Monday, 14 April 2014

YHA holiday in Scarborough

The last time I went away was in 2008 and that was aboard on my own and a part from me doing the London marathon 3 times and stopping at the YHA twice and Hostel World  the third time. I was in London you can’t call running a marathon and having holiday in the same weekend. So this is why I was looking forward to going away to Scarborough  for a few days it was all last minute but I paid to become a life member of the YHA. I went on Thursday dinner time on the train which I also booked in advance and got it much cheaper. Anyway I got to Scarborough about 2.30pm and the hostel didn't open until 5 pm so I thought I'd would have a wonder around Scarborough so I went for a walk along the seafront and up into the shops which my first impression was that there wasn't much to do or see so I thought what am I going to do or where am I going to go whilst I was in Scarborough for 4days. When it got to 4pm I went to get some food from Tesco and had a walk along the seafront to the hostel which took me over hour and half I couldn’t believe how far it was I didn't remember it taking me that long the last time I stayed at YHA in Scarborough but anyway I got there around 5.30pm and the hostel was quiet, there was a one family and one other person from Holland in the hostel. I got shown where the kitchen was and which room I would be staying in. I said hello to the other chap that was staying in the bedroom and had a chat with him before going back downstairs to do my dinner. Then the family came and sat, chat about different stuff for few hours and then it was to bed where the room was very hot I didn’t get much sleep. Friday I was awake around 8.30am quick look on Facebook on my phone and then I had a shower and it was down to make my porridge and have a cuppa and then get washed up and sort where to go out sightseeing. I went for a walk along the cliff top and ended up at Scarborough castle for a few hours having a look around the ruins and taking some lovely misty photos of the view from the castle then I had a drink and biscuit in the cafe which cost an arm and leg and then it was to Greggs for some dinner and my free cup of tea. I then went to Tesco to get a few more bits and then I had a walk along the seafront back to the hostel. There was another family and wedding party booked in whilst I was having my dinner again it was very quiet. I was trying to decide what to do on Saturday do I go to Whitby or do I go to the dinosaur museum at South bay. I got up on the Saturday morning still not decided what to do and Ellies even drawn me a map of how to get to the bus stop so I didn’t have to walk into town for the bus to Whitby. I set off not knowing what I was going to do and I decided not to go to Whitby. So to start my day off I had a walk around the cliff at north bay got some photos of the view then I decided to get the seafront bus to the south bay as me legs were killing me from all this walking I have done in the past 2 days, it was only £2 and you could use the same ticket for the return journey back to north bay. I got off at the south bay went to find the dinosaur museum and then changed my mind and instead I had a walk around the garden at south bay which took a few hours and then it was off to put a bet on the grand national to get cuppa from Greggs and get some fish and chips from the one of the chippies along the seafront which were very nice. I went for a walk along the harbour to get some more photos of the views from different angles. I then went to arcade and had a go on the 2p machine and won a few things then it was a walk to Greggs for a cuppa while I waited for the grand national to start which I didn’t win and I walked to Tesco to get something for my dinner and then I waited for seafront bus back to north bay and walked the rest of the way back to the hostel. There were a few more people in the hostel and we had another 2 people in the room I was staying in that didn’t really same anything. Then it was time to pack on Saturday ready to go home on Sunday but because I didn’t bring much it didn't take me long and I went downstairs and read my book and played on my kindle. I got in plenty of time had to be out of my room by 10am but I didn’t leave the hostel until 11am then with it been a nice day I had a walk along the seafront which took me about hour it started to rain but it turned into nowt much really I then went into Greggs for my final cuppa before going to Tesco for yogurt and then to train station and back home. Now what did I learn about my holiday away glad it didn't rain as I only had the one pair jean and nothing dry to change in to if my clothes got wet. Second I could of saved some money and took the food I had in the flat rather than buy once I got to Scarborough, I mean cupboard stuff not fridge or freezer stuff so I think more forward planning next time lesson learnt. Did I enjoy going back to basics the answer was YES I know I had my phone with me but the signal at the hostel was rubbish and I could only pick free WIFI in Greggs there was no computer or TV at the hostel I didn’t missed the TV or been on the computer all the time. Elise and Rob where very friendly, chatty and helpful even if you couldn’t figure out to use the gas cooker would I go back to Scarborough YHA again YES I would because I enjoyed my break and loved the log burner.   

