New Shoes

Last week was very busy and very energetic. I got back to my exercise regime and my goodness the difference it made to my mood. All in all, I did two home workouts and then swam twice in the UEA pool. I also walked into town a couple of times and not at my usual slow pace either.

In all honesty, I can't say the exercise has upped my energy levels because when I went into work on Friday I needed matchsticks to keep my eyes open. After a few weeks of scatty sleep patterns, I've been sleeping very well again. 

On Thursday, on Dave's advice I called into the The Runner's Centre on the way back from swimming. I'm really glad I did. The guy who served me really knew his stuff. He assessed my stance and walk and pointed out my right arches weren't particularly strong. He then brought out a couple of pairs of shoes. He ignored my shoe size completely. He put shoes on my feet, let me lace them up and then he'd whip them off and kept trying until he was satisfied at the fit. He flat out refused to show me the cheap option.

This is the first time I've ever bought running shoes. With my dicky knee and dodgy back, I'm not entirely convinced this is a great idea. But there are so many benefits associated with running, I'm going to go for it anyway.

When I finally told Dave about my new shoes, he quizzed me on the whole process and then said "well done, they're a good investment." I was relieved. Ill fitting running shoes can cause joint issues, as well toe nail loss.

The best thing though was being able to go in and say what I wanted to do, without being laughed at. He was so helpful. He made several suggestions about having a look at Park Run and getting a running app to help me get started.

It then made me think about the shoes I currently wear for my workouts at home. The pair I bought were cheap and they've lasted me very well. They're 9 years old now. But when I felt the support around the arches, there's nowhere near the support I've got with my new running shoes. So, I went off to the sports shop and got some new cross trainers as well. They are so amazingly light and comfy. 

The runners are the flash ones with the pink soles. The cross trainers (grumpy shoes as I've taken to calling them) are the white with purple! 

The thing that I find so frustrating about myself is why I've waited so long to do this. I knew it was something that would be good for me to do and I should be doing it. Honestly. I suppose all that matters now is that I'm doing it and that I do it as long as I enjoy it. 

Oh, I also went for my post-40 health check. I'm not entirely sure why I should have much faith in their findings at all. It was supposed to be an assessment of my risk for cardiovascular disease. They checked my blood pressure, my pulse, height, weight and BMI and took blood to check my cholesterol. On the back of my results my risk has been calculated at 1.7%. This isn't too bad, I'm told. I'm told I'm well within the bell curve. 

Except my cholesterol wasn't a fasting test. And I have high cholesterol in my genetics. My cholesterol results came back high, but within non-medicating limits. Colour me unsurprised. Is it worth me taking any more action? I don't think so. The advice on the email with my total results was as generic as to be almost a waste of time: exercise, don't smoke and drink appropriately. Given I always drink with my legs either crossed or at least ankles together, I'm not taking it terribly seriously at all.

I begin to wonder if it wouldn't be a bad idea to have a proper fitness test at the UEA gym. 

Oh. Dear. Gods. 

Did I really type that out loud?


  1. I've had my doubts about general health checks ever since a friend had a Bupa medical which said he was fine, slightly enlarged liver so watch your drinking old boy, and he was dead six months later from liver cancer. I suspect they're mainly a waste of time.

    1. Oh. Dear. Gods.

      That's awful.

      I have to say, I remain unimpressed by the whole thing. I'd like to think a health check would take more than 10 minutes.

      You'd think if they were assessing my risk of cardiovascular disease, they'd also do a dip test for blood sugar. But no. Apparently not.

      You'd think maybe they might actually want to listen to my heart and lungs and hear those organs for themselves.


      The best bit is, you're supposed to go to your GP before embarking on an exercise regime. All the DVDs say so. Why? I ask.

      But, that might be the gin talking. It's been that kind of day.

  2. "Cardiovascular" - means what is around the heart, yes? There should be an EKG I think, Elektro-Kardio-Gram, if it's just for a minute, but it detects irregularities; a helpful tool. I do not believe that you are in the risk group, but if they call it a cardio-dings check-up?
    Anyway - what's that fittness you constantly talk about? Has it to do with cider and roll-ups?

    1. You're absolutely right EKG is exactly for that purpose, and I was nowhere near one.

      I've swapped the cider for gin and I am fast approaching a year without roll-ups! :-)


    2. Congratulations Roses!
      Gin done properly can be very nice - as I learned to my astounding: I obviously always had used the cheap plonk (with the three laughing docs on the label!). A bit sneaky, it can come pretty fast from behind and bang, but nevertheless a very nice brew.

    3. I've been drinking gin with a splash of tonic and lime. Gin with a splash of tonic and elderflower cordial. Gin with a splash of...

      you get the idea! :)


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