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Completed the programme!


Have completed the programme. Very impressed with myself as I was a complete novice. When I started this programme, I was overweight for my height. Was 11 stone 7, for 5ft 4. My blood pressure was reaching concerning levels. I have been suffering depression since supposedly ha ing Covid in March. Could not walk around the house without breathing problems. Poor mental health set in, crying everyday, unable to move. This went on from March untill June. Somewhere, some inner strength surfaced. I began with short walks and a little help of medication. I changed my diet, I involved my husband. I went to the beach early morning, stood in cold water. Set myself one small task a day. Slowly getting better. Began Couch to 5k. Cannot believe how low I was and where I am now. Competed yesterday! 5k in 28 minutes. I weigh 10 stone 4 now, still eating healthy food. My blood pressure is about 118/75. Mental health in a good place now. Feel better than before illness. I am 51.

To summarise, sounds cheesy, but c25k changed my life.

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Well done to you ! You smashed through it 💪🏼

Thank you.

Congrats SamcaN..! 😉

You smashed it! 🙌🏼🌟

Thank you.


Wow! 5km in 28 minutes is fast for someone who was on the couch three months ago. Most graduates don't reach anywhere near that distance in half an hour. (I just scraped 5km in 30 mins on my graduation run.)

Congratulations! 🏃‍♀️🍾🏆🏅

Samcam1969 in reply to nowster

Thankyou. I have surprised myself. My husband also completed! I have been doing some gentle workouts on utube inbetween running. I have just been so motivated. It's amazing how a certain experience changes your outlook.


Massive well done! That's very impressive progress and some very good speed/times!

Congratulations graduate! 💪🏻

Thankyou. I really ramped up last run last night. Doing the run with my husband massively helped.


That’s fantastic Samcam - you have battled through a hard time with such determination- & look where you are now! Woohoo! 👍🏻😄👏👏

I celebrated graduation with a new playlist of favourite music to give consolidation a fresh feel & also tried some new routes. Don’t miss the consolidation group on here to support the next part of your life changing running adventure! 😄

Samcam1969 in reply to Elfe5

Thank you so much 😊


Well done Samcam - what a journey you've been on. Congratulations on graduating and that fantastic time. That's very impressive and inspiring

Thank you. It is so good to report something positive!


What a great success story. Well done.

Thank you for sharing.

Samcam1969 in reply to mg1011

Thank you so much.


Many congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

This guide to post C25k running may be helpful

Keep running, keep smiling.

Thankyou. Will check this out today.


Congratulations graduate 🎓. You are so mentally strong I’m in awe. Keep running.

Thankyou. Thought I had lost my mind for a while but found it again in a pair of running shoes! 😂


Glad to know that C25K changed your life, congratulations on completing the programme and graduating from C25K by running run 3 of week 9, well done 😀 🏃🏾 🎓

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

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