Archive | February 2014

Day 248 & 249: one day I will do yoga and I won’t be in pyjamas

One day, but not either of these two days.

For this post I have a brand new blog friend along for the ride… I am shamelessly stealing some of her awesome doodles today, please click on them because they will take you lovely posts on her blog: perpetualplotholeย go and read it…but please come back here too ๐Ÿ™‚

sticklet wave

Here she is say hi!

As Monday morning approached…ok…by that I mean Sunday evening… It became apparent that I was either not better, or ill again in quick succession. GRRRRR!!!

By became apparent, I mean that I felt sick, my tummy hurt, my temperature was wrong and my skin hurt…I didn’t even know skin could hurt!


fancy pants new app

Due to this new and unpleasant development I stayed at home on Monday and decided not to over do it in the evening by going to body pump. ( ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I miss body pump!)

Instead of lifting stuff up and putting it down again I decided to do some Yoga, from a pretty good app that I found which had beginners routines and poses. there were 4 beginners workouts which were 15 mins each.
Beginner routine
Beginner Seated Poses
Beginner Lying Poses
Beginner Standing poses

I did the Routine and the Lying poses on monday and the Seated and Standing Poses on Tuesday.

In my pyjamas.

But not cow pyjamas this time!ย 

The main problem I had with this was the tendency for my pyjama top to flop around and fall over my head. this is moderately distracting while trying not to fall over and hold a correct downward dog!

stick yoga

My yoga did not look like this…

I have no way of knowing how ridiculous I looked while I was doing this…but let me tell you that my pyjamas are somewhat on the big side… and got in the way really quite a lot!

However, it definitely counted as a good workout in my diminished state, and I actually felt the stretchy bendyness of it being beneficial.

Or rather, I felt that is could be beneficial if I did it more than twice!

I am now investigating yoga classes to attend, which I have a sneaky suspicion I will have to wear real clothes to and not red tartan pyjamas that used to fit me 2 stone ago!

any way…in a more restful way than normal!

Day 248 & 249 complete ๐Ÿ™‚


Day 246 & 247: Pyramids and Pilates

Good morning…still playing catch up…

Day 246 Saturday

sleep smileBy Saturday it transpired that although I was feeling better, my energy levels were still very low, and I ended up spending a considerable amount of the day asleep…which was an annoying waste of a day, but I probably needed it!

I decided that a bodyweight routine at home was the order of the day, I didn’t want to derail the getting better thing…so I did:

A pyramid circuit (1 – 10 reps) ย of Jumping jacks, squats, press ups. 3 x 10 bridges, Pilates single leg raise, superman raises.
I have to confess I have forgotten the exact details of what else I did…I blame residual illness and diminished mental capacity! I do remember that when it was over I attempted to get my powerball working to work on lower arm and grip strength for climbing…I was less than successful however, I will keep trying and keep you posted! (they are slightly gimmicky…but fairly effective if you can get them going…)

Day 246 Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 247 Sunday

Sunday, as is traditional, started with pilates ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a good session using some resistance bands and some weights but mainly traditional bodyweight exercises. The class involved a mixture of the usual exercises plus on unusual one.

it did not go this well...

it did not go this well…

I might have mastered the open leg rocker, and the v-sit hold, but the shoulder stand was another matter altogether…

I did get my legs up…straight more or less…but despite the instructions about keeping core tight and holing straight…I couldn’t help but feel like my boobs and tummy were attempting to smother me! I went with the level 2 option the last few times and attempted to control my legs on their descent with my core…rather than flopping down due to gravity…

Following class, I decided I would go for a walk, I knew I was planning to spend the rest of the day studying and wanted to do a little more activity first, so I headed to Jubilee Fields, the local “Trim Trail” and sports ground for a little wander.


I don’t know why my trouser legs are different lengths…

It was a pleasant, if windy walk, it is hard to see in the picture but it was very windy and thus pretty cold on this walk, however, it was nice to get some fresh (very fresh) air.

