Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

It’s Monday, and for us it’s a bank holiday. Yay! I love an extra Monday off, with nothing much planned 🙂

How was your week? Mine was very mixed: a week where the best laid plans went awry. I started off last Monday with a brilliant Circuits class. I’m finding that my fitness is recovering and every week I am making progress. It’s such a great way to start off the week, revving up with both strength and cardio. I tried out my new leggings from OgiYogi and they were amazing!

I knew I wouldn’t make it to Sculpt or TPP on Tuesday as I was on my way to stay at my parents for early meetings in Glasgow on Wednesday. I did manage a short walk, though. The plan for Wednesday to Friday was to be in London for work, so I planned lots of walking a s packed my resistance bands, but Storm Ali put paid to my plans, and London wasn’t meant to be this time. I did walk around 15k steps on Wednesday and one positive was I made it back for PiYo on Thursday. This new round is ace, and as we have lots of beginners it’s been a chance to really focus on technique and getting each move right.

I had a day off on Friday, and so I decided to head out for a 5k run. It was amazing! The first self motivated run in a while, and I loved it.

We had visitors all weekend, but on Sunday we did go out for a walk in the rain, and this morning, @TheWelshWookie and I got another 5k in. It’s the first 5k that he has done in a long, long time: as he said, it’s wasn’t fast and it wasn’t pretty- but he smashed it!

I may well have rediscovered my running mojo, just in time for the autumn! Have a wonderful week ☺️

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Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, sorry for the lack of posts: I’ve had a short break, with visitors and other things going on. Also, we’ve had a break from classes so I haven’t had too much to report on. 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running sporadically and walking a lot, recovering from my adventures during the summer. Last Saturday was the Tarbert TT10K, and we took part in The Dooker’s Doubler by running both the 5k and 10k. It was warm and humid which was very unusual. As ever, it was a brilliant event, but since then I’ve been a little floored by a cold which has- unusually- wiped me out a bit. I’m on the mend now, though. This year’s TT10K shirt is my favourite ever- black and yellow with long sleeves, I’m looking forward to trying it out in the autumn and winter:  Tonight, it felt fab to be back at WAR, it was tough as we’ve had a few weeks off, but it felt so good to get working out again. It’s the only class I’ll make this week, but I’m planning on a few runs to keep my training for the Great Scottish Run on track. 

Here’s some positivity for you tonight:  Time for me to get consistent again. Have a good week 🙂

5×50 Challenge: Week Four Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Four Round Up

Race Report: The Great Winter Run 2017

Race Report: The Great Winter Run 2017

Date: 7th January 2017

Profile: One Big Hill

Terrain: Road

Weather: Dry and mild, for the time of year

Website: greatrun.org

Positives: excellent organisation, positive crowd support

Negatives: that hill!

For years, I’ve watched the Great Winter Cross County Championships and the Great Winter Run from the comfort of my living room. But every year I’ve also always said that I’d love to take part.

Well, 2017 was the year.

As we had decided to buy the Great Run’s Scottish Season Pass, it gave us entry to the 5K Winter Run. And so, instead of heading home after work on Friday, 6th January we headed off to our hotel in Edinburgh instead. We had booked the Ibis on South Bridge, as we knew we’d be pretty close to the start time, and to the action, at Holyrood Park. As usual, I made sure my kit was ready the night before: 

On Saturday morning we were up early, and on our way to the start line with all of the other runners. The venue was well laid out, clearly sign posted and easy to access. We got there round about warm up time, which was perfect. We made our way into the corral and took the obligatory selfie: 

As @TheWelshWookie was injured, we had already agreed to run our own race, and so when the start came, I headed off amongst the crowds and headed up Arthurs’ Seat. We had been allocated the Pink Corral, and in future I’ll definitely upgrade my time. Within moments I was surrounded by walkers who had either set off running too quickly, hadn’t anticipated the hill or had only ever intended to walk. Now, @TheWookie was walking – and I would never criticise walkers – but here’s where extra corrals would help – if there was a walk/run or walk corral it would help, I’ve seen it work elsewhere. Anyway, I spent the first kilometre dodging lots and lots of walkers, which was frustrating and did affect my pace. More than once, people stopped dead in front of me.

