5x50challenge Challenge Week Three Round Up

5x50challenge Challenge Week Three Round Up

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, the runner in me has returned! Yes! 

It’s been hiding away, recovering from a niggly knee and enjoying classes during November and December- you might remember that I said I wasn’t going to beat myself up about it. I didn’t, and on Saturday I enjoyed my first short run in some time. It was only around the harbour, but it felt good to be back out there, stretching my legs. I’ll admit to feeling some DOMS yesterday, but that’s all good. 😉

This week, I’m back at all three classes: Clubbercise this evening, PiYo on Wednesday and Pound on Thursday. I’ll also be back to a couple more sort runs too, I reckon.

It feels good to be back on it! 😀  

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, lovelies! How was your weekend? Mine was ace, the last quiet weekend for me for some time. I filled it with housework, booking activities for our trip to Toronto and packing. I love packing! Crazy, right?

I haven’t run at all this week, but I have kept up my various classes. I had Clubbercise last Monday and then a taster session of PiYo on Wednesday. I found it pretty challenging but great fun and very different for me. It’s a mix of Pilates and yoga blended into routines, so it definitely challenged different muscle groups for me: I had DOMS in my abs and flutes through until Sunday! 😮 I know it will push my strength and flexibility which can only benefit my running.

I then had my weekly Pound class on Thursday, and an amazing SUPercise session in Saturday. The water was beautifully clear with no wind, and we spotted so much wildlife: a bright red jellyfish, huge starfish, a rather inquisitive seal and -eek- an otter! It was brilliant!  

 Tonight, it was great to see more people at Clubbercise. I was able to push myself a lot more than I did last week, so I’m now feeling fab!  

 I’m hoping to get out for a 5K tomorrow night, and test the ole legs 😉 before the PiYo DOMS kick in again on Wednesday. Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to a weekend of fun, family and white water rafting- no rest for us! 

Here’s something I loved when I saw it on someone’s feed this week: 

 I think it is brilliant! 

Have an active week, everyone! 🙂

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Greetings! 

How are you? Good weekend? Glad to hear it! Mine has been fab- I’m well and truly feeling the DOMS today 😁

We had a brilliant SUPercise session on Saturday, which I found tough going as we’d missed the last three weeks. My thighs were already aching before our long run yesterday! We ran a lovely 11 miles, including a few hills, so it was a challenging but fun run. 

We also took part in the Nike ‘Run Your Fast’ challenge. We opted to run it in our tenth mile- not one of my best ideas, but it really pushed the pace at the toughest part of the long run! Our average pace was over 12 minutes for the whole run, but the fast mile was the quickest I’ve ran in 2015, at 8’52” woo hoo!  

So my legs have been feeling it all day today. Am I going to rest tonight? Nope- I’m going to ease the muscles with the return of Clubbercise after a summer break. Yay! I love this class- great tunes, fun and a fab burn all at the same time. I’m also getting back to Pound this week, so I have a full week of fitness activities ahead.

I’m now feeling ready for the Great North Run in a fortnight: I’m planning on balancing tapering with maintaining my fitness by getting stuck into my classes again. 

So, here’s to a great week- I hope yours is awesome too! 

 

World Gin Day: Earned

World Gin Day: Earned

Happy World Gin Day! 

I hope you are celebrating along with me?

Well, I reckon I’ve earned a gin tonight. I’ve had another fantastic week of training, and I’m now a the half way point of my 10K training plan for the Carradale Canter. Here’s my training for the week:

As you can see, I’ve stepped up my cross training this week, while maintaining my running in between. Sadly, last Monday was our last Clubbercise class until after the summer holiday. So, Monday will now mean that I’ll be focussing again on my running form at the start of the week.

Thursday I doubled up on the cross training, with my Pound class, and some yoga. Boy, oh, boy – that was tough! I set out to do the NTC Advanced Yoga programme, which is 45 minutes long. Somehow, I had forgotten that I’m stiff and inflexible: most of my moves were ‘aspirational’ at best 😉 But I gave it a go, for the first 20 minutes and then called it quits. I’ll try again this week though, as I’m really keen to reap the benefits of stretching and elongating. Honest!

Today, I’ve done a ‘double bubble’: we had our regular SUPercise session this morning. I think that my basic strokes are improving: I finally mastered the rudder, and could feel that I was moving faster in the water. I managed this by focussing more on my core, and using my legs to really stretch into the stroke- in other words, I spent virtually the whole lesson working on my squats, which I’m hoping will do my running the world of good!

After a quick cuppa, we headed out for a 5.5 mile walk/run and we ended up doing 6.4 miles. Score!

Tomorrow calls for a 3 mile walk, which I’ll get done in the morning, if all goes to plan.

And now, I’m going to pour myself a lovely glass of strawberry gin, which we infused ourselves. It’s a perfect occasion to break it out, I reckon 😉

Pound!

Pound!

You’ll probably know that I have kinda fallen in love with my weekly Clubbercise class. It’s a great workout and loads of fun! Because Jacqui changes up the routines, it keeps my muscles guessing and I definitely feel the DOMS the day after.

Last night, I tried another new class, as there was a taster session of Pound in the village hall. And, after the taster session, I’d love to give it a go!

Pound is a great workout: you use bright green weighted drumsticks- called Ripstix- to strengthen and sculpt. It’s not as aerobic as Clubbercise, but I definitely worked up a sweat, and I can feel today that I worked muscles not usually worked! 

It was also a great stress buster- thumping those sticks off the mat was pretty relieving!

If you’ve never heard or it, or want to know more, check it out here:

Poundfit
  
Tomorrow, we’re helping out at the Kintyre Way Ultra. We have an early start at the first checkpoint, and then we’re supporting Julia from Girl Runs Wild who is taking part. Good luck Julia!

I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

I’ll let you know how it goes! 😀