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OldLadyRuns Graduated today...at last!

OldLadyRuns Graduated today...at last!

Excuse the photo, its a bit cliche but I am proud of it all the same.

Its been a long slow journey with lots of bumps along the road but today I graduated! Four weeks ago having done week 9 runs one and two I was feeling so confident but it shows how quickly I could be knocked off my snug little perch. The following day I was admitted to hospital with a chest infection. I didn't run for a couple of weeks and the past two weeks I have kept trying week 9 run 3 ..again and again and again until eventually today I completed it. I am not sure how I was meant to feel. I had just achieved something amazing ..an overweight grandma ..who has always struggled to exercise and I have to say never truly enjoyed it. I simply stared at the 'graduate' message on the app in what was very thick cooling fog here in the hills this morning. But I did it. I have learnt so many lessons, how to run is the least of them, I have always been frightened of failure. I have learnt no matter what obstacles are put in front of you, with perseverance and consistency you can steer a path through them and succeed. My obstacles will have been different to yours but we all get them. In weeks to come as my running journey continues I will reflect and share those obstacles with you because they are a huge part of who I am today. This so called 9 week journey of C25K actually has taken me exactly 12 weeks but the bigger truth is my journey back to health has taken over 2 years.

I know I couldn't have done this past 12 weeks without this forum. Friends and family have not always been understanding of the struggle we all face in completing this program. Many of you have kept in touch through the 'chat', you all know who you are and you have been a huge part of my journey. Thank you x

Now where is that podium and badge.

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Congratulations. Keep running!!!

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Thank you, Im loving running again

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So happy 4u.

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Well done! 👏👏👏👏 Many congratulations.

Worried you had fallen off the face of the earth.

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Thanks Jay, I was frightened I couldn't complete it so kept myself quiet ..for a change ..lol, hope all is well with you. Im back and intend to stay back

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Very reasonable. Great you fought through with it. Sorry it was in such difficult circumstances.

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Well done Oldladyruns! Many congratulations on graduating. I always worry when regular posters go quiet and so I am pleased to see that you are back! Enjoy the feeling and the great world of running that awaits :)

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Thank you, its just taken time to get properly well again. I am thrilled though

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Very well done for bouncing back, keeping at it and being victorious in the end. It ain’t easy but my word the sense of achievement is worth every second. Congratulations on your well deserved graduation!

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and thank you for all your support along the way. Im still pinching myself

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Congratulations ☺️

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thank you, I'm so excited to have got there

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Fanbloodytastic!! Massive congratulations 👏💪🥇🎉

What a fabulous inspirational post. You have overcome your obstacles and here you are! Up on the podium where you belong 👏. Enjoy the moment and the next stage of your journey 👏😘

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Thank you, its taken a bit of a route but as you say I got there !

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’ve missed you and was worried about you too. Sooooo glad to hear from you and you’ve graduated!!!! 🥇 👩‍🎓 🍾. Cheers to you my dear so very bloody well done! You’ve certainly been tested during your journey and come through fighting fit. You and Jay66UK were my running mates when I started and so pleased to have you back on the team! Xxx😘😘.

Somebody get this superstar grad a badge. 😬😬😬

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Thank you my friend, you've been a great support. I hadn't posted until I knew I was back in the game!! and back I am. I have a race for life on Saturday. I was worried I wouldn't make it but Im just about back to full fitness now

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That’s so great to hear. Although we are all friends on here you don’t want to pry into peoples personal lives so didn’t want to bother you. But really pleased you’re back with us! Xx

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Congratulations 🏃‍♀️🎓🥇🥂👟🎉

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Thank you, Im so relieved to complete the program

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Many congratulations enjoy your time on the podium 🤸‍♀️🏃‍♀️🍾🍾🐑🐑

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I will ..when I find that podium and work out how to get my shiny new badge lol

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HURRAY! Congratulations and well done. I don't think it matters how long it takes....it's the doing that matters. Glad you're on the mend after illness, and a rough few months. The summer is ahead, take the chance to look after yourself a bit. Lots of love. 🥇🥇🥇👏🍾

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and thank you very much for all your support along the way

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Such a lovely thoughtful post.

What a journey and what a story, even before this recent challenge.

I agree with Rip., get this superstar graduate her badge.

