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W9R2 - Finally smashed!!! (Third time lucky!!)

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After a full week's break due to several factors, I finally completed W9R2 on my third attempt!!!!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

I was so worried that I might have forgotten how to run after taking a break.....but my fears were unfounded. After toxic 10, the running legs simply kicked in and I ran......and ran.....and kept running until I finished 5.3k in 47mins!!!!πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

I ran along the beach.....so the beautiful scenery definitely was a plus point. Still run at a sedated snail's pace🐌🐌🐌....but I'm very happy to be running!!!!! 😁

I have rambled on the last few days due to being frustrated with my "not-so-successful" treadmill attempts.....and my running buddies came out in full force to keep me sane and motivated with all their wonderful tips and advice. Thank you!😍

So, for anyone worrying about being able to re-start after a break, I am proof that you can and you will......all in good time. Patience is an extra lesson that C25K teaches you.

Happy running everyone!!!πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜Šβ€

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Well done! So glad your persistence paid off and what a run! You go girl!!!! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dralimc

I felt like since I started I've been plodding along.....but to get today's high, I had to hit rock bottom last week.

This run has meant more to me simply because I had to work extra hard to finish it!!!!😊

Thank you x

DralimcGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Enjoy your graduation run. You deserve it!!! X

Oh wow, on so many levels Hotheels! πŸ˜€

Fabulous run (5k woo!!! πŸŽ‰) and what a gorgeous place to do it. πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Bet you’re happy to be back at it! Now go and enjoy the rest of your day with a certain air of well deserved pride! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thanks Cheeky!!

First and foremost, I felt relieved......lol!!..... that I still have it in me......that I haven't forgotten how to run!!πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

Then I felt everything else!!πŸ˜‰

For sure, I'm going to have this "perma-grin" plastered all over my face for the rest of the day.....😁

Running outdoors is where I am happiest......and being by the sea is a real bonus!!!

Happy Days.....I broke the jinx today!!!

Big hugs, cheeky xxx

cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Brilliant. so happy for you Hotheels! You sound so upbeat and positive again! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Hey, watch this space, I’m going to run my first 5k on Thursday (did 4k just now). Bets are on how long it’ll take me (and I mean looooong!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…)


HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

You'll be fine!! I didn't set out to do 5k today......i just kept on with my slow plod. Does it matter how long it takes????!!! Absolutely not!!

That you're geared up and happy to run is the main thing......

Cheeky.....look at us....we're fretting about distance now and not even considering that we think running for more than 30mins regularly is completely normal.......πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Sending you tons of luck for Thursday xxxxπŸ€πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜˜

cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

Aww thanks! I know, I know! On June 11th I started my C25K journey and could barely make it though the 1 minute runs! Now we’re running 30+ minutes and loving it? Unbelievable isn’t it? πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

I’m looking forward to the 5k. A lovely massive milestone - and you’ve just spurred me on BIG TIME!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

And of course there’s the even more exciting prospect of your graduation run! When??? πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

HotheelsGraduate in reply to cheekychipmunks

Lets keep spurring each other on.....lol!! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Thursday is the big day for both of us.....your first 5k and my graduation!!!😁

πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺWe can do it!!!!


cheekychipmunksGraduate in reply to Hotheels

OMG we’ve soooo got this! Bring on Thursday! πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» And I have a case of 🍾🍾🍾 waiting for you on the podium! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Good luck Hotheels! ❀️❀️πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ


That beach looks beautiful. I used to live near the sea and I really miss it sometimes. Well done!

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Jenny567

Same!! I lived my whole life near the seaside until I moved to UK.....I miss it too!

And I think I only felt able to push myself to get to 5k simply because hearing the waves kept me calm! 😊

Thank you x


Well done, yay! I had meant to reply to your previous post on this, but, you know, I suck at life sometimes :P Seriously though, your perseverence will pay off big-time, and you did it. You're not actually *supposed* to run 5k in week 9 you know, and especially not in those heels. Did you get gait analysis done before getting those? :P

So... podium up next, right? Your extra runs will really help I think, I'm quite sure you'll sail to victory no problem. Oh what a lovely running route too. I used to live right by the sea so I always get nostalgic when I see pictures like yours.

Last push... all the best :)


HotheelsGraduate in reply to Hidden

Thanks Neil, I do appreciate your support xx

Yes........the big run is up next!!!

I'm going to get it done at the crack of dawn when the temperature and humidity is not too bad.

After that, I will once more face my "treadmill-phobia" but without the pressure of having to complete graduation.

