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Today's the Day - Revisited ...

Today's the Day - Revisited ...

Well, what a day its been, get yourself a drink, pull up a chair and I'll tell you all about it my running family ...

Today was to be my W9R3 run, my graduation from C25K run, and I had planned to do it in style with a 5K Park Run. But, my biker friends put a bit of pressure on me with a time constraint that in the end was easily achievable ...

My friends and I are part of a group called the MancRiders ... Manchester based, so that's where the name comes from, and each year we run a little internal competition a bit like a scatter rally where we have to go places and photograph them in exchange for points ... but we do this in aid of a charity, this year our chosen charity was FACT, the support and assist families with Autistic Children, this year we raised over £815 and presentation of the check and photoshoot, you guessed it .... was today ... I managed to convince them to put the time back half an hour to 11:30 to give me a fighting chance ...

The clock went off at 7:00 and I got straight out of bed at 7:20 ;-) , had breakfast of sausage sarnies with brown sauce and glass of juice, letting that settle and convert to lovely energy while I got my running gear on ... I planned on the making the 57 mile trip to FACT on the bike so also got my bike gear on, and packed some jeans and a t-shirt for after the run ...Got tot the park, parked up, and got stripped off, not such a revelation as I was already wearing my running gear. 8:45, time for my warmup session, a bit of fast walking and a bit of light jogging with some stretching to get all the joints lubricated and the muscles warmed up and ready to go ....

After a brief talk with the all the 1st timers, about the course and the scanning procedure ... "did you all bring your bar-codes" ... Damn it, I knew I had forgotten something, I wasn't on my own though, another girl had left hers .. next time we will still be 1st timers ... ;-)

9:00, the gun goes off and we are away, I was amazed [used that word a lot today] by the number of runners, I was towards the back, another fault that I will rectify next time, too many people walking and blocking the way with prams and dogs, nothing wrong with that, I was just in the wrong place within the peloton ...

Once we got going I was able to move forward, a lap of the boating lake and out onto the horse racing circuit ... the longest in Northern Europe ... the lady on MapMyRun interjected .. Time 6:23, Distance 1K, wow, I was doing OK even with the hoo-ha at the beginning ... keep it steady I could hear Michael saying (I didn't have a commentary today, just music ...) 1,2,3,4 1,2,3,4, 1,2,3,4 MapMyRun butted in again, Time 13:37, distance 2k, nice one, keep going, it didn't seem very long before I got the 3k time, 19:20, but I'd turned the corner, and was facing "the hill". OMG, its a right drag, must be getting on for 700m/800m, keep going, keep the cadence the same, take slightly shorter strides, just like fell walking, I was up and over the hill, and approaching the boating lake, Time 25:40, Distance 4k, keep going, just keep going ... anti-clockwise around the boating lake, the pack was well thinned out, and I was able to up my pace a bit now we were on the level and the surface was tarmac ... rounding the last corner the end was in sight, time for a last burst of energy .... through the finishing funnel, collect a tag and get it scanned, not much point in that though - didn't have my bar-code ... I did shut down MapMyRun at the right time though so that's reasonable accurate.

I did it, I'd completed my first ever Park Run, a solid 5k run, no stopping, I barely altered my pace, save the last 1k. All in all I was a resounding success. and my time showed that I had run for 32:17, so, smashed my 34:01 sponsored 5K, and did it in one continuous run. I was well chuffed.

Right, back to the bike .... changed out of these running tights and top, in the car park ... gave everyone passing a shot at my white knickers, no fancy pants today ... gear on and I was off to Manchester ... time was just after 10, and my satnav said I would be there at 11:04, excellent timing ...

As it was I was there at 11:05, but still 20 minutes before everyone else. Didn't bother me I was on cloud 9 ...

Presentation over... a quick blast down the A628, Woodhead Pass, and back home. I was home by 2:00, and decided that as I had some shoes to take back for a refund, I would go to York and have a couple of hours of retail therapy ... so off I went, took the shoes back to Long Tall Sally, bought a Teal coloured velvet t-shirt, scrummy, and treat myself to coffee and cake ... small one mind, didn't want to waste all the hard work that went into getting the scales below 15st.

