Penultimate day of the training plan done - leg day finished off with 5 fast minutes on the backwards escalator of doom (stairclimber) 😫 rest day tomorrow then just a wee run to smash out early Sunday morning and BOOM 💥 For the first time in my life I'll have made a fitness plan and actually properly stuck to it without cheating even a little bit 🙌🏼
RTTS DAY 2 - 50km -> 60km
So I got a grand total of 0 minutes sleep. The wind was so loud and the tent was shaking all night. I couldn't get comfortable on the hard mat (I was expecting luxury memory foam king sized mattresses, damn). On top of that, for some weird reason my nose was completely blocked and I couldn't breathe properly.
As you can see from the photo, I was pretty sheepish. Puffy eyed and nervous that it would affect my performance. One bonus though - my legs felt great. What a contrast to the London Marathon (when I was in agony for days).
We dragged ourselves to breakfast and packed up. I wasn't so keen on the food. I had lumpy porridge and half a dry croissant 🥐. It didn't sit well. We bumped into the lovely @irunfarclaire (who was volunteering the whole weekend ❤️) and had a chat with @betsyboo84 who was about to start her 50km.
Everyone set off and it was just Daryl, Charlie and I left behind. We tried to give our breakfast as much time as possible to digest before we set off at 6.50am.
We started day 2 at a 9:30 min mile pace which was maybe a bit ambitious considering we had just eaten. We started overtaking the masses who had left before us. We were doing really well. And then...Uh oh. I was just sick in my mouth. Full on chunky sick 🤢(hey, you guys asked for details).
At first I thought it was sensible to walk it off. And then I got impatient and checked everyone was happy to keep moving. We managed to drag ourselves to pit stop 6 - but we all felt tired and a bit rough.
We didn't stay long at the pit stop as we wanted to keep moving to wake ourselves up and keep the legs ticking over. We set off at a walking pace and accepted it was going to be a long day...
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| CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND |
Up and getting a workout in and embracing that Friday feeling!! 🙌🏻 Upper body for me this morning as my weak knee is playing up, really hoping a little rest gets things back to normal quickly 🙏🏻. Starting the day on a workout is a win no one can take away from you- then roll on the Friday fun 🥂🎉 #friyay
Muscle Acre : Well, they weren't lying when they said 15km of mud, obstacles & running would make us ache! I had such a great time, thanks for having us @muscle_acre Blog post is to follow soon, in the mean time pop this in your diary for next year!
If you fancy watching some footage, check out the YouTube of @thelewisfoundation & @lorrainelewis84 🙌🏻❤️
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Good Morning guys, happy Friday!! Woo! ✌🏻
Felt so good to get back to a WOD last night, my first this week and it was cleans and front squats again - my faves! I was so tired before I went, but felt awesome when it was done! 😃
I've been learning about barriers to exercise in my PT course lately and I got thinking last night about how incredibly lucky we are to actually be able to workout when there are people out there in the world who physically can't. I can't even imagine being in a situation like that and the people who are in those situations and still try are absolute heroes 💫
I exercise because I can. Because I'm lucky enough to have a strong and working body which I probably take for granted without even really thinking about it. Im grateful for how it makes me feel and how my mental health improves with every session. So that's going to be my new motivation every single day ✨
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Another Honest moment: Every day is a new struggle. Every day I put on a face, a face that shows confidence and happiness, but what was really going on was constant worry and fear. I had been bullied from a young age and I would isolate myself from people. Sharing how I felt with people was difficult. I was constantly worried, and fearful about people would react when I tried to share how I felt. It was such an indescribable feeling. I could not take it anymore. I had tried different ways to cope when I was in my teens (they were not the best methods) and to this day. I'm still ashamed of the path I chose. The freedom I needed didn't come easily. During my time at secondary school I'd unknowingly developed anxiety and an unnecessary about of fear towards certain daily activities. I'd isolated myself from friends and family. I love routines, and If my routine was changed, I would become grumpy and anxious. It's something I'm still learning to cope with today, but now I use safer methods to cope with change. I was strict on myself, and if I missed something, And I did that through Running! I took up running on April 23rd 2013. I remember struggling to get to the end of the road! On top of trying to overcome the anxiety i'd developed, I was also overcoming the issue of being the only runner in the entire family. I initially received a lot of criticism about taking up a sport like running. As is it a sport is viewed a individual sport, which I now know is not! Also training close family and friends to realise this was difficult too. Fast forward to July 2017, I've found a new healthier way of coping with anxiety and perfection. I've found a group of people understand me. Running has taught me so much, it allows me to clear my mind and listen to my body, to work through any issues surrounding me. I don't worry about my pace or how far I run or how much I dead lift. I go on how it makes me feel. Do I feel fearless after? Do I feel shattered? Do I feel worse than before? By increasing my exercise from just running to spinning, swimming, weight lifting, running and yoga, allows me to challenge myself and my mind in more ways than I can explain.
It's so easy to think 'what the hell I'll start again on Monday!' But that's 3 days wasted, that's almost half your week!
Sure enjoy your weekend but just don't take 3 days off. Try to still get some exercise today, and over the weekend. And if you are going out for a meal or having a take away just try to keep other meals relatively normal.
As I always say, 'it's all about balance'
Have a great Friday!