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W9r3 Graduation!

Well, what can I say? I never thought I’d get this far, but I did!

As today was rather warm (and I needed an emergency power nap), we didn’t run until about 7pm. There was a lovely cool easterly breeze, which made the temperature more tolerable. Despite that, I felt sluggish and had developed a worrying pain in my left knee. Sod it, I thought, I am NOT going to fall at the last fence. So I ignored it and carried on. It took a while, but it eventually went away.

Jo took her time getting to five minutes and was slightly better getting to ten. Her performance did improve, as it wasn’t long before she announced fifteen, then all the subsequent five minute increments. I finally managed a sort of sprint for the last minute, then it was done! I was so excited I forgot to stop my Fitbit, which is very annoying. I realised about three minutes into the walk, so I have no reliable stats to say how far I ran and at what pace. 😡

My buddy and I walked to the pub, where the beer festival was in full swing. We bought our drinks and went to sit outside, probably much to the relief of fellow patrons, as I was wearing my favourite perfume, Eau de Sweaty Betty. I downed my pint of cider and ate my peanuts gratefully.

Monday sees the start of the next chapter in the book of running, as I will be a free agent. I will, however, be running for thirty minutes three times a week for three weeks, as recommended.

This programme is brilliant, and so are you lot. You have given me encouragement, tips, support and humour. Without you lot, it would have been so much more difficult and less fun. I wish I could meet you all in real life, and give you a thank you hug.

Wherever you are in your journey, good luck, and Trust The Programme! 😁

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Omg omg omg! I've been waiting for this post all day!

CONGRATULATIONS Muddled! You did it! I bet that was the best cider you ever tasted tonight and very well earned! 🍺🌞🥇🏆🎊🎉🎉🎉🎉

What tune did you cross the finish line to tonight then? 🤣

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Thank you! 😃I think it was In That Quiet Earth, from Wind and Wuthering. The cider was like nectar! 😃

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Ps we wear the same perfume! 🤣

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Me too 😂. I’m amazed at how much this lady can sweat, there is no “glowing” here, it is full on sting -when-it-gets-in-your-eyes kind of sweat 😅

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Yep! That’s the one! 🤣

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Oh my gosh yes! What is that about? I have had less eye sting cutting onions!

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🤣🤣🤣

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🤣🤣🤣

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Congratulations on completing c25k you must be so pleased well done 😊😊👏👏

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Thank you! I AM pleased! 😁

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Congratulations on completing C25K with week 9 run 3 and graduating, love the sound of your perfume.

To get your graduation badge and the word GRADUATE 🎓 next to your username leave a message on the June 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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Thank you!

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Woohoo, I've been looking out for this !!

I think that perfume is called Eau de Graduate thank you very much !!

Brilliant MG, well done !!

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Lol! Thank you! 😁

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Well done you!! I am enjoying reading all of these posts! It’s cheering me up whilst I am injured 👏

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Stick around we're here all week : )

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So sorry you’re injured. I hope you get back on your feet soon. Xx

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Get better soon, Cally.

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Fantastic news, Muddled. I love the fact that you ended up at the pub. Here’s to many more happy runs.

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Thank you, Stephen! It would have been rude not to attend the beer festival! 😂

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Exactly!

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😁

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Fantastic news MG, well done for sticking at it. All that hard work and a promise of a beer at the end is well worth it as I’m sure you will agree. Enjoy consolidation xx

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Thank you! 😊

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Oooh you have your badge and you wear it well !

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I can’t wait! 😃

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So pleased for you. I've been waiting for this post today!!! Well done you. I've not been out since Tuesday as Wednesday was rest day, Thursday was party day and today was recover from hangover day 😂 planning an early start tomorrow to beat the heat!

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Thank you! I expect you have run by now. I hope it went well. 😊

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Just got back. 37.4k in 28 minutes. A new pb 😂 need to go and lie down now 🤣

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Well done! It’s hot already, so must have been difficult!

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It's wonderful to see 'Graduate' next to your name!

Well done and what a way to finish, in style, at the pub, with a cider - I love it! 😄🍏🍻

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Thank you! It’s healthy fruit juice, isn’t it?! 🤣

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Absolutely!! And very well-deserved it was too!! Did your hubby not have them lined up on the bar when you arrived?

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He’s in the Middle East. 😔

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Oh no!!! These husband's of ours who travel and miss out on the good stuff!!

Mine is heading off on Sunday. I am sure yours was cheering you on from afar. I am sure you are feeling fab now. Have a great weekend. 😊

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Thank you! He’s been very supportive. 😊

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WHOO-HOO! VICTORY LAP! TAKE A BOW!👏👏🎉🎊🎈🍾🥂👏👏🎉🎊🎈Great stuff Mud! Outstanding, go celebrate, absolutely chuffed for you.

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Thank you so much! It feels good! 😃

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Congratulations! Shhh about the cider though, I’m out 🤣. Gotta say it was nice of the locals to organise a beer festival for your graduation!

Don’t worry about the run log... you don’t need Fitbit to tell you that you’re awesome, just look what you did!

