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My first 5k - get in that bag! πŸ˜€

My new post-grad strategy - 2 x 4k runs/1 x 5k run per week. Today was my first ever 5k and I did it! Proud isn’t the word, it feels like such a landmark. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

My dog accompanied me, as ever. I thought fleetingly about not bringing her as (bless her little cotton paws) she can sometimes get in the way, but I do love having her come along and I wanted her to be there for my Big Moment!

My time was .... well 🐌 ..... at 42.59 but that did include a β€˜doggie pickup’!! I’m getting quite adept at those and keep my feet moving all the time (must look like a right chump!!)

Anyway, here we are! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ•πŸΎβ˜€οΈ

Have great runs everyone! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€

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Awesome stuff - massive well doneπŸ€—πŸ€—

I'd be well chuffed with that - so enjoy the feels xx

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Thank you Bandit, I really am pleased. It felt good too, so doubly happy! πŸ˜€

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Aww well done πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ

I take my dog to so I no what you mean lol but it is nice to have the company of them isn’t it well well done πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

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A right PITA sometimes, but such fun company! β€οΈπŸ•β€οΈ

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Ye I agree she is getting used to it now tho and it’s making it easier for us bless them always their for us aren’t they β€οΈπŸ•

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Definitely! She loves coming along and, to be fair, she’s getting better at trotting next to me and staying on one side for the most part! I use a hands free waist attached lead which is miles better than a normal one. πŸ•πŸΎπŸ•β€οΈ

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That's a good tip!

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Great job... well done. Finding the right strategy for you is great.

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Thank you! πŸ‘πŸ» Yes I agree. This is a strategy I’m going to enjoy. I’m too competitive with myself to make it purely time-based! 🐌🐌

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Brilliant!! Well done you! πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ…πŸ₯‡πŸ…

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Thanks so much. It felt awesome! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»

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Well done Brilliant You must be so pleased a great plan and some encouragement from your dog, great picture. Excellent πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€

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Thanks Runsome! It would be good not to do pit stops, but what can you do?!! She’d β€˜gone’ before I began running too! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ•πŸ•

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Fantastic, your first 5k, woohoo! And 5 for the dog too, so that’s 10! Huge congrats, and that time is fine, and it’ll tumble over the next few weeks as you get more miles into your legs. Massive milestone! πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Thanks so much Mike! The 4ks I found slow but easy, so I thought I’d add a weekly 5k too and it felt fab. I’ll just keep at it for a few weeks like this and see what happens! I don’t foresee a gazelle ever, maybe a snail on rollerskates or something! πŸ˜€πŸŒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜…

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Well done you! I had a go at doing the 5k this week because I had no real idea how far I was doing on the run bits. 5k is well far! I did it at a struggle so think I need to adopt your 4,4,5 strategy and work up to it.

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Thank you! πŸ˜€

Well done on doing 5k though Kipper! I think in my case my legs just need more miles (kms) under their belt before any speed can happen, so I’m trying this and so far I’m enjoying it! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒ

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Told you that you'd be able to do it, no problem, didn't I?????!!!!😁

That is such a fab milestone, Cheeky!!!!!

Awesome work and a great strategy to keep pushing your limits!!!

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

I'm going to have more bubbles to toast your success!!!!😁🍾🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

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Thanks Hotheels! I’m so proud today - and hello, you should be too! Where’s your badge?!! Get back on your podium, have some more bubbly and spend the day feeling chuffed!! I am (without the podium bit!) πŸ˜…

I’ll join you with the bubbly though ........ πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ₯‚

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Here's to us!!!πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚

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Cheers! πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚❀️

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Fantastic cheekychipmunks! Well done to you!

πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ€—

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Thanks Vix! It’s been my goal to get to 5k and I can’t wait to go out running again! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈ

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Well done! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

That’s a huge barrier broken. That’s a perfectly respectable time and faster than my first 5k. As you relax into doing them you’ll naturally get faster.

You will notice that your bum will fall off now, though. Be prepared for it!

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Thanks Jay! I’m on cloud 9, rather like the day I graduated! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

I’ll just continue like this for a few weeks and see what happens - turbo snail maybe? I’ll never be a gazelle with my short little pins - but I like the idea of my bum falling off. I don’t need most of it, so bring it on!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Well done! That's amazing! If I took my dog my time would be about 5 hours! My old terrier is not speedy any more! He is slower than me!🐌🐌🐌

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Thanks Ang! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

Awwww your dear little dog! ❀️ My Lab is speedy and would rather be cantering alongside me than just a slow trot! I’m wayyy slower than her! πŸ•πŸŒπŸ•πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒ

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You are right to feel chuffed, it’s a brilliant achievement. 😊

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Thanks Olney! I’d been looking forward to it all week! πŸ˜€πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€

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Well done to you and the running buddy!! Great pic - I do the doggie shuffle picking up too!!!

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Thanks Mandi! πŸ˜€ It’s quite an art isn’t it! I’m likening it to an F1 pit stop, trying to get the time down as much as possible!! πŸ•πŸ˜…

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Fantastic job!! Well done you!! xx

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Thank you sallenson! It felt amazing! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Well done to you and your dog!

