I don’t know why the women’s health magazines always show ladies jogging or running looking fresh-faced and sweat free, lipstick fresh, pony tail swinging, smiling and often chatting to a pal – because I never quite look like that.
Obviously they’re not running on a treadmill in a small tin garden shed in the middle of a heat wave. Because that shit is not for pussies.
I gave up running for a while because the doctor said I should due to back and hip issues but then I decided that I’m sick of listening to doctors and my back didn’t feel any better after almost two years of not running but I feel a lot better in general if I do run, so I’m running.
I must say I’m not very good at it yet. I used to be a really good runner, I’ve enjoyed it since I was a kid but I gave it up for almost two years and wow do I suck at it now – you really get out of shape quickly. But one of the things I like about running is that you can set yourself a goal then work at it – 5km in 30 minutes or 10kms in 55 minutes or whatever you fancy. So I started with the C25k programme but I do it using the podrunner app which I like because it changes the tempo of your music to walk or run as required and as long as your feet are kind of pounding the pavement to the beat you know you’re on track.
Of course I live in a house the size of a small caravan so my treadmill won’t fit in the house which is why it sits in the garden shed, mind you it only just fits in there as well and I can tell you now that if you know there’s a 42 degree day coming up you have to make sure you’re up before the sun or it’s like running in a sauna.
So I’m up to week 8 now and I can see the slow and steady improvements coming along – I’ll do the gate to 8 programme when I finish then whatever it is to 10 and then get back to working on my 10km time. Back feels ok – no worse anyway.
Hope everyone in NSW stays safe today – hearing some incredible survival stories from Tasmania after the fires there over the past couple of days and hopefully everything will go well here in NSW today where they have the bushfire risk at catastrophic.
Look after your old people and your pets. Chicken Little demonstrates how to ride out a heat wave – on Daz’s pillow with the air conditioner on.