a few months back I won a magazine subscription to healthSMART from Mrs Woog, some sort of cruel joke as she had all manner of awesome giveaways last year including UberKate jewellery but hey! A magazine subscription! In my year (now ongoing into 2011) of magazine purchasing embargoes.

Then the Boombahs got going and I decided to jump on board.

Then I started C25K.

THEN the beautiful Eleanor bought me a magazine subscription to Runner’s World for my birthday. Cheeky bugger.

Fast forward to this week. I can now run for 30 minutes non-stop and I’ve lost around 6kgs.

The mail arrives and there they are – healthSMART and Runner’s World. Addressed to me.

I swear the earth has tilted on its axis.

BUT – that Runner’s World? SO GOOD.

Here are some things I’ve learnt from my first issue:

– Only increase your output in 10 per cent increments per week.

– Do not go out too hard – you will end up injured and losing enthusiasm (I could feel this happening to me and have realised to just cool my jets and stop being so freakin’ competitive).

– Warm up is important – just 5 minutes of brisk walking gets your neuromuscular system going (ie your brain telling your muscles how to contract) as well as triggering your system to start churning out fat-burning enzymes. And importantly, that five minutes sees your synovial fluid – which helps lubricate your joints – warm up.

All I can promise you is that I will never take up scrapbooking.


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  • You have so inspired me. I’m recovering from a knee reconstruction and on Saturday morning went for my first run in a year. I did day 1 of c25k and even though it hurt, and hurt for 2 days after I was so damn thrilled to have made a start. And after excellent feedback from the physio, post run, I can continue, albeit a little more slowly!!

    • HAH! Go you! And this is what I’m learning. just doing it is a good thing, don’t need to flog myself every.single.time

  • Di

    Oh that is such a relief on the scrapbooking front!! 🙂 (good on you re the running success)
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    • *snort* could you imagine! I’d be banned from Craft Camp.

  • *sigh*
    I miss running. Walking is all I can mange at the moment and even that feels more like waddling. Can’t wait to be done with the pregnancy and able to hit the pavement again! I look forward to hearing how the 10k goes.
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    • One you have pushed this puppy out and your bits are all back in order we can run together!

  • I love Runner’s World. Love it! The best thing I’ve learned from it so far is the importance of stretching AFTER a run. That’s made all the difference in how I feel the next day.
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  • Thank god for that last comment – I thought some body snatcher had taken over your blog
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