TubbyPaul

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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!

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See you in the gym

Paul

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Mud, Rain & Fears – My First Half

Posted by Tubby Paul on October 16, 2013

Sunday 13th October 2013 – Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough

4:45am – Look at clock, roll over and lay there quietly, trying to not wake anybody up, listen to the rain against the window, it sounds heavy!

4:55am – Look at clock again, has it really only been 10 minutes? The rain sounds even heavier, all I can think is I hope it doesn’t stop me getting round the 13.1 miles. I had started thinking of 2 hours, but not sure if I should even think about it given the weather!

5:03am – I’m certain that is the rain easing off, I am so going to smash this, and blast round sub 2 hours.

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5:05am – What am I doing, I can’t run a half marathon, I won’t make it round.

5:07am – Need to stop thinking, lie still and listen to the rain, the sound on the window sounds like footsteps, my footsteps pounding mile after mile after mile.

5:53am – Not sure if I snoozed or not there, but the sound of the rain is hypnotizing, relaxing, calming.

6:01am – The rain gets heavier on the window again, oppressive, aggressive, frustrating.

6:32am – Have I trained enough? I know it’s too late now, but it’s not stopping me worrying about it!

6:55am – Alarm due to go off in 5 minutes, so get up and go downstairs.

6:56am – Kettle is on and porridge is in the pan, porridge and green tea for breakfast, the same as most days, start to think if that was the right choice!

7:10am – Decide I can’t walk down to the embankment in my shorts, vest and an old jumper, mainly as the rain is absolutely torrential, so now it is panic time as I find tracksuit bottoms, my rain jacket and a bag to stash them in!

7:45am – Right, I am ready, I have paracetamol and Imodium to take about an hour pre race, just as precautions! I have a bottle of water, and I’m ready to rock and roll………..too early!

8:15am – Leave to walk down to the Embankment, the weather is horrendous, kind of wish we had picked a later time to meet friends, but I guess we weren’t planning on bad weather then!

8:30am – 2 hours to go, what am I doing, I’m not a runner! Oh well I will just plod round, get to the end and be done with it!

8:45am – Arrive down the embankment, it is wet, muddy, and pretty empty!2013-10-13 08.57.04

8:50am – Look at the weather, the mud, myself, try to work out why I am standing in the rain at this time on a Sunday morning when I could still be warm at home!

9:00am – Take paracetamol & Imodium, eat my banana.

9:10am – Meet up with some lovely people from twitter, chat, complain about the weather, pretend to be less nervous than I really am.

9:30am – The 5k runners are warming up, I am looking forward to seeing my eldest doing that next year! I jump up and down in time to the Zumba music too, as it is really cold!

9:50am – Still chatting away, have told everyone I am going to get sub 2 hours, and am now regretting saying that!

10:05am – Right, time to get the race face on, tracksuit bottoms and jacket into bag, bag checked in. Still wearing an old jumper that used to fit me at my fattest, it isn’t coming home with me today!

10:10am – Head towards the start, a little warm up jog, just to stretch the legs, it is cold this morning!

10:15am – Go into the holding pens, stand at the 2 hour sign, chat with a brilliant twitter friend who is also aiming for sub 2, and to others around.  See the 2 hour pacer, and determine to be in front of him the whole way!

10:25am – The tension is getting so strong now, 5000+ people all held in a cage waiting to be released, lot’s of “good lucks” and “see you at the finish” going around, the rain currently light!

10:29am – Fat me jumper comes off and gets thrown away, goodbye old Fatty me, I don’t miss you one little bit, and the next 13.1 miles will prove you are gone!

10:30am – After a countdown, the starter pistol goes, and………we don’t move! It takes a while to get this many people over the start line, which is why we have timing chips on our legs!PGEG0135

10:35am – I’m out, I’m doing it, I am a runner, I am loving the crowd cheering me on, I feel great, I am being careful not to get carried away with my speed, and try to settle into a rhythm.

10:45 am – Still going strong, running a little faster than I planned, but feeling great, keep looking back over my shoulder, no sign of the 2 hour marker, which means I am well in on my time.

11:00am – The rain has been really heavy, but actually quite nice and cooling, still going far quicker than I had planned to, but still feeling good.

11:15am – Starting to realize I won’t be able to make it all the way at this pace, keep trying to ease off, but keep creeping back up again! Think the average pace is bob on, just wish I could get it a steady state!

11:34am – Half way, in under an hour, I am so happy, and feeling strong!

11:40am – Getting very warm now, wish that rain would come back! right calf and ankle starting to feel a little tight, ignore it and carry on.

