

    I hope that your feeling of accomplishment will last far beyond the weekend! When I started out on this it was a sort of holiday pastime, but I am sure that it will end up as a lifelong change (current obstacles aside) as it has been such a revelation to me that I actually love to run - and I know that it is the same for you. In your earliest posts I don't think you really believed you'd be standing proud today, but look where you are! And there will be plenty more achievements, and adventures along the way. :)

  • I know, when I read them i realise I’ve forgotten what a journey it’s been!! But it’s all worth it & hopefully, when people have been struggling and wondering if they should keep going, they might look at some of my posts & know that whatever they’re feeling, I’ve been there too..but if you dig deep & carry on, you can get there..its in all of us, we just need to find it!!

  • Well Done!!!

  • Thank you 😊

  • 👍🏃🏼‍♀️🐶🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Yey!!! X

  • So pleased. Huge congratulations. 🏅🏅🏅Your post made me quite tearful - in the best way. You've always been there and encouraged me on the way, and you really are an inspiration (- along with a few others - they know who they are, I hope!). I'm about to start week 9, and still don't quite believe that I'm this far! Xx

  • Wow...that’s such a lovely thing to say, I’ve been really touched by everyone’s comments!!! You will love Week 9, everything has fallen into place & it just confirms the fact that you can run for 30 mins, you really can & any doubts about it have disappeared...have a lovely last week xx

  • Fantastic! Well done x

  • Thank you...great feeling isn’t it?!

  • I love it, totally addicted to running - I've got a 10k race tomorrow 😳

  • Congratulations Graduate

  • Thank you 😉

  • Well done xx

  • Thank you 😉

  • Well done this is AMAZING. I bet ur on cloud nine. 👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • I am!! 🏃🏼‍♀️😉

  • Well done, the other day you said you aspired to be like your mum - well I think you are well on the way (and probably already there) - you've obviously been an inspiration to lots of us. Well done! Feels good to have the Graduate badge doesn't it?

  • Aw, thanks AJ...I’d like to think people have read some of my posts and they’ve made them feel better or spurred them on...I LOVE having the graduation badge!!! ❤️

  • Well this was the post I've so been waiting for and looking forward to seeing after all the tears,fears and worries over w5r5 but when you beat that one it was only time before it came and I've never had to get my stick out again.

    A massive hug from me and very well done (sorry I'm a bit late but have been a bit manic)

  • I’ve been waiting for this reply too!!!!....I was getting a bit worried rolysmate? It was the threat of the stick that did it I’m sure???!!!! Hug gratefully received....you’ve played a big part in my journey too, thank you 😘

  • Loved your post! Felt I was running with you 😂! Huge congratulations! Amazing what a change Couch25K makes in our lives! Keep running 👍

  • Thanks GrannyO...glad you were entertained!! 😉

  • A truly heart warming post !

    Congratulations! Well done !

    A great achievement 🤗

  • Thank you Sarah...looks like you’re doing well too...keep at it! 😃

  • Plodding on 😅

  • Well done! I've got to get my trainers back on tomorrow! You are an inspiration 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

  • Wow I am a bit teary reading this so many recognisable comments. A million congratulations !!!

  • Awww..thank you...I’ve been a bit teary with all the lovely replies I’ve had!! 😊

  • Well done! Great achievement.

  • What a wonderful post!! Many, many congratulations, your graduate badge is so well deserved 😀🎉👍

    All the amazing replies to you show just how fabulous this forum and the C25k programme are.....truly life changing for so many 😊

  • Thank you so much...I’ve been completely overwhelmed at the replies I have, so many lovely people on here!! And yes, so many changes lives...enjoy your running journey & keep us all posted xxx

  • I'm sat in my car reading this with tears in my eyes. Well done - so much of what you say resonates - but as I approach week three I'm going to store your story away in my mind for the moments when I think can't do it xxx

  • Awww, that’s a lovely thing to say...You’ll be fine at Week 3, just remember slow & slower still...the secret is to find a ‘sustainable pace’ a pace you’re comfortable staying at...keep posting, I’ll be following your progress with interest xx

  • Congratulations! Loved reading this post, it's as if you got into my head! I am doing my graduate run on Wednesday and cannot stop thinking how far I have come on this journey. What a brilliant programme this is. Did W9R2 yesterday and for the first time felt so full of confidence that it never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to do it and not only that but enjoy it so it much.

    My hubby says I have completely amazed him, which after 35 years of marriage, is no mean feat!

    Anyway,again many many congrats :-)

  • Yey...you will enjoy enjoy R3...it’s like the happy ending of a book!!! I think I smiled most of the way round!! My Hubby is amazed at me too...& very proud 😊...I can’t believe that I dare run on a main road for everyone to see either (!)...that was a big step in itself!!! I’ve read back at my posts & have had a real journey, some runs have been good & some not so bad but the ultimate goal has been achieved...and I love it 😊

    Running is good for the soul....I look forward to reading about your run on Wed, enjoy it....xxx

  • I was the same with the main roads. Did all my early runs on a sheltered lonely road! Now am out and about more, it's much more pleasurable. Feel like a proper runner!!!

  • How wonderful GLS50 - I am sure your husband is very proud of you. Best of luck with your graduation run and enjoy 😀

  • Thank you I will. Feel very excited!!

  • I have been away and only just seen that you have done it. Well done that is brilliant, you inspire me to get there as well!! I am on Week 7 Run 3 tomorrow but whilst being on holiday in Spain I ran in the lovely early morning sun and without knowing it did a 30 minutes! I punched the air and yelped much to the amusement of a couple of elder Spanish ladies! Congratulations again you star xx

  • Brilliant Virginia...that’s amazing, I went toLanzarote early on in the programme (when I was stuck on Week 3 & before I’d found this forum!) & thesetting was beautiful for running but I didn’t take my trainers at that time as I was so inexperienced but next time I go away my trainers will be the first thing I pack!! I’m so envious of you for running on holiday!! I can just see the looks on the Spanish ladies faces!!! You’ll be ok from here on in..I enjoyed weeks 8&9...😉...and thank you

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