I have a confession to make. It's been two weeks since my last blog. While I am determined to keep things up life has a way of interfering - I seem to be have working every day (including weekends and bank holidays) for about three weeks now, at least it feels that way. I have the unusual privilege of a full weekend off with no plans at the moment so clearly I'm going to waste it by sitting in and watching telly all day!
Actually, I have already been active today - a 25 minute brisk walk on the treadmill and the first lawnmow of the year; really quite late this year for obvious reasons but the sun is actually shining and I've even considered having a barbecue. I suspect that when the sun disappears this afternoon it's going to be rather cold however.
GNR preparation-wise I appear to have become a bit stuck. The initial surge in extra fitness and strength seems to have plateaued out and I seem to be gaining weight (muscle, presumably?). I'm assuming this is normal however and will stick to the training programme as planned. My wife did the Lincoln 10K last weekend in a time of 1hr 5mins which is pretty impressive especially when you consider it was her first actual road run (all of her training was on the treadmill). Unfortunately I missed it; guess what? I was at work.
Went to see The Hairy Bikers live (in Skegness) last week. A really quite bizarre show involving watching clips of their TV show while they took their clothes off. Probably not how they would promote it but that's what sticks in the memory! Mind you, I did enjoy the bit where Si held up a little pot (of what was actually cornflour in water) and said "This is the dieter's best friend ......... amphetamine."
The programme next week involves a few more prolonged runs and brisk walks and hopefully I should be up to running for 20 minutes within another 2-3 weeks. Then I just need to string about 10 of those together and I reckon we're there! Easy.
So - weeks five and six:
6.25 miles covered (but another session to go tomorrow)
Legs ache - knees feel stronger; start to get out of breath after 20mins (about 10 when I started)
Highlight : Watching someone make smoked haddock scotch eggs with black pudding salad on Saturday Kitchen
Total distance :19.3 miles at a might just over 3 miles a week. Feel the burn!