I'M A GRADUATE πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“

I'M A GRADUATE πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“

I've only gone and done it βœ…... and I'm shouting it from the rooftops so I hope you can all hear me!!!

Woke at 7:15 this morning, donned the gear, found the app, plugged in the music, drank a glass of water and off I went!!

Beautiful morning to do a graduation run and the sunrise seemed to be there just for me πŸŒ…

Run was as perfect as a run could get. Pace. Breathing. Music. Scenery. Weather.

I don't know what the secret of the C25K is but if I did I bottle it a make a fortune. For anyone starting, in the middle of or nearly at the end of this program, keep going. I know it sounds silly but just keep at it. Slow and steady are 3 words that I will take with me wherever I go and I swear by them!!

Don't get me wrong this running malarkey is hard, it can make you doubt yourself, the gremlins are always ready to say 'I told you so', doubters will always doubt, (usually from the comfort of their own sofa as they're too scared to try it themselves) but with determination, strength and sheer bloody mindedness you can and will achieve.

Running has given me something that I didn't think I would find-an inner peace and calm that makes me feel incredible.

Exactly 9 weeks ago I started this journey feeling a little lost and not sure which direction my life would take next but it seems that I've found the path that I need to tread. Or should that be run?! Today's 5km run was 8 secs faster than Thursdays so I think I'm heading in the right direction!!

A thousand thank yous and a thousand more to each and every one of you, my family. Without you I never would have gotten this far or loved it as much 😊

Sending much running love ❀️ loads of encouragement and oodles of inspiration to you all 😘...... I'm off in search of some more rooftops to shout from-

"I'M A GRADUATE πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŽ“!!"

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  • Yay, well done, not too far behind you myself. Agree with you totally about the C25K. It's a game changer.

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations graduate, you are a runner and fantastic πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ what a fabulous post and such an inspiration. Love the photos, missed the sunrise this morning but I can imagine you running with that gorgeous sky. Enjoy the elation and celebrate in style πŸ†πŸ₯‡

  • Thank you 😊

  • Yippee. Well done you. Sounds like a gorgeous run you had. Bask in the graduation glow for the rest of the day. πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ˜€

  • Thank you. I'm basking in the afterglow!!

  • Congratulations....You're a GRADUATE!!! Well done....

  • Thank you 😊

  • What a wonderful post, WELL DONE and I am following you down the road.

  • Thank you 😊Keep following....

  • Yes I can hear you in London.....

    Yahoo oooo! Well done Kimchoc. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Yes!! I made it to London!! Thank you 😊

  • I hear you

    Well done - hopefully be joining you soon Week 7 starts tomorrow

  • Thank you 😊

  • πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈwell done πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ you have worked so hard . Enjoy.

  • Thank you and I'm enjoying it!!

  • There you go. Well done. Top time too. πŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

  • Thanks. I was quite impressed with the time!!

  • πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘congratulations you shout as loud as you want girl you deserve to this is your day πŸ‘πŸ˜˜

  • Thank you. I'm shouting loud and proud!!

  • Can hear you here in the wilds of Central Bohemia

  • Hooray 😁 well done. Shout as loud as you want, you deserve it!!

  • Thank you. Still shouting from the roof tops!!

  • Congratulations, a very fine achievement! Enjoy your celebrations.

    Keeeeeep runnningπŸ…β­οΈπŸŽ“

  • Thank you 😊 and I'm certainly going to keep on running πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

  • WHOOP WHOOP CONGRATULATIONS πŸŽˆπŸΎπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰ Kimchoc08 I Have followed your progress since I joined the program and thanks to your posts have been inspired to keep going. I’m so pleased that you have graduated !! Well done 😊

  • Thank you. I'm so glad that my posts have been able to help others 😊

  • Yaaay!! Woo Hoo!!! Huge congratulations, cyber hug and high five Mrs Graduate!! That's an epic achievement, a perfect post for any C25K newbie and graduate alike πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‡

  • Thank you 😊 Hugs and high five received!!

  • Kim I'm so pleased for you. Your posts are great and I look forward to them, so don't go disappearing now ur a graduate please, we need you here for your words for wisdom. I'm about to start week 9 today so fingers crossed I'll be where you are on Thursday. Congratulations Kim πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  • Thank you 😊 I'm not going anywhere so don't worry about that!! I'll be here to annoy everyone!!