Enjoy all your celebrations with your family, they will all be so proud of you as is this forum family.

We exist to connect and you certainly have done that on this forum.Running supports that also.

Take good care of you and looking forward to the next part of your journey in your own good time.

💥🏃‍♀️💥

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I’m certainly taking my time but it doesn’t matter how long it takes you I’m still running with a smile. Thank you for your support x

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Hooray!!! And well done you! Have loved following your story and absolutely delighted for you. X 🍾🥂

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Thank you it’s certainly been more of a soap opera than a story but I’ve got there in the end

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Congratulations, my lovely; you stuck with it. Well done! 👍🏽🥂

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And thank you so much for your support along my bumpy journey, you have inspired me x

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I'm so proud for you. I knew you would do it well done 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Another one of my friends on this journey, thank you for your support

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Big well done and huge congratulations !! So happy you are back to full fitness and renewed your love of running :) :)

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Great to hear from you. Thank you for all your support and help along the way x

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Yaaaaaayyyy! 🏅

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Thank you, you have really kept me going..thank you

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Well you were instrumental in keeping me on track after the dreaded W4R2, so really pleased to see you on the podium!

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Wonderful! Many, many congratulations - you deserve to feel very proud 😀👍🏆🎖

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It has been such a journey with some proper bumps along the way but I’m here on the podium now, thank you

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Yay!!! Very very well done to you 🙌👊💪☀️🏃‍♀️🎉 Knew you would get there!! X

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Thank you, you have been such a support. Couldn’t have done this without my favs x

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Wondered where you'd gone, massive congratulations. Enjoy Race for Life 👍

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Thank you I was dreading the race for life a couple of weeks ago but it shows you can get back after a fall! Thanks for all your support

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Wooohooo! Dance, dance, dance on that podium! 😀 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏😃

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Hello my friend and a huge thank you for always being there x

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Congrats OLR, I had been a bit worried but knew you'd do it ......Well done and take heart from all the love coming your way ! 🐄🍪

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Thanks so much you have been such an inspiration

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What a fabulous post! So pleased for you- congratulations!

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Thank you ..some of us take a straight forward route and some of us a bendy one ..but we get there

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Thats fantastic, well done to you. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts and you have helped me to reach week 7, looking forward to graduating too. Fantastic achievement. Congratulations. 🏃‍♀️🍾😀

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Thank you and that is great news you being at week 7, very well done ..nearly there

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Many congratulations! Very well deserved! Sorry you had to have a stay in hospital. 🎉🎊🎉🎊

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Thank you, I’m feeling so much better. Thanks for your support x

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What a fabulous inspiring post. Many congratulations to you on your graduation!

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The journey to graduation is not always straight forward but amazing when you get there x

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Congratulations. I thought I may have missed your graduation post. You've done brilliantly with all the ups and downs you have had. It is surprising the wider benefits this programme brings.

What I'd really like to know is what your friends who laughed say now! Hopefully they just think running is part of who you are now.

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Firstly, thank you for all your amazing support. Secondly, you are so right my friends just see me as a runner ..no comments ..in fact some are coming along to a race for life next weekend to cheer me over the finishing line ! How things change

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Brilliant - you never know one of them might be on the start line with you next year.

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Hello oldladyruns, I thought I hadn’t seen you and your cows for a while , and sorry you haven’t been well. So double congratulations to you for sticking to it until you graduated. You have done brilliantly and so deserve to step on the podium and pick up your shiny graduates badge. Whoop whoop! 🏃‍♀️🤸‍♀️🏃‍♀️👏🍾🥂🐄🐂🐄

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Thank you, you have been a wonderful support. My lovely cows were next to me when I finished and as usual we shared a digestive biscuit

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Oh I'm so pleased for you! Glad you are ok now. Congratulations from another nan!! 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

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We nans are showing them how to do it ..lol and thank you

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Congratulations to you 'oldladyruns' (that should be young lady runs) great achievement for you, especially after your recent chest affections, well done.

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Thank you it’s been quite a journey but I’m on that podium

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Congratulations graduate 🏃🏻‍♀️

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Thank you, I can’t really put into words what this means to me. Although this took me 12 weeks rather than the 9, the last 2 years have been a massive journey back to fitness. Thank you to the admins x

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Whoop whoop Graduate alert!

