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Autumn plans

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I have plans!  This is a 100% improvement on my bimble through the summer months, but this time, I have something to aim for – the Weston Christmas Cracker 10k on 7th December 2014.

In honour of being ready to beat my PB that I set last year, I have made my beeline for Hal Higdon’s website, specifically the Novice 10k plan.  It’s an 8 week plan designed to get you from barely runner to 10k competent.  I’ve combined this with a yoga plan and the reintroduction of kettlebells.  Behold… the plan….

The plan!

I really like the three runs per week, the variety, and the rest.  I’m not good with plans that have more than three days of running, I get bored.  However, I’ve synced this to my diary and moved some workouts around as I need to, but I’ve decided that this is an entirely achievable plan.

Yesterday being Week 1 Day 1, I moved the coffee table out of the way in the living room, plugged my ipod into the stereo, donned my Too Fat to Run vest top and started lobbing a kettlebell about.  Matt had said that he wanted to try kettlebells with me, a decision that I think he might be quietly regretting now.  I’m not sure how long we worked out for, but it was long enough for the Med veg to roast.  Anyway, Russian twists and static lunges didn’t kill me off so…

Monday done

Gold star and a smiley face for me!  Shortly followed by tea.

Today’s activity is a two and a half mile run.  I haven’t run for ages, so it’ll be a walk interspersed with some slightly quicker lumbering.  I don’t want to take it too quickly as I have had some knee twinges lately, which I suspect are due to my weight, so I don’t want to risk injury.

Do you work out or run with a plan?

 


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Plans for the autumn

Standing on the brink of autumn, waiting for the weather to return to more Tub-friendly conditions (i.e. cooler nights), I’ve started to reflect a little on the summer and what I need to put in place for the autumn.  It hasn’t escaped my notice that I have been more “Tub”, and again, less “on the run” lately.

Summer hasn’t really seen a massive amount of progress, aside from my Whole 30 experience.  I’ve done virtually no exercise, and I feel a bit sad that I haven’t been to a parkrun and made the most of the outdoors.  I also feel a bit sad that I can vividly remember saying in my Slimming World group at my birthday weigh in last year, that I was not going to be as heavy for my 2014 weigh in as I was for my 2013 weigh in.  Instead, I’m about 2 stone heavier than this time last year.  However, not to be all doom and gloom about it (let’s face it – that doesn’t get you anywhere!), one big thing that I took away from Whole 30 was that if I want to do it (whatever task “it” is), I can do it.  There have been so many times that I have started off with the best of intentions, sticking rigidly to whatever plan it is, only to stop half way through, but I didn’t do that with Whole 30 at all, and I am actually relieved that I can complete something.  I now need to apply that elsewhere, to my autumn plans.

Also, my Garmin is a year old.  Out of interest, I looked to see how many miles I managed to clock up since I got it, and I have clocked a rather pathetic 59.5 miles, with my best month being January (ah Janathon, you did me proud!).

So this leads me on to consider what I need to change to really live up to my promise to myself that this is my last fat summer.

Christmas Cracker 10k

I am all signed up for the Weston Athletics Club’s Christmas Cracker 10k which takes place on 7th December 2014.  I loved this last year, and I knew that I was going to sign up again this year.  This year though, I now have a time to beat.  In order for me to beat this time, I actually need to do some work, which includes getting right back on to Couch to 5k.  Enduring the music, but keeping my eye on the prize of actually getting back to running and beating my PB.

I am third in from the right

I am third in from the right

Kettlebells

While I may not have actually been doing much in the way of exercise, I have been reading quite a bit about it.  I also follow a lot of inspirational people on Instagram and Twitter, and one theme that is beginning to stand out, and make a lot of sense to me, is that cardio is no longer king.  It seems that one of the most effective ways to shift weight by exercise is actually to include weight training.  I would love to try my hand at Cross Fit, and while there is a box close to me, I don’t have the money for it at the moment (it is incredibly expensive, and more than double my previous gym membership).  Casting my mind back to when I used to belong to the gym, I used to enjoy my kettlebell classes, and I snagged a bargain some time ago in getting a set.