Enjoy the consolidation and all your future running adventures

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Thank you! 🤣 Just irritated, that’s all. Never mind. 😊

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It’s ok... you get to run it again in a couple of days!

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😂😂😂

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TTP! Well done my lovely!!! Inspiration stuff, hope to get there one day 👍🏻

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Thank you! You will! 😀

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Well done you 👏👏💐!! Congratulations on your graduation. Happy running future. Keep posting & let us know how you’re getting on

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Thank you! Will do! 😁

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Whoohoo! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! 👏👏👏 and a great way to celebrate - with a pint at the pub! Sweet!

You’ve got a great plan going forward. Enjoy those consolidation runs, Graduate!

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Thank you! I’m looking forward to it! 😊

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Yay, well done, MuddledGardener, fantastic! Congratulations 🎊 🥂 🥉 🎓 🏃 🏆 and what a brilliant way to celebrate. I am going to enjoy hearing all about your post graduation running adventures, now go claim your badge, you runner, you!

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Awww, thank you! 😁

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You've done it! You've graduated MG, you legend!

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Thank you! You’re not far behind! 😃

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Further than I was, but only 4 rubs left! Then we'll meet up for that Genesis led tortoise run 😂😂

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Runs! My phone likes to change RUNS to RUBS 😳

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Hahaha! 🤣🤣🤣

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That would be brilliant!

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Give me a couple of weeks, one to graduate and one to consolidate x

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Will do! 👍

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Congratulations, very well deserved. I’m hoping to graduate at the end of next week all being well 🤞

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Thank you! Fingers crossed 🤞 for you! 😃

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🎉👏🏼🎉👍 We are all celebrating with you. Hurray!!! 🎉🎉🎉

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Thank you so much! 😃

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Well done! I did my graduation on a tiny hangover. Best ever run !!

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🤣🤣🤣 Thank you!

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Congratulations!! It's great to see the graduate badge by your name :)

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Thank you! I can’t see it!

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Congratulations! 🎉

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Thank you! 😁

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I remember that around w3 we were at the same stage. I hope I will follow you soon.

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Keep at it. You’ll get there. 😊

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By the grace of God.

I am happy with the progress, done w7r3. Some parkruns, too.

I wish you good luck with the 30 minutes runs you plan.

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Thank you! Parkruns! I’m impressed! 🙌

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Thanks.

I usually don't have my phone with me but I had it with me this morning.

Wanted to do w8r1 but changed my mind.

I am so glad, I did four parkruns this month. 😀

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Wow! 😱😱😱

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You will also do parkruns soon.

I counted six since I started the C25K. 🤣

One helps the other.

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Well done 🏆🍾🏆🍾 huge congratulations! Whoop! You must be feeling fab. Looking forward to hearing about your post grad runs. Have a great weekend. 😎

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Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the sunshine! 😀

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Great news Muddled, you're there 🥇🎉🎊🤗. just quick thought, how much of a motivation was it to be sprinting towards a lovely cold cider, cheers to you 🍻

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Awesome well done. That badge is well deserved 🏃👍🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Thank you so much! 😀

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Huge congratulations on graduating 😊💃😊💃😊💃🎉🎉🎉🏆

Now is a great time to look back at your earlier posts to appreciate the progress you have made. Do you remember your exploding lungs!

I look forward to hearing how you get on with consolidation 👍👍👍

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Thank you! 😀 I remember vividly the exploding lungs! 🤣🤣🤣

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Congratulations and what a way to celebrate with a lovely pint and peanuts! Well done

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Thank you! 😀

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Oh wow! Many congratulations... you should be rightfully proud of your achievement! Don't be a stranger and do keep us updated on your running journey. :) I didn't understand it at the time but running since graduation has been such an uplifting and life-affirming experience. I definitely need structure (if I ever lost my spreadsheet...!) but now I decide what that structure looks like and it's really liberating. Good luck!

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Totally agree Pianism, so liberating to manage my own running spreadsheet 😀

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Thank you so much! I’m going to stick around and bore you all with my exploits, don’t you worry! 😁

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Congratulations, that’s so amazing, I long for the graduation run!! Be proud 🍻🥳

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Thank you! It’s there, waiting for you! I’ve seen it! 😁

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congratulations graduating MuddledGardener 🙌🏅😊 welcome to big school 😂

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Aww, thank you! 😂

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Woo hoo! Knocked that finish post right over. It’s done. 👍

Now onto the next phase of your running career. Go you, and enjoy many celebratory pints of cider after future victories!

👏👏👏

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Thank you! 😁

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Congratulations on graduating. I would like a hug but you can also buy me a pint 🍺 lol 😂

Keep enjoying your running 🏃‍♀️

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Thank you! If you’d been there yesterday, I would have! 😂

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Well done on graduating!

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Thank you! 😀

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That is wonderful news.Congratulations. Well done. 😃🌠🥂 x

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Thank you so much! 😀

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Congratulations! What an achievement and a well deserved refreshment afterwards. You must feel amazing. Just got w7r2 completed this morning, and still can't imagine getting to w9r3. Here's to a future full of runming for you!

