Week 9 Run 3 βœ” graduation βœ”πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ - Couch to 5K

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Week 9 Run 3 βœ” graduation βœ”πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ’ͺπŸƒβ€β™€οΈ

Feltip
FeltipGraduate
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Well today was the day, I finished the course and graduated

I'd like to say this was by far my best run, that it was smooth and that I found my pace early on but actually it wasnt. I struggled at first, settling into it. My mind was racing, thinking of past weeks, weeks I'd struggled, weeks I'd found easy. Times when I sought help and advice from this amazing forum

I told myself, enjoy it, listen to the music, take in the scenery. I think it was nerves, excitement, even sadness. I wanted it to be over but also not wanting it to end.

When Jo said, last 60 seconds, I quickened my pace, like I was running for the finish line, then I cried πŸ˜ͺ I did it, I finished the course, from start to finish without repeating a run. Longer than 9 weeks, but I dont care, I did it. Overweight, no confidence, self doubting, mildly depressed, emotional me, I had done it.

Back in May I had repeated week 1 four times and gave up in a tantrum thinking I would never be able to do it. Started again, and joined this forum.

What have I learned

I'm not the failure I thought I was

I'm stronger than I thought I was

The kindness of strangers will never fail to overwhelm me

Self belief is extremely powerful

It's ok to not achieve something the first time round

I'm going to miss Jo and updating my progress, but I am going to continue to run.

Thank you to anyone who has offered me support and advice to help me on this journey, I'm extremely grateful. I know I wouldn't have got through the early weeks without the support.

Thank you, I think I will now cry on and off throughout the day πŸ˜‡πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸ†β­πŸΎ

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GreenHooks
GreenHooksGraduate

Huge congratulations πŸ₯³ πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈβœ¨

I could have written all those things myself. Well done on your success and achievements, this is just the beginning of a new you - you did it!!! Xx

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to GreenHooks

Such a good feeling, I feel like it's been a real journey for me, corny I know!!

Thank you, I now have a glass of fizz 🍾😊

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate

That's fantastic πŸ˜¬πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Congratulations on your well deserved Graduation 😬

You are allowed to cry, laugh or whatever you want , enjoy the day and celebrate, you deserve it .

Very well done ! 😁

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you, I now have a glass of fizz 🍾

Thank you for always encouraging me 😍

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate in reply to Feltip

You are welcome , enjoy the fizz πŸ˜πŸ‘

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Instructor57

😍😍

mezziejay
mezziejayGraduate

Well done must be an amazing feeling 🍾x

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to mezziejay

So good, as you will soon discover 😍

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

A very inspiring post from you Feltip, congratulations on completing C25K and graduating πŸŽ“ πŸƒπŸΎ πŸ‘

To get your graduation badge and the word GRADUATE πŸŽ“ next to your username leave a message in the pinned posts on the right side of the healthunlocked September graduation C25K home page and tell the administrators that you have ran W9R3 of C25K and graduated πŸŽ“ πŸƒπŸΎ πŸ‘

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thank you, I will definitely be sure to do that πŸŽ“ 😊

wendymirage
wendymirageGraduate

What a wonderfully inspiring post! Congratulations!! Must be such an amazing feeling! Enjoy every moment of your success! ! πŸŽ‰πŸ’ͺ

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to wendymirage

It feels amazing, so pleased with myself, your turn soon 😊

Roxdog
RoxdogGraduate

What a lovely post and congratulations! Running is an all round experience and is as much about self belief, new found confidence and a lot more than exercise!

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Roxdog

Absolutely, as I have discovered. Very emotional along the way, highs and lows, but I've so enjoyed it 😍

nowster
nowsterGraduate

Congratulations! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ…πŸ†πŸΎ

And we're looking forward to reading about your consolidation runs and beyond.

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to nowster

Thank you 😍

I have a vague plan to continue to listen to week 9 a few times, just to hear Jo's voice!! I want to establish 30 minute runs and feel confident with it.

