Gait Analysis.

Well the couch to 5K program is going well.

I compeleted day 1 of week 4 yesterday.

5 minute warm up walk, 3 minute jog, 90 second walking, 5 minute jogging then  2m 30secs walking, then repeat.

Yes, two lots of 5 minute running!!! I thought 3 minutes running last week was tough, but I did it.

The thought of having to run for 5 minutes non-stop was slightly nerve racking.

But this program is made so that the increases are do-able.

And with Gaga blaring out in my headphones, singing ‘I’m on the edge of glory…’ it kept me going.

I was on the edge of glory, then I got there, and I did it again for the second section. Non-stop running, for 3 and 5 minutes.

Reading several forums and the C25K facebook page, running is majority mental preparation. If you have a positive attitude, you can do it.

I tried and I have done it.

I think booking in for my 1st 5K run in March has really helped me. If I think of having a day or two off, I’d be behind with the program schedule and might not make the race.

 

So today, I had my gait analysed.

I’d bought some supposedly running shoes from JJB sports. They were very helpful in the store and the trainers did feel comfy.

Well, today I went to Ribby Hall sports shop, who proceeded to tell me that the ‘running shoes’ from JJB sports were just a basic trainer, no real support at all.

So on I went to have my gait analysed. Basically you get on a treadmill, and they film from behind, fliming your running technique. (yes, filmed from behind, butt in full view!)

I did warn the guy that I’d never been on a treadmill before, I had images of me flying off the back of it!

It’s a weird feeling being on the treadmill, it just feels as if you’ve no control at all, can’t regulate the speed or anything.

Anyway, I managed it, and as soon as he saw me, he said I had a fairly large over-pronation of my left foot. Basically my left foot turned inwards a hell of a lot. Watching it back on the screen, my leg turned in that much, it actually looked like my ankle had broken!

So he proceeded to get me a few pairs of proper running shoes, that would give me the correct support for this pronation.

And I’m pleased with the results.

A really comfy pair of running shoes, with a colour that means you will certainly see me coming! They will help my posture, and will make me continue this running lark, being as I paid £55 for them! Although that’s quite a decent price as some of the shoes in the shop were over the £100 mark!

So tomorrow I plan to complete W4D2, although, being on a late shift, I’m gonna have to get up early and run before work. Which means running in daylight! I’ve only run in darkness before, people can’t see the beetroot faced, newbie runner in the dark! So I’m gonna brave the daylight, and get the 5 minute runs done again.

I shouldn’t really look at the weeks coming up in the program, because week 5 starts off with 3 x 5 minute runs, and ends on one 20 minute run!!!!

But every week, I’ve looked at the next week and thought, no way. But I get through each week fine. Legs feel like jelly sometimes, and I know that I’ve had a work out, but I’ve done it.

So as others, elsewhere have said, have faith in the program.

And here’s to my Sports relief 5K run in March. A quick blatent self promotion and request for sponsers, any amount would make a difference.

You’ll not only keep me on the fitness/running program but you’ll be helping out people all over change their lives forever.

Here’s a the link to my giving page…http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/andreabarber

Thankyou.

 

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5K run in March!!!

Well, I don’t know if I’m running before I can walk (excuse the pun) but after finishing week one of the ‘couch to 5K‘ program, I’ve only gone and booked a 5K run in March! Yep, an official run, one where you wear a number and supposedly look like a proper runner!

Eek!!!

Although, I have enjoyed this week, and have got along really well with the walk/run program of it all.

Gradually over the next 9 weeks I will hopefully get to the stage of running the whole 3 miles!

I’m easily put off, never really finish anything I start. Hence the booking the race. It may just be the motivation I need to actually accomplish something.

The race in question is the 5K run for sports relief on March 25th. The week before is my last week of the program, so if all goes well, I should have already run the distance.

So as well as a personal accomplishment, I will be raising money for Sports relief, a very worthy cause.

If you wish to donate, my page is here, any donation, however small will be gratefully received.

So hopefully in 3 months time I can come back here and shout, Yay! I’ve done it!

Revision and comedy!

Not two things that really go together, but this is what I’ve got for this week.

I’m nearly finished my Coronary Care Course now. Only one more week to go. But next Monday, our last day, is exam day!

