Thursday, February 13, 2020

My (training) Diary

Sometimes I have to take a step back look at just what happened to me and my life(style) over the last ten years, because I started drafting this post ‘right now my training routine is…’. It’s a whole other post to talk about how much sport, movement and exercise has not so much changed my life (although it has), but changed with my life.


I’m currently unemployed (you can read more about that little surprise right here…), and I’m also project managing what is pretty much the final phase of our current house renovation project(s), and whilst that might seem irrelevant, my daily routine is hugely impactful on how I choose to move my body and engage with exercise.

No regular commute means less cycling because at the moment riding my bike albeit a joyful way, is a way of getting around. But no long days or overrunning meetings mean I’m limited in excuses to miss Monday and Wednesday evening sessions with Adidas Runners. Trying to prevent a current niggle turning into a full blown injury means a return to the gym, and there’s a lot to be said for the lack of other people in a gym in the middle of the day.

So what does that a current week of my training look like…

Monday night is the regular slot for the Adidas Runners signature sessions- bring on the intervals, the hills, the tough sessions that I would struggle to do on my own, in a space where everyone is welcome and we all work as hard as we need to.
This running session is always the most intense of the week and it’s the one that helps me build a bit of extra power and speed. It doesn’t do any harm that it’s also a chance to catch friends.

Credit: The Midnight Club

TUESDAY is all about the gym
Operation strong core and injury prevention is ON. I got lucky with a deal at the Gym Group (there are 3 within a 2 mile cycle of home…) making it £9.50 for a month. A typical workout looks a bit like this:
Warm up with a quick run on the treadmill to get my heart rate going
A round of body weight squats, glute bridges and shoulder openers and roll outs to get everything engaged and active.
6 x goblet squat
6 x deadlift
6 x dumbell lunges (each side)
(3 rounds)
6 x dumbell shoulder press
6 x bent over row
(3 rounds)
And a cheeky core finisher of russian twists, plank shoulder taps, deadbugs and v-sits

WEDNESDAY is ladies night…
For a little over a year, Wednesday has been my night to run with the Adidas Runners ladies. I went along at a time when I was struggling to find a good fit for me and my running and I’ve rarely looked back. These days I’m privileged enough to not just catch a couple of hours with some of the most incredible women I know, but also to support those runs as a crew runner and make sure everyone who comes along is welcomed and looked after. Epic.


THURSDAY & FRIDAY rest and stretch and repeat
Depending on what else is going on with the house or other meetings and projects I’m looking at, the second gym session of the week happens on either Thursday or Friday and I’m making a concerted effort to spend more quality time with my foam roller and stretching on the other day. Because having a lovely, but very pointy person dig her elbow into your glutes and tell you your muscles feel like bricks, and paying £40 for the joy is a keen reminder to MAKE time to work on mobility and stretching.

Runners NOT running!

SATURDAY is no longer about sleeping in
I’m not sure when voluntarily getting out of bed to travel into central London to go for a run became a thing I did on the weekend. Saturdays used to be about coffee in bed, brunch and slow starts. And I wouldn’t change it. Do I still groan when my alarm goes off on Saturday morning? Yes I do. Do I always leave feeling on top of the world and surrounded by powerhouse women? YES I DO! Saturdays can be anything from hill training to a steadier, slightly longer run. I’m not training for distance in 2020, so the Long Runs (yes, those capitals belong there!) of this time last year are not a factor at the moment. Oh, and brunch is still a thing. It just happens with my girls when we’re done running instead of in bed.


And decorating. Sunday is a day where I don’t tend to do any conventional ‘exercise’. Since we’re *STILL* in the midst of house reno hell, Sundays tend to be about whatever needs doing and just right now, it’s all about painting. I’m kind of fed up of having paint on my eyelashes or in my hair and have I ever told you how much I hate cutting in?!

I could keep writing about why I train even though I’m not training for anything and I’m certainly no *athlete*, but that’s a whole new post, or even a series. What I will say about training, exercise, sport or whatever you want to call your dose of movement, is make time for it. Prioritising moving my body for the sake of moving has given me a sense of self worth in a time where I previously wouldn’t have had the tools to hold myself up. Movement is powerful, own your power.


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