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Roll up, roll up....FEBRUARY 2020 C25k GRADUATION BADGES

Mummycav
MummycavModerator

Woo hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You are a superstar!!!

You have achieved something wonderful..fantastic and amazing!!!!! You can now run for 30 minutes continuoisly! You might have sailed through it or you might have found it a challenge but YOU DID IT!!!!! And for that you deserve a badge..a shiny new badge and this month it is my honour to award the badges for Feb....I remember the feeling well and I remember the smile on my face that lasted for days, I was so proud of myself!!! And we, the admin, are proud of you too!!! This is the first time I have had the pleasure of presenting the graduation badges on C25k so I am going to do my best to get them to you ASAP, I know how important they are!

Please leave a comment below to request your Graduate badge.

We hope you will continue posting here in the Couch to 5K community, sharing your experience with the new runners working through the programme, and updating us with your progress as you consolidate your 30 minute runs.

Speaking of progression, we have a new monthly CONSOLIDATION CLUB for new graduates who are looking for some motivation...consolidating, running 3 x 30 min runs a week, can be hard work on your own and we are here to help as and when you need us...so if you find yourself flagging why not pop in and say hi!

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Also, do not forget to check out the What Next guide to post C25k running, linked below

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Happy running!

Your Admin Team xx

February 1st, 2020

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Graduate Certificate designed by the lovely RunaroundSue!

Please note that our badges are visible if you are logged into the Couch to 5K community via a web browser, but unfortunately not in the Health Unlocked app.

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Clawdia
ClawdiaGraduate

Hi, today I completed run 3 of week 9 and I am a graduate! I feel great about that, but still find every footstep a struggle of mind over body. I am going to continue though and will consolidate like mad. 😀👍🏼

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Clawdia

Hi Clawdia , congratulations on your fantastic achievement, you should be really proud of yourself and even though every footstep feels like a struggle you still carried through your graduation and that deserves an even shinier badge!!! Well done..time for some consolidation now...don’t forget to stay slow and keep your rhythm x

Bexbex39
Bexbex39Graduate

Hi !I also graduated today, & suprisingly really enjoyed every run! I started C25k as a personal challenge, but will definitely continue..it's given me so much more than I ever thought it could. This forum has been invaluable even though I've not posted myself 😊 Thank you all for such brilliant advice!! Xx

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Bexbex39

Well done Bexbex39 amd you’ve enjoyed it too..you can get so much from this running lark please post and let us know how you’re getting on x

JoggingBear
JoggingBearGraduate

Completed c25k last week and about to start consolidating.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to JoggingBear

Whoop whoop!! Another happy runner...well done, amazing achievement and a well deserved badge 😁

Hello, just graduated as completed W9R3! Yeah! It’s taken me 4 months (spent Nov & Dec doing 9 W7 runs😱😜) but I have finally got there. Really good programme and having access to this on line community helped. Just need to consolidate and perhaps join a local running club?! As someone that thought she disliked running this is an achievement. Thank you.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Zeldas_walker

Well done Zeldas_walker ...it doesn’t matter how long it took YOU HAVE DONE IT!!! Woo hoo!!! It certainly is an achievement!! Def carry on with 3 x 30 runs for a couple of weeks or until you feel comfortable...If you find you need a little support the consolidation club link will help...let us know how your running is going and yes, this forum is fantastic! 😁😁

Finally completed week 9 on January 25th!! Was honesty expecting to have to re do a few runs as had 10 days without running due to a relentless cold, but I didn't! It was a great run and my consolidation run was my best time yet! Still not quite at 5k in 30mins but thats the next goal! Followed by a 10k in May too! Who would have thought running would make me so happy 😂👟

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to LittleRunningShoes

Hi LittleRunningShoes ...sounds like you’ve really enjoyed yourself and that’s the beat feeling ever!! I remember jumping up and punching the air...then sitting down and crying tears of joy when I did my graduation run!!! I have never run 5k in 30 mins 32 is my quickest but even then I think it was a blip!!! I can run for 30 mins though and so can you, doesn’t matter how far yet, just enjoy your new found ability & yes, you can work on distance later. Well done, you’ve definitely earned your badge 😁

YorkiRob
YorkiRobGraduate

Hi Mummycav , last Thursday night I completed W9R3 of the couch to 5k programme. Felt so good with myself I immediately signed up and did my first Parkrun on the Saturday morning at Nostel Priory, near Wakefield. Even managed to get round in under 33mins so was well chuffed with myself. I really intend keeping on with this so could I request a graduate badge please? A big thanks to this community for their encouraging posts and to the excellent app with the help of Jo Whiley in my ears helping me to stick with it.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to YorkiRob

