Today we have a lovely calming walk around Sue's garden.
In these difficult days, appreciating what is right in front of us can help, nature carries on regardless.
You might not have a garden of your own, so have a wander around this one.
Happy Feet Blog Friday 17th April 2020
We are in week 7 hundred and numpty four of lockdown (well, that is how it feels) with another three (hundred) weeks to go it seems.
My ambitious plans of home schooling faltered after about three days, Joe Wicks lasted a week with the kids, two for me on my own until my knee pain finally persuaded me that ‘spiderman’ lunges were the devils own form of torture…
My alcohol consumption has gone up by thirty percent aided and abetted by Suzy’s family’s cider farm and like most people I’ve adopted the Jimmy Buffet attitude to when it’s appropriate to start drinking (before or after bathtime??)
Luckily I have a go to activity that helps keep me sane, gives me my daily Boris approved hour of exercise and keeps me away from the daily battle for a few precious moments and I probably wouldn’t have it if it weren’t for Marie and Rhi and the rest of the Happy Feet Family.
And I mean family; we look out for each other, even when we don’t see each other often, there is always a welcome, Fatface chats and sessions keep us in touch when the world would have us keep our distance.
Some of us run fast, some are slower; some go for miles, others gently add on the miles bit by bit. Many of us had events we wanted to do that are now cancelled/postponed, but the training continues, the spirit carries on and when we all come out the other side of this we will be stronger, healthier, more able to adapt and accept what life throws at us.
My squiggly Strava routes that I post are a physical representation of how far I (and the dog) have gone in our running (I’m going to use the J word) Journey. From c25k last spring to the Worcester City 10k last September – amazing! To this year with my grandiose ideas of doing five 10ks before my 50th in December. All five were lined up, paid for, babysitters arranged, t-shirt design in progress. Obviously they are now, probably, not going to happen in their official capacity, but I intend to do them around the date I should have done.
Challenge Tuesday has given me the spur to increase my distance from the pedestrian 5kish I’ve been comfortably doing to get up to a steady 10k. I’m not sure the dog’s fully committed to this idea though…
I want to thank all of you for your support and encouragement not just for me but for everyone in the group. To all those still working in frontline positions, thank you, those who have changed their jobs to help support the rest us, thank you and anyone else who’s given up on home school – we tried!
Week 3, can you believe it?
Time marches on doesn't it, we are now in week 3 of the new regulations. I get the feeling we are starting to adapt to the new ways, reluctantly, but with good grace,
We are being very careful about our exercise and keeping as safe as we can.
What else are we doing during "lockdown" ? Well our members have quite a list of things...
We are painting living rooms, revamping bedrooms, cleaning ovens, bleaching bathrooms and cleaning carpets...
We are mowing lawns, power-washing patios, planting seeds, painting fences, renovating garden furniture...
We are baking cakes and biscuits, making bread and pastries, even sushi!...
We are doing some online learning, joining classes, discovering new talents such as knitting or sewing...
We are doing jigsaws, finding online puzzles and quizzes to keep our minds occupied, on our facebook group we had "Guess who's trainers?" to keep us entertained....
We are sitting, we are listening to bird song, we are watching flowers grow, we are marvelling at nature, either in our gardens, on our walks and runs or through our windows, we are taking some time to be "humans being" not "humans doing"
Not all of us have this luxury, many of our members are amazing key and essential workers, they don't have the time to do the above, they are out every day keeping us safe and the country going, and we applaud them all.
In last weeks post I didn't mention all the support that the runners and walkers are giving each other.
It's been amazing, we have our regular posters and our first timers, we have those who have been on FB for ever, and those for whom it's all very new.
What we all have in common is our desire to keep exercising, keep motivating each other, sharing our triumphs but also our down days. We don't expect everyone to feel chipper every day, it's ok not to be ok too.
Sharing how we feel is so important, we have never experienced anything like this before, restrictions on our movements, being cooped up with family all day, like a very long Christmas but without the cheer! Maybe we are still working and have the fear of getting too close to our colleagues.
This isn't normal but we are trying our best to normalise it, some of us will find it easier than others, we might be able to draw on previous experiences, but nothing has ever been quite like this for any of us.
We are having to make up the "rules" as we go along, making daily adaptations as new news or restrictions come in to play. We can only see those members of our family that we live with, what about the others? Parents. grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, cousins, friends, the list goes on and on. it's hard, but we need to do this to keep us safe.
We have several front line key workers amongst our number and we applaud them, going out every day to keep the country moving, taking care of the sick, stocking our shelves, removing our rubbish, cleaning our hospitals and other places where we have no choice but to go.
In an effort to get everyone up and active, even if some of us weren't feeling it, we launched Challenge Tuesday this week. The challenge was to get as many Km's done on Tuesday as we could, this wasn't meant to be a few runners doing huge distances, although we did have some who achieved that, it was to get as many of us out there as possible, doing what we could.
We could run, walk or cycle, this allowed everyone an opportunity to add to the total. We had k's from family walks, we had k's from injured runners walking or cycling, we had k's from "lapsed" runners starting back on couch to 5k. It was a team effort, there was no pressure, every metre counted, so nothing was too small to be counted.
