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GRR Beginners Group Week 2 & A Spin PB

Tuesday last week saw me back at my running club and joining in with the beginners group. If you missed my post about Week One just click –>here<–

Last week I made it in to Group Two but decided to go in to Group Three and stick with my friend Rachel who is leading that group. Rachel and Jo, the other person leading the group, took us outside and we did some warm up exercises. (I’ve since incorporated these in to my other runs) then we took a brisk walk to where we jogged round the block in Week 1.

We then started intervals of run 1 minute and walk 90 seconds. We looped round the block whilst we carried out 8 intervals of each. It was good, but if I’m honest a little easy. Because it was easier though it allowed me to chat to some of the ladies in our group. I got to know a bit about some of them and encouraged one lady to try parkrun. She said she didn’t think she could because she couldn’t complete the distance but I explained to her that you can walk it and that there’s also a run/walk pacer every week at out local parkrun. She was actually there on Saturday and completed the course in just under 48 minutes with the run/walk pacer! How awesome is that?! I hope she went home with a feeling of achievement.

At the end of the session the group were given homework to do the intervals two more times before we go back. They were all given a slip of paper with the timings on but I wasn’t! So I can slack off right? Haha not true!

I actually went out for a run the next day after work. I really didn’t want to as my back was aching from being at work all day but I knew I’d struggle to fit in another run during the week. I went out though and nail a 2.5 mile run. I actually really enjoyed it!

The next night I went spinning. We’d taken two weeks off for various reasons and oh my word it was hard, plus my legs felt tired from running the day before. However on the standing hill climbs I felt really strong, like I was running on the pedals and really getting some speed up. I was surprised to see at the end that I had gone 13.3 miles which is the furthest I’ve ever done in a class. In my first class I only went 9 miles!

Spin stats

So that’s last week rounded up for you. I went to parkrun on Saturday too but I’ll leave that for another post.

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October Roundup

October felt like the month of illness. I had a cold and bad throat then started to get better, had the flu jab and got worse all over again!

October started with a visit to Sprinkles in Southampton and as a result, another ride on the Southampton Wheel! We went on it just as the sun was setting so it made for some lovely photographs.

Southampton Wheel

October 7th was parkruns 13th Birthday. They’d asked people to post photographs of them in their apricot t-shirts so they could try and get a picture of every parkrun location. So here is me and my parkrun family celebrating parkruns 13th Birthday and also Kieran’s 50th parkrun and 25th time volunteering! Also worth mentioning we didn’t know the lady with the dog, we just grabbed her for a photo because she was wearing an apricot t-shirt! I think she thought we were a bit crazy!


I’ve been enjoying my spin classes at the gym I’ve joined. It’s such a good workout and really makes me sweat. I took a picture of the screen at the end of the class. Just look at that calorie burn!

Spin Class

On 22nd October I was a marshal at the Great South Run. If you haven’t already read my blog post about it, please do: Marshalling at the Great South Run

At the end of October I went on holiday to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. There’s a blog post about that too! My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro

The famous wave pattern on the pavement at Copacabana Beach

In October I worked really hard to have a blog post every other day to take me in to November so I didn’t have to worry about blogging whilst I was away. If you didn’t see one, or want to revisit a post, they’re listed below and all open in a new window:

September Roundup

My Favourite Things About Autumn

Autumn in Scotland

2017 Goals An Update Part Three

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

If I Were Prime Minister

October Memories Through The Years

What I Don’t Like About Autumn

My Favourite Halloween Movies

My Favourite Autumn Quotes

My Favourite Movie

Marshalling at the Great South Run and Runner Reviews

How To Prevent Getting Sick in Autumn

What I Do When I Get Sick in Autumn

How I Earned My Golden Ticket Medal

How I Earned The Halloween 5K Medal

Halloween Memories

I think that’s the most I’ve ever blogged in a month! Not sure I’ll be able to keep it up in November but I’ll definitely try! Happy November everyone!

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I’ve joined the gym

At work we get a 50% discount off a membership at the local gym. So for £20 a month I get a membership to a gym with plenty of classes and a swimming pool.

I’ve been a few times now and so far I’m enjoying it. I’ve been using the elliptical trainer as this mimics running, without causing my Achilles injury any further stress. I’m working on building up my time on there. I’ve also been using the treadmill, rower and cross trainer (although this is quite similar to the elliptical)

I’ve also attended a couple of classes. I’ve been to Spin which was great. I used to enjoy spin classes when I was a member of a gym before. The class was in a semi dark room with disco lights, great music and an instructor who gave clear instructions on what we were doing and what was coming up. Previously I always hated the climb sections of spin classes where you’re up and out of the saddle. However, this time these were my favourite part. The class was 45 minutes. My Garmin told me I’d burnt 364 calories. I’m pretty sure I lost a lot of water through sweating!

The other class I tried was CX Worx. I was convinced to go by a work colleague and I really struggled with the class. I just don’t have the core strength to do some of the exercises. Also the class was only half an hour so it felt a little rushed. My friend said she didn’t feel enough instructions were given by the instructor but I didn’t really notice this being a problem. I burnt 200 calories in the half an hour.

I’ll definitely be going back to Spin, in fact I’ve booked myself in for Virtual spin this week to see what that’s like.

I’m hoping by getting stronger in a variety of ways it’ll all work together to help me become a stronger, fitter runner too. And hopefully mean my Achilles injury will go away! Fingers crossed! It seems to be getting better. In this post I said I was going to try a run and see how it goes. I did 15 minutes run/walk on the treadmill and it went quite well. I could feel my Achilles, but it wasn’t super painful, just a little uncomfortable like it has been before. Again, once I stopped, the feeling stopped and it’s not been made worse from trying a run so that’s a good sign too!

Hopefully enjoying the gym will be permanent and not just there until the novelty wears off!

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