You got this!: I took on C25K last July. W1R... - Couch to 5K

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UnfitNoMore
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I took on C25K last July. W1R1 tried to kill me I swear! 30 minutes was absolutely impossible. I slowed down and it got a little easier, but stayed challenging almost all the way to that last run.

Today, I ran for almost 150 minutes and completed a half marathon for the first time. I’m no different to any of you guys... and W1R1 of C25K remains the toughest run I’ve ever done... if that changes I’ll come and tell you all about it!

You can do this! If you’re into your journey, rest assured that it gets easier. If you’re reading and thinking of starting, yes run one is tough, but you can do it. The differences it makes to the rest of your lives is amazing... you’ll be able to do so much more with your higher fitness, and apparently we have a longer life expectancy too. So keep going, and change your lives for the better.

Enjoy amazing yourself as you make your journey and see just how awesome you are.

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IannodaTruffe
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well done that man!

You are awesome.............we are all awesome!!!!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to IannodaTruffe

Cheers! There were some out and back bits on the circuit, and I loved seeing someone twice my size ahead of me by about half a mile... I caught up a little, but never got close to passing him... just wish I’d had a go pro on to show everyone who turns up here questioning wether they’re too big to run... that guy was pretty speedy!

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IannodaTruffe
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

We want a run report, Neil.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to IannodaTruffe

There was a long one... that got lost... there’s a “short” one on marathon running and race support... but I will put the long one back together tomorrow.

...and when that bores everyone to tears they can blame you 🤣🤣

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Runip
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Well said UNM, and hearty congratulations on your HM. Running is an absolute game changer and I hope people take inspiration from your story. Well done!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Runip

Thanks. We followed some and inspire some others... this place is amazing. My journey, your journey, the guy about to do run one’s journey... they’re all inspirational. We are all awesome, and it’s fun finding that out.

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GoGo_JoJo
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We can do so much more than we realise and it's all so worth it 💪🏻👍🏻😁

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Spot on. I don’t yet know how you go run 26.2 just because and solo... bit one day I’m gonna give it a go!

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GoGo_JoJo
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

And then you'll know you really have lost your marbles 👍🏻🤣🤣🤣😘

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Jogonton
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Well done you 🙂

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Jogonton

Many thanks. Anyone here can do this, should they want to... the most important thing is getting to those 30 minutes, which you have... if I haven’t already said it, congratulations!

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AlMorr
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I know you have mentioned before that run 1, week 1 of C25K was the hardest run that you have ever ran, interesting that today's HM didn't feel so hard, the old saying that happens here on C25K by many "if I can do it, so can you" seems to apply with you after reading your excellent post.

I have ran 3/10Ks, strangely enough, particularly after my PB third 10K of 69.23 I didn't feel just as tired as running my quickest 5K of 30.55 at a parkrun on September 21st.

I momentary thought after the 69.23 10K that I could have continued running, but not sure for how long.

I suppose if I put my mind to it I could do what I did from running 5K to 10K, 1 kilometre more a fortnight with shorter runs, including a parkrun in between, not sure, the old mind worries of the possibility of injuries occurring, so far with luck I have avoided any injuries.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to AlMorr

You can do whatever you set your mind to... rack km added is easier than the last... 5k to 6k is a bigger increase than 10 to 11. Keep it slow if you go up the distances, and keep up the strengthening and flexibility work. Not saying you’ll never be injured, but the keeping the risk down really helps.

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Buddy34
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You show us what we can achieve if we are determined to put the effort in. I'm sure I can speak for all of us and say you really are amazing. You should be so pleased and so proud of yourself.

This all started with 60seconds

😊😊👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Buddy34

Thanks. I believe you have to want to go beyond 10k... 5k/30 minutes changes lives for the better like no other distance or duration. 60 seconds felt like forever, now I’m thinking in terms of “just another 20 minutes and I’m done” all things are relative!

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Grannytobe
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Great run you must be chuffed. Just worked out how long you ran for, I'd misread as 1 ½ hrs, wow that was an incredible length of time to run, marvellous. Go you🙆‍♀️👍

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Grannytobe

1.5 hours would be a dream! I’ll try for sub 2... but it’s only numbers... when we run we are all the same in a multitude of ways, numbers are the only difference, and I hesitate to post numbers on this forum most of the time... apart from that 30 one.

