14 Jan – Hey Fatty Bum Bum

brown and white bear plush toy
This bear sums up my physical state…

As of today, I haven’t run for quite a while, which is not good. I can feel my waistline expanding each day of inactivity.

My list of ‘ailments’ include:-

  1. migraine (same old, same old)
  2. a dodgy hip that hurts permanently
  3. a kidney infection requiring antibiotics
  4. soon to be unfrozen shoulder (I hope)
  5. newly diagnosed very high cholesterol count

I have a feeling that my bod has decided to allow all the ailments in, now that the challenge has finished. Luckily, I do have a fix list

  1. New migraine treatment, which should prevent rather than cure them
  2. Physiotherapy at London Metropolitan with the two heavies Mut and Victor
  3. Antibiotics – 3 days down, 4 more to go
  4. See fix number two
  5. A promise to my GP to watch my diet and we re-test in a month

1-4 not really in my control, but number 5, I have a feeling the chocolate, cheese and rich food feasting over Christmas and New Year may have taken their toll, at least I’m hoping that’s the reason. Or maybe throughout the year my Kardashian kulo was growing due to dairy intake and not because of running muscle gain?

I really couldn’t face doing dry January, nor Veganuary, so am settling for reduced booze, chocolate, cheese, red meat, and doing meat free Mondays. I am now on Day 4 of the new regime, I hope to goodness this works!

Thursday we are meeting our friend Pete for a meal at Foxlow – the master of beef cookery in Clerkenwell. P just donated to my challenge, bringing my funds raised to just over £2,500 before tax relief, so I feel that a bit of indulgence won’t hurt, if it’s red meat just once in a week.

Any ideas for veggie recipes that are interesting, don’t involve hours worth of chopping and don’t rely on cheese or cream to make them tasty? On the banned list are the following:-

  1. Cream
  2. Butter
  3. Milk
  4. Eggs
  5. Cheese
  6. Yoghurt
  7. Red meat – beef, lamb, pork, prosciutto, bacon, sausages
  8. Anything yummy, such as cake, chocolate brownies, Portugese Custard Tarts

I found a glorious shepherd’s pie recipe, but it involved copious amounts of potatoes, butter and cheese. Back to the drawing board JCR. We actually ate lentil ragu and spaghetti tonight- I’m trying to convince myself it was yummy, but in truth, at best it was edible. If it was summer, then no problem, bring on the salads and loads of fish. But winter I crave something comforting and warming.

Ho hum, I think January will involve eating sandpaper, aggressive broccoli and lentils –  fingers crossed that this does the job and my GP doesn’t decide I need more drugs. I have this horror of having the daily pill list 😦

Any positive non cholesterol oriented vibes you can send, would be much appreciated.

 

 

8 Jan – Jan What’s The Plan?

person holding pen drawing on paper
If only I had a plan…

This was what my fishmonger asked me, having expressed surprise that I was still running, despite having met my 2018km Alzheimer’s Challenge.

And I don’t have one – yet. Clearly I can’t run 2019ms in 2019, otherwise last year’s effort won’t be a standout achievement and as I am typing this with a runner’s ailment beginning with a ‘p’, most probably caused by overrunning, then I need a new one.

I have a variety of things to consider:-

I like running – mainly because I can do it

I have kettlebells – vampire kettlebells hiding in the wardrobe, as I have a frozen shoulder type issue and my left arm can just about pick a flower up, therefore one side kettlebell training is not great

I quite fancy a go at boxing (not with people, just a punchbag) – but see above re dodgy shoulder

My core is a soft squidgy excuse of a core and if I had a stronger one then I could be a better runner

I appear to have a running ailment requiring physio

I’ve almost persuaded myself to run a half marathon in aid of dementia in Italy and more to the point invited Gill my running buddy to join me.

Therefore, my ‘plan’ such as it is, is:-

  • get the ‘p’ ailment sorted
  • get the shoulder sorted
  • start doing some non-running exercise as determined by a physio/personal trainer
  • then work on the half marathon training

10th January update – I have now been to physio (big shout out to London Metropolitan University Science Centre), where Mut and Victor put me through my paces, under the supervision of Rafaella. What a find this is, final year MSC students needing practice and bargain basement prices, and a really good session.

I went from Jancanrun to Jancanyelp. Mut and Victor are smiling assassins, first off the shoulder is being treated for an impingement and now I have some new movement; after the pair of them took it in turns to apply friendly but serious pressure. This may mean in time I can put on a bra without needing to adopt the hook swoosh method. The hip has been diagnosed initially, treatment starts next week as I should have booked two appointments this time.

