How on earth did we get to the end of January? As usual, this month has felt endless- but at the same time I can’t believe I’m already a month into my challenge to get back on track. I’ve had another fantastic week, both my fitness and my eating has been on track so I’m pleased. There’s been no secret to this- it has been down to preparation and making sure I stick to the plan. So far, so good! Here’s how my week turned out:
Monday: I did two classes. First up was Core Conditioning. It’s tough, it I had definitely made progress compared to the previous week’s class. And the DOMS I had in Tuesday and Wednesday were a real testament to that. We then had Veraflow which was great for stretching and for balance, and ends with a much welcomed mindfulness session.
Tuesday: we had snow, and the roads were a bit tricky so classes weren’t on. However at lunchtime I headed out with Alison for a snowy run, to christen my new trail shoes. It was beautiful!
Wednesday: the previous days snow had frozen so JogScotland was cancelled, but I wanted to give my new trail shoes a go on ice, so I met up with Alison and Lesley for a short run. We did lamppost sprints, which I’d never do in my own.
Thursday: the weather had improved and Class was back on so it was back to PiYo, which I had missed the previous week. It was one of those nights when everything clicked and it was great!
Friday: I had a rest day after four solid days of activity.
Saturday: the weather was wild with winds and driving, icy rain but I was determined to get out and test my new trail shoes on a muddy trail. I reckon that it’s very likely the weather won’t cooperate on the day of the Kintyre Way Relay so I might as well train and get ready for that. I did just short of 3.5 miles doing the short Castle loop three times. I focused on building confidence running downhill in the slippy mud and I think I did that. I did walk at times, and stopped to take plenty of pictures – I loved it. I had planned to do 4 miles but I’m happy enough with how my run went.
Sunday: a rest day. I’m heading into another busy week and in the past my enthusiasm has overruled my sense and I’ve pushed too hard, too soon resulting in injury. I’m going to take my time to build up slowly in the coming weeks, balancing distance with hills and cross training to hopefully achieve the best results.
I’ve also done more mindfulness this week, I’m sure that’s not done any harm whatsoever!
Here’s some motivation that has worked for me, if you’re flagging as we head into the last few days of this month:
Have a great week!
It’s another new week, yay! How was the last week for you? Mine was ace! I stuck to our New Year Reset all week with little temptation. I kept up my exercise and my healthy eating and I’m definitely feeling the benefits. We also had a lovely, relaxing weekend which is why I needed, too.
Here’s how my week went in terms of exercise:
Monday: I headed out at lunchtime with Alison and Morag for a trail run. We did the same route as the previous Friday and we were slightly quicker. I also made it a little further up the big hill which was great!
I then went to the first Core Conditioning Class- it was tough and really challenging. I reckon I have pretty good core strength but this really pushed me and I have a long way to go to get the variation form. Lots to do!
Next up was Veraflow which was a lovely end to the day, with some great routines and movement ending with a much needed mindfulness section. A triple threat day!
Tuesday: or rather #TwosdayTuesday. It was our first sculpt class since before Christmas and it too was tough to get back into! Next I enjoyed Trigger Point Pilates, eh oh I needed to work out the muscles after a couple of weeks back in my exercise routine.
Wednesday: week two of our Jog Scotland block, our group did hill repeats which is a drill I struggle to do on my own. I’m really pleased we’re being challenged with different drills every week!
Thursday: I managed to fit in a walk and rounded the off on 12,500 steps
Friday: a cold, wintry walk along the harbour
Saturday: I had planned a run but my calf felt a little tight so we went for another harbour walk instead
All in all, I thought my week was good, all be it a little too front loaded. I’m not complaining though!
My new trail shoes arrived on Saturday so I’m planning on christening them with a lunchtime trail run tomorrow. Can’t wait!
I think this will be my mantra: have a great week!
How was your first full week back in 2019? I’m going to start in reverse order by telling you that I had a brilliant trip away in Belfast for the weekend, where we all surprised my mum while she was there for her birthday/retirement. It was ace!
But before that I had a really good week of eating well and cutting out the rubbish. Jacqui has set up a four week New Year Reset, just to get everyone back on track after indulging over Christmas. It’s not about weight loss, but about nourishing your body and feeling more energised. So far, so good!
Here’s what I did for exercise last week:
Monday: no class, so we went for a walk
Tuesday: no class, another walk.
Wednesday: Jog Scotland was back, and was busy- which was great to see. We did a 10 minute warm up jog, 10 minute tempo run, 10 minute cool down jog. I was very happy to be back.
Thursday: I joined Alison and Morag for a trail run around Kilmory Loch at lunchtime, I had never run there before and I loved it! At night it was also the return of PiYo and we started a new round. The lower body track is a bit of a challenge!
Friday: I planned to run but I had a little hip niggle so rather than risk it I went for a walk and did some TPP to help to ease it off.
All in all, it was a good week but I’m really looking forward to classes all being back this week.
I’ve signed up to do the Kintyre Way Ultra Relay along with Alison and Morag. We’ll be doing one section each of the 33 mile route so we’re planning to run together one lunchtime each week which should really help with training. I’ve ordered new trail shoes as my current ones are ancient, but faithful servants! Bring on the hills!
I’m looking forward to another great week 👍🏻
Enjoy your week!
Back to it!
After a few weeks of holidays, festivities, celebrations and parties; of eating and drinking my body weight in chocolate, prosecco and gin it is time to get back to routine.
Over the past few days I’ve enjoyed the remaking treats we’ve had a home and I’m ready to knuckle down and get back on track.
Here’s my plan:
Almost dry January- I’m not committing to dry January as I have some celebrations coming up, but I have cut out the extra booze when on the sofa. On track so far!
New Year Reset- Jacqui has organised a private group to keep each other on track and motivated during January. Keeping focussed is the key and this will be a huge help.
Back to Class- I’m looking forward to classes starting again later this week as the routine is a real positive for me. Over the past few weeks we’ve done lots of walking but I know I need to step it up.
Running Goals- I’ve committed to running the Kintyre Way Relay in May (eek!) which will be a great challenge. My plan is to add in some hill runs to my usual running routes while also building mileage. I’m planning on two runs this week- Jog Scotland on Wednesday and a lunchtime trail run on Thursday.
I’m not taking on too much, just getting back to basics and building my health and fitness again after a month of craziness!
Have a great week!