The last time that I posted on this blog was back in February when I was lamenting my total lack of get-up-and-go.

I sort of hinted that I’d be taking part in a six hour event on Cannock Chase (which never happened) and also the annual A Coventry Way, forty miler about a month later (that never happened either!)

Between February and now, I have done very little – a few easy dog walks (at the dogs’ pace) and little else.

Now, I’m not sure if it is just the lack of regular exercise or that I picked up a bug (negative to Covid) but I have been wheezing a lot and easily getting out of breath. Just running up the stairs would leave me, not actually panting but, out of breath which would necessitate sitting quietly for a while.

First thing that I decided to do was to get some proper quality sleep. I have started going to bed between nine and ten and getting a solid seven and a half hours’ kip before arising to walk the dogs. So far this week (early days) I’ve managed to get out and walk both dogs (one at a time) before getting ready for work.

The second life style improvement is, as mentioned above, to get out, every day, and walk the dogs in a meaningful way. By this I mean to try and walk a bit quicker than just ambling along stopping every few seconds to allow the mutts to sniff something or other.

So far, I am feeling better and am not getting out of breath during walkies.

I have contacted the walking coach at Nuneaton Harriers and told him that I’m getting my sh*t together and gradually building back up which he acknowledges as a good thing. I have also indicated that I may be ready to resume the weekly, Thursday evening sessions at the club – but said that he’d have to be gentle with me !

Looking at my upcoming events, I have decided to re-start parkrun and have picked Kingsbury Waterpark for this coming Saturday.

It’s been a while since I did the waterpark and they have changed the course so that should be interesting.

The next item on the agenda is the Hallows Twelve Parishes Walk. I did book a place on this and, foolishly, picked the forty mile course. I have emailed the organisers asking if I can truncate that down to the marathon distance. It’s about eleven weeks away so I should be able to get enough training in before-hand to get around without too much trouble.

The next thing, I suppose, that I need to do, is some ‘proper’ walks without the Doggies.

Let’s hope I don’t have to wait another couple of months before I can post something about my walking !