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I've only gone and done it!! πŸ˜„

Yesterday was the final run of the program and the heat made it a tough one.

I was in the peak district for a long weekend and ran along the Transpennine trail, flat all the way, lovely and quiet.

If I think back to how I felt at the start of this journey, I was determined but apprehensive and daunted at what lay ahead.

I have learned that I don't give up, I usually have more in the tank if I need it, and I don't like hills.

I love to run to music and it's like a metronome that keeps me going, adjusting my pace to the BPM.

I've learned to keep a slow pace, and naturally I've become quicker without thinking about it...it just happened and is still happening.

I have health anxiety and due to a heart condition I worry about this, a lot. I don't have any restrictions on activity at the moment, so I've had a bit of an ongoing mental battle with my breathing, and sometimes I can feel an inkling of panic, so I just have to tell myself 'you are running, of course you are out of breath, just relax'.

I love technology and stats (Strava), and I love running gear. Never ever thought I would wear proper running shorts, but in this weather, it's non-negotiable!

Next? I'm doing my first Park Run on the 4th August, and in the meantime, I'm going to keep the distance the same, and mix it up with some hill training (cos I just have to get better at hills), and some intervals.

I'm mindful not to go too crazy as I've heard this is time for new runners to get an injury. I know I'm still in the very very early days of my running life, and it's also something that I will do for the rest of my life if I'm able!

Happy running everyone!

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Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

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

Keep running, keep smiling.

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Wow congratulations, you’ve done amazingly 😊

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Well done completed mine today great achievement for next the 5to10k 😊

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Oh my Little-runner Im just catching up today and Im so pleased to see you've done it! Graduated! You star!! Congratulations to you and well done! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸŽ“πŸ˜β€οΈ

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Thank you lovely! I'm chuffed to bits! x

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What a fantastic journey πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Many, many congratulations! πŸ…πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

Enjoy that great acheivement, and your new ability!! πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done Little-Runner! Proud of you.

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What a great graduation run! I know what you mean about your heart I think. I have SVT and this programme hasn’t given me a moment’s problem - thanks to the warm up and the β€˜go slow’ mantra! Still, the odd thump from my heart triggers a brief anxious moment and a few seconds of self-monitoring before I can truly relax again πŸ™„ enjoy the running GRADUATE!! πŸŽ“πŸŽ“πŸŽ“πŸŽ“πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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Thanks Equi-geek. It’s good to know I’m not alone in my anxiety. Haha...and you called me a β€˜graduate’! That’s brilliant, I am aren’t I?? Yay! 😁

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Loved your post! A BIG well done to you! Congratulations! Glad you recognize to not go crazy in the next month or so.

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Thanks so much! Yep, not going crazy as definitely don’t want an injury. x

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Huge well done you.. what a super place to Graduate... it rained in Buxton today!

The journey goes on! IannodaTruffe has given you the link :)

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Hey Oldfloss, yes it was a wonderful location, just looking at the views was definitely keeping me distracted from the heat! I would of loved some rain to cool me. x

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Oh wow I love your post!! And having just read Fabulous450 's shorts post I'm blown away (alright and a bit emoshe! πŸ™„) by the strength and sheer guts that we find we have when we really dig deep and look for it! It's been there all along! I just L❀VE this forum!! πŸ˜¬πŸ€“

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Hey Flara, this is without doubt the most supportive forum I’ve ever been on, 😍

What a lovely bunch us runners are! x

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Congratulations very well doneπŸŽ“

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Well done you it sure sounds like a fab grad run πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ•ΆπŸŒž

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

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Well done - massive achievement. My advice is to repeat week 9 at least for next 3-4 weeks. Maybe the heatwave will have subsided by then and just think how strong your body will be

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Congratulations!!!

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Huge well done Little!

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