My Independence Day - Graduate Squared - Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K

121,452 members151,834 posts

My Independence Day - Graduate Squared

LoungeLizaard profile image

Evening you lovely lovely people - guess what? I’ve only gone and bloody done it!

Two days making sure I’m hydrated, plenty of fruit and salad today lunch & snacks.... but it was still a “cool” 24 degrees when I couldn’t leave it any later..... 17yr old then says to me “I know dad, I’ll drive you there, you can run, I’ll wait and then drive you home..... hmmmm ok (reluctantly!) I’ve been nervous enough all day, almost looking for a reason to put it off till tomorrow morning..... this is really helping me! He had his first lesson last Friday! (Good job I’ve been teaching him for the last 6 months!) Anyway......where was I.

So off we drive to Danish Camp and off I set on my 5 minute warm up walk. Laura tells me my 5 minutes are up and off I should go.... I have a new playlist tonight - various mixes and essentially a long continuous mix as each song goes to the next. First song 130bpm, 2nd 132bpm, 3rd 135bpm and so on......

Peter Rabbit, Cotton Tail and fam are all here I see some snails in Ferrari gear revving their shells daring me to race...... I show you!

First 5 minutes fairly normal, working out the aches / pains, balancing breathing and pace etc.

I reckon somewhere around 8 minutes @ 9.45pm an alarm goes off on my phone to remind me to put various animals away (pigs, geese, ducks etc)...... turns out the NHS C25K app doesn’t like being interrupted and actually goes into ‘pause’ when an alarm goes off...... these things have coincided before but the app carried on.... tonight it didn’t...... blissfully unaware of my new predicament I carry on running..... after a while I start to think maybe Laura doesn’t talk in week 3??? But hang on, she was there at 5 minutes and none of my buddies on here have mentioned missing Laura in week 3! After graduating, yes.... but not in week 9! - Realisation sets in..... bugger..... I should have heard the half time bell, I’m sure!! Or am I....

Ok - so at this point we’ve been hustled by snails, my Fitbit Versa ran out of battery before I left home, I’m running the reverse course so its a bit fresher.... I’ve had a couple of races with Cotton Tail.... now Laura had left me high and dry...... I’m English, but not typically English..... but I did something very English / British ....... I just carried on! 😂

No idea how long to go, no warnings just my headphones and (new ish) running belt.... now I know it’s not that bad. I know I’ve walked 5 minutes and I calculated roughly where I thought 30 minutes would be, based on the last time I ran this way round (which was last week (28 minutes)....

So I get to a wildlife map which I know is a short walk from the car park.... stop check Strava - 30m10sec I’d done it..... I was so happy.... I started running again. At the end of the track is the car park where I stop, lean heavily on the fence to catch a breath...... and there is my son clapping, holding my water!

I cried (Not a lot, I am British after all) in fact I’m crying now..... I can’t believe it. I really can’t! I can...... but I can’t!

To all of you - regular or not you know who you are - thank you for reading, liking, answering, advising, counciling and making me laugh.

Note to admins - No snails were hurt in the making of this sequel.

Now for consolidation, then B210K.....

44 Replies

Very well done!!!!

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to ccarter100

Thx ccarter - you must be nearing the home straight now??

My next run is W6R3. I don’t handle heat well at all, and this last week, our temps have been close to 100 degrees F (38 C). The weather should break by Saturday, so I’ll get back on course then. Looking forward to it!!

Whoop whoop 🎉 🎉 🎉

Fab post, fab Graduation run...Fab You!

Congratulations and Well done for completing the program LoungeLizaard..

Without Laura to help you at the end either...

Its so amazing isn't it...I totally understand how chuffed you feel.

The Podium is here....

Happy running Graduate 😊 x

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Bluebirdrunner

Thx Bluebird - I fast forwarded through the steps when I got home! I was bloody well going to see that badge in the app!! Lol

Congratulations and well done! 👍👏🍾🥂🎉

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to owmeknees

Thx knees! Bottle of dubonnet in the fridge! Lmao!

Hehehehe 🤣

Yay!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 So pleased for you LL!!! Pouring your champagne as I type! 🥂 Well deserved graduate and a fantastic running buddy. 💪🏼 👨‍🎓 xx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

Thanks Alka - bit early for champers....... unless you have some fresh orange?? Little bit of Buck’s Fizz? X

Never to early for champers!! 🎉🥂😍

Lovely read.

Very well done you.

Congratulations and enjoy your celebrations🥇🏆👏👏

Go England also, Sat.👏👏

Sounds like you have your plan sorted too👍

See you in big school, Panther cub, don’t forget your grad scroll, you need it to enrole.🙈😂🤔💥🏃‍♂️💥

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Tbae

Ennnnnggggggeeerrrrrllllaaaaaannnddd! - get in!!

Thanks Tbae - save me a seat at the back of the class!!

Tbae profile image
Tbae in reply to LoungeLizaard

England. Right. Just checking.🤔😂

I will be the guy in the corner with the D cap on.🙈😂

So maybe you can help with my homework when I make it back to the back row.

Actually when I went to school 60-70 years ago all the less interested pupils and trouble makers sat at the front.The teacher’s cane was long enough to reach and control.🤔🙈😂

Berksrover profile image

Great stuff, congratulations on completing the programme, I felt exactly the same when I graduated, a mixture of elation and disbelief, niw about 6 weeks after graduation the disbelief has gone but the elation remains, happy running!

