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Yes you can because yes I did!


Did my final run in bright sun and freezing temperatures this morning and am ridiculously thrilled. The Couch25k app is genius and this forum is a never ending source of support and advice. If I can go from not having run for 50 years to running 30 mins a week, anyone can. I followed the programme exactly, read the advice on speed, gait analysis and the importance of stretching exercises post run, and I made it without any real problems.

Yes, I still look like Peter Kay’s impression of a dad running, (I’m that slow) but I don’t care.

Good luck to all those still on the way. I realise that although I had the age issue, I am retired and therefore have no reason or excuse not to try to improve my health and fitness. I’m in awe of some of you who are battling with work, parenthood and in some cases serious health problems. All the very best to you.

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Congratulations!!! Well done. Well deserved. 🏅🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Don't forget to pop into the graduation thread to ask for your badge.

Welcome to your new runninh life style!! 👍😁👊

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thank you!

Congratulations on your graduation.🥇🏆🌟

Such a lovely post, with tips and with encouragement.👍

You had to do it also breathing cold oxygen.👏👏🌟

Completely agree with your programme and forum comments.It just makes an emotional day with gratitude🤔👏👏🌟

Jucture in a continuing running journey.🌟👏👏

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Tbae

Thank you!


Many congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

Have you checked out the guide to post C25K running? which may help you to decide where to go next with your running.

Keep running, keep smiling.

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks very much. Yes, all prepared for the next phase - consolidation followed by tiny increases in time running.


Congratulations 🎉 absolutely fantastic and you deserve to feel ridiculously thrilled 🙌😁🏅

Happy running!

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Melo_smiles

Thank you!

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Melo_smiles

Thank you!


Gosh - very well done! Absolutely brilliant achievement! I am also retired and trying to improve my fitness - I'll be along to the graduation podium in a couple of weeks hopefully! You're setting a great example to follow. 😀💪👍

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to JoP61

Thank you!


Wooohooo! Very well done! 🎉🎉🎉👏👏😃

Enjoy planning the next stage of you’re running adventure. 😀

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Elfe5

Thank you, I have!

Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Congratulations Nannalyn...Well done on your Graduation run 👏👏👏👏

Slow and steady is the best way to run and will always get you where you want to be...

Enjoy your next running adventures, there is much more fun still to come...😊xx

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thank you


Very well done to you! :)

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Fishypieface

Thank you. I’m humbled by your dedication and how you have overcome so many hurdles.

FishypiefaceGraduate in reply to Nannalyn53

I just need to get over myself!! Think I'm starting to :)

Good luck with the rest of your running life post c25k, when the fun begins! :)


Sorry for the late reply.... holed up yesterday and got engrossed in my watercolour painting!

Huge congratulations...!!! Very well done indeed...

A great post for any of our Newbies:)

You have got the links and the advice... so you know that this journey moves on... and we are right here running alongside you !

The badge suits you ::


Thank you! Your advice has been invaluable for an old Newbie!

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to Nannalyn53

This was meant for Oldfloss. Bit distracted this morning - meant to be catching train to London soon en route to France but Cornwall appears to be cut off ....again. Though as far as I know the track hasn’t fallen into the sea like it did last time.

Hi Nannalyn53, your post has given me hope and reassurance. At the moment I’m having problems touching my toes.

Where/how do I access the programme?

Nannalyn53Graduate in reply to BuffMummy

It’s a free NHS app called Couch to 5k and you can get it on any smartphone. The icon is turquoise with the full name on it. Within that is everything you need. Good luck!

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