I DID IT.... I'VE GRADUATED 🎊🎊🎊🎊 - Couch to 5K

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Well what can I say. I am feeling so proud today.

I have to be honest, I am one of the faddiest people I know. All guns blazing then fizzle out. Not this time. I needed to get active so lockdown 2 came and I was determined not to put any more weight on and to use the time for something productive, get fitter!

I downloaded the app and in the back of my mind I thought, well I might complete it. I wanted to and had every intention of doing my best, but I knew what I could be like.

I enlisted my friend to join me, which she did until around week 4 when she injured herself. This is about the time I discovered the forum, searching for some moral support to stop me from stopping.

Well it came in bucket loads, an amazing place to get hints, tips, share in others successes, as you progress also help others and see how people just like me, manage to conquer this programme. That is what has kept me going, I know it is. Like a team, egging each other on.

This morning, I had a few niggles from the efforts of running and walking over the past few days, but the graduation carrot dangling in my face pushed all of that out of the way.

I got dressed, initially leggings back to front, must have been the nervesπŸ˜‚ warmed up, hydrated and set out the front door.

I tried to set the app going and it just would not load. I could have cried. It took some intervention by my ever supportive husband to set me going and I was off. Music on, Jo introducing. I wondered whether the podcast would have been a new one, dedicated to celebrating the fact it was the last run, but I recognised that it was just the generic week 9 podcast

I didn't get as far as I normally would on my warm up walk, " come in Lindsey, what's up with you?!Get moving!" I started running and I felt myself getting excited about the homebound run knowing I'd have that virtual trophy. I then felt my watch buzz. It was telling me only 10% battery, please don't go off, I thought.

I got to my 10 minute marker at the same time so I'd made up a bit of ground. I ran the next 5 mins wondering where my turn around point would end up as I'd been pushing the last 2 runs to at least cover 5k including my warm up and cool down walk. I decided that the second lamppost was enough as the bell rang. I know I'll bit 5k there... just.

The slight incline with a headwind on the way home was a bit of a challenge but I was over half way and I wasn't stopping for love nor money. The route flattened out and I felt more that I could do it, why would I? I've already done this run twice.

I also seem to have found a new hobby which is watching you tube running tip videos. As I ran I felt myself tweaking things to see how it helped. I am definitely going to concentrate on those things because tweaks here and there do seem to assist in smoother running technique, tuck my bum under a bit, drive more with my arms, etc.

The final push, there seemed to be loads of people out, buggies, families, getting their lock down exercise. This pushed me up the steep verge and onto the road for a time. Nearly there.... Jo then tells me I can stop and that the confetti cannons should be going off.... Fabulous!! I've really tried to up my pace a bit in that last minute or so, and weirdly my legs felt comfy. There's definitely more in me yet. I slowed down to a walk, I'd done it. I had completed the graduation run. My watch said a distance of 4.69 k before cool down walk. I hit 5.01k at 38 mins 31 which is an improvement on W9R1 40.21.

I reach home, slightly recovered, elated, proud, excited for what's to come and impressed by my own dedication to complete the programme.

I'm so happy I started this journey. Thank you to all who have helped me along the way, it means a lot and I couldn't have done it without you.

For now, just...WOOOOOHHHOOOOOOπŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€©πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸ₯³

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That's a terrific job well done Lindsey1097 get that message posted on the badge request page and someone will be there to pin your medal on πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ†


Frilly57Graduate in reply to Imc50

Really loved this description of every exciting detail- hope you are still as excited

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Frilly57

Aww thank you Frilly57 I must say it's one of the things I've enjoyed about the forum, doing my run reports, 😊

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Imc50

Thank you so much for your support😊I've posted, now I'm just waiting🀩

Imc50Moderator in reply to Lindsey1097

It is pinned πŸ₯‡πŸ‘πŸ™‚

Well done Lindsey1097, good for you. I've just graduated today too, so I'll see you in the January consolidation club! πŸ‘

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Sunshinejumping

Congratulations. Fantastic work Sunshine! See you in JCC. 🀩


Many congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner.

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

Keep running, keep smiling.

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thank you so much 😊😊


Fantastic! Congratulations on your graduation, fellow runner! Amazing achievement. I hope you are basking in the afterglow of your success! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŽ“πŸ…


Thank you Jools2020 I sure amπŸ˜†


WooooHooo to you Lindsey1097, congratulations on graduating from C25K, now go and celebrate your wonderful achievement with 🍷 πŸƒπŸΎ πŸ‘ πŸŽ“


Thank you AlMorr 😊

Congratulations Lindsey1097, that’s a great achievement! Hope you have a little celebration planned?! πŸ₯‚πŸ₯³


AMAZING! 😁 CONGRATULATIONS! πŸ…πŸ‘ Isn’t it just the best feeling?! That post was an adventure, I really felt like I was on that run with you! Brilliant! πŸ˜‚ good luck on your future runs fellow graduate!! 😁


It's fabulous, yes thank you🀩 I'm really looking forward to discovering what else I can achieve. Have you decided what you are aiming for yet HexGirl ? X


Congratulations Lindsey1097 πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ…πŸ₯³πŸ₯³ enjoy your Graduation Day

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Couchphoenix

Thank you so much😊


Woooo hooooo Lindsay1097! How amazing, and congrats big time πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ₯³β­οΈ.

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Frenc

Thank you so much😊


Yay!!!!!! Well done!!!!!!!

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to RunningJ123

Woohoooo... Thank you🀩🀩


Woohoo you've got that graduate badge now πŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸ†πŸ… Well done. Now the running world is yours

I'm like you I've got addicted to running tips channels and am trying out all the tips during my runs now. This is still an exciting adventure. Are you going to move onto consolidation runs now?

Lindsey1097Graduate in reply to Zip54

Thank you so much Zip.🀩🀩 It's a fabulous feeling to have reached the next level😊Yes, I am reading through all the next steps on offer. I'm thinking of doing a bit of consolidating and then Ju Ju's magic plan, working towards 60 mins rather than the 10k- in fact as we speak I'm just printing it offπŸ˜‚

Have you decided what you're going to do next? 😁

Zip54Graduate in reply to Lindsey1097

Yes I'm doing 3 weeks of consolidating then I'll play around with increasing speed and distance on 1 run a week and see where the mood takes me.

RennurGraduate in reply to Zip54

Great idea. Get those miles under your belt and only then increasing just one run per week by 5 minutes ( in my case every two weeks) and do some speed intervals on a shorter run and then a simple 30 minute run is what I am doing. My aim is to very gradually get to 60 minutes by late February. I've got ideas what to do after that but I will see how it goes. There's no prizes for getting to 10K asap, that's a sure way to the Injury Couch.

Have fun.

And congrats on graduation. Celebrate each achievement.

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