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July 11, 2005

Week 1 training

Wednesday (slow run)
Warm up (bicycle 5 minutes)
Run 5 km (35.30 minutes), speed 8.5 kmph
Total calories burned: 60 + 360 = 420

Inspired by the announcement of the location for the 2012 Olympics, I decided to stop the excuses and start doing some training for my own fitness challenge. Took the run (really more of a jog) very steadily as haven't been to the gym for ages. Everything went surprisingly smoothly all things considered, and felt very calm and relaxed afterwards. Need to get some new headphones though as started to get bored towards the end sans musique. And from what I remember the slow runs start to become horribly long from about week 3 onwards.

Thursday (faster run)
Warm up (bike 5 minutes)
Run 4.3 km, (3km at 10 kmph, last 1.3 km at 8.5) – 28 minutes
Total calories burned: 52 + 301 = 353
Been panicking all day about people I know and care about in London (bombings) and feeling very upset + tense. Didn't really want to tear self away from news/internet but needed to take a break and running helped for a bit. Run was quite hard today, and I developed dehydration type headache in evening. Horrible, haven't had one of those for ages, have quite obviously lost all semblance of fitness.

Sunday - supposed to run 6 miles today. Walked slowly round country park somewhere near Wolverhampton instead. Ate a big icecream to finish (could icecream possibly be classified as carbs???). It was very hot though. Didn't make it back to campus early enough to go to the gym, though Birmingham New Street station has a lot of steps. Tomorrow morning.
Calories burned: 1. Calories consumed: 3 billion and 1, mostly icecream, Thai curry and wine (bloody hell am turning into Bridget Jones, will have to stop with this calorie counting malarkey, v. bad)

Monday (long run)
Warm up: bicycle (5 mins)
Run: 10km, speed 8 – 8.5 km – 1 hour 13 minutes
Run went well this morning, felt good. Legs a bit jelly-like now though. Fixed broken headphones with sellotape so that I could have running music; unfortunately didn't check tracks on MP3 player before I left room, so had to try to run to the dulcet tones of Tori Amos, not easy. Had to stick Professional Widow (that awful dance remix version) on repeat just so I could have a bit of a beat.

Calories burned: who cares? VERY hungry now.

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