Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello! How was your week? Mine was busy, but great fun. We were on holiday, spending three days in Somerset and three days in Edinburgh, so we pretty much covered the country from one end to another! 

We did plenty of walking and we enjoyed lots of great food – as well as a few gins 😁

But I’m back to my routine today, so I did my Sunday night food prep so that I could start on track first thing. 

Here’s to a new week, and here’s your motivation right here:

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Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello! How has your week and weekend been? 

I’ve been really focussed, on my health, my food and my fitness 👍🏻 Jacqui has been running a 10 day accountability/clean eating challenge which was just what I needed. Thanks Jacqui! It started last Monday, so we are already in day eight and I have loved it. 

I’ve focussed on eating well- and cleanly- with no junk, no alcohol, no empty calories, and on staying active. To that end, I went to every class last week, which was great. Here was how my week looked:

Monday- no WAR, but as I reported last week, we did a lovely hill walk during the day instead

Tuesday- Stability ball class and PiYo Stretch and Flow. Doing the Doubler is great!

Wednesday- a wet Jog Scotland run, which I thoroughly enjoyed 

Thursday- PiYo signature round, for the first time in ages

Friday- Wii Fit

I didn’t do anything in particular over weekend as we had a quiet weekend planned, and it felt great! On Sunday evening a cold started to appear, but I’m pushing through as best as I can, it explains why I needed some extra R and R this weekend!

When the challenge comes to an end on Wednesday night I’m planning on keeping it on track, but loosening the rules only ever so slightly. I’m excited to check out my measurements on Wednesday night!

Here’s some positivity to help kickstart your week if you need it:  Have a great week!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, sorry for the lack of posts: I’ve had a short break, with visitors and other things going on. Also, we’ve had a break from classes so I haven’t had too much to report on. 

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been running sporadically and walking a lot, recovering from my adventures during the summer. Last Saturday was the Tarbert TT10K, and we took part in The Dooker’s Doubler by running both the 5k and 10k. It was warm and humid which was very unusual. As ever, it was a brilliant event, but since then I’ve been a little floored by a cold which has- unusually- wiped me out a bit. I’m on the mend now, though. This year’s TT10K shirt is my favourite ever- black and yellow with long sleeves, I’m looking forward to trying it out in the autumn and winter:  Tonight, it felt fab to be back at WAR, it was tough as we’ve had a few weeks off, but it felt so good to get working out again. It’s the only class I’ll make this week, but I’m planning on a few runs to keep my training for the Great Scottish Run on track. 

Here’s some positivity for you tonight:  Time for me to get consistent again. Have a good week 🙂

Monday Motivation: I am SpartanJogger!

Monday Motivation: I am SpartanJogger!

Well, we did it: we completed the Spartan Sprint yesterday.

 I’ll give you a race report later in this post, but before I do, here’s a quick round up from last week.

Training was great:

Monday: WAR was excellent, and I pushed had to keep myself on track for race day

Tuesday: PiYo stretch and flow was ideal for easing off the muscles after working hard the night before

Wednesday: our Jog Scoland run was in torrential rain: we did 10 minutes slow, 10 minutes with 1 minute tempo and 1 minute recovery x5, 10 minutes slow. All in we did just short of 3.5 miles, which was great. It turns out that this wet run stood me in very good stead for Sunday!

Thursday: we took a walk around the harbour to keep loose, but I didn’t want to do too much else prior to race day

Friday: rest

We arrived in Edinburgh on Saturday evening and after leaving glorious sunshine in Argyll, and the weather that met us was grey and dreich. We had some dinner, and a dip in the hotel swimming pool before doing a kit check and getting some shut eye before the race. 

We were up early on Sunday for breakfast before packing up the car and taking our time to drive to the venue. We arrived with around an hour and a half to go before our start time, which meant we could watch the elite runners finish up. They were very, very impressive! Checking in, and receiving our wrsit bands and chips was slick and easy, and we were able to spend time watching the racers, checking out the merchandise and browsing the stalls before it was time for us to drop off our bags and head to the warm up, immediately prior to the start line. The first surprise for me was finding that we had an obstacle to cross BEFORE we could get to the start line: a sneaky 4′ wall for us to cross, ooft! The race groups were small, and everyone was able to have a chat before we set off, and headed for our first obstacle. The Wookie and I had deliberately stayed towards the back of our pack, letting faster and more confident runners get on ahead of us.

I’ll warn you now – the order of some of the obstacles is a bit of a blur, so if I get some of them muddled, please forgive me!

We immediately faced our first lot of mud: which meant we started as we meant to go on. there was a LOT of mud. Everywhere. And, as we set off, the rain arrived, and it remained with us for most of our run, and was often accompained by midges. Eek!

We started off with the hay bales, which were easier to climb over than I thought they’d be, then we had three 4′ walls to cross: I had definitley underestimated these – which was my own fault. However, we got over them, and headed onwards to the cargo net. This was fine – I kept my mind on what I was doing – as we got there, one competitor was struggling, and was being assisted over the top by a volunteer – she did a great job, and managed to complete the obstacle, yay! I was fine on this one – I took my time, and just made sure that my footing was ok.

