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Fit not Fat for 50: How to get sick, keep busy, and bounce back

Oh it's been a cruel blow to be struck down in my prime by the jealous gods who were clearly envious of my winged graduation sandals.... Oh alright never mind the flowery imagery I graduated on Wednesday and by Friday had succumbed to a virus, which stopped me running and made me feel pretty grumpy not to be able to run. So what to do in enforced confinement:

1. Friday: Buy and devour not one but 2 running magazines. (It's all I could keep down in any case ;-)

2. Saturday: Need an illicit 40 minute outing to a sports shop. Purchase a new item of running clothing (Nike all-in-one skirt+capri to defend the modesty of the wobbly bits now the trusty M&S joggers have all but fallen apart.) Return to bed to read more running magazine. Interval training consisting of read, sleep, read, sleep.

3. Sunday: Wear new item of clothing plus all running gear just to walk 3K slowly around local park. Important message to self: am Runner not Sick Person (even though body thinks otherwise) It's amazing how this simple act of defiance was instrumental in getting virus to give up trying.

4. Tuesday: Back to park, about 3K worth of 2 minute running, 1 minute walking interval training for a grand total of 21 minutes.

Oh, it feels good to be back!

To everyone else who has been sick, injured, or otherwise frustrated in their running plans this week - good luck for getting back on track! :-)

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I love this post !!!

I'm glad you are back on track - I feel I am too today but I shall gush about that elsewhere ! ;-)

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Look forward to reading it!

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I want some winged graduation sandals too :-)

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Sounds like you've already got them!

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like your interval training...might just have to try that this weekend lol :)

glad you are feeling better and are back out there!

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Thanks AliB1 - I can throughly recommend both sorts of interval training!

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Fantastic way to cope with an enforced rest x

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Think I'm a little bit hooked! :-)

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Hee - I love this post - I am an expert on the 'sleep, read, sleep, read' programme - in fact, I've graduated to 'sleep, eat, read, sleep, eat, read'! Hope you are feeling better!

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Much better thanks! Eating wasn't an option I can tell you! ;-)

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Great post! Love your winged graduation sandals! And your defiance! Well done! Glad you're back on track!

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Glad you're feeling better :)

I bought a pair of the Nike Skapris too they're great I love them as they hide all the wobbly bits nicely :)

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Haha, I love your interval training approach to reading!

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Sleep, eat, read, sleep, eat, read - definitely my type of interval training, maybe that's where I have been going wrong all these years

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