When News reporter Emma Judd signed up for this year’s Great South Run, she knew she’d need some help. As personal trainer Dawn Grant, from Portsmouth-based 24/7 Fitness, puts her through her paces, she’ll be writing about her progress each week.
Running. Apparently it’s a weighting game. The lighter you are, the better you are – especially for the 10 miles of the Great South Run.
So, of course, the first part of my training to get fit for October 28 involved getting on the scales and trying not to cry.
Now I’m not going to tell you what my vital statistics are, but I’m a little way off from fitting into my size 12 clothes I wore when I first started at The News in March 2010.
The lovely Dawn has put me on the diet from hell. If I eat any more chicken I think I’ll start clucking.
I miss ketchup. And white tea. And I really, really miss wine.
‘You’ll be doing this for eight weeks,’ said Dawn. ‘It’ll be hard, you’ll get quite moody and you’ll probably cry.’
My diet is a high protein, low fat, low carb, no fun slog.
It features chicken and tuna; chicken and more tuna; a bit of cottage cheese; the occasional banana and sometimes scrambled egg (with no ketchup).
I haven’t cried. I don’t think I’ve been particularly grumpy, but I do think it has affected me mentally.
Astonishingly, I decided I wasn’t doing enough at the gym, so signed up for an extra class.
But more about my attempts to kick people in the face in next week’s column.