Congratulations Oldladyruns 🎉🎉🎉🎉

So pleased for you, and a fabulous post to come back with😊...

You have obviously had a tough time recently and been quite poorly, its so good to hear you are fit and well again, and back running with us...

Get your badge here....

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Well done for completing the program and Graduating 😊xx

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Thanks for the link, I’ve been to sign up for my badge ..yay.i can’t express in words the support the admins have given me, I know I couldn’t have made it without all the help this forum has given

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Congratulations- it must be a great feeling . Hope you keep on running !!

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Thank you I will keep running, I’m not going to give up on all the effort it’s taken to get here and besides I love running and that is something coming from an old exercise phobe!

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Ah fantastic- I’ve been wondering where & how you are. So glad you are back and a graduate!!! Yippee. Superstar. Huge congratulations for completing it in the face of such adversity. Stay on the forum and keep us posted of your next steps

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Thank you my friend ,can’t thank you enough for your support. I did go quiet on the forum but was scared I couldn’t get back to where I left off ..that frightened of failure reared it’s head but I knocked it back today..I’m back lol

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Well done! Keep on running.

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Congratulations, what a fantastic performance! 😀👍

Now relax and enjoy your Graduate 👩‍🎓🏆status. Richly deserved! 🍾🥂🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you, I’m looking forward to where this running takes me to next

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🎉🎉Congratulations OLR🎉🎉

So pleased you reached the podium despite your illness . Great news .

I have been waiting to cheer you as you reached the C25K finish line

👏👏👏

All the best... Happy Running

RGR

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We granny’s are doing it! I’m so pleased I’m back to full health and running like I was

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Congratulations! Your Graduate badge is well and truly deserved! Enjoy your running journey 👍🏃🏽‍♀️🏅

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Can’t quite believe I’m a graduate but I am ..looking forward to my next adventure

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Congratulations 🎉🍾🎈👏. Was only thinking of you the other day. Hope you are fully recovered - and stay that way 🍀 And enjoy many runs in the future

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Thank you ..I’m back running and back in the forum and enjoying it all

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Your journey has been a real inspiration to me. Huge congratulations and well done on graduating - you deserve it. I haven't posted on here for weeks as I have found it difficult to maintain motivation following graduation. However, your story has been fantastic to follow. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy future running. 👏👏👏💪🎓

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I was thinking about you just the other day. It's all about routine. Just keep a strict routine and you'll soon have the habit back 😉👍

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Hey JoJo

Thank you for thinking of me. I am still running but I am struggling a bit and am frankly envious of all the graduates who seem to be making leaps and bounds with 10Ks and Park Runs and PBs. I have thought about you often and hope you are now off the IC and back to running? How is your foot/toe? 😀🏃‍♀️

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Everyone is different, and it really does depend on what you want to achieve. I'm aiming for distance at the moment.

Toe is all healed thank you, it gives a weird twinge with too much pressure but is back to full function.

I'm doing 10k twice a week just now with a 5 thrown in too but I've got my eye on a 14km route near work on brand new tarmac that I think would be quite a treat to my beat up pavements near home.

🤔 I'm sure there's a saying about envy robbing us of joy. Please don't feel you need to keep up with anyone. Maybe join the B210k lot and start the 10k plan if a structured plan works better or join a local running club for social fun.

You've had such a great acheivement; everyone on the couch will envy you. No need to compare really, we are all so individual and wonderful in our own right 👍😁🤗

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Great news that you're back on track with your running!

You're right of course - I should stop comparing/envying and just set my own course. Trouble is I'm not sure what that course should be at the moment. A structured plan is good for me so I may try the B210K plan, although not sure I can manage it. Won't know until I try I suppose!

Thanks again for the support and encouragement. I'll keep you posted. 👍😀

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You are the inspiration, I found it difficult to post on here in the forum when I was struggling but today when I cracked it after 2 weeks of trying that last run, I was elated. Let’s both try and keep that motivation .

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Thank you for your kind thoughts. You'll have to keep posting now - look at how everone has missed you!! Well done on overcoming many obstacles. I'll try to emulate you and keep going with the running despite feeling a bit disheartened about it. Onwards and upwards! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Love the shiny Graduate badge!! 👏👏👏🎓🏃‍♀️

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I love it. So shiny and new !