12:00pm – Right that’s it, I’m not going to make 2 hours, I am knackered, I drop back on my pace and then have to have a little word with myself,  something along the lines of “That’s right Fatty, it’s getting a little difficult, you might as well quit like you always have in the past, at least you can say you had a go, people will tell you there is always nexc time, but there won’t be a next time will there Fatty, as if you quit now you won’t put yourself in this position again, now come on you idiot, some things in life are not f*****g easy, now pull your finger out, man up and get your arse over that line in less than 2 hours like you know you can!”PGEI0202

12:01pm – Arse suitably self kicked, i pick up the pace again, not to the fast level, but enough to keep me in the race.

12:14pm – 2 miles to go, less than 20 minutes work to do, my legs feel like they are made of lead, they don’t hurt, it is just almost impossible to pick them up! Cheers from the crowd and shouts of “KEEP GOING AIR FORCE!” mean i manage to some how keep plodding, I keep looking back over my shoulder, dreading seeing the 2 hour pacer catching me up, I sooo want sub 2, and the only thing I can do is keep falling forward!

12:29pm – I know I am close, but my legs are grinding to a halt, I can’t really hear the cheers now, not really aware of my surroundings, just know I have to keep going.

12:31pm – Get overtaken by a guy with an emu outfit! Well done on your effort mate, but you did proper crush my soul at that point there!

12:32pm – Not only have I been overtaken by a Rod Hull impersonator, I can now hear the 2 hour marker shouting behind me, there is no way I am letting him past me now!

12:33pm – I can not look behind, I know he is there, I can hear him shouting, I feel like I am in a horror film, trying to escape the zombies, only this particular zombie is a lot fitter than I am!PGEB3522

12:34pm – I’m on the home straight, the crowd are cheering, I hear the commentator make a joke about the RAF, I raise my arms in triumph, I cross the line, hit my watch it says 1:59:55!!!!!

12:35pm – I see my family leaning over the railings, they look so proud, I am so happy, I can barely stand, but I’m happy! A lady takes my chip off for me, and a man gives me some water, god it tastes good!

12:36pm – I go trough the conveyor of people, more water, a goodie bag, a t-shirt, a banana, sooooo good! I nearly kiss the man with the bananas, I don’t think he would have been impressed!

12:37pm – Get my bag, then manage to get out to my family! Lots of cuddles, lots of congratulations, now home and food!post run!

Later that afternoon, I got the email confirming the time on my watch, 1 hour, 59 minutes and 55 seconds.

I would like to thank everyone involved with the organisation of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, every single one of the volunteers, and everyone who stood out in the rain cheering us on, I genuinely enjoyed my first ever half, and the rest have a lot to live up too!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am now officially a sub 2 hour half marathon runner, and I will never EVER again be the fat unfit person I was before, This is a true lifestyle change, and it is working, my children are choosing to exercise, they are choosing to eat fruit and vegetables, yes we still have treats, but it is all in moderation, what ever changes you make, they have to be sustainable, and the biggest change I have made is not to give up when things get difficult!

And remember, I am running to raise funds for the RAF Association, if you would like to show your support, you can here.

See you in the gym

Paul

 

 

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Sorry!!

Posted by Tubby Paul on October 15, 2013

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Post Run Exhaustion!

I owe you all an apology, I must be the worst blogger ever! Seriously, those of you who can fit in working, exercising, family time AND blogging I am in awe of you and have no idea how you do it!

Right, well since I last posted, I have changed from being someone who was hoping they could drag my arse around 13.1 miles to a sub 2 hour half marathon runner! (Yes you read that right!)  I will do a proper post about the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013 soon!

I have now taken part in a few ParkRuns at the beautiful Ferry Meadows in Peterborough, and I am really enjoying it, the last time I went, I was a lot slower though, as my eldest came with me, and bless her she made it, she finished the 5k in 45 minutes, with me as a very proud Dad! She is now planning her training routes and working out when she can get out running at her Mums house too, I am well proud of her!

Oh I ate all my sample box of absolutely brilliant Quest Nutrition bars, again, I will get my review written soon, but safe to say white chocolate & raspberry is heavenly!

Sad to say that with all my running training, plus my shift work while I’ve been up at Lossiemouth, I haven’t taken a single indoor cycling class for ages now, but I’ll get to put that right soon, with regular classes while I am in Afghanistan!

I didn’t tell you about that you say?? Well yes, for the last few months I have been doing the 1000 mile round trip commute up and down to Lossiemouth in North East Scotland, where I have had the pleasure of working on 617 Sqn, the Dambusters, and now I am preparing to deploy as part of this historic squadrons final deployment operating Tornado!

