My First 5.5k * (307 Days To Go)

*as a mix of running and walking as per my training schedule! Don’t get too excited just yet!

After my induction, admittedly my legs were sore – I didn’t do a lot but boy oh boy did my legs hurt for the next few days. So today I headed back. Starting with a 40 min swim (30 lengths of 25m) during which time I realised that I need a nose clip and I need to learn how to swim properly without flailing about with wide open hands and random frog kicks. Scuba is so much easier!!!

Then after a pointless shower I headed up to the dreaded gym…

I managed a massive 5.2k by walking 400m then running 400m repeatedly. I think had it not been for various leg muscles deciding they had had enough, I could have carried on. I have seriously impressed myself. At not just my physical fitness but at my mental strength too. There were a couple of runs where my legs were hurting and I could feel cramp setting in, but I carried on. I know I’m going to hurt tomorrow! A few more goes at the 5k and hopefully I’ll have loosened off some muscles so I can run for longer!

Hurry up waterproof mp3 player! I need you!

Here is my training schedule…

Here is evidence of how far I went (had to take it before i finished at 5.2k)

Here is how long it took

Today I Ran, For The First Time (311 Days To Go)

Today was judgement day, I had booked in with a personal trainer at the gym – it was time to face my fears and start a programme of training for the Marathon. I have been swimming to get some use from my membership but it was time today to get on that treadmill.

Running is a strange thing, especially when you haven’t done it before – I think there is a certain Psychology to it; a fear of looking like a right plank mostly! I have always thought of myself as really heavy footed and had fears of me running sounding like elephants charging. This article sums up so well how difficult it can be facing your fears in the gym if you have curves. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/05/health/drew-manning-fit2fat2fit-lessons/index.html?npt (Thanks Shane for sharing that on Facebook)

Anyways, in I went to the PT session and found the guy was actually amazingly considerate and understanding. I did run, but in my own time (with gentle persuasion) OK I didn’t run for long or for a massive distance (just over 400m) but I did it, and now have a confidence that I can do it, and will do it again. I have a set programme for the next few weeks to get my legs used to running, then I’ll be upping the anti and trying for longer amounts of time and distance. The PT also said nearer the time he’ll take me out on planned routes running to get me used to the run of the Marathon.

Endorphins still spinning round my body and I’m on top of the world, I ran, something I NEVER do! And my fitness levels are pretty decent – no excuses now – 311 days to go!

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Going Gluten Free

After yet another doctors appointments and more daft blood tests, I have now been advised to go gluten free for a minimum of 6 weeks. This is to rule out an intollerance before being sent to a specialist. I’ve also been given some anti-spasm medicine for my tummy to make it stop hurting and bloating… Painting an attractive picture here aren’t I!

One thing I noticed when researching gluten free foods – it’s in everything! Go and look at the back of the most random object, and there it’ll be… There are the obvious ones like bread and pasta, but things like pre-cooked chicken (you know, the flavoured ones you can buy) contain it.

Shopping for gluten free foods is easier thanks to some supermarkets having it in a designated area – but it’s not a massive selection! And also – Look at the bloody prices! £2 for half a loaf of bread! Don’t even get me started on the price of biscuits!!!

Here’s my local selection from the supermarket… Thank god for http://www.glutenfreefoodproducts.co.uk/ as they have a much wider variety of foods at better prices. For now…

So long fajitas, yorkshire puddings, cous cous, gravy and all my other gluten filled favourites. I’ll see you on the other side (I hope)

Floaty Ankles (313 Days To Go)

Last night I decided to face my fears and head back to the gym. As an avid scuba diver, I headed straight for the pool (naturally) The Arc have a “25 metre regional competition standard swimming pool with moveable floor and tiered spectator seating.” So in I got and I started to swim. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d even manage 10 lengths, let alone my final total – 30!!! 30 lengths of that pool were huffed and puffed out by me. I worked some muscles I didn’t even know existed! But it felt good and I managed to burn some calories! hurrah.

There were only a few people in the pool which was nice, as everyone just got on with their swimming, without making me feel like an outsider in the pool. The staff were of course flashing their muscles by shuffling their sleeves up on their tops whilst polishing various glass fence things.

Things to note
- I have very floaty feet so must invest in ankle weights
- I am generally very floaty
- I need to get new googles
- I need to research breathing techniques for swimming…

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Avoiding The Gym (318 days to go)

I went for my induction at the gym, and all seemed well. I was being shown the machines when all of a sudden the gym instructors radio pipped up. The locks on the doors seemed to be malfunctioning and he had to abandon the gym induction to let people in and out of doors. So I was left walking on a treadmill, feeling very much like the fresh meat! It’s surprising how many people turn to stare at you from the gym and see what you are up too. It’s not entirely pleasant, but I need to get back on the horse and start my training!
I have lost over half a stone already on the diet I am doing, so that’s all going well – I just need to step up the exercise!
I’ll be booking in some personal training to work out a programme for at least getting me to be able to run instead of walking fast! That change from walking to running seems to be a mental barrier at the moment! But, I need to remember this is for a higher cause!

Stay tuned!