I’ve recently got back into running, training with a neighbour, who is in the running club that I was in (apparently I’m a lapsed member, as I never actually resigned from the club).
So in the last couple of weeks we’ve gone from couch (I’ve not been running due to holidays and tendonitis, and he’s also been injured) to 6 miles, averaging 10 mins/mile.
So we’re pretty happy with that.
Last night however, after running my, legs were not happy. I’d been to one of my regular yoga classes at lunchtime, and the legs were just taking a pounding yesterday. That’s when I realised that all my physical activities are/have been leg based. Yoga, running, karate, rock climbing, snowboarding, skateboarding, ice skating, inline skating (and the few days surfing I managed to tick of my bucket list) are all predominately leg based (with the possible exception of yoga, although there’s a hell of a lot of leg work involved).
Just back from a beginners introductory kettle bell class. Damn that was knackering!!!
The lower half of my body feels like it belongs to someone else, and isn’t really talking to the rest of me. My lower back feels really “loose” – that’s the only way I can describe it – and it’s great.
There’s another 3 weeks of the beginners class to go. I feel great, but at the same time I can’t believe that people “like” a kettle bell session!
So I’m getting the bit between my teeth again after having a pretty lazy week. Kicking off tonight with yoga straight after work.
At the weekend I’ll go inline skating on Sunday.
Three gym sessions planned for Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with my regular gym buddy and casual sadist, Audrey (she comes up with workouts that don’t let me slack).
Also on Monday I’ve got karate, and Thursday as usual will be yoga.
I came across a recipe for a vegan cheesecake, which I might be able to actually have while I’m on this diet (the honey might be a bit of a no-no but I can offset if I have to). It’s on the Cooking Without Limits blog and the recipe can be found here. I’ve never tried a vegan cheesecake, so I’m open to giving it a go.
Feel like I’ve been on the “business end” of a baseball bat!!! My abs are KILLING ME!
A core session a couple of days ago left me feeling….. achey in the abs. That’s all good. No pain no gain and all that. Anyway, last night’s yoga class involved a few postures that worked the core, and yup, today my abs are screaming bloody murder.
To cheer myself up, I’m off on a brewery tour of the West Brewery, in Glasgow, tonight. I won this a while back and never got round to booking it. It’s about to expire, so I managed to get booked for the tour tonight.
Now, beer isn’t compatible with a low carb/high protein diet (which I’m currently on, and actually getting thinner on. Go me!), so I’m having a diet free day today. So I can actually have some bread today. This will be good.
Yesterday I cycled to work (approx 10k), at lunchtime I went for a wee run (4.3k according to Strava), and then cycled the 10k home again. I’m pretty happy about the fact that my level of fitness is improving, and I’m enjoying what I’m doing.
Saying that, I still have motivational issues when it comes to karate. There’s a few times I’ve thought that if Karen wasn’t coming along too, I’d have given up (although, once I get to the class I do enjoy it).
So, regular exercise, and trying to cut out the junk when it comes to food (struggling with that a bit though. Why is it that the tasty food is the worst for you?).
On Sunday, I was planning to go out and do a short run, to try and ease myself back into running – I’ve not run for just over two years, after I got floored with gout. By the time the swelling and the pain had gone, I had lost the stamina and speed I had, and was too unfit to run with the group I usually did. Instead of running with the slower group, I got discouraged and stopped.
Anyway, I was up at the crack of dawn, and so was the rain. It was torrential, so, running – while technically possible – wasn’t really an option. This is the point I surprised myself. I unrolled a yoga mat, and did a little bit of yoga. This is surprising, because, as I’ve posted previously, much as I enjoy the post-yoga buzz, and I know it’s good to do, I pretty much find it boring.
BUT, do you know, it set me up for the day, and I felt great. I really must try and do it more often.