Wednesday 17 January 2018

Travel speed bumps can't stop till juggernaut as finish line is in sight

Robbie Farrell showing a novice 'dumbbell' how to lift weights
Robbie Farrell showing a novice 'dumbbell' how to lift weights

The video game Frogger has a lot to answer for.

Playing it endlessly as a child allowed the froggy protagonist's movements to filter into my subconscious.

Ever since I've been taking leaps in my life.

Mostly the leaps have proven positive. Alcohol-induced leaps, not so much.

A funny thing occurred to me recently as I was running around the misty countryside of Northumbria in Northern England.

It was 8 a.m. and I was running past hedges teeming with rabbits and fields filled with sheep.

I realised that I was enjoying my latest leap, the one into exercise and fitness. I know some people are saying, 'look at that b*******, how dare he do this and make nme feel bad about doing nothing.'

Well I was that person doing practically nothing for years, save watching Game of Thrones, Masterchef, snooker and whatever else was on telly.

A recent survey carried out in the UK shows that children spend on average 17 hours a week in front of the idiot box and that wasn't even including tablet time and gaming system distractions.

At least when I was young sitting in front of my Commodore 64, Atari or Sega Megadrive, it took so long for the game to load up that I was forced, in my impatience, to engage in some other thoughtful activity.

Back to Northumbria, lovely part of the UK. I think I was the only one at the wedding party who got to see the rolling countryside and some local towers and villages outside of the cocoon of the wedding venue.

I had my heart monitor and my watch with me but I wasn't really bothered with technology as I took in the sights, smells and sounds of my new-found running track.

It would have been interesting to see my heart rate as I ended up resurrecting my stress levels of old when we got caught in heavy motorway traffic on our way to Newcastle Airport for our return trip home.

Living in Wexford the worst traffic you'd be used to is a dog crossing the road or school rush hour which delays you by two minutes.

One hour into what should have been a 15 minute journey and I could feel myself levitate off the seat with stress. Somehow we made the airport desk in time to check in, after much running and lifting of children and bags.

Having completed the Hike to the Hook in south Wexford the previous weekend in glorious sunshine, when I felt truly privileged to be on this green earth, I was glad I had maintained some form of exercise.

I had planned on doing the 20 km walk, but The Good Woman, who has only recently embaraked on her own get-fit mission, was daunted so we opted for the 12.5 km option from Fethard-on-Sea instead.

My training paid dividends and we made it to the lighthouse within two hours where a festival was under way.

After a 10 km run at the weekend and a few long walks with The Good Woman and The Whirlwind Princess and The Little Fella at the park and on the beach, I'm back on track as I head into my final few weeks.

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