Yoga

As work is usually my number one excuse for not exercising, I need to make a commitment to something that helps me to cope.  Yoga is that thing for me.

In terms of frequency, I plan to run three times a week, and do a kettlebell workout twice a week.  I will tag yoga on to the end of other workouts, but take a bit more of a relaxed approach.

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Food

I had planned to do another Whole 30 in September, but I don’t have a clear diary to facilitate that.  I am away for work in early September, plus a couple of social events that include eating.  Instead, Matt and I have decided to stick to a paleo approach about 90% of the time, which will allow us the flexibility to a) get rid of non-paleo food in the house (I’m not throwing it out!), and b) maintain a semblance of a social life.  That doesn’t mean that every week we can have 10% off plan regardless, it means that we can take a view and get a balance.  I would definitely like to do a full Whole 30 again in the future, it’s just a case of finding the right time that will lend itself to the best success.

Whole30 Cottage Pie Ingredients

 

How was your summer?  Do you have any plans for the autumn?


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Juneathon Day 2: Om nom nom

I love a good weekend of marshalling, but I do suffer with a marshal hangover.  Tiredness, lack of concentration and EAT ALL THE THINGS!

Today’s contribution is yoga.  20 minutes of yoga to help ease my sore muscles and help my spine to click.  I really enjoy the Ekhart Yoga videos, they move at the right pace for me and I don’t find them unachievable (damn you SeaWheeze – I cannot do all of your poses!).

I did struggle to do this today.  My motivation is non-existent when I am tired so I had to force any kind of activity today.

It’s only a short one today, as my brain is dribbling out of my ears and I need to go to bed!  Here is hoping for a more awake and more interesting Juneathon tomorrow.

Goodnight all!

 


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Juneathon Day 1: motorsport marshal yoga

“Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don’t have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up.” ~ Amby Burfoot

This is never more so than for endurance racing, whether that is running or motorsport.  This weekend, it was all about the motorsport.

Photo Credit: Matt Hunter

Photo Credit: Matt Hunter

For the first time this year I thoroughly enjoyed marshalling. I had a bit of a bad spell with either the marshalling side or the camping side so far this year.  This time at the British GTs at Silverstone, the sun shone, the electricity in the campsite worked and I was posted on a good post with a nice team.  We were even in the presence of athletic royalty as Chris Hoy donned a different kind of race suit and co-piloted the Nissan GT-R.

Today though, for my contribution to Juneathon, I:

  • Yoga’d.  Yes, I may have looked a little weird to my colleagues, but I really needed to stretch out.
  • Those exercises where you walk quickly with weights (no idea what they’re called).  The marshal version is called “taking the bottles out at the end of the day”.
  • A couple of jogs up and down my sector when incidents started happening.
  • Plenty of fidgeting.  Whether it was windmilling my arms or pacing, I was moving for most of the day.
  • Sweeping.  The GT race was quite eventful so with run offs and a couple of collisons, there was a reasonable amount of debris and stones on the track that needed sweeping off, and quickly, before race control released the final grid of cars.
  • Marshal wombling*: 1.5 head light glasses of a Ginetta G20, 1 carbon fibre undertray of an Audi R8, 1 wing of a McLaren MP412C, 1 Toyota GT86’s oil dumped over the run off which required dressing (read: more sweeping).

Now my feet are sore, my brain is full, my face is a little sunburnt, and I am a content little bunny.

This weekend was Silverstone at its best.

*Wombling being the act of collecting rubbish.  See:  The Wombles.  See also: Traffic Wombles.


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Tub’s Janathon Round Up

On my New Year’s Resolutions list, #janathon was right up there in position numero uno.  Having decided that this half marathon plan really did need some time and dedication, I thought that Janathon would be the perfect vehicle to achieve aforementioned dedication.  Well… It kind of worked, and I definitely did better than on my (disastrous) Juneathon.  I did something most days, but the blogging (or even tweeting) went by the wayside fairly early on.

What have I learned from Janathon?