In the meantime, it’s shorter gentler runs for me, so as not to make the hip worse.

Part 1 of the plan is started.

 

 

 

 

7 Jan – Looking for Blue

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and finding only grey skies today. Second run of the year, just going where the legs took me.

London is slowly returning to its pre-Christmas normal. The fake German market huts have gone, the lights are down, but the tourists are still around and an awful lot of post-Christmas runners are skipping around the City.

I made my way through the City and towards the Strand, the pavement traffic was light and I was nicely light on my feet, turning south, I wanted to run by the river. Ooh it’s a bit windy and I am ‘joined’ by a running group. They are four and on my heels, but I have solo ninja power to aid me and I keep them at bay. But like wolves circling their prey, slowly, relentlessly they hunt me down and overtake in a swoosh near Tate Modern. I try to pick up the pace but have a slightly dodgy right hamstring, which having read up on Dr Google is another runner’s ailment beginning with ‘p’. I take a chance to have a breather and read up on this new ‘p’ ailment – it apparently can be due to overrunning (mmm I wonder how that happened), or lack of flexibility (okay hands up).

A bit of random stretching is in order, and I do have a right real pain in the bum – literally. Oh that’s another sign of this ‘p’ ailment. I decide to slow the pace and do a jogette back to base. The only light blue I saw was on the Tower Bridge railings, but my mood is not blue, it was a lovely run and an appointment has been made to see a physio on Thursday.

Playlist

First singles ever being tested.

Ride A White Swan – TRex

How Long – Ace

Living For The City – Stevie Wonder

Living Doll – Cliff Richard

Maggie May – Rod Stewart

Baby, Stop Crying – Bob Dylan

It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me – Billy Joel

Bedsitter – Soft Cell

As Long As You Love Me – Backstreet Boys

The Things We Do For Love – 10cc

Babe – Take That

I’m Not In Love – 10cc

Mississippi – Pussycat

mmmBop – Hanson

Take A Chance On Me – ABBA

Hello This is Joanie – Gary Brown

Changes – David Bowie

The Bump – Kenny

Killer Queen – Queen

Cool for Cats – Squeeze

Keep On Running – Spencer David Group

Life On Mars – David Bowie

Creeping Death – Metallica

Transmission – Joy Division

Hippy Hippy Shake – Swinging Blue Jeans

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Stats

Distance 10.48km

Time 1:07:19

Average Pace 6:25

Elevation Gain 85 metres

Cumulative 16.5 kms (this is 16.5km more than I managed this time last year, so it’s not exactly bad news)

 

 

 

 

 

4 Jan – Thank You For Making 2018 The Best

The text on the slides may be small (no thanks to WordPress who have changed the system aargh), but the support from all of you has been immense, whether it was cash, encouragement, nagging, or any combination of these, you are the people who helped me make my challenge in 2018. As of today, we have £2460 for Alzheimer’s Research (£2700+ with tax relief) and Mr JCR and I will be adding in some cash to make it a nice round number.

This all will help to provide a cure for the horror that is Alzheimers and other dementia diseases. We snuck over the £2400 barrier thanks to donations from Paul and Rachel and my MCP’s.  Thank you all for being my friends, and in true fashion, I finish off talking about the challenge with a song – helpfully rewritten, by my dear running friend Gill (she who left home and hearth on Christmas Eve to run my final run!!)

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Thank you for being my friends

Travelled down the road and back again

Your hearts are true, you are givers of confidence

I’m not ashamed to say

Success is down to C25K

My hat is off, won’t you all stand up and take a bow

And if we threw a party

Invited everyone we knew

Well, you would see the biggest smile coming from me

And the only thing I’d say

🏃‍♀️

Thank you for being my friends 

Thank you for being my friends 

Thank you for being my friends 

Thank you for being my friends 

If it’s support you lack

I’ll be there for you, I’ll have your back

Whatever you need any time of the day or night

I’m not ashamed to say

I hope it always will stay this way

My hat is off, won’t you all stand up and take a bow

And when we all get older

With walking canes and hair of grey

Have no fear, we can give ourselves a cheer,

C25K is the way

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Thank you for being my friends (I want to thank you)

Wonderful women and men (I want to thank you)

On you my success depends (I want to thank you)

To you heartfelt thanks extends (I want to thank you)

Let me tell you your all my friends (I want to thank you)

Thank you for being my friends (I want to thank you)

Some ran with me at the end (I want to thank you)

Encouraged me round the bends

I’ve run over two thousand k

And raised some funds for ARUK

To those who gave generously

I raise a glass (or Yorkshire tea)

🏃‍♀️

Thank you for being my friends…

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Thank you for being my friends (I want to thank you)

I reached my target and then (I want to thank you)

I’ll rest until the weekend (I want to thank you)

I hope my toenails will mend

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Oh yes and today I went for a run – 6kms with a trout and a salmon… 2019 starts pretty much the same way as 2018!

