Dreadmill continues ~TJ130

Well, I am still alive after thre or four sessions on the dreadmill! I am gradually becoming used to it, but tonight I discovered that I really don’t like being next to someone else running. I find myself trying to keep up with them, and in my case it was a fit young man covered in sweat and going hell for leather.

I also discovered that I can step back a bit from the controls and that improved the way I was running, but I still feel very flat footed and heavy on the dreaded thing! I shall, of course , persevere but I don’t actually have to enjoy it to do it do I?

Up and down day ~TJ109

Following a stunning week I put on a few grammes today,  0.2kg to be precise, but considering I had had NO exercise of any sort since last Sunday it’s a miracle it didn’t happen before.

So that was the down, lets get to the ups:

Mum said, ‘your bum has a shape now!’
Friends I haven’t seen for a while said, ‘you look amazing’
I bought a size 16/18 running top from Aldi and it fits well

Went to my favourite beach again and had a whale of a time in the wind, waiting for the big storm to hit tonight, was hard going running into the wind and the tide was going out so soggy, sinking sand – very hard on legs, but coming back with the wind behind me was ace!

There were loads of blue jellyfish – all dead

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As usual there were dogs running around thoroughly enjoying themselves

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Some industrial past reminders

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Nice rocks and driftwood

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Christmas is coming – almost holly and ivy

Rose hip and Ivy, such a contrast to the cream beach

Rose hip and Ivy, such a contrast to the cream beach

All in all a good day, came home and cooked Star Bar cookies (American style) for my son, I can’t believe how much sugar goes in 250 gm flour 325 gm chocolate, 170 gm butter 100 gm caster sugar and 200 gm soft brown sugar! Will be changing this recipe a bit for the future!

To fartlek or not to fartlek? ~TJ103

Yay it’s the weekend, I have my walking group, and normal domestic stuff but otherwise I have quite a few hours that are purely mine. I have little spare cash, (like most people at the moment), so pleasures have to be simple and cheap – great for the soul!

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So it will be running somewhere. I live in Wales so there is a tendency for lots of hills and rain! I may drive to the coast tomorrow and run on the beach in sand – have not done that since I was a child, that sounds very good. Will all depend on how today goes, half parkrun after walking group is favourite.

Tomorrow a nice long fartlek session on the beach sounds great – update tomorrow when I have released my soul to do it’s thing.

“the benefits of running – even if you don’t run”

I clicked on a link and found a little gem. The more I looked the more it sparkled. I have even “borrowed” an image from the blog above. http://unsportywomencanrun.wordpress.com/ “I hope your dreams and plans are coming together… running is so much more than putting one foot in front of the other.  It is a way to create dreams and in the process discover exactly who we are… strong, capable and lovers of life.”

Running or walking or Nordic walking – whatever you choose is an opportunity to escape the normal things and do something for you – breathe the fresh air – fast or slow – incline or decline – your choice.  I enjoy running on my own and I enjoy running as part of a group – one is not better than the other both have their pros and cons.

The best part is you control and choose how you progress or get by. You can have a plan of not – the one thng that is useful is to be flexible – is you choose to try a new race strategy at the weekly Saturday 5k keep your options for Sunday open – if you go round harder and faster than ever before – take it easy on your Sunday session.

Likewise if a session does not go well – don’t beat yourself up – get out running again when you are fully rested. The only thing I have seen people consistently fall down with is having training schedules that finish the week before a big event.

I don’t believe you can peak too early, “whatever that may be”. I believe you need a few weeks in hand – bad weather – life – work and little running niggles can all conspire to losing you a week or two of training and as the race date is not going to change – start early and listen to your body. If your plan has long runs that go up and up and up with no step back weeks add one in.

Reduce your long run by 25% – 50% one Sunday just to check your body is adapting correctly and that you are enjoying it. Then the following week pick-up your distance where you left off.

Training ~TJ102

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Sometimes it all comes together. Sometimes it seems a never ending linked series of life’s conspiracies will prevent even part of what you intended to do to be done. Then sometimes there is a window of opportunity to put one over on the universe!

I think it is 90% “preparation, perseverance and good intention” 10% good fortune. So if your schedule has gone to pot  – take your workout kit with you just in case there is a sneaky opportunity.

I knew there would be an opportunity to use the picture I saw. Even if the link to training is a little tenuous. I really have no idea if the image is faked but I like to think it was a sincere outpouring of emotion from the dog or their owner. I do know that many years ago a young father while gardening found a book on the garden path. It was a book his mother had given to his young wife – the best selling book of all time second to the bible apparently. Its message to mothers is that “you know more than you think you do.”

When the young Dad asked how or why the book had ended up on the garden path – a hefty toss your the upstairs window – she replied that “she didn’t need his help! ( Benjamin SpockThe Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care )

Training recently has been extra difficult due to family pressures, but suddenly this week I could run on two consecutive nights. 🙂

So last night I go to my favourite place to run – Mynydd Mawr – dark, unlit, woods. I was scared stiff and only lasted about 14 minutes.

Tonight I got to run at 5 pm on the rugby pitch outside my office, my legs turned to lead, there was just no energy in my body, I had been really looking forward to an hours run on the flat, weather was good, ground soft. I simply did not have the energy to run fast or far.

Strength exercises needed I think!

With hindsight – all that matters is getting out there – if the prospect of the workout helps get through the working day and be more productive then it’s a bonus.