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A FIRST for team STIX & STONES

It’s official…

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As a challenge to get me fit again after injuries (ankle, back, and recently cellulitis in the elbow – yay me!), me and my physical trainer cousin Wendy are going to be taking part in the Grim Challenge at the very end of November.

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The Woo: Tougher than the Grim Challenge itself.

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The Return of the Black: What doesn’t kill me better be able to outrun me…

Dirt, rocky roads, gravel, mud, man made mounds, obstacles, water holes, more mud, more hills, ditches, more muddy wet holes… 8 miles of tough challenge. She’s not used to the Nordic style which I really enjoy, and I’m not used to straight running… Hopefully we’ll learn the right things from each other…

We’re doing it for Cancer Research UK, and just to make it interesting we thought we’d attempt to do it using Nordic X-country poles.

Like it wasn’t going to be tough enough in the first place…

The thing is, the Grim is technically a run, although some folk do end up walking as it is a very tough course. We didn’t know if actually starting out ‘walking‘ was going to be a problem (albeit Nordic Walking, which is a different ball park to hiking or normal walking – especially how I do it…).

The organiser is not in favour of people who turn up just to walk the route… but in the organiser’s own words when I suggested about us using Nordic X-Country poles: “… I know all about Nordic walking and suspect you guys are not the strolling type!”

Team Stix & Stones

Team Stix & Stones.

Our TEAM PAGE is STIX & STONES – (Stix due to the poles and x-country, and stones, because it’s both off-road, and you need figuratively two of them to do the challenge…). Please visit it to make donations.

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It turns out that we are officially the first people to attempt the Grim Challenge using the Nordic method. I wonder why?

Course (taken from the Grim web page):

This land is used to test Army vehicles so expect it to be interesting!

You will reach a long hill shortly after the start before descending again eventually reaching a water filled ravine.

You will run on over puddle-strewn paths before having to crawl under camouflage netting.

You’ll eventually reach some man-made mounds before arriving at and running through some rather large puddles.

Expect to get very wet!

You’ll run on to the fast vehicle driving circuit where it is rocky underfoot.

This brings you to some more large areas of water and the finish area.

Sounds delightful!


He’s not the only one…


Alex at the Plough (Furrow)
Originally uploaded by L.B

10 days in to my fitness programme (see the tab at the top of this blog) and the benefits are showing.

Today I messed up the stopwatch and ended up doing a 90 second run… yeah, not great, but up until 2 days ago I was only doing 45 seconds. To top it off me and EJR did the whole 5K in 60 second runs and 90 second walks – instead of the 20 minutes suggested in the C25K programme. We just felt up for it…. and even put in a full power sprint down the last 100m.

To add to this improvement in my general fitness I have also reduced my body fat percentage by 1.2% closer to the desired number (now only 0.9% too high) and lost 2.5kg.

The weight isn’t as important as the BMI, as that’s what I’m aiming for, as height, build etc do not allow for an ideal weight alone… Body fat is the key thing. Let’s face it, a weight lifter is going to be over weight for his height if you look at the old “ideal weight for height” charts, but his body fat percentage would most likely be fine.

Most importantly though, I am feeling better for it… and the green tea is really helping too!

Note: Thanks AH for the BMI pointer.


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