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  1. I'd imagine a mixture of bad posture and being overweight. Both times I've hurt it it's been doing something utterly inconsequential. It could just be 'one of those things' or just getting older. The good news is I've been pain free all weekend. I'm going to give it another few days but then I'll try to get back to running.
  2. It's been just over a week since I've done my back in. It's been a lot better since that first day but still giving me problems. If i manage to get another run in before the end of the challenge I'll be happy, but I'm going to have to work my way back up to where i managed to get to. Bummer.
  3. I have now run 5k 4 times, getting a little quicker every time. Managed to get down to 39:29 yesterday. All is going wel... Uh oh... I've done my back in this morning. As with last year, it was something utterly inconsequential. Then it was leaning over as i shaved, today i was bending over to empty the dishwasher. I think that's the end of any exercise for at least the remainder of the week, if not longer.
  4. I did it!! 5k in 39 minutes and 57 seconds. Man, that 3 seconds under 40 minutes makes a lot of difference. I am in equal parts delighted and exhausted. Can't even bring myself to do my other exercises, but i think i can miss them just one day.
  5. Bit by bit I'm running further, quicker. Yesterday's run: 4.6km in 35.10
  6. Today's run: 4.3km in 34 minutes. Again thats a rough estimate as for some reason the app i was using decided not to measure distance. Which is annoying. I did get a call halfway through, so that night be something to do with it. Nevermind. i am pleased with myself.
  7. That, may i say, is a lovely kitchen. I am very jealous, but very happy for you
  8. Congratulations mate! I know how shitty it is to be unemployed, so i can imagine how relieved you must be feeling. Definitely treat yourself to a nice cold beer (or 5). What sort of role will you be doing? What sort of company? (if you don't mind me asking. Feel free to tell me to mind my own business 😁)
  9. Zero Week update I completed the programme! So obviously I'm happy about that (although more tired than happy), but also i ran about 120 metres more on Wednesday and today than i did on Monday. Jobs not done yet, but a good milestone nonetheless. I've started doing some upper body stuff too. Nothing too much at the moment, but one of the things I'm doing is https://hundredpushups.com Along with my actual weight, my struggle to do pushups is an indicator of how unfit I've become over the last decade or more. Not saying i could ever knock them out like a marine or anything, but i used to be able to do 10 easily. Now... Sheesh. I think this will do a good job. Finally, and most excitingly, I'm watching BSG again and I've managed to convince my wife to watch it and she's enjoying it!
  10. I think if anything the pandemic is responsible for me not writing the stories. Bad enough living in a world going down the pan without writing about it as well! 😄
  11. It's not just a train thing either: My mum mentioned that she's lost all appetite for reading these last few months and she's retired and absolutely tears through books usually.
  12. I've got a couple of stories at various stages (none beyond 'halfway through first draft' and a few where I'm just kicking ideas about on paper). 2 Post apocalyptic dystopias and something I'd like to think will become a more hopeful sci-fi. They're ideas I've had in my head for a while (years, now i think about it) and I decided just before Christmas I may as well start writing them down.
  13. Another month, another challenge. I'm excited. Zero Week I'm scheduled to finish my Couch 2 5K this week, although it's really more a Couch 2 30 minutes. My first run is this afternoon and I'll hopefully get up to that 30 minute mark. 1. Get that 5k. Pretty obvious 1st challenge, and no real explanation needed. 1a. 5k in under 35 minutes I don't want to assume anything, but I'm hoping that I'll manage to get up to 5k before the end of the challenge. I think i can do it in a time of around 40 minutes, based on my current pace. I'd like to get that under 35 minutes. 2. Incorporate upper body workouts I've been finishing off my runs with KB swings, figure 8s, goblet squats and a few other things. I'm going to try and use my non running days to do some upper body work: press ups, KB Halos, rows. 3. Cut out the bad snacks I’ve done a better job of making my snacks healthier during the day, lots of fruit. But evenings i sometimes have a bag of crisps. Need to try and develop some better self discipline. 4. Get back to reading and writing. Working from home has, for me, been great. I have more time to myself and my work and mental health is better. But one of the downsides is that since lockdown began is I've not done any reading or writing: I used to do it on my commute. Without that, I've not got around to readjusting my schedule. That'll hopefully change. 5. Battlestar Galactica The BBC have started showing it again. A perfect excuse to watch it again. Can I get my wife to watch it? Probably not, but I'll try.
  14. This week I've managed to get to 28 minutes of running, so hopefully I'll manage 30 next week. I've calculated (using google maps) that in this time i cover about 3.5km, which will show you just how slow I am. I'm not disheartened; as I've said before, this is the longest I've run in a long long time (possibly ever?) and it gives me something to work on during the next challenge. At this pace i worked out i can run the 5k in 40 minutes, but I'd like to work to get that down to 35. One minor change I've made is instead of doing exercises on the days in between, I've been doing them after my runs. A few reasons for this. It gives me a feeling of having done a more rounded workout, i get a bit of rest between runs and also it allows me to do some other stuff around the house.
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