Monday Motivation: 6 days until Spartan Day

Monday Motivation: 6 days until Spartan Day

I cannot believe it, less than a week to go. Oh my! This training period had flown by in a flash, and I’m only now feeling fully recovered from my injury. 

 I feel like I did last week: part excited, part filled with trepidation, but what will be will be. Last week’s training went a little awry: lack of numbers meant that Jacqui had to cancel Monday and Tuesday night’s classes, which was a really difficult call for her- but I agree that she can’t run them for very small numbers of attendees. It’s just a shame when it happens to her (and is) at short notice. It put a little more focus on what I had to do for myself, so on both nights I did some strength training and ran, managing 5k on Monday and 4 miles on Tuesday. I know it’s always more difficult to train by myself than to put in the effort at class, but I pushed myself with some challenging moves including box jumps (eek) and sandbag lifts. I then ran 5k again on Wednesday to test my tired legs and I struggled, but I’m very glad I pushed through as I’ll have to keep going with tired legs on Sunday. 

I was then in London from Thursday through to Sunday night, so I didn’t get any training in – unless you count an average of 15,000 steps per day and lugging a suitcase about with me!

Tonight, we were back at WAR and I pushed it: it was really hot, really sweaty, but I felt much more capable than I have in weeks and weeks, with the strength returning in my legs for the balance moves and the jumping lunges. Progress indeed! I’m sure I’ll have DOMS tomorrow, but that’s fine with me 😆 I also worked my shoulders, chest and core hard with some full press ups and I tried to focus on my form when doing planks and side planks. 💪🏻

I have my bag packed for tomorrow, I’m hoping to squeeze in a run before PiYo tomorrow night, again just to really push myself. Bring it on! 

This is my focus for the week: I hope it resonates with you, too. Have a strong week! 😎

Week One 5×50 Challenge around Up

Week One 5×50 Challenge around Up

Some photos from my week one activities while taking part in the 2016 5×50 Challenge:    
    
    
   

 

   
 

   

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Well, it’s all over, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have drawn to a close.

Hopefully, I’ll post very soon to fill you in on all of our antics: we had a real blast!

But, it’s back to work, and time to get cracking:

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Are you planning on rolling up your sleeves this week and getting stuck in? What do you want to achieve?

A Break from the Games, Back to the Village

A Break from the Games, Back to the Village

I thought you might appreciate a little break from my posts about the Commonwealth Games. While I’m watching the gymnastics, including another gold for Team Scotland, I thought I’d share a local Tarbert festival, which I missed this year.

While @TheWelshWookie and I were sunning ourselves in Tenerife, my family were at our house, enjoying Tarbert Seafood Festival! I enjoyed last year’s festival so much that I split my review into two posts, which you can read here and also here.

They had fabulous weather, and they told me that there were even more stalls than there were last year. They enjoyed sampling the seafood delights:

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Enjoyed a little beer:
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and basked in glorious sunshine.
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Stacey was a winner this year: she won a fishcake! No, not a fishcake, but a Fish Cake! Nom nom nom.
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And on the Sunday, they enjoyed the music at Beer on the Pier. They took the boys over to the outdoor gym, and were able to enjoy the music from the other side of the harbour. Smart thinking, guys!
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There is no way we’ll be missing the festival in 2015 😀

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Oh, my goodness. What a weekend!

Glasgow is absolutely buzzing with activity, fun, entertainment, visitors, Clydesiders, athletes and all sorts! Have you managed to catch any of the Commonwealth Games this weekend?

We were at the concert on Friday, judo on Saturday morning, the 2014 Festival at Glasgow Green in the afternoon, dinner at Brown’s in the evening followed by the marathon on the Sunday, where we met Allison, The Running Princess and her hubby Steve.

I’ll share my pics from the weekend later in the week.

For now, here’s some inspiration courtesy of Team Scotland:

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And, here’s Usain Bolt meeting Clyde!

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Here’s to another fabulous week of sport!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Welcome to another week: I hope the sun has been shining brightly on you today.

I’ve had a wonderful weekend: we’ve had visitors and it’s been wonderful spending time with my bestie Pauline, her other better half Gavin, Olivia and Christopher. We took a trip to Portavadie, visited the abandoned village Polphail, and did lots of talking, eating and walking. And a little drinking of vino and champagne, of course! 😉

As always, talk turned to books, and we ended up discussing the books of Jon Ronson: they recommended reading Them and The Psychopath Test. I downloaded both, and read Them last night, finishing it at lunchtime today. I’m now almost half way through The Psychopath Test and I’m really enjoying it too. They’re fascinating!

So, here’s a little something to think about: not so much Monday Motivation, more like a Monday Mental Check, I suppose!

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I reckon mine is showing quite clearly….. is yours? 😛

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Why, hello there, stranger!

Did you miss me?

I know that I had said I’d do a couple of posts while I was in Tenerife, but it didn’t happen. I didn’t have much access to WiFi, and I used up my phone data quite quickly! Ooops! 😉

And, on top of that, my web domain expired while I was away – I had completely forgotten about it! Ooops again! 😮

So, I’m very sorry for the accidental blogging break. But, I’m back, and I’m really looking forward to catching up on your blogs over the next couple of weeks, and seeing what I have missed.

Here’s a little something that sums up the past couple of weeks for me:

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So, what big news have I missed?

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Happy Monday! Did you miss me, as I’ve been AWOL the last few days? 😉

I’m afraid that I’ve been nursing a bit of an ankle injury. Well, erm, I haven’t actually injured it yet, but it has been feeling a little tender, just how it did before I damaged the ligaments two and a half years ago.

I’ve been very lucky, as I’ve been injury-free since then. But, with a holiday to Tenerife starting this weekend, I really don’t want to take any chances. The last thing I need is to be hobbling up and down hills on holiday!

So, my marathon training has been paused, though I’d much rather take a few days off from running now, than be forced into weeks of RICE. 🙂

I did do gardening and weeding this weekend, leaving me with some mighty DOMS: surely that counts as cross-training, right?

Here are four very simple, but very powerful words:

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Be it training for a marathon, recovering from injury, or anything else, this is so true. Don’t you think?

 

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Are you having a good Monday?

We’ve had glorious sunshine all weekend, and today, and it’s set to continue over the next few days. Hurrah!

Did you celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday? I did – I’ll tell you more about it later in the week 😉

Yesterday, I got in my first run (at home) in a vest – summer is definitely on its way!

Here’s something that jumped out at me recently: I really do think that it is true….

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Just remember, when you’re in the midst of the chaos, calm waters aren’t too far away.

Are you enjoying summer weather where you are?