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Graduation Thoughts

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate

Well, I finally completed my week 9 run 3 this morning. It was a beautiful sunny morning and instead of running local roads as I usually do I took the car to the park and did a few laps there. My ulterior motive for that was that it's where the weekly Parkrun takes place and, yes, I'm already thinking about giving it a go. If you had asked me on week 1 if I thought I'd complete the 9 weeks I'd have answered 'not sure'. If you'd asked me week 4 or 5 I'd have said 'hmm'. By week 8 and 9 that had all changed, having completed the longer runs I'd have given you a confident 'yes'. I found the change from short runs to longer runs was hard going, but then once you push past the mental block and the tiredness/pain you realise that you can do it and finishing becomes easier. Anyway, this morning's run went great, and I found it relatively easy, in fact I could have kept going for longer. I completed just under the 5k, but I'm not disappointed because I'll have that nailed very soon.

--

Paul

a very happy camper

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Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate

Congratulations! It is a great feeling isn’t it? I did mine this morning as well and I’m also going to do park run next week (Lincoln in my case!). Happy running fellow new graduate 👏👏

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Sandie1961

Thanks Sandie, and yes, it does get addictive. I now miss running on my rest days but I usually go for a brisk walk or a cycle to compensate

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate
in reply to Sandie1961

Well done, another runner on the podium!

Tinker5393
Tinker5393Graduate

Congratulations on your graduation .Just enjoy that today 🍾🍾🍾

Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Congratulations on completing the program and Graduating The_Fat_Controller 👏👏👏

Have fun at your Parkrun and Happy running Graduate 😎x

You will be able to run 5k in just a few extra minutes.. you're right you will soon be there!

Thanks Bluebirdrunner, I'm dead chuffed about having completed it and I'm certain the 5k in 30 minutes will come very soon.

Hidden
Hidden
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

You'll get it. Determination and dedication is all you need. 👍☺️

Congrats on graduating 👍👍. Well done

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to cheeseheads

Thanks cheeseheads. For some reason I can't seem to get rid of this big smile today

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Brilliant job! Well done. 👏👏👏

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Thanks Jay, II'm chuffed to bits

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

You deserve to be. A great achievement.

Alanist
AlanistGraduate

Well done congratulations. Enjoy your moment

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Alanist

Thanks Alan, I'm greatly enjoying the sense of achievement. 9 weeks ago I wasn't sure I could do it, so glad I stuck with it.

Alanist
AlanistGraduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

Yes I remember those same thoughts of uncertainty when I started out. The progression in just 9 weeks is an amazing achievement and one to be very proud of.

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate

Congratulations, welcome to the graduate club! It's a great feeling isn't it?

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Berksrover

Yes thanks, I'm a happy camper today.

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate

Nice one Paul, did my grad run this morning too. Feels good, doesn’t it?

BaddieThePirate
BaddieThePirateGraduate
in reply to telford_mike

Another graduate! Squeeze up on that podium. Well done!

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to telford_mike

Feels great Mike. I think once you get past week 4/5 and start into the longer runs you realise that running for 30 minutes is a real possiblility and not just a fantasy.

Well done! Good going! If you register online before going to a park run they will give you a time. You have to print out a bar code and you get that scanned and then your time appears on the website. There were guest runners from other places in the country and other countries when I went to my first park run last week. Very friendly and I got tips on running up hill👍

Wait, there's a hill????

I suppose it depends on the park... they said run up on tippy toes (after I'd finished the run so will have to try that out next time).

Sounds like a good tip, thanks. My local park has a few minor slopes, not really what you'd call hills. For my graduation run I did a mock Parkrun, 2 1/2 laps instead of 3 (to fit in with the C25K timings). I reckon I'd manage it in 35-40 mins and I've signed up so I'll give it a go soon.

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Ang33333

Thanks for the champers Ang, would love to indulge but do you know how may calories are in a glass of that, I'd have to run 10K to burn them off lol.

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate

Congratulations Paul! You'll be surprised at how well you'll do on the Park run so go for it!

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Equi-geek

My local Parkrun is 3 full laps of the park, I completed 2 1/2 this morning. The only reason I didn't do the rest was because Sarah Millican told me it was time for my 5 minute warm-down walk. Seriously though, I'm pretty sure I could have done the full 5k.

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate

Well done and do do the Parkrun next week - great fun 👏🏃‍♂️☀️🍾🥂🌳🌲

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Dexy5

Was thinking of giving it a go but BaddieThe Pirate says there's a hill (gulp)

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

Ooh I’ve managed to avoid hills so far. You can always try walking up the hill the first time especially as you will still be consolidating. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate

Congratulations!!! 🍾👏🏅

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Dralimc

Thanks Dralimc, looking forward to my Monday run without Sarah Millican looking over my shoulder.

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

I must admit, I felt a certain kind of freedom on my first PG run last night. No Jo Wiley, no running playlist. Selected an album, switched on Strava and ran. Felt like a proper grown-up runner!

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Dralimc

First run with no Sarah Millican, and I kinda missed the encouragement. Still had the music going though and used the GPS exercise function in the Pacer app. It can be set to call out times and distances at intervals you choose so you get '5 minutes, distance 1.5 km', '10 minutes, distance 2.3km' etc.

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

I may try pacer app, as strava doesn’t do time intervals. It’s weird isn’t it, letting go?🙄

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate

Huge congratulations Mr controller, well done!! :) :)

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Lorijay

My username is a bit misleading Lorijay. The guys who used to work for me called me that because I was fat and their boss. I'm no longer their boss (took early retirement) and I'm also (pleased to say) an awful lot slimmer.

regards

--

Paul

Lorijay
LorijayGraduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

Early retirement sounds so nice Paul! I was actually going to call you Thomas's mate but Paul it is :) :)

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

This guide to post C25K running may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Keep running, keep smiling.

Thank you. It's encouraging that C25K isn't the end, it's really only the beginning.

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

The world is your running track..........go and enjoy it.

Mcdon
McdonGraduate

Congratulations xxx

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Mcdon

Thank you. It feels good to have done it.

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate

That sounds great! You must have a fab pace! Well done! 🥂🍾🎓🎓

The_Fat_Controller
The_Fat_ControllerGraduate
in reply to Tasha99

Thank you. I don't feel I'm fast, and I do more of a jog than a run. The five minute warm up and warm down walks at each end mess with the pace in the app (it just works out distance over time) so next time I think I'll start and finish the app only during the running part to get a better idea of how fast (or slow ) I'm going.

Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate
in reply to The_Fat_Controller

Well you didn’t need to think about pace during c25k but now you can - if you want to that is! Well done 👌🏽

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