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Exploring the wilds…

Or an awesome walk in Northern Scotland…

We are currently mis grand ad-van-ture, and a couple of days ago we went in a walk…over some hills in between mountains to a beach which was inaccessible any other way (apart from the really wet way). 

The beach was Sandwood Bay and if you are ever in the area you should go on an expedition!

It was a windy cold not quite raining day in Scotland and it was totally worth it!!! The place was amazing!! 

And not only that it counted as 14km of walking training up and down some hills ๐Ÿ˜


The pictures don’t really show the awesomeness of the whole thing… and my head is not 15tines as large as everyone else’s! 

More grand ad-van-ture news to follow ๐Ÿ˜

More walking antics…

Well…walks anyway ๐Ÿ˜€

I managed to fit in a 20.2km walk again along the downs link path…this one went all the way to slinfold as I originally intended ๐Ÿ™‚ I also included a detour tonsee the wey and Arun canal which may well bear some further investigation later ๐Ÿ˜€ 

This one felt like hard work, for some reason all the way along, I got it done though which is what matters!


Following this I thought is would get in a faster more sociable walk… 

I headed down to Brighton and met up with my friend D who, coincidentally (ish) will be doing the marathon with me ๐Ÿ™‚

Wa marched along the seafront from saltdean and the back to saltdean where a beverage awaited us ๐Ÿ™‚

Walking and walking and walking like a hobbit on a mission

So…remember when I said I had signed up for a thing?

you know this thing: Moonwalk 2017

The one where I have to walk a marathon and wear a bra…

Well…I thought it was time I updated you on my training. That’s right, training…I have actually been doing some! Probably not enough, or possibly I have left it a little late as usual but still!!

I have worked out that the best way from me to walk a long way, especially if I am on my own, is for someone to drop me off a way away from home and for me to walk back. That way I don’t spent the first half of the walk thinking about turning back and attempting to make myself go further…I just have to walk until I reach my appointed pick up point ๐Ÿ˜€

My first one of these was 14.4k ย from Bramley in Surrey to Rudgewick in Sussex ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The second of these was last sunday and was 18.5 km long from Bramber in Sussex to Southwater also in sussex.

I am doing so much walking at the moment that I am beginning to feel like a hobbit! But it is quite good, these one way long walks where I have a fixed destination feel like adventures! I am even beginning to enjoy it! I suspect this is helped a lot by the lovely sunny spring weather that has been happening while I have been walking ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way…if you feel like sponsoring me for this escapade I would be very grateful! this is the place you need to go… https://moonwalklondon2017.everydayhero.com/uk/sam-19

 

Guess what…I signed up for another thing!

Yes…another thing…this time it is a marathon length thing O_O

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yeah…thats how I felt…

But… it is a WALKING marathon not a running one…

This is very important!!

I am not running a marathon!

Nope…not now, not ever.

However…I am walkign one and it is overnight and I have to do it wearing a bra.

yes…ok…to be honest I normally walk places wearing a bra…but the point is I have to wear only a bra.

on top…I mean only a bra on top…I get to wear trousers and shoes and stuff…

I feel I could be explaining this better…

There is an event called the Moonwalk which some of you may have heard of. It is an overnight walk around london (or the one I am doing is in London, I belive others are available) in aid of Walk the Walk who work with breast cancer charities to help people with breast cancer! Go and read all about it here:ย http://walkthewalk.org/challenges/the-moonwalk-london-2017/

So this is my crazy challenge for 2017 which I will undoubtedly tell you more about…

I have done some training already (not enough…i am following my usual pattern of procrastination and last minute panic) here are some pictures of it…

If you are feelign particularly generous… I have a sponsor page and I would be super grateful for any help!!

http://wtwalk.org/moonwalklondon2017/sam-19

I think I might have to restart January…

Well, the January challenges anyway…as I don’t think the universe will let me have a redo for the whole month…

Anyway…my Janathon and my 31 days of yoga fell by the wayside a little… and by a little, I mean a lot… there have been some extenuating circumstances involving some crazy stuff, which I am not going to go into, and I got hit by The Cold!

you know The Cold…the one that is going around that comes with such a bad sore throat that you think you have regrown your tonsils just so you can have tonsillitis…

Yes I know…it sounds like a bucket of excuses…but it isn’t…and I haven’t been idle, I have still gymmed and danced and walked, I just haven’t followed a rigorous ย every day plan…

look…here are some things I have done…

Hehe sorry about all the selfies…only I am not really sorry because they are actually good for self esteem and suchlike!

