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Happy days are here again, la-la-la-la-lah …

Oh yes! Happy days indeed! Gosh, you just don’t realise how much you miss something until it’s not there any more. The last month has been such a battle with my knees, it’s been really hard, but worth the time I’ve taken being so strict on myself – absolutely no running for two weeks and then a really slow build-up of run-specific training – and finally, this last week I’ve enjoyed something more than walking! Started on a treadmill crawling at a walk and pathetic jog and alternating minute on, minute off. The next time I did the same, until I felt brave enough to try 2-minute runs. A couple of times later, I increased a little to 1 minute, 2 minute and 3 minute runs with 50% rest or jog each time – for half an hour. Lastly, I mixed it all up and kept going for 5k (jogged the last km). Today – joy oh joy – I got outdoors again to run. Stuck to grass, no concrete – fave music playing and I took it really gently, once again doing run/walk intervals and running the final km – just up to 5 km, but it was 5 km of HEAVEN!!! Oh, it feels so good!! My knees are holding up and for the first time, gently gently, I feel like I’m on the mend!! WHOOP! WHOOP!

And just in time, too ……. ┬átoday is the day before Week 1 of 12wbt officially starts. Tomorrow? Fitness test – should be interesting. I’m excited. Nutrition is good, with the occasional glitch, but generally good and weight is holding just fine, so I’m really pleased. Lots more energy since I got my food intake back under control. Just need to up my workout intensity and somehow, somehow get to grips with my kickboxing combos. THAT is going to be my greatest challenge!

For now? I’m sitting here grinning. Pathetic calorie-burn for a run this morning but worth it’s weight in gold. Looking forward to Day 1 Week 1 and wishing everybody taking part in the next 12 weeks’ programme endless motivation and positivity.

Let’s get working out, everyone!

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