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Thank you! You’re not far away now! The time will fly! 😀

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Very well done! Great running adventures lie away! Enjoy it! 😅

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Thank you! 😊

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That post made me laugh out loud! Reading it was a good start to the day! Well done, MuudledG, and I wish you more happy experiences on the tracks (and in pubs!)😊🏆🥇👍🏻🐞

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Thank you Bishy! I love making people laugh! 😁

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Well, you certainly do that! I’m already looking forward to reading more of your anecdotes! 👍🏻

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Thank you! 😁

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Well done on graduating and thank you for the laugh! XD Brilliant post! Good luck on the rest of your running journey, please keep us posted on how you’re doing! Happy running, MG!

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Thank you, Mause! I’m not going to go away! 😁

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YOU DID IIITTTTT!! Have absolutely loved reading your adventures and tittering at your anecdotes 😁 huge huge well done! Looking forward to reading up on your travels beyond couch to 5k. Thank you for sharing 😊👍🏻💪🏻Xx

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Aww, thank you! I’ll be watching your progress! 😀

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So proud of you! And I'm sure your proud of yourself too!! Congratulations on finishing the programme..it's a great feeling

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Thank you! I feel quite accomplished! 😊

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Massive well done and congratulations!!🍾🍾👏👏👏.. really pleased for you 🙂

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Thank you, Andy! 😊

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Well done you graduate you! Savour the feeling! Am sure there’s a gap in the market for Eau de Sweaty Betty 🤣. A few of us seem to favour it! All the best with the next chapter in your running adventures!

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Lol! Thank you! 😁

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I find a couple of dabs of Perspiration Elation behind the ears works wonders, too, for finding an empty seat at the local after a steamy run ...😊

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Well done on graduating , I also graduated yesterday, dripping with sweat and also didn’t turn by Fitbit off, but who cares we did it. Love your posts. Well done 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️

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Thank you, and well done to you too! 🎉🎉🎉

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Oh Congratulations and in this hot weather too, have fun running and thanks for your support for my running journey x

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Thank you! You are most welcome, it’s what we’re all here for! Good luck and keep running!🏃‍♀️

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Will do

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Yay...! Congratulations 🎓 what a great post. Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate. Enjoy the feeling and whatever comes next for you 🏆

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Thank you, Lynsh! 😀

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Woop, woop! Well done MG! Many congratulations. You deserved that pint! Happy running and keep posting... 👏👏👏🏅🥂👍😀

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Thank you! I’m not going anywhere! 😁

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.....except for a few runs, presumably? 🤣🤣🤣

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Hahaha! 🤣

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Congratulations!!!

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Thank you! 😊

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Congratulations!!

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Thank you! 😊

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Wow. I think you might get 80,000 comments from this forum. The whole group have been waiting to congratulate you on your graduation! Glad the knee resolved and a pint well deserved. Xx

PB

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Aww, thank you! What a lovely thing to say! 😍 xx

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Big congrats MuddledGardener....., Well Done 👍👍👍🥇💪!

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Thank you so much! 😀

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Congratulations! I'm so pleased for you and you've deserved all the praise. Love the way you've kept your sense of humour through all the tough parts and have kept us cheered and encouraged.

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Oh thank you! That’s very kind of you! 😀

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I’m a bit late but woohoo! Well done MG - a fantastic achievement! Think you thoroughly deserved your pint and peanuts! 👏👏👏🥳🥳🍻🏆

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Thank you! They were well appreciated! 😁

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Amazing well done!! Loved reading your post, I’m on week 6 and will keep my faith in the program, as it clearly does work! 🏃‍♂️

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Thank you! Good luck with your running! 😀

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Congratulations!

Keep running, smiling and giving us your updates, I love reading them ! 🏅🏃‍♂️

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Aww thank you! 😁

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Well done think how far you have come!!

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Thank you! It’s amazing! 😀

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An inspiration for me to keep going, very well done!

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Thank you! Good luck! Love your pup, by the way! 😍

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Brilliant well done, it is such a good feeling when you graduate.

After graduating I carried on using the app for a couple of weeks just repeating the last run so that I got the helpful timing from Sarah.

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Thank you! I shall do just that!

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I did this too. Was scared to leave Jo Whiley behind 😂

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Yes, I shall stick with Jo, too! 😁

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Well done Sweatybetty👏👍....sorry I mean Muddledgardener 😂, bloody brilliant isn't it! I graduated last week and am now enjoying letting my legs get used to 30 minutes before my next challenge of getting to 5k and then improving pace. Running is awesome, who knew 😁

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🤣🤣🤣 Thank you! Running IS awesome... and so are we!

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Lol, yes we are 😂🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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I have followed your posts with interest and I’m so pleased you have now graduated! It’s a great feeling isn’t it. Good luck with your future running.

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Thank you! I’m going to stick around. 😊

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Brilliant news, congrats on graduating 👏🏻

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Thank you! I’m nowhere near as fast as you, though! 😂

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wooo

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😁

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Well done you. It is an achievement.

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Thank you! 😀

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So happy to read this post MG, I'm chuffed to bits for you. It really is the best feeling ever isn't it?

Keep up your consolidation runs. Well done. Bug hugs being sent your way xox

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Thank you so much! 😍

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