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Starting from Zero: Week 6

This week has been a real week of two halves. I worked last weekend so that always makes the week feel a bit strange but this week I had three days off in the week so I only worked Monday and Wednesday. However, I did manage to get quite a bit of activity in.

Monday

I was working a long day (from 8am – 6pm and then having to make dinner so I went for a 15 minute walk outside, just to get moving really.

Tuesday

Today I did run two of couch25k! I actually found it okay although I’m only running for a minute at a time at the moment so it’s not too challenging. I’m also enjoying it so the plan is to keep up with it.

Wednesday

I did a 15 minute walk at lunchtime. I was hoping to go for a longer walk but by the time I had made lunch and faffed around, this was all that I had time for.

In the evening I did Restorative Yoga #2 on the FIIT app, it’s 40 minutes long and I have to admit it was pretty relaxing!

Thursday

Today was my birthday. I was pretty determined not to get bored on my lockdown birthday and so I have to confess I did quite a lot of FIIT classes.

I started with morning mobility on the FIIT app with Gus Vaz Tostes, I have to say that this has been my favourite mobility class so far! I then did the 10 minute Pre Run Warm up With Adrienne Herbert. Following this, I went out for my run. This was the third run of week 1 of couch25k and I have to say that I loved it and felt ready to move on to week 2. When I got back I completed the Post Run Stretch #1 with Adrienne. In the evening I could feel myself getting a touch bored so I did the #5 Pilates Foundations with Lottie Murphy, I’m hoping that pilates will get my core nice and strong for all these runs that I’m doing.

Friday

I was off again today, I really fancied going for a run but I know that I have to be really careful not to over do it. So I decided to work on my running strength and completed Strength for Runners #1 with Sean Kazab. It’s only 25 minutes long so I didn’t think that it would be enough but it really was. It also got me super sweaty!

I also went for a very muddy 7.5k walk during the day. This took me about 90 minutes and some of the terrain was pretty slippy so I had to take my time. All in all it was a beautiful, chilled walk in nature – and it stayed dry while I was out which is always a welcome bonus.

In the evening I did the restorative yoga #2 on the FIIT app. I’ve decided that I really need to work on my flexibility and mobility if I want to run and not get injured so I’m trying to incorporate more yoga into my routine.

Saturday

This was run 1, week 2 of Couch25K. It was fun, I manage to complete all the running but I don’t like how out of breath I was getting! It’s going to take time to build up that cardio fitness though so I’m not going to worry about that too much. When I got back from my run I did the post run stretch with Adrienne. When I ran before I would always cool down but I certainly didn’t do a through cool-down routine like this. In fairness, I wasn’t a PT back then and I didn’t really know what I was going but I really think that a decent cool down routine should help to keep me injury free and in those trainers.

So my week was very bottom heavy but it was good so spend a few days off without the stress of work being able to concentrate on moving. How was your week?

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Starting from Zero: Weeks 3-5

I don’t have any recent pictures of me that I can upload so I thought I’d add a lovely pic of this forest in Caerphilly – I love it up there.

Well I was meant to update weekly to hold myself to account….ooops! In truth it hasn’t been going well which is perhaps why I just didn’t get around to updating the blog.

Week 3

Well I started off well by doing a 25 minute Pilates Foundations class on the FIIT app but then I really wasn’t feeling well enough to train the next three days (bad headaches etc) so I didn’t. I probably should have at least tried to do a gentle yoga flow or some mobility work but I didn’t, couldn’t get motivated to do anything apart from a few walks so I’m not going to dwell on that now.

My next workout was Circuits #15 with Tyrone Brennand on the FIIT app, this app really is my saviour when I’m forcing myself to train. If I had to write a workout then there are some times where I just wouldn’t do it.

Week 4

Week 4 went better! And that’s the thing with fitness, it’s a long-haul flight not an Easyjet short haul (other airlines are available), it’s all about what you do over time and consistency. Obviously, humans are conditioned to want the short-term fix and so we tend to go hard for a week and when we invariably fall off the wagon, because it is unsustainable, we give up completely.