I walked for half an hour, and went 2 km… I also attempted a pull up on the bars of the trim trail…what I managed was jumping up and slowing my descent down a little with my arms…I guess I will stick with the half pull ups I do in the gym for a little longer… ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 247 Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 245: Too early for a Friday

Its Friday, it’s 7am…

Its’s time for PT…what else!


the first problem with Friday morning…

The first problem with Friday morning was that I had had less than 5 hours sleep.

totally my own fault…

But It still explained why my brain was not working properly when I got up!

I got to the gym and this lead to the second problem…


not my gym card

this is a tesco clubcard (yes I know it says that on it) For those of you unfamiliar with it, it is a supermarket loyalty card.

It is not, in any way, my gym card!

However, it is what I presented to the girl behind the desk in an attempt to gain entry to the gym…

It looks nothing like my gym card!

anyway…on to the actual work out…

Due to my still coughing state and my clearly diminished mental capacity, we took it slightly easier than normal…

Slightly easier…but we still did:

Olympic type lifting with a core bag, trx work, cable machine work, floor strength work and some 360 defence and boxing training! I made the mistake of leaving the write up of this for a 5 days so I can’t actually remember all the things we did but there were definitely…


things like this…

High pulls, clean and presses with the 20kg core bag (which is annoyingly bulky)
Cable machine core presses and overhead holding versions of the same thing,
TRX one armed rows, plank pikes, plank pikes with abduction, mountain climbers, half pull ups, and muscle ups.
Dive bomber press ups, battle rams, hollow body hold.

I held off on the handstand…just in case I fell down.

The boxing we did was slower than normal, we did 360 defence and worked on technique more than normal, which was good ๐Ÿ˜€

It was enjoyable, but I did realise that I was not quite as better as I thought!

Day 245 Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 244: Craggy Island

I awoke on Thursday morning slightly less convinced that morris dancing cures colds… I still had a cough…but I was not going to be deterred by such things and Thursday is now climbing day ๐Ÿ˜€ so after work and suchlike Jen and I set off on our merry way to Craggy Island in Guildford, which is where said climbing takes place (at least where it takes place when it is dark and we have to climb indoors…)


I told you last week about the time I threw myself off a mountain and how it affected my climbing persona. How I basically turned from someone who was a fairly competent climber with little fear to someone who basically gets 3 holds up and cries.

This is not a climbing persona I wanted to perpetuate..but after facing my fears last week I was half confident that I would be better this week.

I wasn’t.

But I did get over it quicker this time! Which is definitely an improvement!

IMG_3130[1]The first 2 routes both started well, but ended in me forgetting how to move, freezing completely and basically panicking until I got down again…

The third route started with fear and coming down, but then on the third go I managed to get to the top, I also managed to make my life difficult by putting my feet on the wall behind me (the route was in a corner) instead of on the holds…this is allowed but is not always helpful!

Anyway…I got to the top ๐Ÿ˜€

On the way backdown I ended up trapped and sitting on part of a different wall…this is hard to explain but the route is in a corner and your bum hits the other wall on the way down. the other wall had a ledge on it that I ended up somehow sitting on…at which point I got all flustered and shouted “help, back up, I am stuck”

Apparently “back up” is not actually possible.

So I had to remember how to do things and stop sitting on a ledge and basically just put my feet down (I was 3 feet off the floor at this point…)

It was a teeny tiny mental block…I didn’t actually mean back up…but never mind.

The good thing about this was that it made us laugh so much that I completely forgot about being scared and went back to remembering how to climb things…I am still a way off remembering how to climb properly but I am getting there!

well actually I can remember how to climb fine…I just can’t force my legs and arms to do what my brain know they should do…but that is a battle for next time ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 244 complete

Day 243: It is official…morris dancing cures colds (at least for a while)

Ok…that is probably not actually true…

I can’t guarantee that if you have a cold, and you go morris dancing, the cold will go away…

But I can tell you that when I got to practice and started dancing, I genuinely felt like I was better…no cough, no cold, no dizziness ๐Ÿ˜€

It was an awesome practice!

apart from making me feel better, I got to dance 15 whole dances, I did a couple of well known (to me) dances in brand new places with no walk throughs and no mistake and only a tiny little bit of new place panic which went away once I got started!


a cage or a gauge?

