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We have spent all week making a Queen Boudicca costume for an 8 year old. We could buy one for a tenner but its just not the same is it? Asking an eight year old if they prefer mummies shield (rubbish) or my homemade perfect spear is cruel i suspect, but i won. The reason? “Because i just cant believe you are able to make something so brilliant” Is that a complement or an insult?? It is a very special Blue Peter monstrosity though!

The running is going slow, in that it hurts and i haven’t done enough. The saving grace is that i have done a lot of walking over the last few days so i suppose every little helps! It is a year long project/challenge remember!!  With my fitness as it is at the moment anything more than 30 minutes of exercise leaves me unable to walk for a week. I class myself as healthy, you have never seen nails and hair grow quicker than mine…ha ha. But i would like to feel fit, to feel fitness and to not breath heavy from half hour exercise!!

Has anyone seen the political advert for the green party? If four minutes of TV can sum up the mood of this country then that’s it!! I see the government are trying to take back (Sir) Fred Goodwin’s knighthood and rightly so, the man got rewarded for failure. We are failed by the MPs who rip us off and by bankers who just see pound notes. The result is that we ourselves, our children and maybe even their children will pay for it, while they get away rich! If you employ a 17 year old spotty kid to sell gas door to door for ten pounds per conversion, you see how many he gets. Not all legit as we have seen on Watchdog more than once. Tell me the difference between Goodwin and the spotty kid??

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It was my birthday yesterday, 29!! The last year i can say to someone much younger that i myself am still in factyoung. With me not working at the moment (touch wood not for very much longer) i have not been falling asleep till the early hours, so being woken up at 7am with presents and cards made me a mardy git, nothing new there then!! More cards later on at my parents, but i think the highlight must be that i received a packet of chili seeds from the One Show that i had sent off for.  Had a nice drink last nightthough so i’m feeling a bit peaky today. Being in the last year of my twenties doesn’t really bother me, i have friends who really don’t like kissing goodbye to their twenties but i don’t see the big deal. I truely enjoyed mine but i want different things from my life now, personal things!

Right its time for the fancy talk, the gonnas and the ifs too stop. Its the 13th and the day i start properly on the long road to competing in the London Marathon 2010. I am not scared of the challenge, the only thing i am scared of is my life proven ability to not see things through. If i had finished everything i started i would not be unemployed right now, but hey ho! I know my failings and am working hard to change them and myself.

Good luck to Sheffield United in the play-off final, although i wish Burnley much much more!

Toodlepip!

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I don’t gamble anymore, but i still love to watch the big horse races, and today was the first classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas. Anyone who watches will know that John Francome is a great commentator and very funny. In one of the build up races they where loading them up when Purple Moon decided he wasn’t going into the stalls, Francome came out with “It only needs a kick up the arse and in it will go, its just being stubborn” to which he was quickly told “you cant do that anymore” Quick as a flash Francome comes back with “Yeah that’s the reason the country is in the state its in” Never a truer word spoken. When someone else said he was a grumpy old sod, his reply was “i wonder who your kids are out mugging” Brilliant !! If you are not familiar with John Francome look him up, he is an ex top class jockey, but is now a commentator, columnist and author. Very funny man!

I now find myself in the month of reckoning, 11 days and i am fully committed to never smoking again and commencing a year long training plan to run the London Marathon in 2010. I am getting more excited by the day, i have had my fill of my rotting away lifestyle. Ill be 30 next year and i don’t intend to be dead or close to dying at 50. 5 years ago i was the fittest i have ever been, around 16 stone, biking 8 miles round trip to work every day and having an active job. I want to feel fitter, to feel more alive to not feel held back by the constraints of being so unfit that when i walk to the shop I’m ready for a sit down. Its pathetic!!

Tonight sees the biggest fight of Ricky Hattons life, his fight with pound for pound the best boxer in the world Manny Pacquaio is a super fight. Pacquaio is a super star, his is currently being hyped up to one day be the future leader of his country Vietnam and who would doubt it. Hatton will have his work cut out but if he can stay in the fight i think his size will show through and he could force a knock -out in the later rounds. Good luck Ricky!!

Toodlepip…

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This morning i was again looking at initial training plans etc and came across a product called hornet juice. A powder that is either added to water or other anti-dehydration drinks that causes your body to turn fat into energy quicker than it normally would. Helps you feel stronger than you normally would and increases your recovery time between each run. It has even been used by some marathon runners at the Olympics. It appears to be legal!!!!  But is it too good to be true? I have googled it and found comments on other posts that appear to say it works. Once i am up and running properly i might order the introduction pack, 4 packs for 9 dollars. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Hope everyone is having a great May day….

Toodlepip

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I fell asleep at 3am this morning, but not before i was treated to TV that can change your entire thought process and contribute to changing your life. I love to be moved by television, i like to cry and i like to laugh, i like to have the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up and lastnight all three happened. Timothy Spall started it off in “The Street” the story of him being a bloody idiot and his wife thinking she is going to die because she has found a lump on her breast. My mother had breast cancer while she was pregnant with me, so anything around that really upsets me. I cant for one minute imagine what my parents went through mixing feelings of having cancer with the birth of their first child. With me being 6ft 6 and 22 stone im sure the fact my mother had a cesarean was a blessing to her.