As you can see from the picture below, we managed a fantastic 276.18 k (171.61 miles) and 47 people took part! We hope that even more will take part this week, and we will see what the total is, will we smash it? You'll have to come back next week to see.....
As I am typing this I have just heard that Matt Hancock has said that if people don't take the exercise recommendations seriously they will have to stop people leaving their houses for exercise. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52172035 so please, please, follow the guidelines so that we don't have to stay in to exercise!
Until next week.........STAY SAFE
Well, it's been a bit of a week hasn't it?
We stopped our running and walking groups around 2 weeks ago. It wasn't possible to keep the recommended 2 metres apart, so with a very heavy heart we decided to postpone our groups until this is all over to keep everyone safe.
Happy Feet Fitness is our beloved business, we really do live and breathe it. What would we do? What would our clients do? Every one of them feels like a part of our family!
Our Facebook group has always been strong with a great sense of community, now was the time to take it up a gear, this was our way of staying in touch, motivating the members and most of all supporting them through this as best we could.
So we have started online classes, these are done live because we want to see what's going on. Rhiannon, who is also a Personal trainer, has a lot of experience teaching classes and knows how quickly things can go wrong, she watches us and can correct our technique if she needs to. It's ace!
The other benefit is that although she can see us, we can only see her, so when we are going in the wrong direction, or using the wrong leg, no one else knows we are going wrong. At the start and end of each session, we all get a chance to have a natter too, it's fab!
We are using the "live" facility on Facebook too, I have never used it before, Rhiannon always does it normally. Well, what do you know, I did my fist one and now I'm hooked! The feed-back from the group when we go live is that it's good to hear our voices, its strange what you miss isn't it, they don't usually like to hear our voices when we are saying "it's only a small uphill....."
I'll leave you with a few photos, and will be back next week.
Stay safe everyone x
Reasons to keep active From a BBC article
A short video for International Women's Day 2020 on Sunday 8th March.
Our women are strong, determined, motivated, kind, supportive, I could go on and on...
They are also great role models for women of all ages, both those they run and walk past in the street, and their own families and friends.
On Saturday 21st December, Happy Feet Fitness runners and walkers gathered together to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust
Many of us dressed up, there were Elves, Christmas trees and even Mrs Christmas, as well as jingling bells, antlers, flashing lights and tinsel!
There was a choice of either a 5k walk or run or a 10k run, the turnout was amazing and our generous runners raised £300
Afterwards we enjoyed cakes and mince pies, some of them home made, one of our volunteers made their legendary lemon drizzle cake, which was delicious. As usual there was much laughter and merriment!
Why Teenage Cancer Trust?
Earlier this year the son of one of our runners was diagnosed with cancer, it was a huge shock and he had to undergo hard months of treatment. Thankfully he is now on the mend and is starting to get to grips with life after treatment, the charity have supported him and his family through and beyond this tough time. Now the family want to give something back, and to support them we have held two events, adding nearly £500 in total to their fundraising pot.
We'd like to say a huge "THANK YOU" to all our runners and walkers for their generosity!
On Saturday 5th October we helped Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven turn Worcester Woods ParkRun PINK!
October is Breast cancer Awareness month and we wanted to help get the month off to a flying start.
Several of our members including our leader Marie have had breast cancer, so it's a cause close to our hearts.
Statistics show that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 883 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the earlier cancer is spotted and treated, the better the prognosis is.
Pink is a funny colour for a cancer, it implies softness and breast cancer definitely isn't soft! Treatment often includes radical surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, none of these are a walk in the park, but they are manageable and have a high success rate. These days, for the vast majority of those diagnosed with primary breast cancer, treatment will be 100% successful and the cancer will not return.
Sadly, for some the treatment doesn't completely get rid of the cancer, it may come back quickly, or it may sleep for years and pop up in another part of the body no one knows who this will happen to, and that's scary. This type of cancer is called secondary breast cancer and there is currently no cure, although treatment now is very good at holding it at bay.
Early detection definitely gives you the best chance of survival, so we do all we can to help raise awareness. Please, if you are offered screening for any type of cancer, go! and if you find anything out of the ordinary, go to your GP and get checked, it really could save your life!
What a great day we had at the Worcester City half marathon and 10k race.
For many of our runners this was their half marathon debut. They had trained for this for over 2 months, meeting early on Sunday mornings, increasing their distance and their stamina with our experienced leader Rhiannon, who has run many half marathons and marathons herself. All the runners did themselves proud, their training really paid dividends.
We had a mix of newbies and old hands completing the 10k race, all giving each other huge support. Many of the runners had just completed our 5-10k course, gaining in confidence and developing their running skills. The route was brilliant as always, with plenty of local support around the course.
All in all a fantastic day, we are so proud of all our runners. Everyone went away with a smile on their face, and many with a personal best time in the bag too!
On a lovely Sunny afternoon at the end of August, we held a fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust
It's a cause close to our hearts as one of our lovely runners son's has been undergoing cancer treatment and TCT have been there every step of the way.
We picnicked, played softball cricket and ate cake, lots of cake! It was a great afternoon, with runners, walkers and their families all meeting up, chilling and making memories.
We accepted donations for the cakes and our generous members raised over £180