It's ages since I posted on here so just thought I'd post an update.
I've had to order new orthotics from my podiatrist recently because I've getting backache when running. Usually in the past when this happened it would either be one of two things - worn out shoes OR worn out orthotics. I refuse to renew my shoes just yet because they cost a f****ng fortune and they've still got some miles left in them I think. The orthotics though, have ended up costing £70 but apparently these ones are "long life", so hopefully I'll get over a year out of them.
I've been running 5 miles (8K) regularly and this has become my staple distance. It's just long enough to test you, but not long enough so that boredom sets in. It's taken me a couple of years to get to this realisation but for me it works a treat. I run 4K then stop and have a breather - getting my heart rate down. After a gentle stretch I set off on Leg Two and by the time I've clocked up the 5 miles I feel MAGNIFICENT! Sometimes I'll run it non stop, if I'm feeling daring!
I've got the London Winter 10K in january where a whole bunch of C25K'ers are getting together like we did last year. it was a lot of fun and if you're thinking of doing a flat course, fun 10K then why not join us? It might be your first time doing this distance and if so, what better way than to plod round the course having a laugh with your C25K pals!
Two days ago I put my back out. Coughing! Can you believe it? Hence I cannot run until that's better. I'd been trying out the 30-20-10 plan which is designed to pep up your speed. After a 2 minute slow jog to warm up your cockles, you jog slow for 30 secs, then increase your pace for 20 secs then all out sprint for 10 secs. repeat this 4 times then take a 2 minute jog breather before doing it all again 4 times. It IS good fun and it don't half suck the energy from your bod too, but I'm gonna carry on doing this for a bit just to vary my running week (once my back is better obis!).
The great thing about running regularly is that it keeps my weight constant and I can generally now eat and drink what I want without turning into a middle aged lumpster. Went to the docs recently to and had a lung function test to which the doctor remarked "You have beautiful lungs!" I said to her "How dare you! I'm a married man!……JOKE! I didn't really say that…..but it was good to hear that at aged 52 after two and a half years running I'm in good thoracic shape.
RIght that's me! Keep running folks and enjoy the crisp cold air. It's doing you good.