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W9R3 Graduation run complete!

Well I did it folks and got the very pink face to prove it! Very proud of myself although still some way from 5k...definitely need some consolidation runs to get nearer to that particular goal.

So I can run without stopping for half an hour it would seem. And I don't pass out. And I enjoy it. Amaaaaazing! Who would have thought all the years of trying and only a few what seem like short weeks on this programme and I can now call myself a runner? No inverted commas necessary!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Now for the Oscars speech. Thank you for all the support and advice on here...I truly think that's what made the difference.πŸ€— It's been great being part of everyone's journey and having you be part of mine. Long may it continue.

I thank you πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸΎπŸ₯‚

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Woohooo!!! Congratulations Saartjie! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ“πŸΎπŸ’«πŸ˜¬

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Thank you! πŸ€—

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Fantastic!!! Well done πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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Thank you! πŸ™πŸΌ

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Great work Saartjie, congratulations! πŸ˜€πŸ‘

You’re right, I think this forum is brilliant and I wouldn’t have graduated either without all the support 😊

Enjoy the glory of graduation!! πŸ†πŸŽ“πŸΎπŸ₯‚

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Thanks David. Celebrating with a curry so I may not be running for a few days πŸ˜‚

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Yay! Well done! Fantastic! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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Thank yoooouuuuu! πŸ€—πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Yay congratulations, well done, go celebrate πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Thanks Alan πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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Well done!!! It’s a great feeling!! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ‘

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Thanks! It really is 😎

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Awesome! It’s been fab watching your progress. Enjoy this moment, it’s really special and you’ve earned it.

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Ahh thanks Jay...right back at ya! Can't believe it's suddenly here to be honest!

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See it as a door opening. Now it’s for you to take the decisions and guide it. Someone will be along with the link to the postgrad advice. Just keep running and keep posting!

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I intend to dont worry 😊

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Many congratulations.

Enjoy it all.

Very well done.

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Thank you 😁

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Absolutely fantastic ...Go you ..Well done saartjie..You so deserve your graduation ...Virtual party going on woohoo. 😊😊😊

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Thanks - Am loving the virtual party! Pass the virtual fizz please 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ‘

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One bottle or two 😊😊

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Maybe just one...it is a school night after all πŸΎπŸ˜†

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One it is enjoy ....So pleased for you 😊

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Fantastic!!! Well done! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ’ͺπŸ₯‡

And your face looks fab, a lovely soft pink glow. I wish mine looked more like that instead of the bright red Belisha beacon dripping with sweat πŸ€ͺ

Go and celebrate πŸŽ‰ 🍾

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I think it might be the beauty filter on my camera πŸ˜‚ Thanks Sandie πŸ€—

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Oh I NEED that filter! πŸ˜‚

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Fantastic! So happy for you!!

Love the photo.

I did mine earlier today too - we are officially runners now!! Amazing.

πŸ˜€πŸƒπŸ˜€πŸƒπŸ˜€πŸƒπŸ˜€

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Yay! Well done you πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done goforitmama ..Welcome to the party 😊😊

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πŸ°πŸΎπŸΉπŸ˜€πŸ˜€ party on!

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Well done. I’m only on week 1 so I need all the inspiration I can get! And you look glowing and healthy.

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Glowing is the word! πŸ€’πŸ˜… Stick with the programme and trust it. Even when you think you can't do it just slow down and you really can. πŸ˜€

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Congratulations!πŸ…

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Thank you 😊

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Fantastic - well done πŸŽ‰πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ†πŸŒŸ. Was looking out for your post so delighted to see you’ve graduated. Hoping to join you on Sat. Lovely photo πŸ˜‰

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Thought I would share my post run 'glow'! Thanks Queen...Will be looking out for you on Saturday 😊

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You can do this Queenie! See you on Saturday post-grad for drinks 🍾πŸ₯‚

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Thanks so much, Sutsha - looking forward to graduating but will miss the structure of the programme☺

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You think that, but having spent must of W9 with no MJ, who kept crashing out at 10 mins it wasn't really a problem. You're already trained to do a 5 minute warm-up, run 30 and then 5 minute cool- down. I stated Zombies, Run last run just because I couldn't run it when using the C25K app - running 2 apps together usually results in complete failure. It's really good and a nice distraction. If you're not into Zombies then an audio book would work as motivation to get out there and get the next part of the story just the same.

