Worm hands, cold starts
38 runners ran 5km to help their local community in Wandsworth.
- Monday, 29th of January 2018
- Led by Anastasia Hancock
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
This was the question we asked ourselves during our warm up last night, and we got some real corkers. Some were wise - never judge yourself by others' standards, always try your best, smile at everybody, be kind, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all, regret nothing. Some were more practical - always wear underwear, pay your TV licence by direct debit and never eat yellow snow. Words to live by. Perhaps the best was from Paul, who advises us all to come to GoodGym.
It had been a fabulous weekend of running from the Wandsworth crew. Put your hands together for Paul, Hannah, Emily and Daniel who all took on a 10k race in Hyde Park, while Morgan and Amy smashed the hilly Crystal Palace 10k. Loads of you took on missions to make other peoples' lives better, while parkruns were also really well attended. If you're new to parkrun they are free, timed 5k runs on Saturday morning at 9am across the country. Great for improving those times and fitness, and you'll always see a GoodGymer there!
Our task tonight was at Harding House, a residential home for deaf people with learning difficulties in Wandsworth. They have a beautiful big garden for the residents to enjoy, but it needed a bit of love. So after 1.7kms of quick running we found ourselves with spades, forks, bin bags and gloves, ready to tackle the space. After half an hour of hard work the place was looking much tidier, with the beds dug over, weeds eliminated, tiny fences restored and patio swept.
Just across the road Wandsworth common was the perfect spot for our fitness session. Tonight we were taking on Tabata, a series of hard exercises for 20 seconds a time, with a 10 second rest in between each set. The idea with this workout is that intense exercise over a short period of time increases your heart and metabolic rate so your body continues to burn fat after you've stopped working, it ups your aerobic endurance and is an efficient session if you've only got a short window of time. It was certainly tough, with frog jumps, side planks, mountain climbers and lunges featuring heavily. But 12 minutes later we were done, with only a short run home left ahead of us.
Finishing off the night with our Wandsworth tunnel of joy, we stretched it out and discussed our mission this weekend (which is open to everyone, whether or not you're mission verified). Next week we've got more doing good and getting fit, so sign up here!
Report written by Anastasia Hancock
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