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Fantastic! I’m so proud of you! You’re an inspiration! So tell me, what’s next?!

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Thanks Tasha you have kept me on it ! What’s next ..a 5K race for life on Sunday in Newcastle ..then I’m not sure but I will keep running that’s for sure

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Yay! Sunday sounds fun! Hope I haven’t been annoying 😂

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Lol not at all you are an inspiration

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Many many congratulations! xx

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Thank you, it took me longer than I wanted it to but I’m here now

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Congratulations!! Impressive to come back so purposefully and persistently after such a bad chest infection! Sheer grit! 👏👏👏🏃🏻‍♀️🥂👩🏻‍🎓

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Thank you, determination got me to the podium in the end ..and you lot of course lol

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That's so freaky. I was just thinking about you and I clicked on your username to see how you were getting on... and Boom!! You've done it!! 👏👏👏

I'm so pleased for you. Many, many congratulations. It's not been easy for you but you didn't let anything hold you back 🏅 truly a five star finish 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I know you're going to keep moving forward from strength to strength both running and with your health and self-development. Gosh, just got a tad choked wishing my own Mum could have shown such determination, commitment and courage.

You're an absolute 🌟. Keep on running lovely lady 👍😁🏃‍♀️

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Thank you so much, you have gone through such a difficult time too but you have always supported me and others along the way x

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What an amazing achievement you must be over the moon and so so proud of yourself. It’s stories like yours that inspire people like me to keep trundling alone. From one over weight grandma to another WELL DONE & MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS !!

🏃🏼‍♀️🥇🥂🎊 🎉

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I’ve had some bumps along the way but we grandmas have to be the role models to our grand children .. my eldest granddaughter proudly announced that her grandma was a runner during her sports day at school this week lol

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Congratulations and very best wishes👏👏👏👏

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How lovely to see you on the forum Mairi. How are you? :)

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I’m fine thanks, how are you? How are you getting on, how far/ long are you doing now. I did two or three post grad weeks but then I missed a couple of weeks due to different reasons and finding it hard to get back on track🙃

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I'm ok thanks. Had a period on the IC so just started w1 of the 10k plan this week. Yes sometimes life just gets in the way doesn't it. Hope you do come back, miss you :) :)

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Thanks Mairi you have always been such a great support

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Congratulations and well done! 👍👏🍾🥂🎉🥇

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I’m still pinching myself but I’m on that podium

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Very well done. You kept me going when I was struggling and I graduated today as well.

Enjoy the glow and be very proud.

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Oh my goodness very well done indeed ..hope we can share that podium lol

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Well done you! Fantastic! 🎉😃🎉😃🎉😃

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And thank you for all your support

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Congratulations oldladyruns, well done 👏 good feeling innit? 🤗

Onwards and upwards now, a whole new world opens up to you now.... enjoy the journey 😎🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Thank you, you have been always fantastic in your support and advice ..I’m looking forward to my running adventures

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Congratulations! Well done! I am so happy for you!!!

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Thank you ..I’m still grinning ear to ear

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Yipee! Yippe! So lovely to see you back and delighted to see that you have made it! Well done! Congratulations! Enjoy your time on the podium! 🎓🥇🍾🥂🎉🎉🎉 And all the very best for your onward running journey. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ And I do hope the race for life on Saturday goes really well and look forward to hearing all about it.

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Thank you and can I just say you have been such a wonderful support throughout my journey

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This is the news I've been waiting on! I've been thinking of you, and most recently today can you believe (just catching this post now for some reason).

Sorry to hear you've had yet more bad luck and trust all is looking up at last.

How is Dolly?

Oh, and massive congrats of course!!!!!!

🍾🥂🎊🎉🏅💖

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Thank you Dolly and I shared a celebratory digestive at the finish line today ..in the fog !

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So glad you didn't forget her bikkie after your break away from it all!

