A major breakthrough ~TJ121

Anyone who knows me will know my terror of treadmills, following a hospital test which caused an angina attack!

So Steve does his magic drip drip drip technique and some while back I actually walked on one, the lady at the gym was amazing – I explained my fear and she stood next to me, chatting for a full five minutes as I walked on the flat, slow, treadmill. My knuckles were pure white, I was attached to a ‘deadman’s brake’. I got off feeling terrible, headache, stiff shoulders and fingers from gripping so hard.

Gradually over time I have gotten to a point where I can walk quite quickly, without hanging on, for up to half an hour.

Tonight – for the first time ever, I RAN on the treadmill, not mega fast, but without holding on and for 5 whole minutes. It felt very odd, completely different from ‘real’ running. It was not an experience which I enjoyed (except the victory over my fear) and not one I look forward to doing again.

I have been very down recently due to many things in my life and have missed exercising for a whole week, but my little stint at the gym has made me feel alive again – I’m back!

The beach experience ~TJ105

So, yesterday was to be a day for me to sort out my head, do some training and so on. Love the countryside and woods etc., but fancied a change so I took myself off to my local old-fashioned seaside village. There is a proper level crossing, with a nice man in the booth who often hangs out the window for a chat!

The level crossing - cool

The level crossing – cool

There are toilets, a restaurant, a seaside shop, a pub, a yacht club, a lifeboat station (not RNLI) and several churches in the village, it is decidedly ‘quaint’ and one of my favourite places to visit. The scenery is unspoilt and varies from sandy beaches, to rocks and a sort of marshland.

This beach has it all

This beach has it all

Above is the marshy type sand where the seabirds seem to gather in numbers, I assume the huge rocks have been placed there by man as a sea defence, the sea comes all the way in.

Food for the soul sea and country melding together

Food for the soul sea and country melding together

The intermediate beach, shale, the marshy bit in the background.

Pure sand and man-made sea defences, just around the headland is a village called St Ishmaels

Pure sand and man made sea defences, just around the headland is a village called St Ishmaels

Then the sandy part of the beach, the sand is not ‘sand’ coloured, it is more of a cream colour. In places quite boggy and easy to sink into. There are cockle beds with fishing rights given to some families for generations back.

For those interested the history of Ferryside can be found here:


My day was split into two parts, the first a ralk session, and I had initially to run into the wind, I met a fellow runner and he said it was lovely when you turned around and the wind was behind you! There was no set programme for the ralk, just do what felt right, avoid injury and enjoy. I did about 2.5 miles like this in around 50 minutes or so. Running on sand, even hard packed wet sand, is very different from woods and tarmac!

The second half of my day was more to just enjoy being in the open, the sea ‘breeze’ – more like a force nine gale!

Wind in the hair

Wind in the hair

Such a good look 🙂

The effects of the wind - on my hair and clothes and the sand - it almost looks like ripples in the sea.

The effects of the wind – on my hair and clothes and the sand – it almost looks like ripples in the sea.

I love the ripple effect on the sand, very decptive, tried loads of times to get a shadow image of my wild hair – not very successfully, but not that bad.

So I strolled around the beach, took photos, sat and watched the water, listened to the wind, collected some stones and generally felt refreshed and at one with the owrld.

Found a very nice souvenir of the day

My 'name ' stone'

My ‘name ‘ stone’

A tiny stone with my initial on.

All in all a lovely day, dry, windy, raw nature, walked and/or ran for five miles.



Bonza day ~TJ104

I had a really good day today. AND I even followed suggestions from he who gives instructions, suggestions and great advice (which I ignore from time to time he he he )

Lead the walking group and one of the walkers had a great achievement she walked 2.34 miles today! Her first walk on 14th September was 0.25 miles. We celebrated with hot chocolates in the park cafe.

When that all finished I went for a run round the Parkrun route, when I say run I mean of course, ralk – run/walk. I went from finish line to finish line, there was no goal for pace, time, anything – just do it was the advice, so now we have a baseline figure to build on.

While walking around I was conscious of the beauty all around me, autumn is my favourite season, I love the colours and you can see the character of the trees when they are bare of leaves.

Amazing - natures sculpture

Amazing – natures sculpture

Autumn, blackberries and running water - food for the soul

Autumn, blackberries and running water – food for the soul

Outstanding colours

Outstanding colours

My first 10K ~TJ97

Wow I feel great, I am sort of following the rules now, increase by 10% on last weeks workout/s.

Last Sunday was 5.2 miles of ralking (run/walk) so this Sunday needed to be 5.2 plus 0.52 = 5.72 pretty close to 10k. I think might as well do the extra little bit …. …….

My PB for a 5k was 50:05 at Llyn Llech Owain in a Parkrun event.

Today, at Mynydd Mawr, I did 5k in 45:04 (the course is flatter and less stony, about 80% tarmac, very much easier). I ran all the downhill bits and walked as fast as possible in between. There was 1.53 miles of running and 1.61 miles of walking in the 5k. Was feeling good, enjoying myself, very pleased with the time. So off I go for the 10% increase from last week, not much left to do.

I ended up doing 10k and managed to run most of the downhill bits, my end time was 1:37:37 for the 10k I was very very pleased with that. Overall today I have run for a total of 3.01 miles.

Now all I have to do is do it all together without the walking at Llyn Llech Owain!

After my first ever 10K


Todays exercise ~TJ96

I had a brilliant day today 3 separate bouts of exercise, the gentle group walk – 1.87 miles – very slowly

Then my fartlek thing in Mynydd Mawr park – 3.19 miles but a sub fifty minute 5 k 49:32 for 5.04km VERY pleased with that. After the two-minute recovery I went for a little stroll to cool down.

All in all I did 6.1 miles burnt 1344 calories (according to my digifit account) and ran/walked 6.1 miles.

Trying for 10k walking tomorrow see how it goes, hopefully will keep running under control and be able to use the energy to sustain the longer distance.

Steve gave me a gold star for today – yay!!!

gold star

Thanks Steve