  • Whoop whoop!!! Well done Kimchoc08 ...I’m so pleased for you!! I can hear you up here in Yorkshire...& you will hear my cork later on when I raise a glass to this wonderful achievement!! Lovely photos, lovely post, lovely run from a lovely runner!! It’s your day today...get your badge & pin it on you graduate you πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜‰ x

  • Thank you 😊 I'm so glad you can hear me in Yorkshire as I thought I'd have to shout a bit louder!!

  • Nope, I can hear you even with a tonne of wax in my ear!! You’ve a right set of lungs on you!! Prob why you’re so good at this running malarkey!!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Glad you can hear me as I think my voice is going!! I'd like to say thanks to you Mummycav for all your words of encouragement over this journey of mine. You really made a difference on the days when I wanted to jack it in!!

  • Really?? That’s sweet 😍 ....I’m thrilled that I helped a little πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰ xx

  • Your posts helped me a lot and they also made me laugh a lot!!

  • Ha ha...it’s been a pleasure keeping you entertained!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Whoop! Con-grad-ulations!! Sounds really a fantastic run :D bask in that today! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  • Thank you 😊 I'm basking in the glory, don't you worry!!

  • Wahooooo!! Well done You! Fantastic news... so pleased for you and what a stunning sunrise for your final run....

  • Thank you 😊 and the sunrise was beautiful

  • Huge congratulations .. been waiting for this and you describe that euphoria so well .... it's incredible and I agree this program if fantastic along with the support on here ...

    Beautiful morning for your beautiful run ... Celebrate and bask in the buzz of your huge achievement ... πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Thank you. Im still buzzing from this morning and I think I will be for a long time 😊

  • Fantastic. I've been waiting for this one! Bloody well done and you keep shouting. I can't hear you yet πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“πŸ…πŸ₯‚πŸΎ x

  • Thank you. I'm still shouting as I keep finding rooftops to shout from!!

  • A great post Kimchoc and an even greater achievement.

    Many congratulations on graduation and on changing your life for the better. I suspect that you won't need to be hassled to continue running. There is so much more to come.

    Keep running, keep smiling.

  • Thank you. Running will always be a part of my life now.

  • Fantastic - well done to you. Keep on running!! πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ…

  • Thank you and I will

  • Yay! Well done you! All the hard work you have put in has paid off. Be proud of yourself.πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘

  • Thank you 😊

  • Yesssss Kim you have done it, sending you a massive virtual hug, congratulations on graduating well done you, your a superstar mate πŸ…πŸƒ

  • Thank you Tricky. Virtual hug received and with it many thanks to you for your words of encouragement along the way x

  • I hear you shouting from your rooftop, and so you should πŸ€—

    That's brilliant news - Congratulations..!!! πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰

  • Thank you 😊 . I knew you'd hear if I shouted loud enough!!

  • Brilliant brilliant brilliant Kim.

  • Thank you, thank you 😊 Tim

  • Yyeeaahh! Brilliant news and fantastic graduation post. I agree with every word. Well done!

  • Thanks 😊

  • What a lovely post! Great inspiration for all of us running along behind you and Congratulations!!

  • Thank you 😊

  • Wow! What a truly inspirational post, and what an achievement, you have done brilliantly!!!

  • Thank you 😊Neil

  • Wooooo fantastic! Massive well done πŸ‘ 4 runs behind you. 😊

  • Thank you and good luck for your future runs 😊

  • Ooh I missed this one - way hay well done you. Go get your badge.....

  • Thank you 😊

  • Well done great journey go tell everyone

  • Thank you 😊 I'm telling them all!!

  • Well done Kim, I told you that you could do it! It's a great feeling isn't it? Now you get to run how you want!

    I hope you're feeling really proud of yourself, you've earned it.

    Slow and steady is definitely the way.

    Congratulations GRADUATE!!!!!!!!! Now go get your bling.

  • Thank you Lee and many thanks for your encouragement over the weeks 😊Much appreciated sir.

  • Kim, you helped me as much as I helped you, believe me, having people like yourself doing roughly the same week as me really helped.

