So, it has been almost two months since I wrote anything here. You may be forgiven for thinking I have given up on this diet and exercise lark and gone back to couch potato.
Oh, dear readers (both of you!), you couldn’t be more wrong. Strength, to strength, to strength! Where to start? At the interesting bit of course!
I now weigh (as of this morning) a slender 12 stone 10lb – 178lb or 80.73kg. Let’s just step back a mo. I started at 17 stone 13lb (251lb or 114kg). That’s 5 stone 3lb (73lb or 33.11kg) gone. Let me shout that again:
FIVE STONE THREE POUNDS LOST!
As you can imagine, I am rather happy with that! Proof:
On the left was me in 2015. Yes, I was pulling a face for effect (I think I was geocaching and broadcasting on Periscope at the time.
On the right was me just after 30 minutes on the dreadmill while on holiday in Scotland.
Speaking of Scotland, the C25K training didn’t stop just because I was away. I was determined to continue the training and while two runs were in the gym I really wanted to run outside. Week 9 Day 1 of the programme saw me running outside, beside the River Tay at North Inch in the middle of the city.
I finished the C25K program the next week with three objectives:
- Travel 5K (using interval run/walk technique)
- Run 5K without walking.
- Run 5K in less than 30 minutes.
Let’s jump forward a little to last Saturday (29 July 2017) when I achieved the third (also confirming 1 and 2 were complete) in 28 minutes 28 seconds:
So, what’s next? Bridge to 10K? Nope, my run last night proved that I can do that…
Yes, you read that correctly. 12 kilometres or 7.4 miles. If It Ain’t On Strava It Didn’t Happen!
So, next up is a half marathon. Yes, 13.1 miles. that’s almost twice what I ran yesterday and to be honest I am slightly bricking my load (and that’s nothing to do with weightless!) about this. I will be using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 Half Marathon Training which starts on 28 August with a rest day. Good huh! Between now and then it’s building on the mileage and enjoying the running.
By the way, if you are local to me and want to come laugh at me on the day, it’s Gosport Half Marathon on 19 November.
You can follow me on Strava too – would be great to have you along for the run.
Wish me luck!