What else, oh yes, well I may have got a little carried away, but as I am enjoying my running so much, I asked the RAF Association if they would allow me to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for them, and they said yes! It is a scary prospect, running for roughly 4 and a half hours non stop, I have a lot to do to get ready for it, including how to fuel myself around the run! I am going to experiment with gels I think, if anyone has any brands or flavours they would recommend, let me know please!  I am hoping to raise a lot of money for RAFA, so please support if you can.

Right, that’ll do for now, I’ll TRY not to take so long for my next post, but I’m not promising!

See you in the gym,

Paul

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 4, 2012

For several months now, we have not had anything “white” in our house! This mainly started as a necessity when my other half again suffered with gestational diabetes, so to help her manage the condition using diet alone (which we did, all the way to the end,) we ditched the white processed products, and changed our habits.

Brown rice, wholemeal pasta and whole grain bread have been topping the shopping list, with the sizes of our portions getting cut dramatically.  The composition of the meal has also changed, no longer a big pile of stodgy carbs, just a tiny amount of carbs will do the trick, especially for our evening meal, sometimes having no carbs at all!

Well over the last few days, for several reasons, I have eaten more white bread and processed food than I have in a very long time! It has left me feeling sluggish and bloated, I am all bunged up too, and I don’t mean my nose!

Excuses? Well I could make several, not wanting to cause a fuss or offend people we have been visiting when they make me food, this is an excuse I do agree with, all be it not too often! That doesn’t account for when I ended up in rotten Ronnie’s (McDonald’s) and instead of trying to pick out some sort of healthyish option I went for a large Big-Mac meal with a shake! Not ever so good for me is it! Lets just say I am not looking forward to my weigh in on Tuesday!

So no, like me being fat in the first place, there is no one to blame apart from myself! Another thing that hasn’t helped is the fact I haven’t been drinking enough water either, something I have worked hard at doing for the last few months! It’s amazing how just 3 days of laziness can make you feel so bad!

So enough is enough today, time to reset, and re-kick start my healthy eating! I am going to beat this flab if it kills me!!

See you in the gym,

Paul

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Men in Tights – Running Tights a Review

Posted by Tubby Paul on October 30, 2012

Well the weather has changed, that’s for sure, and it has made me want to wear tights! Not in a Superman or Robin Hood style, but running tights to stop the wind from chilling my legs so bad!

I opted for a pair  Karrimor Mens Running Tights, this is the official blurb…

Tights“Run further and faster than before in the Karrimor Running Tights designed with an elasticated, inner draw pull waistband for a secure and comfortable fit coupled with a 2 mesh panels for breathability and a reflective strip on each side to provide low light visibility. The mens full length running tights also feature zipped up bottoms with reflective strips and a small zipped back pocket with the Karrimor logo for small essentials.

> Mens running tights
> Reflective strips
> Karrimor logos
> Elasticated draw pull waistband
> Zipped bottoms
> 2 mesh panels
> Small zipped back pocket
> 93% polyester / 7% elastane
> Machine washable”

Now this is my first pair of running tights, so I have nothing to compare them too, but I will tell you what I think! The first thing I noticed, (as did my better half,) these tights leave NOTHING to the imagination! These are not a clothes choice for the self conscious, that said, they are not quite obscene, however I wouldn’t wear them on the school run!
I have worn these for a couple of runs now, the first one was on a very cold and windy day, as I came out of the cover onto the river bank, the cold wind came across the fields, and yes I could feel the sweat being wicked away from my legs, and a definite cooling effect, but, my legs did not get cold! Had I been in my shorts, I know I would have had stinging thighs at that point!

Another advantage of these tights, well, if like me you are carrying a little too much weight, there might not be a great deal of breathing space between your inner thighs, now vaseline is my usual fix, but with these tights, as I guess with any long and tight-fitting leg wear, there has been no need! That is a very big plus as far as I’m concerned!

The small pocket sits just at the top of your bum, and fits a smart phone and your key easily and securely, and lets face it what more do you need to take with you?

Overall I would say these are a comfortable and practical solution to my winter running needs, and as such they get a belly rating of 4 out of 5!

See you in the gym,
Paul

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Thyroid still playing up!

Posted by Tubby Paul on September 5, 2012

So I went to the doctors today to get my blood test results for my latest thyroid function test, and I am still under active, but a lot less under active than I was!   The Doc was quite happy with how I’m doing, and was impressed that I am managing to lose the weight even though my thyroid is still playing up, but I do feel loads better than I did a few months ago, so as long as I can keep the motivation up for the running and gym work, I will get there!
That said, did treat myself to some lovely cheeses the other night, and a very nice loaf of bread, so have had some supper treats I shouldnt have, but they were a one-off!

