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Week 9 Run 3! I DID IT!! I GRADUATED!! CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate

This is a long post even for me but here goes: Today's the day!!! I completed my graduation run! :D If you'd have told me at week 1 that I'd get to this point I'd struggle to believe it, but here we are! :D

The actual run went well! Much like the last one I kept a good steady pace for the whole run and although no run is easy it also wasn't too hard! I kept thinking about how good I would feel at then end and imagining myself writing this post :')

I can't begin to tell you all what an amazing experience this has been! I would actually go as far as to say that starting this program is up there with one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's already done wonders for my fitness but also it's benefitted me in a huge way mentally. Having goals to achieve has given me focus during a time when I've needed it most. Obviously when I started the program we were in Lockdown 2. Shortly after that I moved into tier 4 and was placed on furlough again. I'm the kind of person that needs routine and C25K has given me that. The feeling of accomplishment I've had after every run has kept me positive during these otherwise pretty dark times!

In terms of my physical health, I already feel notably fitter and I've lost some weight in the last couple of months too (I've been eating better and walking and cycling too) :) I find walking my dog on long hilly walks far easier and I've found my stamina during my karate training has improved too! I'm excited to keep running and challenge myself more with different routes and more distance as I continue my journey :) I can't believe I'm actually at a point where I enjoy running! :') It's officially gonna be a habit!

Finally, the support I've received on this platform has been amazing! The encouraging words and advice I've been given has really kept me going throughout this experience. I can't thank you all enough!

Anyway! Thanks for reading this far! :') there will be many more runs and many more posts ahead of this one! The journey is still just beginning! Happy running you lovely lot!!!! <3

53 Replies
IannodaTruffe
IannodaTruffeAdministrator

Many congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

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

To get your Graduate Badge leave a message at this month’s Graduation Badge Post, which you can find in the Pinned Posts here healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

Keep running, keep smiling

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HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you so much! :) just requested my badge! I'll be sure to give that link a read! The last one was beyond helpful! Thanks again! :)

nowster
nowsterGraduate

Congratulations! 🏃‍♀️🥂🎆🏆🏅

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to nowster

Thank you so much!!!! :D

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Good post from you HexGirl and a big congratulations on graduating from C25K 🎓 🏃🏾 👍.

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thank so much! :D

Voldatort
VoldatortGraduate

Whoop whoop 👏🙌👏🏆

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Voldatort

😁😁😁😁

Couchphoenix
CouchphoenixGraduate

Congratulations HexGirl....You did it !! You’ve Graduated !! isn’t it an amazing feeling, you’ll be smiling all day now 😁. Well done, what a great start to 2021

👏🏻👏🏻🏅🥳🥳

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Couchphoenix

I did! I really haven’t stopped smiling 😂 thank you so much!

Well done ! I started today so this makes me aspire

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to TytoAndy

That’s amazing! Starting is the hardest thing to do so well done! Enjoy the ride, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve :) good luck! :)

TytoAndy
TytoAndy in reply to HexGirl

Thanks for the encouragement HexGirl much appreciated

Frenc
FrencGraduate

HexGirl you are amazing! Well done 👏🏼. I can relate to so much of what you say here, and so agree about this being one of the best things ever. So, CONGRATULATIONS and keep on running! ⭐️🎉🏃‍♀️⭐️🎉🏃‍♀️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Frenc

Thank you so very much! :) it really is awesome! :) I will absolutely keep running, watch this space! :)

NusiaFab
NusiaFabGraduate

Huge congratulations HexGirl! You did it!!!

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to NusiaFab

I did!!! :D thank you!!

