Couch to 5K
52,795 members84,887 posts

Graduation run..... I did it!! 😁

Hi everyone 👋 I’ve been a silent lurker on this amazing forum for the past 9 weeks, reading in awe the many inspirational posts, yet despite following the programme I could not bring myself to actually believe that I would make it to the end and actually graduate like so many so you that I have read about over these weeks.

Yet today ..... I DID IT!!....I ran for 30 minutes continuously on a lovely mild spring morning with the dulcet voice of Micheal Johnson spurring me on 😊

I literally cannot stop smiling and I am so thrilled and proud of myself 😊 I feel like a different woman with a new can do attitude and a revived zest for life. Mentally this programme has been so restorative and has helped me so much along with an amazing counsellor on the road to recovery with my PTSD as one of the emergency response team on the night the Manchester Arena attack.

So I thought today was the day that I should finally pluck up the courage to say hello 👋 share my graduation news and say thank you to the group that have helped me without even knowing that they were! 😂

Thank you all and happy running 🏃‍♀️

Love Caroline x

25 Replies
oldestnewest

What a great post Caroline, so inspirational...

This program does so much more for us than just get us running, ( it does that of course too!😉) but it helps with self-esteem and confidence and its good to hear that it has been helping you recover from the trauma of being a first responder at the Manchester Arena attack...

Congratulations on completing the program and Graduating. I hope you will continue running with us, and enjoying the many health benefits.

👋waves to you up on the podium😊xx

2 likes
Reply

Thanks so much Bluebirdrunner 😊

1 like
Reply

Congratulations !!! Amazing achievement.

2 likes
Reply

Thanks so much 😊

Reply

Congratulations Caroline and hello 👋

So wonderful to read your post and to hear how far you have come.

Happy running as a graduate 👩‍🎓🏃🏼‍♀️👍 x

2 likes
Reply

Thanks Melo... and congratulations to you too 👍😊

2 likes
Reply

Thank you, I don’t know about you but I’m still smiling 😁

1 like
Reply

Congratulations 🎉🎊🎓👍🏻well done 😊

1 like
Reply

Thanks so much Jen58 😊

Reply

Brilliant, well done!!!

1 like
Reply

Thanks so much 😊

Reply

Well done you 😃🎉😃🎉 that’s brilliant 😃

1 like
Reply

Thanks so much 😊

Reply

what an inspirational post, congratulation, look forward to hearing more about your post grad adventures

2 likes
Reply

Thanks so much 😊🏃‍♀️

1 like
Reply

Whoop whoop, go you - you're a runner now!! Congratulations! Enjoy your moment on the podium!

On a more serious note, running for stress relief / mental health is unbelievably effective and I am really glad you can already feel it helping you. Hope it continues to help you with your recovery and we all look forward to hearing more from you on your running journey.

So hello 🖐, welcome, happy running 🏃, and lastly thank you for all I know you will have done in Manchester. People like you keep the world going round. ❤❤

4 likes
Reply

Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement.... it’s really lovely of you 😊

2 likes
Reply

Congratulations Caroline 🏅🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well done on completing the programme and taking positive action to leave behind such an awful experience.

Things like this help us massively to feel in control of our lives and futures. Taking control again is so important to feeling able to cope day to day.

I hope your running gives you the space and mindset to beat your gremlins.

Onwards 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👍😁👏

2 likes
Reply

Thanks so much, I can’t believe how much this programme has helped me move forward 👍🏃‍♀️

2 likes
Reply

Huge congratulations and very, very well done... Now you are here... why not stay.. we will help you celebrate and move on with you :)

2 likes
Reply

Thank you oldfloss... now I’ve taken the step to say hi to you all, you won’t be able to get rid of me! 😂

2 likes
Reply

Well done! That’s amazing work. You have every right to brag and feel really proud of yourself.

Your post really made me smile.

2 likes
Reply

Thank you so much 😊

1 like
Reply

Congratulations and this sounds like. graduation well deserved in more ways than just the running of it. Mj (Mr Smooth was my favourite too) I always thought with an Olympian in my ear, that I couldn’t let him down. Well you’re an Olympian too, being a first responder is such a big responsibility. So congratulations. well done and enjoy the graduate bling and that view from the podium,

1 like
Reply

Thanks so much Jancanrun 😊

1 like
Reply

You may also like...