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Yay! Congratulations

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Thank you 😊

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Wonderful! Well done. Congratulations! πŸ…πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

Enjoy your acheivement. πŸ‘πŸ˜

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Thank you! 😊

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Oh, Saartjie how amazing is that! Well done girl x Another graduate on our midst. Massive congrats! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¨πŸ…πŸΎπŸ₯‚

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Thank you!So pleased to be doing you on that podium! πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

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Omg...just re-read that! Should say 'joining you' πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

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You know, I didn't even notice. Knew what you were trying to say πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Do you think autocorrect is worse on here? I find I'm always editing!

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So good to have you! Phew! Consolidating next... are you ready for this!!!! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ Of course you are! Bring it on πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

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I am. Have my 5k goal to get now!

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Just run as long as it takes. Where are you now distance-wise?

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4k. It's just over 5k incl. warm-up and cool down walks. So I know I can do 5k in 40 mins, but would like to be able to run it all.

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You'd do 5K in 37.5 at that pace. 😊

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Which I actually think is quite respectable bearing in mind I couldn't run for 2 minutes 9 weeks ago!

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VERY respectable! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¨πŸ’¨

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Woo hoo! Congratulations I’m having a glass of wine to celebrate all the people who started with me and are now graduating - (I’m 2 weeks behind now) you still all continue to inspire me. 🍷 πŸ₯‡πŸ†πŸŽ½πŸ‘ŸπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Thank you...had my curry and may join you in a glass now πŸ₯‚ You can carry the torch to the finish now πŸ˜πŸ†

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No pressure then! πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚

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No pressure! You can do it πŸ‘

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Yeah, that's why I'm having wine too! πŸ₯‚πŸ˜

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πŸ˜‚πŸ· cheers!

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Cheers! πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

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P.S. Hic!

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Congratulations and well done! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ₯‚

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Thank you! 😊

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Congratulations !

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Thank you!

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Amazing! I’ve just completed my 20 minute run at the end of week 5 and feel like Paula Radcliffe πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜€ so can’t imagine how pleased you must be 😊Well done x

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That run was the turning point in believing I could do it. And here I am. Well done for completing that run...in a week they will tell you you are officially a runner!

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Well done !!!

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Thanks πŸ‘

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Well done!

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Thanks πŸ‘

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Congratulations πŸŽ‰

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Thank you 😊

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Yeehah, well done Saartjie 🌟🍾πŸ₯‚

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Thank you 😊

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Brilliant!! Well done you!! Now, where's that cake? :-)

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Well we've got the drinks so the cake is on you!

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Well done! Congratulations! And so with this special NHS C25k programme you made it! πŸŽ“πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ And all the very best for your onward running journey.

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Thank you 😊

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Great running and many congratulations on graduating from C25K 😊 😊

The power of positive thinking in motion!

Hope you are celebrating your achievement! Proud of you x x

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Ah thank you 😊

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Huge congratulations! Well done you! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯‡

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Thank you!

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Ooh...you've got your badge!! πŸ‘

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I'm actually so excited it's ridiculous! By daughter is laughing at me right now πŸ˜‚

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Oh brilliant Saartjie, big congratulations!! Great achievement. :) :)

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Thank you 😁

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Hooray! Well done! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰

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Thank you 😊

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Fantastic achievement!! Well done you πŸ™Œ Be proud 😬πŸ’ͺβ­οΈπŸ’«

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Thank you 😊

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Yaaaay! Congratulations, Saartje - so brilliant to hear you’ve done it! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚

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Ahh thank you 😊

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It’s a wonderful achievement. Well done x

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Thank you 😊

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Hooray!

Congratulations!

Graduation!

How are you celebrating?

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Thanks Rob. Had a curry and a glass of wine and a virtual party. And tomorrow I'm going to treat myself to some earphones that won't fall out constantly!

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Now that's a good idea. I could do with some too.

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I asked for recommendations on here yesterday so you could perhaps look at that post for ideas...

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I just noticed your "about me" details on your profile. Does that need updating...?

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Duly noted and completed!

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Well Done saartjie, graduation day πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ‘πŸ…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ and you’ve joined the 4k club πŸ‘

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Thank you! Feels like forever and yesterday all at the same time 😊

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So very, very well done! πŸ˜ƒ

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Thank you 😊

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Congratulations Saartjie!! You’ve done it! Yaaay! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸŽ“πŸ†β€οΈ

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Thank you! So happy to have completed this thing! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Congratulations!!

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Thank you! X

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Well Done

Bet you are feeling amazing!

I love this programme it’s worked miracles. I can’t believe

I’m getting up early tomorrow to do my graduation run.

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I am thank you! It really is an amazing programme, and forum. I never trusted it enough before but know better now! Good luck tomorrow 😊

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Brilliant news! Very well done . Enjoy the feeling- you deserve it all! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ₯‡πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸΎ

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Ahh thank you Mumsy 😊

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