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Wk9R3 completed

Wk9R3 completed

So finally graduated although Wk9 has not been so pretty. I think the pre-xmas festivities have hampered (no pun intended) my progress. Wk9 run 2 & 3 have been hard work and slow but my aim has been to get to this stage regardless of speed and then consolidate. Speed can come later if needed or desired. Oldfloss has been a constant companion when things get difficult (slow and steady) and indeed this forum has been an inspiration reading about everyone's progress and determination to succeed. Without it, i am not sure I would reached this far. My only gripe might be towards IannodaTruffe as it took me a long time to get his/your username :) Sometimes my mind is as slow as my running. When the realisation finally dawned I groaned in dismay but it seems so obvious now. Better news is your advice has been a constant help to me so many thanks for your shared wisdom.

Anyway I wish you all a merry xmas and happy running xxx take care my virtual friends :)

Cheers,

Mike

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Many congratulations and don't worry about my username, it is too obscure for most and what's in a name? I wouldn't be surprised if you are chasing a red herring...........my name is Tim, not Ian.

Those of us who have been hanging about here for years, simply because we haven't anything better to do with our time, get great pleasure from reliving our own discovery of this wonderful running thing, by vicariously sharing in your incredible achievements. Others helped us and we are just returning the favour.

Get that running ingrained as a habit over the next few weeks, preferably with some 5k/ 30 minute consolidation runs, while you ponder where you would like your running to take you.

Keep running, keep smiling and happy Christmas and Healthy New Year to you.

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Cheers Ian/Tim. You cannot believe how much your advice and words of wisdom have provided inspiration and motivation. I am in awe of how much support you and indeed all the contributors give via the forums.

My plan is pretty much as you have outlined - consolidate my 30 min runs with an aim to push to increase the time to reach 5k of running. Also want to start the strength and flex program. Did try before but I found it too much to alternate with the C25K program. My body can only take so much strain.

I wish you well for the future!

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Congratulations 🎉🙌🏼🙋🏼👍🏻 Distance and speed will come with time. Getting out and enjoying your running is the important part. You must feel fabulous 😀

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Thanks. I'm feeling a bit stretched currently but yes very pleased overall. Aim now is to get to the point where 30 mins running feels more natural so I can enjoy the experience a bit more. Occasionally I get a few moments of the running seeming effortless but doesn't last very long :) Wk7 and 8 seemed much easier than week 9 but then wk9 kept getting delayed due to weather so i lost my rhythm of running Mon/Wed/Fri

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I know what you mean. Fitting things in can be difficult. It’s good to get in a routine of doing 3 30 minute runs a week. That helps build your stamina and confidence with running. That has helped me

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Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Congratulations Littlewiz 😊.... its a tough time of year to get to the Graduation podium, but you worked hard and got there👏👏👏👏👏

Now you can run for 30 mins...do lots of them in the new year and get really good at it, shorter runs, different routes, enjoy that you are a runner.. build up your running legs...

Well done😊xx and Merry Christmas🎅

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Thanks Jan I Was determined to graduate by Xmas and just achieved it. Yes plan to do lots of consolidation runs. My body was not designed for running but who knows 😀

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Congratulations! That’s a huge achievement - and just in time for Christmas! I’ve just graduated too and also aim to consolidate my runs to build up my stamina. My main aim is to continue to seek enjoyment from them as that’ll be my biggest incentive to carry on moving forwards.

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Thanks Joanne and congrats to you too on your recent success :) My next challenge is to keep running through the xmas period. Once the festivities start I might feel less inclined to return to the streets but I must stop with those negative waves :) Wishing you a merry and active xmas :)

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