Sunday, 8 November 2009

Hmmm and hmmmm again.

Well, I'm back hovering around 100kg again, but I really don't mind. I've been running again, and I'm very pleased about that. Not least because on Saturday, I managed to combine it with other things I wanted to do, where in the past I might have just run and left it at that.

Saturday morning, I went for a run around 7:15, and saw a beautiful sunrise. My iPod playlist is just perfect for running, and I've been pruning it for some time now (nearly five years) to get the perfect blend of long, slow songs and upbeat, uplifting... And some plain odd stuff. The standouts this week were Bruce Springsteen's Girls In Their Summer clothes, peaking right at the top of a hill I decided to run up quickly. The dolphins surged right at the top with the song, and I couldn't help but grin. And Pearl Jam's new album backspacer, which is a very, very nice running companion as it's their most upbeat in years and has a bit of a punk spike to it in places.

Anyway, after my 30-minute run, I got home, stretched, changed then took the dog for a 90-minute walk, then got home, changed again and went down to the gym to do some upper-body weights. I tried doing bicep curls with a 20kg weight (44lbs, Fat Fans) and failed, and I like to think it's because I'd already done some sets with 14 and 16kg weights, and done dips and pull-ups. Yes, that must be the reason.

In short, I feel very good. Dog walking gets me out absolutely every day, and adding running to it is making me very happy. Next week, we shall try adding swimming last thing in the evening to that mix, and we'll see where I end up. Probably heavy as ever, but considerably more solid.

7 comments:

Z said...

I'm not sure what a bicep curl is, but if it means lifting most of a sack of potatoes with a curl of your arm, I'm not going to try. I can lift a sack of potatoes, but only because I have to.

badgerdaddy said...

It's basically lifting a weight with one arm, with the upper arm still and in contact with the torso, and the only movement in bringing the weight up toward your shoulder. Ideally they're done quite slowly.

Z said...

And some daft buggers do 44 lbsworth? Jeez. What on earth for?

badgerdaddy said...

It's fun!

Z said...

You're twisted, man.

Bodhisattva Harlem Mama said...

Pearl jam upbeat? May have to check that out. Can't imagine. But then who would be my nostalgic iconic teen angst voice? Maybe I'll just live in the past.

badgerdaddy said...

Sorry, only just saw your comment! Yes, it's quite an upbeat album - check out Supersonic for a decidedly Ramones-ey feel. Well, upbeat for PJ...!