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W9R3 - graduate run done!

W9R3 - graduate run done!

Woo hoo! That feels good.

I decided to bring my graduate run forward by 24 hours. During yesterday I realised that part of my struggle on Sunday was I had spent Saturday “focussing on hydrating”, aka worrying about the run and psyching myself out.

I’d given myself two rest days and last night I realised I was ready.

Up mega early to avoid the heat and off I went. Slow start to the running paid off - no ragged breath, no doubting voice. I ran to the metre the same distance as Sunday but with almost none of the pain.

I’m now a sweaty mess and need a shower.

Thanks to everyone for your support through this - I would’ve given up weeks ago without this forum.

Whatever run you have next, enjoy it x

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Brilliant, well done, congratulations, delighted to hear your news, all the best for the future.xx

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Thank you!

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Yay! Congratulations! 👏🏅🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Very well done. Enjoy that feeling!! Onwards and upwards!! 👍😁🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you!

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Yay!!! Brilliant work, Jay!!

Enjoy the feeling and good luck with your post-grad runs. 🏃‍♂️

You’ve definitely deserved those new running shoes!

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Thanks - that’s my job for tomorrow.

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Wooo hooooo!!!! Well done Jay66UK. You’ve done it!!!

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Thank you!

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Whoop whoop! Congratulations 🎓🎓🎓🎓

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Thanks!

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Well done!! Sounds like a great run as well. Smashed it! :)

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Thanks - yeah, it was special. A classic "tortoise vs hare" compared to Sunday's horrible run.

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Congratulations Jay!!! That’s amazing and you deserve to bask in glory ! 🏅🌟🏃‍♂️

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Thanks! Going to reward myself with a brew and a bowl of Crunchy Nut Cornflakes - living the dream!

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Woohoo indeed! Step up to the podium and celebrate in style 🍾🥇🏆

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I’d like to thank my agent, ...

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Fantastic Jay! I'm so pleased for you :-)

Keep Running x

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Thanks so much, I will x

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Wicked! I'm SO pleased for you Jay. That's just brilliant. We'll done. 😊🎉

I'll be moving on to W6R1 today. Still a bit before I'm in your shoes but not too far off.

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Just have faith in the programme. W6 is harder than it looks so take it at steady speeds and you will smash it!

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Thanks Jay 😊

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Congratulations 👨🏻‍🎓🎉

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Thanks!

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Yahoo Jay brilliant congrats! We expect to see photos posted of your new shoes 😀

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Thanks. Photos will certainly be coming.

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Excellent. Congratulations 🎉

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Thank you.

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Well done! Enjoy the celebratory nutty cereal!

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Thanks!

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Congratulations on graduating Jay, so happy for you 🏆

Remember this isn't the end but just the ..... beginning!!

Jx

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Thank you!

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Big Congratulations from me too. Enjoy the glory and all the runs that are to come 👍🏃‍♂️😊

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Thank you!

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Woohoo!!! Congratulations fellow graduate!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼🍾🍾🍾😬😬

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😁 Thanks! Was worried I wasn’t going to manage this. Thanks for all your support x

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I had no doubt! Now join bridge to 10K with me!! 😬😬 x

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First I need to make it to 5k, so I’m going to have to lag you a bit. Once I can run 5k, I’ll be on that programme.

(I am doing 9min/k, so I am looking at a 45min 5k and I can only just run 30mins!)

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Well I’m continuing 30 min runs for the next few weeks to nail that. I still tire towards last 5mins! My 5k is not 30mins.

10K training is from mid June. Be nice to just enjoy 30 min runs for s bit right? 😊

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Yup. Going to do at least 3 a week, hopefully a Parkrun each week, and look to extend my distance and/or duration. My 10k ambition is 11 months away so I’m also going to start working on my core fitness. Which I think means joining a gym 😢

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Check out some YouTube vids on core work - you can do it at home too.

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Will do.

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Fantastic, you graduate you. :)

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Who me? Shucks!

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Congratulations Jay, well done 🍾🍾, and look at the badge!!!!

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Sweet! Thanks!

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Congratulations! And glad it went well today!!! 😁🍾🍾🍾

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Thanks - it was a really good one.

