Little Changes


I’m always amazed at how quickly time passes when you’re busy with life and how easy it is to fall into bad habits when you’re not paying attention.  I mean, that’s how I ended up being 44 and seriously unfit, slowly eating more than I was burning, walking less and less until one day I woke up 20Kg’s heavier than I was in my 20’s and unable to run to the end of the road.  But the last three months have been pretty transformative and I am starting to see the benefits.

Hard to believe that I have been on this “health kick” for three months, that equates to exercising 54 times in 13 weeks! Looking back at my training diary I am amazed at how consistent I have been, for people who know me they will be aware that I don’t do routine well and it has to be said that I have definitely had to work to avoid boredom in my routine.

One way I have been tackling this is to mix up my routes when I run, heading the other way as I leave the driveway can really change my outlook on the run in the morning and makes it a little more interesting.  Of course heading overseas a couple of times has also provided some much needed variety in the scenery as well as the added challenge of running in the heat.  Given that the Coast to Coast is run in the height of summer this is all good practice for the big day.

I have also discovered that little changes can have marked effects on how I feel after a run.  I was struggling with some knee pain which would also come with a sore hip joint, changing where I ran to a road with a little less camber (well a lot less camber really) helped this enormously.  I also changed from my Innov8’s to an old pair of Vibram 5 fingers I had.  These made me run a little slower and altered my gait subtly which meant that the knee pain has now completely disappeared.  I intend to give the Innov8’s another try mainly because I can’t get 5 fingers in New Zealand (or Australia) anymore and I need to find a pair of shoes that I can run in when the event finally does roll around.

When I started this crusade to get fit, I didn’t really consider the profound effects it would have on my day to day life.  Getting up at 5:45 hasn’t got any easier, but it has become routine.  I’m still not a morning person, but I do feel guilty when I hit snooze and contemplate staying in bed a little longer.  I also never really considered what losing weight would mean, I am not at my target weight yet, but even so I am seeing some changes in body makeup, and I’m going to have to buy a new belt in the not too distant future…

It is still 14 months until the Coast to Coast 2017, which seems like forever and not enough time at the same time.  My fitness has improved out of sight, but I still can’t run for 30 minutes without stopping.  On the other hand I regularly walk/run 10k’s which I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing before I started this and I am starting to hit 5k on my morning run, even with the walking sections of the Couch to 5K so I am definitely getting quicker and the stamina is building.  There is still a long way to go, but I’m feeling confident that these little changes will keep adding up until I am actually fit and will be able to complete the Coast to Coast.  That’s not too bad for a second hand dad…


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