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Liz' plans for GoodGym Red January
By this point we will hopefully be beyond rule of 6 restrictions and can meet as a larger group outdoors. What better way to celebrate than a run at Fairlop Waters (flexible on distance and pace to suit you) followed by a classic Goodgym picnic.
On this occasion we will also be doing some very scientific taste testing to determine who tastes better: Colin or Cuthbert the Caterpillar. Hope to see you there!
The meeting point for this session will be at the entrance to Fairlop Waters activity centre, opposite the car park.
NB. We are hopeful that this can happen but may have to postpone if there are delays to the Covid roadmap.
Please follow all COVID guidelines - stay local, stay away from other people and keep safe!
To provide a little bit of variety to our daily exercise and to finish January 2021 challenge with a bang we will create a Rainbow from our walks. How it will work: Everyone will be assigned a colour to find and they will need to take a photo of an item of that colour, one selfie would be great as well:)
Sign Up and get moving!
*Please follow all Covid guidelines if you're outside for your daily exercise *
Even before lockdown, physical inactivity has been a very serious issue with high costs to NHS not to mention the impact on mental health from lack of exercise. So this January develop a new habit of being active every day by walking/running 10,000 steps daily - you can do it in your own garden, at home or on your regular permitted daily walk/running route.
You will need to log your daily steps - I will send an email comms to all who sign up by 18th Jan.
What a fantastic effort by everyone - through photos and videos the motivation to everyone was great! Hope you treated yourself to a very much deserved Christmas pudding;)
All stories and photos are up on @goodgym.redbridge instagram
Folks, we are one month away from a better, shinier, fitter year - I can feel it!!!
Let's not let those mince pies get to our waistlines (oops, too late for me.... :)) and arrive to the Christmas Table knowing we did something active every day!!! drum roll Introducing Redbridge Fitmas Advent Calendar - for all to join!!!
*How it works: Each day represents a number of minutes for you to do that day's activity - you can do it first thing in the morning, last at night or whenever you can fit it in. You will receive a week's 'gifts' on Sundays and the day before in the last couple of days!!!
non-entry fee Submit a weekly (or daily!) video (slow or fast mo) or a selfie or anything else to show your progress. Or nothing at all, your choice :)
If you're joining after 1st December, no sweat - just do previous exercises first to catch-up! OK, actually that's a lot of sweat:)
Daily email reminders and updates on Facebook
READY, STEADY, GO!!!
The orignal ask was to push yourselves to give a bit of focus back on the fitness part of Parkrun. A challenge of your own making so long as it pushes you to give a little extra effort (remaining injury free!)
Since it was people's own targets and objectives, let's give a mention to some of the special efforts
Liz was first off the block and made a cracking start! Her challenge was to get up early and go for a run before 8am (a challenge since she is such a night person). Her special alarm clock was Maru, meowing in her ear, and was a reminder of her early morning Parkini Push.
Kathryn ran a whopping 11 miles! Our Redbridge marathon champ showing us that the colder temperatures were no problem for a long run!
Julia had intended to push herself running, but after a tough (but rewarding) physical Community Mission at the food bank, she did some yoga. Great way to focus and react to how her body felt. The challenge will always be there in the future, but she made her time count!
Injuries are always something that come up in our training and everyday life, but we persevere. Just as Sarah Jane did too - going for a walk in Victoria Park making a new cute friend. Liz posited that our injury-prone GG Redbridge extraordinnaire Peter missing his rugby matches meant we were all picking up the slack!
Even during my run, where I tried to go as fast as I could over a 1 kilometre distance, I had some niggles and aches from the food bank community mission (as well as falling off my bike! oops)
Linda's run involved, by chance, meeting an old school who was out with their granddaughter. Of course she was challenged to a few sprints by the little oneand gave a “harder than usual effort” for a 2nd fastest time one of her earlier segments.
Kristian's challenge was a run around Connaught Water. Getting out of bed, going for a quick run and getting the Sunday breakfast shopping done was the order of the day. Important to fit in fitness with the weekend duties!
Jenny's Parkini was a 7km run. She pushed herself up and down hilly terrain in North London. Not her strong point, but gave herself a push. What a great way to vary her running and give herself a tough challenge.
Vicki was not going easy this week either. She decided up on a Fartlek speed session. With a warm up 1km, intervals for 2km (using the end of the football pitch for each distance) and a final 1km sprint back home. She pushed herself to run the fastest she'd done for a long time!
Jay, a late entrant, but of course a welcome one, cycled home from work. She managed to cycle for the 20th consecutive day! Tremendous effort!
Sharon also pushed herself on a run from pole to pole
Well done to everyone that took part. You should all be delighted you gave it a bit extra this weekend.
There's also a bonus picture of some GoodGym cats, pushing in their own way (?).
It almost feels like a distant memory of having a weekly Parkruns at your local park. The crowd of runners striving for their fastest time or their weekly walk/jog, parents pushing their buggies, dog owners pulled by their dogs, and marshals cheering runners on (including Ed!)
This week I'm inviting you to push yourself and to give a bit of focus back on the fitness part of Parkrun. It will be a challenge of your own making so long as it pushes you to give a little extra effort (don't go injuring yourself though!)
This is your own target and objective. A great opportunity to see where your fitness levels are and possibly how they have changed since Parkrun.
You could try for a fast 1K/5K/10K (or whatever distance), your longest distance run (or walk or cycle!) in a while, most laps of your local park/block, or go for a mindful run! It's entirely your choice.
Focus on how it feels when you run (or walk/cycle), your breathing, what your energy levels are like, how tired you feel when you finish, what recovery is like post-exercise. It is a chance to have a mindful run, one where it is purely aboue being mentally connected with your movement and not being distracted (read more).
Knowing that others are pushing themselves to reach their own goals definitely helps me push harder. Even being part of a team (like James' Ekiden race).
Don't forget to take a selfie! It'll be difficult to judge a winner since you will be aiming for an achievement of your own, so bonus points will be given for a fun finish line photo.
GoodGym Redbridge wanted to surprise Peter before his official 500 deeds to say a huge THANK YOU and WELL DONE for being a committed member of the GG community who has positively impacted so many people in the community with his help. We are very proud of you, PVT, and thank you for everything you do!!!!!
Great to see the wonderful mix of pictures taken, from artisticly framing a gul against the water to sweeping panoramic shots to capturing that bird up high to creative solutions like a fish & chips packaging... and ofcourse some stuffed animals!
How to judge such a varied collection... It is a close call, with Linda/Sharon & Elizabeth getting honourabe mentions, but the top spot goes to James for creative use of shopfronts and his restraint in refraining from deconstructed chicken!
Next weeks challenger is yet to be picked, so is the challenge - Chi & Julia have posted some ideas in the Whatsapp group (let me know if you want adding to the group) in case someone feels inspired to take it on...
Well done to a lovely bunch of virtually gathered GoodGym-ers who took part in this week's DIY litter pick task! Lovely to see you from Redbridge, Camden and of course Trafford too.
Thanks for taking part and the photos - here's to the next!
Take care all, Kate xx