Monday, 29 June 2009

Something's Afoot

Well, two feet actually.

My two feet.

Being used to propel me forward faster and for longer than I'd have thought possible a month ago.

I took up running.

I know!!! Crazy. Unbelievable. Insane..... and actually really quite enjoyable.

After finally decided that it's unreasonable to continue to blame the size of my jelly belly on just having had a baby (considering Egg will be 3 in three months time -eek!) I thought it was about time I got off my bum and actually did something about it. So running was the punishment of choice.

I started on the Runner's World 8 week beginner's programme (being totally unfit the prospect of running even 1 minute at a time horrified me!) and I'm now up to week 4 and I'm running 8 minute stints (with 2 minute walk breaks inbetween). It's amazed me just how quickly my fitness level has risen in such a short time.

Rather scarily, Kendo and I (he's coming along for the beginner's programme ride which is cool) have signed up to do our first race on the 20th September. It's the 5K section of the Antrobus Cabbage Canter (is that not an excellent name for a run? And you get a cabbage when you finish - extra cool (even though I don't actually like cabbage, but I know a bunny who does)). We've got a month left on the beginner's programme and then another couple of weeks to work on getting our speed up over the 5K. As long as I don't come last I'll be happy!

So, that's one of the things I've been doing while I've been busy not blogging on here. Who'd have thunk it?

The other thing I really need to be doing is this.

I signed up for the Seaside Swap over at Rachel's blog a little while ago (and Rachel was nice enough to let me sign up even though I said I would probably be a little tardy with posting my swap goodies off). I've been thinking about what I'm going to make for this, and I'm going to make a start on some swap items soon (once I've whittle down all the ideas in my head to something concrete!). Watch this space for seaside swappines.


Rach said...

OMG that is fantastic hun, well done you! I've always thought about following one of these programmes myself, but I've always wimped out of it.

You might just be the kick up the bum I need to do it :D xx

kim said...

Yay for coming over to the dark side! You know, its very addictive. Once upon a time, I didn't like running, well, unless it was after something--I did play sports, but the idea of running for miles for no reason other than to do it seemed insane. And now a 5 mile run on a cool morning is actually an event I look forward to (although until summer ends, its not something I can actually do).

Mrs Moog said...

Oh well done! My running shoes are gathering dust somewhere....not sure I could manage thirty seconds now!

Good luck with the race.


Tara said...

Erm, -Ek, how did you know I was mulling over the idea to start running>?

Mandy said...

Running! Good for you. That's so good to read... you'll find running to be refreshing and maybe a bit addicting, too!

We have a Living History Farms race here in Des Moines every year at the end of October, and it's about seven miles. I've begun training already because I know I need it-- I haven't been a regular runner for over a year now and it's time to get back into the swing of things!