The other remarkable thing that happened was we built a cage out of sticks and locked Dan in for being too fit and energetic…


no we didn’t do that, that would be mean!

What we did was build a gauge in the practice hall to measure our sticks and check they are regulation length.

Ok…No we didn’t do that either.

What actually happened was I stuck my stick in the hatch through from the kitchen…and it happened to be the same height as the opening…

seee….that wouldn’t have made as good a story if I had just said that in the first place…so there :-p

anyway…despite being ill…and thinking I might not make much dancing happen…I (as I have mentioned) did 15 whole dances (and a couple of walks and a half dance…yes a half dance is a thing…) and these were:

Maiden Castle, Sticky dance (aka Awakening) x 4, Standing Stones, Our Henry x 2, Taggle Taggle Gypsy x2, Parma Ham x 2, Summerland, Foul mouth cat, Fanny Frail ๐Ÿ˜€

Wooohooo 15 dance…this is a record!

I am without a doubt fitter than I was… ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 243 Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 238 – 242: Balls flying everywhere…

Good morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry (again) about the smushed together catch up post thingy, but I am just emerging from underneath a horrible cough/cold/ear/throat infection thingy… It is the second cold this month and as such has annoyed me a lot! I has so far managed to stop me doing body pump and a park run and PT!

It didn’t stop me doing my daily work out…but it made me nearly want to…not good! So without further ado (or complaining…) this is what I got up to..

Day 238 (Friday)

Friday, after work I sat in the gym/park car park arguing with myself about going for a run in the torrential rain / 35mph winds…

I won ๐Ÿ˜‰


6 week 6 pack

That is to say, the part of me that said…it is very windy, raining and you have a sore throat and earache won…

so I went home and did one of my newly arrived Jillian Michaels DVDs.

6 Week 6 Pack to be exact…mainly because I hadn’t done it yet and I thought some core strengthening would fit in with the climbing etc that I have been doing recently..

It turned out to be quite challenging in places, I still can’t do a side plank no matter how strong my core seems to get…although give me time and I will get there! It was basically 2 goes round a quite long circuit which involved lots of different core exercises. they were not just endless crunches mind you…there were aerobic/core exercises (plank jacks, mountain climbers, burpees) interspersed with strength/core exercises (side planks with a knee twist, single/double leg raises) and standing core exercises (standing crunches, side bend lungey things) and many more that I have temporarily blocked from my memory…

I will add the same caveat tp this DVD that I have to all the rest…it is good, it will work, but it is better if it isn’t the only exercise you do ๐Ÿ™‚ (and no…I do not think that in 6 weeks time I will have a 6 pack…too much to get rid of from on top of the muscle for it to go away in 6 weeks…but it is a start ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Day 239 (Saturday)

Saturday morning should have ย been my inaugural park run with my friend Lisa. However, I was still feeling like I had a cold coming on along with a sore throat and earache and to top that off the wind speed was likely to be 40 mph so I decided to postpone this run until later. I promptly spent a large amount of the rest of the day asleep.

Later in the day, I woke up and felt better, so I decided I would risk going for a run (I had some guilt because I had bailed out on Lisa and now I was running, but I had slept a lot of extra hours in between and the wind had dropped completely…also the non-pressure of it not being a park run meant that if necessary I could turn it into a walk…


look at all the pretty data!

Anyhow…after my disappointment with the first 10k trainer app, I decided to try out a second one…I found one by Redrock apps which was purple and had other features that made me think it would suit me better…not least of which was the runs,a although they involved short intervals at first were all 40 mins or longer rather than 25 mins ๐Ÿ™‚ The other major advantage was the gps tracking it provided…
Look there it is, with its deceptively easy looking intervals and its plethora of lovely data! It even shows me on the map which bits I ran and which bits I walked ๐Ÿ˜€

The run actually went better than I expected ๐Ÿ˜€ I could complete the intervals pretty easily and because it was a nice long run (time-wise) I managed to get 2 episodes of Zombies run! completed in one go.

OK…that is not strictly speaking true…I had to extend the run by 5 mins to finish the last episode…but I managed that too and so I consider the whole thing a success! On to day 2 ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 240 (Sunday)

Woohoo Sunday was Pilates day!