Shopping completed, I made my way home, and had tea, some pasta, followed by a lovely fruit salad, and a Gin and Tonic ... and some quiet reflection looking back on the events of the last couple of days.

I was in a dark place not too long ago, and most of you are aware of my path, back into the light, not everyone has access to people like you, you are a special bunch, you build us up, support us with the right words of encouragement, and that's just the running part of it. You have also been there for me, and my special journey. I wanted to thank you all for the support and friendship that you have shown me over the last few weeks, it really did help, it really did. Right place, right time, and to further echo that, there was an e-mail flyer from the Park Run people, it landed in my inbox yesterday evening, as I was taking to a mate about how my progress is being stifled at work by not being able to move on with my life until I retire ... In the e-mail as a link to a job, working for Park Run, which I have just applied for ... the running community just keeps on giving ... maybe ....

So, that's it, I have completed my 9 weeks, all that remain is for me to add my name to this months graduates ... and take my position on the top step for my brief moment of glory ....

I thank you all ....

Christene .... XXXX

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crikey oh blimey :) What a day - congratulations, of course, are in order, and when I got to the end and saw you've applied for a job with Park Run... ! SO, so happy for you x

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Thanks icklegui , its been a bit of a roller-coaster day, but I have loved every second of it ...and while I know there will be lots of people apply for the job, I just hope to get an interview ad they don't dismiss me without seeing me, I've been an IT manager for 25 years with a team of 20, and this job is basically admin with no management responsibility ... and that's right up my street for a retirement job ... fingers crossed.

Am still going to be around here though ... even though I have got through the week 9 barrier, I'm not going anywhere ...

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Glad you're not going anywhere, except to more parkruns? :) And of course, I'm sure plenty of applicants for the job but still, you never know, and just applying must feel good knowing those great retirement jobs at least exist! Will have everything crossed for you.

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I've been waiting patiently for your graduation post today and so glad it has arrived 🤗. What a wonderful graduation run you had and sounds like a great day all around. You should be very proud of all you have achieved over the last 9 weeks. I can't wait to read of your future adventures, you've come so far! There will be highs and there will be lows, but as you already know, we'll always be here for moral support (and the occasional kick in the tush, when needed 😂).

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Thanks SaskAlliecat , today has been amazing, as was yesterday actually, my highs and lows are stabilising now, the lows are clearing off because Christene has kicked their tush right out of there ...

I'm not going anywhere, might have graduated C25K, but I love this little family, it would be good to hope that we never need to call for support in times of need, but its reassuring to know, and everyone should take note, that should we ever need a shoulder to cry on, or our tush kicked, there will be someone here who can do either of those things .... and I don't mean that as a joke, I'm serious. You have all helped me through some tough moments, and now its my turn to move forward and help others, if I can.

Slow and Steady, but apparently a bit of speed never hurts too ... !!!

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I found I didn't post on this forum until my graduation post (just lurked) but now I can't stop 😆. It really is an amazing supportive family we have here. Very glad to hear you're sticking around! Good luck on the job, hopefully that will pan out too!

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Cheeky !!!

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Brilliant Christene, what an amazing day !

Lovely write up and really Well done on your parkrun . Massive Congratulations to you on your Graduation. You have come so far , and you should be so proud of yourself !!

I hope you love wherever youre running takes you from here , and hope you stick around as you are such an inspiration to us all .

Well done to you :-) xxx

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Thank You poppypug , I'm not planning on moving on, might have graduated, and I loved the run by the way, but I will be hanging around here like a bad smell, hoping to interject with an odd, inspirational comment, and maybe the odd funny post too .... lol

Love you all ... X

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Many congratulations on all the changes in your life.

Sometimes you just have to keep pushing and amazing things happen.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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Thanks IannodaTruffe , you, as much as anyone else here have helped my move on get to this point. You have been an inspiration to a lot of people, Ian, I hope I can aspire to do the same, on here and in other communities.

Thank you ...

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Thank you, Christene.

Being part of a forum, based on a subject that you feel passionate about, is a privilege, as I am sure you will find out.

