Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Walking to Mordor!

Well there's a challenge! It's 1,779 miles from Bag End to Mordor, and I've signed up to the challenge. I started a couple of days ago. It's probably going to take me a couple of years. To begin with I'm walking the section from Bag End to Rivendell, which is 458 miles. The whole way to Mordor is the long term challenge.

I've given myself a challenge for the month of August too, to walk/run 100 miles and I've got one or two joining in with me. If you fancy coming along on one or both of those challenges, just sign up with DailyMile


Now you might think I've back tracked a bit on what I said about getting back into running without having any specific goals. Well, what I've signed up to is a bit of fun more than anything else. Just something out there to keep in mind when I wake up each morning. It's something to help get me out of bed and on the road. It's more engaging to have something to walk or run towards than doing what seems like running round in circles day after day like a hamster in a cage. So, I'll see how I get on.

I've done 4 weeks now with EASE INTO 5K app and I feel I'm doing well. I've got through that first half without any injury. On the 'rest days' from running I'm walking; but I'm having at least one 'proper' complete rest day a week. And each running session I'm extending to 5k by walking (mostly) the remainder of the distance after the workout is complete, so that I can get used to the distance as I run into it over this and the following 3 weeks with the app.

So, that's all I'm saying about the framework for my walking/running/getting back on the road again over the next month. If I say too much, as I have in the past, I know it'll all fold up and me under it. I don't want to repeat the mistakes of the past, that's for sure.

Oh, and surely there can't be anybody who doesn't know that Bag End to Mordor is the journey Frodo and Sam take in The Lord of the Rings.........???

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Here we go!

I weighed myself yesterday and it looks like I've dropped 6 pounds in the last 3 weeks which is good average going. I'm trying not to do too much too soon. Maybe this morning I did overdo it a bit. I ended up walking half an hour further than I'd intended as some shady character was lurking in a lane I walked along. I'd wanted to turn around further up the road but didn't like the idea of walking past the bloke again so I just carried on. It meant that I had to keep going far longer than I'd planned. My body here and there on getting back was complaining a bit. So, maybe a couple of days rest now before I get on with Week 4 Day 1 of Ease into 5k.

It's a lovely sunny summer morning today - at last!!! Don't know now long it will last but at least we can enjoy it while it's here. Seeing the shafts of sunlight slanting through the trees in the early morning this morning was a real tonic. Such a beautiful sight.

I've discovered some 'barefoot' shoes advertised on Barefoot Angie Bee's blog - Leming shoes. They look really stylish casual, much nicer in looks than most of the similar shoes I've seen. And they look as though they'll do the minimalist walking/running job well too. Might invest!

Very encouraging to have lost a few pounds. Looking forward to being as slim as I was 5 years ago.

Friday, 13 July 2012

A Squeaky Shoe

Well, here I am again after a long lay off. You'll notice in the twitter link on the right that a couple of weeks ago I began Ease into 5K. This is the update of C25k.

At long last I've got myself over the doorstep again; and I'm hoping that this time I can continue day by day to get to some level of fitness, without any sort of time scale and with the goal of simply getting into 34" waist trousers again. The only real goal is the daily goal of completing a walk or Ease into 5K or to take a rest day. And I'm pushing myself no further than that; unlike in the past when I've pushed myself over into pain and suffering. It's that that kept knocking me back more than anything, simply pushing myself too far. So this will be very much an Ease(y) into 5K.

In the pursuit of flat shoes that have some real style (the Vivobarefoot Ra are ok but not all that stylish) and are flat, I found Base London shoes which, in shoes to wear with a suit and that have some style, are about as flat as you can get. They are probably the most comfortable shoes I've ever had and so all the shoes I wear now are flat and the next thing to walking barefoot. This has really helped my feet and legs recover properly from previous injury, although there's some injury there in my left foot which I think is about as good as it's going to get. So I'm getting into the (almost) barefoot running form, as it were, from scratch.

One of my Base London shoes, the left one, developed a squeak. I looked on the internet for remedies. What worked though was what was suggested by a member of my congregation - olive oil. Left to soak in overnight, it worked a treat and now I can walk normally again without the squeak announcing my arrival.

So I'm looking no further forward than each day's walk or run or rest, making the journey the important thing rather than the goal.