Organisations Jay Rosenberg has pledged to support
*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.
For those who are already going outside for their daily walk/run and can do litter picking safely in the area without too many people.
Litter picking is naturally socially distanced and can be done on your own. We all need a bit of motivation so please stay local, be safe and keep moving!
Olympics - prizes and accolades will be awarded for
- 1. The weirdest rubbish item found
- 2. The most interesting litter picking location
- 3. The best (funniest) selfie
Following our stints at the foodbank pre-Xmas, we were asked to help prepare another 60 parcels for families in need in Redbridge. There was lots for us to do as the number of volunteers had to be limited to the absolute minimum, in order to ensure strict social distancing.
Our job was to pack parcels and tailor them to recipients' needs as much as possible e.g. if they needed specific items for children and also toiletries and household items. Some parcels were for families of up to 7 people so there was quite a bit of ferrying bags to and from the sports hall to be picked up by volunteer drivers. We were so busy that the day flew and we ended up staying well past the allotted time, but we were pleased to help complete so many parcels and know that this would help ease the burden for people at this difficult time. Not a bad start to January!
There will be fewer volunteers to ensure social distancing, so we had a last minute request for 2 people to help this fantastic Mutual Aid organisation that provides essential support to Redbridge residents in need.
The request was for c. 3hrs but you can do less, we just need people to help
Well, folks, we've been here before cancelling all our community missions - sadly we can't meet as a group to do a River Roding clear-up and tree planting this Saturday so instead you're encouraged to do some River Roding appreciation by doing one or all of the following this weekend:
Run/walk 5k+ alongside River Roding in Redbridge (and elsewhere - it starts in Stanstead you know) and take a photo of it's beautiful, probably flooded in places, glory! Please note that some parts of it are VERY muddy and might be flooded so be prepared to turn around.
Run/walk/cycle 5k+ to the river and back if you don't live in the west of the borrow. Selfie please as evidence of reaching the river:)
- Cycle/Run alongside river on roads the length of it in Redbridge - this will involve some planning.... Photos of the route please!
You have Saturday or Sunday to do it - please get out there, clock up some miles, enjoy nature and stay motivated!
Here's a little random reading material on the River Roding:
Please note that this community mission has been cancelled.
Removing rubbish from river roding and it's banks in Barking and planting more trees to make this into a nice to walk nature area
Due to Tier 4, this needs to be confirmed but do sign up anyway to see interest in this kind of CM
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.
Trainer Simon of Goodgym Islington is planning on walking the London Marathon route as a training hike, and welcomes you to join him!
A social day out, getting our London Marathon related fix after the recent news.
You are welcome to walk the whole thing (3-4 miles an hour, with frequent water stops, coffee and cafes), or join in for as much or as little of the route as you like!
A WhatsApp group will be created closer to the event date for up-to-date information (where to meet us on route).
But here are some approximate meet up times and locations:
Blackheath (mile 0) Gail's Bakery - 10am
Cutty Sark (mile 6.5) 12.15-12.30pm
Tower Bridge (mile 12.5) 2-2.30pm
Canary Wharf (mile 15) 3-3.30pm
Canary Wharf 2 (mile 18) 4-4.30pm
Tower Hill (mile 23) 5.30-6.00pm
The Mall (mile 26.2) 7-7.30pm
Finishing location drinks TBC!