Time: 36 Minutes
Distance: 3.2 KM
Time: 50 Minutes
Distance: 7.1 KM
One thing I have always felt bad about in this event is walking. Whenever I walked, I would go home and mention to my girlfriend that I walked and I felt guilty. There were two reasons. Firstly, this is called RUNHughRUN and technically a walk isn’t a run. Secondly, my housemate once told me I need to declare to people that I will walk some of the distances, simply as he thought if I didn’t it was cheating. Him saying this affected me.
My girlfriend, Mel, is the great soother of my sorrow. She reminds me, that this event is about exercise and getting healthy(PRIMARY GOAL NUMBER 1). Walking a few kilometres each day is a great source of exercise and it’ll burn calories. She also reminds me that ultimately, this project is for me. There are no rules, no one is going to burn me at the stake if I walk and all money is going to charity so it’s not like I am conning people.
So I don’t feel so guilty about walking. In fact, I just checked my runs and wanna know how many times I have gone out and slowly walked(ie under 6km an hour)- 9 times out of 84.
In fact- 68 of my 84 runs have been above 7km/h which is ok jogging speed. My average speed for the 700+km I have run is 7.76km/h, thats a pretty nice jogging pace.
But in the last few weeks I have found myself walking more. There are two reasons. 1) I really enjoy a nice walk. 2) My body needs days when it’s not so high impact. When you are jogging and you weigh 100kg+ (and this is the first time I have ever given any indication about what rough size I am), you can cause injuries to your body.
However, with walking days and rest days, the discrepancy between where I am in this run and where I should be is growing. I need to run 60+km a week and at the moment I am not making it. My body, as I have mentioned before, is also getting accustom to the 8-9km runs and my weight loss has slowed. But I am also getting the problems with constant running, sore muscles etc.
To combat this, from now on I am going to try exercising twice a day. Yep- 2 TIMES. One will be a run, normally around 8-10km and at a normal proper run speed. One will be a walk, 2-5km at a walking speed or perhaps a slow jog. The idea is simple, this will not only help me get fitter and thinner, it’ll also help me build up my kilometres.
On the odd occasion, this walk session will also count as to when I purposely walk a long distance which I wouldn’t otherwise, ie today- I needed to quickly go to work and then home, a total of a few km. So I counted it as I would drive this 95% of the time and today I said to myself “Walk Hugh Walk!”, its good exercise.
Because in the end, this whole quest is about a big man losing weight and getting fit. As I said on my very first post “I am doing this to try get fit and live a happier and healthier life” and walking is a part of that exercise. So although my average speed might not be a blistering pace and although I am walking some of it and not technically running, in the end I AM EXERCISING- and that’s the main thing. Getting off the couch or out of the car and burning a few calories!