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Week 9 Run 3: Couch to 3.5K Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

I know, I'm a snail ๐Ÿ˜Ž

5.00am - check the weather app. The demons that hound me are still staggering around their Bacchanalia and have mercifully not thrown anything too extreme this morning. It's clear and 26 degrees with a strong-ish breeze. Ideally I would have taken an extra rest day for various reasons but decide to strike while the iron is not so hot.

The park opens at 6.00am and I arrive at 6.01. There are a few people already around... I pass a couple who are walking backwards while slapping their thighs. The loud slapping sound echoes ominously. I offer a friendly 'joh-sun!' to the man and he smiles awkwardly. The woman looks the other way. Snubbed. I shuffle on, unperturbed, used to this reaction.

I'm pretty cranky this morning so I spend the first 10 minutes of the run listing all the things I am grateful for. Not just all the good stuff, the challenging stuff as well. Grateful I can't sleep because it's easier to get up when you're already awake. Grateful for my frozen shoulder because I wouldn't have started running if that hadn't happened. Grateful to live in a warm climate because... ummm, because I don't like being cold? It is a bit hard to come up with a reason for that when trying to run in the heat. But the morning is so beautiful, with the sun just coming up over the buildings, that it's not too hard to feel grateful just to be alive in this moment.

The path I'm on merges into another and I end up alongside another slow jogger. We snail race for the longest time. All I can hear are the birds, the gentle padding of our feet and my laboured breath. His breathing is remarkably quiet. He puts on a burst of speed and very slowly pulls away over the next few minutes. ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒ I turn onto the waterfront promenade and revel in the sound of the waves hitting the rocks. Being close to water soothes my soul and puts the world to rights. I prefer to run without music or podcast; I haven't listened to Laura since the interval runs ended in W6R2. I'm happy to potter along, shuffling to the beat of my own drum.

Seventeen minutes in and it's a sweat-fest, causing a rather loud armpit slap that Miranda Hart would envy. I self-consciously tuck my shirt closer under my arm as I pass the couple again, now walking barefoot on large pebbles in the garden. I wonder if they prefer hot coals? I pass the vending machine and eye off the cold drinks, just out of reach for the moment. 'I'm coming back for you,' I yell/gasp/threaten as I jog on for the last minutes of the programme.

I finish the 30 minutes and I think my speed actually picks up as I start the cool down walk. Straight back to get a cold drink and I wander around the park for another 20 minutes or so, loving the quiet, watching all the activity out on the water, the sun reflecting off the buildings on the island, all the people doing their exercises (the couple are now frozen in time/space holding onto a fence and leaning backwards, their bodies making upside down J-shapes.)

I think of all the folk doing C25K, not just on this forum but all around the world (and who don't necessarily write overly-lengthy volumes such as this over a measly 30-minute jog). All of us, working hard to become healthier, stronger, fitter. I am proud to be part of this global community. Bit by bit, week by week, stride by stride, we're all committed to reaching our goal, whatever it is and whatever our motivation to get there. I'm so pleased to have reached this milestone, which, really, is just the beginning.

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Yay whoo hoo Dee! Celebrations. Another great post, I love reading them and loving your photo, your face says it all. ๐Ÿ‘

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Thanks, lexi6. You've been with me all the way! Thank you for all your encouragement and support, it has helped so much x

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Youโ€™ve helped me so much Dee, ya toughened me up when I thought of you running in those temperatures, stopped me complaining (well hopefully not too much) looking forward to seeing Graduate next to your name.

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Lol Lexi, I often think of you and others who have mentioned running in the cold, sleet and snow. Now there's NO WAY I could do that. Haha I have done nothing but complain about the heat in. every. single. post. Apologies to everyone :D

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Hello Hong Kong! Nah ho ma! Fantastic ! Well done! Great run ! I'm sure it's humid over there. That's a great result in sticky temperatures. Loved your post and photo.

Congratulations! Hope you are planning a celebration?!

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Hello from Hong Kong Goforitmama! Thank you for your kind words. Humidity levels perfect today, around 75% when i was out. That's why i had to get out there while it was mild. No celebrations planned, the only treat will be a few days off running I think! :D

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Well done Dee! I am in HK too!!! My snails jogging pace is being done on South Lantau ๐Ÿ˜. My face has resulted in varied degrees of red to purple in 34 degrees but I am still going for it. W7R2 tomorrow - yay for the public holiday - well done again ๐Ÿคฉ

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Haha thanks LantauMama! Oh my, I can't believe there's someone else doing it here! Every time I go out I think I must be daft. Isn't it all hilly country parks in South Lantau?? I'm so lucky to be near one of the few flat places to run that isn't a polluted road. Well done to you, best of luck tomorrow and keep us updated!

