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First post grad run! Just for fun! And boy was it fun!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
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Well Runners

Iโ€™m in the post grad zone now! ๐Ÿ˜ And I decided that today would be a no pressure, no requirements, no MJ (love you coach ๐Ÿ˜˜) run at Lydiard Park after dropping my son off at school. I love being at home to be able to do those little things when his day doesnโ€™t exactly go to plan. Mum to the rescue! Whereโ€™s my cape?!! Iโ€™ve got this! Not to mention the treat for me after Iโ€™ve dropped him off! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‡ I decide Iโ€™m getting a cappuccino on the way! Nice! Hey, this is about making running a natural part of my life now.

I downloaded the Nike+ App and Runkeeper. After looking through a bit, I decided to go for Nike+ today! Iโ€™ll use this until consolidation is complete. There are so many different running plans/guides, I like the variety that it offers.

Anyway, back to the run! It was as always amazing, but the difference (you know I like difference! ๐Ÿ˜‚) was that there was absolutely no thoughts of whether I could do it. No pressure whatsoever. No, is taking this turn going to make it hard, no markers of time, no listening out for what the coach said to do next. I saw so many ladies out on their runs today too! All shapes and sizes! Power to us! It was spectacular! And the best bit, I suddenly thought I can see myself going for a 10k one day. All I have to do is keep showing up! I can do that! 3.69k, no speeding, no requirements, thinking sloooow! Very happy with that! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Happy running Runners! Wherever you are on the programme, keep going! Itโ€™s worth it and so are you! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

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Ooooo, I so want to join you on a virtual 10k one day! Your enthusiasm is contagious and it sounds like youโ€™re having as much fun as me (although Iโ€™m only doing W6R2 tomorrow!) Iโ€™m not sure there are enough emojis to cope when I finally graduate!! ๐Ÿ˜…

What a lovely account of your run. How did it feel without MJ - Iโ€™ll miss him I know. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Keep posting wonโ€™t you? And enjoy basking in your graduate glory! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ‰

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oooooo cheekychipmunks please donโ€™t say only! It only seems like yesterday since I was on that same run! Youโ€™re doing brilliantly! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Every single run is still a celebration and long may it stay that way! Itโ€™s not about time or distance, but the reality that I have lifted a self imposed limitation! Embracing fear as a friend! Iโ€™m learning to redefine fear as excitement! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to cheekychipmunks

Oh no MJ?? Well, MJ does kind of prepare you for his departure and he lets you know you that you can do it! I will always be grateful, but I thought Iโ€™d just let him go, as heโ€™s got me to the place where heโ€™s confident that I can carry on too. Besides, heโ€™s a very busy man!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Jay66UK

Thank you Jay! Another great day!! โค๏ธ

southlundon
southlundonGraduate

Wow Fab - you are a true runner now! Can I ask a question about MJ in week 9 - were the three runs the same? Jo was basically saying the sort of things like 'you'll have to run this three times this week' and at the end basically signed off with a 'well done' even though it was only run 1 so I'm certain it'll be repeated for runs 2 and 3. Did MJ give you three different talks? :)

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate
in reply to southlundon

They were all the same. Itโ€™s a pity there isnโ€™t a special one for W9R3.

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to southlundon

As Telford_Mike says! But in some ways it helps you to start thinking a little about a plan for post grad! I have learned not to expect too much excitement from MJ! ๐Ÿคฃ So it was just a fond farewell really. Iโ€™m very grateful all the same. โค๏ธ

RobW73
RobW73Graduate

Great isn't it, running free? Not referring to the Iron Maiden classic...

Look at that graduation badge!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to RobW73

Oh running free, itโ€™s the best Rob! The first time I saw the badge, I was so proud! Wow!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Where is that graduation badge? I donโ€™t think Iโ€™d see it if it smacked me in the face!!!! Great positivity for PG run btw! Your time similar to mine. Iโ€™m using strava but may take a peep at Nike app ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Dralimc

Itโ€™s right beside your name Dralimc! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thereโ€™s quite a few apps to choose from isnโ€™t there? I enjoyed it! โค๏ธ

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Iโ€™m useless... where???? Send me a screenshot!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Dralimc

๐Ÿ˜‚ Iโ€™ll have to do another post I think! Iโ€™ll do one now. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Dralimc
DralimcGraduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Youโ€™re my favourite ๐Ÿ˜Š

You go girl!! ๐Ÿ‘ Iโ€™m taking a couple of days off then Iโ€™ll be doing my first post-graduation run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ. I canโ€™t wait! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Thanks Blonde!! I really enjoyed just a run without any goals as such. Just doing it! I can understand your days rest after a full 5k. I have only run to time and now I know Iโ€™ve got a bit to go to get to 5k, but I donโ€™t mind at all! It was so nice today! Enjoy your post grad run! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

BlondeAmbition72
BlondeAmbition72Graduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks hun. Be nice to run without any pressure lol!

