One reason I wanted to start doing a training diary on this blog was to show how much my training varies according to my circumstance and my mood more than anything else. I love to be active and like to be able to pursue certain moods with that. This week I finally gave in and ordered a running back pack, and my subsequent enthusiasm for run commuting may come across slightly in my training this week…
Monday – Rest Day
People often say to start as you mean to go on, but I don’t equivocate not being active with being lazy as I often take Monday to really focus at work, cook myself a good meal and get myself mentally on track.
Tuesday – Running.. with a twist
On Tuesday morning I woke up early as I was luck enough to go and play around with the TechnoGym MyRun. I ran a few intervals and felt really perked up for work – even if it was raining really heavily by the time I left.
Luckily, the raining had stopped by the time I finished work and I ran home. It took me around 45 minutes to run 6 miles, which was a relatively fast pace, but I like to run home as it is such a great way to shake off the day and you always have the motivation to run faster running away from work…
Wednesday – Running
Clearly I was starting to feel a bit enamoured with my new backpack and the sunny weather as I commuted with my trainers again. I ran into work and I was a bit slower than the previous evening. I made a point of saying on my instagram on how you won’t ever know the circumstances behind an individual’s run, as energy, food, previous exercise, a bad day at work or an amazing day at work all make a difference. Every person and every run is unique so it’s important to find a positive side or a reason to feel empowered from every run, rather than putting yourself in competition with your friend, your social media feed, or yourself.
I ran 5.69 miles in 45 minutes at an average pace of 7:54 minutes per mile.
Thursday – Rest Day
I was at work for 13 hours and sadly life does just get in the way sometimes.
Friday – Circuits with Sheehan, my PT
If you want your heart rate to do that then do this…
+ Warm Up:
– 2 min walk (6% incline)
– 6 min run (12 km/h, 13km/h, 14 km/h)
+ Circuit Training #1:
– Battle Ropes (30 secs/35 secs/40 secs)
– Crunches on Buso Ball w/5kg (10/12/14 times)
– Burpees with barbell (10kg) (6 reps/8 reps /10 reps)
*Repeat 3 times
+ Circuit Training #2:
– 60 hops (20 box)
– Boxing (60seconds)
– Wall Sit (60 seconds)
+Repeat each station 3 times!
+ Circuit Training #3:
– Scissors Shuffles on Step up (15 shuffles) with Ball Slams (5kg) (x3)
– Mountain Climbers (40 each leg) (x3)
– Side Shuffles (30 seconds on, 10 seconds rest x 3)
Saturday – Bouldering
I went Bouldering for the first time ever at VauxWall. Still overexcited by my backpack I ran there the 2.5 miles there, but bouldering was a lot of fun. It’s great because it’s physically challenging, but you also derive satisfaction from problem solving, persistance and reaching the top of a wall like monkey.
You hire special shoes and you end up with blistered hands but I would massively recommend for an upper body workout with a difference.
Sunday – Running
I will get bored of my backpack eventually… but the beautiful weather and the prospect of meeting my father in Hyde Park really drove me on for a final run of the week. I ran 5.51 miles in 42 minutes for an average pace of 7:37 minutes per mile.