Log in
Couch to 5K
71,122 members β€’ 103,252 posts

Week 9 Run 3 complete. I've done it !

Well, I can hardly believe it but I've completed the C25K programme this morning! From puffing through 1 minute of running thinking I was going to die in week 1, I can now run for 30 minutes non stop.

I had planned to finish the programme before my summer holiday but work commitments and the heat meant that I didn't, so running kit was packed with a view to doing my graduation run today.

By 9 am when I was ready to run, it was already hot. I am in the beautiful town of Coniston and had planned out a route alongside the lake by looking online but didn't realise it had very little shade. I also didn't realise there were lots of gates which needed opened, meaning I had to slow to fiddle with the latches! It was also a rough gravel path which is different from my normal footpaths. All this meant my pace was much more irregular than normal but I still did it! And boy what views!

I am so proud of completing this as I have never run before. My husband and 2 teenage sons are also very proud of my achievement.

Before I did the programme I never thought I would be running on holiday, that Jo Whiley would be my mentor, that I would possess so much lycra, that I would know that I overpronate and that I would pay a small fortune for trainers!

I have posted a little but I have lurked a lot on this forum, taking advice and encouragement from those ahead of me on the programme or the administrators which helped me keep going even when it was hard. Thank you!

What's ahead? I am going to build up to 5k in 30 minutes, I am going to sign up for our local park run with my boys and I am going to build on my progress. Beyond that I don't know, I'll see how it goes but I am very glad of the day I took the headstaggers and decided to donate my old trainers and track bottoms and embark on Couch to 5k! πŸ‘Ÿ

33 Replies
oldest β€’ newest

Massive congrats!!!! You are a fully fledged runner! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŒžπŸ…πŸΎ

Reply

Thanks- I know, I can't believe it! ☺️

Reply

Well done! That’s a massive achievement. It’s a great feeling when you complete. Get yourself a big glass of fiz....... once the sun hits the yard arm 😁

Reply

Thanks! Great idea! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚

Reply

Congratulations! And a stunning place to graduate πŸ˜€

Reply

Thanks, absolutely beautiful here, especially on such a sunny day. Stunning scenery

1 like
Reply

I also think that everyone should post a graduation selfie on here like you’ve done πŸ˜€

Reply

Now to get my graduation badge!

1 like
Reply

Yes - go and grab it with both hands!

Reply

Woo hoo! Congratulations.

Reply

Thanks, it's a great feeling as you know πŸ™‚

1 like
Reply

Oh yes 😁

Reply

πŸ˜€

Reply

Congrats Ljb71, you’ve done it and you will have a great time Parkrunning with your boys. I just love consiston water - I’ve only done it with walking boots on. Who knows where this new addiction will take us.

πŸŒŸπŸ’«πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ…

Reply

Thanks Dexy, a beautiful part of the world. Now to keep going!

1 like
Reply

🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

Reply

Thanks πŸ˜€

Reply

Well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ congratulations to you πŸ…πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

Enjoy your acheivement and your new ability! πŸ‘πŸ˜

Reply

Thanks, it's a great feeling πŸ‘

1 like
Reply

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

Reply

Thanks πŸ˜€

Reply

And the most beautiful region on earth for your podium run! Congratulations!!

Reply

Thanks - it certainly is beautiful here. My first time in Coniston and I love it.

1 like
Reply

Many congratulations, it's amazing what we can achieve when we put our mind to it. I hope you carry on running. I've found Parkrun to be great fun and it's always good to be surrounded by other people who understand what you do and why you do it.

Have a relaxing day and celebrate how far you've come!

Reply

Thanks, having a lovely day and looking forward to my Parkruns ☺️ πŸ‘Ÿ

Reply

Well done . You deserve a double medal graduating in the recent weather. Happy running, πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸΎπŸΎ

Reply

Thanks, it certainly has been hot. I prefer it cooler and run a much more steady pace!

Reply

Whoop whoop πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ Congratulations for completing the program Ljb..and on holiday too! GO YOU😎

I can imagine your graduation run, as we have stayed in Coniston on holiday, and the dog in my photo has swum from the little beach at Coniston lake. It is so pretty!

Enjoy your celebrations... (the sticky toffee pudding at the Kings Arms in Hawkshead is to die for!) Footie tonight though...

Hop onto the podium and ask for your badge here...

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Enioy your holiday...Graduate 😊x

Reply

Thanks, badge requested πŸ‘

1 like
Reply

Yeehah, you did it, welcome to being a C25K graduate, it's a very satisfying feeling, enjoy 😎

Reply

Huge congratulations...lovely pikkie, lovely run and lovely smile. Happy runner:)

Reply

Well done πŸ†πŸŽ‰

Reply

I ran that lakeside route last year and it was beautiful, even in the rain.

Many thanks on your graduation fellow runner.

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...…….what-next

Keep running, keep smiling.

Reply

You may also like...