Day 38 was Wednesday…
Wednesday started extremely early!
Wednesday normally starts early because I have for the last year or so been going to the gym at 7am with my friend Sarah.
This Wednesday due to Sarah having to teach an earlier class, we had to adapt this to start at the gym at 6:30 😱
Remember I am not a morning bear!! This change was hard work!! This change definitely needed coffee to make it happen!
Considering all that, we actually ended up with a pretty decent workout 🙂 we did supersets with rows / shoulder presses and bench press / reverse fly. Then after Sarah left to teach people energetic things I did heavy squats interspersed with bodyweight full depth squat practice to attempt to improve my mobility. To top it all off I did some 160kg leg presses 😃
And that was Wednesday morning…
Wednesday was, of course, dancing practice… which was awesome and a lot of dancing happened… we are learning a brand new dance which is always challenging but fun! (I totally forgot to take pictures)
Day 38 done!
Day 39 was Thursday…
and Thursday involved walking…quite a lot of walking and some running training…
The walking was because I dropped my car off for service at a place that is 35mins walk from work then walked to work…and of course walked back at the other end of the day to pick it up 🙂 this is a pretty awesome way to get steps and extra exercise in 🙂
After picking my car up, I went straight out for a run with my awesome friend Susie and the lovely Graham who longtime readers will possibly remember from circuit training classes way back when I started all of this 🙂
Running was actually pretty awesome! Hard work, but I believe the only way to improve at these things is to work hard and push yourself.
Or…in this case persuade a lovely friend to push you…
we somehow managed to double the length of the running intervals and half the walk intervals since last week… this happened mainly because Susie said I had no choice and I promised to be positive!
All in all pretty good…especially for a Thursday!!
Day 40 was Friday…
Friday involved an early morning gym session… but not as early as Wednesday!
We somehow managed to be a little more awake and decided for some reason that doing two different supersets that both involved sled pushes and pulls would be a good idea!
Actually it was awesome!
We did this interspersed with deficit deadlifts and with bench press…
to be quite honest I am never going to complain too hard about a workout that involves deadlifts 😀
I love these leggings 😀 😀
Day 40 done!
Day 41, Saturday (today…yeay)
You may have noticed that this week there has been a suspicious lack of yoga…
well this morning I decided that I missed it and needed to do some.
I chose Yoga for Tired Legs…because I definitely had tired kegs!
It is excellent and something I need to do more often!
I did let's something today too…
Yoga is extremely hard to do when a cat comes and sits on your tummy!!
Hehe silly Mia puss!!!
Day 41 done 😀
Not even just awesome for a Tuesday either! Awesome in its own right!
It started bright and early with a PT session. Unusually for this time in the morning I was awake and enthusiastic… I guess 4.5 hours sleep fits my sleep cycle…
Anyway, to add to the daft that I was awake and suchlike, I also got to do deadlifts and sled pushes/pulls in my PT session which are some of my favourite things!!
I also had to do step ups onto a box thingy that was quite high for a shorty like me. Not only step ups I hasten to add, but step ups with an elastic band around my hips that tried to pull me back down again!
This is supposed to increase glute activation. I am pretty sure it does…but it also increases fear!! Needless to say, these are not my favourite things…but they are good for me and I was proud of myself for being able to push all the way up on one leg…something I couldn’t do easily last time I attempted this (without the band…)
The box doesn’t look that high…but look how high my leg is!!!
The other huge step forward for me is I let trainer Matt take pictures of me while doing stuff!! I had no control over angles or anything and…even more progress…I didn’t hate the pictures!!! And…huge plus I get actual photos to show you of me doing the crazy things!
Well…that was PT…crazy and awesome…but not the end of Tuesday’s exercise.
As I hadn’t run since friday, and I have to improve and get better at running, and the only way to do that is to actually run, I decided to go running.
The area around my work where I sometimes run, and horsham park where I sometimes run were full of other runners…So I decided to make my way over to the now infamous (on this blog at least) downs link path. The Downs link path is nice and quiet I thought, I’ll just go and do some runnign and not meet too many people I thought.
