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Below are 7 journal entries, after skipping by the 40 most recent ones recorded in Peter Sheil's LiveJournal:

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Sunday, April 6th, 2003
9:04 pm
Nervous? Me??
Well in a weeks time the London Marathon will be over and even I should have finished :)

I have done almost no training this year. I can give all the excuses ... it was cold ... I was unsettled by the redundancy on / off situation ... I was worried about the high blood pressure treading from my health check ... what ever. the result is all the same. I'm unfit and I know it :)

I did a short run yesterday and a longer one today (round the block then up to Alexander Palace and back). I recovered reasonably well but couldn't keep on running - I had to drop down to walking for 50 paces then do another 100 or 200 or a few times 300 running paces (where a pace is left and right steps).

I'll try and do 2 more runs down at Cardiff on Monday and Tuesday evenings but after that I'll just rest / have short walks. It's bad but it's the best I can do for this year.

Think of me next Sunday.

I'll try and post again before then, but I'm a bit out of touch down at Cardiff at the moment.

Cheers
peter
Thursday, January 2nd, 2003
11:51 pm
Went to the local gym in Camberley for my induction this evening.

Started off on the treadmill doing a quick walk to get my pulse up a bit (120 ish)
Then went on three different step machines which were all forms of torture :( I had to
get my pulse up to 150 to 170 which it managed to do quite quickly :)
Finally did another session on the treadmill.
Felt quite tired and my muscles were protesting slightly then, as I was standing at the
desk waiting for some paperwork to get sorted out, I nearly passed out. They got me a
chair and a cold drink and looked worried at me :) I was fine after a few minutes. I should
have eaten something about two hours before the session - apparently a cheese and cress
sandwich and a small fruit salad 4 hours earlier is not enough.

Oh well, you live and learn ... well you learn if you want to go on living :)

I wonder how stiff I'll feel over the next two days?

I'm trying to work out when is the best time to use the gym. I think I will go in first thing
in the morning (they open at 6 AM) when I'm using the gym and just use their changing rooms
and showers when I'm doing a road run around Camberley. That way I won't be trying to use the
gym during its busy period (after 5 PM) and when I'm running there I'll miss some of the heavy
traffic on the M25 / A40 / North Circular Road [yes i know it's the A406 but I'm trying to make
this slightly less unreadable for the non-UK, non-drivers etc]

Peace
peter
Thursday, December 26th, 2002
1:36 am
Christmas Day
After all the festivities and a little snooze I decided that "training" today should be a walk around the route I will be using here in north London. So it was on with the new trainers and out the door for a brisk walk.

After 10 minutes I had passed by the pizza shop (free delivery ... but shut :) ) and was up by the town hall, having avoided the piles of rubbish lying on the pavement. Some of the shops here have changed since I was last around - the little photocopying shop, where I got copies of my CVs when I was made redundant in 1994, is not there; the phone shop where I got my first mobile phone (and the owner would make up special connector leads for you) is gone. The only shops open today were Asian run off-licences (for non-UK readers these sell alcohol, cigarettes and chocolates) and grocers.

Next along on the flat, past closes of new houses built in the grounds of what used to be a mental hospital, past the locked and guarded gates into the main complex (which is now mostly apartments) and then a short pause. Not three yards away, over a low wall, stood a fox surveying an open grassy area. He and I observed each other for a while; he suspiciously sniffing the air and backing away slightly while I stood quietly, making calming sounds. After a pause I wished him well and resumed my walk but as I carried on I noticed out of the corner of my eye that he followed me for a while, and when I turned my head he saw that I noticed him. Do you believe in "Spirit Guides"? Last year mine was a stag - maybe I have a new one this year. I must read my book and see what a fox signifies for me.
[Update: Fox:
Keynote: Feminine magic of camouflage, shapeshifting and invisibility
Cycle of Power: Nocturnal, Dawn and Dusk

The fox is a totem that has touched almost every society on the planet. It is a totem that speaks of the need to develop or the awakening of camouflage, invisibility and shapeshifting. It is one of the most uniquely skilled and ingenious animals of nature. It can teach these skills to those whose life it enters.
...
The legs of the fox are adapted to running. There is a tremendous stamina to them, an ability they can bring to others. Their favorite gait is a trot, and it is believed that they can trot indefinitely without exhaustion or the appearance of such. Few animals of a similar size can outrun a fox. Learning to establish a trotting pace is essential to those with a fox totem for their overall health and success.

Animal-Speak The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small
Ted Andrews
Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
p 271 - 277 ]

Since I had spent a minute pausing with the fox I took a slight short cut down a path by the side of the railway line. The path is rough and uneven in places, not a good running surface. When I'm running this route I'll stick to the road which will take a few hundred yards more. There was a light sprinkling of rain and the smell of vegetation wafted freshly over me. At the end of the path I started on the fourth side of the square along the North Circular Road. Fortunately after a few yards there is a path through to a side road with less traffic. The path here is good and rises slightly up to the road junction.

Finally I walked the last few yards along the road and back into my estate, across the car park and into my flat. The total route took me 38 minutes so I guess that makes it about 2.5 miles long. I'll have to see how long it takes to run, maybe tomorrow.

To bed soon now, good night.
peter
Tuesday, December 24th, 2002
11:41 am
Saturday 21st December
Went in to London, to a shop called "Run and Become"

Very nice people. Got out a trainer and then had me run around outside the shop while she assessd my running style (ankle turns inward slightly so I need more support on the inside). Then got two different shoes to try so I alternated between them while she watched and between us we picked my new trainers. I guess I could post a pic of them sometime.

Then went on a retail therapy spree, two pairs of running shorts, a pair of long joggers (with a smoooth sexy feel ... nice), some "1000 mile socks", a runners belt with two water bottles and a tub of powdered drink mix. If I can only run then I'll certainly look the part :)

No more actual running yet ... I'm scheduled to go to a gym near work and get a training program sorted out with them on Monday. Doing some of the stuff there will help my motivation. Maybe I'll try and get there early and work out beore work ... hmm will have to see how that pans out :)

UPDATE: Well the initial session at the gym has been put back 'till 2nd Jan so I'll have maybe one or two runs before then to see how I get on with the new trainers. It was probably a good thing actually as I'd managed to crick my neck on Sunday evening and it still hurt on Monday evening.

Anyone want to give me some emotional boost to keep me at this hard training schedule? :)))
Peace
peter
Wednesday, December 18th, 2002
11:11 am
Tuesday 17th December
1. Have renewed membership of local sports centre.
2. Arranged for session on Monday evening to get a training program.
3. Walked between two offices - about 15 minutes each way - leg muscles are almost back to normal after Sunday's run.
Monday, December 16th, 2002
10:27 am
Monday 16th
Legs ache a bit today - going down and up stairs especially.
Other than that no ill effects.
2:51 am
Sunday 15th
Did my first training run.
Started at the Southampton house and went onto the common and did two circuits of the bigger circuit. I started off doing 5 min kilometers (8 min miles) but by the time I was on the second circuit it was down to 6 min kilometers (9.6 min miles). I guess I was walking for about half overall :( but the speeds when I was running were better than I expected :)

The two complete laps took just over 50 minutes.

My legs are aching now a bit.

things to remember - petroleum jelly
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