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Last six months


I have really been enjoying running ever since I began last November. I never thought then that I'd be regularly running for enjoyment 10 months later. I looked last night on my Strava and discovered that from March 22nd (my first 10 miles) to Sept 22nd I have completed longer runs of:

10m x 5

HM x 6

15m x 1

17m x1

20m x 1

M x1

I just wanted to say that this in itself is just the result of going out, keeping consistent and really enjoying it. I haven't experienced yet the feeling of not wanting to run and my 3 or 4 times a week have been part of me and who I am now. Love running, love the forum and love learning tips and tricks along the way. Sometimes we go through ups and downs running and I'm really enjoying this spell. I've developed a liking for longer runs too as the weeks have passed. I don't really run fast or get many PB's but I just like the all round sense of well-being running brings.

I deleted this post loads because I didn't want it to be 'look at me' but rather if you keep at it and stay positive you can do some things you thought were out of reach or looked hard to overcome. I look forward to how other people have done and reading the forums is something really positive for me. It's an inner strength I carry with me each run.

74 Replies
IrishprincessHalf Marathon

That’s a great post! Your joy of running shines through every post and you are a big inspiration for so many with your positivity and generous support. Keep at it 🙂

You’ve done amazingly well. Ultra next.....? 🤔💪

GTFCMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you! I'd definitely think about this yes. I'm just enjoying it so much at the moment 😊

cheekychipmunksHUHM vHalfMarathon in reply to Irishprincess

Yess GTFC - ultra! Show us how it’s done (not that I’ll ever attempt that, or even a marathon!) 😅

GTFCMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks


Your summit may be something different but it'll be big, it'll be yours and it'll be so special. Mine was the Marathon so it's all a bonus now 😊

cheekychipmunksHUHM vHalfMarathon in reply to GTFC

Definitely a bonus now, how wonderful. 🥰

My current summit is HM which I’ve done twice so far, and the only way I’d contemplate running a FM is London. There aren’t enough hours in the day! 🤣🤣

Wow! 🤩 You only started running last November?! Amazing! Truly inspirational! 🤗

GTFCMarathon in reply to PhoenixRise

Thank you. I love it 😊

cheekychipmunksHUHM vHalfMarathon

Sooooooo glad you didn’t delete your post GTFC! You have achieved so very much in your short time running. Absolutely mind blowing in fact - just wow! 👏👏👏

Keep going and keep posting as you’re exactly the sort of runner that keeps the rest of us mortals running. Brilliant! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

GTFCMarathon in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you, I love the forums I'm on (this and the bridge) I love reading them.

cheekychipmunksHUHM vHalfMarathon in reply to GTFC

You’re a great contributor. I like to post mainly on here and comment on here and B210K, and I read the posts on C25K. Thing is, I write such long posts and replies, I can’t possibly comment on all posts, although I’d love to! It’s a fantastic community. ❤️



Buddy34Half Marathon

Great positive post GTFC. Just to let you know its posts like this that keep us all going and who ever thought when starting c25k you could run these distances and learn to love running. Keep going and enjoy😊😊👍👍

GTFCMarathon in reply to Buddy34

Thank you so much Buddy. Always appreciate your support. We've both come so's to the rain! 🌧

Buddy34Half Marathon in reply to GTFC


You have just gone from strength to strength, and are very supportive of others here, so a huge well done from me 😀

GTFCMarathon in reply to WillowandSola

Thank you, really appreciate it. You two keep going 😊

WillowandSola in reply to GTFC


Sandie1961Half Marathon

Wow, absolutely amazing. That is an awesome number of long runs in such a short time. Must be something in that North Sea air 🤣

GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandie1961

😂😂😂😂 Thank you. I like my run along the bank. The wind can certainly be a leveller!!

Loved reading this, it's great to see the impact becoming a runner has had on you, and your acheivements are fab!

Enthusiasm is infectious (in a good way) it reminds us how we all feel ourselves.

I agree the support on these forums is as Tbae has said the magic thread that holds us all together. So glad we have this space and the lovely runners who share it!

