I’m back! With the new term in full swing and a sense of routine gradually emerging I have two sports on the go. I bought some new trainers about a month ago as my lovely Merrells split along the top, which was a bit of a disappointment. The new ones are Saucony, and they’re super light, and glow in the dark. You can now see me coming quite easily as everything is hi-vis. I’ve ben doing a couple of gentle 5k runs each week, and my kilometre pace is something between 4:41 – 5:13 which is fairly comfortable. I’ve found a three-runs-per-week training plan on WalkJogRun which will suit me for the moment. It means I can do a couple of night time runs during the week and a longer one on the weekend. It’s probably not enough, but four runs are so difficult to fit in around everything else. I’m probably going to need to do this though, as the training is some early prep for a marathon for next year. I think it’s likely I’m going to either do Milton Keynes or Great Welsh Marathon. Both look fine and are around Easter, so enough time to prepare. I’m really enjoying getting back into running and fitness in general. Garmin have completely redesigned their website and it’s a joy to use now, so I’m gradually adding mroe stuff like weight tracking and might even start to think a bit about nutrition. Post-meal evening snacks and drinks might need some looking at for a start. Oh well.
So that’s the first bit of progress. I’ve also managed to do two Tae Kwon-Do training sessions. I’ve started attending the Gemini Tae Kwon-Do in Portishead, and have really enjoyed both classes so far. This is, like so many of the experiences so far, a long way outside of anything I’ve previously experienced. I was a litle bit intimidated at my first class, as the combination of ritual and precise movement was a bit scary, but yet again everyone is incredibly welcoming. In both classes, after a warm up one of the advanced members did some one-to-one coaching to introduce me to the basics. It’s seriously difficult to remember everything, and I spent most of the first week wobbling around and putting my hands in the wrong position. I did a little practise during the week but probably confused myself even more. It was however reassuring to find that this week quite a lot of it seemed to stick and I’m beginning to take it in. From what I’ve been told, the basics provide a foundation for so much of the more advanced training, so the learning curve might level off, although I suspect that’s just wishful thinking. I’m going to keep going with this and do my first grading at the very least. The rigour and discipline is wonderful, and it’s a very interesting experience.