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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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

So, is anyone suffering from Christmas fatigue yet? No? Good! Me neither! 😛

All of my Christmas cards have been posted, gifts all wrapped and packed, the house fully decorated – even down to the Christmas bedding (washed with Winter Spice scented fabric softener, no less)! I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

We’ve has the first winter ice, which is always a danger when you’re as bambi-esque as I am at the best of times, with no sense of balance. Fortunately, it’s melted again for now, and we’re back to rain.

At this time of year, though, it can be easy to become caught up in the commercialism and spend, spend, spend – and to try to keep up with the excesses of the season with parties and events. But, despite my love for the season, I still try to remember that some things are much more important; and that spending quality time with loved ones is the best way to celebrate. This Maya Angelou quote can be interpreted in many ways, but it resonates in this context for me at the moment:

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Have a wonderful week- and don’t get too caught up in everything.

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Wednesday Wisdom

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello!
I’ve had a very festive weekend at the Children’s Classics Christmas concert, a lovely meal out and some fantastic family time.
And, equally as good, I have a week’s holiday! Woop woop!
Today has been a busy day of wrapping and finalising all of my Christmas gifts.
Have any of you been Santa Dashing this weekend? I’d love to have taken part. Maybe next year 🙂
Here’s a little motivation while I get back to Christmas movies…

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Which film tonight, then?