I will have my porridge, then do a short dog walk. I really want to go to Zumba as missed it last week, and can't do it next week. Zumba is what lights my soul.
Then I shall have a day of rest. Haven't truly had that since last week. I have done a lot of dog walking miles and run every day for the last 5 days. I actually fancy a swim but really do not like public pools.
Sleep and read are the goals for today. Rest aids recovery that promotes fast sleek happy duck.
Shut the kitchen door and put the fruit bowl in front of it.
Running as a sighted buddy with Simon Goodall, blind Paralympian for Goalball
I have added in a screen print of the stats for yesterday's run with Simon.
I chose a park which was relatively flat and open. This then mean't Simon could run freely and not worry about obstructions. Unlike the run around Dinton Pastures when he had to hold my elbow for guidance to avoid falling off path, and potentially into the lake.
The aerial view looks like a trail left by a snail that climbed out of a vat of vodka. There were some dips in the ground which I had to describe and identify for Simon rapdily so he didnt stumble. Small dips we take for granted and automatically change our gait,posture, leg lift, foot plant..but of course he can't see it to make the adjustments in advance. I have to see/speak/describe for him to be able to safely run through. A very big learning curve. I know it's extra tiring for me as I have to talk through the running. Brain, lung and leg training for me. Plus he is naturally faster than me so I have been trying to go his speed and keep up!
We were only doing a "short run" so neither of us carried a bottle of water. Big mistake on two accounts. It may only be March but he heat in the open space at 11.30am became quite intense. do not under estimate the power of the sun at any time of the year! Also, as I was having to speak, my mouth had become quite very dry. The speaking did zap my strength and was probably the energy equivalent of an extra mile. This may also account for my strange lack of oxygen as we did a cool down walking up a hill.
We were due to run 5 miles. Simon wanted his confidence boosted to do his 5 mile run around the Olympic Park on saturday, a massive event. I asked him at various points how was he feeling. He did say his legs were heavy at 3 miles so we walked for minutes, shaking legs, then ran again. At mile 4, I suggested we ease off to walk and cool down as I was feeling light headed! I was sniffing a little, probably due to hayfever induced by tractor cutting grass and Hawthorn blossom. We should have been carrying water! However, we showed maturity of mind by stopping and not fulfilling the training plan. It's not worth the consequences.
I shall do a bigger blog about this as my brain slowly assimilate the whole training experience and adventure.