Another Christmas passes us by and it of course makes me a little reflective looking back at was has been and then looking forward to what is yet to come. The biggest thing to strike me this year is the amount of effort and expense that goes into a single day. Its njot just the gifts, its everything else from food to drink, cards to wrapping paper, nights out etc etc.
It all seems in the cold light of day, a bit much! Now i might not seem to be full of christmas spirit and the true is this year i probably am not. A difficult end to the working year, then some problems along the way, including the inevitable winter cold has left me feeling more than a little bah humbug. Add to that a gas leak which looked like it was going to mean a big switch up to christmas different house etc, then it all got a bit meh!
Christmas day it self was fine, with cooking as the focus and taxis service, all of which i dont mind. But then its all over, just like that. So much prep and effort…
Yeah clearly bah humbug has set in. Next up is new year, and to be honest i dont get it, I really dont. People expect to have such a brilliant time but more often than not its a damp squib or overpriced, cant get a taxis, the list goes on and on. So for this I just opt out and give up its less pain!
Right enough of this miserableness, time to go do more laundry!
So time to bore you again with another running update. I’ve sacked of the chirstmas partry and even didnt unpack the TV from its box to go out running. What has become of my life? It felt a little easier, and the spilt times are more even. Did drop of after interval 4 and the last one, but I was tired by then!
Today is a rest day and then back out again on Sunday or Monday. I will decide soon enough.
Lets see what Garmin tells us this week:
I would add I do like the Garmin, but the share doesnt quite work as i always end up resizing the frame to remove scroll bars. Its just a few pixels out, but you would have thought they might have fixed it!
Well another bit of running complete with week 2 under way. the intervals change up to be longer running and longer walks so less intervals, but still tough. Pace and distance unchanged!
So i’ve made it to the end of week 1, 3 runs done, in awful cold weather, bad light, and tiredness. But the most impressive thing for me, is that I made it off the sofa and thats a really good stepping stone.
Saturday morning was by far the hardest for a couple of reasons. The first being it was saturday morning! and the second was i went out too fast, and i knew it by the end of the first interval. So lesson learned there i think. I also had some trouble with feet and footwear and the orthotics. So I am going back for a reassessment.
Well with out further ado, the disappointing stats….
So next up is week 2, which sees more running and less walking. Still interval based but an extra 5 minutes of running three times during the week.
Wish me luck… i may yet need it.
Right then,I’ve made it out again for run 2, but holy cow, it was cold and it felt harder and faster.
So the results then….. and remember its cold….
i’ve also added my self to the NHS healthunlocked which is a big forum to post experiences etc, and look for advice, so i shall try to be a part of it.
Well after convincing my self I couldn’t do it, it will hurt too much, my knees wont take it, I’ve got up off the couch and ran (if you can call it that) along to the NHS podcast for couch to 5k in 9 weeks. I’ve done the reading thought about it, and am now planning to make it fit into my weeks.
You can learn more about the NHSC25K here, but the short version is that in 9 weeksyou should be able to run 5k or for atleast 30 minutes. At the moment that seems a stretch, but tonights first go, which included running for a whole 8 minutes went ok.
I’ve tracked my run, with Garmin Connect using yet another toy, so here goes…
If has worked you should see it above!. You will notice, roughly, a 5 minute brisk walk to warm up then intervals of 60’s run then 90 secs walk and repeat… I have to repeat this 3 times this week with a day off in between. The challenge now is how I feel in the morning.
So if it goes to plan, another run on Wednesday or Thursday and then for the weekend. i will let you know how I get on…