Hi YorkiRob ...you’re not too far away from me, A fellow Yorkshire runner!! That is a fantastic parkrun time, my fastest is about 34 mins...but I’ve only managed that once...you sound really enthusiastic and like this is something you really want to continue and that’s just brilliant!! Wear your badge with pride 😁😁😁

So excited to have finally graduated couch to 5k - it's been hard but enjoyable too!! I couldn't see myself ever getting to running 30 minutes in one go when I first started out but gradually over 3 months or so I've finally got there. Not quite at 5k yet but not far off.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Willimarina66

Woo hoo Willimarina66 , very well done to you...like I said in my post some people sail through and other find some of the runs hard but that makes it all the more special!! Just because it’s a 9 week programme doesn’t mean to say that’s how long it should take, you know your limits and if repeating weeks means you’ll get through then that’s what you have to do..I did...it took me longer than 9 weeks..and don’t worry about distance, you can work on that later...3 x 30 min runs for a few weeks to consolidate and don’t forget there’s the CC link if you need it...enjoy your badge 😁😁

-Steve-
-Steve-Graduate

Hi, I graduated today! Took longer than the 9 weeks but I got there. Now to push onto some park runs.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to -Steve-

Great stuff -Steve- ...doesn’t matter how long, you can work on your time and have something to work towards at parkrun..enjoy wearing your super shiny badge 😉

WeegieBurd
WeegieBurdGraduate

I graduated on 24th January, but the got hit by the lurgy last week, so haven't been online until now.

Done my second consolidation run so far, just hoping to work up to running 5k in 30 mins. Next stop is a park run.

Thanks to the C25K app, and this forum, I made it. Really chuffed with myself. 😂

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to WeegieBurd

And so you should be WeegieBurd ...woo hoo, you’ve made it and fought off the lurgy too!! Enjoy wearing your badge...might need some sun gogs on it’s that shiny!! Well done 💪🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Chicashine
ChicashineGraduate

Hi! I graduated last Thursday and I am so proud of myself! 🤩 I never ever thought I would be a runner and here I am graduating!

That last run of the program was the best yet in that I really enjoyed it and I saw my friend drive past me 3 minutes from the end and she was the friend who inspired me to start running and I burst into tears..it’s not easy to cry and run at the same time! I had to hold back the tears until I got to the end and then burst into tears again I was so happy to have a achieved the goal..I was so emotional and just proved to myself that if you put your mind to it you can do anything.

It’s been a great program and thinking back to those first few runs I really never thought I would get through it. Thank you so much for all the support and information on this forum..it’s been invaluable..now the challenge is to keep it up 🤩

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Chicashine

Aw Chicashine , I’ve got goosebumps reading this!! I know it’s hard to run with tears I’ve done it many times!! When I run along the canal I go past what I now call my ‘victory steps’ where I sat and wept when I ran 5k for the very first time!!! What are we like?!! Very, very , very well done to you, it’s an amazing achievement and one that you should be very proud of!! We’re all very proud of you and I bet your friend who drove past you is very proud of you too!!! Happy shiny badge day to you xx

Anniecycle
AnniecycleGraduate

I’m a graduate! I can’t believe that I can actually run.... still worried that I didn’t really do it....maybe a ‘one off’! So determined to continue.... I completed week 9 a few weeks ago and found that after that trying to run without LAura difficult so went back to week 6 to try to build up again... I’m now at week 8 and having found this great site to help and encourage me feel like I have new ‘wings’! Actually enjoying running!!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Anniecycle

Well done Anniecycle..nothing wrong with going back in the programme just to cement the fact that you CAN do it and you ARE a runner!! I did 5k using week 9 run 1 the other night l, just because I can 😜 It is hard to believe when you think back to those earlier runs, puffin and pantin our way through...but here you are, a graduate!! Fantastic!! Happy shiny new badge day to you 😁😁😁

Piaffesal
PiaffesalGraduate

I’ve made it! Did it a bit backwards (typical me!) as got stuck on once-a-week repeats of W6 since clocks changed , then got persuaded into doing my first ever Park Run on New Years Day & amazingly have been doing them pretty quickly ever since!

Still felt I had unfinished business with Sarah Milligan though so as I happened to be working from home this week, I managed the three week 9 runs so now it’s official😀 I can’t honestly believe it!