After all the strength training I ended up doing this week, my Sunday reset was very well received ๐Ÿ˜€

I just about managed all of the exercises at an advanced level, but I could really feel that I had done a lot this week! I was feeling slightly better from the cough/cold sore throat thing though so at this point I couldn’t tell if I was ill or just tired…

bridge options

One legged bridges…with and without balls…

I do, at this point have to confess to a less than ladylike, less than demure moment in the pilates class. An incident which, I am sure I was the only person to find hilarious… I have no idea whether this says more about me or the other people in the class…

It all started with a shoulder bridge.

we were holding the little squishy balls between out knees, and Sarah gave instructions for the one legged option, but accidentally gave instructions for option b (over there) rather than option a. (no that wasn’t the funny bit…)ย she rapidly corrected herself, saying you can’t raise you bent leg of you are using the ball…there would be balls flying everywhere! which I found endlessly amusing and nearly fell over out of my ย bridge… I shortly realised that no one else found this remotely funny and pulled myself together…

Ok…just me then…maybe you had to be there…


awesome pilates class anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 241 (Monday)

By Monday morning, it had become abundantly clear that I was actually ill and not just tired…I was coughing and sputtering and so dizzy I couldn’t actually walk…

So…I stayed in bed, slept a lot and didn’t get much better ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was determined to go to Body Pump, I was dressed and ready and loaded up on stemitil and actifed and everything…

and 7:55 rolled around…and I was supposed to be leaving…when I realised I was far too bleugh to be doing body pump…and not really safe to drive any where…

grrrr!! first body pump class missed since it started in September! grrr!!

I really really wanted just to stop for the day…but I there was no way I was letting a little cough /cold thing stop me so I did a short work out at home:

Press ups – according to app (7, 6, 6, 5, 3) with standing leg raises / standing crunches in the breaks
squats according to the app (24, 16, 15, 16) with lunges (10 per leg) in the breaks
3×10 bridges
3×10 per leg single leg straighten thingies
I then attempted sit ups only to realise that this made me very dizzy and had to be picked up off the floor by my husband and put back on the sofa…

Not the best ending to not the best work out…but it was something…

Day 241 (Tuesday)

Tuesday was the day ย I learned that running with a cough/cold/infection-y thing is hard work and it makes me slow…

It was late in the day, I had spent a lot of time sitting or asleep and my legs needed me to do something energetic…



So I wrapped up against the cold and set off on an intrepid adventure to embark on my 2nd go at 10k training using the more successful of the two apps.

ok..I might have over sold it a little bit there…but it was cold and I did do running.

The second session of the was 46 mins long with more running than the last session. I didn’t find it as easy as the last time, which considering there was only about 3 mins (or so) more running was probably not due to sudden escalation in difficulty. I can only assume that coughing, not being able to breathe properly and having no energy at all probably didn’t help my performance at all!

However, I completed it as proscribed and managed to do another 2 missions on zombies run ๐Ÿ™‚ so all in all I think it was a pretty good work out considering ๐Ÿ˜€

Th other thing I learned was that my gym trousers are not thick enough for running in winter! I have been using my thermal running tights a lot recently but they were in the wash. Sadly, it was too late to do anything about it by the time I had figured that out…and I had very cold leggies! a fact that probably didn’t help my speed much…

Not all the best workouts I have done, but I managed one whether I wanted to or not ๐Ÿ˜€

Say days 238 – 242 complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 237: Dizzy new heights

On 31st July 2011 I fell down a mountain and broke my leg.

(I can’t remember whether I have mentioned this before but I did. )

I fell off a mountain...

I fell off a mountain…

The mountain was Helvellyn in the Lake District, the fall was about 5m downwards over rocks into a stream and the activity was scrambling.

Scrambling (for the uninitiated) being a cross between will walking and climbing, where you have to use both hands and feet to ascend and ย are generally easier climbs with not much actual vertical.

I am slightly lazy on the details, but I was avoiding the wet bit, incase I slipped, and I either, lost my footing, lost my hand hold or both at once and ended up falling/rolling down into that stream!

