Day 29 and day 30 were both spent in Birmingham… I was not very organised and my course took up more time and energy than I expected but I did manage to do some yoga and go for a walk on both days…
Day 29 (Monday)
I decided it would be a good idea to do yoga as soon as I got up…apparently it is supposed to wake you up… it might have done a little…I did feel better after I had done it…but I wouldn't say I was very awake. But then I am not really a morning bear…
I chose a 5min shirt wake up yoga thing from the lovely Adriene from Yoga with Adriene and well…it was just 5 mind and it made a diff so I'd say it was worth doing 😁
Yes I was in my pyjamas!
Later that day…well evening… I went for a walk. I was determined to find canals while I was in Birmingham, I had an advantage because I knew where to look 🙂 so I walked until I found them then I walked along them feeling all nostalgic and thinking of all the time I have spent on these canals over the years! It was pretty awesome actually and I ended up waking for two hours!!
Day 30 (Tuesday)
I Tuesday I snuck in an extra walk when I followed a sign on the road on the way back from my course…
I found quite an interesting section of canal which I also remember from childhood trips 😀
Much later before I went to bed… I did some more yoga… in case you hadn't guessed… this time I chose yoga for loneliness… which was almost certainly a by product of being in a hotel on my own for 3 days…with no one to talk to…
It was quite a nice yoga practice (I thought m that's the right terminology) as it was good for the hips and the core which are always good things to work on if you ask me 😀
Day 29 and 30 done 😁😁
I am in Birmingham, in a hotel. It is for work so not as exciting as it could be… but it is for a training course so also better than some other options…
Travelling on a Sunday really threw out my routine… but I managed to figure it out and did some yoga at about 11:30 pm 😱
Bedtime yoga in fact… it seemed appropriate 🙂
And just in case you are interested here is my hotel 🙂
So despite weird travel arrangements, day 28 done 😊
Have you ever had one of those days (weeks…well months actually) where you have so much to do that you don't know where to start. One of those times where you spend so much time worrying about the stud you have to do that you forget to start anything and make everything even more rushed and busy?
Well my life has been a bit like that for the last few months…
Don't get me wrong I have been doing loads of stuff that I enjoy and I love being busy but there is a point where you go argh! And wonder if you might enjoy stuff a little bit more if everything wasn't so rushed!
Well yesterday was a bit like that! I was going to my friends wedding at which I was the photographer and had made the cake… and before I set off I wanted to dye my hair and run or gym and sort my camera stuff out…
So when I found myself still in my pyjamas at 11 because I couldn't decide what to wear because it depended on what I did first, I decided that maybe some yoga would be in order…
So I investigated and found Yoga with Adriene's "Yoga for Stress and Anxiety"
It seemed appropriate so I did it…
I liked it and all of the concentration on not falling over and breathing definitely calmed me down and allowed me to realise I had plenty of time 🙂
Oh and once I had done it I decided to do some work with a foam roller because it is good for me… apparently 😁
Oh and I had time to dye my hair and do all the things I needed to so all the worry was for nothing…
Day 27 done 😀
Deadlifts and squats were the story of this mornings gym session!
Sarah and I decided to do a superset consisting of heavy squats and heavy deadlifts… well why not do two massive compound exercises in one set???
We did five rounds of deadlifts 1×10@40kg, 2×6 @ 70kg and 2×5 @ 80kg, followed by squats 1×10 @ 40kg, 1 x 8 @ 50kg and 3x 6 @ 55kg.
We followed this up with some 50kg sled pushes and pulls 😀
Day 26 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!
Well its a thing in my world… I may have mentioned that last week…but never mind 🙂
So true to form and as I wasn't lying in the previous sentences…I had an awesome PT session this morning with Matt.
It was a ridiculously humid and warm morning today, but luckily I was more a wake and with it than last week… If I wasn't I am pretty certain I would have ended up hitting myself with a kettlebell…
As you may have gathered it was a kettlebell based workout… it was another one of those increasing circuit thingys that we did the other week only with kettlebells and a slam ball… the new and interesting thing I got to do this time was banded kettlebell swings… which is just like an normal kettlebell swing but you attach the kettlebell to your feet with a big elastic band…
It is fun…honest… and makes sure you definitely get the hip thrust right or you can't do anything!!
As well as this I did kb deadlifts, swing clean and presses and 12kg slams with a giant wobbly slam ball!!
Undoubtedly superhero training right there 😁😁
I wasn't really quite as manic as my grin looks…honest 😁
Day 23 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…)
When there has been a lot of running and squatting and of course a lot of dancing in a bear’s schedule, what they really need to do is some yogaing…Yoga in like these bears here 😁. Actually probably not as well as these bears here but I am getting slightly better! It wasn’t quite as hard as it was two weeks ago!
I was, in an unusual break with tradition, trying to work on my weaknesses and improving things that could do with extra work. Mostly my hip flexors and legs which are becoming particularly tight due mainly to sitting down for 8 hours at a desk!
Actually this happens to most people because modern life is like that, lots of sitting in cars and at desks and suchlike.
Anyway… to attempt to counteract this, I chose two Yoga with Adriene videos, Yoga for the Psoas and 7 min Yoga for Runners. After all if I am going to run a half marathon I should be a runner and I can only assume (in fact I have mentioned it before) that yoga for runners makes you a runner!
They were good videos, not easy but definitely good stretchy! They did also make me realise that I have a long way to go until I am actually a yoga bear…
Still every little helps and my legs felt better afterwards 😁