Monthly Archives: November 2019

Hitting A Blip

I’ve hit a bit of a blip recently when it comes to both my health and fitness. I don’t know why. The first thing that slipped was my exercise, and as a result, my eating habits slipped.

I find when I’m working out, I want to eat healthy. I want to fuel my body with the right foods to keep me strong and healthy. But when I stopped exercising, I feel like I hit the sabotage button on my eating habits too.

Once I’d had a week off exercising, it was then easier to not workout. So then another week slipped by, and another, and another. I wish I knew where this lull in motivation came from but truth be told there was nothing stopping me exercising…I just didn’t!

But, it’s time to hit the reboot button and today (Sunday) I’ve eaten well and restarted Liift 4 from Beachbody. Now, to keep it going! I’m really looking forward to some time off work at Christmas as I’ll really be able to knuckle down on the exercise then, the eating…well it is Christmas!

180th Time Volunteering at parkrun

This weekend I was supposed to be partaking in a 6 hour race where you can run as many laps as you like in those 6 hours. However, being under trained and ill in the week leading up to it I decided to give it a miss. I had however signed up to volunteer at parkrun on the Saturday as it was supposed to be the race on the Sunday.

I’d been keeping an eye on the weather and it was supposed to be rainy and windy, luckily on Saturday morning it was actually just grey, a little drizzly and breezy. I wore my waterproof coat just in case though.

I got down to where the volunteers assemble and collected my barcode scanner and hi-viz. I chatted with various people including Anna who this week discovered a picture taken during the very first London Marathon of her Dad running over Tower Bridge. Neither of them had ever seen it before but Runners World shared it on their Instagram. Her Dad ran his Marathon PB in that race of 2hr 31m. Incredible!

I forgot how much I love barcode scanning. I like being able to greet people and have a very brief chat about their run. The amount of people who say it was a bad run is astounding, but to each of them I said “Hey you just ran 5K, now you get to go and relax and enjoy your weekend” No Negative Nellies round here!

One person thanked me “for always being so kind” which absolutely made my day. It’s always nice to feel appreciated.

When I got home and received my email to thank me for volunteering I realised it was my 180th time volunteering for parkrun. That’s made up of a mix of both parkrun and junior parkrun. I wanted to get to 200 by the end of this year but that’s going to be impossible now. I’ll make it a focus in 2020 though.

Are you starting to think of goals for 2020?

Do you like to volunteer at parkrun?

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The Worst Weekend

I was so excited for this weekend just gone. We’d booked a hotel so that we could do Billericay parkrun on the Saturday morning so that I could complete my unofficial Gavin & Stacey parkrun challenge. They really should make that a proper challenge!

However after arriving at the hotel on Friday afternoon I started to feel really queasy and not well. We still went ahead with going out for dinner as we had a booking and my husband still needed to eat. I ordered a bland mushroom risotto. I thought that was the blandest thing on the menu but when it arrived it was packed with garlic and I struggled to eat it without thinking I was going to bring it back. I ate very little and sat shivering and achingly cold in the boiling hot restaurant.

We went back to the hotel as soon as my husband had finished and I crawled in to bed. I watched a little of Children in Need whilst shivering under the duvet with a pounding head and the overwhelming feeling I was going to be sick. Thankfully I wasn’t, being sick is the worst thing!

I slept terribly as through the night I developed a heavy cold and get waking with a horribly dry mouth from having to breath through my mouth from having a blocked nose. I ached all over too. The alarm went off and I made the decision not to go to parkrun. I was devastated. Instead I had a couple of hours extra in bed and then we drove home.

Sunday I was supposed to be going to spectate at the Gosport Half Marathon which practically runs past my front door and which lots of my friends were running in. Sunday I was no better though and again had some extra time in bed.

I know you’re going to hate me for it, but to cheer myself up, I put up my Christmas tree and decorations. It started off badly though as my husband dropped a box of baubles and decorations. We lost about 50% of the box. Putting up the tree only took me an hour but it wiped me out for the rest of the day. It was worth it though!

What a write off of a weekend! Sorry for the moany post but I like to keep it real haha.

Christmas Tree

Do you get disappointed when your plans go awry? 

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parkrun 9th November

My local parkrun was cancelled on 2nd November due to the stormy weather that was battering parts of the UK. I was just about to leave the house that week but was a couple of minutes early so I thought I’d kill time by looking at Facebook. Lucky I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have seen it was cancelled! It was throwing it down with rain and winds of 55mph. I understand why it was cancelled but I’m pretty sure we’ve run in those conditions before!

So I didn’t run at all that week and headed back to parkrun on 9th November where the weather¬† was much calmer. It was a chilly morning but sunny and blue skies with just a slight breeze. I was pleased to be back with Maria who had returned from working away.

We ran and chatted the whole way. We had a couple of walk breaks but not for too long and then I ran the last little section on my own as Maria had to make a pitstop at the bathroom. I’ve really let my running slide recently and it’s definitely starting to feel harder again. I look back at my PB time and really can not even imagine how I did it!

I finished with a time of 39:21 which I was pleasantly surprised about because I was way behind the 40 minute pacer! I try not to look at my watch when I’m running instead using the pacers as a rough guide but sometimes the pacers seem to be quite far off!

Selfie

Do you ever use a pacer at parkrun?

Have you had to stop mid parkrun to use the bathroom?

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Week 1 of Liift 4 Complete

As I mentioned in >this< post, I’ve started a new Beachbody program called Liift 4 which combines weight lifting and HIIT training.

Week 1 consisted of:

  • Chest/Triceps
  • Back/Biceps
  • Shoulders
  • Legs

The first two were absolutely fine. I managed the workouts and tweaked my weights throughout to make sure I was lifting heavy enough, without overdoing it.

Shoulders was killer. It’s safe to say my shoulders are weak. I end up using smaller weights as the workout went on as I couldn’t complete all of the sets! I always knew my upper body was pretty weak and this just confirmed it.

Leg day was BRUTAL! I have the worst DOMS from it! It was really hard work and by the end of the workout I was absolutely spent! Much more so than any of the other workouts.

I keep being told Liift 4 will improve my running and I guess time will tell!

Leg Day Quote

Do you enjoy leg day?

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Halloween parkrun

There’s something about parkrun days and the weather! parkrun on 26th October was a Halloween themed parkrun and was joined by 30mph winds! Thankfully the rain held off though.

I met up with Rachel and Penny who I was running with this week. Penny forgot to dress up but Rachel and I were wearing our Halloween outfits.

As we ran, Penny told us all about her half IronMan she’d completed in Weymouth. I can’t even imagine completing a half IronMan but Penny has decided she’ll now complete a full one! I love hearing others stories about races and this was no exception, although it was sometimes hard to hear with the wind howling around my ears!

I found the run really tough. I’ve been a bit lazy and haven’t exercised all week and the day before I’d pushed the new 6 seater pushchairs at work around a 3 mile walk. I’ve also been suffering with a spot of insomnia, added together along with the winds it made a pretty tough run. Rachel and Penny were great, checking if I was ok and encouraging me round.

My first two miles were pretty even at 12:18 and 12:11 but my 3rd mile was 13:22! I finished in 39:11. When I think now to my PB of 34:41 I can’t imagine how I did it! I seem so far off it now! Maybe over the Winter I can squeeze in more running as the weather will be much more to my liking.

Halloween parkrun

I’m actually wearing Halloween leggings in the picture that I picked up in America. I’d never have dared wear patterned leggings like that before losing weight!

Did you dress up for a Halloween parkrun?

 

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