Monday, 30 July 2012

The Accidental Runner

You've heard of that film "The Accidental Tourist", well, last night I was sort of an accidental runner.  I fully planned to run my first session of Week 7 (these weeks have gone by mega-fast!).  Walkmeter called for a 5 minute warm up walk, 6 minutes running, 3 minutes walk, 16 minutes running with a five minute cool-down walk.  This didn't stress me out in the slightest - I had just run 18 solid minutes for the first time on Friday, so I was pumped and ready to go!  But when I started out, I must have accidentally skipped forward on the plan because when I got home I realised I had actually done session TWO of Week 7, which comprised of: Warm up walk 5 minutes, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, run 20 minutes!

I suppose it was a good way to get in a 20 minute run - completely by surprise!  It was a good surprise though and glad that I did it without realising :-).

And this morning, I had an even better surprise on the scales.  I've dropped one pound since last week!  Clearly, my low-low calorie intake was taking its toll and now that I've upped my calories to 1623 per day (there, or thereabouts), it seems the weight is slowly coming off again.

Yesterday was also a good day because my son played his first tennis tournament in over a year and came second in his group!  First he had to play a boy two years older and about two feet taller too!  But, he beat him in straight sets!  The second match he lost, as the first match was played indoors and for the second match he was switched to an outdoor court.  I'm not sure if he would have beaten the boy he played, because he was super good, but he probably would have given him a tougher match if he'd been warmed up outdoors.  His third match again he won in straight sets.  I was really proud of him and pleased that he played so well.

This pic is just crazy!  He's actually serving!
I'm off work again on Wednesday and am trying to find something for the kids and I to do.  I've been toying with the idea of walking a trail (it's actually a disused railway line) in the north of the county.  Today I found a map that incorporates part of that trail in a circular 9 mile walk.  It's pretty much a flat trail, and the weather forecast for Wednesday is good - so I'm thinking we might go for it!  Watch this space for pics and sore feet!

Hope you all have a good week and are enjoying watching the Olympics!


  1. Good for you for the 20 minute run! I remember when I was doing C25K, I would get totally nervous about the long runs...and then they would be far easier than I expected!

  2. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who gets nervous before running! I really did think I was alone in that respect - but then I get nervous doing a lot of things! On the outside, I'm cool as a cucumber, but inside there's turmoil! Most of the time, it's because I've worked myself up so much beforehand and for no reason at all!