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Eeeekkkk - Graduated! ğŸŽ‰ğŸ™ŒğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸ¥‚â¤ï¸

Eeeekkkk - Graduated! ğŸŽ‰ğŸ™ŒğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸ¥‚â¤ï¸

Woohoo! Absolutely cannot believe it! Nine thoroughly enjoyable weeks of this fabulous programme completed this morning! 🙌👊

I’m not going to lie, I found the last 5 minutes harder than last time, but I checked and I’d actually run further - 3.72k compared to 3.57k on Wednesday! 😀 So that’s a step in the right direction! 🏃‍♀️🐌🏃‍♀️ Still 🐌 but hey!! SnailsRUs!! 🐌🐌🐌

I couldn’t have done this without the help of all you guys. You are an AMAZING lot and it feels like you’re all personal friends somehow! Thank you for your encouragement all the way through. I love reading everyone’s posts and l’ll continue to do so! 👍🏻👍🏻

One thing is certain, I am now a Runner and this is just the beginning! ❤️❤️❤️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

So, good luck to everyone, whether you’re just starting out, graduating today or somewhere in between! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️👊

Oh, and the sweaty grin face as promised! 😅

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Amazing - congratulations! ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽˆğŸ¸ğŸ¹

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Thanks so much! 🏃‍♀️😀

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Brilliant - well done!!! Lovely photo too

🌟👍🏃‍♂️

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Aww thanks Robert! I was so excited to get out there and even more though my final few minutes were hard work, the grin began before I’d finished the 30 minutes!! 😀😅🏃‍♀️

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Awesome job girl 👍👍. I never had any doubts that you wouldn’t finish this program. Just don’t stop now and keep pushing yourself. I’ll do my r2 today and final on Sunday so I can join you on the podium ğŸ˜ğŸŽ“. Again congrats

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Thank you cheeseheads! You’re nearly there, and you’re going to romp through those last two runs no problem! There’ll definitely be a space on the podium for you, and don’t forgot the pic! 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️😀🙌

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Well done thats amazing..👏👏👏👏 How does it feel?! You will be on a high all day👍😀. I know what you mean about this group you get all excited for everyone else, its like you know them well because we are all helping each other through the same thing. Now you just have to keep running!!😄

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Thanks sooo much! I feel on cloud 9! I’m going to grinning inanely all day! I’m definitely going to keep running, in fact I can’t wait for Monday! I’ll be using W9 again I think. I need the structure! 😅🏃‍♀️

Thanks so much for all your encouragement! ❤️❤️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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👏👏👏👏 Enjoy the buzz, it will last a long time!

I’ve loved following your journey. You must be one of the most positive people I’ve encountered online! Thanks for all of the support you are giving to others as well.

Enjoy all of the runs to follow x

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Awww thanks Jay! I felt the same way about your posts when I first started out, always helpful, always encouraging. It’s such an achievement for everyone on here, and to have people behind you all the way definitely helps! 😀👍🏻

I’m going to gradually 🐌 away to 5k and see how long it takes! 🏃‍♀️👊

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I just made one run a week 3 then 4 minutes longer until I got there and then switched to doing two 4k and one 5k a week for a while. Take your time.

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Great advice (as always)! Thank you! 👍🏻👍🏻

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Yay!! Well done cheekychipmunks 🙌👊🙌 Have really enjoyed watching you on your journey, you have been one to watch! 😊 A very special day for you, and one you will remember 🤗 Congratulations ⭐️💫✨ and welcome to G-club!! ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸ¤¸â€â™€ï¸

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Thanks Flara! You’ve been such a great supporter and always so positive! 🏃‍♀️😀

It does feel great, something I never imagined I’d achieve! This programme is so good, I’ve been recommending it to everyone!

Happy running! 👍🏻🏃‍♀️👊

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Well done super job congratulations on your Graduation 👍👍👍

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Thanks so much. It does feel great! I love running! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀

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Well done congratulations ğŸŽŠ on completing the app. I did my first ever parkrun last Saturday. Now I know I can run 5k in 41 minutes. Pace will come distant is the key and your out there doing it.

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Thanks Suzi! 😀😀

I’m going to be doing a Parkrun soon, but I need to ask lots of questions of you guys first! 😅🏃‍♀️🐌

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Congratulations! I bet you feel amazing.

