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Runniversary one! πŸ˜€

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I have often seen posts where people celebrate the end of their first year of running, saying that they have run three times a week for a year and made amazing progress - and I am delighted for them. πŸ˜ƒ

I have not had such a smooth and spectacular start to my running, but I’m still here enjoying it and I DO want to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful support on this forum and to our mentors and administrators who do such a fabulous job. πŸ˜„

Some of you know, that I began C25K expecting to run W1 repeatedly over the winter when cycling was not so enticing, simply to avoid losing fitness. I had no worries about not managing a run because I assumed that I wouldn’t! πŸ˜‚ For over half a century I had believed that I was NOT a runner. At the end of each week I discovered, miraculously, that I had managed and thought β€œI might as well try the next week.” Nobody was more astonished than me that I reached graduation, (Mr E, a gazelle runner of many years experience, was extremely astonished too!πŸ˜‚)

My year has been considerably interrupted by injury & illness, so I have had to restart the program twice, BUT I’m still hanging on in there and gradually loving running more and more. I have lost some unwanted pounds, toned up & dropped a clothes size. The benefits are fantastic and I would not like to see them disappear from my life, so although it has not been a smooth journey it has been well worth persevering.

I have loved sharing the journey with you, hearing your stories and cheering you on. I like to run by myself but I’m really glad not to have to do it alone - so a big thank you to everyone who has encouraged me. πŸ˜ƒ

To those of you, who like me, have not had a smooth start to your running, please do not be put off. The benefits are well worth persevering for & everyone has their own journey. πŸ˜€

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Happy, happy have had some interesting times and some great runs too... well done you!

Wishing you ,many, many more Happy Runturns:)

Elfe5Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you lovely Flossie- I have appreciated your advice, encouragement and ramblings very much. πŸ˜€


Well done! Great story πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

Elfe5Graduate in reply to Tasha99

Thanks Tasha, I haven’t forgotten the Parkrun when I’m ready. πŸ˜„

Lovely, encouraging post Elfe. Happy runniversary! Hope your recovery is going well πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Elfe5Graduate in reply to owmeknees

Thank you, yes the naughty knee is recovering - I’m building up cautiously. πŸ˜ƒ


Happy runniversary you are an inspiration after overcoming injuries & hope that knee behaving better now. It really helps us to hear of your perseverance as i know i have struggled to keep the momentum going as graduated twice & recently got as far as week8 only to have problems with my hip ! But foam roller has really helped as has your post so i nust get my positive, determined head back on as you are so right! Running is fantastic for both physical & mental healthπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈKeep up the great runs & postings & enjoy everyone 😊

Elfe5Graduate in reply to Pc59

Oh thank you Pc59. We can herple on together shouting encouragement!πŸ˜‚


Inspirational post Elfe5 ...a year of lovely posts from you & sharing your journey with us has been a privilege x


Hi Elfe, just reading through old posts, wanted to say well done on your running journey. We have similar experiences with doing the programme twice! Good to know it’s not just me πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ™Œ i found you had commented on one of my posts so thought I’d check out your story. Happy running πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Elfe5Graduate in reply to CatMo13

Hi CatMo13, good to hear from you. Yes it’s reassuring to know other people have similar experiences. I have grown into realising that I want running (however slow) in my life and will persevere through the ups & downs. πŸ˜„ Happy running to you too! πŸ˜€

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