Next was the rolling mud: three big, watery, muddy pools that we had to traverse, each with a small mud hill between them. We were covered in mud, and soaking, but it was great fun! So far, so good!

And then we had the dunk walls. Well, it wasn’t a wall – it was a series of three barriers, each around two feet wide that we had to dunk under: we had been practicing in the pool the night before more of a quick, straight down and under a narrow wall, but this was different. And my first real challenge of the day. The girl in front of me was really struggling, and a few people had to be supported and guided under by the volunteers. At this stage, I let my self belief take control – and I just went for it. The water was icy cold, and definitely took your breath away as soon as your head went under the water – but I got the first one done, no problem. And the second. And the third. Woop! Woop! I can’t believe I am going to write this, but this may well have been my favourite obstacle!

Next we had a lot of climbing uphill: I won’t keep saying it, but there were a LOT of very steep, grassy, muddy hills, making for very difficult condtions both on the obstacles themselves and between them – it meant that the run was as much a challenge as it was a recovery break.

We had another obstacle, and then we faced a few carrying events: the farmer’s walk (which also had an over, under, through set of three walls within it), followed immediately by the sandbag carry which was really hilly. I surprised myself on these: I did absolutely fine, with no breaks, and I really enjoyed them! Who knew I’d love carrying stuff so much? It was around this point that we heard others say that the Edinburgh run is considered one of the toughest because of the conditions and the terrain – and some see it as a Premier Event because of that. Wow – and here we were, doing it as our first ever one!

We then had a downhill section and we came to the barbed wire: it was much lower than I had expected, and much lower than some of the youtube videos show. It was also much, much longer than I expected too! I started by doing a weird crawl, using my feet to power me through, then I changed to a roll. And, boy, was I dizzy when I got to the end! Still, it was good fun.

Next was more mud, more water and a long uphill section to reach the Spearman, which I failed miserably 😦 and so I faced my first set of burpees, knocking out 30 bad boys with reasonable form. I was very enthusiastic at this point!

A short downhill section then took us to the balance wall, which was higher than I expected, and I made my way across it, too. At this point, the faster runners from the wave after us were beginning to overtake us, so we continued to take our time and to pause, letting the faster runners pass us by. It gave us an excuse to enjoy the scenery – and definitely added to our finish time, which we weren’t worried about in the slightest!

Next was another water obstacle, and then we faced the stairway. Eek! I underestimated the height of the first wall – it was much higher than it looked online! With some help from the fab soldiers who were supporting this obstacle I made it to the top of the first section, and I was able to climb over and drop down the other side, no problem. I really liked that one, too.

We then found ourselves back near the start area, and ready to take on the atlas stone. We had to carry it along a short track, drop it, do 5 burpees, pick it back up and walk back. No bother. I secretly liked this one too – like carrying a solid, heavy medicine ball, which I’d been practicing.

I then faced my nemesis: the rope climb. I failed miserably, which was no surprise, so I had to do the obligatory 30 burpees once again. Sheesh!  I was beginning to ache by now, and the energy levels were beginning to diminish just as the rain began to lash a little harder. The second rope obstacle was next: the slip wall, but before it was a long, muddy water section: I slipped, lost my footing and almost face planted in the water, but managed to recover – just! I then made it onto the wall, and hoisted myself to the very top. Just as I lifted one foot to cross to the cargo net at the other side, my mud-soaked foot slipped, and I was at the bottom of the obstacle again, in the blink of an eye. Oh dear! The soldiers on this obstacle were a really good support, too – and they checked I was OK before continuing. Thanks, guys!

We made our way back out of the event area and uphill once more, to the Z-walls, which were very slippery, and much harder than they looked! Next was another uphill climb which took us under the cargo net and to another carrying event: a log carry. I managed to get my log onto my shoulder and I was determined that it was staying there for the whole section: there was no way it was coming off. So, up and down and uphill we went – I kept that log in place. It felt great to finally drop it on the pile when I got back to the start – another surprisingly successful carrying event for me.

We then headed across the fields again, and out from nowhere popped two 6′ walls, which were a real challenge. With help from the great volunteer here, we made it over, though. We then headed back downhill, and to the final event area where we had watched the elites finish earlier. First up was a sled drag, first using a rope and then using the handle of the metal tray they were on: this was good, too. We then had a try at a new obstacle, using wooden pegs to haul ourselves up to the top of the obstacle, and back down. That was OK, too. Next was the Hercules Hoist: my arms were drained, but again, it was fine: it’d been watching this one on line, so knew that technique would certainly help!

The new ‘multi rig’ replacement, with moving handles, was a dismal failure: my hands slipped right away, and so it was time for more burpees. Sigh. And next up were the two 8′ walls. I could have cried when I looked up at them, but the volunteers here were brilliant, acting as human stepping stones to make sure we could get up and over them. You guys rocked!

FINALLY, it was time for the Fire Jump – yay – and we crossed the finish line happy, tired, battered, bruised but as Spartans!

