Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Welcome to another week! How are you doing? Have you started your week off with a fitness fix?

I’m just back from Clubbercise, where I tripped over one of the disco lights and I broke one of my glowsticks. Not at the same time, though. Oopsy! 

We’ve had visitors this weekend- the Donnellys were through visiting, so we had a weekend of football, walks, fun and games. And wine. Of course. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t squeeze a run in this weekend, but we made up for it in walks, I think.

Here’s a positive thought for the forthcoming week:

  
Be awesome, I love this! 

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Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, the runner in me has returned! Yes! 

It’s been hiding away, recovering from a niggly knee and enjoying classes during November and December- you might remember that I said I wasn’t going to beat myself up about it. I didn’t, and on Saturday I enjoyed my first short run in some time. It was only around the harbour, but it felt good to be back out there, stretching my legs. I’ll admit to feeling some DOMS yesterday, but that’s all good. 😉

This week, I’m back at all three classes: Clubbercise this evening, PiYo on Wednesday and Pound on Thursday. I’ll also be back to a couple more sort runs too, I reckon.

It feels good to be back on it! 😀  

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, everyone. How are you on this Blue Monday? It may traditionally be the day when most people feel down, but not here! I’m off to get some feel good endorphins at Clubbercise. Last week was great- it felt fantastic to be back at most of my classes and working hard at it again.

It was fab to get back to stretching at PiYo last Wednesday, and I’m looking forward to improving my fitness and complementing my running by building strength and flexibility- two definite gaps for me.

I’ve also cleaned up my eating a little; but I have a long way to go to get back to where I was earlier last year. I’ll get there. I’m not going to beat myself up about it 🙂

This reflects my current mindset:  

 Agreed? Good! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, lovelies, did you have a good weekend? Mine was a-ma-zing! 🙂 

On Saturday, we were excited to be at the World Gymnastics Championships, which was a long- awaited Christmas gift, yay! 

We saw five finals, including the first ever Team GB individual gold, when Max Whitlock became World Champion in the pommel. Lewis Smith also won silver, leading to a GB one-two.  

 We also saw the amazing result of the ladies uneven bars when four- yes four- gymnasts tied for first place! 

 In the evening, we paid a rare trip to the cinema to see Spectre, the new James Bond film, which was great.

Sunday saw a very different live sporting event from the day before, we had platinum seats for the Pro 12 rugby game between Glasgow Warriors and the Ospreys. Glasgow won 31-19, which was ace! 

 Tonight, I’ve had a brilliant Clubbercise class- we did ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry, given that it’s Guy Fawkes night this week 🙂  

Here’s something I’m working on, every single day: 

 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, how are you?

I’m grand: it’s a public holiday here, so I’m at the end of a long weekend. It’s back to work tomorrow, but only for three days until I head off on holiday…. To Toronto! I’m so excited!

This past week has been good, and I enjoyed my classes: Clubbercise, PiYo and Pound. I still haven’t squeezed in a run yet, but I’m not feeling guilty about that. I’ve still been active.

This weekend, we had a brilliant family weekend away in Aberfeldy to celebrate my uncle Jim’s 60th Birthday. What a laugh! We had lots of fun, excellent company, a few drinks and masses of fantastic food. Wow. I have eaten well! What was unusual was being away for a whole weekend with no mobile signal and no WiFi, so we all had to be social with no online time at all- it was great!

A group of us (18 of us, I think) went White Water Rafting on the River Tummel. When we arrived, we found out that we would be ‘closing’ the river, as we’d be the last group down the river in 2015. Ace! While we were waiting to get sorted, @TheWelshWookie spotted a familiar figure: it was none other than Frank, the coach driver who took us to the Great North Run! What a small world, eh? We had a wee chat with him, and he definitely remembered us too 🙂

We had a couple of photos taken:  

   
Then, it was time to head off, down the river. We were divided into four rafts, and on ours there was me, @TheWelshWookie, my sis Angie and my cousins Jane, Lewis and Ciara. We realised pretty quickly that it wasn’t as easy as it looked (or as easy as I had remembered- I last did it 10 years ago)! We had such a laugh, and found ourselves trapped or in trouble at just about every turn! We christened ourselves #TeamBounce, since we had to bounce the boat out of trouble a few times! 😉

Our instructor was loads of fun, and he even threw Ciara in at one point (nothing to do with her non stop talking!), but that was nothing compared to our spectacular tipping out at the final big drop! 

 I ended up under the boat, and it took me a few seconds to even realise what had happened! It was such brilliant, brilliant fun though. If you get the chance, do it.

Tonight was our final Clubbercise session before the October half term, which works out nicely with my forthcoming holiday.  

 Today, we’ve spent the day doing housework and packing: we are now good to go!

I saw this and thought I’d share it. I love it: 

 Have a brilliant week, all!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, lovelies! How was your weekend? Mine was ace, the last quiet weekend for me for some time. I filled it with housework, booking activities for our trip to Toronto and packing. I love packing! Crazy, right?

I haven’t run at all this week, but I have kept up my various classes. I had Clubbercise last Monday and then a taster session of PiYo on Wednesday. I found it pretty challenging but great fun and very different for me. It’s a mix of Pilates and yoga blended into routines, so it definitely challenged different muscle groups for me: I had DOMS in my abs and flutes through until Sunday! 😮 I know it will push my strength and flexibility which can only benefit my running.

