I am knackered! Well my legs are anyway, and I am so happy about it – honest!!!
Yesterday morning I played my first game of football in about 15 years (discounting one 5 a side game about 8 years ago). It is 7 years to the month that I had my cruciate ligament replaced, so all in all I was somewhat dubious as to how I would play and how I would feel afterwards.
As far as the playing went I was OK. My brain was way faster than my body (probably always was) but I held my own and really enjoyed it. Why was I playing? I got asked to put a ‘England’ team together for a 7 a side football tournament here in Almerimar at the end of the month, so we thought that we should get together and see what we were capable of. It was great, and we will be playing a couple of times a week before the tournament!
I have also found a tennis partner and got a key ‘donated’ for a private tennis court so have been out a couple of times and have scheduled to play twice a week – so 2 tennis and 2 football would be great!!! If we survive the tournament I think we are going to start playing 5 a side weekly which would be perfect.
Add to that the fact that I am still running 3 or 4 times a week, and have used the bike or walked more often than in recent months when down in the marina and I am feeling pretty good – knackered, stiff and a little sore but good all the same. I am eating less, hardly drinking any alcohol so I must be losing some weight. I certainly look and feel fitter. I am going to weigh myself after the tournament though and take it from there as far as future weight loss target goes, as for now I have more than enough to be concentrating on!