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Through all the heat and beyond!


Last night, at 21.21 precisely, I completed W9R3 and therefore the whole darn thang!

I had told everyone that the record breaking heat had something to do with me deciding to start C25K, and sure enough now that I have finished it is 10 degrees cooler and raining!

For the last two weeks I have resorted to resurrecting my long forgotten gym membership (what have I been paying this for) and running indoors. Air conditioned luxury, well yes, but still sooooo hot!

I could sprint (100 metres) or was it yards in my school days? Could never ‘run’ though. The first week, running for 1 whole minute seemed like an eternity. I couldn’t believe that they had set us all up to fail, surely 30 seconds was the place to start this off!

Doubting myself every week as the challenge changed, the first 20 minute run was a huge obstacle in my head, but I did it!

So, even though the weather has changed, my running will continue. I am away next week, and already looking at ‘how to run in sand’ and will leave space for my trainers in the suitcase.

Thanks to my family, who I am sure thought that I was out of my mind for starting, and to the lovely running shop in Canterbury who spent hours finding the best trail shoes for an overweight, flat footed, novice runner, with dodgy knees. And to every poster here for making me realise that every difficulty had been experienced by many before me, and that I could do it!

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Brilliant achievement BeatRoute (great name!) You’ve done it! You should be exceptionally proud of yourself, it’s immense! Get up on that podium and bask in your glory for hours - you definitely deserve it! 🙌🙌👊👊🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🍾🍾🐌🐌💪🏻💪🏻😀😀

Fabulous!! 😀😀😀

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you for your lovely comments. I often struggle with a good name, this one just came to me in an instant whilst eating a salad containing its name sake!

Well done and thanks for posting - I’m coming to the end too and absolutely agree! Hope the knees are holding up and that you keep enjoying - I went and did a run on a weekend away was so glad I’d made room for the trainers!!

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to MandiV

Good luck with the rest of the programme! Yes, so long as I give a couple of days in between runs, the knees are ok!


Huge congratulations, it’s a great achievement! Celebrations in order. Get your badge here!

Enjoy your consolidation runs - you're free now and you can do whatever distances and routes you fancy, until you succumb to the temptation of one of the 10k plans, that is!

Bravo! 👏👍🏃🏻‍♂️🍾

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to telford_mike

Thanks you, I’m hoping I can find something here to keep me on the righ5 path.


Huge congratulations and enjoy your holiday running 😀

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to Crawlhome

Thank you, will be hot so will be up early and hoping for sea breeze!


Fantastic! What a huge achievement 😊Welcome to G-club 🙌👊🙌

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to Flaraflarkin

Thank you, it still hasn’t sunk in really!

Congratulations and well done! 👏🍾🥂🎉🥇

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to owmeknees

Thank you, I see we have similar knee issues!

owmeknees in reply to BeatRoute

There’s a lot of us about! 😆


Congratulations on your graduations 🍾🍾🍾

BeatRouteGraduate in reply to Dougalucy

Thank you, I’d still doesn’t seem possible that I can run for 30 minutes!

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