Last two week

I have been going to the club on a Monday and Wednesday night just to do the exercises because of my bad ankle and not been doing much running because every time I run my ankle hurts the next day. The two Monday night training session are getting harder doing all these supersets and paired up with another person to try and keep up with each other. Some of the leg exercises such as squats or the burpees I changed did something that wouldn’t make ankle worse the following day. The first Wednesday was the time trial and again we just did a warm up and one circuits and then it was down to Tesco where I helped with the time keeping again on very wet night, we set them all off and then I opted to sit in Rob's pick up to try and stay dry and keep the sheets as dry as possible but that didn’t work and it was wet through buy the time I finished put everyone position on the page. How Steve managed to read it was beyond me but I think there was only one mistake which wasn't bad considering the weather and there was only me and Steve but we work as team. Then the following Wednesday Peter Hunt was asked by Rob to take the session which was very simple to Greg session he took earlier on in the winter we did the warm up then I happened to be talking to Fran which meant no slacking tonight so we just got on did the warm up the exercise were quite hard more like army training. I opted to stay inside as my ankle was getting better and didn’t want to overdo it outside so I just did Paul's session inside missing out the last two 30sec at the end. No more running to blog about as I was going away to Scarborough for a few day and decide to rest from running  

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Sport Relief Walk around Osmotherly

I went to the running club on Monday to do a few more of the good old exercise whilst I can’t run, my foot was hurting me so I modified a few so it was less painful on my ankle. We did a warm up as usual with a few different exercises, then we did 20 min of continious exercise which included squats, press ups and mountain climb. And we also had to do a different exercise on bench when it was our turn. I thought OMG my legs are going to be killing me the next day but they weren’t. Tuesday was a rest day. Wednesday came and it was back to the club for just the circuit training as my ankle was hurting me after walking for 2 days as I had a puncture again in my foot wheel well I again modfiled some of the exercises so it was less painful on my ankle. No running just resting my ankle and watching the second half of the session. Then it was the last Thirsk 10 meeting before the race on Sunday just to finalise everything. Rest Thursday no pub on Friday as I had a busy weekend with a walk planned on Saturday and the Thirsk 10 race on Sunday. I got up early to get my jobs done before I had to be at the BT depot on Darlington Road at 9am to get a lift to Osmotherly where we did a 6.6miles challenging walk that my supervisor Paul had planned for us. The uphill here a killer and the downhill were just as bad we all enjoyed ourselves and raised some money for Sports Relief. My legs where killing me and I was knackered and just had a rest last night I will put a map up and few photos of which bit we walked. So after months of planning the big day was here and no I wasn't running I was head marshal at the Thirsk 10 miles race where everything went like clockwork and everyone, the day included the runners and the sun was out and the rest was history. 

Monday, 17 March 2014

Damn Ankle

No running on Monday night as we were outside behind the swimming pool my ankle is still not good but I did carry on with the squat challenge, sit up and press up challenge. Rest on Tuesday. Wednesday I went to the club where I did the exercises and tried to do my squats and could only manage 15 so I have now given up on the squat as I could manage to do any more I did get to 105 squats, I managed the rest of exercises and i decided to stay in and do a jog which seemed ok at the time but then for 2 days my ankle hurt, so don’t know if it was the walking to work or the jogging in the sports hall I went to the allotment on Saturday afternoon to do some digging and sow some seeds. I went out for a bike today just around Northallerton did about 10 miles I like my bike ride now as cross training. My ongoing healthy plan is working just need to get more organised with what I am having for dinner and tea apart from my nice friend at work who tempted me with a sweet its not fair I can’t have any until Easter. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Monday hard training session