We collected our medals, our free beer, and our t-shirts with what little energy we had left, in absolutely torrential rain. That just makes us even more bad ass, I reckon 😉

We had an amazing day: I’m paying the price today, as I’m aching all over, both with DOMS and with various cuts, scrapes and many many bruises:

But no one can take this one away. I overcame lots of fears and lots of self doubt to do this, and I can proudly say that I AM A SPARTAN WARRIOR!

The race organisation was slick, and very professional. The volunteers were simply amazing: without them we would not have gotten around, I have no doubt. Great job, guys!

So, if that hasn’t gotten you fired up for the week ahead, perhaps this will sum it up for you:

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Motivation: Three Weeks Until Spartan Day

Monday Motivation: Three Weeks Until Spartan Day

I can’t believe that, in three week’s time, it will all be over and I’ll have- hopefully- completed my first Spartan Run. Eek! This is hurtling towards me at an accelerated pace, and I’m hoping that my nod towards training is enough to see me through.

As I said in last Monday’s post I started the week with WAR. And I had DOMS for days, I definitely pushed myself! On Tuesday I did a 5k run/ walk which felt good, but reminded me that my body isn’t quite 100% yet, my left leg still felt a bit off and weak. I’m hoping that my runs this week will show an improvement, but who knows. 

I had an unanticipated busy week, with a trip to Islay on Wednesday meaning that I missed my regular Jog Scotland run. I was out on Thursday night and so I missed PiYo but I managed a walk and a little cross training on both nights which was better than nothing. Since then, I’ve had visitors all weekend for the Seafood Festival, which is one of the best weekends of the year in Tarbert. This year was no different: it was really wet but we had great fun, great food, excellent company and a few cheeky drinks including the newest addition to the local gin collection: Kintyre Gin   I’ve had a day off today, which had mostly been spent getting beds stripped and washed, and catching up on a few things around the house. We have a quiet weekend coming up, with no visitors which will be nice as we’ve enjoyed company for the past three weekends. I’m hoping that this week will give me a chance to keep my fitness goals on track. I’m heading to WAR later today, we’ll see how that goes after such a busy weekend 😉 

We then have a trip to London planned before the Spartan Race, so I’ll be doing what I can between times to keep up. Eeek! Here’s some Monday Motivation that I’m holding on to- I hope it works for you!

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

Monday Motivation

Was it just me, or was last week over in a flash? It seemed to me that it raced by.

I had my first full week of classes, and it looked something like this:

Monday – Body Conditioning. I worked hard, and had DOMS for days. We had a new track for triceps, and it really told on me afterwards. Loved it!

Tuesday – Pound and Zumba. I think Zumba is going to take some time to get used to, with new routines, and co-ordination needed for arms and legs. After Monday’s class my arms were already sore, and by Wednesday morning I was aching all over!

Wednesday – Jog Scotland. A leisurely run was just what I needed after the exertions of Monday and Tuesday, and it felt good to get outside in the fresh air for half an hour. I was really glad that I went along, as is always the case.

Thursday – PiYo and VeraFlow. I needed this stretch out, and it was fantastic. At PiYo, we put together the flow routines, doing the whole thing on the right side, and then on the left. It was hard work, and I still can’t fo the half moon, but I love this class. There was a new VeraFlow track (Jacqui, I don’t know how you remember all of this!), so it was good to mix it up a little.

Friday – Salsa. This is both lots of fun and needs concentration to get right. I think that the footwork is beginning to get there, but I’m really struggling with arms at the moment! But after only three lessons, it’s early days. I’ve ordered dance shoes, so I can’t wait to give them a go when they arrive.

We then had the Jog Scotland Christmas night out after Salsa, which was such a laugh! It’s a really good crowd of people who are so supportive and fun. We even all recevied a present from Santa’s sack 🙂 I got rainbow laces for my trainers, and bib clips! Yay!

On Saturday evening, @TheWelshWookie and I went to the cinema, for the first time in ages, and we saw ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’. I had low expectations, if I’m honest, and so I was pleasantly surprised by the film, I really did enjoy it. Although a cinema trip is by no means a low cost night out – it was the best part of £50 for tickets and snacks for two, ouch! Just was well we don’t go often! I’m now looking forward to reading the screenplay:

Sunday was the Country Living Christmas Fayre in Glasgow with my mum and sisters. I managed to get the last couple of things off of my shopping list, before we headed to The Scullery for a lovely late lunch. We rounded the evening off with a wee glass of vino in a lovely Italian bar off Byres Road, and with ice cream from the University Cafe.

So here we are, with another week stretching ahead, and I’m heading to Body Conditioning still tired from last week. I think I need a holiday! 🙂 I’m glad I have a Monday night class to look forward to, otherwise I’d definintly be tempted to just head home and sit on the sofa for the evening. Having a commitment to a class certainly makes all the difference on dark, cold nights like these.

Here’s something to help you, if you’re feeling the same way:monday-inspirational-quotes

Have a great 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 

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!