I brought the new year in with aching muscles. I traditionally like to do an extra long run on New Year's Eve, to round things off with that special feeling of smugness. This year, rather than go for mega distance, I decided to get a head start on another resolution - more hill running. I can plod along for miles on the flat, but hills pretty much finish me off. This must stop.
So, I decided to go for a 10-mile loop from my house, incorporating as many hills as possible. The greatest of these was to venture up Bear Road (in Brighton, look it up on Streetview and please be impressed!). I got through it by pretending I was on the travelator in Gladiators.
I duly spent the entire evening scuttling sideways up and down the stairs like a crab. Still, I'm not sure that this can be entirely blamed on Bear Road. The day before, I did the Cindy Crawford workout video - the same one I used to do as a kid for fun in the 90s. Cindy is magnificent, and unfathomably keen on a lunge.
I really do think that, so many years on, Cindy Crawford's 'Next Challenge' workout has got to be one of the best. I'm planning to keep at it, and to try to dig out some other 'super' workout videos.