That felt good

The aches and pains of the past couple of days were gone so by 8.30 this morning I was all kitted up and out the door.  I chose a flat route, a mere 16 feet of elevation change according to mapmyfitness, and an easy run 1 minute/walk 1 minute 30 (12 times for a total of 30 minutes.  I managed to cover 2.26 miles.  I then spent another 25+ minutes on my post-run stretches, so hopefully the aches won’t come back to haunt me.

There’s been a downside to all this fitness stuff (strictly first world problem lol).  My beloved “run addict” t-shirts, which used to be snug, are now impossible to get on.  I leave to your imagination the fun and games involved trying to get one off again (if you do manage to get it on) after a good run session!  So off to Absolute Running I go this morning.

All this exercising has changed my posture.  I now stand tall with my shoulders back instead of stooped and round shouldered.  When running I stride out more instead of shuffling along.

Now all I have to do is work out how to get water out of the little bottles on my water belt.  I pulled up the valve-thing and sucked like a baby, barely getting a drop.  In the end I took the lid off, during walk phases, and got my fill that way.

Go me!

After 11 months of sweat and “what the heck are you doing to me” under the watchful and expert eye of my personal trainer, today I did my first ever dead lift.  30kgs!!!  Three times!!!  Feeling so chuffed.  (That’s 66lbs in old money).

Unfortunately, after that everything else seemed twice as hard because my legs were like jelly.  But I enjoyed it and am so proud of myself.  I’ve gone from struggling to do a simple squat to nailing lifting 30kgs!

I’m a happy bunny tonight.

Time away but no slacking

I’m over in Holland at the moment,  but back tomorrow.

Yesterday we caught the train to Amsterdam.   After buying a map we took a slow walk round town – slow because it was very,  very hot.  We walked for miles, that I’ll work out when I get home.

Today we went into Leiden.  It started off warm but soon became hot.  Again, a good walk round, that I’ll work out later.  My poor feet hurt.

I wish I could say my food choices had been as healthy.  But even if they had been the wine consumption yesterday would have undone it.  (Just keeping it real, I’m no saint).

The good, the bad and the ugly

The good – I got up early and went for a run.  And once I sorted out the technology it was good.

The bad – The above mentioned technology issue.  My phone won’t let me be logged into my fitness website AND run my interval timer app.  Plus, said interval timer app is SOOOOO sensitive to me putting my phone back in its pocket that it pauses itself.  Once my techno expert returns from foreign parts I’ll be picking his brains.

Edited to add – Just found out I can add my efforts manually on the website so I don’t need to be on two apps at once.  Happy days!

The ugly – Have you seen me run?!  You definitely wouldn’t call it pretty.

(The new shoes were fine).

New start, new shoes

Even though I haven’t posted on here for a while I have still been doing my best to keeptake  Running with a complaining shoulder is no fun.  The constant moving and pounding soon had me reaching for the pain killers.   So I didn’t do very much.

What I did notice on those rare occasions was that my shoes didn’t feel right.  They were moving round on my foot, not very much but enough to make some bits sore.  So today, after seeing Neil, I headed to Absolute Running down in Gosport.  The young man in there put me through my paces on their treadmill before selecting a couple of pairs of shoes.  I tried them both, both on the treadmill and the pavement,  before deciding on these

20140729_133801 20140729_133836And the best bit?  If, in the next 30 days, it works out that these aren’t right i can take them back.

It’s Tuesday so it must be strength training

I finally have enough arm strength to start heading towards press ups.  I can hold myself up for about 5 seconds.   That’s a big improvement on 8 months ago when I’d last a second at the most.  The actual moving up and down is still a no-go, not if I don’t want to rearrange my nose.  It will come.

I’m also in pre weight lifting mode.  I can do the squats down, set my shoulders in the right position,  and have my hands wrapped around an imaginary bar.  This one will have to advance slowly due to my iffy arm and shoulder.  I refuse to go back to how it was 2 months ago when I could barely get my arm above horizontal.

During the coming week I will continue to practise these movements at home – after my warm up stretches.

Long time, no see

Hello blogosphere!!!!  Is there anyone still reading?

After my long hiatus I’ve decided to resurrect the blog.  I am (once again, hopefully for the last time) getting the running shoes on and setting up my training schedule.  The past year hasn’t been wasted though.  I have been swimming, and having an hour’s personal trainer sessions each week with the wonderfully knowledgeable Neil.  Now I am fitter (mostly) and have better muscle strength (again, mostly), so the injuries should be less likely.  The only long-term niggle is a problem with my left shoulder and arm.  I’m working hard to prevent a frozen shoulder.

My weight has stayed off.  Yes, it has fluctuated but after chucking out all my old wardrobe and buying in a new one that weight is going to stay off.

Last year I made myself a dare.  By the time I’m 50, and including the year I turn 50, I want to have run at least 75% of the Great South Run.  This is a 10 mile race (which is getting more and more expensive, so sooner will be better than later).  Earlier this year, Neil decided I could be ready for it next year.  So, here we go.

I’ll be posting on here about my training sessions, the shorter races I do before then, my dietary habits as I learn to fuel for middle to long distance running.  It is my intention to have done a marathon by the time I am 52.  If I get the chance I’d love to do London, New York and Boston by the time I’m 57.

So that’s the next 10 years planned.  Join me?


weigh in and swimming

1.5lb on this week.  I’m still 1lb below target so shouldn’t feel bad about it, but I do.  It’s still not easy to see weight going on and it being ok.  I’ll get there.

On to swimming.  The half hour lesson went so fast.  I am getting much better about having my face in the water.  My front crawl is getting stronger.  At then end we got to jump in.  The instructor said it was best to take goggles off.  Well, sorry, but there’s no way my head is going under water without my goggles on.  So I straddle jumped.  After the lesson finished some of us headed into the open lanes (where the public get to play when part of the pool is segregated for lessons/classes) and I did another 4.5 lengths – ran out of oomph on that last one.  Now trying hard NOT to fall asleep.

Tomorrow is personal trainer day.  Early night tonight.