RUN, JACK, RUN!


What else is there to do during LOCKDOWN?

I took it upon myself to get back into running. I used to run quite a lot a few years ago (before child number two) doing 5K's and the odd 10K. But, as happens in life, I let things slide.

I also seemed to let my body slide at the same time. Before I quit sugar, I used to weigh around 82kg - 85kg. At the time I used to just feel heavy - slow and lumbering. After quitting sugar and completely changing my diet I got down to 72kg - 74kg.

That was about two years ago.

But then, we had our second child and there were more important things to deal with. I rebounded to around 79kg before I caught myself.

Now, I don't mean to make this sound like I weigh myself everyday. I don't. But, with flying, I need to know my flying weight to see if it is within the range for my wing. When I just started to feel heavy and slow again, I hopped back on the scale for a reality check and nearly hit 80kg.

So, I've decided to get back into running and at the same time I've tightened up my diet (lots of veg, fewer refined carbs, no added sugar, stick to three meals and no snacking). I'm back near 76kg and heading in a good direction.

I really enjoy going for a short run.

To get back into it, I've picked up the Couch to 5k training regime. This is what I used before and I really like how it develops your endurance. There is always some progress to be made.

The difference this time is that I want to run faster.

I used to comfortably hit a 30-minute 5K. But, this time around, I want to hit a 20-minute 5K.

To do this, I'm using the couch to 5k runs. I've built up my endurance again so that I can run for 30-minutes without too much trouble. Now, I'm starting back at the 'easier' runs but upping my pace to my target. I get intervals of full pace and intervals of easy pace (but not walking).

So, there you have it. Another bit of diary. The take away message here is: I'm running again and it feels good.


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