I then had my weekly Pound class on Thursday, and an amazing SUPercise session in Saturday. The water was beautifully clear with no wind, and we spotted so much wildlife: a bright red jellyfish, huge starfish, a rather inquisitive seal and -eek- an otter! It was brilliant!  

 Tonight, it was great to see more people at Clubbercise. I was able to push myself a lot more than I did last week, so I’m now feeling fab!  

 I’m hoping to get out for a 5K tomorrow night, and test the ole legs 😉 before the PiYo DOMS kick in again on Wednesday. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to a weekend of fun, family and white water rafting- no rest for us! 

Here’s something I loved when I saw it on someone’s feed this week: 

 I think it is brilliant! 

Have an active week, everyone! 🙂

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was out-of-this-world awesome! 

I cannot believe that I’ve now run the Great North Run. Wow. It was such an amazing event and the whole of the North East seemed to be out, supporting us.

And I can now say I’ve run in the same race as Mo Farah and David Weir. Squeeeeee!

I’ll fill you in with a race report later, once I’ve calmed down a little 😉

I’ve eased off my tired muscles with my regular Clubbercise class, and I’m so glad I did. It’s such great fun and I took it easy tonight. My muscles definitely feel better for it.

Here’s how I’m feeling today:  
I’m feeling proud of all of the hard work that all of the runners put into the training as well as the run itself. Well done everyone! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Greetings! 

How are you? Good weekend? Glad to hear it! Mine has been fab- I’m well and truly feeling the DOMS today 😁

We had a brilliant SUPercise session on Saturday, which I found tough going as we’d missed the last three weeks. My thighs were already aching before our long run yesterday! We ran a lovely 11 miles, including a few hills, so it was a challenging but fun run. 

We also took part in the Nike ‘Run Your Fast’ challenge. We opted to run it in our tenth mile- not one of my best ideas, but it really pushed the pace at the toughest part of the long run! Our average pace was over 12 minutes for the whole run, but the fast mile was the quickest I’ve ran in 2015, at 8’52” woo hoo!  

So my legs have been feeling it all day today. Am I going to rest tonight? Nope- I’m going to ease the muscles with the return of Clubbercise after a summer break. Yay! I love this class- great tunes, fun and a fab burn all at the same time. I’m also getting back to Pound this week, so I have a full week of fitness activities ahead.

I’m now feeling ready for the Great North Run in a fortnight: I’m planning on balancing tapering with maintaining my fitness by getting stuck into my classes again. 

So, here’s to a great week- I hope yours is awesome too! 

 

World Gin Day: Earned

World Gin Day: Earned

Happy World Gin Day! 

I hope you are celebrating along with me?

Well, I reckon I’ve earned a gin tonight. I’ve had another fantastic week of training, and I’m now a the half way point of my 10K training plan for the Carradale Canter. Here’s my training for the week:

As you can see, I’ve stepped up my cross training this week, while maintaining my running in between. Sadly, last Monday was our last Clubbercise class until after the summer holiday. So, Monday will now mean that I’ll be focussing again on my running form at the start of the week.

Thursday I doubled up on the cross training, with my Pound class, and some yoga. Boy, oh, boy – that was tough! I set out to do the NTC Advanced Yoga programme, which is 45 minutes long. Somehow, I had forgotten that I’m stiff and inflexible: most of my moves were ‘aspirational’ at best 😉 But I gave it a go, for the first 20 minutes and then called it quits. I’ll try again this week though, as I’m really keen to reap the benefits of stretching and elongating. Honest!

Today, I’ve done a ‘double bubble’: we had our regular SUPercise session this morning. I think that my basic strokes are improving: I finally mastered the rudder, and could feel that I was moving faster in the water. I managed this by focussing more on my core, and using my legs to really stretch into the stroke- in other words, I spent virtually the whole lesson working on my squats, which I’m hoping will do my running the world of good!

After a quick cuppa, we headed out for a 5.5 mile walk/run and we ended up doing 6.4 miles. Score!

Tomorrow calls for a 3 mile walk, which I’ll get done in the morning, if all goes to plan.

And now, I’m going to pour myself a lovely glass of strawberry gin, which we infused ourselves. It’s a perfect occasion to break it out, I reckon 😉

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hi everyone, how has your week- and weekend- been? Mine has been awesome!

On Saturday I had lunch in Merchant Square, Glasgow with my mum and sisters. I don’t know what happened to me, but for once I didn’t even think about taking a picture of my food! 😮 We had arincini and bruschetta to start, then I had carbonara. It was delish!

We had a wander around the arts and crafts stalls, and picked up some brilliant cards. 

Yesterday was the final day of the 5×50 Challenge and again, for the third year, I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be signing up in 2016. Will you?

Today is day one of my 10k training plan: it should be a one mile walk, but I replaced that with my Clubbercise class as cross training instead. As Jacqui, our instructor, was on holiday last week it was tough getting back into it, but as always it was a fantastic class. Love it!

Tomorrow night calls for a 3 mile run, and I’m looking forward to that too.

Here’s some motivation for this week: 

 

And I say amen to that! 😀