I had a broken leg, a few bruises, a cut head and had to be carried down the rest of a mountain on a stretcher. I mainly remember being cold, wet, not letting the paramedics cut my walking boot off because it was new and being really pleased that my camera wasn’t broken.

Why am I telling you this now?

Yes it is relevant…

No! I didn’t just want to tel my “I fell off a mountain” story because it is impressive and scary!

Ok…I’ll get to the point…

On Thursday, I went rock climbing for the first time since this event.



It was indoors, and I was on ropes so*technically* I knew I was safe as my husband was belaying on the rope at the bottom.

However…This was the first time I have climbed anything since I fell down.

3 years ago!

I knew I would be nervous…But I didn’t anticipate getting 1/3 of the way up the first wall, freezing completely and having to come back down.

I tried again, and the second time I was virtually in tears and shaking before I started, but this time I got 2/3 of the way up before I froze…that was progress!

all our feet! (mine are the smaller blue ones)

all our feet! (mine are the smaller blue ones)

I was entirely unprepared for this sort of fear, I have never experienced anything like this. I have never really had a fear like that!

We used to climb a lot, every week and we were pretty good at it and I remembered how much I used to enjoy it…I was determined to get back there by the end of the evening!

The next thing I did was go right back to the beginning, to the easiest climb in the place, and I made it all the way to the top.

And it was very easy. A lot like climbing a ladder…but I hadn’t actually been more than 5 steps up a ladder for 3 years…so that was also progress ๐Ÿ˜€

The next one I was about three moves from the top before I froze, and I worked out that it was the point where things got tricky and I was unsure of what to do when I thought there was a possibility that i might fall when I froze, so I let go. Just to prove that I wouldn’t die…and I didn’t so that was all ok.

On the last climb, something clicked…I realised that I could hold my bodyweight on my arms while I changed my feet round on a foothold, I managed to actually climb in the way I used to…

well…in the way I used to when we started…I am still very very out of practice…

But on the last climb, I didn’t freeze…I enjoyed myself and didn’t at any point think “I’d rather be running”

This was amazing progress!!

I climbed things!!

I climbed things!!

The other good thing about climbing is when you are not climbing, you are belaying (manning the rope) for the other person who is climbing…and that is pretty active too…especially when that person weighs more than you do…which my husband does. It was much easier when it was Jen…who weighs about the same as a metaphorical light thing…

(ok…my metaphor deserted me then…shhh)

All in all it was awesome…it was terrifying…then it was awesome and I am going to do it all again next week! I am prepared to have to face some fear again next week, but I am sure it will not be as much ๐Ÿ˜€

(I am also aware that climbing harnesses are not particularly flattering at the moment…but it is only a matter of time ๐Ÿ˜€ )

So day 237 emotionally complete ๐Ÿ˜€



Day 236: Wow! what a Wednesday 2: The return of the crazy

Remember last Wednesday when I did PT in the morning and 2 hours of awesome dancing in the evening?

Well…yesterday was like that, but with extra stuff added!

It started out with PT again. It is an early start, and involves leaving the house at 0630 but it is worth it!

We started off with vipr warm ups again, in the form of thread the needle, clean and press, straight arm lunging swooshy things that involved a lot of coordination for early in the morning, and one other thing that I have completely forgotten due to me having done a lot of things since then (you will see)

We then made a tactical assault on the freeweights area and commandeered the bench and bar
ok…it wasn’t really as an aggressive move as all that…we just walked in really and got on with it…
At this point I had to bench press things…well that bar mainly, first at 20kg as a warm up, then 27kg for plyometric presses…you know the ones where you push the bar up really fast, almost throwing it up…well those. Then Matt waved a broomstick at me.

overhead squat

I did not manage to get this much extension on my shoulders…

seriously he did. ย Then he made me do overhead squats, like the ones in the picture only I didn’t manage to keep my arms up that high…but I am improving…I guess this is why he made me do it with a broomstick over my head not a heavy bar!

We carried on lifting with the large bar for a while and did:
front squats, High pulls, rows which were fast up and slow down.

We then scuttled over to the cable machine (I know…we invaded before, why we are now scuttling I have no idea…anyway) and go on with: double cable woodchops then face pulls and shoulder extension thingies.

