This week has been…mixed. It’s been great but it’s also been tricky. It has been tricky because I’ve been ill, but the honest truth is I’ve been ill because I’ve been overdoing things. I’m going to write a full post on this later in the week, but as a relatively sensible person who is known for giving good advice I seem to have real trouble putting all of this into practice myself. Not for the first time I ended up being told by people who care about me that I am doing too much – and the result has been fatigue, mental exhaustion, and being totally rundown. This means that I am now making a real effort to train and run, things I do ultimately because I love them rather than for anything else, with that balance and ‘for the love of it’ feeling in mind. Staying fit, going to work and doing a good job, keeping up with friends and everything else that life entails is hard, but you shouldn’t make it harder by putting your body and mind under unnecessary stress.
Now, onto why my week has been great. Having attended Nike bootcamps and run clubs in the past, I properly put my training into the hands of the Swoosh gods this week. I tried Nike yoga, Nike training, a Nike long run as well as my Nike speed session. Just taking the mental pressure off deciding what I’m going to do and when has been brilliant at helping me take a step back and relax whilst staying active. However, I’ve also had some great sessions with some great trainers, including Jessica Skye of Fat Buddha Yoga, Tee of Barry’s Bootcamp, the amazing Becs as always, and the infamous Faisal. If you want to book onto any Nike sessions just follow this link. Without further ado, here’s what I got up to this week.
Monday – Nike Yoga with Jessica Skye at Westfield Stratford
I arrived for this slightly late and feeling stressed out, but I left so relaxed and chilled that I tried to go down an upwards escalator. I will fully confess I’m not the best at stretching so a good yoga session makes me feel amazing after some hard running.
Tuesday – Double Train Tuesday
I started the morning at NikeTown with Faisal and Tee for the Better For It Train Tuesday. The workout was structured in intervals and included lots of burpees and crab presses, as well as using resistance bands and a partner to really work your triceps and core strength.
After work I headed to Westfield White City to get in a weekly speed session. I was representing the ladies in the Volt group and we knocked out the below sets.
1600 @ 10k Pace,
4 x 400 @ 5k Pace
8 x 200 @ Mile Pace
3 minutes recovery after 1600
1:30 after 400’s
1:00 after 200’s
Wednesday – Run to Work
Thursday – Unexpected Rest Day
At this stage in the week I was starting to feel tired from the volume of activity I’d been doing . Whilst I’d taken days off and had been on holiday I had spent all of that time socialising or at work and generally being busy and putting myself under pressure. This meant I was feeling pretty unwell and in need of rest.
Friday – M.E.S Workout G
I’ve decided to repeat Week Seven of Move Eat Smile due to the stress of the week but I managed to fit in Workout G, which was great as it felt mostly about strengthening and lengthening of the body rather than being very cardiovascular. I’ve said it before but one of my favourite things about the guide is the variety in the workout programmes.
Saturday – Long Run with Nike
I joined the Nike marathon training run for 14 wet and windy miles around London. We started at The Hoxton and ran canal side all the way to west London before finishing up at Buckingham Palace. I was really unsure about how I’d feel doing my long run with people and without music. I’ve grown pretty used to be able to run wherever I like and at whatever speed I like, but the downside of this is getting carried away with a pace and putting pressure on myself to keep that pace up. I really benefitted from putting that responsibility and faith into the group, leaving me to actually get on with things and just run. If you’ve never tried doing a long run with a group of people then I’d definitely recommend it both for the benefits it literally offers as well as the knowledge that you can do it and you can do a long run without controlling every aspect.
Sunday – One big fat rest day