TubbyPaul

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#OpMassive Afghan Training!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 22, 2013

Well I thought I best give you a little update on how I am getting on out here in Afghanistan! I have been training hard, sticking to my routine, and even though it is only 3 weeks in, I am sure I can see a difference in my shape already! I have had to get some smaller trousers, and the shoulders and arms on my t-shirts are definitely getting tighter! I am hoping that when I head home, I will actually have some shoulders I can actually be proud of, and then I’ll feel justified in treating myself to a Skinny Chimp vest to show them off in!

On the subject of Skinny Chimp, if you are on Twitter or Facebook, give them and the #ChimpArmy a follow, they provide inspiration and motivation every day, and the mixes they put on soundcloud I am sure help me lift more in the gym! I am not connected with the company, just a fan!

So what has my training been? Well I have been doing weights Monday to Friday, broken down to shoulders, chest, back, legs then arms, then Mondays and Thursdays I have been taking Performance Cycling classes, and running on a Sunday. Sometimes I have been squeezing in an extra run here and there, nothing big, just always about 5 km just to keep me ticking over!

I know, that made me chuckle, classing 5 km as “just” and “ticking over” oh how I never want to go back to how I was before, where I honestly believed I just wasn’t built to be able to run! The thought of running just a mile would fill me with dread! And now I am starting to think about preparing for my biggest challenge so far, the full 26.1 miles that is the Virgin London Marathon! Just like when I signed up for the Perkins Great Eastern Half, I am filled with a huge sense of awe at the daunting task ahead of me, but this time it is a little different, this time I am a runner already, all be it I’m no Mo, but I genuinely enjoy running now, to pound the streets gives me time to meditate, to clear my head, there is something primal about it, almost spiritual, so while yes, 26 miles does seem like a bloody long way, I am actually looking forward to the challenge!

I will of course be #RunningForRAFA again, the RAF Association do some brilliant work, but I will write a blog about why I run for them at another time! But if you would like to help me support this wonderful charity, you can do so here!

The trouble is, my work up for London is going to have to start while I am out here, for about the first 6 weeks of my training plan, which means I will have to spend more time in the hamster wheel in the gym, while I find running outside spiritual, running on a treadmill is the opposite, but unfortunately the outside running options here in Afghan are a little limited! I will still be carrying on with #OpMassive too, I’ll be wearing a vest in April as well! 😉

Right that will do from me for now,

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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Holiday Training

Posted by Tubby Paul on July 25, 2013

Well as you may or may not be aware, I am now officially in my training phase ready for my first ever half marathon, the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon in Peterborough, (if you can, please follow my just giving link and donate!) but I am very aware that I need to be ready for it! Now while 13.1 miles is not a huge great distance, it is still quite a big first challenge for me, a man who always hated running! 

I have found a training program on line that I am following, I also have an app called Endomondo on my phone which tracks my runs, and using their website I have just planned out my holiday run routes from where we are staying, so there is no messing around, the routes are already stored in my phone with maps and everything!  I really am liking Endomondo, I do plan to write a full review when I get time. I only have the free subscription, however I really am thinking about upgrading!

So my run routes are organised, my x-train days will be spent on the beach, either swimming or shuttles in the sand, and instead of my usual weights program, I will be doing a body weight circuit of press – ups, burpees, squat jumps, crunches, dips and heel taps, so i should be okay there too.

Yes my diet will not be as good as normal, but our eating habits as a family have changed, so yes there will be some treats, it will not be as bad as it used to be!

The only thing I need to remember now is to pack my trainers, and enjoy my holiday, knowing that it wont have hampered my efforts to run the Perkins Great East Run, and hopefully raise lots of money for the Royal Air Force Association!

See you in the gym (or on the beach!)

Paul

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Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013

Posted by Tubby Paul on April 7, 2013

Just a quick post to let you all know I am now officially signed up for my very first half marathon, the Perkins Great Eastern Run on the 13th of October, will let you know how the training goes!

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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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