Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, welcome to another week! How was the past seven days for you? After the Spartan Run last Sunday, I took this past week off for rest and recovery. It was the perfect week for it as Jacqui is on holiday meaning I had no classes planned. 

Now that I’ve had a week to reflect on last Sunday’s achievement I can say that it was the toughest physical challenge I’ve done. I think that the terrain and the weather conditions combined with the tough course all taken together made it a real challenge and I needed some time to recover and to let some pretty major bruising begin to heal. 

We had visitors all week, which was also good timing as I didn’t have time to feel guilty for skipping training sessions or to be tempted to get back into running too soon. I also ate. A LOT. All week. Oops! 

I didn’t just relax and do nothing, though: I did five chunky walks of 1+ hours throughout the week to keep my legs ticking over, focussing on active recovery. 

Now that a new week has arrived, I’m back to it: the Tarbert Dookers Doubler is looming in less than two weeks, and I haven’t run more than four miles in a while, but I know my cross training will be keeping my fitness levels high. I ran 5k tonight quite comfortably: I could have run more but I want to focus on quality running this week. I’m planning on doing a run with JogScotland on Wednesday and then fitting in a longer run later in the week. 

Meanwhile, I came across this on Pinterest and thought I’d share it 😉  I love it! Have a great week 🙂

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! 😎

Monday Motivation: More Spartan Training

Monday Motivation: More Spartan Training

Pheeee-ew! What a busy weekend! We had our end of class salsa night out on Friday, our Ceilidh-come-Fèis-Showcase on Saturday and a lovely day out to Portavadie on Sunday. My parents were here, so it was good fun to catch up and relax. But it did mean that I didn’t get much training done over the weekend.

Before that, though, I’d made good progress in my attempt to become a SpartanJogger: I didn’t get to WAR on Monday or PiYo on Tuesday: I’d had some adjustments from the miracle working Osteopath on Monday so I gave my body some time to adjust, but I felt brilliant afterwards.

On Wednesday I ran. Yay! 

First run in five weeks. It was a slow, steady three miler chatting with Emily so the time flew by. It was also torrential rain- we had thunder, lightening and overflowing drains to contend with, but we got it done. Why does running in the rain make you feel so bad ass?

Thursday was my first full- power PiYo session for some time and it felt great to be back to some degree of strength and flexibility. Jacqui loaned me some kit so that I can work on strength training in advance of the Spartan race, which is brilliant- and very kind of her. I now have a box jump, medicine balls which I can use as they are intended for or in a hold-all to replicate a sand bag. Jacqui gave me some really really good tips on some training ideas and exercises so I’ll be testing those out in the coming few weeks. 

Friday night was our last Salsa class- boo 😔I’ll miss it: the fun, the footwork, the cameraderie- hopefully we’ll have a chance to do it again.

So, all in all, I have definitely made progress in my work towards the Spartan race. Yay!

Tonight I gave it my all at WAR. I’m almost back to my old self: I definitely still have some weakness in my left leg, and it did collapse under me when I was doing some jump lunges. But for other parts of the class I dug in deep and kept focussed. I imagined myself in four weeks, ready to run and as strong as I could be 💪🏻, so I worked HARD and used my weighted gloves as much as possible.

 My plan for tomorrow night is to get in a solid run and to follow it up with some circuit exercises- if I’m not too sore after tonight’s class. I want to test my body a little, pushing it on while trying not to set back my recovery. 

We’ll see how that goes and I’ll report back to you next week 👍🏻, meanwhile I hope this resonates with you:  How is your training going? 

Have a good week 🙂

Monday Motivation: Spartan Training Begins

Monday Motivation: Spartan Training Begins

Yes, it begins. Slowly. But better than nothing.

I’m still unable to run, but my mobility has improved a little meaning that last week I managed to get my sorry butt back to classes. With one eye on the Spartan Sprint in six weeks, I started last Monday with WAR. I didn’t use my weighted gloves, and I kept to low intensity moves, but it felt great to be there 👍🏻

On Tuesday I went to PiYo Stretch and Flow which is more gentle than the Thursday class. While I missed my usual run, I felt that I was helping my body by doing as much as I could to keep up. My left leg was driving me crazy and had a mind of its own but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

I planned to join the walkers group at Jog Scotland on Wednesday night but it was cancelled. Undeterred, I walked 5k myself and I kept the pace up as much as I could manage. 

All in all, the week was a real improvement on the previous few. 

This week, I’ve been back at WAR again and I managed some higher intensity work- but I’m still limited. I do feel that I’m making progress so I’m focusing on that. But I really want to get training for the Spartan Sprint more intensely while not setting myself back. I’m sure that will come in the next week or so. I’m waiting for some training tips to come through, so that should help!  It I can’t help. It feel worried when I see images like this:

Eeek! All I can do is focus, train and do my best.

I hope that this resonates with you as much as it does with me right now:

Have a good week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Welcome to a wet, windy Monday here on the west coast of Scotland. After a lovely, sunny and warm weekend, I’m looking out of the window to a deluge of water and some decidedly autumnal winds. Urgh! Looks like summer may be over!

How was your weekend?

I had a lovely time – Tony’s parents were visiting, and we spent the day on Saturday at Portavadie, using the fabulous spa facilities (yes, again). It’s very relaxing, with stunning landscapes across Loch Fyne. Even the sauna has a stunning view. Needless to say, I’m planning my next trip already….

My last run was back on Tuesday, but I’ve managed to walk a fair bit, and I also had PiYo and Veraflow classes, back to back, on Thursday. You all know that I love PiYo, but Veraflow was new to me. It was our instructor, Jacqui’s first time teaching it, and it was good fun!

The warm up involved latin-style dance steps, combined with some gentle stretching. Actually, that sums up the class well, too – lots of lovely stretches with fun dance-style routines that I’m hoping I might get to grips with after a few weeks 😉 I’m not the most co-ordinated person, as many of you will know.

Tonight, I’m off to Body Conditioning again – I worked hard at last week’s class, so much so that my DOMS lasted though until Saturday! 😮 I’m looking forward to feelin’ the burn again tonight – though I might have to make sure I don’t take it too far. I’ll then pull on my trainers again tomorrow night, Wednesday night and again on Saturday – we’re less than two weeks away from the Disneyland Paris half marathon – eek!

Here’s a little something to get you started this week, if you are struggling:

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Have an ace 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! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, and despite the rain, hail and gale force winds, welcome to summer!


How has the past week been? Mine has been ace. My training has gone really well, and my 10k/half marathon training is on track: 

  16 miles and cross training done: ye-haaa! 😀

I had another fab paddle boarding session on Saturday, followed by a book signing by local author Denzil Meyrick. I read his first book on Saturday and I’m well into book two. If you like crime fiction, I’m sure you’ll love his books.  

I’m ready for this coming week: my cold is almost gone, so I’m off to Clubbercise and will then have a three mile walk afterwards. It’s not walking friendly weather out there, so the dreadmill will have to do.

Here’s my motivation for the week, as my focus begins to look forward to the Great North Run:  

 Have a brilliant week! 

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello there! How’s your Monday? Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fabulous!

My bestie, her hubby and two kids were through for the weekend and it was great! Plenty of fresh air, good food and fantastic company. We had a good laugh and plenty of gossip 😉

The record player was going, and we had a lot of fun. 

Now it’s back to routine,with Clubbercise tonight. I’m sure I have a few extra pounds to lose that I didn’t have on Friday…. 😮



I’ve been struggling on my runs recently. Rather than beating myself up about it, I’m looking at it like this. I’m going to pause, and look at what I am doing.

Have a great week!

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

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Wednesday Wisdom

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