Sunday, 21 June 2015

Wetherby Evening League

I already made arrangements to get a lift to the Wetherby race a few day earlier but when it came to the night I couldn't get motivated to go because they have changed my hours at work from 10-6 to 6-2pm so I felt rather tired in the afternoon. I couldn't think of any excuse to give to Andrew so I motivated myself at the last minute to get ready and walk down to the Mencap to get picked up. I went already changed knowing there wasn't any change facilities. I also missed the group photo because I went to the toilet but got on few other photos. I got near to the front of the race and then we were off I nearly got tripped up and there was few runners trying to push through but I made them wait, knowing what was coming I got myself into a good pace, managed at the start but then I had to up my game as a few runners on the second half where trying to catching me up so I upped the pace, I also managed to run up every hill, by the end of the race my legs where zapped and ready for some food . My time was 50min and my calves where tight the day after and I found it hard to walk

New gym workout

So far so good with my gym workout I haven’t quit yet, I am getting into the gym twice a week and continue up the reps each week by one if I can. I am starting to notice a difference in running I am less likely to give up now, I just need to try and fit a bit more running in now but everything else gets in the way like work or other stuff I do

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The last few weeks

I had fun at the second Harrogate league race which was at Yeadon over near Leeds, we got to the cricket club where it was a 10min walk to the start, I did manage to talk to a few harriers before the race started then I never saw any harriers until I saw them back at the clubhouse queue for the food. Back to the race I couldn't remember doing this race so I thought it was out and back course but how wrong was I, there was more hills than I have had hot dinners. I did enjoy the race and every marshal I passed gave you encouragement. I finished around minute slower than when I had previously done the race. I was dehydrated on the Friday and then on Saturday I had no energy and felt rubbish so it works well to have a rest from running and the gym for a few weeks until I got better.

New workout

This new programme is about strengthening so I need to add a rep once I can do 3x10 and progress to 3x11 until I get to 20 reps of the 9 exercise. I tried it last week for the first time and had to change some of the weights because they were more than I could lift so I took it down to what I could lift there was few new exercises that I have never done before. I did a second session on Friday and hoped to go Sunday as well if nothing got in the way. So the new challenge is to get to the gym twice a week and stick to this new plan I might throw in a cardio session once a week

Shoulder press 14kg 3x10 27 29 30
Bench press 10kg bar 3x10 15 19 28
Lat pull down 33kg 3x11 30 33 33
Leg press 40kg 3x11 30 33 33
Leg curl/Ext 28kg 3x11 30 33 33
Triceps push 11.25kg 3x11 28 30 33
Calf raise 40kg 3x11 30 33 33
Squats 10kg 3x11 30 33 33

HDRSL Thirsk

The third race was at Thirsk so we set off at 7pm which made me happy because I didn't have to go into work early so I could catch the bus. We got to Thirsk around 7.15pm and all I had to do was change my trainers because I had already come ready. I set off for a jog/warm up to the start which was over a mile a way which was further than I thought I got there with 5 min to spare, said hello to a few members before the race started and it was a 2 laps on the flat I thought how boring could this be but I enjoyed the new course not the wind or the rain at the end. I surprised myself by doing a fast time which I wasn't expected to do as I haven't done much running over the last few months it must have been Jane on my tail for part of the second lap that made me go that little bit faster and not let her pass me only thing was my the end I had to dig deep as I had not much left in the tank all I can say about the next day I struggled to walk and felt tired all day

Monday, 11 May 2015

First Evening league race at Harrogate, Should be more organised

The day started with me getting half way into town to get picked up only to realise I hadn’t got my trainers in my bag and they were in my gym bag I made a emergency call to Andy to let him know what had happened and luckily I had 15 min to spare to get home and back to the post office to get pick up which I can say I made the bus in time, I also forgot to bring my watch so I don’t know my time until they update the evening league website.  With not doing any evening league race last year and I couldn’t remember which one it was until we got close, then the penny drop and I remember it was very tough and hilly course and very windy  in previous year I ran it in 64 min but I think I was slow this time around but was strong going up them very long hill with this only my second race since Christmas so 6 miles was going to be very hard  The course was mostly on tarmac with about miles off road with too many hills. I felt my gym work out is final paying off just need to either do a bit more running or add more cardio in to my gym work out. The food was the best part of the race and I like the fact we go chips   

Monday, 4 May 2015

The last 5 weeks

I took a few days off running over Easter so I could get on and dig my allotment over, get some plants put in, seeds sown. Then I had pink eye so there was no gym or running for a week but I was lucky to get the Easter handicap done before my break. I got back on the exercise within the last 2 week.

