Log in
Couch to 5K
65,389 members β€’ 98,794 posts

Welcome Home - Week 5 Run 3

Welcome Home - Week 5 Run 3

After having only recently learnt the Italian for scarper, I was at a restaurant by the sea last night with friends, admiring and enjoying the most amazing thunder and lightning show out at sea. Nature's fireworks - really glorious. All of a sudden, not quite so glorious as the storm came inland in 2 minutes and our waitress said we had to scarper - at that point the next table's plates were lifted off by the wind, so scarper we did. Yes we did pay the bill, and got into the car before hailstones arrived. Hail in July!!!

This morning Mr Smooth's customary invitation arrived, and I knew we were at a critical point in our relationship. No more Mr Nice Guy. Trainers on, faff with technology and go out the door. It was really quiet today, no Albino or Anouska, Mr 118 nowhere to be seen. Nuns on the run evidently did their chores yesterday. Not even the dogs to bark me on.

So I focussed on my music to try and keep my mind off Mr Smooth telling me this was a mental challenge... Change by the Lightning Seeds came on and I thought of rolysmate, who is a fellow Week 5er and how he is thinking of things and even changing routes. And at the moment I realise I can't actually change my route, because then I won't know how good or bad I'm doing. Then I think well actually I could change the route, because it's just a run right? Then I go back to I can't change the route and one of the reasons why is at present I need the routine, I need to see my Italian running mates who don't realise how much they help keep my mind going, with silly stories and characters.

So because I didn't see any of them today, the only witness to my full 20 minutes run, (yes I did it) was this chap hiding in my porch... Not pretty, quite ugly in fact - sporting a colour we will be calling toad brown. To be honest I thought he was piece of animal poo....

My celebrations on the week 5 podium (my porch) were witnessed by an amphibian, who didn't even blink, let alone scarper.

I sported the Dulux Colour Monarch again - substantially darker than my usual salsa red, but I figure that's allowed as I just did 20 minutes.

Mr Smooth you were right it is all in the mind, and although today you gave me at least 6 opportunities to swear, it came good at the end. I'm not dumping you just yet.

42 Replies
oldest β€’ newest

I thought that was a poo at first πŸ˜‚

Reply

Seriously I felt like Sh.. and then I thought it was ......;) what an end to a run

1 like
Reply

Haha so funny!!

1 like
Reply

Well done persevering in spite of the weather... and another entertaining update, though tbh my first impression was the same as yours!!

Must be the day for wildlife spotting...

Reply

I wonder how many different varieties of animal or poo we'll get. Judging by people's routes I wouldn't mind betting we get some exotic sightings

1 like
Reply

Will be interesting - but hopefully not the number 2's! I'm really glad you didn't have to face clearing that up after a run. My pooch found a snake today - maybe the storms are making them a bit reckless πŸ˜•

1 like
Reply

A snake okay you win the creepy creature prize for today.... we have them here, but other than a dead Sid the Snake a few years back I haven't seen any since.

1 like
Reply

To be honest, we do see them from time to time around here, basking on roads or in the fields, but usually too fast to capture, so wouldn't have caught this if it hadn't been killed. Anything to take the mind off the run, eh? 😁

Reply

Yes always better to have a distraction ... snakes and toads, we sound like the Witches in Macbeth....

1 like
Reply

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚I actually prefer reading this forum than reading a novel. Does running provoke poetic prose? Love it. More!!!

2 likes
Reply

Thank you, for me the two go hand in hand. I had to run to get my life back to a sense of order. The posts prove to me I did it! And I do love Italy too, so it's sharing the love.

3 likes
Reply

It does! I compose daft rhymes on my runs. Fortunately they are expunged from my memory on turning off my Garmin

Good run there Jan, toad permitting. It's like a zoo in ere this mornin πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈβœ”οΈ

2 likes
Reply

Daft rhymes, oh please you have to share one

Reply

Please

1 like
Reply

Has to happen go on miss wobble , give us a laugh

Reply

Well done for cracking your 20 minutes (without the distractions of your Italian chums too) I'll be tackling it tomorrow, so I hope I can match you for effort, but I'll pass on the amphibian welcoming committee if that's OK with you

1 like
Reply

I'd go for the human welcome committee or any kind of cuddly animal every time. Although I quite like our bright green lizards ...

Reply

I am in awe - very well done. Just did run2 today (ugh), not at all sure about run3, but will give it ago :)

1 like
Reply

I found 2 harder than 3 - you will smash it bareliz!

1 like
Reply

Ah now that is something I needed to hear. Thanks and here's to R3 - I hope :)

2 likes
Reply

I think you're right Week 2 established a mindset, and Week 3 nowhere near as awful as I thought...

Reply

Actually provided you don't have to run up too many inclines it wasn't as bad as I feared, but you do need a distraction and I so wanted Albino and Anouska to see that I can run for more than a few minutes... go for it us Week 5ers are made of strong stuff

3 likes
Reply

Grrrrrrit!!

Reply

Sure is.... and we know bareliz has it in bucketloads.

Reply

I'm hoping Laura will motivate me, (rather than ignore me) now thatI have new earphones :)

Reply

How can she ignore a super runner? And if she ignores you, we're with you, although sending messages through some kind of spooky ghostly capability is beyond me

Reply

Well done Jan😊... that was a biggie ( run I mean not toadπŸ˜† )

Even without your usual aquaintences putting in an appearance..the fact that you looked for them must be a welcome distraction.. you are not running alone either, we are all behind you egging you on in spirit.

Im glad you won Mr Smooth's approval with a great successful run. He knows your a keeperπŸ˜‰..

Good luck with Week 6..looking forward to your report.x

Reply

Thanks Jan, the 20 Minutes meant I did the hill that kills twice, so I was very proud, if the very dark shade of Monarch red today. Dare not look at Week 6 though....

1 like
Reply

Yay!! Well done. 20 minutes seems like forrver

1 like
Reply

But then I had Mr Smooth for a full 20 Minutes. So time slipped reasonably quickly. You'll be the same wait and see.

Reply

Who's mr smooth?? I have Jo Wiley

Reply

Michael Johnson, he has quite a fan club....but he does two time....

1 like
Reply

Oh my goodness I have a full on fear of frogs and toads. That picture just made me feel all funny 😬 I think I'd have actually died had I got home to find that waiting for me!!!!!

Reply

Sorry didn't mean to give you the collywobbles... I actually did think it was poo, not a heroines welcome home at all. So compared to having to clean up poo, I thought the toad was marginally better. I didn't get close though, as you can tell by the size of it in shot. I will give you a toad alert next time....

1 like
Reply

Ha this post really made me laugh and prompted me to run this morning. I'm glad Mr Smooth has redeemed himself πŸ˜‚well done!!

Reply

I couldn't dump him just yet, wouldn't be fair now would it? Toad update - very seriously he died. Corpse on the doorstep this morning.

Reply

So a toad turns up most auspiciously on your doorstep & you didn't think to kiss him?! A suave, sophisticated Italian toad....?

Reply

Except and really am not joking, the suave sophisticated toad had died overnight. So stiff shrunken corpse on the doorstep this morning.... So no kissing for me

1 like
Reply

Sure the kiss wouldn't be up to Mr Smooth's standard's anyway!

Reply

No Mr Smooth is much better, as you can tell I have a very active imagination!

Reply

Oh, poor toad! Perhaps he wasn't the best specimen to kiss anyway! Wishing you many happy storm free & toad free runs!

1 like
Reply

He croaked, that's a really rubbish joke isn't it?

Reply

You may also like...