  • Well said Kimchoc...what a super Graduation run and post.😊

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ whoop whoop

    There is something special about the c25k program isn't there...and that specialness seems to rub off on usπŸ˜‰...

    Happy running GraduateπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘x

  • Thank you 😊 This program is a certain kind of special

  • KIM! Wonderful post, congratulations!! Here's to inner peace!

  • Thank you 😊 Never though I'd find inner peace through running

  • Fantastic. Well done Kim you must feel elated. Congratulations on your graduation ;0)

  • Thank you. I feel amazing πŸ˜‰

  • Well done well done, I'm at Week , and I can connect with your feelings on running and life direction , at a time of struggle the last thing I expected to help me cope was running! Congratulations

  • Thank you 😊 Never thought running would be my guiding star but it turned out that it is!!

  • Yeay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations you amazing GRADUATE you!!!!!

    Very, very well done.. a terrific journey and a terrific post... Absolutely wonderful

    Life changing...:)

    Go get that badge... don your glad rags and head for the party!!! :)

  • Thank you 😊 and a thousand more thank yous for your wise words of Steady and Slow. Take heart in the fact that they will always be with me πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

  • Yes, you have only gone and bloody done it. Many congratulations Kim, another wonderful graduate. XxX

  • Thank you Martin and thanks for all your kind and wise words of encouragement 😊😊

  • Beautiful, Kimchoc, well done! You have done so well on this programme and should be so proud of yourself. Running has brought me peace and inner calm too. Amazing. You are amazing. Happy running to you. 😘

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations!!!

    You were one of the first people to comment on my 'newbie' post and I was grateful because you were so encouraging. Now at the start of week 7 amd am encouraged by you again to believe I will make it to the end.

    Hope you have a celebration planned.

    Keep posting your continuing running adventures!

  • Aww thank you 😊 I'm so glad that I've helped you on your journey. I'll still be on here, posting my runs and offering up my wise words, for what they're worth πŸ˜„

  • Glad to hear it!

  • Congratulations. πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽˆWhat a lovely post. So pleased for you. Great that you have completed the programme and enjoying the running. Long may it continue πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸΌ

  • Thank you so much 😊

  • Well done and a lovely post, happy running 😊

  • Thank you 😊

  • Knew you would do it !

    We’ve done this together. I was thinking of you when I was out this morning at 8.15 my time.

    You e had some bumpy bits along the way but your attitude carried you as much as your legs.

    Now get off the goddam podium so it can be cleaned for the next people and come and meet us in the pub so that the Class of Oct 2017 can have a glass with you!

    Well done Kim, you deserve this.

  • Thankyou so much. I'll have the podium cleaned by tomorrow!

  • Fantastic post, I have just started the C25K and it’s reading the positive posts on here that made me start, well done 😊

  • Thank you and wishing you luck for the program

  • Fab-u-lous! Woo hoo! Well done you :) Here's to your new running life and the change you've made. Wishing you years and years of happy running (and lovely posts for us!) x

  • Thank you. I'll be back with plenty of posts!!

  • Congratulations - sounds like a lovely run - keep on running !!

  • Thank you. It was a lovely run and I shall be continuing with the running.

  • Congratulations on your graduation Kimchoc08 ..and what a lovely post. I so agree with your comments. C25k is an amazing programme as is this forum. I carried you all with me as I did my Parkrun on Saturday. Determined to do under 35 minutes I placed myself in between the 30 and 35 minute pacemakers. Felt I went off probably too fast..but when I looked at my watch I was still in the first 10 minutes and I remembered that it takes 10 minutes for your body to adjust to running. The rest of the way as I struggled I was just saying "slow and steady" and remembering all the posts on here where people had struggled with runs and all the encouragement people gave on here. I made it.

    Celebrate your graduation..be proud and enjoy the running. It's great to have caught the running bug isn't it?.....even if it isn't easy. X

  • Thank you 😊 might try my first Parkrun on Saturday 😬

  • Yes do. .you will love it. Don't forget to register and get your Barcode. And remember to post on here. X

  • What a fabulous post! So pleased for you :-) Will store in my psyche, for reference when the gremlins take over. The way I'm going (stuck on W4), graduating will take more like 9 mths than 9 wks - but if I can end up feeling the way you do, it'll be worth the wait. Enjoy! x

  • Thank you 😊 and if the gremlins appear just kick them into touch!!

