so, after day one just the other day is suffered a little. Shin pain was bothering me- really quite severe shin pain actually, enough that walking up and down stairs or in fact any lengthy walk was causing something in my shins to pull.
Medical advice suggested I stopped running and rested until the pain went away, but as I’d only run once it felt like it would be too easy to just not bother- especially as I’m in Cardiff next week and will likely be too busy eating unhealthy food and drinking beer to go running.
So after a day’s rest it was time to get going again. This was day two of week one, so the same session as Monday. I’d made the decision after the first run (and in light of the shin pain) to ensure my running was on softer ground, and also to ease of just slightly. I did the five minute warm up walk to the park and the first run started, shuttle runs up and down the grass with the required walks interspersed. The grass and ground was wet and in parts felt boggy, which does nothing to help get the legs moving, but at least it was a little more forgiving on the knees.
Compared to my previous run I covered a lot less ground- though looking at the map it hasn’t tracke my run properly within the park (bunching up the line) so it’s possible a little has been cut off by the gps tracking. However, I had planned to ease of slightly so it’s probably about right.
After the run my knees don’t burn quite as much as last time, though my shins feel slightly swollen and tender. After a shower and banana (and a sneaky doughnut) I feel Iv recovered far better, probably due to a combination of less running and less roads.
Saturday nights the next one
so, those of you who read my blog (hundreds of you apparently) first of where are the comments? Get to it.
Second, those of you following will notice my running updates dried up. I reached a wall of sorts around the end of April and never moved on. I was on the couch to 5k and it wasn’t going all that badly, however I was ill for a week and when I went back to running I didn’t take a step back, instead moving forward. The exhaustion of that wiped me out and killed all motivation. A trip away meant I just never got going again and the summer hit and it was far too hot to run.
So now, Iv started again with a week one day one and my knees are burning, my lungs are wheezing and I’m just starting to cool down.
The plan was a brisk walk to the park (in line with the apps requirements) ahead of alternating runs and walks on the soft damp grass (60 second runs, 90 second walks) but as I reached the park I changed my mind slightly and stayed on the road, reaching the bridge over the motorway before turning back.
When the girl on the app said “2 runs left” I felt my willpower drop, I drove through the first but when I reached the final 60 second run I just couldn’t get my legs moving.
The stats don’t make a huge amount of sense to me, mostly because the stop start nature of the couch to 5k program skew everything, but it at least gives me something visual to stare at.
The next run is Wednesday (barring illness of course) but for now it’s shower time.
So, tonight in the pub I scribbled down a list of things that I want to achieve by the end of the year.
The intention of course is it achieve all of them. Realistically if I can achieve the majority of them then it sets me up to achieve more next year
Here’s the list
Win a game of x wing
Play an x wing tournament and not finish bottom
Paint some kind of wee man from start to finish
Find some productive way to get out of the house more often
Find a good balance of drinking- ie less time drinking lots at home, a little more time (perhaps a regular) drinking a couple in the pub
Write something- no more half started ideas, fully write something, with plans and expansions, submit it for critique online and begin the rewriting
Teach the girl to ride her bike
Teach the girl to tie her laces
Talk to the boy more so he can pick up a word a day (minimum)
Teach the boy something
Have a good time away with my partner
Make some new friends
Write three full chapters of my rom com novel
Clear away all my crap from the house
Get a new suit
Pay off my overdraft
Reduce my loan ahead of schedule
Close my littlewoods account
Cook once a month
Close my bank credit card
Get credit rating to top bracket
Do something I haven’t done before
Go somewhere I haven’t been before
Learn to budget properly
Run 100 miles
Do something weekly with the boy
Give blood twice
Take the girl to wookey hole
Travel somewhere for me
Make someone I don’t know laugh
Make someone I don’t know smile
Play a game of pool
Play a game of warhammer
Play a game of something new
Inventory my wee men collection
Do a car boot sale
Do something amazing for the kids
Do something special that makes my partner say ‘I love you’
Get better at tolerating morons
Get off the anti depressants
Get a friend to visit
Get in touch with some old friends
Try some food I haven’t tried before
Approach someone I don’t know and start a conversation
Plan bigger better targets for next year
Reestablish routine in my life
Decide where I want to go/what I want to do with life
Make a plan to make it happen
Pre thirty bucket list
Find a way of making more money
Persuade my partner to join something
Fill my days with more activities, less vegging out
Discover a new band
Music magpie my DVDs
Maintain my blog, including scheduling future posts
Make friends with a school parent
Get my body sorted
Read 4 ‘classic’ books
Watch 4 ‘top 250’ films I haven’t seen
Watch 2 foreign language films
Rewatch Jodhaa Akbar
Play a game of chess
Get boy off dummies
Find a new hobby
Find a geocache
Learn to use washing machine and tumble dryer
Listen to 4 ‘top 250’ albums I haven’t heard
Watch all Star Wars films with girl
Watch x men days of future past
Watch a life of pi
Watch the hobbit desolation of smaug
Learn something new
Have a ‘dinner evening’ with friends
Invite one of the girls school friends to play
Drink whiskey without watering it down
Buy a bottle of wine that isn’t gone in an evening
It looks like a random list, and essentially it is, I’ll be updating midway through the remainder of this year
So, day 2 (three really, days rest and all) and another run is finished, this one was tougher. The set up was the same, five minutes brisk walk, then alternating runs and walks.