Lindsey1097
Lindsey1097Graduate

What a lovely excited post, I loved reading it🤩 well done to you on your brilliant achievement. I'm one run behind you. I feel exactly the same about my perception at week 1. Happy consolidating😁😁🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏼‍♀️🎊🎉

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Lindsey1097

Awwh thank you! :) how exciting! You’ll have your badge in no time! :) honestly it’s gonna be the best feeling when you get to the end! Waiting at the finish line for you 😁 good luck for your last run! 😁

GailXrunning
GailXrunningGraduate

Massive congratulations - Wishing you equal joy on your next running steps! 💥💫🏃🏼‍♀️

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to GailXrunning

Thank you so much! :D

zaqi
zaqiGraduate

Congratulations! Wishing you continued success. And when you feel down, look back at your post today and remember what today feels like. 🎉🎊🏆

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to zaqi

That is very good advice! Thank you! :)

Imc50
Imc50Moderator

BrilliantHexGirl that badge suits you 👍👍

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Imc50

Haha, thank you! :)

Zip54
Zip54Graduate

Yay, you did it!!! Huge congratulations. Its amazing what a difference a few runs a week can make to our lives isn't it?

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Zip54

Thank you! :) It’s incredible!

limu_mu
limu_muGraduate

Congratulations, it is so exciting to read your graduation post. and to learn how C25k has helped your karate and getting through just all the weird stuff at the moment! 😀

Your posts have been really inspiring and it's awesome just to see you grow as an atlelete.... 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Hope you will celebrate today! Well deserved! 🙌🙌🙌

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to limu_mu

I’m really glad you’ve enjoyed my posts! Thank you so much :D

CI578
CI578Graduate

Great achievement HexGirl I'm so pleased for you. All the best for the future 👍🏅

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to CI578

Thanks so much! Your turn soon! 😁🏅

Tonym182
Tonym182Graduate

Top girl! - keep it up...

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Tonym182

Thank you! :) will do!

Massive congratulations well done 👏

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Mandie76

Thank you! :D

00marks
00marksGraduate

Congratulations! Very well done!

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to 00marks

Thank you very much! :)

Tank_EG
Tank_EGGraduate

Wow - well done HexGirl 👍

Also great to hear all the other benefits you have found from doing C25K.

Here's to further runs and greater enjoyment 😀

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Tank_EG

Thank you so much! :)

PugsRUZ
PugsRUZGraduate

Yay well done!! I feel exactly the same about starting running. I completed couch to 5k in 2020 and it was a huge achievement for me, without a doubt the best decision I made last year. Hope you continue!

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to PugsRUZ

Congratulations to you! :) it is brilliant! Thank you! :) I plan certain plan to :)

Jericho2332
Jericho2332Graduate

Massive well done runner! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 Great achievement 👍🏻

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Jericho2332

Thank you so much! :D

How fantastic, well done 👏 🥇

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Purr1

Thank you! :D

AndrewH13
AndrewH13Graduate

Congrats, it’s a great feeling. We did it 2 years ago, and it still feels special!

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to AndrewH13

A belated congratulations to you! :D

Peter44
Peter44Graduate

Congratulations on your graduation, a great feeling, and a very inspiring post from you, everyone on here, probably felt just like you, in the early weeks of c25k, what a brilliant programme, and sounds like this running malarky has hooked you in!!! 👏👏🥳🥳🏆🏆

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Peter44

Thank you so much! I really think I am hooked! :)

Papillon17
Papillon17Graduate

Congratulations and well done.

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to Papillon17

Thank you! :)

Congratulations.. I'm on my 3rd week struggling a bit but I ran 3 mins straight, which is a big achievement. Like you the feeling after makes me feel really good, this is what keeps me going. Your post is really encouraging and I hope to get to where you after the 9 weeks although I can't imagine it just yet. Thank you for sharing x

HexGirl
HexGirlGraduate in reply to CJAY46

Thanks! :D I felt EXACTLY like you at week 3! Running 3 mins seemed like a huge jump from 1 min 30 and I remember it being the slowest 3 mins of my life every time 😂 but I’ll tell you what everyone told me cause it’s good advice - trust in the programme :) it gets easier and you’ll be surprised at what you can do :) before you know it you’ll be graduating too! :) x

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