I thought I would go to the club on Monday to do something rather that sit on my backside. Well all I can say that must have been one of the hardest training sessions I have done for a long time. We did a warm up and then I said to Sonja that I would do a different exercises if she did any exercises where I would be in pain with my ankle we did 4 different exercises and we did 3-4 reps of each exercises for 40sec with 20 sec rest we did this for 20min I ended up doing 150 press up and 230 squats plus a few more exercises and legs were ouch for 2 days. Rest on Tuesday from doing the squats, press ups and sit ups. Back to the running club on Wednesday night where I joined in the first part of the session where we did a number of different exercises then I took the second part of the session because Paul was in Japan so he left me the session to me and I added in 2x30sec at the end because we got finished early on the circuits everyone enjoyed the session and I don’t mind taking them these days we did a cool down and Jen took some stretches. Thursday came and it was omg not another 75 squats, sit ups and press ups to do, I am really struggling with the amount of squats we are doing and its only going to get harder as the month goes on I got used to the sit ups and press ups now. Friday was meant to be 80 squats but I ended up in the pub after work with the lads so I had a rest instead and I thought I would do my squats on Saturday. So after been at the allotment for 2hrs doing some digging and tidying up I decided to do my 80 squats, press ups and sit ups which again are getting harder and my legs just feel mashed but I know all the hard work is going to pay off. I decided that now my foot is getting better I would try a 2 mile run just to see how the ankle is and seems to be ok at the minute but we will wait and see what its like tomorrow to see if I can get back fully running when I got back home I did my 100 squats, press ups and sit ups. I also ran with two bottles to see if I could correct my style and try not bend over too much I didn’t realise how hard it was going to be but I won’t give up I will keep trying 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Very good week

After getting my arse kicked last week by a few people, I decided that it was time to get back to the club and do at least some exercise even if I couldn’t do any running at the minute. So I turned up on Monday night at the school where we did a warm-up to start with which didn’t seem to bad. Sonja set out 4 different exercises press up, Squats, Shoulder press and I change the Burpee to hand press up instead, when it came to skipping I just did high knee overall I enjoyed the session was happy to be back. Sonja did say to me I could of picked the pace up on some of the exercises I will take it on board and try harder next Monday. Tuesday was rest day as I didn’t want to overdo it and be out for long. Wednesday came I was looking forward to do the exercise and we did a warm up because it was the time trial, which didn’t help me as I wasn’t running the time trial only helping with the timekeeping. I did have a jog down to the start and got a lift back as my ankle was hurting me and I was cold. I have changed my rest day from Thursday to Friday as I sometimes go out to the pub with the lads from work.  I got my weights out and did some upper body exercises and press up, sit up for 20 min doing 10 reps on each exercise I did 6 different exercise I did this 4 time I am enjoy doing my exercise at home. Friday was a rest day in the Pub for one drink. Saturday came and it was bit of messed up day as I was doing something on Saturday so all my job got done in the afternoon so I didn’t get out for bike ride so did some exercises at home. Well I must tell the truth the Squat challenge is back again for this month as my friend Mike been a bit cocky and said he could do it so I said I would join him as I gave up after the first week in January so just to make it a bit harder we are going to do the same in press up and sit up and I put one extra exercise in called the Russian twist I have so far done 50 of each exercise on Saturday and 55 of each exercise after my 11.5miles bike ride today Lydia and Dan have also join in on the squat challenge let see who give up first.

Update on the ankle

The ankle is getting better not much pain when I walk in to town yesterday so another week and hopefully I will be fully running again can’t wait the stand on one leg at work must of work

#LETJOG14   817.34 left to do 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Got my arse kicked on Facebook

So the start of the week was the same as last week no running and no exercise, but that all changed on Wednesday night after I got my arse kicked by none running and running friends on Facebook. They were straight to the point after I put a comment on saying should I just hang my trainers up and stop running. Everyone told me to stop moaning and do some other exercise other than running like cardio, swimming or cycling to help with the ankle and I said exercise and me don’t go together I also said does sitting on Facebook count and got told no and do some exercise. So on Wednesday night after work I was determined to do some cardio exercise. So what did I do you might ask I did 20 min with no rest with 15 reps of each exercise and I did this four times. I did 5 different exercises. Rest on Thursday. Friday I wanted to see how my ankle would cope with a run so I went out did a 4 mile run around town time was rubbish, ankle was ok until 3 miles where my ankle started to hurt. So did I run too far on my first run in two weeks? Saturday came and my ankle was hurting me so I didn’t want to chance another run so I decided to get my bike out and go for a bike ride. I was wanting to cover 10 miles at least and I did 11.5 miles around Brompton and Fox and Hound climbed a nice big hill on my bike only stopped half way to take a photo managed to get to the top without walking I enjoyed the bike ride. After the week I had to blow away the cobwebs not running has been the biggest problem. So a new challenge for March I am going to try the squat challenge and complete the full month this time along with a few lads from work and Lydia so far unless anyone else wants to join in. The ongoing plan to eat healthy is going brilliant at the minute added more fruit and veg I have now given up crisps and failed on the first as I haven’t got anything extra to eat

#LETJOG14  818.11 miles to do