The increase difficulty came from the chill in the air, it hit my lungs and sucked the air out, but I came through it. Though I confess there was relief when my earphone said “two more runs left.”
I did make a mistake, I used a second app to track my speed and distance, which long term will hopefully be a good tracker, but due to the initial walking in week one it just depressed me. Half an hour running, 1.2 miles, average speed 1 mile every half hour. That sounds pants. But it does give me a map of my run, so my erratic ups and downs of the park are highlighted for me
Physically I feel a little better too, I ache but the majority of my niggles from the other day are gone or lessened. My right knee and ankle continue to cause a little discomfort but not whilst I was running.
Tomorrow will hopefully give me a better feel of how my right legs coping
So, this morning I woke up with most of my aches and pains from my run gone, replaced by strange numbness, but if memory serves, it feels like standard muscle fatigue. I don’t think i warmed down enough so tonight’s run may be a little stiffer.
My ankles still very sore, il give it a few more runs and then look at strapping it if there’s no improvement. As for the rest I don’t feel too bad, my backs a little tight but otherwise ok.
However, when I was up in the night with the boy it felt a lot more sore, but my recovery seems good so far.
We’ll see how the next week goes
So, I’ve just been for a run. Yes, an actual run. For probably the first time properly in about 12 years.
Why? I don’t know, perhaps a slow realisation that whilst the kids are getting faster, stronger and smarter by the day I’m moving the opposite way. Maybe it’s the one too many niggles I feel across my body. Maybe I’m 28 and should be at my physical peak. Maybe I’m depressed and exercise helps. Maybe I need to get out of the house more. Honestly, I don’t know, but I’d put money on it being all of those and more.
So, the run, I didn’t just step outside and run Forrest Gump style, i took a measured approach using two apps on my phones, the first is seven, this gives you a seven minute body workout, using simple exercises. I used this as a warm up. Afterwards I was aching, my arms, legs, back felt sore, but i wouldn’t be defeated so soon, So onto the next app, the couch to 5k NHS app. This requires a five minute brisk walk, followed by alternating 60 second runs and 90 second walks. This idea appeals to me for several reasons
1. It’s not just bulk exercise.
2. The regular rests allow my recovery time to improve as well as my basic stamina, I also get to complete a decent amount of exercise from day one.
3. It’s a daily tracker, motivation to continue.
So I briskly walked to the park, then spend my time randomly walking/ running over a variety of surfaces and gradients.
So how do I feel?
Tired, really tired.
My right knee is sore, Iv had issue with it for a long time, and exercising has naturally aggravated it.
My back is on fire, but this felt more like the usual issue- not necessarily linked to running. It also didn’t tighten and immobilise me.
My lungs feel heavy, my capacity has clearly dropped, but it’s recovering quickly.
My arms are numb, this started with the warm up more than the run, I used muscles I haven’t used in years, it’s natural.
My ankles the worst, it feels bad, really bad, Iv not had ankle trouble before, this feels as though something’s wrong and will be the one I watch.
I expect to be adding some serious aches and pains to this list by morning.
But as for how I feel? Actually good, I completed a 30 minute exercise program without stopping at any point, I didn’t cheat and even as I was running and my lungs were shrinking I felt I could continue on with it,
So tomorrow I will be out for day 2. Absolutely.