Well, since I achieved my main goals then I am thinking less and less about where I am on the fitness scale, and it has become something that I am not constantly talking about. But, I thought it time to review where I am.
My weight is still within the range that I set myself, although it is creeping toward the upper end of that range – which may need some maintenance work to stop it from climbing out of control. This is going to be interesting over the next few weeks as my latest contract will involve some hotel accomodation for the first few weeks as I try and find a short-term let. Hotels spell “DANGER”, as the last few times my work led me to stay in hotels then my weight has balooned out of control, vigilence is needed here, and I am a little nervous about falling badly off the wagon.
Over the last week I have picked up a minor chest infection, leading to a bit of a rattly cough. At the beginning it stopped me from running, although I managed to carry on swimming. Since Friday, though, I have resumed the running – with quite a healthy pace yesterday – it hasn’t been pleasant though, when the rattle gets bad and the resultant coughing starts.
My pace is starting to return to the pre-HRM days, but of course I am feeling much better at the end of the run. I want to start pushing up the mileage, as my dream of a November half-marathon is still there. (Can I believe I am saying this?). As an interim milestone, Alison and I may do the Cancer Research 10k in September.
I caught myself telling a colleague today that I went for a short run yesterday, only a mere 5k – and then realised what I had said. I am certainly changing.
Since her difficult 10 miler at Great Baddow, Alison has been coming on in leaps and bounds. She has been promoted to the upper group now, and definitely belongs there and seems to be improving by the week – it was a plateau breaker for her. I wish I could find a plateau breaker for my running pace.
The swimming still feels very strong, and I am doing 2k front crawl a couple of times per week. I don’t see me improving much more without a proper trainer, but it is rare for me to meet another non-club swimmer in the public lane swimming that is faster than me now. I am mainly doing this now as a calorie burner, as further improvement would require a level of commitment that I can’t give it now.
I had the opportunity to go for a London contract recently, and I think one of the things putting me off was that a daily commute from home would leave no time for a fitness program!