  • Themes!  Themes must be the way forward!  I will have one for Juneathon.  No more waffling at length about how abysmal my plank is.  A theme will help make the “I exercised, therefore I blogged” easier to write (and maybe read!).  Blogging every day in an interesting way is hard.  To be honest, blogging once or twice a week and trying to be interesting is usually difficult enough.
  • Yoga is important to me.  I have neglected yoga (and general stretching) in the last couple of weeks, having started out so well.  All to my detriment.  My calf muscles have developed the elasticity of a dead rubber band or hair tie which in turn makes my brain go “NOOOOO YOU MUST STOP NOW!!  LOOK WHAT HAPPENS TO THE RUBBER BAAAAAAAND!!!”.
  • I am absolutely sick and tired of running around town centres or suburbia, running in the rain, the wind, the dark…  To be honest, I am a bit bored of running (not helpful in my last 4 weeks of training!).  That has not helped in trying to complete Janathon entirely blemish free as it were.
  • There are some great people out there that I am now following on Twitter and Bloglovin’ all because of Janathon.  I’ve interacted more with people than I normally would have done and I’ve really quite enjoyed that side of it.

Will I be signing up for Juneathon?  Yes, but I need to find a theme and think of some more interesting exercises to do other than planking, running and yoga.


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Janathon Day 15: A Short Yoga Session

I am not making any waves today in terms of exercise.  I was going to go out for a run, but when Matt said that his skittles match was moved to this evening, and as I had an appointment to have my eyebrows waxed, I decided that it was probably going to be late by the time I either ate or went out for a run.  Yoga won the battle of Janathon exercise, so I am logging 25 minutes of yoga.

Tomorrow I really must go out though, regardless of what time I get home, the weather, or whatever else.  It’ll be a 4 miler which I intend to start planning once I have posted this blog.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more exciting!


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Janathon Day 13: ahhh… Yoga

I was a little sore after yesterday’s run and I was very much looking forward to my planned yoga session.

It has been another hard Monday, juggling my workload and second guessing peoples’ moods and I am glad that is over for another week!  I struggle with Mondays and find them mentally taxing and to be honest, by the time I had got home from Tesco I was about ready to park my bum on the sofa and not get up.

I am glad I did though as it turned out to be one of my best yoga sessions yet. The kind where  you can actually feel a tiny amount of progress. It isn’t much, but I didn’t struggle to get into downward dog (my most loathed of yoga poses) and it didn’t even feel too bad keeping in pose. For me, that is real progress.

Yoga over, I had promised myself a soak in the bath with one of the bath bombs I received at Christmas. Sadly, it is going to be a relatively quick soak given the time, but I am going to enjoy it and relax.

The bath is nearly full now… So night night!

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Janathon Day 6: The day my back went crunch… click…

I was sorely tempted to consider the tossing and turning and my lack of sleep (instigated by anxiety, nothing more exciting!) as my Janathon exercise today, but it didn’t seem right.  I hate waking up more tired than what I went to bed.

It was my first day back at work, and I was not looking forward to it.  What will have happened while I was gone?  Not a lot appeared to be the answer.  My illogical brain had decided that the world had changed and something awful will have befallen my role.  I had an induction to run.  I hate doing anything that involves public speaking, and I never sleep well before an induction.  Thankfully, I’ll be able to palm that part of my role off onto the new lady that joined our team.

I was surprised that I didn’t feel too sore after my 5 mile run yesterday.  I was expecting to feel some aches in my glutes and hips as they had started niggling a little bit towards the end of the day.  Regardless, my plan called for a strength and stretch session, which I interpreted as yoga.  On my Day 3 post, John at Fit for 365 left a comment recommending a yoga for runners video on YouTube:

I really enjoyed it!  It was taxing without being too sweat inducing, and my muscles were probably a bit tighter than I originally though.  I am now left with a pleasant ache in my hamstrings and glutes.  I could listen to her accent all day – love it.  One thing I did find today, having spent the full day back in the office (and therefore, my desk), I noticed that my back was a bit sore.  It felt so good when it clunked and clicked in the folds and in child’s pose.  Ah… marvellous!

