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Oh my!

I went for a shuffle round the neighbourhood this morning, choosing to ditch the fixed “run x/walk y, repeat z times” schedule for a “run and walk as required until had enough” schedule.  Without trying I got my best average mph over 2 miles – 4.67!  Still postively sedentary as running goes but to me it’s as good as an Olympic gold medal.  The longest run stint was 0.3 miles and I managed to repeat that here and there.  Again, not exactly setting the running world alight but enough to give me a smile.

I think I will stick to the more relaxed run/walk sessions, rather than the fixed.  Why?  After doing some thinking I realised that when I do the fixed stuff I tend to get running-related injuries.  When I do the relaxed stuff I don’t get anything like as many (though the score’s about even on injuries preventing running due to non-running related ones).  So I’m going to listen to my body more and follow its lead.

Weigh in – long time, no post

Sorry for the absence.  Life keeps getting in the way.

I lost half a pound, so I’m now half a pound above target.  Not bad, all things considered.

I’m slowly getting going again with exercise.  And it IS slowly.  I’ve done a bit of gardening, a bit of deep cleaning – I always like to do my spring cleaning in September to get the house ready for winter – a bit of walking, and a bit of lifting and carrying.  Nothing too much or too long.  I’ve also discovered the Game of Thrones books.  Great reads if you like fantasy and convoluted plots lines – plenty of crossing and double-crossing.

I should hear soon when the in-laws moving date is.  That’ll certainly get the exercise chugging along.

I’ve started making wine again.  Yes I know it’s not really healthy or promoting sensible eating but a girl has to have ONE vice.  Each bottle I make should work out for less than £3, a lot cheaper than buying it in.

I promise to blog more.

Weigh in

Sorry it’s a day late.  This “lovely” weather is playing havoc with my sense of self.  So much so that I have been making poor food choices for 3 weeks now.  Yet I have lost a net total of 2.5lbs.  A 3lb loss followed by a maintain followed by this week’s half pound gain.

That was the motivation I needed to stop messing about and get rid of the last pound and a half by Monday – even if I have to amputate something   lol .

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s not been much getting off the couch in recent weeks.  Well, as long as this heat lasts there won’t be much in the next few weeks either.  My knee seems to be bearing up reasonably well.  My arm twinges if it gets in a breeze for too long.  I am ready to get out there and knock off some 3 mile walks before slowly easing back into the running again.  Just need the heat to go away.

Pit party over

I got my sulk over and done with by bedtime last night.  I was just so disappointed at the results, after being a very good girl last week.  Hopefully, it’ll show better this week.

Since running has been off the menu I have been so tired.  I’ve quickly returned to my pre-exercise ability to sleep till 8.30 in a morning and still be tired.  Fortunately I know that as soon as I get exercising again it will pass.  Unfortunately, although the knee is mending – I did a 3 mile walk today – I’ve now done something to my left arm.  <sigh>.  It suddenly started aching yesterday for no good reason and today there’s a bruise.  These things are sent to try us.

Once we get into July I am going to phone a personal trainer that I know to see if he can get me sorted out.  I want an exercise plan that works on core strength, running strength, and non-running strength.  I want him to analyse my walking and running gait as well as general posture.  Then I want some exercises I can do to get this body of mine strong enough to get back into running and keep running without getting injured.  It’s so disheartening to pick up injuries, so I want to get myself into optimum condition.  A friend of mine has suggested swimming so that will probably be on the menu too.  I’m not a fan of swimming as I get cold really easily – and being in water seems to be the quickest way for me to get cold.  But I shall pull on my big girl panties and give it a go for a few weeks.

Appearances can be deceiving

Just been for a run/walk.  It didn’t feel anything special, AND I cocked up the stopwatch – accidentally catching the pause button so there was a longer (quite a bit) walk phase in there.  Still couldn’t manage to do 8 cycles but did achieve 7.

After logging the route on this site and plugging the data into my spreadsheet I discovered I’d set a new pace of 12:30 minutes per mile, a smidge under 5mph!!!!!  I’m obviously doing something right.  Don’t feel confident or ready enough to move up to 2:30 run/2:00 walk next week so I’ll stay where I am at 2:00/2:00.

Today really is a GREAT day.

