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Finally graduated, so two reasons for posting

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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Woohoo congratulations on your graduation. You should be super proud of your fantastic achievement 🎉🥇🏆

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Thank you!

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Congratulations!! 😀👍🎓

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Thank you, Sarakc.

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Yay! Huge well done! 👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉🎉😀 Dance on that podium!

Lay your plans and enjoy the next part of your running adventure! 😀

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

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I'll join you on that one!😃

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Congratulations! I’m only at the beginning of my “running career?!” your post is both inspiring and motivating to a beginner like me. Cheers! 👍🏻 😊

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

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Congratulations, well done 👍🏻🏅🏆💥🎉

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Thank you, Flick.

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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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Thanks, Iannoda.

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Great post and a great achievement runner!

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

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You have worked hard for that badge, you are right to be proud of it! 😀🏅

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

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Thank you, Pm3eak.

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Brilliant job......now the sky is the limit 🏃🏾‍♀️

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

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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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Excellent advice, thank you.

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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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Thank you!

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