My obscure nom de web means that a lot of folk call me Ian.......... that's not my name.

Best wishes

Tim

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Ah, it all becomes clear ... Tim, lol

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Glad you cleared that up Tim, I always thought it was a play on “I know the truth” and for that reasonI wouldn’t dare exaggerate my achievements or even tell a white lie to this forum just in case! 😉😂😂😂😂

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No, it is meant to be much more empowering for the reader.......more like Ya know da truth.

Oh well.......

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Nice try Tim 😉 ... nevertheless you're still pretty empowering...

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Certainly is ! He’s the Godfather of this forum . He’s the Man ! :-) xxx

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What a fantastic day and graduation too! You should be riding cloud 9 now and for some time too, enjoy it. Running can be so mentally uplifting and I have found it has made such improvements in my own mental health. This is just the start of your running journey and you can now decide where you wish to go with it. Fab post!

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Okay... brilliant... what a post... and I am very emotional!

What a superb journey.... so far.... because... it goes on!

Huge, huge congratulations..on all levels!!!

The badge awaits... the podium is yours... and we are all here... cheering you home :) x

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Thank you runfasterdoyle , it certainly is uplifting, and I have found it has helped make some aspects of my life, and its multi faceted as you probably know, a lot easier to manage ...

Am enjoying the journey so far ... wonder where it will take me ....

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PS.

Ask for the badge!!!!

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Ah, there it is ... lol

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Just looking for the post ....

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You have it :) Looking really good :)

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Yay .... thanks ... X

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What a wonderful, honest, uplifting, bloody lovely post!! Well done on becoming a graduate, you’ve earned it!! Now go grab that lovely shiny, polished badge and bask in the graduate glory that is yours for today and forever!!

Well done 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Thanks Kimchoc08 , Oldfloss has just adorned my profile with the lovely piece of bling that you have mentioned ....

As I have said many times this evening, thanks for your help, support and even wise words .... lol, over the last few weeks. Its this type of support that helps people through their running and, as with me, helps people through their dark times too ...

and for that, I thank you ... XXX

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Oh, that’s bought a tear to my eye 😢and I in turn, thank you for your advice and wise words. Happy running times together await us 😊

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What a fantastic post and such an amazing day. Huge congratulations on your park run and your graduation from C25k, you should be beaming from ear to ear. Step up to that podium and enjoy the limelight 🍾🎉🥇

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Thanks Cornet-Carolyn , just try getting me off this top step, I'm here for the night, brought my tent ...

Thanks you for help and support, means a lot to have people around who are not connected but yet, can help so much.

Love you all ... XXX

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That’s fantastic Christene, such a great day & a great post. You’ve come a long way & it is great to have such an encouraging poster as part of this forum.

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Thanks MarkyD , I hope I can be as encouraging, and supportive to others, as everyone here has been for me ...

This is a great family unit ...

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wonderful write up gal and a busy day in deed, big congratulations on your graduation run

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Thank you rolysmate , certainly was a busy day, will sleep well tonight ...

Thanks for being part of the 'team', I hope we will have many interactions over the forthcoming days, weeks, months and years ....

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sounds good to me!

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there is also a fb support group now, you'll find me there

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I so admire your courage ! Massive congrats !! And Yes I agree 100% with what great supportive people are in this forum !!! Hugs from Bangkok !

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Thanks you Jan-52 , the strength and encouragement from people like yourself are what drives us forward.

I've only just ended my personal celebrations, my friends and family are fed up of hearing about it ... :-(

X

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Congratulations!! What a fantastic post, a fantastic graduation and an amazing day! Are you all grinned out yet? I work with autistic children, and there's a fair bit of autism in my family, so I would also like to thank you and your biking buddies for what you've achieved. You have changed your life dramatically, and en route helped to change others' lives too. Your bling and podium position are well deserved and I look forward to hearing about your post-grad antics. 😁

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Thank you @Sandiscroll , it was a great day and will take some topping. We try to stay clear of the bigger charities, focusing on giving a little boost to the community heroes, like Dallas and Tracy who run FACT.

