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Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:16

There's a fair bit of stretching on the Insanity DVDs.  There's a recovery day where the whole session is pretty much yoga type stuff (after a few thigh-burners).

And throughout the normal DVDs there's plenty of stretching too.  Today's session was called 'Pure Cardio' followed by 'Cardio Abs'.  Core strength is good for injury prevention; I'm hoping if I survive the 60 day program, I'll be a better, stronger, runner.

I had to mop the dining room floor when I finished because it was just covered in pools of sweat.

I've an A.A. meeting tonight too, which I'm going to have to drag myself along to, because I'm knackered!

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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 10:30
trigger2 wrote (see)
Stick with it all - I'm still managing to my drinking in moderation and haven't had a hangover in months now!

Well done, Trigger, but being an alkie, I can't see the point in drinking in moderation.  What's a couple of drinks going to do for me?  I'm definitely an all or nothing person! On on-line recovery forums an oft discussed topic is "If they invented a pill that would allow you to drink like a normal person, would you take it?"  I would, but only if I could get shit-faced every night with no consequences and everyone would still love me! 

On the running front, I'm in the same camp as BWF and I've injured myself with Insanity.  I'm not sure what happened, but my calf just tightened up, was painful and didn't feel right, so I've taken a few days off the exercise.  I'll have another go today.  Right now I hear Mrs EDI jumping around the dining room, so she's obviously on the Insanity.

I'm sure Insanity is designed for fit 20-somethings, rather than middle-aged types like meself.

Hope everyone is enjoying the bank holiday weekend; despite the rain! 


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Posted: 18/05/2014 at 01:21

We did a Parkrun this morning; I was about 90 seconds slower than my usual approximate time and Mrs EDI was 20 seconds slower, but still came in 2nd lady.

We're on day 10 of Insanity (this keep fit DVD thing which is pretty tough going), which accounts for the slower time.

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Posted: 18/05/2014 at 01:17


sinbad113 wrote (see)

its just a pain in the but getting to an AA, and the daytime ones in my town seem to be for females only, for mixed and males, itsfinishes at 10pm and my last bus is at 11pm. Still no excuse, I will go at some point.

If you can get to a meeting, speak to the chairman and ask if someone can give you a lift home.  Someone will.  

And someone once told me that if I wanted to recover from my alcoholism, I should be prepared to go to any lengths to do so.  It's a good attitude to have.  I used to go to any lengths to get booze (I've even lied and stolen to get it), so I tried to apply that 'any lengths' mentality to getting and staying sober.  

If you tell me the area where you live, I'll let you know if the day time meetings are 'women's only'.  I'd be surprised if they were, there's not many women's only meetings around.

And well done on the 5k.  

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Posted: 15/05/2014 at 16:26
sinbad113 wrote (see)


Somehow got to find the motivation of pushing the booze and training forward now,  were already talking about new year though.



Sinbad, one thing to be aware of is that will power generally never seems to be much good when it comes to alcoholics and stopping drinking.  Of course will power is involved, but it's not good for a long term solution.  Why?  Because it fails us, mate.  I once got three months sober using will power; it wasn't much fun; and then I cracked and drank, just like you did after the 12 days.

Staying sober using will power is a bit like Japanese water torture.  We feel restless, irritable, discontented; anxious; and that little voice in our heads is saying, "Hey, a drink would sort that out!  A drink would sort that out".  Eventually we cave in - maybe we just plan to drink a few to take the edge off it, but once we start drinking we crave for more and we've got to get the job finished.

The secret (it's not really) to long term sobriety is to try and feel comfortable in our own skin.  If we have some measure of internal peace, we haven't got those feelings that drive us to drink.

I found my solution to getting some measure of peace through A.A.'s 12 Steps and I can honestly say that I don't obsess about alcohol anymore at all.  The problem is just gone.

It's an easier way to live, mate.



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Posted: 14/05/2014 at 18:31

Hi all,

Nice to see some familiar names around these parts and apologies for not tipping my hat here every now 'n' then.  I go through phases with the internet!

Still running, though I went through a tough patch after the Gower marathon where I was just sick of it and struggled to get out to do two-or-three runs a week.  I think Winter does that to me.  Currently back running and on day 8 of the Insanity 60 day program thing.  It's quite tough, despite my scepticism of keep fit DVDs.

Sad to see not much has changed with Sinbad on the drinking front!  You know what they say, if nothing changes, nothing changes.

Coming upto five years sober next month; still very active with A.A. (I have a lot to be grateful to A.A. for), and things are okay my end, inspite of living with a Welsh woman.

Hope everyone else is well.


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Posted: 17/12/2013 at 17:19

I hope you have a quick recovery, Bill.  There's lots of runners in our fellowship too.  I know one who is quite famous too; a really big name in this persons area of running.  I couldn't believe they were an alcoholic - seriously - considering how much of a top level runner this person is.  Obviously I can't say who.

I'm meeting up with a few alkie runners at the weekend too for a 12 mile run through the mud and hills, followed by cake at a local coffee shop.

Can I ask which part of the country you come from and is your name really Bill W?  Mine's not EDI; I'm Tosh! 

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Posted: 17/12/2013 at 16:13

Hi Bill, it's often difficult, especially with people fairly new to running (not that I'm any expert) to try and pin point what the actual cause is.

Maybe your running shoes are fine and it's your form?  Or maybe you did too much too soon?  

I'd ice it twice a day, if I could, take some Ibruprofen, and lay off the running till it's better.  Maybe a sports massage could help too?  If you contact your local running club, by e-mail would be fine, I'm sure they could recommend someone that they use.

Can I ask if you were following any beginner's program?  If not, then a couch to 5k program is recommended.  It'll help you not to overdo it.

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Posted: 15/12/2013 at 14:19

New running shoes shouldn't need any breaking in; they should be good to go straight from the box.

I'm not a fan of over-engineered stability shoes; I think this whole area is mostly a con promulgated by running shoe companies who want us to spend a wadge of money on this stuff.  I also think they can cause injuries, rather than prevent them.  I believe that there's no independent evidence to show that 'gait analysed' running shoes prevent injury.

What I do think is important is a half-decent running form.  If you check out some youtubes of 'natural running' or 'Alexander technique' or 'chi running' or 'barefoot running' (they're all very similar); it'll give you an idea of what I'm on about.

I just buy cheap neutral running shoes; I like them comfortable, but very basic.  I did most of my mileage for an off-road marathon in a £20 pair from Start Fitness, and I'm currently doing about 35 miles a week in a £15 pair from the same place.  My body is feeling pretty good; no niggles; and pain free.

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Posted: 14/12/2013 at 17:43
Cinders wrote (see)

Welcome Bill

Ouch to Mrs Easy's knee.  What's the expected recovery time for that EDI? 

I hope, for my own sanity and sobriety, that it's quick! 

It's tough to judge a recovery time, different people heal at different rates.  She's resigned to the fact that it will not be quick; though she did go out and run a slow five miles on it this afternoon.  She said when she started it felt okay, but then the pain came and went, and that overall it's feeling better than last week.

So hopefully not to long!  You know she even accused me of being happy that's she's injured because my running is going so well; she's worried that I may actually start beating her at races.  She's mental at the moment.

How's your running going, Cinders?

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