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couch25k vs. gluttony

December 16, 2012

I sort of fell off the exercise wagon and into the chuck wagon this weekend – actually dived headfirst would more accurate.  It all started well (on the exercise front) and then sort of slid into gluttony.  Here’s what I got up to;

I may have done too much of this

  • Saturday morning the BF and I made our annual pilgrimage to Scuba Santa (separate blog post coming once the pics are downloaded) at Vobster Quay.
  • Saturday afternoon I drove to Colchester (180miles) for a Christmas party with some old colleagues.  There may have been one or two drinkies involved to accompany the 3 course Christmas Meal……… 🙂
  • Sunday morning, full fried breakfast to recover from the party
  • Sunday lunchtime retire to my parents for a roast dinner.

Spotting a pattern here? #lookssheepish

After all that food and drink  I was feeling a tad guilty, so decided to kick start my week by doing week 5 run 2 of couch25k.

Having spent 4 hours in the car today coming back from Colchester I was really stiff and achy, so did loads of stretching before leaving the house.  Between hearing Laura tell me that I would be running for 2 lots of 8 mins and the rain I nearly headed back indoors, but I thought ‘no, give it a go’.

I decided to try to see if I could dupe myself into thinking I was only doing 5 mins instead of 8.  I was hoping this would work as I think it may be key to convincing myself I can do longer distances in the later weeks.  So, when Laura told me I was half way through I was really surprised at how comfortable I felt and in a shocked daze I just carried on.  Even more surprising, when it was time to stop I didn’t want to!  I really felt like I could do more #neverthoughtidsaythat.

With the first run out of the way the second 8 min interval was easier, just because I knew I could do it.  By the end of both intervals I was starting to find that the legs and feet were on automatic pilot and just wanted to keep going.  I can honestly say the only time that has happened before has been on the occasional pub crawl at uni 🙂

After getting this far I’m now much more optimistic about doing longer runs.  I also feel like I’ve gone some way towards balancing my pre-Christmas overload.  Well done Nev, reward yourself with catching up on Strictly Come Dancing :-).

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  1. December 16, 2012 11:07 pm

    Ahh, the good old ‘legs-on-automatic-pilot-pub-crawl’ – I remember it well. 🙂 8 minutes is great, Nev! I was only doing about 7 a couple of weeks ago but on Saturday managed almost 20 (shuffle / on the verge of walking, mind you). It’s amazing how quickly our bodies adjust.

    • December 17, 2012 6:30 am

      haha, we used to call it the beer teleporter :-).
      Its amazing how the distance builds isnt it. I have the 20 min run next, eeek. i am chosing to interpret ‘run’ in this case as anything above a walk where both feet are off the floor 🙂

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