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I'm sure I'm going to come back to this and edit it but I'm bashing this out just to get started.  Comments please as I don't really know what I'm doing  :redface-new:

 

Goal 1 - two strength workouts per week, concentrate on core strength, also working towards being able to do a pull-up, and improve on push-ups.  Pilates core workout once a week minimum. STR 2, DEX 2.

 

Goal 2 - to return to running and hopefully stay injury free - the aim is to be able to do 5k easily again by the end of the 6WC (my subsequent goals are a 10k at the end of Jan and a HM in early May).  In support of this, to do calf-raises and other calf-strengthening exercises as often as possible and a minimum of 3 times a week. To continue recording an average of at least 10,000 steps a day.  STA 4.

 

Goal 3 - to track food intake using MFP on at least four days of the week, aiming for 90 - 100g protein and eating as many vegetables as possible - CON 3

 

Goal 4 - life goals - to keep switching off electronic devices and reading an old-fashioned hard copy book as many nights of the week as possible - minimum four nights per week; and to write at least three old-fashioned hard copy letters to my mum, who has dementia.  Walk & talk with my DSs at least three times during the 6WC.  WIS 2 

 

Goal 5 - declutter old cosmetics, bath products, skin care products, with the aim that by the end of the 6WC I only have products that I actually use - CHA 2  (this wasn't officially a goal in my first challenge but I did quite a lot of it and want to continue, and I also managed to break the habit of buying cosmetics I don't need or even really want, so I'd like to stick to that too!).  

 

Ok, after tomorrow I will be off the grid until Sunday evening - then back with a vengeance!

 

 

 

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Great goals. 1 and 2 are similar to mine, pull ups and running!

 

As you are in London, have you investigated Parkrun? Timed 5k runs, every week and completely free. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are. I started doing it about 6 months ago and absolutely love it. I'd highly recommend giving it a go if you haven't already.

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declutter old cosmetics, bath products, skin care products, with the aim that by the end of the 6WC I only have products that I actually use

 

***studiously ignores the pile of seldom used makeup samples in the bathroom***

Heh, that's a very noble goal, I have a hard time doing this myself. All most of them are doing is collecting dust :(

 

Good luck!

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Thanks everyone!

 

The 5k thing - well, I'm probably fit enough from cardiovascular point of view to get there fairly quickly.  But the big issue is avoiding injuries, or rather niggles that turn into long-term injuries that stop me running.  I need to avoid doing what happened earlier this year.  I was training for the same HM (the Hackney half, it's local to me) and by Jan/Feb I was really motoring, had my long run up to 8 - 9 miles and was loving it.  Then one winter day (really cold and stormy) I was on such a runner's high that when I was about 0.5 miles from home, I veered off-course to add in an extra bit of running.  Bad idea.  I did something to my right lower leg that resulted in persistent pain round the top of my right fibula that went on for months.  Struck after about 2 miles, impossible to run through, felt like the top of the fibula was trying to come out through the skin.  I had physio, then chiropractor treatment, then more physio from a different and supposedly sports specialist guy (eye-wateringly expensive).  Needless to say I missed the Hackney half!

 

So I think I need to be very cautious.  At the moment I can walk/run 5k (4 mins running, 1 min walking), and can run 1.5k to the nearest playground, do a bit of strength stuff and run the same distance home.  I am aiming to be able to run 5k without stopping or walking in about a month's time but not to try increasing the distance beyond 5k for a while.  I would be really grateful for input and views and comments on this though!

 

I did do Parkrun quite a bit last year, my local one is conveniently close to where I run anyway.  Might aim to do it in, say, mid-December, or do a 5k in Finsbury Park, they seem to do women's running series (5 and 10k there). 

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Ah, so you became a Ranger! Congratulations! I'll follow your journey! 

 

Good solid challenge, and I like that you plan on being careful enough to avoid injury! Many times one starts something by "wanting too much in too short of a time" (I know, I'm a specialist in doing so…), and then gets injured or wotherwise bummed out. 

 

And welcome to the guild-spanning sisterhood of declutterers! :D

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Followin along, too. :)

 

I've had similar problems with running, don't have much advice to offer, except that for me, they would usually also happen after running too far on asphalt or other hard surface. No problems after trail runs, but then, forest trails might be hard to come by in Hackney. ;) For me, what has helped, has simply been sticking to a plan of slow increments and doing calf/toe lifts and such. All this to say that I think your approach sounds very reasonable. Good luck!

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I'm rehabbing the IBT thingy, what is working for me are squats and lots of glute stretches. What isn't working for me is the lack of motivation to actually get out there and run somewhere. I'd probably struggle with week one of C25K now and I agree that it's really important to take it slowly and listen to what your body is telling you.
Following along in the hope that your good example will motivate me!

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Started!

3k this morning, run/walk intervals. 2 mins running, 1 min walking. Will stick with this distance but increase to 3 mins running, 1 min walking next time.

Heel raises (10 single leg, 10 both legs) and calf stretches done.

I managed to pull something around my left shoulderblade whilst putting on my running capris. Ffs, do I have to warm up before getting dressed now??

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Started!

3k this morning, run/walk intervals. 2 mins running, 1 min walking. Will stick with this distance but increase to 3 mins running, 1 min walking next time.

Heel raises (10 single leg, 10 both legs) and calf stretches done.

I managed to pull something around my left shoulderblade whilst putting on my running capris. Ffs, do I have to warm up before getting dressed now??

ugh! I hear you though! I feel stronger since working out and yet more vulnerable to this sort of thing at the same time. hope it's just a small tweak!

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I'm here cheering you on!

It's probably a little weird (or a lot weird), but I think of you when my calves are screaming at me that I've treated them poorly. :-)

I've done a mix of those RW calf exercises that you linked to a while back, but inconsistently, usually adding them in at the end of a lifting session (about twice a week the past few weeks). My calves are still the thing most likely to be sore, so I need to work on this. (Though my knees are definitely feeling old today after yesterday's long run!)

I am definitely always nervous about injuring myself. I'm almost at the opposite end of things where I have to fight myself from letting every small soreness keep me from continuing to push myself!

Sorry to talk about myself. I guess I'm just doing it because I'm not at all worried about your progress; I'm already super confident that you will DESTROY all of your goals!

Have fun this challenge! :-)

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Started!

3k this morning, run/walk intervals. 2 mins running, 1 min walking. Will stick with this distance but increase to 3 mins running, 1 min walking next time.

Heel raises (10 single leg, 10 both legs) and calf stretches done.

I managed to pull something around my left shoulderblade whilst putting on my running capris. Ffs, do I have to warm up before getting dressed now??

woot to the run, pants to the shoulder though :-( bad luck!

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