The last few weeks have seen me do another slow time at the time trial and left my training plan in tatters that I have been doing since the beginning of time and try something different like put some cardio in to my workout still needs a few tweaks here and there. In between all this training I have been doing overtime at work and learning to drive which has meant less running atm. I have booked in for Darlington 10k and the evening leagues start this week. I am also hoping to go to the bridge in Nov with the running club 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Boxercise and no motivation mixed of the week

I don’t know what happened since Christmas I haven’t  done any races or any running and this week has been the worst week for not having any motivation and when I got to the gym I didn’t even want to do the boxercise class all I wanted to do was go home until was forced to do boxercise. We did a warm up to start,  then the two girls started to boxe whilst I waited for Mike’s instructions he told me to start running In a circle and there wasn’t much effort needed, then Mike started to run and told me to stop cutting the corner then guess what I ended up punching with Mike and he didn’t take easy on me at all and that was the now 20 min my wrists were starting to hurt me so I had to stop after every 3 or 4 punched because he has more power in his arms. So I was glad of a rest when we started to punch each other on the shoulder and knees. So my thoughts after Boxercise nothing really hurts until the next day, I was shaking and out of breath how I lasted 45 min I will never know. Did I thank Mike for that work out NO I  Bloody didn’t it was just as bad as the free PT session I got just after Christmas. After I calmed down I realised Mike took me out of my comfort zone and I didn’t know I worked that hard until I started to ache on Friday and still finding it hard to walk today, plus my wrists are really painful today especially the right wrist.

Friday, 27 March 2015

The last Four week and Thirsk 10 head Marshal

Over the last four weeks I haven’t done much running apart from going to the running club on a Monday and Wednesday night when we have been at the school, both Sonja and Peter have put us through our paces including the outside running on Wednesday. We went to Scarborough last week to do a training session on the beach and then for fish and chips afterwards, the service was very fast and the food was lovely. I have been doing my core workout twice a week and doing boxercise at least once a week but my allotment is calling me at the minute and I can’t do everything. I have been planning for the Thirsk 10 which was Sunday just gone in between doing everything else that life throws at you. Now you would have thought writing a marshal list is easy but think again it takes a lot of organizing and following different plans making sure you’ve got everyone’s name down and you haven’t missed anyone and then there is the writing and rewriting the list for the 100th time then theres printing out of all the marshalling stuff and sending emails to the race director to make sure we haven’t missed anything then there’s getting no sleep the night before because you are worrying about how things are going to go if I missed anything out well it’s too late now make note of the day so you don’t forget anything. Then will the day go to plan or not well apart from a few issues and bit more organising next year and it will be even better. We had 100% volunteers on the day which I was very happy with all the help and I didn’t have to chase anyone to get to their job done we had 1068 finish which was the most we have had     

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Be a devil and do both

Over the last 2 weeks I have been that busy with planning my sty stuff for the Thirsk 10 miles race in March, going to the gym after work, doing my driving lessons and not forgetting doing overtime at work. 

So the first week started with me going to the club on Monday night where Sonja put us through our paces with another brute workout, but I would not change for a run on the road. Tuesday is rest day. Wednesday was back to the club for Peter to put us through our paces with more abs and hamstring work, then outside for 4x4min intervals. Thursday saw me at the gym to do boxercise this time with Ryan where I got hit in the face by Lucy not playing fair, I did enjoy my first session with Ryan. Friday saw me back at the gym I tried spinning for the first time which is not for me. Saturday was another rest day due to me being tired. Sunday saw me run down to the gym as a warm up then I did my gym workout and ran back home I covered 4 miles my plan is to up to 6 miles by the end of Feb

My second week saw me at the running club on Monday night for another brute session with Sonja we did the same as last week. Tuesday was rest day. Wednesday saw me back at the club where peter was taking a week off due to us been at the athletics club because we couldn’t get the school just saw us do 6x3 min. Thursday was back at the gym where I got beat up by a girl at boxercise which was very unfair of Mike part as I was been honest in my last blog but the video was very funny. Friday saw me back at the gym after work to do my core session. No park run on Saturday due to overtime at work. Sunday saw me run down to the gym do my work out and run back home I cover 4.43 mile this week