I have to learn to work with the treadmill anyway.....so might as well try whilst in on holiday and it's free.....and not at all busy! πŸ˜‰

Hidden in reply to Hotheels

You will smash it!! The run, not your legs :D

I can't do treadmills. At least the two attempts I've had in running shops have ended in failure. I just can't do it!! If you've mastered treadmill running at all them I'm pretty much in awe. No, I just get nice uneven surfaces, puddles, tree roots, and the thought that if I go too wrong I may get wet from falling in the canal. What I do love though, is the fresh air, birdsong and just the general feeling of freedom I get.

Gosh, what is happening to us??!

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Hidden

That's exactly the way I feel too.......I don't live in the countryside though......but do have some lovely large parks nearby....which I plan to explore during my post grad consolidation runs.......I really enjoy running amid trees and nature. Coming across a babbling brook would be my idea of running heaven.....knotted tree roots and all!!

I have used the treadmill before for brisk walking.....I just haven't been able to run on it. But Berksrover says it's not physically different......and it's probably a mental mindblock. So I'm going to give it a decent go.....and see how I get on......πŸ˜‰


Yay well done! What a wonderful place to run!! 😁😁

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Ang33333

Couldnt agree more!!😁 Thank you x


Brilliant, well done, you certainly did smash it πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Berksrover

My fabulous mentor told me to keep believing in myself......that setbacks are simply stepping stones to well-deserved success.....he told me to trust my body in being able to tell me when it was ok to push and when I needed to stop.

I did just that.....and voila!!!! Look where it took me.......!!!!😁

Thank you dear Berksrover!!πŸ€œπŸ€›



Congrats in making it. You didn’t give up and you have done it. At first you may have felt a little deflated but look at you run 2 penultimate run accomplished. Proud of you hotheels. Lovely scenery as well.

HotheelsGraduate in reply to MVBrown

Thanks so much!! It does feel great to have persevered........and I hope that it helps others realise that sticking to it and not giving up eventually yields results.

The scenery is a great bonus.....I think it's what spurred me on to keep running until I got the 5k mark.....!!!!!😁


What a great achievement and a great place to do it at. Well done you πŸ‘πŸ‘

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Shakywakey

Thanks Shaky!!! You're nearly there too.....yaay!!!πŸ€œπŸ€›


Yay Hotheels ! Just got back from my run and so pleased to see this! You've got your mojo back now and graduation is just around the corner. Absolutely brilliant πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to telford_mike

Mojo definitely back!!!!😁

Thanks so much Mike - its great to have u cheering me on!!!!

Bring on that graduation run!!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ


Fantastic Hotheels! And what a view? Your distance was incredible too! Well done you!! Congratulations!! πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈ

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thanks Fabbie!!! It's great to be out running again!!! It's the big one next.....eeekks!!!πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜πŸ˜

Fabulous450Graduate in reply to Hotheels

Oh you’re so going to smash it!! Happy graduation run Hotheels!! You’re a star!! 🀩❀️


Well done, I knew you’d do it and that beach πŸ– looks amazing! One more run to go and you’ve done it βœ…. That shiney πŸ₯‡ awaits.....

HotheelsGraduate in reply to PaulaGullett

Thanks Paula!!!

I'm really glad to be back in the swing of things.......😁

Yes....tomorrow is D-day!!!πŸ˜…

Well done. One to go.. you've done extremely well πŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’š

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Deborahchick46

Oh chicka......what a journey it's been with lots of ups and downs..... but makes it that much more precious!

Thank you for your steady support all the way x

Well done! Such a beautiful place to run!

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Rachel_Runs

It really is.......😍 I'm lucky to have the chance to do my graduation run out here......!!!


Whoohoo!! Looks amazing xx

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dee_N

Thanks Dee xx

Brilliant running Hotheels! Good luck with your graduation run!! Enjoy it πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Macmac

Thank you!!! Definitely want to keep enjoying my running😁


Wow....Well done Hotheels! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰You smashed it! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Sounds like a great run and what a beautiful view. Good luck with your graduation run! 😘😊

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Vix_yp

Thanks so much x was tough but very pleased I managed to do it!!!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ


Wow hotheels , does that distance include your brisk walking or is that just the run?

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Lol.....includes the brisk walk!!!

I'm not a techie at all. I start my fitbit when I begin and stop it when I'm done.....includes brisk walks both ends.


Dexy5Graduate in reply to Hotheels

Phew, I thought you’d had wings fitted to those heels. πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘ πŸš€

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Lol.....you do make me chuckle!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I ran my "graduation run" today......I stuck to 30mins and only managed to complete 3.5k including runs.

So, definitely no wings or voodoo magic in my heels!!πŸ˜‰

I think with W9R2 I was just so happy to be running again after having to have a week long break due to my right knee niggle, I just ran and ran until i had nothing left in the tank....lol!!πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dexy5Graduate in reply to Hotheels

Well done on your graduation- yippee . Enjoy the celebrations πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ₯‚

HotheelsGraduate in reply to Dexy5

Thanks Hun xxx

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