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I actually did it?! Graduation post

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I can’t believe I actually did it. I woke up this morning feeling lazy and it took a lot of encouragement from my friends for me to stay on track and complete couch to 5K as planned today, so I pulled on my trainers, grabbed a sweatshirt and my headphones and headed to the track for my last run of C25K.

I decided I would push myself a little today, so lining up a special graduation run playlist I pressed play and started. I managed to maintain an average pace of about 8 minutes/km rather than my usual pace of about 9 mins/km and I actually hit 5km just as Sarah began to sign off.

I can’t believe how good it felt and how far I’ve come. Only 2 months ago I was struggling with to jog for 90 seconds and today I properly ran for 30 minutes! Never in my life did I think I would be able to do that. I’m officially at the fittest I have ever been and can’t wait to become even fitter.

I want to thank you all for your advice, support and encouragement. I don’t think I would have made it through the programme without this forum. In fact, I doubted, when I started this that I would make it past week 2!

I’m so so so happy and looking forward to continuing my running journey. To anyone considering starting the programme; it doesn’t matter how unfit you are, if you’ve never run before or any other reason- just pull in some trainers, line up a fun playlist and get started, even if people are walking faster than your run (like me for the first few weeks).

Sappy post over,


Lexi x

22 Replies
FlickM3 profile image

Fantastic, huge congratulations from me. And you are one of the small minority who complete c25k actually running 5k, so brilliantly well done x

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lexik97Graduate in reply to FlickM3

Thanks! I'm chuffed!

Millsie-J profile image

Congratulations Lexi! Time to claim your graduate badge!

Brilliant to reach 5 k too, happy running!

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lexik97Graduate in reply to Millsie-J

Thanks a million!

Catbee profile image

Congratulations! 💪🏻🎉

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lexik97Graduate in reply to Catbee

Thanks :)

Nictwit profile image

Massive congratulations! You've done so well 😀

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lexik97Graduate in reply to Nictwit

Thanks! :D

astrozombie profile image

Congratulations I have still not run 5K within 30 mins. With more time yes but not in the time limit provided

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lexik97Graduate in reply to astrozombie

Thanks and yeah my next goal is to get it down to 30 mins rather than 40 (with the walks included)

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astrozombieGraduate in reply to lexik97

Mine is closer to 40 without walking :) All good fun though

Oldfloss profile image

Huge congratulations and well done you :)

The best bit is..this is just the beginning... and the next best bit? We will be right there with you.... great eh ?

So celebrate, enjoy the party and then maybe take a look at this... there are some great ideas:)


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lexik97Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thanks Oldfloss! Your advice throughout the programme really helped :)

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to lexik97

... and I will still be there with you as you head onwards... whispering, slow and steady :)

Ah great post Lexi...

Congratulations 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Well done on your Graduation run, and it won't be long before you are hitting the 5k mark as you get stronger...

Happy dance up to the podium now for your well earned badge👏👏👏👏👏

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GoGo_JoJo profile image

Fabulous!! No apolgies needed, it's an emotional day! Well done and many congratulations! 🏅🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


garym profile image

Well done lexi, and congratulations on your graduation 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️

Great post. Well done👍🏅

Elfe5 profile image

Brilliant Lexi, huge well done! Dance, dance, dance on that podium! 🎉🎉👏👏😀

Good on you, well done.

Congratulations Lexi! Woohoo!!!

Liz x

thisfishcan profile image

Well done. Amazing achievement. Bet you feel great.

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