|Billions of good guys to replace the bad...|
I swallowed the last two bug-blasters on Friday of last week. It was a beautiful summer day with hardly
a breath of wind, the type of weather I love to run topless through wide open spaces, allowing hot sunshine to caress my body and saturate it with healthy Vitamin D. I'm certainly in need of it at the moment, and all the minerals it fires into life to promote healthy intestinal absorption. I was eventually lured out of the house for a steady three miles of a supposedly rehabilitation run. I was wearing lightweight New Balance MT10GY shoes which are fairly minimalist with only a 4mm drop from heel to toe. In the past I've only used them over short distances but on Friday I'm afraid I got a bit carried away. Such was my joy at finding I could run again.
|My comfy NB MT10GY minimus trail shoes....|
|I decided to do some hill reps - but not many....(click to enlarge)|
I'd a wake-up call at Sunday's Church service when Rev Heather Houlton began her sermon with the words "Are you drinking enough water?" Well, I most certainly aren't - other than in tea, coffee, fruit juice, the odd glass of wine or, quite rarely
nowadays, as a soothing treat of mellow malt whisky. I dislike tap water and, being a Yorkshireman, am far too tight to buy expensive bottled stuff. I've considered buying a filter, but that costs money too, and I'm not convinced it would filter out all the nasties. But Heather's words came along after many other people had recommended that I increase my intake, amongst them my physio, a consultant surgeon, nurses who treated me in hospital and a few running friends. Not to mention all the advice shelled out in the running press that has half the population of modern day runners cavorting around the streets clutching bottles.. In all my marathon training I never carried water though I always topped up with an electrolyte drink at the end of a long run. However, when the question arose in Church it kind of had a divine ring to it and prompted me to give it a little more consideration. Which is why I missed quite a lot of how it tied in with the rest of Heather's sermon!
|My kind of water - in strict moderation, of course....|
|Stepping stones on the way to Mossdale....|
As part of a recuperation process I'm currently piling lots of probiotics back into my depleted gut both
with active yogurt and with Acidophilus capsules from Holland & Barratt supposedly containing 3 billion active cultures. Who counts them? To flush and cleanse the system I'm drinking lots of fluids (even a few cups of water), waving dumbells about to regain some upper body strength, cutting back on coffee to reduce caffeine intake and, when I remember, doing a few stretches. I'm also using the Stick to roll out any knots in my muscles. I find the Stick particularly useful for restoring the length of hamstrings that always seem to shorten when I'm running. Hopefully, I'll be firing on all cylinders again when we motor down to Cornwall on Sunday for our annual two weeks camping holiday at Higher Moor, Crantock. Until we get back at the end of the month no more posts will appear here.
|Waving dumbells about - and trying not to do any damage!|