I have to admit to hating nearly all of the running but loving the sense of achievement after each & every run😀

I’d love my badge of honour please😀

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Piaffesal

Haha...I love it, admitting that you don’t really like running but love the sense of achievement...I think a lot can relate to that 😁 Well done to you for sticking with it...enjoy your shiny badge 😊

Piaffesal
PiaffesalGraduate
in reply to Mummycav

Thank you! :-) And it's reassuring to know I'm not alone!

Doran1960
Doran1960Graduate

Done it! After a 20 year break from running it feels really good to be back. On to 10k now, but I will miss Sarah Millican encouraging me, so I will carry on using week 9 for 30 minute runs.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Doran1960

That sounds like a good idea Doran1960 ...and that is a heck of a break from running!! What made you pick it up again? Or more importantly what made you stop?? I’m glad you are back to it and feeling the love again!! Well done on your achievement...a few consolidation runs and then I’m sure 10k will be yours!! 😁

Doran1960
Doran1960Graduate
in reply to Mummycav

An approaching 60th birthday and the desperate need to shed some weight for my son's wedding this year conspired to force me to sort myself out. I had forgotten how good it feels to be fitter. I can't remember why I stopped - I just got out of the habit.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Doran1960

Oh I love a wedding!! And that’s a great excuse for you to stay fit now...and I’m sure you’ll be much happier now that running is back in your life 👍🏻🏃🏼‍♀️

Chris--B
Chris--BGraduate

If someone had told me ten weeks ago that I would ever run for longer than a minute I would never have believed it. But here I am, not only running for thirty minutes, but on my second-to-last run managed to do 5k, sadly just short on my final run though. The C25k plan and support on this site are amazing, thanks.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Chris--B

Whoo hoo!!! Well done Chris--B ...brilliant that you’ve managed 5k in that time too, you can def work on that being a regular occurrence now!! A few consolidation runs for you and who knows what’s next? And oh, those early runs...phew, I thought someone would ring an ambulance if they saw me!!!! You’re absolutely right Chris...C25k is fantastic and I couldn’t have done it either without the people on this wonderful forum 😊..... congratulations!!!

Fleakie
FleakieGraduate

Completed my final run today... on the treadmill because of the weather. Looking forward to my first post grad run outdoors!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Fleakie

Well done Fleakie , that’s an amazing achievement and on the treadmill too! Better that you didn’t go out in that weather today, the wind has been crazy and you would’ve been blown away! Happy shiny badge day 😊

Suesixty
SuesixtyGraduate

I competed C25k on Friday. Albeit a way off the 5K distance - but I will work on that.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Suesixty

Congratulations Suesixty ...doesn’t matter about the distance it’s all about the running for 30 minutes and I bet you couldn’t imagine yourself doing that a few weeks ago could you?! Like you said, you can always work on your distance...a few consolidation runs and just enjoying running just because you can with no pressure and you will be running 5k before you know it...happy shiny badge day to you 😊

LS57
LS57Graduate

Howdy y'all! Yep i've completed C25K: it works.

Having stopped playing sports years ago, was feeling like i should get moving.. W1 R1 looked pretty easy really but was shocked at how difficult it actually was - and it highlighted my fitness level right there.

I had a few breaks along the way due to illness but have happily kept going and been surprised at the invigorating lift after each run.. finally completed,and on with consolidation runs aiming for a Parkrun in a few weeks.

Not posted before but read and encouraged by the forum support so big thanks to the whole community. Inspiring and practical. Peace.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to LS57

Yey, well done LS57, I can def relate to the first runs being far more difficult than you expected, I thought someone would ring an ambulance for me if they saw me puffing and panting!!! But, you’re here now, a graduate, you’ve done it and have a shiny new badge to prove it!!! If you need any help at all with consolidation, there’s the new consolidation club if you click on the link above, they will help keep you motivated if you need it but, by the sounds of it, you’ll be just fine!! Happy running 😁😁😁

LS57
LS57Graduate
in reply to Mummycav

... phew! Much appreciated to you and the admins and will keep an eye on that. 🙏🍻

Snodrop
SnodropGraduate

Thought I’d finished today r3w9 but realised thats just the start!!!

Booked a parkrun for next weekend....

