Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

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Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Well, that was some week! I’ve been away at the lovely Heythrop Park for work, so I’ve missed some classes but I’ve run in some new places, so there’s a pay off. I’ve also been dealing with a cold, which has improved as the week progressed, thankfully. Here’s how my week worked out.

Monday: after Sunday’s 10k I was still a little tired, but very much looking forward to Core Conditioning. Due to ongoing roadworks we had only one class but it was a good one. I definitely felt that I had made progress and felt a little stronger. Happy!

Tuesday: the roadworks were still playing havoc with class plans so again instead of two classes, we had one – Sculpt. I moved up the intensity of my bands and it was tough! But again, for the second night I felt like I was progressing. As we didn’t have TPP I did some myself when I got home just to keep the niggles under control.

Wednesday: we kicked off Jog Scotland’s new block with a 35 minute run. The training is a little different this time around as we’re doing the 10k training programme for those running the Mull of Kintyre 10k in late May. I’m happy to go with it as each week we’ll be building distance. We saw a stunning double rainbow on what what a lovely evening!

Thursday: a full day of traveling meant that I had no time for meaningful exercise but I did fit in a short walk before the CEDAbond dinner and awards. It was a good night of networking.

Friday: I was up at 6am for an early run around the grounds at Heythrop Park before a full day’s conference. I saw the sun rise and I had the grounds to myself. I did keep stopping to take photos as the sky was stunning.

Saturday: after the previous evening’s gala dinner and awards I was still up early for another run exploring the grounds before leaving. I headed in a different direction and came upon the most amazing hill- so I just had to run up it!

Afterwards, we headed to do some shopping at Bicester Village before we drove home.

Sunday: knowing that the Birmingham Half Marathon was a week away I wanted to get a final decent LSR done, but not one that was too long. I headed out planning on doing something like 8 miles. It was a tough run, but by 10k I was feeling ok so pushed it a little. I did 9 miles at a surprisingly decent pace.

All in all, I’m happy with that. Week one of my 5×50 Challenge is done, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next week brings. I’m away again to another conference this week, heading off to South Wales on Wednesday, but on the way back we’re diverting for a couple of reasons, including the Birmingham Half Marathon.

If you’re struggling to get out there, here’s your motivation for this week:

Make it a good one!

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Welcome to a fresh, new month. How on earth did we make it to April already? After a lovely and sunny weekend we’re back to dreich conditions here.

How was your week? Mine was good 😃. I’m beginning to really feel in need of a holiday, but that’s a few weeks off yet so I’m trying not to think too much about it. Meantime I’m keeping busy with work, activities and- of course- exercise.

We had road closures all week starting at 7pm so Jacqui has no choice but to cut back double classes and to bring them forward to an earlier start time. Here’s how the week turned out:

Monday: Jacqui did a mixed class with Core Conditioning followed by some floor tracks from Veraflow and a short mindfulness section. It was a really good way to start the week.

Tuesday: I managed to get a short lunchtime trail run in- I didn’t think I’d manage one, but a change of plan meant I could squeeze a quick run in up the hill. In the evening, there was no time for Trigger Point Pilates so we had an hour long Sculpt class instead. It was tough but I definitely felt like I’d made progress from the previous week so that was really encouraging!

Wednesday: it was the end of our 10 week block, so we had no drills, just a lovely, relaxed 30 minute run with great company and good weather. I loved it!

Thursday: back to PiYo after a few weeks of either missing it or no class. I had the best hour, and it flew by! This really is my favourite class. I don’t mind admitting that I worked hard and I had DOMS for days afterwards!

Friday: during the day I could feel a bit of a cold beginning to start, which I spent most of the time wishing away. I headed out for a short run regardless, just to get the legs moving. It felt hard, and that’s when I knew I was definitely coming down with something!

Saturday: it was a glorious day, so we decided to make the most of it and go for a walk (with my pockets stuffed full of tissues!). No photos, but we did an hour around the Harbour before having a rest day afterwards.

Sunday: the plan was a long, slow run. But by then I was choked with the cold. It felt like it was just a head cold so I headed out regardless. My original plan was to do 11 miles in the sunshine but I knew that was unlikely. I managed 5 miles before hitting empty, but I pushed on to make it 10k and couldn’t have done more. Better than nothing- and I know it’s important to listen to my body and rest- so that’s what I did for the remainder of the day, and it was what I needed.

It was also day one of the next 5×50 Challenge so I was pleased to make a solid start.

I’m conscious that I haven’t done many hills in the past couple of weeks, so my plan when I’m over this cold is to get back out on the trails and into the hills. So with that in mind, here’s Monday’s motivation: Have a great week!