Next a meander over to the TRX for a set or two of Pull ups (from squat on toes) inverted shoulder presses, muscle ups to y shape thingies and press ups.

With a slight hop to the left, some floor based exercises including: Roll up to squat (nearly), Tripod headstands and handstands, dive bombers and battle rams with hands on kettlebells.
12kgThen as the kettlebells were there…some swings, some clean and presses and some snatches ๐Ÿ˜€ with 12kg kettlebells I might point out!! ๐Ÿ˜€
this even impressed Matt, who then said I should go to his kettlebell class to show the people there how it should be done and to stop them complaining about 4kg kettlebells being heavy… which I might do, it is on a Monday, I can go to that ย before body pump right?

We finished up the session with boxing, mostly, some kicks quite a few knees but mostly boxing. It was a pretty quickfire session too because Matt had his little focus pads rather than the Thai pads and He got me small, light bag gloves rather than my normal 12oz gloves.
All that happened before 8am (well mostly before 8am)

So…approximately 10.5 hours later, I found myself returning to the gym (albeit a different one) to try a class innocuously named Body Blitz… This, I have to say, was down to my friend Jen who decided we should try it…

body blitzContrary to the sound of the name, this is not one of the Les Mills school of “body xxxx” type classes

But in fact one of the increasingly rare (in this area at least) independent classes, made up (as far as I know) entirely by the instructor. It started a little shakily with what seemed to be a warm up that went on far longer than a warm up normally does, and I then concluded that this was the aerobic portion of the class, it consisted of such things as skaters, high knees and other such things. The instructor was definitely pitching this at a middle level which, looking around the class was fair, there was a high proportion of people in the class who seemed happy with the lower impact versions of the exercises. Of course Jen and I upped the difficulty as much as possible, actually jumping from side to side in the skaters for example.

plates like these with useful handles :-)

plates like these with useful handles ๐Ÿ™‚

when we arrived at the class, we were told we would need weights, and just to get a couple of light ones (I suspect there was a tiny little bit of snap assumption going on but considering the class I’ll let him off) so I got 2kg dumbbells. Which seemed acceptable when we were punching with weights, but much less acceptable when we were doing chest presses, at that point I had to dash to the weights and pick up some 5kg plates. I felt slightly embarrassed doing that, like people might think I was showing off…but there was really no point in my doing chest press/flys etc with 2kg dumbbells…
The class progressed into a series of short circuits, using both weights and bodyweight exercises. It did not push me very hard, but, it was one of those classes that you can make as hard as you want by choosing heavier weights for example of doing full press ups etc.

The one thing this class did do…was warm me up for Wednesday activity part 3…

Of course it was Mythago practice ๐Ÿ˜€

It was a slightly controversial practice, as some members wanted to cancel it due to the bad weather we have been having…others of us decided that the weather really wasn’t that bad and went anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

There ended up being thirteen of us…which is probably a better showing than last week!

I did a lot of dancing. It also meant that it was a good chance to get new dancers up to speed on some dances and sort out some of the creases in a dance that we have never danced out because id hasn’t quite worked.

It was an excellent practice, and strangely enough the moderate body blitz class worked as a pretty good warm up ๐Ÿ™‚

There was quite a bit of walking through and breaking stuff down as we were learning new dances so this is what I ended up doing:

Maiden Castle, witch hunt x 2 + walk, raggle taggle gypsy x 2 + walk, standing stones, our henry, sticky dance ย x2 + walk and learn.

It was lots of fun, and I was really quite hyperactive during this practice ๐Ÿ˜€

I have to say…by the time I got home I was really tired!

There is an outside chance that all of those things was *maybe*, just *maybe* too many things in one day… fun though ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 236 complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 235: I am slightly better at running than I thought I was…

Yesterday was my first official training run for the slightly dreaded 10k that I am running.


this app…

As I had downloaded a training app (yes I have an app addiction…shhh) I decided I would use it, and that I would do exactly what it said with regards to when to run and when I walk etc.

This app is designed to take people from no running experience at all to 10k in 14 weeks. I have running experience, and I only have 11 weeks until my 10k so I decided to start on week 4. This was a bad decision.