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Thank you! Yes I do feel amazing and it’s a fabulous feeling! 🙌🏃‍♀️🙌

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Yaaaaaayyy. Well done Cheeky! So pleased to see your news ğŸ˜ğŸ‘ğŸ‘ğŸ¾ğŸŽ“ğŸŽ‰ğŸ™ŒğŸ‘ğŸ‘ŠğŸ¥‡

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Thank you Equi! I couldn’t wait to get out the house this morning! What has this running lark done to me?!! 😅🏃‍♀️❤️👍🏻🙌🐌🍅

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Whoop whoop whoop. Well done cheeky. Great photo and great achievement. Well done 👍. Save a space on the podium - will be there tomorrow. Think some bubbles are in order 🍾🍾🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️👏👏👏

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Oh yes Beanjo, there will be a space for you and extra bubbly all ready! 🍾 We’ll toast our achievement together.

Go smash your graduation run! What a journey!! â¤ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸŽ‰ğŸ‘Š

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Huge congratulations cheekychipmunks. You're a graduate now!! 😁😁 And no more beetroot!!! So happy we graduated together after starting the same time and I know you'll carry on running on and on. Have you signed up for parkrun yet??!!

Enjoy your day of glory on the podium 😁😁🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

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Thanks Crawlhome (Graduate!) It feels awesome and there’s no doubt in my mind that running is now a huge part of me life! Unbelievable! 🙌

It’s nice to go through this journey together with others, and hopefully we can all continue to post on here (or B210k) and keep cheering each other on! 👊

Yes I’ve registered for Parkrun, but I’ll have questions first! 🏃‍♀️🐌🏃‍♀️

Happy running! ❤️🏃‍♀️

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Go get your well deserved badge!! You are going to love parkrun 😍

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This sounds daft but how do I get the badge *runs away in embarrassment for not knowing*!!! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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There's a post somewhere to add your name to the August graduation. I'm not clever enough to put a link to it ..

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Thanks, I’ll go looking! 👍🏻😀

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Found it! Doesn’t it look smart? 😀🥇

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Look!!! The badge is so exciting! 😁😁

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I love it! ❤️❤️❤️

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Well done cheekychipmunk. It’s been great watching your journey. 🏃‍♀️👏🏅🍾🥂🏆

This is just the start of your running life 😅🐌🐢🏃‍♀️

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Thank you Dexy! What a fab programme, so clever and with such a wonderful bunch of people! I’ve loved every minute!

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀👍🏻👍🏻

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Brilliant! Congratulations... I’m one run behind you and agree with everything you’ve said - this programme and the people on here are amazing! ❤️

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Yay Jacqui! Get to that podium and we’ll celebrate together! Better get some more bubbly in! 😅🥂🍾🏃‍♀️🙌 Remember the compulsory cheesy grin pic!! 😅

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Lol! The bubbly is already on ice! And there will definitely be a cheesy grin photo 😁. See you on the podium on Sunday ğŸŽ‰ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸ¾ğŸ¥‚ğŸ†ğŸ…ğŸ‘

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Excited for you!!! Go smash it! 👍🏻🏃‍♀️🥂👊

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Woop woop, cheeky!!!ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰

Such an inspiring journey....you've definitely helped me stay motivated with your lovely posts!!!

So so very proud of you....you ARE a runner....and you've definitely got that "runner's glow"!!! Massive well done, hun!!!!👍👍👍👍

Yaaay!!! Enjoy the buzz and keep posting!!!! 😁

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Awww thanks Hotheels, the feeling is definitely mutual. Such awesome support on here, and we all have each other’s backs! 😀🏃‍♀️

Will definitely keep posting. I love reading about other people’s journeys! 😀❤️

Let’s keep on running! 👊🏃‍♀️👊🏃‍♀️

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Congratulations ğŸ‘©â€ğŸŽ“ğŸ¾ğŸ¾ğŸŽ‰

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Thanks so much! 🏃‍♀️🐌🏃‍♀️😀

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Well done cheekychipmunks fabulous news. X

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Thank you! I’m still grinning! 😀😅🏃‍♀️

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Well done you! Bask in that glory for as long as you like! Fabulous achievement, your life as a runner awaits you! ğŸ†ğŸ¥‰ğŸŽ‰ 🏃‍♀️

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Aww thanks Emmajane! It’s still so odd referring to myself as a runner after all these years of hating it! 😀🏃‍♀️

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Yay! Well done Cheeky, I've been looking forward to seeing this post, you must be so pleased! Step up onto the podium and take a bow. Bubbly tonight?

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Rude me not replying and saying thanks Mike (could have sworn I had!) Anyway, thanks so much and I’m still on a high, believe it or not!