Very many congratulations Feltip, that’s a great result!πŸ‘πŸ‘ You’ve had a tough journey but you persevered and you’ve graduated. You should be very proud of yourself and your achievement!πŸ™‚πŸ‘

Enjoy your day and celebrate!🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ₯³

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to David_G

It has been tough at times. The support on here has given me such courage to continue at times I know I would have stopped. It's such a warm feeling when strangers can lift you just when you need it

πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Amazing πŸ‘πŸ‘

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Maxi80

Ta 😊

How are things with you, walking or running at the moment ?

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Feltip

Just brisk walking. I’ll be ready soon.

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Maxi80

Good to hear, keep with it πŸ’ͺ

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Feltip

Where abouts are you from? I need a running coach to kick me up the arse lol

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Maxi80

On the south coast

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Feltip

Nice 🌊

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Maxi80

You?

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Feltip

Up North. Cheshire.

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Maxi80

Long way to run 🀣

Maxi80
Maxi80 in reply to Feltip

Do 30 minutes every day and you’ll soon be here!

IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Many congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

This guide to post C25k running may be helpful healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Keep running, keep smiling.

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you 😊

I'm so glad I found this forum, the help and support is amazing and certainly helped me πŸ’•

Dups
DupsGraduate

Absolutely amazing!

Congratulations!

That post was so inspirational πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Dups

Thank you, it feels epic to have completed it . You aren't far away now πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ

Tinytears60
Tinytears60Graduate

Bloody brilliant!

Have been thinking about you doing this today!

🏁 πŸŽ“ πŸ†πŸ’•πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done!

Go and have some bubbles πŸ₯‚πŸΎ

Definitely not a failure

Definitely strong πŸ’ͺ

We are your running family - snd we have got your back and you just smashed it out the ballpark!

Fantastic achievement- what a role model you are - your daughter will be so proud... as will they all πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

I’m so chuffed for you - enjoy the rest of your weekend...

oh and keep posting here.. or we will miss you

x

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Tinytears60

Thank you so much.

I'm so grateful for the support you have given me all the way through my journey.

My husband came to watch me today, my kids wrote me a card and I had flowers, I'm now drinking prosecco πŸ₯°

How was your virtual race for life

Tinytears60
Tinytears60Graduate in reply to Feltip

Awww that’s so amazing- the family coming out with you to celebrate in style and then bubbles tonight! πŸ₯‚πŸΎπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

It’s tomorrow fingers crossed 🀞

Gutted really but I woke up this Morning feeling unwell so couldn’t go πŸ‘ŽπŸ˜’

I’m hoping I feel ok tomorrow x

Enjoy your celebrations

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Tinytears60

I have been made to feel very special πŸ₯°

Oh no, poor you, I hope you are feeling better tomorrow 😘

VPOLLIE67
VPOLLIE67Graduate

I so delighted for you Feltip. Congratulations. Hoping to be there by the end of this week. I’m thinking the same thing about Jo and week 9 runs.

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to VPOLLIE67

I can't imagine running without Jo. I think I'll just repeat week 9 for a few weeks, wean myself off of Jo gently 🀣

VPOLLIE67
VPOLLIE67Graduate in reply to Feltip

Lol. Sounds like a perfect plan πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

You are amazing! Well done you πŸ‘

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to carolinestanford

Thank you, I've certainly had many ups and downs, feels great to have completed it though πŸ’ͺ

Pnegirl
PnegirlGraduate

Fantastic post and a massive congratulations on finishing the programme! Could feel the ups and downs reading this and you're definitely allowed a few tears after such an achievement!

Ps. Who says you can no longer post your progress? I know I'll be hanging around this forum when I finish (if they'll still have me haha) πŸ™‚

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to Pnegirl

I do intend to keep posting on here, I wouldn't have got through some weeks without the support on here.

I've just read your last post from your run this morning, you sound just like me 🀣

I love reading peoples stories and how far they've come. Good luck on finishing, be warned it gets emotional πŸ₯°

So happy to read this Feltip, big big congrats on your graduation! πŸ†βœ¨ You say you’ll miss updating us - don’t think you can’t! We all want to hear about your continued progress πŸ˜ƒ xx

Feltip
FeltipGraduate in reply to acountrycabbage

Thank you

My plan is to repeat week 9 a few times, I want to hear Jo's voice still 🀣 and I will defo still post on here 😊

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