Year 2 Week 8: Workout mash up

I am not sure I can in all good conscience use the phrase mash up without seeming like someone trying to be cooler than they really are…but I am giving it a try…

It has been an interesting week, it started well with awesome running and PT, but had a very definite dip in the middle when I couldn’t breathe properly and was forced to take an actual rest day! It picked up towards the end again mind you, when the muscle strain that was causing the breathing problem got better…possibly due to the rest day…


Monday involved walking and running, on two separate occasions…or to put it another way:
Lunchtime: 3km walk
Running with Lisa, which as I mentioned last week is an experience!
A good experience, but certainly one that is different to many running experiences you may have! Lisa Is so energetic she is makes me try to go faster…something which I really need!!

I totally held the camera too close to my head!

I totally held the camera too close to my head!

so here we are…running πŸ˜€

I went to Lisa’s this week, and we ran on the downs link path, only it was a different part of the downs link path to normal…one much closer to the edge of the country…

(or the sea if you want to call it that…)

If you look closely at the picture there, you might see that we went 5.6km and that includes my personal 5k record πŸ˜€ woohoo!

So all in all a good run πŸ˜€

AM: PT πŸ˜€ this was excellent! we did some fairly confusing stuff with a ViPR which involved doing split squat jumps while switching sides with the Vipr, some hold the ViPR overhead and lean from side to side things, and some squats while holding the ViPR out with straight arms and sort of scooping it up above my head… a little bit like a mechanical digger!

We also did heavy squats…as you may know, I love heavy squats πŸ˜€ I did, 10@20kg as a warm up, 6 @40kg, 6 @ 50 kg and 6 @60kg πŸ˜€

In addition to this awesomeness there was of course some shoulder strengthening, and boxing, quite a lot of boxing πŸ˜€
Lunchtime: 2.7km walk
By the evening, I started to notice that it hurt across the top of my right pectoral muscle when I breathed or sat down…I decided to ignore it and hope it went away…

witch hunt in orange

you can’t miss me…I am orange!

Wednesday morning I noticed that the main in my chest was not better…but it did get better when I lent on a spiky ball…leading me to believe it was muscular in origin. It was in fact the exact same pain I had when I came off crutches after having a broken leg, which was indeed a muscle overwork in my chest…

so I decided to take Ibruprophen, lean on my spiky ball more and hope it went away…
Lunchtime: 2.8km walk
PM: Β dancing. I thought dancing would probably be fine, after all it was only muscle pain not actually trouble breathing…and I was right, for the first couple of dances, then after number 4 or 5 I felt like I couldn’t breath and nearly had a panic attack…so got banned from dancing any more by my more sensible friends in mythago…

By Thursday, I decided that this not being able to breathe thing was getting annoying and that unless I actually let my self heal, I wasn’t going to get any better…
So I read the internet, asked Nancy and did a little soul searching and decided that it was in my best interests to have an actual rest day! you can read about it and why it was a good idea here “the rest day!”

the pain was much less…still hurt when I laid down but most of it was gone…maybe resting was a good idea…
Lunchtime 2.8km walk

look runners!!

look runners!!


Saturday was another running day!! that is two in a week…I’ll get back in to this I know I will!
I went for a run with Rachel, the friend of mine who has convinced me to do a half marathon with her despite my not being a runner!
Β was a little concerned about this after my weird pains during the week, but when I woke up nothing hurt so I decided it couldn’t be that bad!
we also went at Rachel intervals which helped…Rachel is just starting her running life, she is doing the c25k and is on week 3 so we did a combination of that and some 2 min intervals and 3 min walks on the way back. It was good, exactly the right thing for that particular Saturday, and it pushed Rachel into going for 2km more than she normally does πŸ˜€

Rachel is, once she gets more used to running, going ot be much better at it than me…she is taller and lighter…which means I am going to have to up my game to keep up πŸ˜€ yeay a challenge!



Sunday was lovely pilates day! it was a good challenging pilates class, with enough to extend me πŸ˜€

And the rest of the day I dedicated to studying advance anatomy and physiology for my fast approaching Personal Trainer workshop!

You may also have noticed a lack of insanity workouts this week…It was a deliberate ploy in line with the “have a rest and attempt to fix yourself” thinking I employed this week! I will be back on it next week πŸ˜€


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7 responses to “Year 2 Week 8: Workout mash up”

  1. NancyTex says :

    The one week break from Insanity probably had as much to do with your recovery as your official rest day! That program us intense – and doesn’t seem to offer any discernible rest. Is there a way for you to follow the program and force your own rest day 1x/week in there?

    Ps Nice running!

    • Ice_Badger says :

      there is a rest day, on a Sunday, but I tend to do pilates on it instead of actually resting…

      My ain problem is I don’t want to give up any of the other things I do in order to do insanity so at least 3 sometimes 4 days a week I am doing Insanity + some other thing…and working through my rest day..
      Ok when I look at it like that it sounds stupid!
      I am going to continue with insanity, but I may not do it as well as PT for example..

      I am getting back into running, which is a good thing as I have a blooming half marathon to train for!!

      • NancyTex says :

        I’m sure you’ll strike the right balance. It’s hard when you try to commit to one thing as a daily thing because you either end up doubling up on some days or dropping other activities completely. When I went a little crazy for yoga and was doing it daily, I found there wasn’t enough time to do an hour of yoga + my nightly hour+ walk + the home reno stuff + life in general. And then I started feeling soft and lumpy. πŸ™‚
        So now I’m doing yoga as time permits (or when I feel stressed and need it) and ensuring I’m getting enough cardio in. Still need to get back to my StrongLifts program though..

      • Ice_Badger says :

        I really want to get back to strong lifts!

        I did powerlifting supersets with Matt yesterday and I loved it!!

        I might end up doing Insanity 3 times a week and other things other days, I will still get the benefit of it, but not to the exclusion of everything else!

      • NancyTex says :

        Sounds like a sensible plan!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        I am really getting the hang of this sensible thing!!

        I might have to do something crazy to counteract it… πŸ˜‰

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