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Happy graduation! You have done a great thing and now a whole new world of running awaits. Lovely picture too :)

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Thanks so much helenwheels! Can't wait to see how the running future unfolds :)

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Massive congratulations DeeRunning!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ†โค๏ธ!

Your post is brilliant and inspiring! I love that you jog while deliberately thinking of all the things youโ€™re grateful for. I think Iโ€™ll borrow that! We all have something to be grateful for and running helps me to zone in on the good stuff!

Your photo is amazing! Itโ€™s a beautiful place to be! Well done! โค๏ธ

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Thanks, Fabulous! Your comments are always so positive and inspiring. I, on the other hand, can be a very grumpy person when tired so yes, the gratitude list helps shift my focus. Yep it's very pretty down by the water with the view of the island, love it there!

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Lucky lady!! Dee certainly is running!! Congrats!! โค๏ธ

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What a lovely happy photo to wake up to!

Congratulations- very well done you. Youโ€™re on that podium with your shiny medal. Fabulous.

Hope youโ€™re proud of yourself- especially in that humidity .

๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‡๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโœ”๏ธ

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Bless you Mumsygill, what a lovely thing to say. I was a bit blase about it all this morning, tired and cranky) but feeling super chuffed to have completed it now! :D

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Wonderful, moving post. Loved reading this! Congratulations and well done! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰

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Aw thank you owmeknees. Glad you enjoyed reading - weird how it turned out completely different to the post i was going to write! :D

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Lovely report, congratulations on graduating!

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Thanks Jay66UK! Feels good to be a graduate! Can't wait to see it next to my name :)

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Fantastic post ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ Well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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Thank you F1ipperation! Felt like a bit of a slog sometimes but got there! :D

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Well done congratulations ๐Ÿ˜€

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Many thanks, Alanist! :)

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Fabulous Dee! Many, many congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ…๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Extra ๐ŸŒŸ for the writing ๐Ÿ˜‰ you brought a tear to my eye too!

Welcome to the beginning of the next stage! Enjoy your acheivement๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

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Oh thanks hon. It all reads a bit serious for a 30 minutes jog doesn't it lol. Note to self, keep perspective haha. Thanks, can't wait to see what happens next! :)

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No, I think you're spot on. We need to be more aware and tuned in to self and plugged in to both nature and communities in general. Makes for a kinder and more understanding world! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

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Wow, so true GoGo_JoJo. Perfectly said, my friend xx

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Congratulations!

Hooray for graduation!

Beautifully written expression of your run and mindset. Absolutely lovely.

Well done Dee!

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Thanks, fellow graduate! I was hot on your heels! Hmmm I probably shouldn't put too much out there about my mindset, I'll get locked up. It's just a run, after all :D

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I wouldn't necessarily say so; people here are the ones that would probably understand more than most.

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Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...โ€ฆโ€ฆ.what-next

Keep running keep smiling.

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Thank you, sir. I've had that page bookmarked for a while now. Will just settle into consolidating for a bit and get a more respectable distance covered before I try anything fancy :D Thanks so much for volunteering your time, wisdom and experience here, you make a real difference.

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๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…Congratulations Dee, it's such an achievement, especially in the conditions you run in๐Ÿ˜“.

Love the photo (I hope that was before, because nobody should look that good after!!)๐Ÿ˜˜

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Aww thanks Jell6! Yep I'm pretty chuffed, wasn't earlier but now it's kinda sinking in. YAY! LOL bless you, i took the selfie about 5 mins post run i think. I had just downed a bottle of cold drink which may have taken some of the red out of my face :D

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Fantastic achievement! โญ๏ธ Well done, Iโ€™ve fallen behind a little on w8 r1 today but reading graduation posts like these are so inspiring, happy running ๐Ÿ˜Šxx

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Thanks heaps Lola333! It's a good feeling! Happy running to you, there's no race so you'll get to the runs when you get to them. Enjoy the process :)

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Love your post!

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Thanks Scooter69! :D

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Congratulations! Well done, must be nice to run where itโ€™s warm. I donโ€™t blame you doing it early in the day before it got too humid though. I struggle when itโ€™s too hot. ๐Ÿ˜•

It doesnโ€™t matter how far you run, youโ€™ve run for 30 minutes and thatโ€™s what C25K is all about. ๐Ÿ‘

Good luck with your future running career. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Thanks David_G! To be honest I'm a bit disappointed I don't run further/faster but I'm at where I'm at. I hope to improve but this also may be my happy pace. Will work on it and see where it takes me.

Between you and me, I struggle when it's hot too ๐Ÿ˜€

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Very well done DeeRunning ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ซ

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Thanks so much Flaraflarkin

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Congratulations Dee!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Great post and lovely photo. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

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Ripcurlrana71, just following your footsteps. But slower ๐Ÿ˜€. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Oh Iโ€™m flattered but youโ€™re a superstar running in that heat and humidity! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Superstar or quite daft? That is the question...

