Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

How has your week been? Have you kept your health and wellbeing goals on track? I’m pleased to say that I have. It’s been an all-round great week.

Monday: my week started well with a busy day at work. I had arranged for a lunchtime trail run with Alison and Morag, and I found myself running late. Instead of cancelling altogether I headed out 10 minutes after them and eventually caught them up by skipping out the loop around Kilmory Loch. My week started off with a rainbow: I also did two classes on Monday night: I’m making progress at Core Conditioning and I felt stronger in the plank moves. I know I still have a ways to go but when I think back to the first class only four weeks ago it’s made a huge difference! After that we had Veraflow, which was a nice way to finish off my busy day. Tuesday: Another double class, which was a shock to the system after the past two Tuesdays being cancelled due to the weather. Sculpt was fab- hard going at times, but I do really enjoy this. Next up was Trigger Point Pilates and my body really needed it!

Wednesday: again, after two weeks off due to the weather, Jog Scotland was back. Our improvers group started with a 10 minute warm up, followed by a 10 minute ‘weave’ run – it was a variation on a line run where we weaved in and out of each other as well as running from back to front. We then had a 10 minute cool down.

Thursday: we had PiYo which really is my favourite class. I was feeling quite tired, though, particularly during the first half of the class but I had a second wind towards the end of class.

Friday: rest. I listened to my body and skipped my planned run as I was feeling pretty tired at the end of the week. Perfect timing since Storm Erik made an appearance!

Saturday: I had a Fèis Committee meeting in the morning, then I headed out for a run in the afternoon. I am determined not to do too much, too soon and so I was aiming to do between 5 and 6 miles. Instead of running around the harbour, I headed out to the West Loch and before I could talk myself out of it I decided to run up the steep hill to Carrick cemetery. And I did it, without stopping! Hurrah! I was feeling really good, probably benefiting from the rest day…. and I ran 10k! That’s my first 10k since June last year so I’m delighted. The skies were beautiful which no doubt helped to keep me distracted!

Sunday: I reckoned I could do with some active recovery after a week of classes and especially after Saturday’s run so we went for an hour’s walk around Tarbert Harbour. Yes, we were caught in a hail shower, but I ended my week of activities the same way it began- with another beautiful rainbow!

This coming week is going to be a bit of a challenge: I have a long day in Glasgow tomorrow, a trip to Mull on Thursday and a weekend away to Edinburgh at the end of the week. I’ll be fitting it what activity I can, when I can.

Here’s your motivation for this week, which reflects the gorgeous sights I’ve been treated to this week:

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Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

SpartanJogger Training Continues 

SpartanJogger Training Continues 

Well, in a fashion it does. And by fashion I mean this rather swish Spartan Ambassador Tee 😉   As the weeks go by, I’m feeling much more like my old self physically, but I still have a way to go with some numbness in my right thigh, triceps and upper back. My left knee isn’t collapsing nearly as much but I’ve not ventured a run on it yet. 

I had a great night at WAR last Monday working on my core, legs and arms in particular but I didn’t use my weighted gloves- I’m planning to add them back in tomorrow night, if my osteopath appointment goes ok. I was a bit wobbly in the legs last week, too, but much improved from the previous week. 

Yesterday, @TheWelshWookie and I went for a long, hilly walk in the woodlands above Tarbert, getting in six miles which was a real achievement: I felt ok physically, with my left leg struggling a little only in the downhill sections. 

The view was gorgeous:   When we got back, I did some work comparing my current training to the Spartan guide and there are some gaps I need to work on. Granted, I’m very happy that I’m already working hard on squats, lunges, planks, press ups and other key strength exercises, but I do have some gaps to address:

Bear Crawls: I’ll need to work on these to get my butt under the barbed wire. Not sure what to do beyond focussing on dropping my hips when holding a plank.

Pull Ups: Nope. Definitely a gap for me. Not sure I’ll ever manage pull ups so I’m going to rely on The Wookie punting me up ropes and walls 😆. Meanwhile I’ll work on my next gap:

Box Jumps: I’ve asked The Wookie to find a suitable implement we can use for practicing these- my coffee table is too high, higher than a dining chair. Still working on this one for now but I know it will be a critical one.

Sandbag Lifts: we’ve been working on imaginary sandbag lifts at WAR so I’ll have to really focus on this, and see if there’s something I can use in the meantime to build some strength here.

Not too bad, though, four key areas for development in terms of strength.

In the coming week I’m hoping to try a short run/walk/run so wish me luck with that, it’s been five weeks since my last run so I’m missing it terribly! 

