Archive | May 2015

So remember the new thing…

ok…I guess given the history of this blog the “new thing” doesn’t narrow it down much…

I mean this new thing: Outdoor fitness

I thought I had better give you all an update into how it is going…

the answer is it is going ok…

It got off to a shaky start, I did two weeks then went on holiday which was followed by a bank hoilday snd then got going again which pretty much means that I had to start afresh and have only really been runnign this class for 4 weeks despite actually having taught 6…

the first 2 were pouplated entirely by my friend Graham…

Graham, doing my circuits class all on his own!

Graham, doing my circuits class all on his own!

He has been great actually, he has turned up every week and worked hard even when he has been all on his own!

The good news is…I have on two occasions now had 3 people! AND on one of those occasions one of the people came along in response to my advertising rather than being press ganged into it by either me or Graham!!

As I understand it this is how it starts! Slowly and by persevering and eventually people will get word and bring friends and all of that!

So despite my being the most impatient person in the world and wanting the class to be full already. I know in reality that these things start slowly and it has not been going that long really…

Consequently I am actually pleased that it is starting slowly, it is stopping me from being terrified every Monday!!

The other new thing I have been working on is the website to go with this endeavour! I have been busily writing it over the last couple of weeks and I have finally got it up and running, complete with sections for personal training, small group training and my group fitness class.

Feel free to go and have a look at it and if you know anyone in sussex who wants training…then feel free to share it!!

Real Fitness Sussex – Real Fitness for Real People!

I have no idea how I ended up with green as my colour...but I like it :-)

I have no idea how I ended up with green as my colour…but I like it 🙂

Audience participation is not recommended…

As I may have hinted in my last post, this Saturday just gone was Brighton Morris Day of Dance. It was an extravaganza of twirling and whirling and clashing of sticks, and there was a good bit of unusual stuff too…

Unusual stuff such as good Cotswold Morris dancing and Molly Dancing…


apart from the usual day full of fun and dancing and walking around from one end of town to the next on the oddly planned tour that is a day of dance. there was the added excitement of a pitch invasion!

no not a pitch…that can’t be right…

what is the ground on which a morris dance is carried out called ny way?

probably just the ground…

ok there was a ground invasion.

maybe a dance invasion…

what ever it is called, this is what happened!

It was the last stand.

The one where all the tired morris dancers at the end of the day of dance, get together and show off at each other.

It was out turn to dance and we had decided to do Company of Shadows, our shiny new dance which has debuted this year. I was negotiating a turn at the end of a reel and looked up to see a gentleman (loosely) in a beige jumper standing holding up his phone in the middle of the dance.

I danced towards him hearing cries of get out of the way form all around when it rapidly became apparent that this was not being as effective as we would like.

We knew this because he was still standing there oblivious to the whirling, now fairly angry, black clad dancer with large stick all around him.

At this point I decided to take matters into my own hands and (thankfully forgetting I was holding a stick) danced into him after speeding up and aiming my shoulder at hid chest!

Even after a solid knock from my charging not inconsiderable mass he was still just standing there, albeit further back than he was (I can hit quite hard…)

At this point one of the host morris men came and removed the offender before any other members of Mythago ran into him.

I can quite conclusively say that this is the first time I have had to body check anyone in the middle of a morris dance…make me glad I do power and strength training 🙂

I sadly don’t have a photo of the moment, but I have another which will hopefully give an idea of how fast we move and thus how much of a risk he was taking standing there…


I am the one on the left of the shot 🙂

Never let it be said that I am subtle 😀

Awesome Weekend of Dancing and walking!

Hello 🙂 on Saturday this happened:

and also this:

Dear Running pt 3

When I wrote part 1 and part 2 of this series, I wasn’t even sure there would be a part 3…

I certainly wasn’t making it part of my plan.

Not a “dear running pt 3” or any actual running. I remember saying I wouldn’t rule it out altogether, but I also remember vividly writing or at least thinking that the only thing that got me through that half marathon was the thought that I never had to run again!