Ok, time for the positive… 3 years ago, even last year probably, not completing this every day challenge would have me worrying about failing, it would have me apologising on here and worrying about losing all the fitness I have built up. However I am not doing any of that.

I have realised that I have come so far in this lifestyle change that a “failure” to do yoga every day or to post on FB in the Janathon group is not going to derail me. I am not going to lose what I have gained just by taking two rest days in a row…especially if they are rest days due to illness!

I am still going to go to the gym and walk and dance and generally be active because it is part of me…it is not what I do it is who I am. I genuinely love it too much to just stop!

I don’t need 30 day challenges to keep me on track, that doesn’t mean I won’t do any ever again because I genuinely think some of them are beneficial… I just don’t rely on them any more ๐Ÿ˜€

That being said, I am going to restart the Yoga challenge because I really believe yoga will do me good!

Look at me…I developed a grown up attitude O_O when did that happen!!

Oh and in other news…I started a new blog… one full of the adventures of our little red VW van…so apparently i am a travel blogger now too…

Go look and follow me!! (shameless plug…sorry)

https://wordpress.com/stats/day/redvantravels.wordpress.com

 

 

Morning bear?

Well…quite frankly no…I am not a morning bear…I am pretty much still this panda..

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yes…probably this sort of morning bear!

.only actually if I were a bear I wouldn’t be a panda I would be a moon bear…

I know this is true, because I have a handy bear identification chart, on which the moon bear is quite small with a fuzzy head…and if there is one thing I do have it is a fuzzy head!!

I will prove it shortly…

However… the point of this is…despite my not being a morning bear…I seem to have found my way to the gym in the morning, before work 3-4 times a week for the last few months!

I know…how awesome..and totally out of character…

No, I haven’t developed superhuman will power that allows me to leave my snugly warm bed.

No, I haven’t developed the art of going to bed early so I am actually rested in the morning…

I have developed the art of forcing people to come with me which then guilt trips me into getting out of bed in the morning… If I am meeting someone I have no option! Even better, I only actually have to pay one of them!!

It is a perfect plan…

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look here we are all ย awake looking… not sure how that happened

I train with my friend Sarah on Wednesdays and Fridays, which is excellent as neither of us are morning people, and we are both trained fitness people…thus we can make it up while half a sleep and still come out with a reasonable workout ๐Ÿ˜€ We both want to do almost exclusively lifting and gain strength so it works! The other excellent thing is we seem to have developed the art of decideing on which exercises to do using mainly arm motions and seeming ly vague words ๐Ÿ˜€

You may remember Sarah from the olden days of the blog when she was my body pump teacher and my pilates teacher ๐Ÿ˜€ now she is my friend… and I am attempting to be in her body pump and pilates classes again but time is not my friend!

On a Thursday I train with my friend graham…which is harder on my brain because I have to think of things ahead of time…we do more fat loss / functional based workouts which is good because variety is apparently important. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  It is quite hard on graham mind you as I am always super tired on a Thursday after dancing on a Wednesday which make me super grumpy…especially when I have to think of things!! I blame early morning caffeine deficiency!

On Tuesday, I have PT with New Matt…which is excellent because it make Tuesdays into bearable days, and I am not required to think that hard first thing!

So… what have I learned… Gym buddies are the key to morning workouts…especially if you can find ones that understand vagueness and can put up with grumping!

I am super pleased I have finally managed this, it seems to be the key to actually getting into the gym as often as I want to ๐Ÿ˜€

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yes…that is still pretty much as good as it gets!! Only don’t catch a squirrel…just leave them be!

I danced some dances!!

OK…so…I have learned that apparently it is possible to get injured, miss dancing for three weeks… and the world does not end!

and…more importantly, you heal if you are not stupid about the whole thing!! If you don’t ignore it and do stuff despite the pain, you heal quickly and get back to doing stuff!!

and most importantly…I danced some dances at practice last night!! I was moderately sensible about the whole thing…I warmed up then stretched my foot and calves… then danced and rested between dances or every two dances! It was all remarkably sensible…

And awesome!!!

Dancing is awesome!!

I missed dancing!!

I can be part of the side without dancing…

I really enjoyed mostly playing the tambourine at Saturday’s dance out.

I have been enjoying learning more recorder.

But really…I am all about the dancing!!!

I am still quite overexcited!!

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Dancing!!ย 

First new Paddington for ages!!!

Woohoo I am back in the game people! 

So excited! I deadlifted this morning for the first time since 15th August!! 

It was awesome!! I am not at as heavy a weight as I was…but I had 5 weeks off!! 

