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W9R2 New experiences on the run to graduation!

Fabulous450
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Well runners! W9R2 has just been completed. My inspiration for getting out today was a message that my running shorts are ready for collection! I’m not sure if I’ll wear them for graduation on Saturday, but I told myself I don’t need them if I’m not running so “time to go, better late than never”!

True to every run, I decided to make this another new and great experience. So, I drove to the park where I’m due to do a charity run in September. I thought it would be a nice place for my penultimate graduation run.

There are so many paths to take in the park and I did take a few I wish I hadn’t once I was on it, (steep 😵), and it was HOT!, but determined to do this! There was less shade here, but the feet keep moving. “Come on MJ were gonna keep going”! His 5 minute calls were nice again today! I really can’t imagine running without him. It’s my first ever midday run and those inclines were quite tough, but oh yes, I did it! I did well up a bit so I can’t imagine what Saturday is going to be like! But I equally can’t wait to find out! Can’t thank you all enough for all the encouragement, laughter and support! Now off to pick up my shorts 😬, drink lots and rest my legs for the big one on Saturday! ❤️

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Equi-geek
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OMG - is that Lydiard Park?! That's my park where I run :)

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Equi-geek

Ah Equi- yes it is!! 🤣🤣😁 I’ve found a local C25K runner! How amazing is that? 😁😁❤️

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Equi-geek
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in reply to Fabulous450

Yep - I'll be there at Park run this Saturday. Jeez you chose the hard bit! Most people go around the big fields the other side of the car-park but it's a bit exposed in the sun. Trees are lovely though aren't they?!😂😃🏃‍♀️

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Equi-geek

Chose? No 🤣 I had absolutely no idea where I was running to. Even went past the bit with the horses. Had a little chat with them as I passed. Got to the end a realised I have to just turn back. 🤣! It was certainly an adventure! ❤️

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Equi-geek

I’m going to run at Coate Water on Saturday. I absolutely loved that place, but I hope to join you at Lydiard Park runs after that. Brilliant! 😁😁❤️

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Ang33333
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in reply to Fabulous450

Lovely place. Have never run there. Just walked or taken the grandkids. Drove past it this morning! 😎

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Ang33333
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in reply to Fabulous450

I'm close too! Lydiard park is only 20 mins away! 1😎

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Ang33333

Well looks like we’ve got a running club in the making! Go us!! 😁❤️

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Equi-geek
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in reply to Ang33333

No way! 🤗. That's awesome!

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BlondeAmbition72
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in reply to Equi-geek

I’m about 40 mins away from Lydiard Park. I take my kids there loads 👍😊😊

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Equi-geek
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in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Oh my word! This is getting a bit spooky!

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Fabulous450
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in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Wooh hoo! C25K takes over Lydiard! 😂❤️

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Polly2810
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in reply to Equi-geek

Lydiard wilts? Not far from me either!! 😊

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Polly2810

Great Polly! 👍🏽 I feel a running family party coming on! Lydiard is great for barbecues too! 😉❤️

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Equi-geek
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Well done by the way - the photo 'got me' :D

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Ang33333
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You did really well running at midday!! I'm back to late evenings again! Good luck with the graduation run!! 😎

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Ang33333

Ang, I got back late yesterday and went to bed late. Woke up early but I was still tired and fighting it. I could sense the delay was set to linger, so I had to just get out there with the go slow mantra in my mind. The message about the shorts and not having the body to put in them yet kind of made up my mind too. Saturday is going to be a scorcher, so it’s definetly a early start! I want to enjoy every second of that run!! 😉❤️

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Ang33333
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in reply to Fabulous450

Lydiard Park is my nearest park run. Aiming to one in Sept. Usually do the race for life there!