It has been close to 2 months since *that* day and I have still no desire to run anywhere close to 13.1 miles (21km)


I have run twice since then and I have to say I haven’t hated it!

Both times were very short, and not very long running intervals and both times I was helping a friend (a different friend each time) who had just started running and wanted some company.

The first time was at the end of April, I was in Scotland, on a boat and we went for a short trot down the towpath.

lovely, sunny, cold!

lovely, sunny, cold!

I was shocked that I din’t hate it, and that I could successfully encourage Ros to push herself more than she thought she could! This is not something I thought I would ever be able to do in relation to running!!

The second run was today. It was cold, it was raining a lot and it was in my lunchbreak! My friend Milena wanted to start running and she said she needed someone to motivate her and make sure she actually does it. So I agreed to run with her.

it was REALLY raining!

it was REALLY raining!

You know what, the same thing happened…I didn’t hate it and I managed to be encouraging and cheerful despite getting really soggy…

Really soggy…my running jacket is not meant to stick to my arms like that!!

Now I have to say that both of these runs were right at the beginning of the c25k program, so not that much running compared to what I was doing earlier this year. That, however, is not the point at all! The point is I didn’t hate it.

I left both runs surprised at how easy I felt them. I have said before that it is worthwhile to go back and reflect on how far you have come, but I had really forgotten how much I had improved over the last 2 years. I really felt I was no better than when I started.

This exercise proves to me that I can improve, and it has left me with a desire to run some more.

Not vast distances.

Not races, I still believe they destroy my confidence beyond all reason.

Hopefully not in as much rain as today.

But some running sometimes.

Probably quite often as Milena seems to have caught enthusiasm! (O_O)

Lets see how this goes…I’ll keep you posted 😀

Ice badger and the kettlebells of power!

ok…if I were a superhero and I had a kettlebell of power, I would certainly need super strength…it doesn’t actually sound like the most convenient power item.

Until you realise that it is the use of the kettlebell that gives you the super strength and power in the first place 😀

Have I mentioned my love of kettlebells before?

Ok…sorry I know I have and I will get to the point soon I promise!!

The point is (see I said I would) I treated myself to lovely new kettlebells! A 10kg and a 12kg as it became apparent that my 7.5kg ones were becoming too light for a lot of things…

kettlebells and coffee

Kettlebells and my lovely shiny new REPs card that says personal trainer on it 😀 and a small amount of coffee…

The lure of lovely new kettlebell toys and the sunshine and the kick up the bum I gave myself yesterday when I signed up for Juneathon inspired me to go out into the garden and get some working out done!

For some reason, still unknown to me, I then planned myself a short workout…

short but not easy… it consisted of 5 rounds of tabata, with kettlebells!! It turns out I am a mean myself anyway!

This is what I did! (excuse the hand written plan…it was only for me!)


It was hard!! But it was awesome!! I could definitely feel it and the heavier kettlebells made all the difference!!


Junethon: It is a real thing!

Remember Janathon…

if not look here: Janathon stuff


this is another thing…

Well there is another thing…called Juneathon and I signed up for it 🙂

It works the same way as janathon…I have to do some form of exercise every day and blog about it every day…

or tweet…I could tweet about it…I can do twitter!

you may have noticed I have not been quite as dedicated to the daily exercise, or to the blogging in the past month or two as I was at the beginning of the year…

well I haven’t stopped altogether, but I have done less than I would like, less in fact than I should be doing!

I have the usual spattering of excuses, too busy, too much study, too many weird unexplained shoulder injuries, too many new tattoo days, you know the sort of thing… But I have said it before and I will doubtless say it again…

just get running!

get moving!

No excuses are valid! Exercise is mandatory!

So with that in mind, I am going to exercise and blog for every day in June, I am going to treat it as the kick up the bum that I need to stop myself losing focus 😀

It is going to be awesome! why not join me!

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click this…it will take you to their lovely site!

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