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    Originally posted by Janik View Post
    Just went for a run for the first time possibly ever. So not my sport... but all of those are not possible at the moment. Also very aware of a BMI of 27 or so, which is a minor but real factor in survival chances (and not just COVID-19 ones). Only about 1 mile for a first go, but with some hills in it (carefully placed at the start of the course). Did it in 8m51, no stops along the way apart from making space for a woman and a dog. Clearly I need a longer course in future.

    Now to grab a shower and head back to work.
    8:51 for someone who does not run is pretty good Janik. You must have a decent base level of fitness.

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      By 'run', I don't jog or anything like that. I kind of hate it. But I do play lots of sport, nearly daily. Or rather I did up until a week last Saturday...
      I was and am hugely missing being active, and was finding brisks walks didn't get the required level of sweat up. So I got rather concerned about pilling weight on, hence biting the bullet to go for a run. The canine bit of my personality that is only motivated to keep running if there is a ball or similar object to chase after has to go into it's kennel for a few weeks/months.

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        Friday is weigh-in day. Having been sitting at home on my bum most of the week this won't go well. My wife, similarly apprehensive, has suggested we take a quick 5KM run prior to this morning's weigh-in.

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          After a period of doing nothing, except eating badly and drinking, my weight went up over the 15 stone barrier to around 15st 4lb. Then the lockdown was announced on a week which I'd already booked off from work. One period of exercise a day allowed and no unnecessary shopping (and with my asthma my wife has banned me from going to the shops full stop). Gorgeous weather this week in South Yorkshire.

          Result. Dogs walked for 2 hours each day over the fields where I live. No alcohol, no crisps, no late night eating. Scales today read 14st 12lb and hoping that another few weeks of lockdown will see me hit my ideal weight of 13st 12lb. Have to say that am feeling better for it too.

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            Originally posted by nmrfox View Post
            After a period of doing nothing, except eating badly and drinking, my weight went up over the 15 stone barrier to around 15st 4lb. Then the lockdown was announced on a week which I'd already booked off from work. One period of exercise a day allowed and no unnecessary shopping (and with my asthma my wife has banned me from going to the shops full stop). Gorgeous weather this week in South Yorkshire.

            Result. Dogs walked for 2 hours each day over the fields where I live. No alcohol, no crisps, no late night eating. Scales today read 14st 12lb and hoping that another few weeks of lockdown will see me hit my ideal weight of 13st 12lb. Have to say that am feeling better for it too.
            That's fantastic news, keep it up.

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              Originally posted by HORN View Post
              Friday is weigh-in day. Having been sitting at home on my bum most of the week this won't go well. My wife, similarly apprehensive, has suggested we take a quick 5KM run prior to this morning's weigh-in.
              Weight unchanged. 93.7KG.

              Target is 89.9KG.

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                Originally posted by elguapo4 View Post
                Well done Janik, it gets better....honestly.
                Well it was certainly quicker today (yesterday). Down to 8m18, again with one brief dog-walker enforced stop. The time reduction probably mostly down to not being in the dark about how it would feel so not needing to hold back as much. Even going quicker I clearly wasn’t all out as at the end I had more to give. So I scoped out the longer course I had in mind, but untimed and at jogging pace. And in the reverse direction. Will start doing that one on the clock tomorrow. Not sure how the ~200-300 yard long uphill at ~1.5 miles in is going to go...

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                  Combination of Covid 19 (opportunity), Janik (motivation) and guilt (after eating badly last night) saw me venture into the garage for a workout today. Ouch.

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                    Apologies in advance that I appear to be going 100% running geek on you guys. Sorry. Feel free to skip if this isn't the sort of thing you want to hear.

                    But having bothered finding a website that can figure this sort of stuff out, I am oddly compelled to share. Strava et al were bloody good ideas (it wasn't Strava I used).


                    So, I moved on to the new run today. 2.54km in length apparently compared to the 1.55km that the previous loop maps out at. I thought that was very close to a mile (1.56 and 0.96 for those who can't be bothered to convert). Initial set time on the longer run is 14m18. Which is OK I think especially as these runs are far from flat. The shorter one has 37.7m of rise, 17.3m in the first 450m (grade of 3-4%) and 20.4m in the last 500m (grades 3-5%). Today's loop included 51.5m of rise, the same bit at the start and then 34.2m between 1.40 and 2.24km (i.e. over 840m) including one 330m section with a grade apparently of 8% (most of the rest of that at 2-4%). The internal monologue had become a dialogue during that "Oh, come on, stop and walk for a bit" "No, its just a bit further, do it, DO IT" - I managed just about.

                    I'm obviously not good at estimating steepness as I could have sworn the highest grade bit of my run was the first section. I'm somewhat dubious of the mapping data, then. However I should rely on it because looking online about injuries with running downhill too regularly, I need to alternate with a much flatter course, apparently. Boo!

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                      It has been a catastrophy in recent weeks...

                      Takeaway ban now in place, missus bought us a top spin bike (18kgs wheel!) and yoga daily routine starting on 1st of April!

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