Thanks... yep, I’m made up... may take me a while to come down... definite endorphin overdose today 😂

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Grannytobe
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Well I think your time and distance are brilliant and you deserve the endorphins to be there for quite some time after that effort. 😀

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Granspeed
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👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Well said, UNM. You are the living, running proof that your words are true. 🎉 Take heed, all Newbies or Strugglers on C25k. This man knows! 👍

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Granspeed

Thanks... it’s all been a learning curve, and different people have different experiences to offer those following... which makes this place so amazing... we got everyone.

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Jogunlikely
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Awesome job x be very proud of yourself 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️👏👏👏🏆🏆🏆

I hope you celebrated with Apple juice, you deserve one 🍻

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Jogunlikely

Thanks... no apple juice in the house, but there is some nice grape juice 🤣

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WillowandSola

Well done for completing that HM what a good post and good reasons for anyone starting and continuing

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks. Impossible is only temporary in this game... that first run really made me think about doing something else... so pleased that I did some reading on here before making what would have been a bad decision.

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WillowandSola
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

We started on a whim with not a thought to the future but it’s made such a difference to our fitness and health and we’ve only been running a few months

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to WillowandSola

You guys have had a brilliant journey so far, and can do anything you want to do with this... but nothing will change your lives as much as this bit... 30 minutes of cardio at a time really bangs that fitness up, and health follows. The beauty of this plan is it puts you there pretty much straight away as brisk walking counts too.

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WillowandSola
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Yes it’s just great isn’t it?

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to WillowandSola

It sure is. It was unusual to see two people doing this together and I’m sure the positive differences aren’t just limited to fitness and health for you guys too. Inspirational to me and others... and today I thought of lots of people here, you guys included, and it made the run easier for sure.

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WillowandSola
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

That’s lovely to hear, as to running together if i nag a bit Willow slows down we’ve started having different music and laugh at each other if a faster or slower song comes on but we probably wouldn’t do it alone we encourage each other and celebrate our fitness levels

I know you run with little miss sometimes and that is wonderful building good habits in youngsters has such value

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to WillowandSola

Perfect! It has to be fun to keep it going!

Little Miss will be out running me in the next couple of years... and I can’t wait!

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WillowandSola
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

I ran about with my grands some years ago and always ran slow to let them beat me then one day i had to run as fast as i could and could only just keep up it was great we still run with the youngest sometimes

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BaddieThePirate

🏃👍👏🏅😁

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Puppy-love
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Wow. Congratulations! What a wonderful, inspiring story you tell. It makes so much difference to read that that first run really is the hardest and we can all change our lives if we just stick with it. I hope your enjoying your favourite treat and a well earned sit down back on the couch. 👏👏👏

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Puppy-love

Thanks. I really am... eaten a lot of junk, but I have the calories in hand, and the wine is lovely. My watch keeps telling me to have another drink... or as it puts it “move!” 🤣

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Puppy-love
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

😂

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Realfoodieclub

Brilliant post, well done on your HM distance, for someone who once said to me I am Not sure I want to do 10km reading your post has made me smile, You have done so well and now support so many on their journey too. Happy running. Rfc x

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

Thanks... I learned from the best!

I was a bit of an enigma in that I had no interest in 10k (still not run an event) but wanted to run a marathon. Now I’m thinking the 10k Saturday and HM Sunday next year at Tatton would be a lot of fun... what’s happened to me? 🤣

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Realfoodieclub
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Hehe, you are one of us now 😂.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Realfoodieclub

Proud to be in such company... and being surrounded by the next lot.

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Allymally1

Congratulations on your HM! Thanks for the inspiration to keep going 🏅🏃🏼‍♀️

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Allymally1

Thanks... and no worries... you’re also inspiring others, enjoy closing this out.

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Irish-John
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My hat off to you UNM :)

To go from zero to a HM in that space of time is a testament to dedication, endurance and resilience :)

Well done, very well done indeed! :)

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MDaw35
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Wow that's a very good time. I've just signed up for a half in May 20. C25k was one of the best decisions i made. Well done you!

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linda9389
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in reply to MDaw35

Pop over to the marathon and race support forum - you'll find lots of support there for your first HM. Good luck and enjoy the training 🙂

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MDaw35
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in reply to linda9389

Great, thank you Linda :-)

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to MDaw35

Thanks... and so great to see you booked for one in May. Enjoy that journey.