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Congratulations 😊well done jay 👏 👏 👏

I just completed week8 so if all goes to plan I'll be graduating in 6 days 😉

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Ace. I’ll clean the podium before I leave it.

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You did it!! Congratulations!! Super achievement. Keep on posting and keep it up! ,🙋

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Thank you!!

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Yay !! Well done you!! What’s your plans for the next couple of weeks ? I managed one 5k run and then I’ve done two 2 mile runs ( about 25 mins) with my daughter but really struggled with my breathing to do any longer on the first one and she struggled with the second . I’ve tried late evening and early morning but is still too warm and polleny for me. But it’s still a run and I’m still enjoying it.

I might try 5.00am to see if it’s any cooler then 🤣🤣

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6am awake was enough for me! I’m going to keep doing 30 minute runs twice a week and a Parkrun each Saturday, with the aim of reaching 5k in 30 mins. Over the coming year I want to work towards doing a 10k.

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Yeah so happy for you Jay! Sounds like a brilliant run to end on x🍾🥇🍾🥇

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Thanks - it really was. I guess knowing it’s the graduation run puts you in a good frame of mind!

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Well done you! That badge by your name looks great! Congratulations! 🎓👏🏻🏃🏃🏃🎉🎉 🎉 All the very best for your consolidation runs. Sounds like you have a clear idea of how you would like to progress from here. Impressive!

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Thank you! For me it’s always “fail to plan, plan to fail” - so I am a planner.

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Very wise! I like that slogan.

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Ah Jay that's fantastic- so pleased for you. Bet you feel great now. You should be so proud of yourself.

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Thanks - yeah, I feel really good. I am one of the least likely people to become a runner. And yet here I am!

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Well done!! I did mine today, feels great doesn’t it x

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Well done you! Amazing feeling.

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Well done! 😃🎉😃🎉😃🎉

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Thank you!

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Well done congratulations ...You should be so proud of yourself ...Great achievement 😊😊👏👏

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Thanks!

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Well done 🥇🏆 hearing about others success really does help.

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You can do this!!

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I missed this... so sorry...HUGE congratulations you... well done!

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Thank you, especially for all the wisdom so far.

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Welcome... :)

I am just finding that we have so many new runners currently, that I am missing the folk I have watched coming through and on to the Graduation podium xx

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It’s fantastic how popular this forum is. I don’t mind being overlooked sniff sniff 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Congratulations! 🎓💪🏽

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Thanks!

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Congratulations on graduation Jay66UK! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽❤️

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Thank you.

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WOW only just seen this and you've got the shiney badge already 🏅well done ... now go smash that Parkrun 😘

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Wowser!!! You have graduated!!!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! !

x x

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Thanks!

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Yey! Well done Jay x

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Fabulous post, congratulations Jay.

Now you can just spend time enjoying running for running’s sake.

Hope you’re celebrating. 🥂🎉

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Yup. JD and coke, catching up on The Bridge.

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Well Done Jay66. So well deserved. 🏆🏃‍♂️🏅🍾🥂Come and join us on the other side

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On my way. If I can just find my trainers...

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Congratulations on Graduating Jay...I've been on holiday so missed waving to you on the podium 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏

Well done and Happy running adventures to come...😊x

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Thank you!

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Fantastic Jay! Really well done! Good luck for all the running to come! 😀

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Fantastic!! Well done Jay! Enjoy your new found running skills 🎉

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Thanks!

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Brilliant! Well done you😀 Good luck with the parkrun👍

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Thanks!

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Whoa whoa whoa! How did I miss this???!!!! Noticed your badge on another post, so checked back! Belated congratulations!!!! Very impressed. 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 ps explains one of your park run comments!

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Congratulations you made it. Well done 👍

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Hehe! It’s because I didn’t go on about it. A lot!! Thank you!

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Im so sorry I missed your graduation run Jay, very well done and very well deserved x

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You were with me on the podium with all of the Sirens 😁 - you are one of the key people who have helped me through this.

Looking forward to your turn - I did clean the steps but lots of others have been along since. Give me fair warning and I’ll get the mop out.

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lol , I will do I will keep you to that. Have the mop and bucket ready!

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I’m a domestic goddess now, dontchyaknow.

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