When we reached the first kilometre marker we were greeted by a piper which lifted my spirits a little, and the walking crowd certainly dispersed a bit. The second kilometre continued the climb up the hill, and as we reached the third kilometre, we had levelled out and were greeted with beautiful views across the city of Edinburgh.

Then, the fun started; the long, downhill section taking us back to the start line. It was ace! My legs moved faster than they have done in quite a while, and I felt like I was gliding downhill. I overtook a guy who was playing an accordion, which was fab!

As the hill levelled out with a few hundred metres to go, we could hear singing, and as we crossed the finish line there was the ‘Sing in the City’ chorus to sing us across. It was great! I collected my goodie bag, which already contained my t shirt and medal before heading back to the hotel, and to meet @TheWelshWookie.

This was my first run trying out the NRC App on my Watch, and it worked great – no need to worry about finding a GPS signal, which was so much easier.

Here’s the goodie bag: 

And the medal and long sleeved T shirt: 

Here is the route of the run, too: 

After we had showered, changed and packed, we headed back to Holyrood Park to cheer on the participants in the Cross Country Championships. Yay! 

We’ll be back next year, definitely!
 
 

Race Report: Tarbert 10k Dookers Doubler

Race Report: Tarbert 10k Dookers Doubler

This year’s Tarbert races featured a new challenge: the Dookers Doubler! Thirty or do of us set out to run both the 5k and 10k runs, and I was looking forward to it.

First up was the 5k, which took us from Garvel road end along the harbour to the end point and back. It’s such a fast and flat route that a PB is a distinct possibility: not for us, though; knowing we had the 10k still to come meant we were taking it easy! 

As ever, the support was tremendous. The marshals were excellent and the runners all supported each other, too. It was a pleasure to run. As we crossed the finish line, we collected our first medal, changed over our bin for the next race and lined up, ready for the tougher 10k. 

While the 5k is fast and flat, the 10k is hillier, with two off road, trip sections. Although these are tough, they give runners cracking views over the village. @TheWelshWookie pulled his calf as we turned the first corner, so I found myself running on my own for most of it. But, given the excellent support, that was not a problem. I walked the first trail section up to Maggies Cottage, as runners were heading back downhill towards us slower runners and I didn’t want to hinder any of them. Next we headed back through the village, along the harbour past the crowds and back again, this time heading up Big Brae and around the Castle loop offering fabulous views over Tarbert. I love it up there! I kept asking the marshals if they had any gin for me….. but no joy. Maybe next year someone will oblige! 😉  Next, it was back down Big Brae and along the harbour front to the finish line. Although my legs were tired, the support really kept me going. 

I collected my second medal (yay!), goodie bag and specially designed Doubler t shirt. We were treated to masses of goodies: home baking, tablet (the thought of that tablet kept me going), water, bananas, sandwiches galore. It is brilliant! 

I then headed out to cheer @TheWelshWookie across the finish line and we stayed around chatting and to support those who had placed. There are loads of awards up for grabs at this event, with fantastic prizes. 

Overall, my 5k time was slower than last time, but I took three minutes off my 10k time from last year, so I was very, very pleased!

When 2017’s event opens, I’ll be first in line to sign up 🙂

Race Report: The Color Run, Glasgow

Race Report: The Color Run, Glasgow

Last year, @TheWelshWookie and I signed up for the inaugural Color Run UK Glasgow event. Unfortunately, it was cancelled, and I was a little worried that we wouldn’t see the event in Glasgow any time soon.

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and this year I took part with my bestie, Pauline, Olivia, my Goddaughter and her friend Holly. And so it was a dry but overcast morning that we hopped on a train, ready to take part in what I knew would be a fantastic event.

It wasn’t my first Color Run: Angie and I took part in the UK’s first ever Color Run in London back in 2014. I was looking forward to the event once again!