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MDaw35
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you. Where's the best place to go for a training plan do you know? I'm currently at 7 miles so want to try and expand but in the correct way. Thanks in advance :-)

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to MDaw35

I used Nike run club’s plans... there’s also one on the marathon forum healthunlocked.com/marathon...

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MDaw35
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thank you :-)

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linda9389
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I so agree with this excellent post. Perfect!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to linda9389

Thanks

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molly1973
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UNM, what a perfect post... and just what I needed after a difficult couple of months, running-wise.

Congratulations on your half 👍👍

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to molly1973

Thanks... I’ll do anything to never have to do that first run again 😂

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Setters
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Very inspirational, thank you

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Setters

Thanks... we can all achieve our goals, whatever they are.

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Sallysensibleshoes

That’s a brilliant achievement! Congratulations! Its a really inspiring post, thank you.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Sallysensibleshoes

Thanks, now I get to plan another for the spring, and start scheduling that 26.2 in officially.

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Ethelbert
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Massive congratulations🍾🎉

Always an inspiration to so many, enjoy that well-deserved buzz of achievement 😀

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Ethelbert

Thanks... I can’t wait for the next one.

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Getfitok
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That is just so brilliant, congratulations & well done you 🏅👏👏👏

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Getfitok

Thank you

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roseabi
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Awesome.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to roseabi

Cheers

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snailface
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Great achievement

Congratulations

What an inspiration

💪🏻👏

🐌

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to snailface

Thanks... good to see you back running and progressing again too

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Rowers
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Inspirational post, thank you 😀

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Rowers

Thanks... I love coming here to both inspire and be inspired... a look at all the guys starting out, the ones struggling in the middle, the wonderful graduation posts... there’s no better place to give me the thoughts I need on a tough run.

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Debston
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Well done, that's awesome!!!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Debston

Thanks... looking at another for next Sunday now... but I shouldn’t!!!

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Pete1w
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Amazing. It does me good to read posts like this to remember that fat bloke sweating and out of breath willing Jo Whiley to tell me the runs were over........ Now 10k twice a week with a hill/fast session thrown in is just Normal. It's something I do. It's makes my body and mind feel better. Long may it continue.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Pete1w

Cheers

I can’t wait to hear the graduation stories of people that really struggle on run one... the two posts next to each other tell an amazing story all by themselves.

I avoided hills like the plague for about 6 months... now I get a little bored on the flat.

Happy running.

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Pete1w
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

I love a hill. Pretty hard to avoid them in Sheffield......... Enjoy the rest of your journey.

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Pete1w

Same over on the other side of those hills... I’m just down the A57

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2flatfeet

Wow!!!!!👏👏👏👏🍾

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to 2flatfeet

Gee thanks... of course you could be in some long canicross runs in a few months!

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2flatfeet

Here’s hoping! 🤞

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to 2flatfeet

You’ll be there... just keep doing what you’re doing and it will all come to you.

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2flatfeet

Thanks! Just did r1w4 this morning and loved every minute of it! Dog too! She’ll love it when we get to 30 mins! 👍

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to 2flatfeet

Excellent stuff... great to see you loving it so early.

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2flatfeet

👍

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Soniabrown
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Love this and well done Unfitnomore!!🏃‍♀️💪👊

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Soniabrown

Thanks... we’re all doing amazing things when we look at where we came from.

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Soniabrown
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in reply to UnfitNoMore

You're very right about that!😊💪

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mrrun
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Rock on, man! That's a massive step and whole lotta stuff opens up from there onwards. The road is now well and truly open! Bloody well done!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to mrrun

Thanks... I’ve spent most of the day looking at potential roads (and trails) there’s a ton of choice, and I want to run them all!

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Annieapple
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👏👍😆 congratulations 🥳 & thanks for a great post!!!

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Annieapple

Thank you... we are all amazing.

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Fabulous450
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Aah I love this post! 🥰! You’re such a great inspiration!! Well done you! 🤩❤️

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Fabulous450

...as are you! Thanks.

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Nannyto2
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Such an inspirational post, well done; brilliant achievement😊👍👏👏👏

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Nannyto2

Thanks... so much inspiration around this place... gotta love it.

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Thisoneistrying

Fantastic post. Thank you. Will remember it next time I'm struggling x

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UnfitNoMore
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in reply to Thisoneistrying

That’s exactly what I do... when it’s tough out there I just think about some of the stories on here and push through.

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