As I mentioned previously, things have not been the best at home recently, hence my lack of posting.
Firstly, Mrs C's youngest, who is 18, has just been diagnosed with depression. Who know that youngsters suffered from depression, I just thought he was being a normal teenager with mood swings, spending day and night in his bedroom on the play station, having an attitude problem etc. He was a very clever young lad but has gone from wanting to go to uni to study to become a physics teacher to now just being on an apprenticeship doing generally office stuff. I just thought he was being lazy with his studies and taking the easy option when things got tough for him. He admitted a few weeks ago that he had a problem so he is now going to have counseling to help him.
My sister recently found out that she had breast cancer. Fortunately, they found it at its earliest stages. She still had to have an operation to remove ‘it’ and then a course of chemotherapy to make sure that they got it all and that it hadn’t spread. The good news is that they did get it all and she has completely recovered now, as much as you can completely recover from it.
A while back, Mrs C found some lumps on her breast as well. So off to the doctors she went and then got referred to the breast cancer clinic where she had a mammogram and an ultrasound. They found lumps but concluded that they were just ‘fatty lumps’ and not cancerous. A couple of weeks back she had to go for a follow up visit. The doctors weren’t happy with what they found so she had to have a biopsy. The results have just come back and thankfully it’s not cancerous but they have confirmed she has some cysts between her breast tissue and her skin. Nothing serious and no further action is required.
So, it’s been a tough few weeks but hopefully the worst of it is behind us now. I have managed to keep getting out for some runs which has definitely helped my mental state. The ITB is holding up as I have been doing regular stretches and strengthening exercises. That might be alright but I do have a few other little niggles to contend with (shin pain, runners knee, tight calves, PF but to name a couple) !! I’m still going through the fat adaption process as well, which is being made harder by the fact I am struggling to stick with lchf religiously. That said, I have lost a few pounds recently so it’s working to some degree.
Wedding and honeymoon plans are about 80% sorted now, just the pleasure of having to pay for everything
Anyway, I hope everyone else is doing ok, there is so much to read back on that I won’t have time to go through it all, but from what I have seen everyone is in pretty good shape. Catch you soon
A mixed bag for me at the moment. During the week my diet is generally fine, in fact I've got my carb intake down to about 20/30g per day. Come the weekend I have greater difficulty in resisting temptation when I'm at home on there are 'treats' in the cupboard for the rest of the family. I also have a couple of beers which I try and include in my daily allowance but don't always succeed. That said, I've lost 3/4lbs in the last couple of weeks so I know that if I can commit to it fully the weight should drop of quite quickly. I think I will now wait until the new year before I attempt to go all in and stop the beers. From a running point of view it's not been too bad. I'm up to about 9 hilly miles and haven't bonked too many times. On the flat it is fine but as soon as I hit an incline I'm blowing. Needless to say steep hills are all walked.
Regardless of weight loss and running I do feel a lot better eating this way. I've been experimenting in the kitchen and making some sauces to eat with my meat and veg and this certainly stops me from getting bored. I made a banting loaf last week wasn't too bad but certainly not as tasty as 'normal' bread.
Next year I'm in the Hardmoors 55 in March and the South Downs Way 100 in June so hopefully over the next few months I can get fully fat adapted and my fitness improve
Hi everyone. Some rubbish stuff at home at the moment so not really in the mood to be going online. Managing to get a bit of running in though which helps clear the head. The knee isn't doing too badly. Will catch up with you all again soon. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the running. Take care...
Iain - you can expect to feel rubbish for a few weeks while your body is adapting to the changes, they say 6/8 weeks is the norm. It is recommended to run at about 65% of your maximum heart rate during this period. Running at a higher intensity could lead you to run out of energy during a run i.e. you could bonk. However, once you get through this period of adaptation you will find that you can go out for a long run fasted and won't require any food or nutrition during the run. It is a slow process but when you get there you will feel great. Regarding snacks between meals, you will probably find that you snack less as the more fat that you eat the more satisfied you will feel and therefore more unlikely to snack. I am currently fasting for 18 hours, where I will have my evening meal around 18:00 then won't eat again until about 12:00 the next day. I will even go out for a run before my lunch and most of the time i don't feel hungry.
Ali – back on lchf primarily to lose the weight I put back on. It’s been tougher this time with not being able to do much running because of the knee. I’ve cut right back on the booze, reduced the amount of biscuits and crisps and managed to lose a couple of pounds. At the time of writing, though, I am currently eating a muffin from a coffee shop which contains my daily allowance of carbs !! Saw your photos of the XC at the weekend and it looked like lots of fun. As others have said, life can get in the way and you are extremely busy with your new job, which is a priority. You just pop in whenever you get chance; it’s always lovely to hear from you.
Carl – 2015 miles won’t be a problem for you I reckon, you can always run 46 miles on new year’s eve if you have to ! Good news about your boy taking up running, how long do you think it will be before he is flying past you ??
Washwood – Benidorm will be a shock to the system after the rubbish weather we’ve been having here. Rugged Radnage sounds like it will be a fun race with plenty of mud !
Robert – if you’re looking to lose some weight you will find your running is so much easier and you are likely to have less injuries carrying less lard ! No use putting of the 3:30 attempt until 2017 when you are in such good form at the moment. Recover well over the next few weeks and then start your plan for the spring campaign and I reckon you will be in with a shot of cracking the 3:30. How is Mrs R doing ?
PS – Yes, we have gone for the diesel version but ours is an automatic as Mrs C can't drive manuals. they are very comfortable indeed and the spec on them is tremendous, a lot better than most other makes I'm finding. I've come up with my own training plans for both marathons I’ve run mainly due to looking after the ITB. It’s not the conventional plan but it most certainly worked for me. They key to it, for me, was turning up at the starting line feeling fresh and ready to go. I threw a few different things in to my plan as well e.g. a hard week followed by an easy week (rather than 3 hard and 1 easy), long off road runs (that included walking up big hills) where I was on my feet well over my planned marathon time, no interval session but a weekly tempo run, medium/long runs with 2 miles @ MP followed by 2 miles @ HMP for the length of the run and a couple of 20 milers with the last 10 at quicker than HMP. As I said, this worked really well for me, so if you want to try something different I’m more than happy to try and help out and give you some different ideas. Just give me a shout if you do.