I went to the gym again last night and the Slobusfaticus was there. Perhaps he’s been reading my Ramblings as he was drying himself with a towel instead of using a hairdryer. Mind you, probably the safest thing to do knowing there were a couple of lads in high spirits running around when the staff turned their backs.
One of these lads was the same as one with a mobile phone in the gym. I’m sure that’s against the rules, we can’t have people wandering around with mobile phones, try buying one without a camera these days.
Anyway, Slobusfaticus and Mischievous (lads) aside, I had a good workout – running and stretching. The running bit was 7.2 miles instead of the standard 6.2 (10k) which was a fairly gentle run with a few intervals at 9-10mph. Otherwise I stuck at a steady 7-8mph which keeps my heart rate at around 170-175bpm and at about my maximum (220-age = max bpm). Having a fast blast takes me up around 185bpm which I know is pushing it but probably okay for a couple of minutes. Certainly feels great afterwards with a nice dose of Runner’s High.
Stretching is getting easier but now I need to make sure I’m stretching all the right ways. A few lunges, as far as I can comfortably go with a 8kg weight in each hand, is good to hold for 30 seconds. Must read up and blog about that another time but for now let me say I firmly live in the camp of stretching AFTER exercise, not before. I always slowly warm up with a gentle jog and slow run for a few minutes and this seems to work for me.
So, we’ll need to see how Slobusfaticus and Mischievous behave next time!