Went out really early before work, just as the sun was coming up. Too hot later on in the day...
It went well... perhaps because I went extremely slowly or was wearing my new (unbelievably expensive) orthotic insoles. Though I did almost stop at one point when I saw some honeysuckle in bloom... couldn’t believe my eyes. This early in the year? Honeysuckle to me is inextricably linked to summer holidays in Cornwall. Anyway, I managed to keep running through the cool-down walk too (sorry Laura, I had to get to the top of the hill), making it about 4 km in 35 minutes. Pleased, but not particularly emotional at the end because…
… yesterday I saw a highly recommended orthopaedic doctor, who gave me a thorough check-up and then told me I shouldn’t be running , but walking, cycling, yoga, etc. Something about L5S1 spondylitis and scoliosis … slipped/fused vertebra. I literally begged him to let me do this one oh-so-important run. I’ll have to see the physio again about some specific exercises. Apparently the more I do, the better, especially the Strength & Flex kind. Hey ho… Looks like 5x50 has come at the right time. However I’d really like to continue running (within moderation) as well. I’ll just have to wait and see.
On a much more positive note, I took some measurements and compared them to the ones I took about 1 month ago (forgot to take them right at the start of C25K). And… I’ve lost 10 cm around my waist, but put on 2 cm around the top of my arms (muscle, pure muscle ). The best news is my BMI… at the start I was classified as obese, now I’m “merely” overweight (admittedly at the top end, still verging on obese). All down to the exercise, as I haven’t been dieting.
So to anyone out there wondering if C25K will help them lose weight / get a better figure / improve their fitness and general heath… it does, eventually. I think it’s the longer runs towards the end that make all the difference.
Thanks to all you bloggers who have inspired me and encouraged me over the past few weeks. What a journey!
Happy running everyone, from a new graduate being forced to retire (for now).
P.S. Spring progressing nicely here: lilac, peonies, flag iris and wisteria all in bloom. Heard the first cuckoo today too.