I was wrong! within 5 mins of settign off I met 3 cyclists and two other runners…not too bad… by half way I was being overtaken by packs of 15 runners at a time… there seemed to be some sort of runnign club doing runs and navigation (poor navigation…) all along the same section of downs link that I was on!! It was moderately disconcerting I can tell you!!
Still, I went out and I did a run, even if it wasn’t the best run I have ever done…(I’d love to blame the packs of runners for that but I think it was just an off day…)
So with some awesome PT and unexpected people, day 37 done 🙂
Well so far anyway… there is actually a very good chance I will be doing some yoga in the next half hour…
(I didn't…I fell asleep)
But I promised you a non yoga post, and I promised myself a more vigorous exercise-y day. So that is exactly what we have…
I am back from my Birmingham adventure and have reinstated my normal routine, which means I got myself up at stupid o'clock in the morning and went to the gym 😀
Look there it is…my gym 🙂
It was morning and decision making is tricky… but we managed to do two supersets
The first was squats (1×6@50kg 2×6@60kg) / sled pushes and pulls (50kg)
The second was bench press (1×5@30kg 2×5@35kg) / Kettlebell clean and presses (3×8@10kg per arm)
So despite a bit of indecision, we managed a pretty well balanced bit of superhero training :-D…it did all feel heavy mind you…there is a chance someone turned up the gravity!!
The rest of the day was rainy very rainy and I was very tempted to use that as an excuse to stay indoors…
But as luck would have it the rain stopped and I convinced myrtle go out and run…
The rain only stopped for 5 mins as it happened but I had set off by then so I ran anyway…
and I got very soggy!!
But I still went and ran and remembered that your split times are buggered up a bit if you stop and take photos in the middle…
Oh well it is not all about the time 😁
Some how I don't look as soggy as I was…
So with dual superhero training completed, day 33 done 🙂
Run that is…
My friend Susie made me run! Mostly because I asked her to…
and I asked her to because she is a blooming awesome (if crazy) runner!
I know she is she is awesome and crazy because she has just taken part in stage 1 of Tribe's Run For Love, which means she has just run 210 miles in 6 days through Bosnia and Croatia…
As crazy as this is it does mean she knows a thing or two about running… so I asked her if she would help me train and she agreed.
Look at me doing a sensible thing and actually doing proper training where someone pushes me out of my comfort zone! I decided if I am going to do this, I had better do it the best I can!! Which means running, and not stopping just because it is a bit hard!
So we met up and Susie told me when to run and wen to walk and ran with me… and sort of around me herding me on like a sheep… and generally not letting me stop before the allotted run interval had passed. And it was hard because I am still starting over but actually the intervals were short and I managed all of them! It has made me realise just how much cardio fitness I have lost mind you…but I will get it back just wait and see 😁
I know something else…I went further and faster (even with short intervals) than I have yet in this iteration of running training😁😁
This was my run 🙂
And this is Susie 😁
So with a little help from my friend day 25 done 🙂
Do you remember the Viking press?
I am pretty sure you do I told you about it just last week 🙂
Do you remember how I told you it was super heavy without any weight plates on it and I always use it with nothing on?
(Nothing on the machine…I have stuff on…awesome legging most of the time and some for of top)
Well… today in a fit of craziness I decided to add weights!!! Little ones 1.25 kg per side, but still… I added weights!! I am finally improving my shoulders!!! 😁😁😁 this has been my goal for a year!! So the heaviest ever on the viking press is definitely a new Paddington 😁
We trained shoulders today at the gym…in case all the Viking press talk hadn't given that away 🙂 it was a good shoulder session…but it wasn't the *most* dedicated gym session ever!! Still we went and we did stuff and it was early in the morning!!!
Oh and there were awesome leggings!!
So that was morning…
At lunchtime I decided to go for a run… I am building running up as a habit 🙂 so despite the fact that it was all drizzling and humid I went anyway 🙂 and it got me out and away from my desk…and back into my awesome leggings…
No…of course I am not done yet…
It is Wednesday and Wednesday is dancing day!!!
