|this fellow seems to have something stuck around its neck, plastic no doubt :-(|
|the swans are back|
Anyway, I must not dwell on the past. Mine is a sad and no doubt common story. I started the NHS couch to 5 k training program. It is not fun. The music is boring, the voice over even more so but workouts are about 30 minutes each so fit in well with my manic life.
Allow me to digress for a moment here. I'd prefer the Zombies Run! 5 km training programme but unfortunately the sessions are much longer, 30 to 55 minutes. The setting is a post apocalyptic England overrun by zombies. Your designation is Runner 5 and you are trained to become a runner for Able Township. The missions are useful, for example collecting sports bras from a derelict but deadly shopping centre (deadly of course because of gazillions of zombiefied shoppers). On one mission, you even go in search of wool. You can never have enough knitted jumpers when there is no central heating! Once you can run 5 km easily there are five seasons of running missions that keep you fit. It is fun, there is always a good story line to look forward to and in between snippets, you listen to your own music and you can set your own time. It is quite an extensive app with options for interval training, race training and even virtual races against other Runner 5s. The sound of a zombie breathing down your neck is quite motivating :-)
Anyway, I started the NHS programme last Sunday. I decided to trust my memory for the first workout. I followed the routine religiously, warming up, then alternating 60 seconds running with 90 seconds walking. I started feeling fed-up after about 12 repeats but kept plodding on until I reached the 20 repeats I remembered I should be doing. I thought that was a bit steep for a complete beginner. It didn't occur to me that this could not possibly be right. As it turns out, I should have done the repeats for a total of 20 minutes, which works out at 8 in total. Ah well. The Wednesday run was much shorter. I'll be fed up in about a month time, I am fairly certain of it but maybe, just maybe I can keep it up long enough to be able to use the more fun Zombies Run! app again.
In other exercise related news, my yoga practice is improving and I am pleased to say that my head balance is as 'good' as it was four years ago, when I stopped my regular yoga classes. I am however unable to do a shoulder balance and plow (one of my favourite poses), I just can't get my legs and butt up and over. I would have thought with the strength exercise class I am coerced into by my colleagues at work, my core muscles would be strong enough but not so. I tried wedged against the wall, legs up and pushing off with my feet. This worked but unfortunately at the cost of loosing control of my rectal sphincter, resulting in loudest fart ever. I was mortified. I have some secret practicing planned for the weekend.
You probably all know that I cycle to work and back (I don't count this as exercise). For the past year or so I hated my pretty bike and I ditched it this week for a new one. The pretty bike is more a of leisure bike for cycling along the canal or through the park. It has slightly smaller wheels than your average commuter bike, hardly any gears and it has a heavy steel frame. I could not cycle up the hill home with this bike, which is pretty bad in hilly Glasgow. You may wonder why I bought the bike in the first place. I can only speculate it is my misguided sense for style that lured me into buying a pretty but not very practical bike. You know, I envisioned myself looking sophisticated with the added wicker basket (wholesome picnic packed), Paul Smith scarf gently trailing in the wind and all. I should have listened to Richard. This week I replaced the pretty bike with a Ridgeback Speed. I've had one before and it served me well. I cycled to work and back without getting of the bike once. I feel like the King of the Mountains. Must search my wardrobe for a suitable polka dot outfit.
That's it all for today. I am sometimes not sure where to go on this blog but I always fall back on the usual, which is a truthful record of my daily life. This is a mixed bag of stuff and not always but often good. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, I really love to see so many visitors. Say hello if you have time, it makes my day just that bit more fun. xx
P.S. The photos are not entirely random, I jog along the canal and river and these creatures are currently visiting.