Monday, 24 September 2012

I'm back!

After 3 weeks of an awful cough, cold and chesty mayhem today I started running again.

It was so hard not to just give up especially being back at work, my energy levels were low and the thought of starting all over again was not something I relished.

So tonight after a stressful day at work I thought what the hell, despite the rain I would go out for a run. Partly to clear my head and also because I knew if I stayed away much longer I would give up completely.

I started back on week 3 of the program which was where I had left of , this consisted of a 90 second run, 90 second walk, 3 min run and 3 min walk repeated twice. I actually did better than I though I would, both the 90 second runs were completed but the 3 min ones were a bit of a struggle. I achieved 2 mins 30 on each, considering I haven't ran in 3 weeks I am actually quite pleased.

So its back on track from this point onwards, the weight loss is still going well at 1 stone 4lbs in total so far with another 3 stone to go, sometimes it feels like an impossible task but every day I look in the mirror and see a little less of me it spurs me on.

It feels great to be back!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Minor service disruption

Came down with a stinking cold last Tuesday and all running has been suspended until I stop coughing and spluttering.

I have to say I am devastated, everything had been going so well and week 3 first run was amazing then BANG this bloody nasty cold arrived.

I am counting down the days to start again and will keep my blog updated the second I start running again which should be in the next 5 days.

See you soon peeps x

Monday, 3 September 2012

Week three, first run.

This morning was the first run of week three; this consisted of a routine based on 90 seconds running, 90 seconds walking followed by three mins running and three mins walking. This was repeated twice with a 5 min warm up power walk and a 5 min cool down power walk.

To say I was worried about this week was an understatement, the 90 seconds running last week was a struggle I felt, really didn’t think I would complete anything this week especially the first time out.

I had already put off the session from Sunday, partly due to my long recovery from Friday night! I went out with the girls and let’s just say there were jagermeister shots involved and some singing on the karaoke….I was let’s just say…tipsy!!
I also during the course of the night managed to acquire 4 blisters due to my stupidly large heels, as someone who has lived most of her life in Dr Martens this is not really a sensible option but still I keep trying to attain the elusive ‘looking like a lady’ image.

Saturday arrived with a hangover and unfortunately a very poorly hubby, he has declined a little over the last two weeks and been back to the doc to have his medication upped but Saturday he had declined further. As a result my weekend didn’t exactly go as planned but hey that’s real life, its sometimes a bit pants.
Anyway the run was postponed until today and off I went at 6am, it went really well. I completed all the runs even the 3 mins!
It really is all about doing as the podcast tells you, the lovely lady on the podcast gives you advice and for this week it was to pace yourself, it was all about taking your time and completing your run. As a result my distance was shorter than last week but I kept up the running for longer which was the desired outcome. Laura (the voice) let me know when I was halfway through and encouraged me all the way and kept my timings for me, this means you don’t have to think about anything other than dragging yourself along.
I can’t believe how much I am enjoying this; never in a million years did I think I would be able to run for three mins!!

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Very early morning activity

Decided the only way to get a run in was this morning at 6am, because I am insane!

I am going out with some lovely ladies this evening and I knew it would be a late night and the chances are I would me more than a little tipsy by the end of it. I know I needed to fit a run in but by the time I get home I will only have 2 hours to get ready.
2 hours may seem excessive but I require some substantial working on to make my party face appear, its an age thing I think, that and i like looking like a drag queen when I go out. Think Ana Matronic from the scissor sisters meets Dame Edna Everidge

Anyway thats how I found myself jogging this morning, it was the last day of week 2 and what a morning to finish on, it was glorious. Beautiful still bright cold morning, mist rising from the fields and just cold enough to see your breath. It was simply beautiful. Add to that it felt amazing to be actually jogging, keeping my breath and looking at my surroundings.

Amazing way to finish week 2

Little concerned about week 3 I will be honest, it starts with a 90 second run followed by 90 seconds walking then 3 mins run and 3 mins walk. 3 mins is double what I am jogging now and I really feel like I cant do double that, I am waiting to finish and dragging myself along at times.

I have to try though, I think just like last week the first run will be a killer and I wont complete it so I am mentally ready for Sunday to be bloody hard work and just to try and complete as much as I possibly can.