All in all, training is slow: my focus has been in recovery and on returning to fitness in a measured way. Long may it continue but with five weeks until the Spartan run I hope that my improvements build momentum as my confidence in what I can do returns. 😀

5×50 Challenge: Week Six Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Six Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Five Round Up

5×50 Challenge: Week Five Round Up

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5×50 Challenge: Week Four Round Up

In Pictures: 5x50challenge Week One

In Pictures: 5x50challenge Week One

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Is it just me? Am I the only one who can’t quite believe that we’re moving into March this week?

I can’t fathom where this year is disappearing to! 

How was your week last week? Mine was good: I was away with work mid week, but kept on track as much as I could. I started last Monday with Body Conditioning/WAR and I worked hard, knowing that Jacqui was going on a well deserved holiday for a couple of weeks. As I headed to Aviemore for work on Tuesday I packed my running gear, and managed to get a run in on both Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. I took a rest day on Thursday as my legs had felt really heavy the day before and I was feeling the DOMS from Monday 😉 I did manage to fit in 12,500 steps though.

But on Friday evening I was back at salsa, and I know I’ve said it before but it is SO MUCH FUN! 

I’ve started this week with a Monday night run, and I’ve christened my new trainers. Yay! I always have a weird feeling when I wear new trainers: hoping that they are comfy and don’t rub, a little sad to get them dirty but a little excited to break them in too. Is it just me who feels like that? 

@TheWelshWookie and I have also signed up for the 5x50challenge again and this will, I think, be our fifth year participating. This year there are various options: one option is to run 5k per day for 50 days, but the option we’ve signed up for is to do 30 minutes of exercise a day for 50 days. Yes, some days that will be 5k, but other days it will be other activities. The aim is to encourage people to get fitter and more active, and the registration fee goes to charity, too. It’s a win win! Find out more here: http://5×50.org/  he next challenge begins this Sunday, 4th March 👍🏻

And so, to reflect the 5x50challenge, here’s some motivation: 

Have a good week everyone! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well hello there. How was last week? Did you finish January strong, or did it wind down with a whimper? Is February off to a flying start?

My week was good, pretty solid actually. Travel  for work meant I didn’t manage to my Monday night class, and Pound is still off on Tuesdays while Sam, our instructor, recovers from an injury. All in all, though, I managed ok. 

Monday I found myself in Glenrothes, and so I went for a run as soon as I arrived. I had a little trouble with the Nike Running Club app (i.e. it conked out) so I restarted it, and all in all Imanaged  4.25 miles. Woop! I was up early on Tuesday and headed out for a pre-breakfast run, knowing that I would be tired after a long drive home, and I didn’t want to risk skipping a day so early in the week. Once again my app was glitchy but I did manage a 5k first thing. 

On Wednesday evening I headed out with the Jog Scotland gang, and the run just flew by! We did a 10 minute warm up run followed by 10 minutes of chain running and a 10 minute cool down. It was great fun, I hate to say it out loud but I do love chain runs 😮

I’m pleased to report that I made it to both PiYo and VeraFlow on Thursday night. I’m really enjoying this round of PiYo, it contains lots of my favourite moves like kick throughs and the PiYo flip, yay! It felt tough but very satisfying after missing class the previous week. We even added the start of the latest Flow section so we’re making rapid progress. 

I had a day off work on Friday, so I headed out for a run in the morning: my legs felt tired and heavy after classes the night before, telling me I had worked hard! When I checked my pace, I was also running a good bit faster than I had anticipated which was a lovely surprise! We then had Salsa on Friday night and again, I felt like we were making progress. Having said that, we did some work on arms and, well, my arms do not want to work when put together with my feet! Oops! I definitely need to practice, practice, practice. 

Oh, and I said goodbye to 2.2 lbs of fat, so that’s good news too 😉

We then had a relaxing weekend and my legs definitely felt the better for it at WAR/Body Conditioning tonight. Speaking of which, I felt much stronger in some of the sections tonight so this seemed very apt:  Hustle hard this week, girls and guys! 😉

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

I haven’t run this week. I’m not apologising for it, I’m not going to say something glib like ‘life got in the way’, I just didn’t run, and I’m ok with that.

I’ve been nursing scrapes and bruises since my fall the previous week, and I’ve worked hard at my fitness classes so I haven’t been sitting idle all week either 😉

I do have races to prepare for though, so I’ll get back out there. As you might know, since I reframed my running a year ago I’ve been really enjoying it more: no pressure on myself, no aiming for times or PBs, just ‘running my run’ as Kyla would say, and enjoying every second of each race. Same goes for training. Yes, there are tough times and easier times, but it’s all about balance. And I’m getting better at that!


Have a great week!