Today, instead of practice we were guests of another local Morris sides at a pub in Angmering not too far from here. So we donned kit and bells and danced away the evening… and due to a quirk of planning and who knew what dance in which place…I ended up in every dance!! As such I forgot to take any photos until afterwards!!
It was fun though and I enjoyed it…despite being a little on the tired side by that time!!
And with that…day 24 is most definitely done!
I got new shoes!
New running shoes to be exact…
My old ones took me through a lot of walking and a lot of dancing and a bit of running and seem to have quite unexpectedly worn out.
Look there they are pretty and pink… apart from the colour they are exactly the same as my old ones because they are excellent and comfortable and apparently don’t hurt my feet or legs at the moment which I consider a great advantage!
So new shoes in hand… well new shoes on foot actually… what else could I do but take them out for a run. 😁
It was not a bad run, i wasn’t expecting much and had to talk my self into going out because I had tired legs… but it turned out to be not bad 🙂
It wasn’t too hot for the first time in a long time and I love love my new shoes! I hadn’t realised how flat my old ones had become!
I have switched running apps too back to one I used a while ago, I like its intervals, it combines longer runs in too which is going to be necessary…
Still quite short today though 🙂 but I am slowly getting better… I think…
Day 18 done 🙂
I did… I said never again.
I said I hated it and I wouldn’t ever do another one.
Well… I may have changed my mind.
Its ok…I can do that, I am allowed 🙂 I make my own rules you know 😛
In case you haven’t already guessed, I am talking about running. Specifically running races, and even more specifically running a half marathon.
Yes…that’s right, after several strong hints, you have guessed it! I have signed up to run another half marathon. Brighton half marathon on 25th Feb 2018 to be precise.
I suppose that I have a little bit of explaining to do…
I have been thinking about this for a while, I have actually been putting some serious thought into whether this is a good idea or whether I should just let the whole thing go. This is the first difference between this time and the last time. Last time it was a spur of the moment decision made after a little persuasion from my friend Rachel who wanted someone to run with her and convince her to train. Don’t get me wrong, I decided to do it of my own free will, but I didn’t have the idea for myself and I never really wanted to do it for the right reasons.
I didn’t do the last one because I wanted to run a half marathon, I did it to help out a friend. Which is all well and good, but it didn’t really set my head off in the right place. I was negative about the whole thing from the outset.
This time it is different. I have thought, a lot…and bored people talking at them about it. I have decided that I want to do another one.
Not “I feel I should”
Not “It would be a good thing to do for charity”
I want to run (or walk/run) a half marathon. I want to do it for the following reasons:
- I want to run a half marathon to prove to myself that I can.
I know this seems odd as I have already done one, but the experience of the last one was so bad that I have discounted it in my head)
- I want to see what I can do with the right training and the right food and basically the right versions of everything I got wrong in the last one.
- I want to do it to prove to myself I can stick at things and improve, to prove I am not a failure.
Yes…I do feel like one after the failed walk and the disastrous last half…I know I am not one in general, but sometimes we have to do things to banish the feeling.
- I want to run a half marathon for me.
So that is it, me running a half marathon because I want to… noone forcing me, noone pressuring me to do it, just me against myself.
I *could* just go out and train for a half marathon and run the distance with no race I suppose…but I want an official tick. I want a deadline and a designated place and time to do it. I like to have something tangible to train for.
Also I like shiny medals…
Not that you are really allowed to go around wearing your medals…not for more than one day any way…
I don’t see why not though…I might do this time…I fully intend to be proud of myself at the end and not just grumpy and broken!
In fact I am going to try not to be grumpy at all during this process…
Ok…no that is a complete lie..I will be grumpy sometimes but I am determined not to be sad and angry throughout the race!
I will, of course, keep you informed about how my training is going! The very first thing I need to do is figure out a training plan…and how to run… and how to eat while running and drink… ok…I’ll take those one at a time…
but for now…