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What a brilliant program Coach to 5K is!


Well today was my final run, like so many on this forum I started off never having run before, completely unfit & not even able to run for a bus!!

How far I have come - 30 minutes non stop running was an impossible dream which I have now achieved. It hasn’t been easy, each run is still hard work but I feel so proud that I’ve actually finished it.

This forum is wonderful, I haven’t posted anything (I’m a bit shy like that) but everyone’s help & advice is brilliant. You can always find someone going through the same struggles as you & read the advice given, so thank you to all you lovely chatty people from a silent stalker!!

I’m hoping to do a Park Run soon, so I’ll keep plodding on until I can actually run the whole 5K!

Good luck to those of you running the earlier weeks, keep going, you’ll amaze yourself 😊

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Well done, you should be very proud. I used to worry what people would think when they saw me running, couldn’t care less now! We are doing amazing 😊🏃‍♀️

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to GG63

Thank you GG63 - I definitely need to worry less about what other people think! I’ll work on that ‘I don’t care’ attitude! 🏃‍♀️ 😀


Brilliant!! No need to be shy now tho. You're a real runner. Kick dust into the eyes of any couch-resident dafties who might look at you funny!! You're fab and we all love you :-) xx

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to sallenson

Thank you 😊


Congratulations Rachel ! You did it! Officially Rachel The Runner!

I hope you will celebrate.

I know what you mean about reading posts and not writing them. I did that for weeks. Just reading other people's successes is inspirational and reading other people's struggles lets us know that we are not alone.

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Goforitmama

Thank you - I’ll definitely be celebrating 🎉🏃‍♀️


Ah.. congratulations! Well done on such a massive achievement. It's great isn't it? 😊🏃‍♀️🏅🍾🎉

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Saartjie

It is a fabulous feeling 😀 xx

Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉 Congratulations for completing the program and Graduating Rachel.👏👏👏

Well done.. and its lovely to hear from you. Keep posting and reading for motivation as you continue your running adventures.

Step up to the podium for your Graduate badge by asking here...


Happy running 😊x

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Many Thanks 😊 xx

Congratulations! Well done you! 🎓🥇🍾🥂🎉🎉🎉🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🤸‍♀️ Enjoy your time on the podium. I think that I can hear the applause from here! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😊

You’re all so lovely- thank you 😊 xx

Fabulous!! What a great accomplishment! I'm on week 6 and echo your sentiments about wonderful people on this forum. <3

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to ccarter100

Well done on reaching Week 6. Thank you for your lovely words, good luck with your next 3 weeks, it will fly by xx


Great to hear from you and congratulations on your graduation, without people posting there would be nowhere to lurk! So now that you have broken your duck, I hope we hear more from you, as you say it is great for those starting out to know that they aren’t the first person to experienced whatever It is they are going through, but for now, bask in the glory of your own personal achievement, you are a 🌟 in your own right

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Berksrover

Thank you 😊 x


Well Done Running_Rachel, graduation! 🏃‍♀️😎☀️🍾🥂🏅💫⭐️. But don’t wait until you can run 5k before you do Parkrun as you can start by walking 5 mins and running 30 mins just like your w9. I did it as my first post graduation run and it was brilliant. Register, Print off your barcode and go for it. 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🌳

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Dexy5

That's great advice Dexy5, thank you & congratulations on your achievements too xx

Great work Rachel, congratulations on your achievement 🍾🥂🎓🏆

Welcome to the podium- who knows where you’ll go next? 😊 Just take it easy for a few weeks and don’t try to do too much too soon 🙂 I know it’s tempting, but be careful -there’s plenty of time for you to achieve whatever goal you set yourself next 😀

For the moment, just be proud of what you’ve achieved and give yourself a big pat on the back👍


Massive congratulations Rachel! Amazing! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🎓🏆❤️

Running_RachelGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you 😊 x


Well done!


Many congratulations 👏🏼🎉🏃‍♀️

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