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Equi-geek
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in reply to Ang33333

Well, you'll recognise me shuffling along at the back on Saturday if you go. Got a special t-shirt waiting for me :)

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Ang33333

Prospect Run the Rainbow is 8 September at Lydiard. I’ve registered for that one just after I started C25K! Motivation to complete! I know it’s a 9 week programme, but there was no maths involved in me starting. Never in a million years did I think I would be a graduate by July and on my birthday too! Amazing! 😁❤️

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Ang33333
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in reply to Fabulous450

Im googling it.

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Polly2810
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in reply to Ang33333

Me and my daughter want to do that one sometime too!

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Polly2810

Do come Polly! That would be amazing! I’ve saw some people in London the other day who must have been on that run! They looked pretty spectacular with all those colours! Nice! 😁❤️

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captain_compass

Good luck on Saturday! You’ve got this 👍🏼 🏃‍♀️😊

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Fabulous450
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in reply to captain_compass

Thank you! Well you certainly have! Well done! ❤️

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Jay66UK
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Nice photo. Great place to run. Looking forward the report of the big one.

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay! It feels quite strange, but I’m really looking forward to it too! Running is such a great way to clear your head and no matter what’s going on somehow you get a new perspective after you’ve had a run! ❤️

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Jay66UK
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in reply to Fabulous450

Spot on. I find it very meditative.

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Bluebirdrunner

Well done Fabulous450😊...

Just one run til you climb up on that podium!

Hope the shorts are a winner, and when you 'drink lots' hopefully you mean water 😉xx

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Bluebirdrunner

🤣🤣Thank you so much Bluebirdrunner! Definetly 💦 💧! Champagne on ice for later! Lots to celebrate!! ❤️

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Visionon
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Well done Fabulous only 1 to go! And there was I thinking you lived in Guernsey... You must have been on your hols!

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Visionon

Thank you Visionon. I go to Guernsey for work! Only for a couple days in a week and not every week. Love it there, but I’m glad to be home for graduation! ❤️

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Visionon
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in reply to Fabulous450

Nice place to go to work! Good luck with your final C25K run.

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Fernshome
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Fantastic You have inspired me to drive somewhere then run on Saturday rather than just on my door step Thank you and will be thinking of you graduating

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Fernshome

Oh thank you! Yes definitely recommended Fernshome if only to just switch it up a bit and the scenery in the big parks has been pretty amazing! 😁❤️

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Dexy5

A lovely post and I like you went on an adventure this morning. It sounds like you have a ready made group to do Parkrun together. You could print off c25k graduation badges so everyone knows how good it is . Go girls

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Dexy5

Thank you Dexy! I’m definetly getting a t-shirt! To mark the experience! It’s been amazing! ❤️

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Dexy5
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in reply to Fabulous450

Look forward to seeing the photo when you post your graduation run

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Ripcurlrana71

Nearly there - well done!! Champagne on ice. X

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thank you! Most definitely! 😉❤️

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BlondeAmbition72

Well done! You are smashing this! Final run to come before graduation 🎓👍👍

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Fabulous450
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in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Yes...this is it! Saturday is my day in more ways than one! I’m happy that I’m sharing the experience with so many on Saturday too! We will be “out there, don’t care” in true C25K style! 😁😁😁❤️

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BlondeAmbition72
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in reply to Fabulous450

My graduation run is Sunday - we’re nearly there. Got to get through W9 R2 this evening first lol!

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Fabulous450
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in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Hey Blonde! 👋🏽 We are! Hope the run went well! I was completely zonked this evening! Just woke up! I’m sure you’ve smashed it as always! I’ll be routing for you Sunday! 😉😁❤️

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BlondeAmbition72
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in reply to Fabulous450

Run was good thanks. Tired this morning though lol. Glad to have 2 days off before graduation run! Good luck tomorrow 😊👍🎓

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Fabulous450
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in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Brilliant you!! 😁😁 Well done! It’s going to be a great weekend! Thank you and I’ll be doing lots of virtual cheering on Sunday for you! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽❤️

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Equi-geek
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in reply to Fabulous450