That icky feeling

That’s now two mornings in 10 days where I’ve felt that I might part company with my breakfast whilst running.  A quick search of Dr Google has given me some pointers –

  1. Trying too hard – I’ve just moved up to 2 minutes run/2 minutes walk, so this may well be true.  Plus the run phases where I felt queasy involved hills (though not every hill brings it on).
  2. Dehydration – I’ve not been taking water out with me for a while, mainly because the weight it was jarring my bad elbow with every pace I ran.  I swapped hands for a while but found my good elbow started to protest after a while.  I’ve now invested in a belt that carries the bottles BUT the zip pocket is only just big enough for my mobile – and my mobile is my stopwatch (for structured training) or GPS (for mapping free runs).
  3. Going out too soon after breakfast – I used to leave it an hour after my brekkie of 2 veggie sos, 2 dry fried eggs, beans and toast.  This morning I left it 2 hours.

Next run I’ll take the water with me.  Gotta get this sorted out before 2nd June and the Gosport Golden Mile.

Step up

Today saw my first attempt at 2 minutes run/2 minutes walk (8 times for 32 minutes).  What a difference that extra 30 seconds makes.  Totally knackered!  I’m gonna have to plan the end phases better – last run was uphill again.  My legs ache and feel heavy.  Hopefully that’s a sign of a good workout.  I’ve decided to spend 2 sessions per week on structured training, and the third on a free run.  I’ll stay on each step of the programme for 2 weeks.  Yes, it’ll take me longer to run for 30 minutes non-stop but should prevent overdoing it injuries.

Right, off for a shower and then shopping.

Words fail me

Whilst this blog is not about the happenings within my family or the wider world I couldn’t not post about the awful news from Boston.  Their marathon is on my list of things to do – though whether I ever get the qualifying time we’ll have to see.

My heart and thoughts go out to all those affected by the explosions yesterday.  Marathons are quite easy targets for someone (singular or plural) who wants to cause mayhem.  They’re run in public areas over 26.2 miles so are nigh on impossible to seal off.  You could make them on a closed route by throwing a ticket only security barrier around the course.  It would need to be a few streets wider each side of the route and the disruption would be enormous.  But the whole point of running them on the streets is so that people can watch, for as little or as long as they want, the big names and the amateurs run through their neighbourhoods – hopefully inspiring the spectators to get their running shoes on and aim to ‘be there’ in future years.  I certainly wouldn’t enter a marathon length event that went round and round a 400metre athletics track.   That would be boring.  PLUS you couldn’t have the mass participation that these events are famous for.

If I was entered into a marathon in the coming months I certainly wouldn’t be put off running it.  To me, not competing means the lowlifes who commit these atrocities have won AND it encourages more sickos to do something similar.  However, I do understand that some people will pull out of events.  That is their choice and I wouldn’t castigate anyone for doing so.  We all have our own opinions on it and all have to make our own decisions.

(So, the title is sort of a lie.  As you can see by this post words haven’t failed me.  BUT, there are no words to describe how I felt last night as the news broke).

Weigh in – I’m back

Today’s weigh in saw a 1lb gain over 2 weeks.  I’m actually quite pleased by this as the second week was spent on a cruise ship and, if you’ve ever been on one, you’ll know how more-ish the food is.

On board I realised that I AM capable of judging my appetite AND want versus need.  It wasn’t always easy to stick to the Slimming World plan – salad and grated carrots gets a bit samey after a couple of days, plus the veg choice at dinner wasn’t always something I liked – but, even eating more bread/pastry than I should, I managed to make mostly sensible choices.  My plate was never filled up (unlike previous cruises), plus I still managed to have a large glass of wine most evenings.  Maybe having to push the wheelchair around for at least an hour most days helped.

So, I’ve learnt that I can possibly loosen the reins a little and, as long as I show constraint on portion sizes, it won’t bring about too much weight gain.  And that, my friends, is good for my soul.

(I did go look at the gym on board but that was all I did.  Far too many sporty, fit looking types for my comfort level).

Weigh in

It’s getting old, another half pound on.  Not that I don’t deserve it – and more.

I now need to lose 4lbs to get to my Club 10 (loss of 10% body weight).  So, I’m using today to plan the rest of the week’s dinners and write the shopping list for them.

With it being Easter at the weekend I thought I’d bake something puddingy.  I think I’ve found something but will post about it nearer the time.

I might go for a walk this afternoon.  The wind is cold and ‘lazy’ – it goes through you instead of round you.

My daughter and I have booked our trips for shore-days on our forthcoming cruise.  I wouldn’t normally bother with them but I’m not sure how far it is from the docks to the action AND daughter may not be able to walk that far.  Funnily enough, 2 of the 3 involve alcohol.  Don’t worry, there’s a gym on board.  I will be spending plenty of time in there, burning off all the excess.