Wow, a whole week happened without me posting!!
I my defence I was on holiday in a campervan and my nephews who are 4 and 8 were camping next door (with their parents…they weren’t just loose…). This didn’t leave a lot of time for blogging… it did give me a lot of exercise however…
Day 42: Sunday
Sunday I tried to run…I got changed and went out and looked at the time and realised that I had procrastinated for too long and we had a 4 yr old’s birthday part to get to…
So I did that, then did yoga 😀
Day 43 (Monday) Dorset Advanture day 1
Day 43 saw is pack up or stuff and set off in the little red van to a campsite near Poole in Dorset. Once there we met up with Marks brother and his wife and children, our nephews… I may have mentioned above that these guys are pretty boisterous and quite keen that Aunty Sam chase them and lift them in the air (weightlifting finally pays off!!) and play cricket and ball games…
so Aunty Sam did all of these things… for about 2 hours… then we went in a walk up a great big hill to find food… it was about 20 minutes of walking there and the same back… I decided this counted as quite a lot of exercise 😀 and certainly a good lot of activity!!
Day 44 (Tuesday): The one in which I strayed into a horror movie…
Well…not an actual horror movie, but there were several similarities. However, before that there were tanks! Lots and lots of tanks.
No, we are not at war… contrary to what it might feel like when you watch the news.
We went to the tank museum. There were a considerable amount of tanks there!! There was also, completely unexpectedly, my friend Karen who I haven’t seen in ages, so that was nice 🙂 I would defintiely recommend the place if you like tanks. It is very interesting!
After walking amongst tanks, and more of the obligatory aerobie/cricket/etc playing I decided it was time to go for a run.
As it turned out it was about 1 hour past time to go for a run but I went anyway. I happily set off in the gathering gloom, up the hill through the woods and along the path that took us to the road the day before, I turned along the road and went along there for a while hoping to loop back to the campsite…no such luck, the road to get to the campsite was super busy (even at 9pm) and had no pavement so I doubled back along the road and the path to the woods. It was all going pretty well up until this point, I was pleased with my ability not to die running up hills and beginning to wonder if I was possibly starting to improve…then the pitch dark woods happened.
I took two paths, both of which seemed to lead directly into boggy mud which I definitely hadn’t seen before…
Once I had decided that I definitely didn’t know where I was, the glitch in my phone made scary shadows, that is when the crows started!! They were cawing and cawing there must have been 100 of them!! This was when I called for a friendly neighbourhood husband with a torch and a sense of direction!!
That much slower lap was when I was wondering about being lost and worrying if I was going to be attacked by crows…
Still at least I went!
Day 45 (Wednesday): Poole in the rain
That is Poole, not a pool, I didn’t go swimming, although it was wet enough that I could have done…
However, the main activity for the day was walking, along the seafront, around the harbour, around the town and that sort of thing. It wasn’t a very full on hardcore exercisey day, but there was definitely activity some rest because it felt like I was coming down with some sort of lurgy.
I wasn’t…but it did feel like that! So for that day walking was enough, after all there is this thing called common sense…also there is this thing called lots and lots of rain, which is an excuse unless you are in a tiny campervan with no indoor room to do anything…
Day 46 (Thursday): Sunshiny bikes and trains…
On thursday there was sunshine, we could be outside and do energetic things 😀 we had already sourced a local place to go ant take bikes, with trails and such to ride around on…we had just been unable to use it until the rain stopped.
So we strapped the bikes on the van and went…
We did two bike rounds around this forest area which were about 8km each followed by a walk to find a gruffalo…these are intriguing creatures…
This here is a gruffalo, people who are not me read books about him as a child… he seems like a nice enough fellow and I presume that there wouldn’t be so many children going on trails to find him if he was horrible…
After this we went on a little train…because there was one and why wouldn’t you go on a little train if there was one!?
Day 47 (Friday): A day of castles and attempted yoga.
Friday was the last day of our Dorset advanture and we decided to make our way home via Corfe Castle and the Corfe and Swanage railway 😀
I have never been to Corfe castle before, it is well worth a visit, it is ruined but really awesome! It was apparently pulled down after the war of the roses. There is a reasonable 20 or so minute walk up a large hill to get to the castle, but to offset that there is an excellent tea rooms at the top with scones! We walked around the castle and back to the bottom of he hill then went on another walk up a similar hill to get to a railway station and went to sea age on a steam train (or we tried but it broke and we ended up with a diesel train but still quite cool)
This walking up and down hills alone constituted about 15000 steps so could probably be considered a decent day’s activity its self, but when I got home, I decided I was going to try and fix my unexplained aches which I had developed during the week…aches which contributed to me thinking I was getting a lurgy. I wasn’t, I was just achy.
So I did some yoga when we got home, it was very hard! It was a yoga video I had done before…but it was extremely difficult this time…
I tried a different one first… Yoga for when You’re Sore… but I was too sore and I couldn’t do the balancey bits so I switched to Yoga for Tired legs…because I had those! It was hard but I managed it!!
Day 42 – 47 Done 😀
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 🙂
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about having a lovely warm summer…that would be exceptionally British and silly of me! I like the warmth, I like the sunshine, I like not freezing!
All I am saying, is I should probably check the weather before choosing to go for a run at almost the hottest part of the day… I am not blaming the weather, this one was my own fault.
No I can’t tell you how hot…I didn’t check the weather remember…
It was just hot..and very sunny and lovely… except when you are running…
Nevertheless, hot or not, I ran. I reverted to the first running app as it has shorter overall runs but longer run intervals and less rest… this made it hard work. I more or less managed the 3 min run intervals but struggled with the 5 min intervals…I didn’t give up but I did have to take some short walk breaks in them.
I don’t know if it was the heat, or just one of those days, but I struggled to settle into a pace even for the shortest time! I was all over the place and it may have been a day to do something different…
Still I have done it, it is out of the way and it was faster on average than I expected! I still didn’t hate it, although I did find it hard. I think this just happens sometimes…
So in an extremely warm fashion, day 22 is done 🙂
(i might yoga later…I might not…I’ll let you know if I do…)
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…
I have learned some things today…
Running the day after all that danging is hard work…I should *probably* have rested my legs but what I did was go for a run. I went for a run at 1pm during almost the hottest part of a hot July day.
It was hard work!
The other thing that I learned was that if you accidentally skip ahead from week 3 to the middle of week 5 on your 10k training app, the run is a lot harder than you expect. There is a lot to be said for not jumping straight from 3min running interval to 8 min running intervals!
Needless to say I didn’t make the whole 8, I did 5 and about 3 and some other quite random intervals. It wasn’t really the best run I have ever done… but it was a run and it was at lunchtime so it was out of the way 😀
With an extremely warm run… day 15 done 😀