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Starting from scratch...

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 21:23

Oh well, my plans didn't go as I wanted, and now I think I'll have to go all the way back to week one.

I'm also finding it hard to find the time now I'm back at work.  The husband works shifts and I don't have other childcare so I can't generally run in the evenings, and I hate it then anyway because I'm tired, I much prefer running in the morning and now with work I can't unless I get up really early!


Starting from scratch...

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 14:04

Hello Mummysaurus!

I went out today for the first time since 1 August.  I had so many good intentions but the heat just got to me and I was on holiday and had late nights and wine and and and!!

But I went today, went back to week 6 day 2, didn't manage all of it, but it's something to aim for, I think I'll do week 6 day 1 and work back up.  It'll be good to restore some base fitness, not that I had much to start with and was really slipping backwards, so I've had a good rest and now I'm ready to start fitting it in again.

to old to learn

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 17:20

I'm 48 and really only took it up consistently this year!  I flirted with running many years ago - and only ever stuck to it for a couple of months at a time.  Now I jog every couple of days and enjoy it.

You're not too old at all! 

Starting from scratch...

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 14:43

I managed to get out again today and knocked out 4.5k, which I am pleased with.  I've had so much going on in the last couple of weeks it's been hard to find the time - and I can't go in the evenings as the husb often works late shifts so there's no-one to child-care for me.

But I have my plans for the week and should be able to get out 3 times which will be good and hopefully can get a gym session or two in as well...

I don't mind running in the rain, it's the heat I can't cope with!

Starting from scratch...

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 13:31

Goodness, I was tired this morning!  I think I was restless in the night and I've got a shoulder problem, but I went for a short-ish run anyway, did 3.75k, and it was all done by 9.30, so I feel nice and virtuous!  

No opportunity to do anything tomorrow as I'm going to a conference/workshop thingy but there's always the weekend!

Starting from scratch...

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 21:22

Hello MissDreamer!  Slip off your runners and pull up a chair!

I went out again today after not running at all since Thursday.  After some advice from another thread I've decided not to focus on getting to 10k at the moment - I was really failing at it so I'm quite relieved! - but to try and consolidate my current 5k distance and times before I do anything else.  And so that's what I did today and I did much better, actually ran for 25 minutes, walked for 15 and did 4.5k.

Good food / Bad food help

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 23:03

I'd also really recommend a book called Appetite for Destruction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz - it's vegan and low-fat which sounds like hell with all the fun removed!  But actually it's mostly really delicious and calorie-counted and healthy and full of vegetables, grains and pulses.  Her chilli recipes are out of this world.

Another thing to find out is what fills you best.  I LOVE carbs with a passion, but I have found that protein actually fills me up better and for longer.  If I have an egg for breakfast I'm good for hours, if I have porridge I'm hungry within 2 hours.

Your breakfast is around 300-320 calories, assuming the yogurt is a Muller Light.  You could have an egg or some bacon and a slice of wholemeal toast for the same, add a tomato for one of your 5-a-day.  But the protein might work better for you.

Good food / Bad food help

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:51

You perhaps need a bit more variety in your meals and to know about portion size, then weigh and measure stuff like cereal, milk, bread, potatoes, pasta etc.  

Also, there will be hidden sugars and stuff in the cereal and muesli, you could try making your own granola, mix up the fruits and nuts to your own liking, cut down the sugar.  If you find a recipe that includes syrup get some Agave syrup, it's low GI and very nice (made by Groovy Foods, available in the supermarket, it'll be with the sugar substitutes or the gluten free stuff).

I'd really recommend getting My Fitness Pal or Livestrong, you can also get either as an app if you've got a smart phone, which helps with logging during the day.

Get a refillable oil-spray for using olive oil for cooking.  Or else measure it by the tablespoon.

But first of all understand what you actually eat in calories and then you can start to work out what your biggest calorie spend is and how to make any necessary changes.

Tired legs!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 13:57

Thank you again!  

I tried Parkrun last week, I didn't hate it, but I really didn't like or enjoy it, for a variety of reasons.  I wanted to love it but it's just not for me.

Back to my normal route I think, and forget about the 10k stuff for a while, thanks v much, greatly appreciated!

Tired legs!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 10:23

Thanks Booktrunk!  So perhaps I should go out on my 5k route and work on doing it a bit quicker...

I should add that what I really want is to get quicker at 5k - because my 5k includes the warm up/cool down at each end.  And I'd like maybe be able to run to or from work which is 7.5k.  As you say, I'm not in a race, and I don't want to smash any records!

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