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#Dolph10k – Training Journal – Week 1

Submitted by on Thursday, 25 August 20115 Comments

The Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 10k adventure race is just around the corner, and I’m working hard to raise donations for GamesAid by taking part in this ridiculous challenge!

With just a quarter of a year to go until the big day, it”s time to start a weekly Training Journal to keep you all up-to-speed on what I’m doing and how I’m getting on. Read on to find out what I’ve been up to this week…

How to help: You can donate right now at my JustGiving page. If you’re in the UK, you can donate £5 by text message – just send ‘DLPH96 £5’ to 70770.

Some of you reading this might be thinking “10k? I do that in my sleep”. Well, let me explain why this is such a big deal for me.

Back in 2010, I decided that I needed to do something radical about my general state of fitness. With a BMI of 32, I was listed with ‘class 1 obesity’, and my blood/sugar levels were severely out of whack – I was on a one-way track towards diabetes, or worse, heart problems.

I changed the what, when, why and way I eat completely. In seven short months, I’ve managed to reduce my BMI to 24, which is classed as ‘normal weight’, and I’m well on my way to acheiving the body I’m aiming for. I am currently stripping away more fat (I’ve got rid of 21kg so far) and adding lean muscle mass.

It is important to note that I haven’t done any exercise to achieve this until three weeks ago when I started my muscle building regime, and that isn’t remotely aerobic. That’s my main problem, and the reason this 10k is such a big deal.

Not only have I not exercised to reduce my weight and fat levels, but I haven’t done anything remotely active for over two decades. I was once super-fit (really, I was), but I’m now a poor excuse of a man.

The challenge of getting ready for, taking part in and actually doing well in what is considered one of the UK’s most difficult 10k runs is daunting, and that’s why I’m asking for you to spur me on by donating whatever you can to GamesAid.

This week has been tough for me – not because of too much training, but because I’ve not been able to do enough. I picked up an injury two weeks ago that is going to take four to six weeks to heal properly, and as a result I’ve not been able to do much. The injury is going to put me three weeks behind schedule, but I’ll pick up the pace as soon as I can.

Running a 10k adventure race, where there’s a sizeable obstacle to get over, through or under every kilometre, requires a combination of strength and suppleness. While I’m not able to run, I am still able to do interval training on an elliptical trainer, and my all-important regime of strenuous leg and body stretches. These are important, since agility and impact reduction are going to be key.

Next week, I’ll start ramping up the training again as the injury heals, so come back for more details on what I’ve been up to as I get ready for the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 10k adventure race.

Please give what you can, and please spread the word. Use the hashtag #Dolph10k on Twitter, and let all your friends know about these training journals each week on Facebook, Google+ or wherever you connect with your people. Everyone you share them with can make a difference.

You can donate right now at my JustGiving page. If you’re in the UK, you can donate £5 by text message – just send ‘DLPH96 £5’ to 70070.