Whoop! Whoop! Another week under the belt. I am not going to lie, it was a challenge all this the week. I have had this on and off little twinge on my right knee. Initially I thought it was just a general ache and pain, as my “muscles” got used to the idea of running again. Now I am beginning to think it is more than that. However, I will keep a close eye on it.
The other thing that I have started to do, is also use MyFitnessPal a lot more to help with monitoring my nutrition a little bit, but also for the fitness plans. I started at the end of last week to do then “Toned Upper Body” plan. Running is clearly great for leg muscles, but isn’t going to clear my one pack! The Toned Upper Body plan, uses some very basic home gym equipment, namely a set of dumbells and a set of resistance bands. I had some 5kg dumbells that had been used as dust collectors for years, and I got some cheap resistance bands off the internet via Amazon. It’s 30 minutes of work, every other day, so I do the plan on the days I am not running.
I am loving this new found enthusiasm for exercise, and I am kind of kicking myself that I didn’t start this running malarky before now! But better late than never I guess.
Day 1 Week 3
This is really going to start getting confusing, technically, I am supposed to do the final part of the Couch 2 5K on August 22nd, but because I am running every other day, I will be finishing much sooner than that, if all goes to plan. This morning, slightly frustratingly, I woke up an hour before my alarm was due to go off. But decided that instead of going for an evening run like I had planned, I would make use of this extra hour awake. I had my bowl of porridge (I can’t get enough of the stuff at the moment, so freaking healthy too), black coffee, and a glass of apple juice, and away I went.
My blister from the other day was healed already which was a relief, but as mentioned my knee was giving me a bit of grief, so I had decided to take it easy. The other thing I found myself doing today, which I haven’t really done before now, is worrying about which cycle I was on e.g. “was I on the second run or the third run?”, “how many more walking stages until the end of Day 1 of Week 3?”. I then refocussed, and decided to “live in the moment”. It is the one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing that I often neglect, the whole Take Notice bit. I decided not to count the number of walks and the number of runs, but just to focus on the ground a few feet ahead, and listen to the instructions from the app. Almost instantly, my mind was back where it should be, and not worrying about how much more I had to do!
Day 2 Week 3
Not much to report on Day 2 of Week 3. It was a good run, my knee still hurts a little, but not as bad as the past few days.
Day 3 Week 3
This was my first evening run, up until now most of my C25K runs have been in the morning. However, when I got up this morning, the weather was shocking, full on rain! Plus my knee was still bothering. I knew I had an extended working day as I had a transatlantic meeting via Zoom, and I wasn’t due to finish until after 6:30pm, then dinner, then time to digest dinner. I kind of hoped that would give enough time for my knee to finally stop aching.
Sure enough my leg seemed okay as I started my warm up, but almost instantaneously when I started running, my knee hurt. So I jogged, more than ran this evening. Part of me thinks that running in trail shoes might not be helping the situation. May be I should invest in some road running shoes.
I also said in a previous post that I would think about some SMART goals that I want to reach as part of the C25K programme.
- Reach 75kg
- Reduce my BMI
- Reduce my waist size
- Reduce my blood pressure
- Achieve a 5K run (obviously)
Now the above aren’t SMART enough, I’ll hone those in the coming days, watch this space.