Back to running tomorrow!  That will be my first run for Jantastic.


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Janathon Day 3: All about the yoga

Today was technically meant to be a rest on the half marathon plan I’m using, but that wouldn’t make for a good Janathon would it.

I had skilfully avoided doing any exercise on Monday, which was scheduled as a strength and stretch session.  There was no way that I was going to attempt to contort myself into anyyoga pose, for fear of self-combusting from my Christmas indulgence.  It would have made a nasty mess on the floor and walls if nothing else.  Additionally, my bed has lately conspired against me (possibly in protest to my weight gain over the last couple of months) and gave me horrendous back pain that lasted until Tuesday morning.  I digress…

Another day of housework and general slobbishness was on the cards today.  Several loads of washing have been done, the bed has been partially fixed, my sister came over again and Mum popped her head round the door, and I have cooked.  I think I have been in a state of mourning for the end of my holidays as I am back to work on Monday.  That is, of course, if Devon hasn’t washed away on Sunday as is predicted by the weatherman.

I really had to gear myself up for 30 minutes of yoga today.

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Normally I enjoy it, but I was plagued with a rubbish internet connection and had to keep coming out of poses to reconnect.  Gah!

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Thankfully after a bit of swearing and a couple of minutes, it sorted itself out and I was able to carry on as normal.

While I was struggling and huffing through the various poses, I wondered at what point it gets easier.  It must do.  Surely?  I feel like I never get better at yoga.  I get frustrated with my size too.  I wonder how much more comfortable child’s pose is without a belly as big as mine, or how much easier planks would be without carrying the excess 7 stone I have.  But then I think, as I breathe through downward dog, that actually, what I can do is also pretty awesome.  I rock lunges and warrior poses.  I can feel myself get more flexible as I bend towards my toes.  I know that eventually, with regular practice, I will be able to put my hands flat on the floor in a forward bend, and that one day, I’ll be able to do a proper plank and side plank.

In other news, I have also signed up to Jantastic.  Maria at Running Cupcake mentioned it to me, and let me know that she has a team (Run Blog Bake!), which I have joined.  I have pledged three runs per week in January, and it starts from Monday 6th.  Want to know more, head over to Jantastic’s website.

Slimming World wise, I am doing well.  My sweet tooth is much more under control, and I am trying to think of ways to avoid the remaining tins of chocolates at work.  I suspect my first week will be full of “no thank you”.

I am now left wondering – when does yoga get easier?

Does anyone have any strategies for dealing with snacks and/or chocolates at work that they’d care to share?

 


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Doughnut dodging disaster

Oh dear.  It’s not been a good day.  I started out being organised, but sadly it’s gone downhill somewhat.  I tripped up some stairs, then nearly got decapitated by a flying cupboard door (that had broken away from his hinge) and smashed a mug, all within the space of 5 minutes.  Then my manager wanted to sit in on my induction (I hate public speaking anyway, and hate it even more when I’m being assessed, though it wasn’t a formal assessment).  Thankfully, the post mortem debrief was levied more at my nerves and ability to speak at a million miles an hour when I am nervous.

Couple the above with a colleague’s birthday (read: plenty of cakes and doughnuts), it hasn’t been a good day for food.  I’m surprised I’ve made it down off a sugar high.  Oh wait.  I did come down.  I crashed, mid afternoon.  The future is neither bright, nor orange, for my weigh in tomorrow.

With the guilt of stuffing my face full of doughnuts, crispies, and swiss rolls, I decided it was time to get back on it.  Back to Week 1 of my 10k plan I trudge (it feels very much “You’ve eaten cake, go straight to jail outdoors and exercise, do not pass “Go”, do not collect £200).  Day 1 is a strength and stretch day.  I chose yoga.  I’ve been struggling with my post sugar trough, so yoga made sense to me.  I need to get back to more regular yoga practice.  I always feel better after it, but just don’t put enough focus on it for some reason.

Fingers crossed for light thoughts tomorrow.