Yep - made it through R2 last night as well - not pretty as it was humid and I dont function well during the evening, but I did it! All set for Saturday morning but I don’t think a PB is on the cards 🤣🤣🤞🏻👍

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Equi-geek

Wooh hooo! Equi-geek! I think just running is a PB! You go girl! I may be running with you virtually in my location. You’re not far though. Have an amazing run! Bring tissues! Big hug! 💪🏽❤️

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BlondeAmbition72
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in reply to Equi-geek

Well done you! Awesome 👍😊

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BlondeAmbition72
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in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you!! 😊😊

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QueenTea
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Looks amazing Fabulous. Can’t believe how many of you are running in the same park - spooky! Get those new shorts on for graduation run & a photo would be great. 😉

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Fabulous450
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in reply to QueenTea

Aah thank you QueenTea! That’s why a t-shirt is the celebration prize so we know who we are!

I didn’t keep the shorts! 😬 I didn’t find them flattering. They were a loose fit and holey (I’m sure there’s a proper term for that 😊). No lining 😯. Not too short, but I was concerned you would see bits you shouldn’t due to the holes. It seemed ok when you put them on, but it wasn’t the right sort of cut for me either, sitting right where I’d rather not draw attention to. I looked like a red barrel! Lol 😂 Still I’ll be working on that as part of the phase 2 mission!!

Photo on Saturday! 😉❤️

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QueenTea
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in reply to Fabulous450

I completely understand why you wouldn’t want to wear holey shorts!! I like the sound of your Capri leggings but there’s no way I’d be seen wearing shorts in public - I really would scare the wildlife 😹. Can’t wait to see your graduation run post - you’ll smash it😘

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Fabulous450
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in reply to QueenTea

😁! The wildlife don’t bat an eyelid, unless you count the dogs. I’ve even had a pigeon totally ignore my run up! 🤣

There’s a lot of giggle going on for me too, so the leggings do keep a better solid form. 🤣! So, my phase 2 mission will be to get the shorts and I’ll have good motivation to reduce the giggle in the wiggle. 😉❤️

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Oldfool
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Good Luck on Saturday hope all goes well and you enjoy it.

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Oldfool

Thank you so much Oldfool! Me too! 😊❤️

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southlundon
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Well done Fab - I can totally get why you were emotional! Love the fact that you might get to meet some other c25-ers in real life too :D

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Fabulous450
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in reply to southlundon

Thanks Southlundon. I know that’s brilliant too!! I think I need a lie down! 🤣❤️

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Gazloc
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Their you go, one more then you'll be feeling on top of the world.. I was.. 👌

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Gazloc

I’m sure I will too! Thank you Gazloc!! ❤️

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Hidden
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Brilliant- nearly there now. Good luck for Saturday & keep us posted.

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Hidden

Thanks Welshwitch! As soon as I’ve dried my eyes, I’ll be on to tell the tale! 😁❤️

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Hidden
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in reply to Fabulous450

You’ll smash it. It is emotional though.

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Flaraflarkin
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Embrace Saturday!! Very excited for you, it's going to be awesome! Then surely time for a spot of alternative shorts shopping!! 😬😬

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thanks Flara I can’t let the ladies down, so alternatives will be part of the next phase mission in true “Out there, don’t care” style! 🤣❤️

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Flaraflarkin

Guess what Flaraflarkin??? 🤔 I’ve only gone and found some shorts today!! They’re Lycra but they suit me better! Shame about the loose bits that show, but I’m wearing it! Dependent on how hot it is early tomorrow! I might get bitten too! 😯! But I’ll go for it, if I can! 😃😃💪🏽❤️

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Flaraflarkin
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in reply to Fabulous450

Hey looking good in Lycra!! Just in time for your big day Eeeeek!! 😬 Go you Fabulous450!! 👊💪🙌⭐️

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amanda2463

Cant believe you only have one run left and have formed a club !! Good luck for your final run xx

