I have had what can only be described as an excellent week! Started my 1 million steps for Help for Heroes last Friday, so a minimum of 16130 steps a day for 2 months, so I have been out and about doing lots of walking, however still wanting my 3 x 30 minute runs every week to.
Was planning the park run last Saturday but the weather was lousy and it is hard to leave a nice cosy bed and snuggles with my darling wife so gave it a miss and went for a long walk instead. Sunday we had already planned a nice walk along the Leeds - Liverpool canal from Shipley, Bradford to the Bingley 5 rise locks and back, was a lovely day for a walk, about 8 miles in total with a nice lunch at the 5 Rise locks cafe at the halfway point. A very very enjoyable day out. Was still a beautiful evening when we got home so the lycra had to put an appearanc in, as I had 3 very energetic days up to that point I planned to just do a few km's of interval running, 2 min run 1 min walk just to keep myself used to running, however once I got going I kept going, and kept going for 6.6k. Rather surprised myself, thoroughly enjoyable.
Better was to come later in the week though, got my challenege steps in easily on both Monday and Tuesday, and was doing reasonable well on Wednesday too considering it was a day in the office, had about 6000 to do after leaving the office so a 5k run would have seen those off nicely, so off I went on a nice 5k loop that I run on evenings when I am down in Leicester. Took it nice and slowly, just enjoying the feeling of 1 foot in front of the other, listening to my music and generally enjoying being outside. Before I knew it I had completed the loop, was feeling pretty good so wwent round again!! My first 10k, what a feeling it was too.
Things just keep getting better though, Thursaday was the end of the first week of my challenge, (see justgiving.com/Andy-Symons for more details) and I have completed 154379 steps so far. 845621steps still to go but 41469 steps ahead of schedule and total distance covered 83.04 miles.
So a great week which was topped off this morning when I popped on out scales to find the first number wasn't a twenty something for the first time in many many years, 19st 12lb, to think last June it was a 25 and very close to being a 26. I'm feeling great!!!! Definitely an excellent week.