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Family Time, Get It While You Can!

Posted by Tubby Paul on October 20, 2013

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll probably be well aware that I am a very proud father of 4 wonderful children. With my job in the RAF, I do have to spend a fair amount of time away from home, this is obviously time I cannot spend with my kids. When I am home though, spending quality time with my family is very important to me. Now however, I am taking my running more seriously, and I have to fit that in too, when I am at home, usually that involves running in the late evening once all the kids are in bed, and my dinner has gone down! While this is not cutting into dad time, it does cut into mum & dad time quite considerably, which is time I also value!1383714_312335162240076_402196483_n

Imagine my delight therefore when my 10 year old (and eldest) daughter asked the other week if she could come running with me! Of course I was delighted, yes I knew it would mean my run that day wouldn’t be an effective workout for me, but what it did mean is my example is working, my children are seeing a healthy lifestyle and of their own free will emulating that choice! That one question convincing me that when I began this fitness journey 2 years ago, I had made the right choice! 2 years ago, I was horrified watching my children pretending to smoke, now I am so proud that they still want to be like their dad!

So Saturday morning we pulled our trainers on, my eldest pulling on some old leggings and a top, and we went for a little run! We jogged a bit, and walked a bit, used markers like lamp posts to run between, smiling and laughing a mile and a half later we fell back in the door, my daughter sweating but happy!

After showers and banana,  I told her about Parkrun, which I had recently started going to on a Saturday morning, and she liked the sound of it, so we registered her on the computer as well, printed our bar codes, and for her 2nd ever run, attempted her first 5k!

I will admit I didn’t think she would make it, and about 2/3rds of the way round, without some encouraging words I think she would quite happily have quit, but she didn’t! And with a brilliant sprint finish, her first 5k was done!946405_10152303396621978_1008121442_n

That was last Saturday, I was so proud of her, and she of herself, but guess what happened this Saturday…….

Well to my genuine surprise she got up out of bed again to come with me! And once again, she found the middle difficult to keep going, but finished strong in the rain!

We are both enjoying this extra time together, and it really is quality daddy daughter time, I am so proud of her, she is asking Santa for pink running clothes for Christmas, and now wants to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Fun Run next year when I do the half again, well if she keeps doing the Parkrun, she will ace it!!

Unfortunately I am now going away again for 4 months, and I will miss all my children, they are my universe, and the whole reason I am who I am, but Kids, I’ll be back before you know it, and we can all get some more quality family time!


See you in the gym



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Holiday Training – Running at Sea Level

Posted by Tubby Paul on August 9, 2013

I am just coming to the end of 2 wonderful weeks on the Isle Of Wight, where I have enjoyed a brilliant family holiday with my clan, but most importantly, I have managed to stick to my training programme! 🙂

Okay my diet has not been perfect, but I have not indulged as much as I would have historically, I have been having plenty of fruit and fibre, and little alcohol, so all things taken into consideration I consider I haven’t been too bad on the food front.

As for my training, well I am very proud to say I have stuck to my 12 week training plan to the letter, and have also discovered that I now enjoy a little cross country running, which I hated at school!

I really am proud of myself, mainly because I doubted I would do it, normally a holiday would be just the kind of excuse I would use to skip my training plan, then of course I would take a week or 2 to get back into it, meaning I would have lost 4 weeks of my training, and would be a lot less likely to be ready to run the half marathon I am training for, meaning I would be more likely to fail, and I really do not want to fail! I think the support I have already had on twitter, and the fact that sponsorship money has started coming in would mean I would be letting people down if I fail, also I would be letting myself down, as I am really starting to enjoy my new healthy lifestyle, and sticking to it on my holiday has proven to me (and the family) that it is more than a whim, it truly is a way of life!

Have I missed the booze? Not really, no hangover when you have 4 kids is actually a bonus, and have I missed the huge meals out? If I am honest, no! When I do eat too much now, I am left feeling bloated and horrible, which is not a feeling to enjoy at anytime, let alone while on holiday!

This holiday has taught me a couple of things though, cross country is actually quite fun! Getting off the tarmac and onto the footpaths and tracks around the Isle of Wight have shown me a whole new opportunity to my running, although I will need to invest in a new set of trainers, as my zoots as much as I love them are not up to cross country! Another thing I am loving is ending my evening run on the beach, me doing my best Rocky impression in the surf!


So all in all, my holiday has been brilliant, yes I might avoid the scales for an extra week or so, but I know I am well on track with my training for the Perkins Great Eastern Run in October!

See you in the gym,


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Have you ever typed “keep fit” into Google?

Posted by Tubby Paul on January 4, 2012

I have, you get ‘about’ 324 million results, “Healthy living” gives 37.3 million, and “fitness” gives 1,470 million (for people over the pond that’s 1.47 billion, your billion has less zeros than ours, don’t ask me why). 

That is an awful lot of information, from an awful lot of experts, and an awful lot of different opinions! I personally do not have time to sift through all that information, but governments pay people to plough through it, so I went straight to them!

Now the National Health Service, and the Department of Health here in the UK have got together and say, “To stay healthy, adults aged 19-64 should try to be active daily and should do: At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, AND muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).” This advice is mirrored on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services web site. Ok so that’s half an hour a day during the working week on a cardio machine, and 2 weights sessions, should be easy right??

Actually….it should be! Once you look into it, walk the dog for half an hour a day, at a decent pace, result, happy dog, and your aerobic sessions done! Go to a circuits class, that’s an extra hour of aerobic, and one of your strength sessions knocked off, meaning you only then have to find time to do 1 strength session, looks like good old press ups and sit ups and squats it is then, see easy done!

However, this is only a recommended minimum to maintain a healthy life style, I definitely need to do more than maintain!!

Looks like I’m going to have a happy dog AND go to the gym, oh well, the dog won’t mind!!

See you in the gym


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