Nothing feels better than that first 5k! πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ•πŸ•

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Thanks Jogon! You’re right, it feels like the day I graduated, which was awesome! Can’t wait to run again on Saturday! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ•πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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I graduated July! I have had trouble staying motivated but last run on Monday was 3.6 k and determined to keep going I’m also gonna redo c25k in sept ( use the track more than anything)and try to get a few friends and family members to come I can’t stress enough how AMAZING c25k is I never thought I’d run EVER! So well done to us all!

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Absolutely, it’s unbelievable how much it’s changed my whole outlook on running - which I used to loathe!

Here’s to all of us! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Congratulations!! Fantastic achievement πŸŽ“πŸ₯‡πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Thank you so much! Feels amazing! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Wow, your really doing well and your pooch.

I have a small dog but he didn’t cope well on one of my runs, he was so exhausted, he laid down on the path and refused to move. I had to pick him up and take him up a small incline, but, it felt like going up snowdonia. If you get my meaning.

Happy running πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ cheekychipmunks.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‚πŸ™‚

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Thanks so much! Awww your little dog! ❀️❀️ Obviously knows his mind! πŸ˜€πŸ•πŸ˜€Mine loves to run, so she copes perfectly. She gets a proper run off the lead as a reward afterwards - trotting next to me isn’t exercise she says! 🐌🐌🐌

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It was the same with my super fast husband when he was my running buddy on c25k . He’d never gone so slow! 🐒🐌

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It’s why I don’t run with my ultra fit husband! He’d grow moss! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

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Well done - just love that feeling! Congratulations you deserve it runner. I bet you’ll keep smiling all day, it’s such a fab journey we’re on enjoy.πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸŽˆπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ πŸ•πŸŒ

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Thanks Jelon! It is definitely a fabulous feeling and yes I’m still grinning stupidly! Not quite sure what running has done to me! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜…πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Brilliant!!! Well done! This is my aim too. Going to try for first 5k today, if my son ever comes out of his job interview (seriously, M&S cafe assistant, 1.5 hour interview and counting???!!!). πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

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Thank you. Brilliant. Good luck to you - and him! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Well done cheeky, another target reached πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•πŸ‘

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Thanks Dexy! Yes indeed. I was looking forward to checking this one off the list! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ˜€

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W e l l. D o n e !!!!!!! I hope i can do that too when i graduate.

I still havent dared take my dog along. I 'm afraid he will not keep at it at the same pace and stop me from concentrating. Maybe it's early. Maybe when i am totally confident of my runs i won't mind the distraction.

You are inspiring!

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Aww thank you for your kind words!

You should try running with your dog, it’s wonderful. πŸ˜€ I use a hands free waist attached lead which I find way better than a normal one. She can change sides without me having to faff with changing hands! She’s not perfectly behaved, but each run is better than the last and she’s learning to stay straighter - just the occasional β€˜comfort break’!! β€οΈπŸ•β€οΈ

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It sounds good! I WILL give it a try after graduation. It will do him a world of good i know.

Is that a special leash or you just loop a normal leash to the waist belt (i use that for my phone, not the arm one).

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It’s specially designed for running with your dog! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•

I bought it on Amazon and I think the brand is called Barkswell. It’s good because the lead itself has some elasticity in it, making it more forgiving if the dog pulls. Also comes with a pouch for poo bags, phone, keys etc. There are a few brands out there, but this one was on Amazon Prime sale and had excellent reviews. πŸ•πŸ˜€

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Ok great!! Thank you so much for the information. It IS such a waste not sharing the exercise with him! I will let you know when i reach that stage!!πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•βœ”

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Ahh brilliant, good luck! I love having her with me and you’re right, it kills two birds with one stone, so to speak! πŸ•πŸ• You and your dog will love it! ❀️

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Hey well done cheeky πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š. Sounds a good strategy and one that I might adopt in a couple of weeks.

No running for me for a week now as I’m on holiday and nowhere suitable to run but I’ve really missed it and hoping I’ve not lost the ability to run my 4k.

Anyway huge congratulations and the time sounds awesome to me- even though it’s not about that πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒŸ

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Thanks Beanjo! It was an idea suggested by another forum member and it seems a good one! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Have a great holiday. You’ll be fine to pick up again when you get back. Just have an amazing time! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Brilliant - well done you! Love the doggie nose! 🐽

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Thanks Robert! I was trying to get her whole face in the pic but she was too nosey and insisted on checking out my phone! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ•πŸ•β€οΈβ€οΈ

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Awwh just seen this!!! Well done to you and the pooch! 😘

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Thanks Dee! Doing my first parkrun this weekend and can’t wait! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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Good luck!! 😘

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Wow!! That’s amazing. Congratulations. Hope your first park run goes well πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»

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Thank you Sarah! My daughter and I (and dog!) are doing our first parkrun this weekend! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ•πŸ˜€

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Absolutely brilliant ..well done you .,..fabulous feeling isnt it .πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸƒπŸƒπŸƒ

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