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

Starting again

Target time. Because, you know, I have been so good at reaching my targets before…

1 – Complete the York Triathlon. It’s not a long thing, 400m swim, 18k bike, 5k run so completing it won’t be a problem. The only thing in there that I’m not sure about is the transitioning. I can’t remember the last time I cycled 18k on a real bike, but there’s still time for that. The swimming is coming on ok, I’m not fast but 400m is pretty short and a 5k run is fine. But my aim for this one is simply to actually do it. Last year I dropped out as I wasn’t feeling motivated by the training. This year I hope that won’t be the case.

2 – A PB at the Oxford Half Marathon.  Now, my PB isn’t anything spectacular, currently sitting at 1:49 a few years back so I’m hopeful I can beat it, and October is a good few months away but I will be disappointed if I don’t go faster this year. I am a long way off the distance (and the pace to be honest) at the moment, but I’m just about getting back into a habit of exercising, swimming, cycling and running every week. The next step, I think, is to try and cover more miles in one go. Much like the longer bike ride above, I can’t remember my last proper long slow run, and I really know it is these that make the difference in the whole half marathon training thing.

So there we go. A target for July, and a target for October.

Next – work!

As a slight aside – I am loving Gutenberg so far…