There will be, undoubtedly, be more running escapades, especially as I try to get up to 10k ... 🙄OMG 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Congratulations on your graduation - shiny badge looking good!

Great write up of a great day. Very best wishes for all the next chapters of your life.

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Thank you @AnnieW55 , I think there may well be more long posts in the future ... 😂

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Wow. Congratulations on your graduation, parkrun, energy levels...

Well done .. not sure how you fitted so much into one day. Keep running and posting.

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Thanks @Richard7 , it certainly was a busy day, and a well earned, quiet night in with my friends Gin and Tonic ... 😂

There will be more posts, be warned ... 🤦🏼‍♀️

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Woohoo! Well done! 😀

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Thank you so much, looking back on such a busy day, it was a bit of a blur ...

Watch out for more ...😂😂😂

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Wonderful, congratulations. Well done you.

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Thank you @scotinexile , it was a truly memorable day ...

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Congratulations. What a fantastic way to graduate.

And good luck with the application.

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Fanastic run, fabulous write up!

You have done great Christene, keep up the great work, the forum will still be here for you!

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Thank you Millsie-J , I do like a good story ... the great work is easier to complete when there are your people on this community the cheer from the side-lines .... its so warming to know that you are here ....

and I'm not going anywhere .... ;-)

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U have done so well! Congrats!! This is a lovely post! 😊

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Thank You Tinamum , my progress is as much a success of the community as much as it is mine. The support we get from each other, the admins and the mentors, is what keeps us going when the tough times kick in ...

Good luck with your progress .... I'll be watching out for you ...

X

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So very well done, what an achievement!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Loved hearing you were a Manc and mention of Woodhead pass.

I live in the South West now but miss my North Western roots and the place where I spent my formative years and where my kids were born,😢

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Thank you, you are very kind.

lol, woodhead pass was blast (I hope its ok to say that), I'm only a Manc by invitation, I live on the White Rose side of the Penines, but we do get on rather well, and our charity work is close to our hearts.

I love the South West, will be visiting there 1st weekend in April, for the South West Peninsula Spring Rally .... another motorbike thing ...

Thanks for the response ... XXX

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What a fabulous day. Many congratulations on everything. You truly are a star! and lots of luck with the application. x

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Thank You eileen69 , it was a bit of a Perfect Storm day wasn't it, not sure that will be repeated any time soon.

I'm not so sure about being a star, I'm just one of the runners that got captured by the gravity of the community, and I'm not unhappy that I can't escape.

Application has been sent .... the waiting game has commenced :-|

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We'll all be rooting for you... Good luck!

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Wow what a day! Brilliant post, very well done to you me dear! Sounds like you've got this running lark nailed. Look forward to reading your post grad reports! :)

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Thanks Fishypieface , not so sure that I've got it nailed, pleased to have done the 5K at my graduation run, but the hard work starts now ... consolidating on the C25K program and then extending that to 10K - that, and securing employment that enables me to work as Christene, are my next objectives ...

There are more posts in the wings .... ;-)

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Look at your shiny badge, look at your shiny badge **jumping up and down and pointing with excitement**

Bloody well done my lovely..!! ... and you know I mean that for everything you're achieving. You are undertaking so many journeys right now and I hope that the roads you travel and the paths you tread are smooth, flat and free of potholes 🙈

Enjoy this lovely graduation feeling, you've earned it 😘

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OMG, your enthusiasm is infectious HeadInTheClouds , and you make me laugh out load so easily, do you do stand up comedy? you should, your humour is so natural ...

Thank you for your support, you have helped my tremendously in recent times, and for that I will always be grateful.

Graduation is a great badge to wear isn't it, not been so proud since I got head prefect at school .... still got that badge too (somehere)

XXX

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Well done you !!!🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 glad we are all here for each other 👍🏻

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Thank you Polly2810 , thank you so much. Yes, we are all here for each other and that's a massive thing that can help us over any obstacle that's in our path ...

One for all .... all for one ...

X

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Lovely, Lovely, Lovely :) :) :) Big Fat Well Done to you

(you just made me cry!)

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Oh no helenwheels , my path has been quite emotional, but please, no crying ... just lots of cheering from Team C25K

Its really quite enjoyable, running, when you get going ....

