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Anniversary of starting Couch to 5k

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate
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A year ago today I did week 1 run 1. I couldn’t believe how long a minute was when running and how short 90 seconds was when walking. I didn’t think I’d make it on the final repetition.

I went on to complete the programme in 10 weeks (I twinged a back muscle in week 7). Not every run was easy. The gremlins got me a lot. I had many crises of confidence. I did graduate, but nowhere near the “magic 5k” in half an hour.

The support of people on here got me through, many of whom I’ve remained in touch with.

A year late... I made it to 5k. Then on to 10k. And this weekend I made it to 10 miles (16.1k) for the first time. Over 130 minutes of non stop running.

Believe that you can do this. You just need to show up each time, manage any niggles, support each other.

Enjoy your next run x

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David_G

Great work Jay, I agree with everything you’ve said. If we support each other we can get through this. A surprising amount of this running lark is in the mind- as you say, “just believe in yourself”.🙂👍

I started C25K 50 weeks ago, followed that with Bridge to 10K and I’m running my first half marathon on Sunday!😳🏃‍♂️

Congratulations on your progress! 👏👏👏 Who’d have thought a year ago we’d be where we are?😊

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Dexy5
Dexy5
in reply to David_G

Did you apply for a C25K badge David - it’s not there?

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David_G
David_G
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Hi Dexy, yes I did and it used to be there. Not to worry, I know I’m a graduate anyway!😊

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Dexy5

Hear Hear. What a difference a year makes once you’ve started C25K . It’s amazing the transformation it has made with your healthy eating too. Well done.

This forum has helped many of us achieve far more than we thought we were capable of. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️👏🏻👏🏻

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Seajay21
Seajay21Graduate

Very encouraging- I live in hope. I started like you and am now on W6 which I consider to be a miracle in itself. I have enrolled onto a 5K in another 9 weeks time and my aim is to just get round before they shut the finish line!

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IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Keep running, keep smiling.

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LoungeLizaard

Fantastic Jay, can't believe it's been a year. Keep up all the good work! 👍❤👏

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Realfoodieclub

Great post, Congratulations and well done on your 10 miles, amazing stuff. Rfc x

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Getfitok
GetfitokGraduate

You’ve come a long way in a year - literally 😀 congratulations!

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lexi6
lexi6Graduate

Congratulations Jay on your anniversary, I remember your early posts on here going through the programme, always brilliant to read and funny, kept me going through some of my difficult runs I can tell you. Your Lyme Park parkrun will remain one of my favourites and look at you now. Awesome. 👍

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BaddieThePirate

Wow, well done. Inspiring!

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pianoteacher
pianoteacherGraduate

Well done Jay! 10 miles is a fantastic achievement 😁

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cheekychipmunks

Brilliant Jay. I’ve told you before, you were my mentor (well MJ was, but you know what I mean) as you were a couple of months ahead of me on your C25K journey. I looked to your posts for what I might expect ahead, and you always offered encouragement - and still do. 👍

Happy runniversary Jay! You’ve come literally miles in a year. Not sure l’ll follow in your 10 mile footsteps though - 10k is plenty for me! 😅

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Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate

It was great to support one another during those giddy days of C25K. The mild hysteria of those days when we finished a run to our complete amazement and then faced the fear of the next run.

As a group we cajoled one another onwards and upwards, took the mickey, gave sympathy, gentle support and generally had a great time. One year later I would like to say that we have all matured a little, but that would not be much fun.

Well done on your 1 year anniversary and the epic 10 miler. That really is amazing!

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GTypeR
GTypeRGraduate

Well done Jay, I cant believe its coming up to my 1 year too. I used to hate running and thought people that enjoyed it were a bit weird.... :D

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate
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They are but we can all be weird together now!

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SendWine
SendWineGraduate

Can't believe it's been a year already ... you've truly been an inspiration to me and many others.

Keep it up xx

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Sybilw
SybilwGraduate

You’ve had an amazing journey and achieved so much. Hope you're suitably proud!

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Congratulations on your "runiversary" Jay, amazing what you have achieved in a year, mine is on the 18th April, my plan is to rerun C25K starting at week 3, the reason for that is because when I'm out long walks I usually run week 1, but usually week 2 during the walk.

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AnneDroid
AnneDroidGraduate

Well done you! That's an amazing achievement. Happy runniversary.

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Dowat
DowatGraduate

Inspiring post, thank you for sharing as it’s a great motivator for all. I’m heading for 10k and it’s posts like yours that really help.

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Sandie1961
Sandie1961Graduate

Congratulations on your 10 miler Jay. I’m exactly 1 month behind you, but won’t be doing 10 miles- 10k is plenty for me. I still remember you were the first person to comment on my posts and it really encouraged me to carry on knowing somebody was there. Celebrate and continue to enjoy 😊

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O505k
O505kGraduate

Congratulations on the year and the 10 miles. 🎉🎉👏👏

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HoagyM
HoagyMGraduate

Great stuff Jay, and terrific post. It’s been quite a journey hasn’t it😀

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Fabulous450
Fabulous450Graduate

Congratulations Jay!! 10 miles is a phenomenal achievement! ❤️

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molly1973
molly1973Graduate

That’s really inspiring! Thank you Jay 👍

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micey2
micey2Graduate

That’s inspirational, congratulations on your 10 miles fantastic

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Tasha99
Tasha99Graduate

Happy runniversary!

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Carowood

Great to hear about your success - really well done.

On week and hope I will be able to get as far?!?

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Saartjie
SaartjieGraduate

What a difference a year makes! I still can't believe it is a year. Those days were so tough. Now it's still tough but the difference is you KNOW you can do it. Am so glad we kept in touch...if it wasn't for this forum and my VRBs (including you) I don't think I would have ever crossed the finish line, let alone be still running a year later! I'm so glad you are still enjoying your running...what a gift we gave ourselves xx

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Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

Congratulations! Mine is 1st April..! Life is so different a year on... 😎

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Icandoit2019
Icandoit2019Graduate

Amazing

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Ang33333
Ang33333Graduate

And those are very sad daffodils!!!!

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Katnap
KatnapGraduate

Great post Jay! So what to do for your graduation anniversary?

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Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate

Don’t tempt me...!

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Rachey80

Well done jay, only just seen this post, glad u are still enjoying the running Xx

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