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. 😀

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Today’s Wednesday Wisdom is a little different – as I’m writing a little, not just sharing some wise words 🙂

First – I just wanted to wish you all a fun, safe Bonfire Night – be careful if you’re out running tonight!

guy-fawkes

Second – A timely reminder to you all – it’s only 50 days until Christmas! Woo Hoo! This is on my list:

ebe4574ee024ffb3524fab3d2b40377f

Third – here’s your weekly dose of Wednesday Wisdom:

blogger-image-1789802660

 

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

image

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

599d6045a39361e24dfd6f1cd5ba333d

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

c093e4ac2c05ca4d88e205154d43d775

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

3581b9d3642ab0640f56ac757077b052

Thoughts for Thursday

Thoughts for Thursday

Sorry!

I missed my Wednesday Wisdom post yesterday – so here’s a thought for Thursday instead 😀

50bff48f11f940ecee9eae5f5e8b9138

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

7ab0531f837cc5f4fd1153352ccaf1ca

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

a4510a2806f9b4dafc109633879c93fa

Image

Wednesday Wisdom

2292f5c5f9336a301145de0010d7d476