Lockdown update #1

So we’re two weeks in to the current lockdown and so far so good, considering the circumstances we find ourselves in. Fortunately it’s not a complete lockdown (yet) so I’ve been getting out and doing something every day as we are advised/allowed to do at the moment. Mostly I’ve been heading out of the door at 6am to either run or walk for 30-45 minutes, and I’ve actually found that to be a great way to start the day. During the week I then start work, and at the weekend it’s home for a leisurely breakfast. We’ve been lucky that the weather has been so good lately and I’ve seen some lovely sunrises on several mornings. 

As I mentioned in my last blog I wanted to settle into a routine and that seems to be working so far. I’m actually finding working from home full-time OK, I’m having regular contact with my team, and the Council I work for is making a big effort to keep staff engaged and updated throughout all of this. Strangely as I work in local government I’m classed as a key worker, but I’m not sure that playing with spreadsheets all day is quite as important as some of the work my colleagues are doing to ensure services like for example waste collections are maintained. 

I’ve also maintained the strength and conditioning side of things and have even started using the resistance bands I bought ages ago! I’ve even done a couple of online workouts with the Running Channel, which are more HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) based, something that’s new to me but I’ve always wanted to try. The sessions are only 30 minutes but very hard, although great fun too, even if I am a bit sore the day after!

For most of my runs I’ve been sticking to the lanes and trails behind where I live, although I did do a loop of Mote Park during the week, and last Sunday morning as I’ve been missing running by the river I took the opportunity to head down there on a longer run. I set my alarm for 6am which was tough but so worth the effort when I got down there and saw how good it looked in the early morning sunshine. I can’t wait to be able to run down there regularly again, but like everyone else I’ll just have to be patient.

East Farleigh bridge
Loose village

I’m missing my Maidstone Harriers friends as well, but we’ve been keeping touch via the club Facebook page and there’s been a few fun challenges to keep everyone engaged – a virtual club run on a Wednesday and weekend run blog post competition being two examples.

That’s all for now, hope everyone is keeping safe and making the most of your daily outdoor exercise session.