It’s been a few weeks since I gave an update on my Couch to 5K program. I have continued the program more or less. I mentioned last week that I was feeling under the weather. Unfortunately I developed a worse cough so I took a break from the program. It was frustrating doing that since I was just getting into the swing of things, but I didn’t want to get even more sick.
My shoes are aching to go out!
I can look at the positive side of taking a pause this week though. I realized how much I like having a consistent program and that I really miss the exercise. I did complete Week 2 (run 90 seconds, walk 60 seconds) and two out of three runs for Week 3 (run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds x2).
The other “positive” part of getting a cough is trying Chinese medicine/symptomatic relief that my aunt has kindly given me:
Pei Pa Koa (Apricot). It’s a dark syrup and very soothing. It leaves a tingly aftertaste, but it’s not minty. The bottle says it is a “herbs, loquat and honey extract” originated by Nin Jong from Beijing in the Qing dynasty.
“Bat see guaw”*: I’m not really sure what this is but I think it’s dried fruit. It has the texture of dried prunes and it is also very soothing. You keep it in your mouth like a cough drop, but I like it better than cough drops since it doesn’t make my tongue too rough.
* This is how the Cantonese sounds to me and not the “official” written English name.