But I did it and I am really happy about it!! We designated it back day and threw in some rows… 

and I got a new PB!! 45kg rows for 3 twice ๐Ÿ˜€ woohoo!!! All this upper body work is paying off!! 

Bringing the positivity back :-)

The first (slightly irrelevant) question is why does wordpress think I have misspelled positivity? It doesn’t even give me any alternative spellings, just “positive, positivism and positivist” as alternatives… I have checked it in the OED so it must be right…

Oh well…that is not the point of this post…

The point of my post is that after the over dramatic (possible over reaction) that was Tuesday, I am now feeling a lot more positive about this whole thing! I am not going to say I am happy about not dancing, and not gymming, but my foot is very definitely on the mend and I am not feeling quite so hopeless!

Not hopeless at all actually

So here are the positives ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I can still go to dance outs and be part of Mythago, I am currently learning the recorder and have a drum so can be a pretend musician / drummer for the injury duration. This is not quite as fun as dancing but I still get to play out with my friends and noone forgets that I exist.
  • I can still work out upper body stuff…which needs to catch up with my lower body anyway so yeay!
  • The realisation that this whole exercise / lifestyle thing is really that. ย In realising how sad it made me not to be able to do it, I have reiterated to myself that I have genuinely made the transition from exercising because I have to into an active lifestyle that involves exercising because I love it!

These are huge positives for me ๐Ÿ˜€

and because I am not into “inspirational” photo quotes I am going to leave you with a photo of Mythago that I took 4.5 years ago, before I started dancing out!

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The day I realised just how important this all is to me!

When I say realised, I did know really, but I have only recently fully come to appreciate what a huge part of my life this all is.

By this I mean, exercise in general and dancing specifically!

Ok…I’ll start at the start… and attempt not to over dramatise. Although I can’t promise that last one, Iย do tend towards the dramatic!

Last week, during a perfectly ordinary dance practice, I was dancing ย one of my favourite dances when there was a sudden and unexpected feeling that someone had kicked me really hard underneath my foot. My initial reaction was “who kicked me? what is going on?” and thinking this was what had happened, I attempted to carry on dancing…

This soon proved to be a mistake and Iย hopped off to the side of the room..literally…I couldn’t put my foot down at all by this point…

Then people got me a chair, and i poke my foot, decided it was better put my shoe on, tried to stand and nearly fell over…

It was not better…

It is still not better…

It is some sort of severe, sudden onset Plantar Fasciitis with, according to the hospital, some tears in the fibers of the plantar fascia.

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plantar fasciitis, click for more info..

There is a lot to say about what plantar fschiitis actually is…

Luckily someone who is not me has already written it down. So if you want to know more, go ahead ad click on the picture it will tell you all about it.

I am going to tell you what has happened to me afterwards…

I spent the first 4 days on crutches, I couldn’t even stand on two feet without them, I then moved down to 1 crutch and today and yesterday I have been able to walk slowly without crutches.

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My crutches

I have had to rest.

yes, you heard it here first (unless you are my friend on FB or in real life in which case you *may* have heard me complaining…a little…) I had to rest, no walking, no running, no gym, and no dancing.

And I have hated every minute of it!! I appreciate that it is necessary but I hate it.

I have been doing some slow walks now I am recovering, but I really can’t do any more.

I can’t even think about dancing, and it is making me into a crazy emotional wreck! I hadn’t anticipated until right now, how much a part of me this whole thing has become. To not be able to dance feels like not being able to breathe!

I know I am being dramatic.

I know it has only been a week.

I know it will get better and I only have to be patient.

But it has effected me in a much less rational way than I expected. I am alternating between stubborn positivity and crying.

On the positive side, it is an opportunity to play my recorder more, it doesn’t mean I can’t be part of Mythago, I just have to be a different part for a while.

On the negative side, I am irrational and crazy and assume I am being a nuisance to everyone! It has seriously turned me into a crazy person!

It is the same with the gym and exercise in general, I really really hate not being able to do things. This is not so bad though as I will be able to go back an train upper body soon (hopefully tomorrow).

So there it is, I know it is not the worst thing that could happen, and I have probably not put it across that well, but it has made me realise just how much I have changed my life since I started this!

It has also made me learn some things:

  • Rest is a real thing
  • Don’t neglect stretches
  • Calves really shouldn’t be *that* tight
  • Don’t neglect stretches (yes I know I mentioned this…but it is important)
  • Don’t ignore niggley little pains

I am on the mend, and I just have to be patient, so I will keep you posted!

 

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