Anyway, just wanted to let you know what the docs had said!
See you in the gym,

Paul

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Couch to 5km in 4 weeks!

Posted by Tubby Paul on August 31, 2012

Let me just get a few things clear at the start of this post, this is not a training programme, I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert in anything to do with fitness or nutrition or medical stuff, in fact I’m not exactly what you would call an expert in anything really, and I can not, nor would not advise you to follow what I have done without making your own mind up! I am not going to tell you what to do, I have no magic wand to wave that will make it happen, all I can do is tell you about me, and how I have done it!

As you may or may not be aware, I am fat! I have always had a weight issue, mainly because I love eating, I love food, pretty much all food, and in large quantities! I also did not exercise very much… (For very much read not at all!) I have tried to give myself a kick up the arse needed a few times, but with little success, so what did I do differently this time I hear you ask?

The Problem
Well….It all started with a holiday, my holiday, my annual family holiday to the Isle of Wight, we go every year, and this year, I really indulged! We had used an online supermarket to order our food, and it was delivered just after we arrived, what became immediately apparent was that we had over ordered, A LOT! We had so much bacon it was unbelievable, but it had been on a very good special offer! Crisps too, had been on another fantastic offer, well you sense the theme now I’m sure, there was lots of naughty food, and I ate most of it!

The size of my problem was not obvious until the Monday morning after our holiday, when as usual, I wake up before the rest of the house, sneaking round in the dark trying not to wake everyone up as I get ready for work, everything going to plan until I go to do my trousers up….

….WOW they are tight, but they do do up! Just!

The Solution
Yes I have the fortunate position of not having to pay for my work clothes, but there is a little bit of pride that is making me not go to stores and change my trousers for the next waist size up! Yes they would be more comfortable, and yes they would probably hang better and look smarter, but I refuse! There is only one thing to do, and that is to shift some of this flab!

Step 1
New Shoes, my old trainer’s god rest their souls had been around for a while, (15 years aprox!) and had just recently been binned after a Mediterranean fishing trip involving standing in defrosted prawn juice, as they were no longer in a state where I could take them into a building! So I took myself off to Advance Performance in Peterborough. There I had quite an informative and a very interesting 30 or 40 minutes, that involved me being videoed with my jeans rolled up, running on a treadmill! Now this is not some new fetish thing, I hope, but GAIT ANALYSIS basically they do some fancy things measuring how you roll your feet when you run, they can then work out what type of support you need from a trainer, and after trying on several pairs, a bit more videoing, and a few laps of the car park, I settled on a pair of Zoot Men’s Ultra Kalani 2.0 shoes, and have never looked back!
Step 2
Start off slow, I got on the running machine got it up to a slow jog pace and plodded as long as I could, about 12 minutes! And I went to the gym every week day. I would sit on the exercise bike for 20 minutes then get on the runner and go for as long as I could, every day it got a little bit longer!
Step 3
Set a target. My first target was to run for 30 minutes. I was over the moon when I managed this, yes it had been a slow plod, but I had plodded for a whole half an hour! This was a great achievement for me!
Step 4
Find distractions. I was very lucky to nearly always have the gym to myself, so had the running machine in front of the television and could choose what I wanted to watch! I would normally choose a comedy show; QI is a favourite, something to take my mind off what I was actually doing! I now have to use a different gym, and this one is busier, so my little MP3 player has come out, it was prodigy yesterday that powered me to my 5 km!
Step 5
Pick up the pace. All I did once knock up the pace by 0.1 kph every day or so. This soon adds up, but is barely noticeable to the body!
And that’s about it! Wait I hear you cry, you’re not at 5 km yet, you can’t finish there!!
Well you’re right of course, and that’s because when I ran 5 km yesterday, I actually had no intention of doing so, I got on the machine to run my 30 minutes, put prodigy on my headphones loud and started plodding, at 20 minutes I felt quite fresh still, and it was at that moment I decided right, lets go, lets see if I can make it to 5 km, and I did! Yes I know 40 minutes for 5 km is slow, but when you compare it to what I was doing 4 weeks ago?
I for one am over the moon, and it just goes to show that if I can do it anyone can! The first session is hard to reach, the second even harder, but after that it becomes easier! I still do NOT like running, however I love the feeling running gives me when I hit another target, and just gaining a tiny bit every day gives you a boost every single day!
See you in the gym,
Paul

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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

Paul

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