Living in Scotland, it is so easy to go hillwalking, with an easy hours drive from my back door. Here are some pictures of my very first hillwalk, just a few shorts weeks ago. I felt quite accomplished, as it was a steep climb very early on. My thanks to the patience of my fellow walkers, who encouraged me all the way.
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Things have not quite gone to plan this week. All was going well. I’d ordered a new pair of trainers so that I had a pair for the gym and a pair to run outside in, along with leggings and sports bras. My plan: once I managed 5 k on the treadmill I would go and join the rest of the Park Run community in my local park at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. I have set my goal as being in February.
Monday I did as my taining plan suggested, I did 15 gentle run, on the treadmill, bettering my times that I had done on Friday. I was well pleased with myself. Then came Wednesday!
Wednesday the training plan said 25 minutes. I have to admit, I wasn’t looking forward to it, but I set out with PBs for 1 k in my mind. But my legs told me other things. They felt heavy, like I had been on my feet all day. It reminded me of my nursing days, when the workload was so heavy, I didn’t get a chance to sit down on the entire shift. Heavy and difficulty picking the leg up to run. I ended up doing the 25 minutes but mainly at a walking pace.
The next day was a rest day. I was very aware that my legs hurt along the bones. Is it the muscle attachments growing stronger? That’s what it felt like. I had to remind myself that these bones are 56 years young, not as young as they used to be, and therefore need gradual increase in use, to allow my body to adapt slowly to the improvement that I seek. I took 5000g of collagen to help these growing attachments.
During a twitter hour, #uklatehour, I tweeted with Susan at Vie-Fit. She had some great advice, and shared her blog post on stretching with me. Check it out They felt no better, and by Friday I decided to cut out the training altogether, rather than doggedly train and risk an injury.
So the weekend I am spending re-evaluating my training plan, and deciding to repeat each week of the plan, so that I do it twice, and see how that goes, starting on Monday. For now I am concentrating on being aware of my age and capabilities.
The beginning of my second week of training for a 10 k run, from the Couch.
I have never run before, unless you count for a bus, so this is a challenge for me.
I have spent the weekend itching to get back to the gym and on the treadmill.
Why the treadmill, why not get outside and run?
Well I will when my second pair of running shoes arrives, so that I have an indoor and an outdoor pair.
Oh and I live in Scotland, so sometimes the treadmill is the better option when it’s pishing it down out there.
So the start of the week, it’s a gentle 15 minutes this morning. Off to fuel my body with breakfast now, catch you all later.
So I have come to the end of my first week of training for a 10 k run and I am reflecting back on what I have learnt.
Lesson No 1: First of all I was kidding myself about how fit I was and how svelte I am.
I measured myself, and came to the conclusion that I might be a Jelly Baby but my body shape is more of a pear drop! Vital Statistics 32-33-43 DD. And the worst thing I discovered is that the girth of my thigh is now the size that my waist measured when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, pre-childbirth. I hope to dispel the myth that age and child-bearing means that you gain pounds and inches purely becasue you have done 1 or both of those things.
Lesson No 2: This running lark is addicitive, or maybe it’s trying to beat your previous goal that is. My first training day was just a gentle introduction back to the treadmill. I managed 1 km in just over 10 seconds. My personal best Yahoo!
The next day I was keen to see if I could beat that, but my 10 week training guide said that it should be a rest day, so I walked on the treadmill and put an incline in instead. Boy did my legs ache the next day. By day 3 I had the 1 k down to just over 8 minutes and I managed a mil in 15 minutes. Umph after the try!
Lesson No 3: Collagen really really works on post-workout muscular aches and pains. I have been recommending it to people for 4 years now, but in that time have never really challenged myself to see the effect. Now I have, and I am amazed. Since starting just a week ago, my old aches and twinges returned in my legs. I went for a massage on my legs, which helped temporarily, but not for long. I took collagen yesterday, and woke up this morning feeling great in my legs, I can run up and down the stairs no problem.
Summary of Change: PB for 1 km is now 8 mins 37 secs. I can run a 15 minuts mile!
I have lost 2 lbs
Have you been motivated by my posts? Would you like to join me in my quest to train for a 10 km run? I would love to hear your journey. Let me know how you are getting on.
Did you make any New Year Resolutions this year? Have you kept them up? Or have you failed miserably yet again to make this year, the year you change your life, yourself, your level of fitness, or any other challenge that you set yourself on 31st December year x?
Let’s be honest, we have all done it haven’t we? Promised ourselves that this year will be THE year to make the change and the difference So how are you doing?
For me, with a birthday in January, and a daughter who also has a Birthday in the first 2 weeks of the year, it was never going to be a good month to stay off the alcohol, the chocolates, the cake now was it? So we celebrate in style, and look forward to February when we can set our goals, knowing that the days are getting longer, the evenings are getting lighter, and it is oh so much easier to race round the streets after tea. And let’s be honest the promise of summer just around the corner is always a good time to think of lying on the beach, and just how are the tops of my legs going to look in my cossie this year? I probably have this thought every year, and tell myself that I will have slim thighs by June, but fail miserably. But this year is going to be different, and just what has made me get up off the couch and go and do something this year?
Well it was episode 1 of Apple Tree Yard, a psycholgical thriller that is on our TV at the moment. The main character is a post-menopausal woman who says that her physique resembles that of a Jelly Baby, and boy did that hit a chord! It was funny, but also the bitter truth, my body too is squidgy in places which resembles that of a favourite sweet.
So yesterday I set some goals.
Weight 11 stone/ 151 lbs
Vital Statistics 32 33 43 not so much a jelly baby as a pear drop
Resting Heart Rate 70 bpm
My goals: To run a 5 km fun run in May and a 10 km run in aid of charity in Sept. Get my weight down to 140 lbs in May and 130 lbs in Sept.
To transform this Jelly Baby into a Pear Drop, less squidgy, more hard muscle, but still sweet all the way through
Today I joined a gym and walked/jogged/ran 1 kilometre in 10 minutes 16 seconds, and got my heart rate up to 144 bpm.
The reason I am sharing with you all in the blogosphere is so that you will hold me accountable. I want you to follow me on my journey, to encourage cajol and downright bully me, if I slip off this pathway. Will you do that for me?
Blessings and a Happy New Year to you all Joy x