Happy running 🌻xx

GTFCMarathon in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Absolutely. I look forward so much to reading how people are doing. It's terrific 😊

SaskAlliecatHalf Marathon

You’ve met some huge milestones in your running journey and you should be very pleased and proud of that. My hat’s off to you!

GTFCMarathon in reply to SaskAlliecat

Thank you. I just love the run days 😊

wow!! this is amazing how quickly you've achieved all these things :) not even a year! Such an inspiration to me honestly

GTFCMarathon in reply to a_in_gsr

Thank you. I look forward to every run, whatever it brings!

PurpleFish59HUHM vHalfMarathon

From not running at all to a marathon in a year is such a huge achievement! I love the positivity that radiates from all your posts and comments it has certainly kept me going at times 😄you deserve to celebrate you for a change as you’re so good at building up others and celebrating their achievements with them 👏🏻☺️

GTFCMarathon in reply to PurpleFish59

Oh thank you so much 😊 The forums are a great place to be around.


Awe that’s a nice post GTFC! So glad you’re loving running!

I’m having lows for both of us then 🤣 I never stop running but stress and being back at work have sky rocketed my heart rate 😭

GTFCMarathon in reply to Tasha99

Oh bless you! It definitely becomes trickier in the week to run when we're back to work. I do hope that you are ok. Positive vibes to you Mentor 💙


Fabulous achievements, fabulous progress - and most importantly, fabulous fun!!!

GTFCMarathon in reply to linda9389

Definitely happy 😊 thank you. I run free with no pressure. Hope you are still building up well 😁

Imc50Half Marathon

A cracking post GTFC👍

GTFCMarathon in reply to Imc50

Thank you buddy!

SmilingTortoise1HUHM vHalfMarathon

So glad you decided to post this GTFC. You've had such an amazing journey and your post is so inspiring. Thank you 😊

GTFCMarathon in reply to SmilingTortoise1

Really appreciate this! I just think it's such a positive thing. To run because you can!!

You've reached such phenomenal distances in such a short space of time GTFC, you really are an inspiration. And always so supportive and positive, it really does help on those days when you lack the motivation to get out of the door.

What have you got planned for your 1st runniversary?!?! 🤔😁💪🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️

GTFCMarathon in reply to Forest_Run_Beginner

Thank you so much. You are always so kind. I nearly saved this post for then. I think after my Marathon number 2 on the 4th October I will have a month of running purely by feel. I will only look at my watch at the end of each run. I don't really set targets or goals but go more on feel. Enjoyment is everything. I never have to motivate myself to go or lose my enthusiasm. I hope to stay injury free too 😊

Ah that’s brilliant and I’m very happy to see all of the amazing runs you do 🤩🤩. You’re definitely not a ‘look at me’ sort of person. Sharing always helps others and you do that so well.

You should be so proud of your achievements and I’m proud to have such a talented and supportive VRB!! 🤗❤️

GTFCMarathon in reply to Fabulous450

Me too, thank you Fab! Really appreciate you and this comment 😊


Well done 😃👍. It’s wonderful that you’re enjoying your running. it does spill over into the rest of your life in a good way. You’re fitter for one thing 💪

It makes you hardier too 😁

GTFCMarathon in reply to misswobble

Definitely and I've found so many parallels between life and running too. Thank you so much 😊

Sandraj39Half Marathon

Well I'm so glad you did post GTFC! You have achieved so much in your running over the last few months and this is definately a place you can celebrate that!💪🎉🏃🏻 I agree, that so many of the posts across the three running forums are inspiring and like you, they help keep me motivated some days too!

Looking forward to seeing what plans you have next for your runnning - and many thanks for all the support you show for others here. 😀🙂

GTFCMarathon in reply to Sandraj39

Thank you so much 😊😊😊

Lovely post! So encouraging. Your ‘chuff-ness’ with your progress is so lovely to read. You come across as having a really humble heart and I always love reading your posts. Keep it up!

Dean of the Road!! 🕺🕺

GTFCMarathon in reply to Leosmit

Thank you 😊 I never get too high or too low with running. You're right though, I love the word 'chuffed' 😊😊😊


Brilliant GTFC! The joy running brings you is evident in every post of yours. I’m sure it’s helped fuel your amazing progress and inspire so many people along the way.