Loving the graduate badge. I still havenโ€™t got mine ๐Ÿ˜ข

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Ooh they will be polishing and have it up very soon Iโ€™m sure! I didnโ€™t get mine until the day after. Was lovely seeing it and Iโ€™ll love seeing yours too graduate! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

BlondeAmbition72
BlondeAmbition72Graduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Hmm! Iโ€™ve just looked and there are people who posted after me, including today, and they have theirs *cry*

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to BlondeAmbition72

Ooh, well hopefully Admin will pick it up. Maybe a chat with Juju? ๐Ÿค” She might be able to help. We know youโ€™re a brilliant Grad in the meantime! โค๏ธ

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate

Such a joy to be able to share in your happiness and enthusiasm, and great to see others aspiring to be where you are today ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Berksrover

Thanks Berksrover! It is pure happiness! I am having a fantastic time getting to do things just for me. Itโ€™s a real honour if I can inspire others too. โค๏ธ

Well done Fabulous! Sounds like a great run. Enjoy these consolidation weeks, you will definitely notice how quickly you continue to build up stamina. Itโ€™s a great feeling ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to owmeknees

Thank you owmeknees! I definitely want to just enjoy the next few weeks! And keep turning up until the habit just comes naturally! Today was brilliant! โค๏ธ

Tbae
TbaeGraduate

Your magic shines through.โœจ

Everything Fabulous.๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Tbae

Aah thank you so much Tbae! โค๏ธโค๏ธ

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

That's great! Did you do the park run course? I've walked it, yet to run it...! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Ang33333

On Nike+? No, I just did the Headspace guided run today! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Nice! โค๏ธ

Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate
in reply to Fabulous450

Love the badge!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Ang33333

๐Ÿ˜‰ kind of loving seeing it too!! Wow! โค๏ธ

Gran4z
Gran4zGraduate

Cheers Fabulous 450, enjoy your freedom to run as you wish - such a great feeling ๐ŸŒป

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Gran4z

Oh it is Gran4z! Hope your enjoying every moment too!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Gran4z

Have you not collected your graduate badge Gran4z? Im sure it will look lovely on you! โค๏ธ

PaulBrad
PaulBradGraduate

Well done you - it certainly is a different experience running with no 'pressure' isn't it - such a joy. Keep up the good work !!

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to PaulBrad

It is that! Thank you Paul! You too! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Flaraflarkin
FlaraflarkinGraduate

Hey Fabulous lady, how lovely to just run free with no agenda for your first PG run ๐Ÿ˜Š Sounds like you had a great experience out there ๐Ÿ˜Š This morning I downloaded the Nike+ app having never tried it before ~ so it's great to know there's a Headspace guided run on there! That's me sorted for tomorrow I think, thank you for sharing xx

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Flaraflarkin

Great stuff Flara! Yes thereโ€™s a few of them too of different durations. I really enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝโค๏ธ

Hotheels
HotheelsGraduate

You were born to run free!!!!๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ

Love the way the happiness just bounces off you like running stardust๐ŸŒ 

Enjoy and keep going!!!! ๐Ÿ‘

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Hotheels

Aah thank you Hotheels! I hope it sprinkles far and wide! You keep going too! The podium needs some Hotheels! ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Thatโ€™s great!!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

Hey Fab - I missed the Grad post (apologies!). Great to see you are fitting it all in, I wish I had time in the day....:)

Well done you, a few weeks consolidating now and then onto the B210K path..... Yay!

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate

Great to hear that Fabulous! I'm taking this week off and then back into it for consolidation and onwards to 10k and hopefully the Great South in October!

Equi-geek
Equi-geekGraduate
in reply to Equi-geek

oooohhh and there's my badge! Cool! :D

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Equi-geek

Youโ€™re all annointed now!! Looks good on you Equi! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate
in reply to Equi-geek

Understandable. I was thinking of having a break, but Iโ€™m still doing a bit of travelling for work, so Iโ€™m just carrying on to make sure that I keep up the momentum of run whenever, wherever and carry on forming the habit! ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

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