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I've only gone and done it!! πŸ˜„

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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...

Keep running, keep smiling.


Wow congratulations, you’ve done amazingly 😊

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


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

in reply to Fabulous450

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


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


Well done Little-Runner! Proud of you.


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

in reply to Equi-geek

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! 😁


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


in reply to Goforitmama

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


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 :)

in reply to Oldfloss

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


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€“

in reply to Flaraflarkin

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

What a lovely bunch us runners are! x

Congratulations very well doneπŸŽ“


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

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


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




Huge well done Little!

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