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Fabulous450
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in reply to amanda2463

Thank you so much Amanda! It’s amazing what a photo can do! 😁 ❤️

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Dralimc
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So looking forward to your graduation post! You’re doing good girl! Photo of shorts is mandatory, if Jay66 can do it, you can! 😊

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Dralimc

Thank you Dralimc! The shorts? 😂 I didn’t keep them! They actually looked like a bit like boxers shorts, but shorter and with holes. Way too much gathering going on! 🤣

I’m on the look out now, before the summer season is over! If I find some I’ll brave it and take a photo! 😉❤️

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Dralimc
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in reply to Fabulous450

They sound flattering (not...). If you do find some flattering ones, let me know. Not sure the world quite ready for my legs tho... right off out now for first PG run! 🏃🏻‍♀️

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Dralimc

We’re going to run those legs and extra storage fuel ⛽️ into shape girl! 😉 Hope you had a great run Dralimc! ❤️

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Dralimc
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in reply to Fabulous450

Not too shabby. 33 mins 3.8 km. love the idea of your running club! Wish I could join, but suspect I live at other end of country!

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Dralimc

Pretty damn brilliant Dralimc! I’m in Wiltshire. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a C25K family run event? Just for the fun of it? But the real brilliance in all of this is how much everyone is supporting everyone out their running on their own (literally), on a personal journey, but in this virtual world you never ever feel alone. You know there’s someone out there doing it too! 😁❤️

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Dralimc
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in reply to Fabulous450

Yorkshire, if ever you’re up this way.....

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Dralimc

I’ll be sure to pack my running gear! 😁❤️

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Bridget007
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Well done Fabulous450! In the heat with hills there’s no stopping you 😅 Looks a beautiful place to run! hope enjoy Saturday in your shorts 😀

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Bridget007

😁 Thank you Bridget! It was doable, but some did feel like hills on my approach 😰! Probably not too tricky for some. I did laugh at myself. Some paths had a fork and I had to choose which way to go and then quickly realised I was going up hill, looking down at the flat path. Errrr...no! 🙄 Hopefully it will have helped to build up some stamina though. 🤣❤️

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Bridget007
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in reply to Fabulous450

Even slants feel like hills to me 🤣

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Bridget007

Me too! 😉❤️

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Jay66UK
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in reply to Fabulous450

Hills 😳

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Jay66UK

They were not really hills Jay! Actually some I think were mind, due to my wrong turns! But I did it! I had water coming out of my ears when I took off my headphones! 💦💦🤣! It was the hardest run on the legs I’ve had for the whole programme. Good job I didn’t try that any earlier! 🤓❤️

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Jay66UK
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in reply to Fabulous450

👏👏👏👏

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Peet999
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Well done lady!!! Those shorts are coming home! 😝

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Peet999

Thank you Peet! Not the ones I collected and returned yesterday, but there’s one with my name on it somewhere! 😉❤️

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Saartjie
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Wow...What. lovely park. No wonder you enjoyed your run! Good luck on Saturday x

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Saartjie

Thank you Saartjie! Just amazing how much I’ve been missing that’s been right underneath my nose! That’s been one of the best things about this. There’s so many! 😁❤️

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Kar43

Oh fabulous this pic 😉 I feel I could run then jump in 😁what's this running doing to us hey🏃‍♀️😃

Have fun Saturday 🎓🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♀️🏃

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Kar43

Thank you Kar! We’re getting all giddy with it!! 🤣🤣❤️

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Kar43
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in reply to Fabulous450

We sure are 🤣😃🤣

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Teddly22
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Congratulations fabulous! You are one run away! Hope your birthday and your graduation are all you are hoping them to be! Happy days😊

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Fabulous450
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in reply to Teddly22

Aaah thank you Teddly! I’m so looking forward to tomorrow now! Just been out to pick up some bits for a picnic with my boys later in the day! It’s going to be special! 😁😁❤️

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