Today’s Janathon was brought to you by a bad form pyjama plank:
19 whole seconds on a bad form pyjama plank. I really am woeful at things like planking, and I have never successfully done a side plank without crumpling in a heap literally one second in. As with all things though – practice makes perfect. Core strength is one of those funny things for me. When I first started at a gym, back in my first year at university, the focus was entirely on cardio. There was very little focus on weight training and virtually none on core strength. The only memorable exception was when I dabbled in a little bit of kickboxing where there was a focus on sit ups. Even at the gym I go to now, there is a token nod towards floor work but the main exercises are predominantly done on the machines, whether they be weights or cardio. Sure, there are classes like Tums, Bums and Thighs, the myriad of Les Mills classes and Zumba, but I have typically felt intimidated by joining anything dedicated to core work, as mine really is poor. Yes, I know, going would make it less so. I feel like a bit of a latecomer to core work really.
Anyway, the alternative to a pyjama plank would have been parkrun. I didn’t get up in time for it though. It’s probably a good thing and a welcome respite for my trainers, as it has got progressively muddier each time I have been lately. I am looking forward to the spring when the course has had a bit of a chance to dry out a bit.
I have no run planned for today, as tomorrow is my long run (5 whole miles, undoubtedly in the rain!). I am meant to cross train for 40 minutes, but I am struggling to think of anything to do other than go for a walk. I need to get some things from town, so that may not be the worst option.
Sadly today really does mark the end of the holidays. My sister is going back home, I am cracking on with the washing like a trojan and that means that all the work clothes will need ironing, all of the holiday stuff has been put away, and my work-related anxiety is beginning to set back in. Well, it was a lovely couple of weeks off, and M and I now need to sit down to work out what we’re going to do for time off in 2014.