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Graduated ...at last yippee !!

Well finally done it ... can’t quite believe it !

Did I do 5km ? No

Did I enjoy it ? No, not really

Was it easy ? No

Did I get an adrenaline rush ? No

Have I lost weight ? No

But ...I do feel fitter, my body has changed shape and I know it’s good for me.

So.....

Will I keeping running ? Yes, and I’ve just bought some new running shoes, so I’ll have to 😁

Thanks to everyone who had posted here. Reading your posts kept me going when I was struggling. At 53 and never ever enjoyed running, it’s definitely been a big help 💕

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Well done you, in spite of those “no” answers, you’ve done it! 🎉🎉🎉 Do hope you continue and eventually find a fun way to run for you. 👍👍👍 Oh, and enjoy those new shoes. 🎉

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Thanks... yes even thought half price, I’ll have to use the shoes 😄

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Congratulations Bunny! Well done for sticking at it and completing it! Fantastic achievement. 👏🎈🎇

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Many thanks... still don’t know how I did it 😂

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Congratulations Bunnyrunner on graduating here on C25K.

To get your graduation 🎓 badge and the word GRADUATE 🎓 next to your username leave a message on the May graduate post in the pinned posts on the right side of the healthunlocked C25K home page and tell the administrators that you have ran W9R3 of C25K and graduated 🎓 🏃

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Thanks. I think I may have added my name to a list , but can’t actually find the pinned post ? 🤔

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It's there

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I like that after five 'no's, there's a 'but'.

Enjoy the new shoes, you must run after your 💰 money. 😄

Even if you don't run that much, it may help you discover other sports.

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Well I always done some sort of exercise, mainly dancing, but I’ve just never gelled with running. You’re right though, I’ll have to use my shoes ! 😄

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I’m sure it’s been worth it, for the shoes alone at least!🤣🤣. Well done!

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😄👍

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Fantastic result! You did it and that’s great. Enjoy your new shoes!

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Thanks. Looking forward to what’s next 😄

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Well done! I am the same, keep hoping I will be addicted to running etc. but it hasn't happened yet x

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At least there’s some of us. Maybe our efforts count more 😄

Thanks.

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Definitely 😁

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Me too! I completed C25K in March and have continued to run 5K three times a week religiously but I sadly can’t say I enjoy it. It feels like a duty that has to be done and, like Bunnyrunner, I haven’t lost weight and get no “ buzz” from running......just hot, sweaty and relieved when it’s completed for that day.

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Oh dear ... if I work out a way of enjoying it, I’ll let you know 😄

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I also ask, if I don't run, do I enjoy that more???

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That’s true... I am quite looking forward to my next run, if just never feels like fun when I’m doing it .

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To me that is normal. If you feel good after the run, that's already something.

Hopefully joy will come, too.

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The only joy is feeling fitter and the lovely well deserved shower when I finish. Maybe that is enough of a reward? I was just really hoping to be one of those people who friends talk about....I think she exercises too much, she has a problem, obviously some sort of addiction 😂😂😂

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😂 well my husband is an experienced runner and has always encouraged me to run because of all the benefits. He has been very supportive, but I did query him about the supposed weight loss that didn’t actually happen. I’m not overweight, but it would be nice to know that a few extra treats could be taken care of with a couple of runs 😄

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I always heard and read about people addicted to running. But I can't recall I have ever met one. Not had the opportunity to talk about one of those who are addicted...

And no-one talks about me like being one.

Feeling fitter, sense of achievement, deserving a treat, that is already something.

Can it be that those who enjoy running are the ones really good at it?

You probably are good, too, just didn't 'click' the enjoying bit in, yet.

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Feeling fitter and a sense of achievement.... I agree with that. 😄

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If there's no joy during running, try to treat yourself after running. I love that I 'do deserve' let's say a sauna...

Joy, I think, doesn't come immediately.

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A lovely suggestion Elisabeth3.

Let’s hope the “ joy” kicks in eventually!😂

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Yes a treat us always good to look forward to. I had a bottle of Proseco ready for when I graduated !

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Sometimes the promise of the treat gives you enough determination to do something. Or the promise of the result. Anything really to make you feel good.

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Well done! Fingers crossed you'll start to enjoy it now you can 'free-style' a bit! I was thinking about this this morning. People have plans and programmes for running to get them to certain distances and they are invaluable to avoid injury and motivate people but I find I'm not one of those people (although C25K was an exception!). Never have been. I could never have a revision plan for exams - there was no point me sitting revising physics if my brain wasn't in that mood no matter what the plan said. Better to do what I was in the mood for at the time. For those less appealling subjects, revise them whenever I had the slightest inkling it may be the day for it. Same goes for me and running. If the plan says run 5K and I want to run 8, why not? If the plan says do 9k and I really only want to do 5, do 5. I know where I want to get to and I will, but without pressures of 'you must run this'. You just have to be rralistic with yourself and know what you can do safely.

So, what I'm saying us now you're there, running for 30mins, jig it up a bit. Challenge yourself how you want to - intervals? Hills? Further? Faster? I would always advocate using C25K programme but now you've done it, enjoy the freedom and freestyle it!