By the time we arrived at the SECC start line, the warm up was well underway. Local DJ Des Clark had the crowd going, and I loved the Clubbercise routines that were used for the warm up. We had plenty of time for a few pre-race snaps before it was time to join the line up for the start itself.2016-07-17_095424380_AB7C9_iOS.jpg 

We walked, and jog-walked this event, which was great. We took our time, soaked up the atmosphere and made the most of it. The route took us through the city centre, which was fantastic! As you’d expect, there were four colour zones en route, and we were doused properly at each one 🙂 

 One of the highlights for me was the bubble machines which filled the tunnel at Central Station with multi coloured bubbles! 

The end of the route took us to the Merchant City, which was set up with a stage. a DJ and some brilliant music. There were some freebies at the end: the usual water and snacks, but also some wipes, to help clear off some of the powder. Before we did that, of course, we took part in the final colour burst, which was fab. 

I really enjoyed the event – walking it was a little different,  but it meant I was able to really soak up the atmosphere, and have fun en route skipping, jogging and laughing our way around.

Will we be back next year? You bet!

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

I am the boss of my running. I am! It has taken a while recently but this weekend, I felt back in charge 😉

My local race was this weekend- the Tarbert TT10K and @TheWelshWookie and I ran in the inaugural ‘Dookers Doubler’ which was both the 5k and 10k.

I’ll save the race review for now, but I was pleased with how I did. My 5k time was less than a minute slower than last year, but my 10k time was over 3.5 minutes faster, so I was absolutely delighted! 😀

Here’s this year’s t shirt and medal:

 Aren’t they fab? 

I stretched my legs tonight with a 5k run, and I just had to wear my new shirt;) it was hot, hot, hot out there but my legs felt good. I’m feeling more confident now, as my attention turns to the Disneyland Paris half marathon next month.

Here’s a little something for today, which has helped me lots:  

Have a grand week, all!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, I am back. On. Track. 

We ran during the week, and followed it up with a long run on Saturday, I had the Color Run yesterday and tonight we did the whole PiYo round, including putting Flow together for the first time. Boom!

I did the Color Run in Glasgow with my bestie, Pauline, her daughter (my god daughter) Olivia and her friend Holly. It was awesome! I’ll save the details for another post, but here’s the before and after shots: 

 So, here’s my thinking for his week….

 And for an extra boost, I have this reminder from the Color Run:

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, I’m back! 

We had such an amazing time on our trip to Toronto- we managed to squeeze in lots and lots of adventures, including the CIBC Race for the Cure at Toronto Zoo.

Rather than bore you all with the details, I’ll pop up a photo post with some of the highlights, if you’re interested. We had plenty of lovely food, craft beer and local wine. We also walked miles each day, so I didn’t let my fitness drop entirely 😉

I’ve also had a ‘big birthday’ while I was away, and I was thoroughly spoiled by everyone. I’ll leave you to work out which milestone I hit 😀

Over the past week, I’ve been getting back on track. I tweaked my knee while running in Toronto, so I’m not quite ready to get back out on the road- it’s still giving me some pain. But I’m back at Pound and Clubbercise, with PiYo later in the week. It’s good to have a routine again and some focus back on my health and fitness.

At Clubbercise tonight we had a Halloween special, and did the dance from Thriller. It was ace! So much fun! 

 Here’s my thoughts following my break, and I’m trying to remember this for the coming week too:

 Have an awesome week! 🙂

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hi guys, greetings from Toronto!

We’re currently sitting in the Steam Whistle brewery, waiting to begin a tour: I’m having a wonderful time on holiday. 

Yesterday, @TheWelshWookie and I ran in the CIBC Run for the Cure, at Toronto Zoo. It was brilliant: cold, dry and do unusual, to see so much en route. Here’s our ‘before run’ selfie:  

 and our ‘post run’ one too: 
@TheWookie enjoyed his first ever beaver tail- apple and cinnamon for him:  

 Today we’ve been finding our bearings downtown. We’ve already had a tour of the Rogers Centre:  

 😀😀😀

It’s been so much fun! Here’s a little message that’s apt for me this week:  

 Have a great week!