Saturday, 30 July 2011

One man went to mow

My legs were still stiff today from the walk on Thursday, so for exercise I've had to resort to mowing the lawns. It also gave me some spare calories on My Fitness Pal so I was able to have a hearty tea, well a fry up! I'm hoping that the stiffness will have abated enough by tomorrow morning so that I can go for a run. If not, I'll have to catch up with the running on Monday which will put me 3 days behind. Not good but it's taught me a lesson again not to over stretch myself if I'm to keep on target.

One day I'll learn the lesson!

Friday, 29 July 2011

Walk in the Lakes

View of Windermere from Latterbarrow

Inov-8 Baregrip 200
Linda and I went for a walk in the Lake District yesterday. It's the first time for years I've done such a walk. It was very enjoyable. Just a short walk, about four and a half miles from Hawkeshead to Latterbarrow and back, well a circular route. I walked in my Inov-8 Baregrip 200 trail running shoes to get the feel of them and what it feels like to walk in minimalist shoes on a trail. It was a pleasant experience. My feet felt like they had been well massaged! When I've walked in boots or walking shoes in the past in the hills my feet have felt like overheated lumps of flesh afterwards. But in the minimalist trail running shoes they felt just exercised and recovered much more quickly. The minimalist shoe experience is working out well. But I need to remember not to overdo it.

I've hardly walked since I took up running again and I found this morning that my weight has crept up another couple of pounds - not good! That daily walk did keep the pounds off.

Also, I've stopped recording the calories in My Fitness Pal iPhone app and I'm sure this has something to do with it as well. If I'm not careful about the calories it means I eat more than I need to. Anyway, I'm sure I'm getting fitter. It's the less fat part I need to improve upon quickly now.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Suddenly It's Summer!

Well, how long is it since I posted on this blog? I'm embarrassed!!! But, yes, I have been working at my campaign. I've lost a stone in weight since I started. I went on a fast from meat in Lent which really helped I'm sure. I began to walk almost every day for up to an hour and 2 hours some days. Most recently, well 7 whole weeks ago I started to run again. Yes!

My weight has plateuxed (is that spelling right?!) but that's because I'm not walking now, having moved into running but I can only run 3 times a week as it takes more out of me and I need the rests in between. I'm using an app on my iPhone - c25k. It takes you from nothing to running 5k in 9 weeks. I started week 8 today which entails 5 mins. walk as warm up, jog 28 minutes and walk 5 mins. as a cool down. It's been really helpful. And from yesterday I started to log my runs in Daily Mile. You'll see my latest entry on the right here.

Anyway, I'm doing well. I've still got about 12 weeks left I think. Once I get the 5K under my belt then I can begin to do more. It will be a good base to work from. The important thing is to keep well and watch what I'm eating.