I must have temporarily lost the plot, because I appear to have signed up for a marathon…

Archive for March, 2011

Feelin’ hot hot hot

So the clocks went forward this weekend (Spring forward, fall back) which is fab, because this means it is officially British Summer Time.

However, I often have a little trouble with the heat. It truly ain’t my friend…

For starters, I’m a redhead., I’m quite pale, and when I work out I get very “rosy cheeks”. Then again, even when I don’t work out, I react quite badly. It’s normally fun and games that redheads will run a mile (geddit?) at the sight of sunshine, as if we were vampires, and with myself, I must admit, that’s not too far from the truth.

I have very sensitive skin and suffer from contact dermatitis as well as allergic dermatitis. One of my irritants is, annoyingly, heat.

This includes strong sunshine, hot water and sweat. If any come into contact with my skin, I get an itchy red heat rash. This is temporary, but uncomfortable, and means my face looks like a tomato whenever I’m generally warm.

(See exhibit A below: Taken at the gym after a 30 minute run. The difference in colour between my face and shoulder is nothing to do with lighting. It is my rash vs normal skin)

Just call me tomato-face

Not to sound like a complete and utter whingebag, but although I’m deeply looking forward to sitting out in the beer gardens sunshine over summer and whip out the wine shorts and sunglasses, I can’t help but feel a bit concerned about how I’m going to cope with training in the lead up to the big day – after all, I’ve got to abandon the gym and hit the roads eventually.

Who knows, maybe all this running and sweating malarky will actually improve my skin? Here’s hoping…

Matter of heart

Last night’s gym efforts…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) :
5.06km (3.1 miles)

Time taken: 42 minutes
Average speed: 7.4 km an hour (4.5 mph)
Calories burned: 326

So last night I went to the gym. On a friday night.
I was really proud of myself for making the effort before going out with friends, and I loved the fact that I was pretty much the only person there. However, I feel like I’ve already hit a wall at the 5km mark, and when you consider than the marathon is approx 40km, I still have a very long way to go.

At one point my heart rate reached 200. I didn’t feel particularly bad, just like I needed to walk for a second.

According to this chart, this is a dangerous level.

Perhaps I need to try some alternative methods to increasing stamina rather than just pushing myself harder.

Running envy

I’ve just come across this blog – Running Man Wannabe – by a guy who, from the sounds of his About Page, is also a bit of a beginner in terms of running.
(Although his speeds certainly seem better than mine right now. You go fella!)

His blog is so dedicated to targets, monitoring times and speeds, and generally just keeping on top of things.

Hopefully over the next month or so when I start making my runs more regular, I will get to this level of blogging. I am seriously impressed. Time to up my game.

Always time for cake

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 3km (1.8 miles)
Time taken: 24 minutes
Average speed: 7.2 km an hour (4.4 mph)
Calories burned: 191

So today I went to the gym, finally.
After a mega busy week of house hunting and general faffing around, I finally got around to getting off my arse.

Unfortunately it didn’t go quite to plan. With only 3km under my belt, I had to quit. Perhaps it was the 6 Southern Comforts the night before, or the headache I seem to have had all week, but either way I have got a long way to go, if I want to do this marathon.

On the bright side, I have kept up with my ‘Lent’ contributions, and I have not been drinking alcohol in the week, and I’ve properly cut down on my sweeties (apart from my baking attempt for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day, but that was for charity!) I have also switched my big carby meals, to carby lunches instead, avoiding eating mounds of food late at night, and making sure I get my energy before my run. I suppose you’ve gotta take baby steps eh?

Cupcakes for Comic Relief. Who says they should be round?

Set your goals

Last night’s gym effort…

Distance covered (including warm up and cool down) : 5km (3.1 miles)
Time taken: 37 minutes
Average speed: 7.7 km an hour (4.7 mph)
Calories burned: 326

To many, this will seem like a pitiful excuse for a workout.
However, I was really chuffed with myself last night.
For a number of reasons…

1. I’m an ex smoker and I genuinely didn’t think I had it in me to do 5km comfortably.
2. I had to wait for 20 minutes to get on a treadmill and very nearly gave up and went home.
3. I actually did what I set out to do!

I don’t know whether it was because it was a Monday, or maybe something to do with International Fitness Week, as mentioned in my previous entry, but I have never seen the gym so full! I do intend to mix up my runs between the gym and the open road, but for now, whilst getting my stamina up, I want my beloved air-conditioned machines.

My feet are tired today!

International fitness week

Apprently, it’s International Fitness Week starting today.

According to the website, this week (14th – 20th March) is all about:
“inspiring people across the world to make a change, finding out what activity works for them and lead a healthier lifestyle. So save the date now and get motivated to get moving!”

This is what I hope to do with this blog.
I’m just  a normal person. Not hugely into exercise by any  means, although I was really good at school. Yes, I’m one of these annoying women who always wants to lose a few pounds and “get healthy” when another New Year comes around.

So if I can inspire just one person to get off the couch/computer/arse, then it’ll be worthwhile.

So far at the gym I have been casually exercising. Doing a quick run, doing a few weight machines, few minutes on the bike and then home.

I also got a tattoo last week, and you’re not really supposed to exercise the week after as it disrupts the healing process. But I want to take this seriously now.

Today, I’m gonna set myself a goal of 5k.

Lent eh?

So Lent began yesterday – a time of self sacrifice for God over appoximately 40 days, traditionally 5 Sundays I believe.
And I’m gonna be completely up front and say that I am, in fact, an Atheist.
(So I may very well be inccurate in that last sentence, even though I went to a convent school. But that’s another story altogether…)

Now before you shun me for having no soul and no faith, I do believe in self-sacrifice for something worthwhile.
And since everyone else is doing it, I guess it’s a good opportunity to be a sheep try and make the effort and hopefully not be alone in this ‘giving something up’ scenario.

A big challenge for me with this run will be a change of diet. I’m aware that I will not have to starve myself, in fact, far from it.
However, I’m a big snacker and won’t often say no to a full pack of Choccy Hobnobs (or any chocolate biccy for that matter).

And I do love my Wine. And I love love love my Southern Comfort.

So for this month at the very least, whilst I’m trying to get my stamina up (before starting the 6 month training schedule at the beginning of April) I’m going to try and give up booze and biscuits. Or at the very least cut down.

How hard can it be?

Me? Drink alcohol? NO WAY DUDE!