GTFCMarathon in reply to Decker

Thank you Decker 😊

Runnellrun10 Miles

What an inspirational post! You give me hope! X

GTFCMarathon in reply to Runnellrun

Thank you. You will get there. Trust in yourself.

A wonderful running record. 👍

GTFCMarathon in reply to MoliJ

Thank you 😊

AlMorr10 Miles

Excellent post from you GTFC and an amazing amount of running you have ran in those wonderful 10 months, that's over 200 miles/321Kilometers for the likeing of runners who run in K's, congratulations on all of those runs.

GTFCMarathon in reply to AlMorr

Thank you my friend! Here's to plenty more from us both 🎽

AlMorr10 Miles in reply to GTFC

👍 🏃🏾

Kevin41HUHM vHalfMarathon

Amazing achievements GTFC - what is also noticeable, and appreciated, is how supportive you are of others on the forum. You are the epitome of what is so good about the forum and why many of us use it for inspiration, motivation and support. Thank you

GTFCMarathon in reply to Kevin41

That's a really lovely thing to say. Thank you so much. Really appreciate this 😊

BrianUKHUHM v10K

Great post GTFC. 👍 You have inspired many on here and your positivity shines through all your posts. I love reading about the progress of people on here and especially when they overcome setbacks. I also love how fast or far peeps have gone on their own running journeys and I think it’s ok to give yourself a shout out here when you’ve achieved something you’re proud of.

I expect you’ll receive a call up to the admin team soon. 👍😀

GTFCMarathon in reply to BrianUK

Thank you so much! I always think 'The comeback is greater than the setback' and so we can be on the journey back from injury or maintaining our running and therefore always have something to look forward to 😊

BrianUKHUHM v10K in reply to GTFC

Totally agree. In January I injured my back and was out of action for a good while and got really down about not being able to run and even absented myself from the forum for a while too . It still hurts and twinges everyday but I was determined to get back to it and didn’t stay away too long and with the wonderful support I received from peeps on here I made it back and I’m improving every run.

WindozeHalf Marathon

Amazing progress 👏 awesome work

GTFCMarathon in reply to Windoze

Appreciate this. Thank you!

Keep sharing - the forum and contributors like yourself are a great inspiration to all of us on our own journeys👍😊

GTFCMarathon in reply to Newoldy

Thank you! Keep on going 😊😊😊

Dexy510 Miles

My goodness ! You’ve achieved so much in a short time.

Well done GTFC

GTFCMarathon in reply to Dexy5

Thank you. I've enjoyed it all so much too 😊

Run46HUHM v10Mile

You are an inspiration and constant support.

It's obvious in every post and response how much you are enjoying the may have taken you 40 odd years to realise it but running is clearly in your blood! 🏃‍♂️😊👌

GTFCMarathon in reply to Run46

Gosh, thank you! You are so right. I had no interest at all until a colleague suggested we run the Hull Marathon as a team. I was down for the 5 mile leg. Now I can run it on my own and that really is mind blowing for me. 10k used to seem so out of reach. Really appreciate your comments. Thank you 😊

Run46HUHM v10Mile in reply to GTFC

It's brilliant isn't it, we're so lucky to have finally found it, and this forum 😊

I have an idea GTFC- I think you would be an ideal candidate to be featured in runners world- all your ups and downs culminating in your marathon and love of running. Why don’t you contact them? You are such an inspiration on here but imagine how many more people you could inspire!! X

GTFCMarathon in reply to AlysP

Gosh, that is such a really lovely thing to say. I really appreciate your comments. I'm honestly just someone who kept consistent and then as I went a little further I enjoyed it a little more. What's remarkable is that it's unremarkable 😊😊😊 I am a very shy person so this forum really allows me to be me.

WimborneHalf Marathon

Just love your posts GFTC... amazing running journey for you just amazing.

GTFCMarathon in reply to Wimborne

Thank you. I feel really good at the moment 😊

Fantastic post and so right we are all on different journeys but all are valuable and should be celebrated 😍🥳

GTFCMarathon in reply to HappyNoodle

Absolutely. Whether 5k or 50 miles we are out there achieving 😊

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