Next up was Leonardo Di Caprio’s “The 11th Hour” If you haven’t seen it then its worth a watch. A near on 2 hour docu-film that throws line after line at you of how we should be changing to sustain our existence on Earth. We dont have to save the Earth, that will always be here, we have to save ourselves or we wont be on it much longer. Earth has all the time in the world doesn’t it…? It was a film that made you think, time and time again. For example if we had to put a monetary value on what the Earth does for us for free, it would amount to 35 trillion dollars per year, compare that to the fact that the worlds economy is only worth 17 combined it makes you wonder what the hell we are doing. For every one truck load of produce (something that is made) there are 17 trucks of waste. 99.9999% of EVERYTHING that had ever lived on this planet is extinct, and it usually takes the top of the food chain. Its all being ruined by greed, but then again what isn’t? Everything is geared around growth but our host is unable too. Something has to give….

Then there came Dispatches, about the financial crash. We all know about that so I’m not even going to talk about it. £720k a year pension for failing….

Unreported World was about the coal fields in Jakari, India. Where thousands of families have been pushed out of their farming livelihood and through having no money are forced to live on huge burning fields of coal. Living in complete filth and on the brink of starvation. Working all day steeling coal to carry it on their backs up to 4 miles to market for the equivalent of £1, which will feed the family once per day… The coal combusts because it oxidises with the air and this makes it so hot that eventually it sets on fire, creating and pushing sulphuric gases into the air, people are living among this as i write. I cant remember British coal setting on fire for no reason, but then again i suppose its cheaper from India, isn’t it always…..

In this world you are either a person or property, in some places you are both. We have to change to give things other than human beings rights, if we don’t then we will disappear. Material belongings are destroying us, things are the thieves of time. On the documentary it finished off with a quote from David Suzuki a Geneticist “When i began to look back and say, “what is the fundamental bottom line for us as social creatures?” I couldn’t believe it because it sounds so hippy dippy….but it was love. Love is the force that makes us fully human.”

Sorry for flying well off the point of me running a marathon, but i still hope you enjoyed reading……

Everything is still all geared up to the 13th May…

Toodlepip

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Today I have been searching the internet looking for a diet and fitness programme that is designed around beginners; we all have to remember that this is a yearlong challenge/project.  At the end of the day I am 22 stone, if I jumped in and started killing myself I would soon lose heart and interest. I am fully committed to this being a slow start and building it up over the whole year. All efforts lead to the final push, if you haven’t noticed by now I love Blackadder, so visualise the final episode of Blackadder goes forth. One whole year till I go over the top, although I think I will have to jump the trench quite a lot over the coming months.

The only exercise I enjoy is the 3 minutes of disappointing the missus every couple of days. If you are overweight you are much more likely to cause injury to yourself if you jump in at the deep end. As I write I am watching “The Biggest Loser” on ITV, if you haven’t seen it, they have taken 6 overweight/obese adults and the aim is to lose the most weight in the quickest amount of time. Now I’m sure they have experts advising on the show etc, but everything I read points towards not going full throttle straight away. On the show they are practically killing them. One guy who is a good foot shorter than me weighs 28 stone; he has put on 10 stone in 4 years. They are making his physically sick with what they are putting him through; I don’t think this sets him up to carry on the lifestyle change in the long run. I think you have to enjoy exercise if you are to carry it on and enjoyment is not something I notice on the show. They look ready to commit murder. Throw in 2 trainers that look like they didn’t make the marines, but only for failing the personality test then you have everything you need for a programme. Finish the show, lose 4 stone in 1 day and everyone goes home happy. My feeling is that in 3 months the weight will be back on and lifting the remote control will again be the daily exercise routine of choice.

After an extensive search of fitness programs for the large, they all recommended a visit to the doctor for a health check before you start. So I will make an appointment and take it from there. Everything is still all geared up for the 13th May…..

Tootlepip!

 

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After 6 days writing this blog i have found myself onto the Google listings, search “real fat boy run” or “the real run fat boy run” among others and there i am!! Brilliant!! Which means i should now start to receive some organic traffic to the blog, which is the only way it will grow. Starting on the 23rd April my view numbers have gone; 6, 15, 96, 131, 102 and today so far its on 20. I cant really argue with that can i…..?

Today is a recovery mission to get back friendly with my girlfriend, we had a bit of a tiff last night. You don’t need to know the details, but its a long running disagreement between us that usually ends with the same result, me getting a smack!!  To be honest i think she is scared of me losing the 6 stone, being fit to die for and attracting the glares of many more women folk… But i might be wrong so don’t tell her i said that!! I must still be in the bad books because its 1.17pm and i still haven’t had any dinner…..

Depending on how well you know me, you will either be happy or upset to know that the Vietnamese River Cobbler (Pongas) did not kill me. BUT…. I did have my appendix out 3 weeks ago and my other half still thinks its a good idea to punch me square in the belly button. So i do have a pain there this morning, time will tell if its the fish of little motorbikes or punch of little girlfriend. Her excuse is that I’m tall and she is not (i am 6ft 6 and weigh 22 stone, she is 5ft 1 and weighs 6 stone) so when she punches me its the only place she can reach, I’m yet to be convinced. But giving the final words to the fish..It was very nice!

15 days to no more cigarettes and my legs moving for more than a trip to the fridge….

Toodlepip.

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