Thanks for reading my silly blog, if any of you are runners please feel free to give me tips and hints...I need them!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

I resisted cake! and then went for a run....but I resisted cake!!

Yes today was a milestone.

For those that don't know me I do like cake, I like to bake it, eat it, roll in it....well you get the picture.

I had promised the guys at work a cake for ages and never followed through so last night I decided I felt strong enough to bake...without tasting.
I made a large  Victoria sandwich filled with whipped double cream, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries and dusted with icing sugar, its also my all time fave to eat.
This morning I took it into work and straight to the chaps office upstairs, handed it over and refused the offer of a slice.
Proud? you bet your arse I am, I bleeding love that style of cake :)

My weight loss on Tuesday wasn't that great, only half a pound off but the way I figure it, your body has natural fluctuations and as long as I am sticking to the diet and running as usual it will come off, staying focused and not getting distracted is far more important right now that obsessing over scales.

Also I am feeling great at present, more energy, happy, bouncing up in the mornings and generally more alert too.
Nasty nicotine keeps creeping back but at the moment I am on no more that 5 per day so its baby steps, need to stop it though because it will be hindering my progression with running.
Target set, no more from tomorrow.

Running tonight went well although was knackered towards the end and felt like I was dragging myself along, I made all the runs though so thats great and my recovery is definitely getting faster.

I do wonder what people must think as they drive past me, I must look ridiculous with my bright red tomato face, ample behind bobbling behind me and the occasional chant of "come on Jeanie keep going" uttered as I run along.

I don't care though, feel better than I have in ages. Besides anyone that mocks me is obviously jealous of my complete and utter sex appeal in my jogging bottoms ;p

See you Friday bloggers xxx

Monday, 27 August 2012

I did it! well week 2 anyway.

WWOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

I am pretty elated this morning, after dragging myself out of bed this morning dreading day 2 of week 2 I went for my run/walk.

After my disaster on Saturday I really didn't want to go this morning, then to add to mu distress I lost my ipod with my training podcast on it!!. I spent 20 mins blaming all of my children, my husband, the dog and potentially the cats before finally finding it in the bedroom.

As you can imagine at this point I am in a bad mood....to say the very least and doing this run was not something I particularly wanted to do.

So off I went and bugger me I actually did it! despite having to stop for cramp once and pausing my podcast so I could shuffle up the dingle hill at my own speed, I actually completed all of the runs.

I have arrived home bright red but in a much better mood and here I am sat eating an apple and drinking some water whilst typing about a run I have just completed...me!!

I never thought 5 weeks ago that I would be a nearly a stone lighter and running 3 times a week, as a reward I have ordered myself a running belt to put my ipod and water in whilst running. I will post a pic once it arrives.

Proper chuffed ;p

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Week 2

Today was my first day on week 2 of the training schedule, last week it was 60 seconds of running followed by 90 seconds walking. This week that increased to 90 seconds running and 2 mins walking.

I decided to go up to sherdly park for a bit of a change and new environment, it was a good day for it as it was cloudy and not to warm.

I set off with enthusiasm and the first run went well but by the second run I was flagging, it was hard work. Now I know for anyone out there who runs miles at a time you must be thinking this is laughable, I mean 90 seconds how hard can it be! but for me as a newbie and substantially overweight it was not easy at all.

In the half an hour session I only managed to complete two full 90 second runs, the others I cut short by ten seconds or so which was really disappointing, I suppose I need to get this into my head that it wont be easy. I am dragging alot of weight around on a body that isn't used to doing much activity at all.

At the beginning I completed all of my warm up and stretches but my calfs still hurt like hell and I was out of breath looking like a big red tomato. It didn't help that there were so many people around and I felt really self conscious either.

Hopefully the second run on Monday will be a little bit more fruitful, I will stick with it though. I am determined to do this, even if I have to go back and do week one again. I will get to that 5k run stage if it kills me.

My new healthy eating regime is going well and I have not yet splurged out or cheated at all, every time I think about grabbing chocolate or crisps I close my eyes and visualise myself climbing up those stairs to McCraigs Folly.

I will get there.