I love the Lake District, and I probably love it more off season. This love developed when I was at school in the ‘geog soc’, and there were Sunday trips to go walking in the fells on a Sunday. Of course it was in term time, September to June, so generally off peak and I learned to like walking in the rain, in the hope of brighter moments at some point. Yesterday I overheard my husband explaining to my son that ‘we are a family and sometimes we have to do something because someone else likes it’. Oh dear! Even so we haven’t been an any big walks, just 3 or 4 miles max. This is a view a Rydal water from a hillock too small for a name. If you zoom in on the right hand border you will see this;
It amused me so much. It looked for all the world like these 2sheep were sitting and enjoying the view!
Those of you who know me well will appreciate that I spend more time reading about running than actually running! Also I’m probably easily influenced by what I read. This week I have been reading this;
To be frank it ticks a lot of boxes with me at the moment. It covers topics such as carbohydrate intolerance, aerobic training, fat burning, barefoot running and posture/ gait and stress.
I’m about to go back to work after a month off with stress. I’d always believed that I was a very resilient, coping person, but one day I went into work and a very small problem just tipped me over the edge. I had a complete and absolute loss of belief in myself and my abilities, a sobbing fit and went home. Incredulous but sadly true.
For about a month before this I had lost the will to go running. January was great, I kept to my training plan through rain, snow and darkness, but in February, even when I had the time to run I had just got into a negative mindset and refused, to my self, to go.
Interesting (to me) dr Phil thinks that stress impairs your running performance, aerobic capacity and metabolism. Also that if you overtrain and depend on your anaerobic metabolism that you will fuel this with sugar and refined carbohydrates and that this in turn causes physical inflammation and stress.
Could my training have contributed to my stress?
Once I was off work I turned into a complete sugar fiend. Baking cakes and deserts ‘for the family’ , ‘sharing’ my sons sweets and Easter eggs. The more I had the more I wanted.
I don’t remember how I found this book but once I did I read it and it made sense. I have started the 2 week test ( a very low carb/paleo type diet) and After a couple of bad days found that my constant hunger went away and I lost a couple of pounds in body weight and a percent off my body fat. Now I’m planning to stick with this low carb approach for a few weeks. Unfortunately I can’t weigh myself when I’m away from home, so I just have to trust the process.
Using his 180 formula my aerobic threshold is at a heart rate of about 125. I have discovered that I can exceed this jogging or walking uphill. Much to my sons annoyance I decided to stop every time my HR hit 130 today until it came back down! I’ve toyed with aerobic training before but never stuck with it – it has been too frustrating when you can just run a bit harder and see better immediate results. However now, I have nothing to lose. I’ve hardly run at all for over 10 weeks so I won’t be ready for the Edinburgh marathon. So back to the beginning. If it means a lot of walking, so be it.
i know that fitness seems to come quite easily to others. Is it simply a matter of making the right life choices? I don’t know, but I’m not giving up. I want to look forwards to a healthy, happy, old age, not being in a home or an early sudden death. Oh and a fit body wouldn’t go amiss, even at my age!!🙄😆😆