Out for my 2nd consolidation run tomorrow morning. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀👍🏻👍🏻

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Not at all. I celebrated for days! 🍾😀

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Congratulations, really well done , you should be very proud of yourself , enjoy your celebrations 👏👏👏👏👏

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Thanks Rob! I am proud, but couldn’t have done it without you guys and your support! 🏃‍♀️👍🏻🏃‍♀️😀

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Awh you look chuffed to bits!! Fab 😊🙌🏽🙌🏽 well done lovely lady xx

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Thanks Dee! I began grinning before I stopped running, and I haven’t stopped since! It’s a great feeling! ❤️🏃‍♀️😀

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😄

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Awesome! Enjoy the graduation glow, you’ve deserved it!!! 🏃‍♀️🏅🍾

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Thanks so much! I am definitely enjoying it! Great feeling!! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀🐌🐌

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Well done, great photo you really are beaming . Enjoy your graduation. From a fellow snail 🍾🍾🐢🐢🐢🐢think that may a tortoise but never mind.

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Thank you Tinker, I’m still beaming now just thinking about it! Oh I’ll accept any slow creature - 🐌 or 🐢- they’re all quicker than me!! 😅🐌🐢

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Wow congratulations and well done! Such an achievement! Bet you feel fantastic today and you should do 🏃‍♀️🥇👍 x

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Thanks Paula! I do indeed feel fab and can’t wait to get back out running asap. It’s so addictive!! 🏃‍♀️❤️❤️🏃‍♀️

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Well done to you! ğŸ¥‡ğŸŽ‰ğŸ¤—

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Thanks so much! Yes I am still grinning nearly 12 hours later!! 😀🏃‍♀️

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Well done cheeky! So proud of you! 👍🍻🍾🍾🍾

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Thanks Jundal. Your turn next. Champers is on ice for you when you’re feeling better! 👍🏻🍾🏃‍♂️

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I love it when a plan comes together! ğŸ“£ğŸŽ†ğŸŽŠğŸŽ‰

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And it will! Just say the word and the bottle will be uncorked! 🍾😀

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Congratulations and well done! ğŸ‘ğŸ‘ğŸŽ‰ğŸ¾ğŸ¥‚ğŸ¥‡

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Thanks ow! I’m still overly happy about it, and can’t wait to get back out there! 🏃‍♀️😀🐌👍🏻

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Congratulations cheeky one. Well deserved 👍🍾

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Thank you very much! I can’t believe how much this friendly forum has helped me through. It’s awesome! 😀😀❤️❤️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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Congratulations Cheekychipmunks you have proved you are a Runner!!!!!!! Well done

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Awww thanks Oldfool - can’t wait to get out there again now! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀

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😁🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

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Indeed! 🍾🥂🍾 Fancy a glass Ang? 🏃‍♀️😀

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CONGRATULATIONS cheekychipmunks!!! ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ†ğŸ†ğŸ†ğŸŽ“ğŸŽ“ğŸŽ“ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸

What a fantastic achievement and fabulous photo, thank you for sharing. You can now basque in your moment of glory! 😘👍🤗 x

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Thank you! And yes I have been basking all day (might let it stretch into the weekend too!) 😀😀😀😅

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...and so you should! You’ve earned it! ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰

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❤️

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Yaaaaaay!!! Go Cheeky!! Well done you!! ğŸ‘ğŸ½ğŸ‘ğŸ½ğŸ‘ğŸ½ğŸ˜ğŸŽ“ğŸ†â¤ï¸

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Thanks Fabulous! I know what you mean about the great feeling now! ğŸ˜€ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸŽ‰ğŸ¥‚ğŸŒâ¤ï¸

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Enjoy!!! I see you’re not too far from me in Bristol too Cheeky!! Lots of great places to run there. 😁😁❤️

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Yes we’re very lucky. ❤️ Which Parkrun do you recommend for a 🐌? 😀🏃‍♀️

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I’m a snail too!! Not sure for Bristol, but I had such a great time at the Lydiard Park run in Swindon. A run around the Harbourside would be lovely. Probably need to get out early though. I’d have a look on line, I’m sure there’ll be a lot of choices there! You can try them all Graduate!! 😃❤️

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Brilliant well done😃

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Thank you so much fellow runner! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️👊😀

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Sorry it’s a bit late, but massive congratulations cheekychipmunks as others have said, you are such a positive force on here, so it’s great to be able to see you cross that starting line (yes starting line!) because now your journey as a runner can really begin. Enjoy that special feeling that comes with graduation, you deserve it ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ‘ğŸ»ğŸ’ªğŸƒğŸ¼â€â™€ï¸ğŸ…ğŸ‘©â€ğŸŽ“

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Awwwww thanks so much Berksrover! I’m still buzzing, which is why I’ve been wide awake since 5.45am on a Saturday wishing I could go for a run - but boo it’s a rest day!!

