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Christmas Gym Thing…

Today I ran for 10 mins.  Not much, but I haven’t been on road for months and with my dodgy knees I reckon I’m going to start doing this slowly.  A year ago I could hardly walk, after mucking up my knees on a glacier, training for Mont Blanc – my doctor told me I probably wouldn’t run again… so I got myself a new consultant… and a couple of months later I finished in a not to bad time at ‘Run Kildare’ thanks to some helpful advice from Ultra Runner John O’Regan… and a course of experimental hyaluronic acid injections in my knees.  I’ve just committed to ‘Run Kildare’ in 2013, so it’s time to get the knees working again!

After my run, I hit the home gym (AKA the 3 kettle bells in the conservatory) and did 20 mins with free weights.

Yesterday I had a fab 3 hours; gym, swim and sauna  with a friend.  That was luxurious, I don’t normally have the time to luxuriate with the nice stuff like that.

Tomorrow I’m climbing a mountain – Christmas style!   Mulled wine and mince pies in a pub in Rathfarnham, walking over the mountains for 4-hours to Stepaside, and more mulled wine and mince pies at the Blue Light.

I’m determined to have fun and relax this Christmas – but I’m also determined to exercise every day.  The most amazing thing is that my attitude to exercise has changed so much in the last year.  I’m not looking at my resolution as a chore, I’m looking forward to it as a celebration.  My body allows me to move – and man, am I enjoying that.  🙂

Mellow Yellow Day on the Liffey

 

L:Saffron, R:Vera

What a stunningly special day.

Started with a bang – a 15k cycle into work, and planned 15k home.   A 30k round-trip, but much needed as I’ve got my first triathlon on Saturday in Kilkenny and I don’t think I’ve prepared well enough.

The best fun was after work, when I cycled down to ATI City Kayaks near the IFSC for my Monday paddle.  I had two special treats.  I was joined by my Concern/Uganda buddy Vera Baker – and I got to try out my new kayak.  A loan from the fantastic marathon swimmer, Fergal Sommerville, who heads off to swim the North Channel on Thursday.  Best of luck Fergal.

My new kayak is yellow, and I’ve decided to call my mellow yellow craft ‘Saffron’.  she ripped through the water like a shark (well, maybe a goldfish)…. and I love her already.

Good friends, good equipment, good weather and good waves…. what more could a girl need to start the week?

 

 

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