We have an exam on rhythm strips and ECG interpretation, medications and other things cardiac wise. Other people who have done the course say the exam isn’t as bad as you think it’s going to be. That doesn’t really help me at the minute.

I’m trying to revise all the information I’ve received over the last 12 weeks, but it’s hard. There’s so much information. I’ve not had an exam for years and am slightly scared! I wish I had a photographic memory!

My night shifts this week will see me with file in hand, hoping for shifts that aren’t too busy so I can get some revising done.

But to get me through the week, I’ve got Peter Kay to look forward to.

He’s doing two charity gigs at Blackpool Opera House and I was lucky enough to get two tickets today, in the stalls as well! I really wasn’t holding out much hope at success of ticket buying through ticketmaster when they went on sale today at 10am, but I was lucky.

I am taking my friend Lyn, who is arriving tomorrow morning from New Zealand! Lyn is one of my best friends from college days who now lives in Auckland and I haven’t seen her in years.

So after a week of revision, a night out with a very good friend, some laughs and a few drinks will go down well.

Then the exam on Monday!

Eek!

Has it really been….

…that long since I posted in here!?!?

September 4th was my last blog, and that was only a picture.

So whats been going on since then?

I have become a student again!

Coronary Care Course at Uclan University. Every Monday sees me take the trip to Preston to learn more on Coronary care nursing.

I’m really enjoying it, it has come just at the right time. A year after starting work at CCU, I’ve settled in well, and everything that I’m studying is consolidating all I’ve worked with over the last year.

Only problem is now I have to produce 2 essays and revise for an ECG exam! Arrgghh!

I hate essays. It’s all so different from when I did my training. Library and journal searches, referencing!?!?!

I really need to motivate myself to get going. I really need to as the exam is in a few weeks and the first essay is to be submitted early December! Eek!

Half term came and went and saw me take the kids to the tower, courtesy of a win!

And yes, even I walked on the glass walkway. Very eerie and strange that was.

The glass walkway

 

The tower has recently been taken over by The Merlin Group, and you really can tell. There are queues all over the place!

Going up to the top of the tower itself was ok. I think once you’ve done it, you wouldn’t bother again.

But the circus was fantastic, I love the circus. And both my boys, and one friend, really enjoyed it as well. I’d definately recommend the circus. I think we may go to the circus pantomime this year.

 

I’m still going to Blackpool FC matches. Season ticket holding is fab!

After the last few weeks of dismal play, players, manager and fans being in very low moods, the last two games have been fantastic.

5-0 at Leeds was a revelation! Holloway seems to have finally got his team together. We’ve got that many players on the books at the moment, I don’t think he knew who was best to play. But the team that played at Elland Road have it sussed.

Only one change today, and that was forced as Evatt had 5 previous yellows so unavailable today. And the team again played really well. And Holloway actually got his subs right. A super-sub if ever there was. After only 3 minutes of coming on, Kevin Phillips had the ball in the net!

1-0 against Millwall puts us in 5th position, and I’m sure alot of happier fans, not to mention the players and Holloway!

Well hopefully it won’t be two months till I post again, and hopefully I’ll have done some of my essays!

 

 

The Gallery: World Photography Day

I have only just found The Gallery over at Tara’s Blog
I don’t pretend to be a fantastic photographer, but I have, in the last 6 months been trying to use my dslr camera more.
So novice photo shots are the order here.

The Gallery prompt this week was to celebrate World Photography Day (19th August) to remember that photo’s weren’t always available, and sometimes nowadays we take for granted the use of photo’s.

Here’s my attempt.

Kohlmais Mountian

This is a photograph I will treasure for a long time to come for many reasons.

We only came back from holiday on Monday. I won a competition way back in January for a family holiday to Austria. (I am one of those competition freaks!) This is the first time my boys have been abroad and on a plane and 12 years since I’ve been abroad. We were all very excited!

This photo was taken in the area of Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria, on the Kohlmais mountain. We went up in the cable cars, to the Montelino Adventure Path. A walk halfway down the mountain, with stations which involved tasks for the kids to do. And of course complete the tasks and fill in the correct items and you can enter a competition to win a holiday!

We had such a lovely day, and week. Of course the 30 degrees heat helped, but it was much needed family time.  Such fantastic views all around, a wonderful hotel and great family days out. A day, and week, I will remember it for a long time.