Very well done, so good to have you back 😘💖

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Thank you I’m looking forward to catching up on all the posts I’ve missed recently

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Fantastic LOR! 👍 After breakfast this morning checked the emails and couldn’t believe it - you’re back. You have been worried about and missed by all of us on here. Huge congratulations on graduating. 🍪 can’t find a digestive for the 🐄. For you 🍾🥂 xx

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Yes I celebrated with a shared digestive biscuit with Dolly the cow .. it never tasted so good as when I was munching it on the podium. Thanks for all your support

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Oh massive congratulations to you! Your journey is amazing and your achievement is even more special because you kept going! You’re a big inspiration! Well done you! You certainly do run!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🎓🏆❤️

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Thank you, I hope you are doing well. I’m well and truely back here in the forum so I have some catching up to do

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W9R1 tomorrow morning! So lovely to have you back graduate! As though an act of fate, I am able to graduate on my 49th birthday on Saturday! 😁❤️

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How exciting and very well done look forward to your birthday run x

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Oh wow oldladyruns, fantastic! Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️

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Thank you for all your support, I got there in the end

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I knew you would 🤗👍😁👍

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Yay! Well done you!

Wondered where you'd got to!

Massive congratulations!

What do you plan to do next...sooo exciting!

Happy graduate running 😊

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Thank you ..I’m back ..I have a race for life this next weekend, so back to health just in time

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Good luck with the race for life

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What a journey - such perseverance!!!

Bask in the graduation light and enjoy a few hard earned days rest - you’re a runner now 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

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Thank you, I still can’t believe I made it onto that podium ..race for life at the weekend and I can’t wait

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Well you’re definitely here now!! Good luck at the weekend - enjoy the post grad running! ❤️💕

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Woot woot!!

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Thank you, I may have taken longer to get there but I’m so excited, hope all is still going ok for you on your running journey

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Yes - slow and steady!

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oldladyruns join the Bridge to 10K Forum. Not to leap to 10K but because your C25k class mainly post on there now. x

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I will go have a lurk in that forum see what you are all up to thanks

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Well done to you and Dolly for sticking with it!! Massive congratulations xx

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Thanks we shared a digestive biscuit to celebrate 🎉

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Congratulations. You have shown what will power and determination can achieve. I have just started (W3R1). It really is remarkable how much encouragement, and help you can get on these pages. 👍👍

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It’s so very true, this forum is very supportive . I can’t count the times I have been picked up, dusted off and told to get running again, without that I would not have got to where I am now..keep going and we will all be behind you.

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Shop hop congratulations 😁

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Thank you ..I got there in the end !

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That should have said whoo hoo 😂😂

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Oh wow! Super well done! You have inspired me to get back out there! I graduated a couple of weeks ago but I’ve lost my mojo and been niggled by minor issues in this heat but now I am determined to get back on it! Congratulations and thank you! 🏃‍♀️

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Well done to you too, I’ve signed up for a race for life to keep my mojo in tact, hope you find yours again soon. X

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From one grandma to another, congratulations, and well done - what amazing perseverance. Enjoy your achievement, looking forward to hearing more 🎉🌻

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Thank you, I’m thrilled I got there in the end and enjoying it! So many grand parents on this forum and what a wonderful message to show our grandchildren

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Sorry i missed this yesterday. Massive congratulations to you! An amazing achievement xx

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Thank you, I’m just so pleased I stuck with the programme despite a couple of detours.

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Ahhh, there you are, I was actually starting to worry about you. So glad I stumbled across this post.

Congratchabloodylations OLR.

Fabulous 😚🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🍾🍾🍾

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Thank you, I'm back, it took me a month to get back to where I was. I'm looking forward to a race for life run next and then more consolidation

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I missed this... I am so sorry...my excuse is a lame one..just had a few issues myself:)

BUT .. Massive congratulations and very well done you.

What a journey!!! xxx

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thanks Oldfloss it has been quite a journey but I managed race for life today ..with only a short walk in the middle due to extreme heat. Thanks for all your help, its very much appreciated.

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I don’t know you but I feel very proud 😘 we started about the same time and I also took 12 weeks because I damaged my Achilles. Well done and good luck for the future. I bet your ‘friends ‘ aren’t laughing now 😁

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OOoooh, well done, that’s great! I remember that you went through some tough times a while back as well, I’m so glad you graduated, you deserve that badge missus! 🎉

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Better late than never -> massive congratulations to you! (I've been having major technological problems) Couldn't let this one pass by without acknowledgement of your absolutely amazing achievement. Hope you're still buzzing! 🎉💐

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Sorry I'm late ..congratulations ..What a journey .You should be so proud ..Well done you 😊😊

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