28 Dec – Oops, I Did It Again

Running Forgetfulness

This title is the only thing Britney Spears and I have in common. I did say I’d have a two-week sabbatical from running, but the full-to-busting running kit drawer, seemed to whisper very time I passed it, and so I gave into the inevitable and went for a run.

Before I get complaints from the BBC viewers association or whomever, I did make sure that it couldn’t count towards my Alzheimer’s Challenge.

First off, I ran for 2kms to the doctors had my appointment and then ran home – just on 5kms logged but not in one run, so therefore ineligible for the challenge.

Then I had to go back to the doctors, so that was another 4kms banked. That’s 9kms run in a day and none of it counts towards the Alzheimer’s Challenge, but it did count towards the removal of chocolate and Christmas poundage.

Speaking of pounds – thanks to Alan P, who very kindly donated to my cause. Thanks Alan.

Playlist

I Am Henery The Eighth I Am – Herman’s Hermits

Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

Flash – Queen

Doctorin’ The Tardis – The Flag

I Just Shot John Lennon – The Cranberries

Motorhead – Hawkwind

Angie – Rolling Stones

Delilah – Tom Jones

Elvis Ain’t Dead – Scouting For Girls

Clair – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Genghis Khan – Iron Maiden

Maid Of Orleans – OMD

Oh Yoko – John Lennon

Stan – Eminem and Dido

Stats

Distance 9.35kms

Calories 675 calories supposedly – that equals just over 100grams of chocolate. Just a pity I’ve eaten a lot more than 100g of chocolate!

27 Dec – Beyond The Call Of Duty

Not enough ways to say it….

For 2018, I may have chosen to run alone, but I never ran on my own, there was always someone with me in spirit, from my friends and family to the C25K bunch and the Facebook Beyonders Group.

Often the biggest hurdle to running alone, was getting the impetus to leave the house, especially when it was scorchio in Italy, or when the weather in the UK was a bit meh.

Couch to 5K got me running, and the Beyonders Group on Facebook, were a constant source of support and advice (even when they may not have realised it). From some of the mini challenges held during the year, to injury advice and just general giggles from time to time. Beyonders became another must visit place for me.

Some Beyonders were/are also C25Kers that I knew from when I started running. But two Beyonders that I didn’t know (or maybe didn’t recognise them from their avatars), to my complete and utter surprise and delight also donated after I’d finished my challenge. Andrew & Hilary, please take a bow, your very generous donations have added to the pot. We were lucky enough to go to visit the Alzheimer’s Research facilities in London last month. There we heard that they believe it is a 50 year battle to find a cure for this horrid disease, so every penny truthfully is helping them to reduce that timeframe.

Thanks so much, who says social media is just about vanity?, I feel very blessed to know you both and hope one day to run with you along with Julia – a Beyonders Blitz? (but Andrew you’ll have to take a handicap – could you hop?)

For any runner who doesn’t know about Beyonders – they can be found here

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeyondC25K

26 Dec – Belated Thank Yous

Mr Smooth’s Date Reminder

Mr Smooth sent me his usual date reminder today ‘Get your trainers on and run’ and I ignored him. I ignored the man with the golden spikes. This is my 2 week sabbatical from running, although I do have itchy feet, so it may be a little shorter than a fortnight.

But a day without running gives me an opportunity to thank all those friends who donated to my cause once the breaking news of my challenge completion had been made public by Mr JCR.

So a great big thank you and hug to

Gabi and Carl and Molly, who gave me a second ‘you’ve done it’ donation

Bernadette and Gerard, donating and cheering me on from afar

Neil and Angela, another donation to follow their first gesture of faith from January last

Austin and Chris who’ve followed my ups and downs in sunny Oz

Tailchaser from the C25K Forum, which has been my running bedrock

and Maan, who has been recovering from a horrid London street incident

Thank you one and all, every penny helps towards the research, and your generosity has been magnificent.

Today’s Playlist

Nothing, just joyous peace and quiet

Stats

Distance – 10 metres from apartment to the bins – see how exciting and metropolitan a Boxing Day run can be…

Time – well I didn’t get up before 11am that’s for sure

Average Pace – 2 coffees

Elevation Gain – 0 – I took the lift