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Get Running – Day Four

I’ve discovered the first flaw with the Get Running app.

Last week, my iPhone went a bit doolally so I factory reset it and started from scratch. It seems to have done the trick and my phone is working fine again, but I had to back up my apps onto iTunes and then re-load them onto my phone again. This means that Get Running has reset and there’s no way of changing the date or your progress on the App, so I had to start all over again. Run Three was actually Run One, Mark Two and I’ve effectively had to do week one 1 and a half times. Get it?

So yesterday was Run Four and should have been the first day of a new week but I’m still doing week one, which is 1 minute of running, followed by 1 and a half minutes of walking. Maybe it’s a good job that I’m extending week one as yesterday’s outing was a bit of a disaster. The actual running was okay, I feel like I’m finding my stride, I’m moving faster and my stride is lengthening. When I started, I’m sure I looked like I was just doing and elaborate sped-up shufflewalk, so I’m glad that actual running is starting to feel a bit more natural. However…yesterday, I learned:

1. When it’s been 27 degrees all day, wait until a bit later than 5pm to go for your run as it will still be bloody hot, which may not be a big deal to fit people but made me feel like I couldn’t breathe.

2. If you’re due to run, either go before you eat a massive pub lunch of scampi and chips or wait until MUCH later as the taste of tartare sauce creeping back up your oesophagus is most definitely not conducive to a feeling of wellness.

3. The smell of other people’s barbecues, whilst running, can be really nauseating.

Once Sausage starts school next week, I’m planning (if I haven’t found a job) to go at about 9.30am. That way, my routine won’t have to change when the nights draw in, I’ll probably still have an empty stomach, only the mentally deranged will be barbecuing at that time and hopefully it won’t be too hot (assuming we’re due any more sunshine between now and next April…)

Oh and I STILL need some new headphones, iPhone headphones SUCK for running. And I need a strap for holding my glasses on; ‘pink face, sweaty head, glasses falling off, headphones trailing behind’ is just not working for me. 

Get Running – Day One

Yesterday was the first time I used my Get Running app and this is what I learned:

 

1. A minute of running can seem like an hour

2. A minute and a half of walking can go by in the blink of an eye

3. A male, un-neutered dog on a lead can be a perilous running companion, especially if it’s midday and there are a load of other dogs around.

4. Feeling your stomach jiggle with every footfall can be mighty off-putting

5. Ministry of Sound Funky House Classics is a great running album for tempo and taking your mind off of jiggling stomachs.

6. Run number 7 of eight runs is definitely the hardest.

7. I should probably take my inhaler with me next time.

8. You never feel like you deserve a nice shower more than when you’ve worked up a sweat by exercising.

9. Husband pointed out before I left that the lady talking you through the Get Running app sounds like Hattie Hayridge, and imagining that I’m being coached by Holly from Red Dwarf is a great distraction.

10. iPhone headphones are absolutely SHIT for running and fall out of your ears at least 5 times a minute.

11. I need some sort of strap to hold my glasses on because having to push them up my nose every two seconds is a massive embuggerance.

12. I actually quite like running!

Running Back to Motherhood

I want another baby.

Anyone who has read this blog over the past 2 years or knows me at all will know that this is a big statement. After having Sausage and the PTSD that followed, I honestly thought I’d never want any more children. The thought of going through a pregnancy and birth as hideous as my first was just too much to bear, let alone the thought of being unable to hold yet another baby for the first week of their life, having to view them through wires and tubes. I told myself I didn’t have enough love in me to share it between Sausage and another baby, I told myself that it would spoil the relationship I have with her, I told myself that I just couldn’t do it.

But, something has changed, be it the passing of time or seeing friends with babies or simply my biological clock, and it’s telling me I’m ready. I almost feel overwhelmed by that single thought, I never thought I’d be in this place or ready to do it all again, but I am.

Mentally, anyway. Physically? Not so much…

When I fell pregnant with Sausage, I was 23, about 3st overweight but generally healthy.

Now, I’m 28, diabetic, have an stupidly under active thyroid and am about 5st overweight.

If I thought the last pregnancy was hard, any future ones will be terrifying in my current physical state. I’ve written plenty of times about my intention to lose weight and nothing has ever come of it, save for dropping half a stone here and there, only to put it back on again. But I need to do this, for many reasons.

The main one is Sausage. She’s been around for 4 years and has witnessed my unhealthy relationship with food, no matter how much I kid myself that I hide it. Yes, she’s four, but that’s still plenty young enough to change my ways and for it to have a really positive impact on her.

Also, while I want my body to be healthy enough to cope with pregnancy, I want to be able to still be Sausage’s Mummy. I don’t want to have to change what we do because of being pregnant, so getting fit and strong will be a real help with that. Last time around I suffered with SPD, hyperemesis gravidarum, high blood pressure, swollen ankles and hands and gestational diabetes, all of which I’m hoping will be improved by being fitter and stronger. It may all still happen, but at least I’ll be able to say that I did everything I could to prevent it.

So, what’s the plan?

I’m going to learn to run.

I realise I already know how to run, but for someone as unhealthy and unfit as me, it’s not as simple as putting on some trainers and pounding the pavement (or maybe it is?) but I’ll have a little help from ‘Get Running’, an iPhone app designed to get you from couch to 5km in nine weeks. That’s right, if I start today I could be running 5k non-stop by 23rd October. Exciting, eh? So I’m going to start later today and will blog about my progress with this program in the hope of inspiring anyone else who wants to give it a go but just doesn’t feel confident enough. I’m going to hit the ‘Thinking Slimmer’ hard again too in the hope that I can sort out my dependence on food.

As well as being fit and healthy, I have a secondary goal, which is being able to do Race for Life in 2013 at a run, rather than a fast walk. In 2011, my time was around 45 minutes, 2012 was about 42 minutes – I want 2013 to be nearer the 25 minute mark.

Wish me luck!