Saturday, 29 October 2011

You win some - You lose some(thing)

I took advantage of a dry morning and went out on my bike. I really enjoyed it. I did some extra kilometers to take me further in one go than I've cycled up to now. I was feeling really pleased with myself, until a got home and realised that my spectacles had fallen out of my pocket somewhere en route. What makes it worse is that I've got a small back that attaches to the handlebars for carrying such things but I haven't put it on yet. Stupid? You bet! I even drove twice around the route looking for them but there was no sign. It was a long shot anyway. The upside is that I've had some exercise and now, a couple of hours later it's raining, so I feel good about using the best of the day.

Friday, 28 October 2011

My Bike

Well, here's my bike. I'm still getting used to it. I've been out on it again today; a longer ride this time with a couple of stops visiting relatives. I'll gradually get it how I want it. But I'm taking it really easy; a step at a time, getting the feel of the bike, myself, and traffic too.

I'm using the Cyclemeter iPhone App to record my journeys in conjunction with Daily Mile which I use for running too (when I'm running)

I can give myself another 3 or 4 weeks for my foot to recover before I begin running again. In the meantime I'm hoping my aerobic fitness level will improve and my weight reduce a bit more if I can get enough days on the bike. It's maybe not the best time of year to begin cycling as we move further into the autumn and winter. But if there are more days like today which is sunny and dry, it will be perfect. Just dry will do nicely.

So watch out Bradley Wiggins!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Forty Weeks plus One + 1 day

Well, I finished the Forty Weeks. The deadline came at me at some speed knowing that I wouldn't reach my weight goal. What put paid to it really was my damaged foot. I did weigh myself on my final day and came in at 12stone 4lbs. It's a stone lighter than when I started so I was happy with that at least. And now I'm a week and one day past the deadline and still putting on a bit of weight. I don't need to weigh myself, I can tell. The reason being - inactivity!!!!

So that was it....!
I trawled the internet for my foot pain symptoms and came to the conclusion that it isn't arthritis after all, but more likely a metatarsal stress fracture. Why it's happened I don't really know, except that maybe I simply overdid it as is my wont. So for the last 19 days now I haven't been running. I'm giving the foot a rest. The symptoms have diminished more over the last week so I'll give it another 3 or 4 weeks more to recover. And then I'll start over yet again, right at the beginning of c25k............


With a little help from Mother Nature and my.......... shoes
What I'm sure is helping my recovery is spending as much time as possible in bare feet, (the way nature intended them to be) at least while I'm at home. Also, I bought a pair of Vivobarefoot Ra shoes which are the everyday stylish version of the Neo running shoes, so I can wear them out and about. I spent a long time in them yesterday while shopping. The soles of my feet were burning when I got home but today I have no aches or pain to speak of in my foot at all. I just get twinges now and then so on the whole I think it's on the mend nicely now.

So what do I do now?
To fill in the gap, a couple of days ago I bought a second hand but in really good condition, road bike. I've been out on it today, just for a try-out. I haven't been on a bike for a good number of years, so I soon felt the difference - muscles and body posture not normally used! I was only on it 20 minutes but it was enough. I'm 62 years old as well remember. It's when you do something like that that you realise what the years have done to you! So anyway, I can do the calorie burning using that sort of exercise and who knows, by Christmas I might be under 12 stones after all. I hope so.

'Never, never, never give in'. (Winston Churchill by all accounts)
Even though I've passed the original target date now, well past, I'll keep going with this blog as best I can making notes about my progress. I hope it will be of interest.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Now I've Tried Everything -- 11 days to go

St. Winefride's Well
Last Saturday I paid a visit to St. Winefride's well at Holywell in North Wales. There I dipped my left foot in the healing waters and prayed to St. Winefride for her intercession on behalf of my foot. I'm not sure yet if the spiritual wi-fi was connected but I'm waiting in faith and hope.

Well, I've tried everything else as I said before and nothing seems to have worked to remove the pain completely. It comes and goes whether I run or not. So I ran again yesterday; a little further this time. My foot was good and I felt like I could have run for miles. Perhaps that's the lesson in all this - quitting while the going is good, which I've never really been able to do. I'll be out tomorrow morning too, in the dark now to begin with but in good Biblical and Christian fashion it's good to be running from darkness to light.

St. Winefride
I'm busted as far as my goal is concerned. I know without weighing myself that I've put on a bit of weight again. That's because of the lack of miles. But I might be getting a road bike very soon, which will give me an alternative calorie burning factory and take some of the strain off my foot. So maybe by Christmas I can meet my weight and fitness target. Better late than never!