#SBATOL Update week 4 & 5

The fact that this is two weeks squashed in to one post could tell you it’s going to be a long post but it isn’t.

Not great on the whole move more thing for a couple of weeks – I’ve been pretty active but each time has felt vaguely unsuccessful, either the run was too short, or too slow, or I didn’t bother going, or my knee hurt.

Nothing to write home about.

#SBATOL Week 3

It has been a good week.

I ran a few times – 16 miles total including a 10 miler, slightly by accident, I swam, and I cycled more than I have in ages – 40 miles this week I think.

The cycling included 14 miles of something called “Mountain Biking” which, as far as I can tell, involves a lot of peddling hard up hill for a long time, and then short bursts of hurtling down hill trying to avoid rocks. It was a lot of fun. Certainly something I would like to do more of, though I reckon I would need to lose quite a lot of fear to be any good at it.

I also cycled to and from my physio session on Thursday. Physio was useful again, it’s only a couple of weeks in but my back is feeling stronger and I am moving more freely. I’m not going to speak too soon about it as my back pain comes and goes anyway so I may just be in an easy patch at the moment.

I feel like I have the motivation back to do the long slow running trip at the weekend – the great weather really helps with that! If I have nailed this then it means I need to focus on speed a bit more during the week. The only disappointment this week from a running point of view was that Monday didn’t pan out as I expected and I ended up not running. I was hoping to try for three miles at 8min miles on Monday. That will have to wait till Friday now.


Here’s the summary.

Swim – 1200m
Bike – 44 miles
Run – 16 miles

Coke – 2 cans, 1 bottle
Chocolate – too much
Extra snack – most days again.

This week on #SBATOL

Things have been going ok in terms of actually moving more, since I last updated I think I’ve been out running every week, usually on more than one occasion, I posted my longest run for a while (still way off the required distance for October, but that’s ages away!), I’ve cycled to the office when possible and I’ve been swimming a few times. I felt pretty guilty for not going last week ‘because it was raining’ but I’ve got over that.

I have also, for the first time in ages, seen a physio to talk about my lower back pain and associated issues with not being able to move around like a normal human being.

I went to The Treatment Space which is in one of my favourite Sheffield work spaces – Sum Studios. I saw the very helpful Carolyn who moved me around, poked me, and generally made me feel rather uncomfortable but in one of those ‘a room has to get messy before it gets tidy’ kind of ways.

Carolyn suggested a few things, talked about the fact that generally I don’t move too well, and then stuck some needles into my lower back. Acupuncture isn’t one of those things that I thought I would go for. I am not really sure whether it has any real base in science (shock – the internet isn’t the easiest place to separate fact from fiction here), it still feels a lot like voodoo, but I am pretty sure it helped last week, the follow up exercises have definitely helped and I am very much open to the idea of giving this enough time to make sure it works!


This week in numbers:

Swim – 1200m
Bike – 10 miles
Run – 16 miles

Coke – 3 cans (improvement!)
Chocolate – too much
Extra snack – most days

#SBATOL Summary

In a vague attempt to lose a few pounds, and get ready for the York triathlon I’m bringing back the old, and very short lived, #SBATOL.

This week has been encouraging. Two runs, a (slightly shorter than planned) game of squash, a swim, cycling to work, and generally eating less junk than previous weeks.

The amount of food consumed is still too much, and I’ve tried to reduce the amount of Coke I’m drinking, but three mid-week bottles have snuck in.

The squash was frustrating as my left foot hurt quite a lot every time I stood on it, which made playing squash quite tricky. There were three of us playing last night so while I wasn’t on the court I had a go at a Beep Test (remember those?!) – which proved to be rather hard work but very satisfying. I reckon I’ll give it another go next time I’m off court.

The Friday run (today) was my first outing using Sian’s old TomTom watch – long story short, she lost it, bought a Garmin instead, and then found Tom. It’s nice, so I’m using it. It has the option to set workouts / targets and things like that so I went with a 3 x 1mile interval thing with 0.2 mile rests in between and I started by trying to go at sub 8 minute miles but quickly realised I’m way off that pace. My faster pace was more like 9 minute miles. Still – I ran. It counts.

Anyway – this week in numbers:

Swim – 1200m
Bike – 12 miles
Run – 12 miles

Coke – 3 bottles
Chocolate – too much
Extra snack – most days

I’m on it…

*I actually wrote this a year ago, but who wants to admit to leaving it a year between blog posts? So I changed the published date. I’m still mostly a tub of lard, and still hoping to work on it…*

Here we go… #SBATOL (Stop Being A Tub Of Lard) day one. I know it’s not an original topic for a blog starting point, but I don’t really care. I may get more focused and work based in my thinking as I start writing again, I might not.

But for now #SBATOL day one… things I’ve avoided so far:

  1. The biscuits in the middle of the office
  2. Popping to the shop at lunch time
  3. Saying “yes please” when other popped to the shop at lunch time
  4. Chocolate on the way to work.

Things still to achieve today:

  1. Actually run home
  2. Don’t suggest cake tonight.