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Lexigent

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  1. Thank you all for your encouragement! So, this week's progress: Goal 1 (fitness): Follow my running plan (3 runs a week) and run the 10k in March (hopefully with an improved PB but that is completely optional). - achieved, I ran 3 times this week. Goal 2 (fitness): Do strength training once a week. I just had someone write me a strength programme that complements running. - still not done anything on that. It has been too busy this week. I'm changing my schedule next week so that should hopefully help. Goal 3 (diet): No caffeine after 2pm. - Achieved!
  2. The first week is over and it's been so-so. I overtrained and got ill and miserable, so I had to take four days off. I still managed three runs but no strength training. But I feel a lot better for it so I suppose it was needed. I had no caffeine after 2pm at all this week and I remembered to do momento every day.
  3. Hi! I just finished my first challenge in the newbie zone, so I feel I'm now ready to join the Scouts. Outside of sports/fitness, I'm a big theatre fan (Shakespeare for preference, but if there are cheap tickets going I will see other things). I like to read, I write a bit, and I really like cooking for people. I listen to the radio a lot (I always have BBC Four audio dramas on in the background when I'm doing my chores). My favourite audio dramas/podcasts currently are Answer Me This!, The West Wing Weekly, The Reservoir Tapes, Tracks, Sawbones, Stuff You Missed In History Class (
  4. So, the challenge is finished now and I think I did alright. I did Start to the Day every morning. I mostly managed to stay caffeine-free after 2pm. I stuck to my running plan and my two long runs (10k/60 min) went well. I let the physio slide a bit because pain levels improved so much I felt I didn‘t need them as much. I have booked for a strength training induction now so I can add strength training to my training routine.
  5. Had a bit of an odd one this week, lots of ups and downs. I‘m doing okay on the running. The plan got fairly intense this week - three runs and two sessions of crosstraining - so I haven‘t been able to fit much physio in unfortunately. The learning from this week is that I am going to try and schedule them for the days where I am at the gym anyway for my crosstraining. Otherwise it just won’t get done. I have an appointment booked for a gym induction to put together a strength training programme for me. I was meant to see the guy who does them today actually, but he wa
  6. Oh hi! Thanks for asking. Things are going well. Goal 1 (running): The training calendar this week was pretty brutal on me because I had a lot on at work, and had to get up early nearly every day, but I managed all my workouts. It's still cold and today was wet as well, but I also did treadmill training this week when it was slippery outside and found I now much prefer running outdoors. Goal 2 (physio): I had a breakthrough with my pain and have started a gym-based physio programme, to help with strengthening the muscles and keeping the pain away. I'm tryin
  7. Grand, I hope you enjoy! We have single-digit temperatures at the moment, occasionally they dip below zero. So not that cold compared to the polar vortex but still too chilly for a t-shirt!
  8. I did swimming as crosstraining this week. I still find it a bit strange because with running, because I've done it for so long I know how to pace myself, I know how I can keep running even when it feels rough, and I know what a "good" or "successful" training run feels like. With swimming, because I'm so new to it, I don't (yet) have that experience. But I noticed that I apply some of my running knowledge to pacing and building up skills. It sounds really simple but I slow myself down when I get out of breath doing the front crawl, and because I am TERRIBLE at front crawl, I'm slowly trying t
  9. Thank you @SkyGirl and @Mindrah. My challenge is going well. Goal 1 (run 51 min or 8.5k without stopping): I ran four times last week. I have completed two runs this week and am now back up to running 5k without stopping. I just went out to my favourite sporting good shop and bought some new running clothes. I didn't have many cold-weather running clothes and I want to start running outside and in the mornings more so getting some longsleeve tops and another pair of warm running trousers was in order. I did a morning run this week and was surprised by how w
  10. Hello! I'm lex. I found this forum through a friend on a journalling site and decided to give it a go. Outside of sports/fitness, I'm a big theatre fan (Shakespeare for preference, but if there are cheap tickets going I will see other things). I like to read, I write a bit, and I really like cooking for people. I listen to the radio a lot (I always have BBC Four audio dramas on in the background when I'm doing my chores). My favourite audio dramas/podcasts currently are Answer Me This!, The West Wing Weekly, The Reservoir Tapes, Tracks, Sawbones, Stuff You Missed In His
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