It turns out I underestimated my running ability!


This was the pattern of the run.

I thought it might be slightly easier than I was used to…but it was silly… it turned out that in the whole run I only ran 14 mins and walked the rest.

I did my best to run when told and walk when told but I confess I did run a bit in the warm up because I had been walking backwards and forwards to the changing room etc before I started and I skipped half of the cool down because the last 2 min walk interval runs directly into the cool down which was 7 mins walking…too much walking. ย I finished the run feeling like I had been on a brisk walk with a bit of running in it and that I kept having to stop just as I was getting going!

You may be wondering why I didn’t just abandon the app and do my own thing…well I need to follow a training plan to improve for this 10k and I think I will benefit from doing it in a structured way. So I need to get used to following the interval instructions and sticking to the structure. I have to say I found it weird. I both liked it because there was a plan, and hated it because I was constantly wondering how far into the interval I was. I was also worrying a little about whether the 3 apps I had going were going to interact ok. They did so that is one less thing to worry about…

Wait hang on (I hear you cry) 3 apps? Well yes…

It turns out this new app doesn’t give you any gps data or info on speed or distance, so I used Strava as well. And of course I had to have the zombies…The story is getting interesting and my little town needs upgrading!

(yes I know I just started a sentence with And which would get me thrown out of the grammar pedants union…of course there is one… don’t kill me, it just made sense this once!)


<—- look…it is quite amazing how much less data you get out of this app than the Strava app!! This is quite disappointing considering the 10k app was a paid for app and the Strava one was free!

It is also pretty easy to see that both my speed and distance are down on my previous runs.

I think I will move on a week or two, I need structure and intervals but I would like to be going for longer than half an hour really. SO I will either jump ahead again, or I will investigate to see if there are more apps out there which will provide me with more data!

It was a worthwhile thing to do mind you because I have learned a couple of things:
1) as I have already said, I am better than I thought which takes away a tiny bit of fear about the 10k! (only a tiny bit)
b) I can get used to running with structure again
iii) I decided that I did like running in my stripey socks…


hehehehe…pink is not my usual colour…

loook more stripey socks!!

So with some lessons learned…

Day 235 Complete ๐Ÿ˜€

Challenge 6: Not only 10k but a trail run!

Never listen to me when I say I am not going to do something…especially when I am relatively vociferous about it!

It generally means that I am going to backtrack completely and change my mind!

This challenge is proof of that, it is also proof that I am easily influenced, don’t do my research and prone to biting off more than I can chew.

I signed up for this: (click it…there is info…but come back!)

Angmering Bluebell Trail Run

OK… the introduction may seem a tiny tiny bit over dramatic…but you have to bear 2 things in mind…

I can’t yet run 10k and this is on 27th April…in fact I can’t even continuously run 5k!

I have never run a trail run before!


Me right now!! (yes I am now LEGO!)

I got completely carried away because a friend of mind Dan signed up for the 10 mile version of this race, skip read the information and signed up before I had second thoughts. Mainly because I thought it looked pretty!

I realise now that I completely misread the word “trail” as “train” which makes sense if you are local as there is a railway near here (but probably not actually in Angmering) called the Bluebell Railway. SO what I thought was a run on some paths near the bluebell railway…which must be quite flat…railways are generally flat in the UK… turned out to be a trail run that is described as undulating from the start!

Runners world described it like this:
10k quote

Tough 10k!! Sting in the tail!! See the LEGO face above!!

So my challenge is to complete the run, to run as much of it as possible and I would really love not to come last…but am not holding my breath.

Of course I am not holding ย my breath…that really wouldn’t help!!

I have started preparations…I have found an app that is similar to the c25k but takes you from beginner to 10k in 14 weeks.

I have 11 weeks until the race. But I am fairly sure I am better than the run 1 min walk 1.5 min first weeks. So I am going to start on week 4 and see how I go!

Quite frankly I am terrified and I just want to make a good enough attempt at it that the race officials don’t have to wait for me before they close the course.

Ok…I am also quite looking forward to it and am pleased to have something to train for ๐Ÿ˜€

I will (of course) keep you posted on both training and the event!


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