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Berksrover

Thx Berks - I’m just hoping this time I don’t get injured immediately!! Thinking about starting 10K plan in August!

Well done 👍

Saartjie profile image

Aww...massive well done to you Lizaard! So glad you had a good run despite the gremlins getting to your technology. The 17 year olds can be quite supportive sometimes cant they?! Enjoy the feeling x 🏅🏅🏅🏃‍♂️🎉👏👏👏👏😃😃🥂🍻

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Saartjie

He really surprised me and I was equally surprised how much it meant to me!! ❤️❤️💪.

Thanks Sarah x

Saartjie profile image
SaartjieGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

My daughter (also just turned 17) was so supportive of me running...really surprised me too. I think this programme takes us on quite a journey in many more ways than we expect 🤗

sallenson profile image

Aww, Mitch!! Well done that man. And I'd be lying if my bottom lip didn't have a bit a tremble when you came over that line to claps and water.

What a brilliant guy you are.

Now stop snivelling and gear up for the next barrel of larfs, fun and cake. You have a shirt to remove... :-)

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to sallenson

All soggy tissues have been thrown away! (from crying!) mind out of the gutter!!

Research done on a 10K event later in year..... working out if I have time to do it properly!!

Thx mate..... glad you were all there for me ❤️

sallenson profile image
sallensonGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Always there. Always bonkers. Here's to the next lap.

Oooh!! Nice badge!! xx

Jay66UK profile image

Well done that man indeed! Congratulations fellow graduate 👏👏👏👏

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Jay66UK

Cheers Jay - been looking at your other posts seeing if I can reward myself with some new shorts or meggings!!! (But I think shorts are the way forward for now.... lol

Jay66UK profile image
Jay66UKGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Definitely. Those Under Armour ones with the venting are amazing in this heat.

DeeRunning profile image

You just get stronger and stronger in the face of adversity... you won't do it the easy way, will you?! :D Well done, excellent run despite tech issues trying to throw you off your game. Congrats on completing the programme! Again! xx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to DeeRunning

Thx Dee - few weeks consolidation now, then on to 10K training (why oh why!!) I guess that’s the endorphins talking lol xx

Millsie-J profile image

Whoop whoop whoop! What a way to graduate! Congratulations runner 🏃🏻🏃🏻‍♀️👍🏼

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Millsie-J

Oh schucks! Me a runner?? Nahhhh more like an octopus with a gansta limp on speed!! Lol thx ❤️

Millsie-J profile image
Millsie-JGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Yeap, a Runner !

_SimonT_ profile image

Yay! WOOHOO! 🎉🎊👏🏻🏃🏼‍♂️🎊🎉

That’s as good as an England winner in the 92nd minute vs Sweden!

We all have a journey - mine was like a 2 minute walk to the corner shop. Yours was like a trek across the Himalayas! ⛰

All the congratulations in the world to you. You are so deserving of the title ‘Graduate’. You can give that badge a right good polish now. You’ve definitely earned it. I’m so happy for you. It is just incredible how this program inspires success and you absolutely embody that.

Jogzilla has arrived! 😀😀😀🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♂️😀🏃🏼‍♂️🤩🤩🤩💨💨👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

sallenson profile image
sallensonGraduate in reply to _SimonT_

Calm down!! You'll damage yourself!! Xx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to _SimonT_

Jogzilla in da house! - squeeze over! Make some room for me up there!!

If England score a winner in the 92nd minute on Saturday..... I don’t think my heart could take it!! ❤️

Oh well done 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉

Lola333 profile image

Congratulations! I Graduated this week too, great feeling ⭐️xx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Lola333

Yay you!!! Well done. Yes it’s amazing! Better the 2nd time around!

Ang33333 profile image

Well done you! 🍾🍾🍾🐌🐌🐌🍾🍾🍾

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Ang33333

Thx Ang! 😎

Sadie-runs profile image

Yay! Brilliant! Congratulations buddy, I am so pleased for you! 👍🎉🍾🏅 xxx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Sadie-runs

Thanks Sadie - Have already been eye'ing up the 10k plan you sent me...…and have signed up for a 10k in October... have worked it out now that, I can follow the ju ju plan from mid August, which gives me time for some consolidation runs and to go on holiday etc.....

Now if I could get rid of this sore calf muscle, I'd be much happier!! lol

Sadie-runs profile image
Sadie-runsGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

That sounds like a very sensible plan! But take care of that sore calf - does it hurt when you run? I had a calf strain earlier in the year, and you should really rest up with those. I hope you haven’t - but maybe get it checked out if it continues, and don’t run if it hurts!

In the meantime, bask in the glory of your achievement!

Sadie xx

LoungeLizaard profile image
LoungeLizaardGraduate in reply to Sadie-runs

Cheers - I don't think it is... once I'm up and about its ok. Just feels 'tight'... I'm taking the next two days off anyway, with a planned parkrun on Saturday morning.

I do get tight calves after running, so not that concerned....yet!

Commencing basking now! (especially as I'm WFH today!!)

Sadie-runs profile image
Sadie-runsGraduate in reply to LoungeLizaard

Yeah, me too (tight calves!) I now foam roll like crazy. Enjoy your two day rest- you have earned it!

You may also like...