My Journey from Fat to Fit

My Journey from Fat to Fit

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I’m always mentioning how many deer I see on my runs, so here’s a pic taken by a friend of a friend on a road where I run regularly. The deer are so tame that she’s actually nursing in the middle of the road.

I’m always mentioning how many deer I see on my runs, so here’s a pic taken by a friend of a friend on a road where I run regularly. The deer are so tame that she’s actually nursing in the middle of the road.

Remember that study that said running more than 30 miles per week reduced your life expectancy? It’s gone through peer review and that claim has been dropped. So I can breathe a sigh of relief. Interestingly, it does say that you can expect diminishing returns from running; just five minutes a day is all you need for significant benefits.

I’m feeling really anxious today. I want to make some major changes and get my life on track, but whenever I start I just feel too anxious to function. Basically, I’d like to hide in bed and wait for the day to be over.

I’m realizing that a lot of my symptoms of depression are actually rooted in anxiety.

I went for a 30K bike ride today. That was a bit farther than I meant to go on a “rest” day. But it was at an easy pace, so I should be okay.

I went through a really hilly section and hit just over 60 Km/h (37 mph) on a downhill. That was far faster than I wanted to be going on my old hardtail mountain bike. It felt like it might suddenly fall apart.

About half way through my ride I got caught in a really hard downpour. It came down so hard that the streets started to flood. Someone actually stopped and asked if I wanted a lift. But actually, it wasn’t that bad. It was a bit fun.

Who changes a marathon course two weeks prior to the event?

Idiots — that’s who. 

A local marathon has done that. Not out of necessity, but because they think it will make a nicer course. I agree that it will, but two weeks? And it’s a significant change.

I’m only doing the half, so I don’t care, but if I was doing the marathon I would be pissed off. Last year I did this marathon and I did several training runs on the course. I knew every metre of it.

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I did Which sport are you made for? quiz that runslikeapenguin mentioned.

Apparently I’m best suited to squash. I have no interest in squash. I’m also well suited to hockey. I thought, okay, that makes sense, I played hockey. Then I remembered that the quiz is British and they’re referring to field hockey. 

It says I’m less suited to shooting, which I’ll agree with because I have shaky hands. But it also says I’m less suited to distance running. I’m not sure why that would be.

Conclusion: somewhat flawed quiz.