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Run 3 of week 9 done! C25K program completed!


A couple of hours ago I ran my third run of week 9. So, I have officially completed the program now!

It was a really good run today. My feet and legs felt light and quiet and my breathing was fine. I had a hint of stitch off and on through the entire run, and managed to get the mother of all stitches on both sides with one minute left. That minute was not all that enjoyable, but it was only a minute, so I pushed on to get the full 30 minutes of running done. Other than that, the run really was great. Plus, the lilacs are blossoming right now, so the air had a really lovely scent to it.

It felt, perhaps a little anticlimactic, because while I'm super impressed with myself for sticking with it, I've already decided that running is something I'll be continuing. It will stay a part of my life, so I'm not really "done" with the program. This was just the completion of one leg of the journey. That sounded a little bit hippie-ish... Did that make sense to anyone besides me?

Running has become a habit I guess, and since I've been swamped with deadlines for a little while now, I sometimes had two or three days go by between runs. And let me tell you, I was super antsy and really felt like I needed to run off some energy and do something with my body and give my poor brain a rest after three days.

I'm aiming for sticking to running for 30 minutes for at least a couple of weeks now, before I might start trying out the post C25K podcasts and then later on adding a few minutes to my runs.

I wish all of you our there all the best and thanks to everyone that have encouraged me with wise and thoughtful words along the way! I've included a picture of the lush trees I see on my runs.

Happy running!


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Congratulations Nenenene 🍾. Well done. Lovely post and pic. Enjoy your onward journey. I know what you mean, I can't imagine life without running 🏃 now. :)

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Lorijay

Thank you! Yes, I didn't anticipate liking it as much as I do, but I'm glad I do.

Happy running!


Congratulations Graduate ☺

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Irish-John

Thank you, fellow graduate! 😊


What a gorgeous place to run! Congratulations :)

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Shivani05

Thank you! Yes, having a nice scenery on my runs have definitely been a plus for morale 😊.


Well done and good luck for your future running 🏃🏽‍♀️ 👍🏻Xx

NeneneneGraduate in reply to JoBC

Thank you!



NeneneneGraduate in reply to Tasha99

Thank you!


Congratulations. Hooked for life now :-) A glorious place to run in too.

NeneneneGraduate in reply to sallenson

Thank you! Yes, I both think and hope so 😊. Yes, I like it as well, it's been really fun to see the changing of the season, run by run. It's like a new place each run almost.

Fantastic achievement and very inspiring to such as me following in your footsteps!

W6R1 is my next - so happy to have got this far.

Keep running and keep posting! X

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Christianne57

Thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful! Yes, you should be happy with your progress, you are rocking it!

I'll be sure to keep posting updates, mostly because I couldn't imagine not being on the forum with all the lovely people here.

Happy running!


Well done...that's amazing. And such a beautiful place to run!

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Saartjie

Thank you! Yes, it really is beautiful, and has kept me from being bored on my runs, for sure 😊.

Congratulations, great work!

NeneneneGraduate in reply to David_G

Thank you!

Congratulations!!! What an achievement indeed. Chapter one done - onwards and upwards runner. 🏃🏻‍♀️💪🏼😊

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thank you! Yes, onwards and upwards to the next chapter 😊.

Congratulations keep up the good work

NeneneneGraduate in reply to MrsQP

Thank you! I'll be sure to do just that 😊.

Congratulations to you! That's no mean achievement

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Bobthedog

Thank you! I can't say I didn't think I could do it, but since I'm usually bad at follow through, I'm a bit impressed that I persevered and kept at it 😊.


Well done Nenenene! I’m still on week 4 but have missed some runs this week with an ear infection! Antsy is the perfect way to describe how I’ve felt too. You’ve definitely inspired me to keep going and not give up. Good luck with your future runs x

NeneneneGraduate in reply to lollytwist

Thank you! Yes, ear infections are not fun at all, I hope it clears up soon for you.

Ah, week 4. I had some issues with that one, but I re-ran a couple of runs and then I defeated that week as well. I'm sure you'll be able to finish it as well.

Just don't be sad if you feel like you have to run the same run a couple of times (at any time in the program) to be ready to move on (like I did). All the runs you run are working on building up your stamina, and that's progress.

Happy running to you as well!


Well done! Great post too. 🏃‍♀️

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Birdsong53

Thank you!

Great to hear what you have achieved. Good encouragement to someone like me in Week 5

NeneneneGraduate in reply to ShonaWiggs

Thank you! And good job at getting to week five! Just keep at it and post on the forum if you even need help or just to vent, the people here are an amazing fountain of encouragement and information.

Happy running!


Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful

Keep running keep smiling.

NeneneneGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you! I'll be sure to check out the post you linked, I'm sure it's a great read.

Happy running to you as well!

Congrats for finishing. I'm just starting on week 9 and completely get what you're saying, it's quite addictive and although very hard, very rewarding too. I haven't felt this good in years. Good luck with your next steps.

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Suzi26

Thank you! And good work on getting to week nine, soon you'll be graduating as well then! Yes, it really is both hard work and rewarding.

Good luck to you as well and happy running!

Congratulations that's amazing. Looks such a cool place to run too nice and shaded like we need

NeneneneGraduate in reply to Kar43

Thank you! Yes, the other bits of my run are not as shaded, so I really enjoy getting to the shady parts to cool down my super flushed face a little 😊.


Woo hoo well done you graduate!!! 🎉🎉🎉💪🏃🏻‍♀️👍😁

NeneneneGraduate in reply to JennyH10

Thank you! 😁

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