There have been lots of updates on the allotment of late and not quite so much on the activity side of life. That’s not to say that nothing has been happening there, just nothing of note sufficiently to talk about I guess.
But, G and I did join a gym a few weeks ago. It’s well stocked with equipment and classes and we’ve spent the last few weeks getting into a rhythm and setting a routine for the future months when training gets progressively more intense. The focus at the moment is very much on enjoyment and participation and after such a long time of nothing, it’s been good to get back to it.
As I told you, a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with a sprained Sacro-iliac joint and banned from running by the chiropractor who has never banned me from anything before (so I really believed her). Not that I needed much encouragement, the pain in my hip after running, even just five minutes, was so bad that I couldn’t walk for a week afterwards. After a month of spinning without too many side effects (other than mourning the loss of my fitness) I’ve been given the green light to run again. Although, only for 15 seconds in each two minute ‘segment’. That 15 seconds goes awfully quick but goodness, it’s wonderful (other than mourning the loss of my fitness there too).
Next to be re-introduced is the session I used to do with Pete on a Thursday morning (although without Pete – golly I miss his sessions). They were great for strength training which I sorely need now I’m starting to get moving again.
The spin classes have been great and have re-introduced that hard, sweat inducing wobbly legged workouts. Although they’re not a patch on Barries classes, they have brought in discipline and a safe space to work hard and push myself. There are also options to do a double a couple of times a week, which is my target before Christmas.
G and I have also started Yoga. It’s a gentle ‘stretch and relaxation’ based class, definitely no headstands thank goodness. It brings some calm into a world that’s still manic at times. And do you know what, I love it! I can also really feel the benefit in my poor beleaguered muscles.
So although it’s a little steps, a lot of progress has been made already. More updates soon.