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! 🙂

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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! 

 

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, how was your weekend?

Mine was fab, thanks. We had visitors: my BFF Pauline, her hubby Gavin, Olivia and Christopher. We had a blast! And, I think we were really good – we ate well (80/20 of course, mostly healthy with a few G and Ts) and we were active too. On Saturday, Olivia and Christopher joined in at our SUPercise session, which was brilliant fun. Both did so well!

  
In the afternoon, we then had a good walk into Lochgilphead. It was pouring with rain, we were soaked, but it was good to get a solid 10K or so in the bag.

Tonight, @TheWelshWookie and I ran a solid four miles around the harbour. I really enjoyed it, and feel in control, with six weeks to go until the Great North Run.

  
Tomorrow calls for a seven miler, so keep your fingers crossed for a dry day 🙂

Here’s a little something to help get your week started:

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Have a wonderful week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, everyone. How are you doing?

Did you have a good weekend? Mine was fab! Our schools broke up for their summer holiday on Friday, so it’s been a busy week.

I skipped a training run on Friday because I had quite a few things on – but that’s OK, as I’ve been so, so good at sticking to the plan until now.

This weekend has been the Tarbert Viking Festival, and it’s been fantastic. The vikings have staged ‘raids’ on Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig and Portavadie: we headed to Portavadie on Sunday to take part in some of the fun, and we were treated to a traditional Swedish viking folk band, a viking village with skills and activities including, of course, archery lessons and viking battles. We also had a barbeque, and a cocktail or two, too 😀

   
 Back to training. Here’s my week 6 training schedule, versus my actual activity: 

 We had a fantastic SUPercise session on Saturday – it was tough, and I was definitely feeling the DOMS on Sunday. It was the first outing for my new wetsuit, which was super comfortable – even if it did take me 20 minutes to get into!

I’m now in ‘peak week’ of training, and I’ve just done a really good – and fun 3.5 mile run, so it’s off to a great start 🙂 Or, in @TheWelshWookie’s words, we ‘kicked it’s a$$’!

Here’s to more of the same this week:

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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 😉