No excuse to not go to the gym.

The kids have been at school for nearly two weeks now, all the boxes are unpacked, I have figured out where and how to buy food. There is really now excuse for me not to start exercising again. When in Singapore I completed the NHS couch to 5K running podcasts. I had just managed to get to running for the full 30 minutes (not 5K as I am very slow) then I became ill. First I got suspected mycroplasma pneumonia, which trigger my asthma which had been latent (and forgotten about) since teenage years. I was just started to feel better from this when I got a very high temperature. Now we had been to a malaria zone a few weeks previously and, though we were good and took anti-malarias, needed to get blood tests. Good news is I didn’t have malaria. Bad news is I did have glandular fever. Now I am 35 and haven’t kissed anyone other than my husband so  how did I get the teenage kissing disease?

Enough backstory, I have decided that as I had to have such a long break I will go back to the start and complete all the podcasts again. The weather is still too hot for me, so I am going to start in the gym (less embarrassment as well)  and move onto outside running when it cools down. Here is the gym in my building.

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It is on Level 30 so this is the view from the window

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That I would have when running if gyms didn’t insist on sticking TV screens on treadmills. There are 5 treadmills, surely a couple could be left with out screens for those who don’t want them.

Here the schedule I am going to be following for the next 9 weeks of so (there is a school holiday coming up, when Richard is away so won’t be able to run then!).

Week one

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

Week two

Begin with brisk 5-minute walk then alternate 90 seconds of running with 2 minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes.

Week three

Begin with brisk 5-minute walk then two repetitions of 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking.

Week four

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk then 3 minutes of running, 90 seconds walking, 5 minutes running, 2½ minutes walking, 3 minutes running, 90 seconds walking, 5 minutes running.

Week five

There are three different workouts for this week. They are as follows:

Workout 1: brisk 5-minute walk, then 5 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes running.

Workout 2: brisk 5-minute walk, then 8 minutes running, 5 minutes walking, 8 minutes running.

Workout 3: brisk 5-minute walk, then 20 minutes running, with no walking.

Week six

There are three different workouts for this week. They are as follows:

Workout 1 brisk 5-minute walk, then 5 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 8 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 5 minutes running.

Workout 2: brisk 5-minute walk, then 10 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 10 minutes running.

Workout 3: brisk 5-minute walk, then 25 minutes with no walking.

Week seven

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk then 25 minutes of running.

Week eight

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk then 28 minutes running.

Week nine

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk then 30 minutes running.

Well, the first run of week 1 went really well, much easier than the first time round so maybe some of my hard work last time has payed off. I set the treadmill at 1% incline as I have read that is more like outside running (?) and I didn’t the minute running parts at 9km/hr and it felt good, I could have kept going.

There seem to be a few races around Ulsan so maybe, just maybe, I might be able to enter one.

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Stuff and nonsense

Our shipments have arrived! Note the plural – an air and a sea shipment from Singapore and an air shipment from the UK. We were told that the sea shipment would take at least an extra 4 weeks after the air and I was pissed that I had wasted time sorting out what we needed quickly but now I don’t care, I’m just happy to have my things again.

We came to Korea with just 4 suitcases and that included towels and essentials for Katrine’s birthday, which when you are turning 8 in a strange country is quite a lot. Which didn’t leave much space. Richard was the only one with 2 pairs of shoes as he needed a work pair and a not work pair, the rest of us just had the 1. Now, I am not a shoe person but after 4 weeks I am really fed up with my sandals.

Here are the inventory lists that I had to tick off as they brought the boxes in.

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First, they taped carpet and lino on the floor, they even covered the door frames with spare cardboard.

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The boxes start arriving. It was hard to keep up with which box was which and where it should go.

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I so do not have a whole box full of handbags!

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My cheese grater! I have missed you, and the other kitchen dodahs. Because we knew they were coming we didn’t want to waste any money buying more but cooking is so much easier with the right things.

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Our bed has disappeared under a mound of stuff.

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This will eventually become the playroom / guest room. Ready for when anyone wants to come and visit – it is only an 11 flight from the UK, an hour to change airports at Seoul and another hour flight. Pop over for a weekend!

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This is just books. To be tackled another day.

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Shoes! The female unpacker disappeared off with the shoes and I later found them in this cupboard.

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We were wondering what this stand in the hall cupboard was for – scooters

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I promised in the title some nonsense, the best I can do is tell you about some of the random things we got in the UK shipment. We had to just pick the items by box number and the inventory list wasn’t very clear. So we now have my wedding dress and shoes, Gregor’s very first pair of shoes, a wallpaper striper, some plant pots (Katrine is happy about these) and a carpet cleaner (we have marble floors). In my defense for the last one, the box said vacuum cleaner which I did want.

I am going to stop faffing with this and get back to the unpacking!