A Week in my Trainers

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…

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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.

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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…

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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

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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.

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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.

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