X

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Whoop whoop🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Not too late for the paarty am I ?😆..No see you are still up on that podium Christene smiling and doing a happy dance.

I have been waiting for your run report too, and what a fabulous Graduation run that was. Thank you for taking us on your first Parkrun, it was really exciting...you are pretty quick you know and a hill demon 😈...lol..

It has been a pleasure running with you on your journey so far, and I know you will continue to be encouraging and an inspiration to everyone who joins in on this lovely forum. I did see you mention 10k? Ha, you thought no-one had noticed😊...Good luck with your continiung running adventures...we will be cheering you on all the way.👏👏👏👏👏

You are rocking that badge😊xx

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Never too late for any party Bluebirdrunner , though my happy dance has had to come to an end, legs are tired ... :-)

The graduation run was a brilliant day, and I was well pleased with how I was able to sustain the regular speed throughout the whole 5k, shame about the Bar-Code, ah well, I'll be logged as a 1st timer next Saturday .... ;-)

Yes, I did mention 10K didn't I, and I'm not frightened to admit it ... need a couple of weeks proper consolidation on the 5K runs before I start extending my mileage (K'age), but it will come ...

Having Team C25K on the side-lines is very encouraging, for us all, at all stages of the program, lets keep cheering for us all ...

The badge is great isn't it, good job its not physical, I'd never take it of ... lol

XXX

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What a great post and so lovely to see how you are progressing. Fingers crossed the Park Run folk see your potential and enthusiasm shining through. Good luck for your upcoming graduation...

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Thanks Jancanrun , you have been with me along the whole path, so it means a lot that you are there now ...

Whatever happens going forward, I will always have Team C25K by my side ...

Thanks XXX

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What a wonderful post, and brilliant! Congratulations! Just got in from my graduation run too!

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Congratulations Nickycatwoman , the badge is looking mighty fine ... ;-)

Thank you, I do get a bit 'wordy' on my more meaningful posts ... thanks for being part of Team C25K

XXX

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I never quite know what to say, so love reading other posts! Particularly descriptive ones.... Keep it up 👍👍

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Ooh I missed this! Well done Christene, sounds like a great run and a wonderful day all round. I really applaud what you did for FACT, a cause close to my heart. I am sure this is just the starting line, and please stick around - this forum is fantastic anyway, but it's also better with you in it :)

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Thank you HeleneCorsa , it was a great run, and I actually enjoyed it ... this running affected my mental wellbeing ... in a truly positive way ... lol

What we did for FACT was nothing compared to the work that they do for the children and their parents. It was moment that pulled on my heart strings ... we usually try to support the really small charities, the ones that really need the money. Our small contribution will go a long way for them.

I'm not planning on going anywhere, will be sticking around as a member of this community for the unforeseeable future ... so look out for more long winded posts, no doubt some more emotional outbursts, some happy times and a lot more running ....

Go Team C25K

XXX

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Well, that certainly was a day to remember! 😀 Very, very well done to you - lovely post which described the emotions so vividly, made me smile (especially the knicker part 😉)

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Thanks skyesue16 , it really was a day that I will remember for a very long time. Mmm, there was an earlier post when I got caught out at the gym wearing a pair of hearts and flowers pants, when surrounded by big, testosterone fuelled men ... I occasionally get a knickers line in there to lighten up the mood .... ;-)

Stick around, its not all pants, there will be more ...

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I will have to find that post!!

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Sometimes less is more but on this occasion more is definitely more! Fantastic post, huge congrats! Cyber high fives, hugs etc!!

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Thank you lardofale , you know me, my use one word when 5 will do the same job ... lol

Thanks for being here through my journey, so far ... and apologies in advance ... there are more long posts lurking within my keyboard .... :-)

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Fabulous post! Huge congratulations to you, what a brilliant Parkrun and graduation. Best of luck on the job front as well xx

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How did I not notice this???? Well done you, I'm really happy for you :D

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Because we are taking part in our own lives too 316neil , we can’t see everything... I forgive you ... 😘😘😘😂😂😂

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Haha! Real life... gets in the way of so many good things!

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