Couch to 5K
54,705 members87,215 posts

slow but .... slow!

Had blood taken for thyroid function first thing, took one look at the weather and put on Kagool. Drove down to start of run (yes I know I didn't need to wear kagool in car but it was for quickness). After the drive (of under 5 minutes) I arrived to sunshine and blue skies. Tied kagool around waist (very) securely (you never know) and set off.

Laura has made friends with me again so actually we set off togther. I was so slow, but Oldfloss would have been proud of me. Even the snails had to wait for me to catch them up. But I did it! 25 minutes of shuffling and I heard Laura tell me that I was a runner - whoop whoop!

It took me another good 5 minutes to unknot my kagool and then have my well earned drink of water. I think the uninterrupted runs are hard psychologically for me as I look forward to the short walking breaks. Well no more of that for me - just runnning and more running. Here's to week 7.

32 Replies
oldestnewest

Hey running buddy, we are runners. Both of us were told that so how about that glass of was it red, white or pink? Or are you going to be a blue meanie and insist we wait until podium day? Well done and carrying a kagoule. Is that a breed of dog?

3 likes
Reply

Ha if it was a dog I'd be putting a saddle on him! My youngest gave me a talking to tody and said you're doing this for fitness not fastness. That shall be my mantra from now on. As for the wine I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm abstaining during my running! I will however be raising a glass to us both when we graduate. :)

1 like
Reply

Blimey abstaining you are seriously committed. Okay we wait and I love fitness not fastness. That's a mini old floss in the making!

1 like
Reply

Now I feel old...

cagoule

kəˈɡuːl/Submit

nounBRITISH

a lightweight, hooded, thigh-length waterproof jacket.

But you knew that didn't you! x

1 like
Reply

Yes but don't you love the idea a kagoule terrier though?

2 likes
Reply

Yes... silly.... but yes ! x

1 like
Reply

Ha but I like my version better!

2 likes
Reply

Keeps you drier

1 like
Reply

Good luck with the thyroid function, hopefully all ticking along nicely... having mine done every quarter at the moment as my Hypothyroid has been a bit bouncy :)

Week 8 not far away and you know what comes after that 🥇:D

2 likes
Reply

Yes it's all a bit hit and miss with the old thyroid. It doesn't help that the NHS only take one reading. I seem to have a few ailments that can be atributed to Hasimoto's disease but my doctor doesn't seem interested. No matter at least we are both trying to get fitter. Yes can't believe I've finished week 6. I never thought I'd run for 60 secs so there you go.

1 like
Reply

Have you looked at the "Stop the thyroid madness" group on Facebook, lots of useful stuff there, totally agree on the NHS only looking at TSH levels and ignoring symptoms, it's an uphill battle and spot on about us getting fit... might as well be as fit as possible regardless of the little butterfly organ... just need to be more aware of the fatigue and muscle/joint pains in my experience.

1 like
Reply

Oh thanks for that. I'll check it out.

Reply

I would strongly recommend if you are going to look at that hotbed of woo, you also check out what Quackwatch has to say about the author of that book and also: rationalwiki.org/wiki/Hypot...

just for the sake of balance.

4 likes
Reply

Haha will do. I shall report back. There does seem an awful lot of anecdotal accounts around hypothyroidism. We need more scientific research.

Reply

Just checked it out. Very interesting. I gave up gluten for over a year, not really to do with the thyroid just to see if I felt better. I don't really thing it made much difference so am now eating it again. I suppose we look for answers elsewhere because a lot of us still feel unwell even on medication . Perhaps that's it, that unfortunately there's no magic solution.

Reply

My daughter was born without any thyroid, which can be extremely problematic in infancy and early years, so I did a really extreme crash course in endocrinology. I am quite sensitive to these kinds of woo merchants preying on people's insecurities as a consequence .

1 like
Reply

Oh, how is she now? I do know what you mean but as I say I think people are attracted to 'alternative' stuff because they still don't feel well on their medication. Mind you if you listened to all the alternative advice, you wouldn't eat anything - which might help my weight but I'm not prepared to go that far!

Reply

Don't look at it as missing the short walking breaks, look at it as having long walking breaks (of nearly 48 hrs) between each running section.

7 likes
Reply

Ha good advice. I think that now the walking breaks are no more I will get my head around continuous running. At least it will be easier to remember from now on. :)

1 like
Reply

I love that idea!!!!

1 like
Reply

I had followed my own advice for a change and had not looked at week 7 yet - but now I know lol.

P.S. don't think I hydrated properly today, I could hear you saying "I told you!"

1 like
Reply

Love it.. well done you! you RUNNER you!!!! I am proud of you! x

2 likes
Reply

Thank you. For the support not the spelling correction - haha!

1 like
Reply

Well done. Just finished that run myself (I mean just - I am still very red!). It was tough and the psychological aspect was very significant but the more I told myself that the easier it felt to keep going. I ran out of water, the heat was the worst bit and was I wishing it would rain lol.

1 like
Reply

Excellent. Finishing the run that is, not running out of water! Next week I shall imagine I am running with you and Jancanrun and we'll soon get there. :)

1 like
Reply

It is starting to feel near the end isnt it?

1 like
Reply

The end of the program - or the end of our tethers? Haha

1 like
Reply

Well done you. However, I'm pretty sure Laura wouldn't have fallen out with you - just teasing you.

1 like
Reply

Ha well either she is a very temperamental lady or my tech skills are cr**. Now I wonder which one it could be?

Reply

Sounds like me..Sarah abandoned me one run before then end the other night!! 🤣

1 like
Reply

I know, it's like they got a better offer - how very dare they!

1 like
Reply

Haha so true! How rude! 🤣

1 like
Reply

You may also like...