Eventually on the 1st August 2011 I switched Runkeeper from tracking walking to running activities….I was finally running more than I was walking and it felt great! In the space of 7 months I'd dropped from 324 lbs to around the 250 lbs mark and I was now able to get out and run, even if I was still smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. In fact, my routine quickly became get up, go running, get coffee and have a smoke! Sounds mad but at this time I was concentrating on losing weight and getting involved in a serious exercise programme, so giving up the smokes was a challenge for 2012.
In early October 2011, my brother, Simon, suggested we sign up for a 10km race in Northampton. By this stage Nikki and I had caught the running bug and were running 3 times a week, covering 3-5 miles per run and thought this would provide a good target to aim for. It was at this stage Nikki and I signed up to our first training programme with Runkeeper, setting ourselves a goal of completing the 10km in under 55 minutes. My motivational drive changed at this point away from just weight loss and started to focus on achieving a time/distance goal. The weight loss was still occurring but it was really a by product of the amount of exercise I was now involved in and I had re-learnt how to fuel my body.
I know I always knew what was good for me, versus what wasn't quite so good, versus what was really bad for me. Yet I spent a large part of my life constantly fuelling my body with crap, yeah it tasted great at the time but it didn't provide the nutritional requirements our bodies need. Luckily our bodies adapt and it's never too late to readjust what you eat and how much. If I could talk to the old me and suggested that I'm likely to select a roasted vegetable wrap over a steak & chips, I'd be laughing at myself….things change. Sure I still eat steak & chips but in moderation; chips, pizzas etc have become a reward food that we (generally) make ourselves, so we control the ingredients and avoid processed rubbish.
|A quote from Gibson's Running Quotes|
|The Beddington 10km team|
When the gun went off to start the race I got a little carried away and lost Nikki in the first 100 metres and got swept away at a pace I couldn't sustain. We both completed the course in respectable times, I was just under the hour and Nikki just over if memory serves. The look on Nikki's face said it all, I needed to learn to pace myself and also never to leave her behind when I'd promised to run with her. It was great to get a race under my belt, it sort of closed out the year for me personally, I'd proved that I could lose weight and get fit in a very short space of time.
|Running in winter|
With our target firmly in mind, 2012 was going to be an interesting year for both of us………………….