1st 10k in years

On Sunday, I ran my first 10k race in about 3 years.
There was way to little preparation, as I’ve only been running again for about the last month, but have been running up to 9k.
The thinking was, 9k feeling good afterwards, so another on top is do-able, as long as I remember I’ve been away from running for a few years, so don’t aim for a time, just aim to get round.

So that was the plan. I was thinking, based on the running I’d been doing, that 60 mins was a reasonable time to get round in, so I was surprised and very happy with my finish time of 55:15.

The course was a wee bit hilly, and I was feeling it in my legs for the last 1k, but I made it round and in a time 5 minutes under what I was aiming for, so to say I’m pleased is an understatement.

I think I’ve got the bug again.

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Quick question for the yogi’s

This last week I’ve been a bit achey. Holding my arms up in Warrior 2 was making my upper arms ache, and yesterday, doing vinyasas, I struggled not to faceplant onto the mat!

After last night’s class I was talking to someone, and they said it’s probably not the upper arm muscles, but my shoulder muscles, that are stiff, and my arms are compensating, hence the achey arms.

The question is, does anyone have any recommendations for any exercise to loosen off stiff shoulder muscles?

Any advice gratefully accepted.

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Run Forrest, run….

I’ve been dipping my toes back into running over the last couple of weeks. I’ve always missed being in the running club (I fell out of the habit after an injury, and just got lazy), and it’s more annoying now that they’ve re-located to the sports centre at the end of my road, so twice a week I see them run past my window.
SO, with that in mind I’ve been doing some gentle running to ease back into it. I’m up to just under 10k now, so I’ve entered a race on the 11th. It’s named after the guy who was my first coach when I joined the club, so it seemed appropriate.
I’m under no illusions about fast times, I’m just looking to enjoy the run, get over the finish line, and collecting my finishers t shirt (and hopefully catching up with Jimmy, my old coach)

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In the words of The Clash

it’s time to “cut the crap*”.

I need to cut out/reduce the amount of sweets and rubbish I eat. It’s not even hunger. It’s usually when it’s a slow day, and I walk to the vending machine in work just to get away from the desk and stretch my legs.
Seriously, I don’t need to go from a lunchtime yoga class, back to my computer, via the snack machine. It’s a bad habit and it ends today.

(*Cut the Crap is possibly (ok definitely) the worst album The Clash recorded. A record so bad, that they basically disowned it. A very appropriate title if you ask me.)

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In contrast to the previous post….

Last night at yoga, I just felt that I wasn’t getting it. I honestly felt that I did better the very first day I walked into the class 3 years ago.
My balance was off, I was getting cramp in my toes in child’s pose, did I mention my balance?
Don’t get me wrong, not everything felt like a step backwards, and I did pretty good afterwrds, but it’s proof that we can only do what we can do on any given day, but it’s not easy to accept. Acceptance is the key I think. If you don’t accept that’s how it was and move on, then it will play on your mind and create a downward spiral where you psyche yourself out.

Onwards and upwards.

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That’s better

Been a bit…..meh today. Can’t pin it on any one thing.
So, that’s why I’m really glad I went to yoga at lunchtime, instead of a union meeting that I was supposed to be be going to (who organises meetings at lunchtime? Seriously, don’t)

Anyway, I feel in a much better place now, so I’m looking forward to this evening after work, when we’re going to take a wee drive down the coast to either Troon, or Ayr. (Troon is closer, but not much is open in the evenings, whereas Ayr has a bit more going on but is about another half hours drive away)

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Abu Dhabi doo!

What can I say about Abu Dhabi? It’s fantastic.

Dubai gets all the attention, but it’s really Abu Dhabi that the place to go. It’s a real city. There’s a downtown you can walk round that has actual shops, restaurants, cafes, and it’s not just a huge sprawl that you need to use a metro, taxi or shuttle bus to get from hotel to mall.
Yes there are malls, but it’s easy to get round, taxi’s are cheap and plentiful, there is a bus network – you can pick up a travel card at the airport, and top it up again at the bus stops if you need to – and you can actually walk, unlike Dubai.
There’s also a bike hire system in place if you fancy cycling round.

We stayed in the Sheraton Resort, which is on the edge of the downtown area, and 100 yards from the Corniche, so it’s in an ideal position.

If you’ve been to Dubai, but are put of by how artificial it is (and let’s face it, much as I like it, it isn’t like any other city) then you should seriously consider looking at Abu Dhabi.

(pics to follow)

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Life of late and travel plans

So, after last week’s yoga/pilates binge, this week has been a total drought class-wise.
No Tuesday lunchtime, went Tuesday night, Wednesday lunchtime was cancelled, and I’ve got my usual class to go to tonight.
I’ve got a half-day at work tomorrow, so I might manage the pilates class, but there’s things to do before I head off on holiday for a week, so I’m playing it by ear at the moment.

Saturday morning we’re up and out the house at stupid-o’clock to get to Edinburgh airport, then it’s Abu Dhabi for a week. Got the travel mat sorted, so yoga will not be abandoned.
Before that though, I’ve still got to pack, and get the cats over to my mum’s house.

Urgh, stress!!!

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Pushing myself

I’ve found more classes at the gym that I can go to. So far this week the scores are.

Monday – Pilates
Tuesday – yoga (lunchtime) and yoga (evening)

Today will be lunchtime yoga.

Thursday will be evening yoga

And finally Friday will be lunchtime pilates.

Saturday I might not be able to leave the house 😀

I still don’t actually “enjoy” pilates, but I feel great afterwards, so I’ll stick with it.
We’re off for a weeks holiday on the 8th, so I’ll be taking a mat with me and at least doing some yoga while I’m away.

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Well that was…. odd.

Last night’s yoga class was a toughie. It was good though, and I really felt that I was pushing myself.
Did a headstand for the first time. Wasn’t really committing to it, but Susan – the teacher – came over, stood behind me and said “I’ve got you, you’ve got this. Just extend your legs now.” I did, and it was awesome. I’m 52 and that’s my first ever headstand !

The odd bit came about half an hour later as I was waiting for the train home. I suddenly got all emotional and don’t know why. I got a wave of, I don’t know, euphoria I guess, sweeping over me, and then felt like welling up.

That’s never happened before.

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