  • Well done. And what a lovely weekend to complete your graduation run with. Grab your badge healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

    You will make an excellent graduate. Keep posting and let us know how well you transition to graduate life!

  • Thank you 😊 Can't wait for my shiny badge!!

  • Brilliant!!!!!!

    Congratulations on your achievement πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

    Hope you enjoyed all your celebrations πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    Think I heard you in Ireland ..... or was that hurricane Ophelia getting started πŸŒͺπŸŒͺπŸ’¨πŸ’¨

    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    X

  • Thank you and no, that was me you could hear shouting over hurricane Ophelia 🀣🀣

  • Oh what a wonderful post. I think many of us share your very well expressed thoughts on C25k. It's difficult to imagine at the outset how transformative it can be on so many levels.

    Now go and bask in the afterglow of your wonderful run! (Btw, very nice stats you have there!)

    H xxx

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations! Reading your post was the inspiration I needed today! X

  • Thank you 😊 and I'm glad that I've inspired you. How did you get on today?

  • Very well done - many many congratulations πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸΈxx

  • Thank you 😊

  • Kim that's fantastic!! As usual I love reading your post and gain even more inspiration..... Go celebrate with an extra glass of water and a massive pat on the back! 😘

  • Thank you 😊

  • Yay, well done Kim, you're a super troupe. You've done it, with a fab pace too. Chuffed to bits for you lovely x πŸ˜πŸ€—

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations!!!!!! You have done so well and deserve to bathe in your own success. Thanks for inspiring too 😘 You are a runner!!

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations! what a brilliant way to graduate - really thrilled for you πŸ˜ƒ Really thrilled for you and I hope you celebrated in style last night! Please do keep posting about your progress beyond W9 - I'm not the only one to have gained so much inspiration from your journey so far and your self-belief is truly infectious! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you and I'll be on here all the time, posting updates!!

  • Congratulations!

  • Thank you 😊

  • Well Done ,absolutely brilliant. It must be a wonderful feeling to have competed the course.

    I have just started W6 so the long runs just about to start. What Next?? Will you continue the 3 x 30 mins runs or explore even further??

  • Thank you. I shall be doing 3x 30 mins, one of which will be a Parkrun on Saturday and then who knows!!

  • inspirational well done graduate, I was wondering what that noise was in Shropshire πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you and I'm so pleased I made it to Shropshire!! 🀣

  • Congratulations πŸ˜‹πŸ‘. You have done really well. I have my graduation run tomorrow so will be joining you in this great club.

  • Thank you and all the best for tomorrow 😊

  • Well done!!!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ so pleased for you. Be loud and proud...good week for sunrises!! 😜

  • Thank you 😊 and I'm being very loud and very proud 😁

  • I hear you loud and clear in central Scotland. Congratulations 😎

  • Wow 😳 Scotland!! I didn't know I could shout that loud!!

  • You made it all the way to cyprus!!! 🀣🀣

  • Wow!! Cyprus! That's impressive!! Thanks 😊

  • I had to put my earplugs in!!! 🀣🀣

  • 🀣🀣

  • Fantastic very well done to you. I am doing Week 9 Run 2 tomorrow and all being well Week 9 Run 3 Thursday!! You have done amazingly well to have actually finished it in the 9 weeks I have taken longer than that. Like you running has changed my mind set about a lot of things and I am going to keep on after graduation. Enjoy your moment xx

  • Thank you 😊 and good luck for your runs

  • Congratulations!. Am a few weeks behind you but definitely up for it!

  • Thank you and you go for it!! There's no better feeling than this!!

  • Congratulations 'Kimchoc' you do deserve a medal, a GOLD MEDAL, yes shout from the rooftops as loud as you wish. 5k, maybe 10k next, that's up to you.

  • Thank you 😊

  • Congratulations. I can feel all that effort you put in even on bad days has all led to your exhilaration. Have fun on your first parkrun! I'll definitely be cheering you on.

  • Thank you 😊

  • I missed this post earlier. Congratulations and very well done! Fabulous news!

  • Thank you 😊

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