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Finally graduated, so two reasons for posting

ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
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Number one: I graduated on January 4 and want to say to anyone who is struggling or hesitating to start, IF I CAN DO THIS SO CAN YOU!!! I am 64 (nearly 65, if I'm honest) and had never run in my life. I was both unfit and overweight before I began and frankly didn't believe I could do this. I won't say it's been easy: it took me two or three outings a week from August, so a lot more than 9 weeks. The early stages weren't so difficult for me but the long runs were particularly challenging and I have good days and bad days. A good day is completing it, however slowly. A bad day is stopping after 8 or 10 or 15 minutes and walking the rest of the way, thinking about giving up altogether and taking up darts. Since there are no decent English pubs in this part of southwest France I persevered with the running and am thrilled to bits! I've lost weight and feel much fitter, physically and mentally.

Number two: this programme and this forum are fantastic. Thanks to Laura for all her encouragement and thanks to everyone who posts such interesting and positive messages on the forum. This is the first time I've visited a forum and I am genuinely moved by your stories and courage and honesty. Your advice and messages of encouragement are invaluable.

To complete my Oscar speech, thank you too to the NHS for the programme. And to two Guardian journalists - Nick Cohen and Phil Daoust - for writing inspiring articles about running just when I needed to read them.

Happy 2018, happy running to all!

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Cornet-Carolyn

Woohoo congratulations on your graduation. You should be super proud of your fantastic achievement πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‡πŸ†

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Cornet-Carolyn

Thank you!

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Sarakc
SarakcGraduate

Congratulations!! πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸŽ“

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Sarakc

Thank you, Sarakc.

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Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate

Yay! Huge well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜€ Dance on that podium!

Lay your plans and enjoy the next part of your running adventure! πŸ˜€

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Elfe5

Thank you, Elfe, I shall! My main objective is not getting alzheimer's!

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Elfe5
Elfe5Graduate
in reply to ruralfrance

I'll join you on that one!πŸ˜ƒ

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Catbee
CatbeeGraduate

Congratulations! I’m only at the beginning of my β€œrunning career?!” your post is both inspiring and motivating to a beginner like me. Cheers! πŸ‘πŸ» 😊

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate

Thank you, Catbee. Good luck, I'm sure you'll get just as much out of this as I am.

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FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate

Congratulations, well done πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ…πŸ†πŸ’₯πŸŽ‰

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to FlickM3

Thank you, Flick.

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Great post to celebrate the great event.

Many congratulations.

May your running take you on many exciting journeys.

Keep running, keep smiling.

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks, Iannoda.

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Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate

Great post and a great achievement runner!

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Millsie-J

Thanks, Millsie. It's crazy the kick I get out of seeing 'Graduate' next to my name!

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Millsie-J
Millsie-JGraduate
in reply to ruralfrance

You have worked hard for that badge, you are right to be proud of it! πŸ˜€πŸ…

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Pm3eak
Pm3eakGraduate

Congratulations: great achievement...and a great post.

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Pm3eak

Thank you, Pm3eak.

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helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate

Brilliant job......now the sky is the limit πŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to helenwheels

Thank you, Helen, but wooah! steady on! You haven't seen how slowly I run! Happy new year, happy running.

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helenwheels
helenwheelsGraduate
in reply to ruralfrance

I am the slowest of slow....but guess what ? I am SLOWLY getting less slow :)

I have sometimes despaired when I see others stats but I have learned not to compare and I advise you to pay no heed to what others are doing. Just enjoy yourself!

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to helenwheels

Excellent advice, thank you.

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Anthie
AnthieGraduate

Well done and wish you a lot more enjoyable running! No English pubs in the SW of France, but so much good food and wine: you can definitely celebrate your graduation ;-)

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ruralfrance
ruralfranceGraduate
in reply to Anthie

Thank you!

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