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Super ๐Ÿ’ซ ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

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Bless xx

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Fantastic post and well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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Thank you Debsy2008 ๐Ÿ˜€

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Beautifully written Dee! Many congratulations on graduating ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

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Thanks so much pianoteacher, it's a lovely sense of achievement ๐Ÿ™‚

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There are a few people on here for whom I'd jump off a cliff if it would help them. You have always been one of the special people on here.

What can I say? Funny, smart, kind. And now you have your Grad badge.

Fantastic job. All the hugz in the world to you. xxxx

* happy sob *

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Awww Stephen, thank you for everything you do here. A personal cheerleader for each and every one of us. In a mankini. With pockets that hold jelly babies.

I'd take a bullet for you buddy. But not torture. I would draw the line at torture. Any hint of that and I would sing like a canary. Soz.

Big hugs back. You have helped make this all so much more worth it xx

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Brilliant Dee, huge congratulations!! Great post and the smile says it all! :) :)

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Thanks Lorijay! I think it was mainly a big smile of relief lol ๐Ÿ˜€

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Well done you! Lovely photo indeed! Congratulations! ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธAnd all the very best for your onward running journey. Have you spotted the pinned post on the right to ask for a graduation badge? Enjoy your time on the podium!

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Thank you 61andtrying! You might need to change your name now you've tried and conquered! :) Yes, i certainly requested my badge and it's now here. Can't believe how happy it makes me to see it :D

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The badge suits you! And looks great! I am still trying! Although I hope to move on from 61, not in hurry though! I think there is ever such a lot more trying to do! Once you reach one goal there is always another to go for. Your DeeRunning is indeed a very sensible choice of name. Good for all time. I had no clue really that our name would be so 'up there' when i chose it. I think I tried a few that were already taken, Primrose and Primula come to mind as I really like flowers, but they were already taken. Happy running. ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Huge, massive congratulations! ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŒ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ you glorious snail runner! In that heat Iโ€™d say you are running blooming quick!

What a lovely picture you painted of your run and what a fantastic photo of you! Your beaming smile says it all, really! You thoroughly deserve all your success in the program. Good luck for the rest of your running life! Will look forward to hearing all about it!

Well done again! You are an absolute star! โญ๏ธ

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Hey thank you _SimonT_! Yes I am a total snail, which is why i always giggle when i see your posts about your 'slow' pace. Makes me look like a comatose snail, you gazelle! I have run further on earlier runs so part of me hopes it's the heat that keeps me slow, but it may just be the way it is. I'll see how I run when it cools down in January! :D Thanks for your kind wishes :)

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Hiya dee ..Congratulations ...What an achievement ...What a lovely part of the world your in .. lovely post ...Enjoy your graduation ...Cheers to you โ˜บ๏ธ

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Thank you so much Myrar! It is a lovely place to live, interesting though very built up. Graduating is awesome! :D

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Brilliant post. Congratulations on graduating ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ Enjoy your future runs in that beautiful park

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Thank you Shazamie! Future runs will be even better- the park is still being built so once it's completed there will be amazing running paths to enjoy! :)

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Congratulations- deep respect for doing it in the heat and humidity too! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ…

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Thanks Crittermad, it's pretty nuts running in this climate. Or I'm pretty nuts... either way, I've got a new hobby so I'll be getting out there! :)

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Congratulations! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ…๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Looks like a lovely place to run. Enjoy the next phase of the journey whatever it may be ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thank you Saartjie - it is lovely and a perfect getaway from the crazy city life. Looking forward to consolidating now, and hopefully getting a better distance covered in 30 mins! :D

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Yes likewise ๐Ÿ˜„

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Love it! Just what I needed to read/hear. Blessings on you.

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Glad it helped ccarter100 - how's your running going?

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Very well, slow and steady progress. The runs themselves are going quite nicely, but I seem to need extra rest days now and then. I try not to feel guilty about them. ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for asking!

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Great to hear ccarter100 you're making steady progress through it. There's no race, so i think you're right to take extra time if that's what your body's telling you it needs. Have fun with it :)

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Well done! I can't imagine how you do it in 26 degrees - 14 degrees wa too hot for me this morning! I like the idea of listing the things you're grateful for - I think I'll try that. Enjoy your success!

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Thanks, Pippayoungart - to be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I've continued to get myself out there! It is pretty hard going, but it's all i've ever run in so in a way it's what I'm used to/still getting used to. The gratitude list is fab, it can really change a grumpy mindset :D

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Whoop whoop! Well done you! And in that weather.... Wow, impressive ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Thank you oldwheezer69! Snail pace the only way to get through it! Will be listening to the drill sergeant in the coming runs to give me a bit of ooomph :D

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Ah yes, I dig him out every time I think I am going to struggle with a run ๐Ÿคฃ

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