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It must be the creative, rebellious person inside us that wants to do it our way. I will bear in mind comments about injury. Not experienced anything yet.... but I know I need to consider that. I would actually like to go back to a shorter run.... and then keep going if I feel like it or speed it up sometimes...watch this space.

Thanks for your reply.

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Yay! Go and enjoy!!!!

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Well done your post made me giggle that's how I'm feeling in wk 6 no no no congratulations and try to enjoy your new shoes 😧 and be proud of what you've achieved 🏆

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Thanks. Week six can be a tough one, but once you get through it, somehow it makes the following weeks easier or should I say , bearable 😄

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Hi bunny runner well done you! I’m 53 nearly and had never run - walk miles with dogs , use my cross trainer and am active in my job but 2 stone heavier than I should be. My weight hasn’t changed but body Shape has! Anyway muscle weighs more than fat so I’m sure something is happening to all our fat cells!! I’m on day 2 wk 8 and am really enjoying it and have entered a 5k for graduation week! You’ve done amazing things stick with it!!!

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Congratulations to you too. I’m not sure I could do a 5km race as they all seem to be in the morning. That’s a definite No for me 😄 but I will stick to it.

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Well done great achievement 🏃🏻‍♂️

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Thank you 😄

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Well done! My body shape entirely changed as well and now I m pushing to 10k slowly. It s a tough journey but well worth it.

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Thanks. All the support really helps 😄

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Well done for persevering I graduated a few weeks ago and have continued to do 3 x30+ mins running a week still not reached 5k yesterday’s run I managed 4K

Keep at it 🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️🏃🏾‍♂️

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When I read posts like this it really makes me smile. The determination of everyone to keep going despite not reaching the 5km is great. They should really call it Couch to 30mins !

I’ll get there ... in time 😄

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Very well done Bunny. Consolidate for a few weeks while you think how to go on from here.

But most of all, enjoy your new shoes!

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Thanks. What would you advise for consolidating ?

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I personally kept trying to run for 30 minutes 3 times every week - distance unimportant at this stage, just the time.

I did though need the support of the C25K programme so I worked my way through week 9 again and again trying out all the trainers so as not to get bored.

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Who did you like the best ? I think it’s a good idea to keep the brain occupied.... might give that a go !

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I found Jo Wiley excellent - more my kind of person!

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Yes that’s who I listened too .

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Congratulations ! , keep running

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Thanks... I will and must 😄

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Well done! Sounds like you’ve had a tough journey bless, but you’ve stuck with it and now graduated 👍🏻👏🏻🥳🎉🤗 x

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Thanks... I just think I’d prefer to be doing other things 😄 but I wanted to do it , and the desire/ determination to want to do it has overcome the enjoyment . I think I’m very complex 🤣

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Well done to you and congratulations for graduating!!

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Thanks very much 😄

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We’re all different, so what 1 person enjoys...Should be proud of yourself for sticking to s/thing you wanted to do despite not enjoying it so it makes your graduation even more rewarding 🤗 x

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Thanks . I am quite chuffed. Looking forward to doing it my way , at least 😄

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Hooray, you've done it! enjoy the sense of achievement and your new shoes 🤗

I always enjoy my runs once they're over 😅

Go through feeling i love it and can do it to i hate this and i want to stop!

just keep getting out there in the fresh air, sure we'll get the 'love to run' vibe soon 🤣🤣

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Thanks. Being outside is a bonus and because I like running when it’s colder, I probably go out more. So that is a positive. 😄

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Me too, early morning cool runs are great!

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😟 no not mornings for me !

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Fantastic ,well done. Keep it up now, I still put Michael on for a bit of inspiration .

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Thanks. Funny ... I thought Michael was a bit boring so switched to Jo 😂

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Might give Jo a try then for a change ,thanks .

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😄👍

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Well done 😊 fabulous

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Thanks

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Haha brilliant!! Many congratulations to you, you've got this now, you're a runner😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🏆🥇👏....now go steady in those new shoes.😁

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Thanks. Yes looking forward to a whole new experience 😄

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Brilliant - as a 53 year old myself, struggling to make the transition to week two (just 'life' getting in the way) I know your achievement is HUGE!

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I would NEVER would’ve believed I could complete it. My advice, sometimes things do get in the way. It took me a bit longer than 9wks. A holiday and a couple of days when I didn’t feel so good or it was too hot to run. You will do, just get back on track when you can.

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Congratulations!! Hope you start enjoying it soon!!

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Thanks.... so do I 😄

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Well done.

I bet you feel like you won the London Marathon. 👏👏👏🐥👏👏

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Thanks ! 😂 I just can’t imagine what that would even feel like .

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I graduated today too! Well done us!

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Well done you 👏👏👏👏

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Well done, you can't explain the sense of achievement!

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Thanks .

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It’s a great feeling - and as a 61 year old gran I so agree with your thoughts 😄

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Well I’ll keep going if you do 😄

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well done congrats on graduating 🏃‍♀️💪😊

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Thank you 😊

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