Thank you for your encouraging words! Running (and this forum) are the best! ❤️🏃‍♀️😀

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I know what you mean, I have been away all week, hiking in the Lakes, so no running, but about to go out now and see what I can do

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Have a wonderful run! It’s a beautiful morning here in Bristol, hopefully where you are too! 👍🏻😀

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Well it is a beautiful morning here too, can't say the same for my run though, think I still haven't fully recovered from the last few days but it was good to be out there again

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Well done!!

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Thanks so much!!! 😀😀😀😀

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Woooooohoooooooooo ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸŽ‰ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ğŸƒâ€â™€ï¸ still can’t believe we started at the same time and you are now at the end! This is amazing, think you’ve caught the running bug now xx

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Thank you! 😀😀😀

I have caught it 100% Mashedpotato! I’m even wishing I could go out this morning, but of course I won’t because it’s rest day! Waaaaa! Tomorrow though! 🏃‍♀️🐌😀

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Well done to you, that’s a fantastic achievement. Don’t concern yourself for a second about speed though. I measure my running in time rather than distance right now, I’ll worry about speed a little further down the line.

I start week 8 on Monday and I’m surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve always found previous attempts at running to be utterly boring but I really believe I’ll stick at it now.

Once again, well done.

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Thanks B-dog! Yes I’m not concerned about distance, I’m just planning on continuing doing 30 minute runs a while longer and seeing what happens. No hurry (just as well!) 😅

Good luck to you with W8. It’s only 3 extra minutes per run - you’ll smash it! 😀👍🏻

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Judging from past experiences, those extra 3 minutes will probably feel more like 3 hours. For now though, I’m just going to enjoy this glass of wine 🙂

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Enjoy! 🍷

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Well Done, that's fantastic, due to do my last run tomorrow, should have been on Friday but was sick, looking forward to the morning, funny how I'm missing it already :)

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Thank you cazzam! Will be looking out for your post tomorrow - good luck, you’ll have it in the bag! I have extra bubbly to share when you make it to the podium! 🍾🥂🏃‍♀️👍🏻

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That's fantastic news, well done! You are such an inspiration 👏😁👍

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Oh thank you so much for saying that! 😀 I’ve just had the best time doing this programme and I used to absolutely loathe running! Not any more! ❤️🏃‍♀️🥂

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Yep, I'm beginning to love it too! I still have a few weeks to go until I graduate, but it feels so good after each run 🏃😁

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And it only gets better! Keep running, and good luck! You’ll smash your future runs! 🏃‍♀️❤️👊💪🏻😀

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What a ⭐️!! So very well done!! You look fantastic after graduating!! 👍🏻🍟🏃‍♀️🏆

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Thanks Vernon! I always turn an appealing shade of tomato whether the weather is cool or warm! Still grinning from ear to ear and can’t wait to get out there again! Bet you can’t wait either! 👏👏👏

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!!!Respect!!!

You have my full admiration! What an amazing journey. Who knows what we are really capable of??? After THIS (for me who never ran) sky is the limit.

Keep sharing!

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Thank you!!!!!! It was such an amazing feeling and a goal I never imagined I’d make! This programme really is amazing - it opens up so many doors for us all! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Good luck with your journey! 🏃‍♀️👍🏻😀

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I understand exactly how you feel! I cant wait to get there. It is a huge accomplishment! Unthought-of challenge for me. I always hated running and panted on my first week of 1 min runs!!! Now i am excited on the run days! What is happening?!?!?

😁

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I know, it’s totally bonkers. I’d make any excuse not to - too old, too short, too busy with the kids etc. Well this programme has blown all that malarkey out of the water, and now I’m a total convert! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀

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I think it is the greatest gift to ourselves. And it will magnetize everything else in our lives, all other goals with strength. Keep it up!!

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You too! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀😀

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Well done, you graduate you! 😁😁

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Thanks John, still on the Graduate’s high 4 days later! 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😀😀

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Congratulations ğŸ‘©â€ğŸŽ“ğŸ¾

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Thanks so much!! 😀😀

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Well done – you deserve all the pleasure your achievement has brought you. I've enjoyed following your journey. :)

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Thank you! It’s certainly been tons of fun, made even more enjoyable by the incredibly generous encouragement from people on this forum! ❤️😀

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