Archive | December 23, 2013

Day 183: Wooah We’re halfway there..

halfway there bon joviWoooh we’re half way there-er
Wooah living on a prayer,
take my hand and we can make it I swear-er
Wooah living on a prayer,

Seriously…I have been waiting half a year to make that reference!!

Yes…Really! I decided on the name for my half way post right at the start!

And…day 183 is the half way point! πŸ˜€

Yep that’s right, on Saturday the 21st December 2013, I had officially done exercise every day for half a year! πŸ˜€

It hardly seems possible! day 14 doesn’t seem long ago!

halfway-point

just in case you hadn’t already got the message…

SO what did I do to Β mark this momentous day…

I went to the gym of course!

(and later I went to see the new Hobbit Movie…but the less said about that the better…)

While in the gym, I decided to do the program Matt gave me…you know, the one with hands stands on it and trx pikes and such…

New, supplementary, program

this one…

yes…that one…

The prescribed amount is…5 reps of each for 3 – 5 sets.

I worked through it as a circuit, all the way through then repeat as many times as possible (between 3 and 5) I managed 3 sets before I was broken…It is a lot harder than it looks this program!

It is awesome though, I like it and it gives me room for improvement!

in fact there was already improvement over last time as I did the battle rams, dive bombers (well some of them) on my feet, and the pikes on my hands rather than my elbows πŸ™‚

so all in all a pretty good half way point πŸ˜€

wooah oh we’re half way there-er…

sorry…it get in my head!

So … Day 183 Complete… πŸ˜€ woohoo πŸ˜€

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Day 182: Friday running improvement

Following Thursday’s run failure, It was definitely a run day on Friday πŸ™‚

So after work, I high tailed it over to the gym, got changed and (headphones in place :-D) I set off for my run in the park.
I am still running without the “aid” of an interval timer to tell me when to run and when to walk, and I am definitely improving. I am working hard to get over the mindset of “I have run for age, I should walk now” where my brain tells me to walk even though my legs don’t really need to… And I am getting there πŸ˜€

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Friday run

I managed to run beyond the 1 km marker, which (no matter how much warm up walking I do) I have not done since I was doing the c25k πŸ™‚ THe first km was also the quickest, then I slowed down, but then…some how I managed to speed up again and run more πŸ˜€ no idea how I managed that but Yeay!

I am also pleased that I managed to go twice around the park. I have planned to do that for the last two runs but always ended up cutting through the middle. This time I went round twice, and then I knew I was only about 400m away from 4 km so I did an extra little loop to make 4.2 km (it was a longer loop than I thought πŸ™‚

I was really pleased, it felt like a much longer run, and I felt like I could keep the running up for longer than my last two πŸ™‚ I am still not back to my pre-break pace, but I think that is partly because of running in the dark…

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According to the magic of the moves app, I ran for 27 mins of the 39 mins my run lasted for…this is considerably more running than walking πŸ˜€

Note…the initial 9 mins walking includes the walking backward and forward to the changing rooms and the faffing about while in there…I would say the actual warm up was no longer then 1 or 2mins πŸ˜€

This breakdown pleases me a lot πŸ˜€

I also completed another mission for the Zombies Run app, I found a lost child which is always good, and as it was a virtual child I didn’t have to have any actual interaction with an actual small human…which is always good too!

Day 182 complete πŸ˜€

 

 

Day 181: The best laid plans and all that…

Plan-A-B-C3I had a plan…It was a really good plan…

Until I discovered I had forgotten my headphones…

Ok..I’ll start earlier in the plan…although to be honest you can probably guess what happened…but I am going to tell you the story any way πŸ˜€

As I said, I had a plan…It started with a walk at lunchtime…so far so good…

Walk I did, I went off for a little march around my usual walking routes, I met a tiny tiny dog, possibly the smallest dog I have seen in a while. I also met a squirrel, he was very startling…a squirrel at about 1 meter away from your head is a surprising thing! I don’t know exactly how far I went, but I think it was about 3 km and it took about 25 mins. I know this is sadly lacking in my usual tracking app based data, but my phone was having a run out of battery and not take charge moment and I had to turnoff most of my apps O_o

I did manage to play the next episode in the Walk app mind you, it was a challenge based scouting mission where I had to find as many sentries as possible in 24 hours πŸ˜‰ It involved 74 mins of walking.

So that part of the plan was ok…the next part was to go for a run after work, I had packed my kit, fixed my phone so I could run from zombies, and I headed off to the gym to get changed and go for a run around the park… I managed the first part…I got to the gym got changed…

then…

as I was getting the last bits sorted I noticed that I hadn’t got my headphones…after several turnings out of my handbag I remembered they were in my trouser pocket from the day before 😦

This caused a good deal of sitting in the changing rooms trying to formulate a new plan…

I decided to go to tescos, as I needed to buy food anyway, pick up some cheap headphones which I can also leave in the car for emergencies then run around the paths near tescos…

rain

 

But somehow between my going into tescos and getting out again which was only about 20 mins…all the rain decided to start falling…not just light, I can still run in this rain but torrential I am getting soaked between tescos and the car sort of rain…

So I went home..and did this:

15 mins on the mini stepperplank
The next day’s workout on the press up trainer (on the lower step) with aerobic leg curls in the breaks.
3 x 10 squats setted with Β 3 x 10 (per leg) lunges
3 x 45s planks

it was not quite the same as the run I was planning, but it was something πŸ˜€

Day 181 Complete πŸ™‚

 

 

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