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Hello All,

I started running this morning in the sleet and snow. By the time I’d finished the moon was shining brightly in a (nearly) cloud-free sky and the sun was just about to wake up. I know it’s corny but it felt like a metaphor for the last nine weeks! 😊

This forum has played a big part in getting me safely to the end. Thank you all for the encouragement and sage advice.

I’m going to keep running and hopefully stay strong.

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Cmoi profile image

Congratulations Chickenears , I hope you're celebrating in style!

To claim your Graduate badge, head over to this post - - and do check out the other links there, they're full of helpful advice for post C25K running.

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Instructor57Administrator in reply to Cmoi

Sorry, only got your response after sending mine 🤣

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Cmoi

Thank you so much Cmoi - I celebrated with a trip to the dental hygienist! 😂 I will definitely head over to claim my badge and read the other links.

Instructor57 profile image

Excellent!Congratulations on your graduation 😁👍🎉🎉🎉

Drop me a message here to get your graduate badge.

I have one waiting for you 👍

Also take a read of the 'what's next' post linked to in the badge post .

Happy running!

Cmoi profile image
CmoiAmbassador in reply to Instructor57

Well at least we're in agreement Instructor57 ! 🤣🤣🤣

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you Instructor57 , I’ll definitely do that!

Beachcomber66 profile image

Excellent Chickenears. Well done for getting out there in the cold and getting the job done. I like that metaphor! I was out looking at the sky late last night. We had a very clear view of the Moon and Mars together. If I had stayed up until 5am this morning I would have seen the Moon eclipse Mars for about an hour …… but decided that sleep was the better option! My turn to dress up warm and head out now!🥶

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Beachcomber66

Thank you Beachcomber66 ! Sleep is so often the better option! I hope it wasn't too cold when you did go out. I saw the moon and a bright object close together last night too. I didn't realise it was Mars but it was beautiful.

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Beachcomber66Graduate in reply to Chickenears

I like looking at the planets; Fortunately I have an app on my IPad which makes it easy for me. This morning was pretty cold, but I had the right clothing. Getting used to breathing in the cold air took a couple of minutes, but otherwise it felt ok. I was sensible about the route I took; not too far from home or my favourite cafe if things got too bad. It helped that there was virtually no wind. I think it is all ok provided you are dressed to stay dry and warm.

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AlMorrAmbassador in reply to Beachcomber66

I was walking my neighbour's dog Holly a little later on Wednesday afternoon just after the sunset around 4 o'clock and looking east saw the full Moon with Mars very near, as the evening progressed Mars got nearer the moon, I woke up at 4.45 am on Thursday to see the moon eclipsing Mars and by around 6.30 saw Mars back again on "the other side of the Moon", I have never seen that before, a unique situation.

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Beachcomber66Graduate in reply to AlMorr

That was the occultation I slept through Al. Well done you for seeing it!

I often check out what there is to see on a clear night. A bit of knowledge helped me when I was stuck with a tipsy navigator in the middle of a Canadian lake a few years ago. It was, stars and planets apart, almost jet black. I remembered that we had been looking at Jupiter a day or two before, so I knew that we needed to go 90 degrees west from our current position( the opposite direction from which we were travelling!). We were soon back at the jetty, aided by a lamp being swung by our daughter. You never know when snippets you pick up are going to come in handy do you?

MissUnderstanding profile image

That’s absolutely fantastic news! You need to be doing some serious celebration. 🥳🎉🏅👩‍🎓🏃‍♀️

I think Cmoi and Instructor57 have just about covered the best links to read about what’s next!! Everyone still around to cheer you on wherever those runner’s legs take you next. Massive well done again.

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to MissUnderstanding

Thank you once again. The encouragement in this forum is magic.

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MissUnderstandingAdministrator in reply to Chickenears

It’s such a positive place-I love it here too! ❤️

MrsLydiaWickham profile image

Great metaphor and great run! Well done. 🎉

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to MrsLydiaWickham

Haha! You're very kind. Thank you.😊

Chinkoflight profile image

Fantastic achievement and great that you were hyper sensitive to your environment. The absolute joy of running on an extended challenge - 9 weeks ago were you starting in a late hot summer?

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Chinkoflight

Thank you Chinkoflight ! It was certainly warmer two months ago but even then I remember having wet shoes at the end of my morning runs. I have found that I warm up pretty quickly when running, though.

OldManRunning profile image

Well done Chickenears 😁🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🏃🎉👍

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to OldManRunning

Thank you OldManRunning . Your emoji game is hot! 🔥

Running_at50 profile image

Congratulations on completing c25k x

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Running_at50

Thank you very much Running_at50 . I’m quite chuffed about it 😊.

00marks profile image

Congratulations on completing C25K!

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to 00marks

Thanks 00marks for the encouragement. I am surprised but I actually enjoyed the programme.

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to hamit

hamit 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Languid_Lil profile image

Well done! I hope to join you in the graduate section soon!

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Languid_Lil

Thanks Languid_Lil . Sending you good vibes for your last run - I’m looking forward to seeing your graduation post.

Mezzysu profile image

love it how you are in the moment , enjoying your surroundings all part of mindfulness. Well done you. My 9th week is next week and I cannot wait to graduate.

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ChickenearsGraduate in reply to Mezzysu

Thank you Mezzysu . I run in the mornings before work so it’s often really nice to see the stars and the first rays of sunlight. Congratulations on making it to week 9; you’ll be graduated before you know it.

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