C25k has put me back on track after four years of heart problems which led to mental health probs too,

Feeling positive

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Snodrop

Yey!! Well done Snodrop...you’re right, this is just the beginning and it sounds like you’re going to enjoy it too!! I am sure you gain so much from running..happy shiny badge day to you ☺️

Plutonium
PlutoniumGraduate

Hello Mummycav - I've just run Wk9R3. This is an amazing program and great forum. Feeling proud and requesting a badge!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Plutonium

Oh WOW!!! Well done Plutonium, what an amazing achievement...and in this awful weather too?! I’ve just read you graduation report and it’s fab I have to say!!! And I agree with you when you are singing this forums praises...it’s just full of flippin happy runners and it’s infectious!!! Happy shiny badge day to you 😊😊😊

MrsRDj
MrsRDjGraduate

Hello, I'm so pleased to say I finally completed the plan and ran 5k today!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to MrsRDj

Yay!!!! fantastic MrsRDj ...I’m presuming the weather is being kind today where you are? As I read your post the sun came out!!! Happy shiny badge day...what a fabulous achievement!!! 😊

MrsRDj
MrsRDjGraduate
in reply to Mummycav

I ran along the prom where it was sunny and so windy, I was getting hit by the waves. Best run so far!

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to MrsRDj

Sounds like my kind of run!!! 🏃🏼‍♀️💪🏻🌊 💨

FurryStu
FurryStuGraduate

Hi, I've just completed W9r3 after a stuttering start to week 9 but I've finally made it! Not quite at 5k in 30 mins - about 300m off according to Strava, which is REALLY frustrating - but never mind, that's the next challlenge.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to FurryStu

Yey!!! Fantastic news FurryStu , what a great journey you’ve had, I’m sure you’ve surprised yourself along the way and today it’s all worthwhile...you can run for a whole 30 minutes and that’s the aim of the plan...you can work on your distance while you enjoy your new found ability...happy shiny badge day to you, enjoy the feeling 😊😊😊

parktrotter
parktrotterGraduate

Good morning GUYS!!!! I have just completed my graduation run: my 3rd run of 30minutes..well 33mins if you count the hiccup in connection. I have enjoyed this series SO much and want to thank you for your increments being so manageable. I was right to take it easy in Winter as I NEEDED to repeat some weeks until I felt ready. I am so glad I did because when I slotted in in Week 4 everything ramped up quite sharply. I got great encouragement from your team when I was ill. I found on my return that I had maintained my level and not gone backwards at all. I was amazed. I have already got my phone supplier to start this programme. I must pop in and see how she's getting on. Thanks again x Parktrotter

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to parktrotter

Yey!!!! Well done parktrotter, what an amazing achievement? Who would have thought it possible to run for 30 mins? But you can and you have so you deserve your shiny badge. How fab that you didn’t lose your fitness after your break and that it all went well on your return...happy running to you 😉

Val183
Val183Graduate

Hello I completed c25k w8r2 today and I'm ecstatic! Can I have a badge please

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Val183

HI Val183 , well done on getting so far in the programme but to earn your badge you have to complete all the runs so if you’re already at W8r2 you’ve got another 4 runs to do to get your badge so be sure to come back after your w9r3 😊

Val183
Val183Graduate
in reply to Val183

Completed this morning w9r3

Val183
Val183Graduate
in reply to Val183

Think that was a predictive text error.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to Val183

Brilliant Val183 ...happy shiny badge day to you, well done 😉

ziggyarbon
ziggyarbonGraduate

Thanks Mummycav. I’ve remembered to graduate this time around. If I remember correctly, I saw you on here back in 2017 on my first time. Thank you in advance for my graduation.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator
in reply to ziggyarbon

Yey!! Well done ziggyarbon ...I have been on here since 2017 so you’re probably right...nice to see you back again...and still running!! Enjoy your shiny badge Zig 😁😁😁

Me please! I finally graduated a couple of weeks ago and I am still running, up to 35 minutes so far. Not quite doing 5K each time but I'm slowly building up speed and hope to do a 5K in the next 6 months. Find it easier on the road; not a fan of the treadmill. Definitely echo was others say about making sure the mind is in charge over the body, as sometimes I'm amazed I have got beyond 5 minutes! Onwards and upwards!

Hi. I have competed w9 run 3 and wondered how I get my graduate badge? Feeling wonderful. Thank you 😊

Heeey! I completed C25K on Sunday, so I’ve come to collect my shiny new badge 😬😬😬 pretty please!

I've just completed my R3 W9 and would love to receive a graduation badge. Thank you very much.

Hello, I completed C25k yesterday. Have found this site a wonderful help and source of knowledge throughout. Thank you.

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