Here’s how week 4 went:

Monday

Restorative Yoga #1 with Cat Meffan on the FIIT app. I’m loving the restorative yoga, it’s slower and you hold poses for longer which is good for me because I just can’t keep up with these fast paced yoga classes. It’s also relaxing and helps which recovery so when you are doing intense exercise (which is relative to your current fitness levels), it’s good to balance things out with something that calms the nervous system. The added bonus of course being that my flexibility is, frankly, poor so the yoga should help with that and will hopefully allow me to feel better in my body.

Tuesday

Tuesday was Pilates Foundations #5 with Lottie Murphy on the FIIT app. If you knew me a few years ago, you’d probably know that I used to go to pilates twice a week and that I credited it with growing half an inch in my 30’s. I used to think that it stretched my spine but in reality my posture was probably improved. I really want to get back into pilates again and with the lockdown the FIIT app is really helping with that. I know that I could get free workouts on YouTube but honestly, it takes ages to scroll through and find one that you think may be suitable. Unless you have a recommendation from somebody, you don’t know who the person is doing the class and whether they are qualified (and safe) to be doing it. At least with the FIIT app I know that the trainers have been vetted. Anyway, this was a 40 minute class and I then did the Mobility Foundations #1 class with Richie Norton which is 25 minutes long. I’ve been getting bored in the evenings if I have my dinner too early so I found that doing a longer session in the evening helps to pass the time. Plus, I think you’d really struggle to do too much mobility work.

Wednesday

I went a bit bonkers on this day I have to say because I did the 10 minute morning mobility #2 on the FIIT app in my 15 minute tea break – luckily I’m working from home! I wasn’t a fan of this one, I wasn’t overly keen on the trainer (I’m sure he’s a lovely guy but just not my motivation style) but I felt good for moving my body so early on and also smug haha!

After work I did the Circuits #5 class with Tyrone on the FIIT app, I love this class – I probably do it too much but sometimes you have to do what you know you enjoy! This is a 40 minute class and I then followed it with Mobility Flow #5 with Richie Norton which is a 25 minute lower body mobility session. This was good but there was one stretch where I couldn’t feel anything at all and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. It’s strange because my hips are so tight (so tight that an experienced PT that I worked with told me that he thinks that my slightly hunched shoulders may actually be caused by my tight hips).

Thursday

This was New Year’s Eve so I took my rest day, ate my body weight in cheese and watched a film. Cheese is good for recovery right?!

Friday

I started out the first day of 2021 with a 40 minute Pilates Foundations class (#5 is designed to be one that you can do daily) and the mobility foundations #1 class on the FIIT app all good fun and I was working all day so no long, bracing walks for me.

Saturday

I did take a long walk on Saturday! I rediscovered a trail near where I live and discovers that it goes up much further than I though. It is so beautiful, but unfortunately busier than I like (especially in these times) but it was fun to walk somewhere different! I walked over 7km and then did restorative yoga #2 with Cat on the FIIT app. I had planned on doing a strength/cardio workout but I was tired from the walk. Although this meant that I didn’t hit my 3 strength workouts in a week, I really if I’m doing it the next day instead. My body doesn’t know the difference between my training week running from Sunday to Saturday rather than Monday to Sunday!

Week 5

Well week 5 didn’t exactly go to plan! I did the circuits #15 class on the FIIT app that I had put off the day before on Sunday. I also did a 5km walk in the evening (on flatter terrain than Saturday) so I felt like I had a good week of moving my body. Monday I then followed up with a Pilates Foundations class. Apart from a few walks, I didn’t do anything until Saturday because again, I felt really unwell and could barely get off the sofa for three days and then felt wiped out on the Friday.

However, on Saturday, I did session 1 of week 1 of the couch to 5k plan! I’ve decided that I want to try and get back into running again and as long as I’m enjoying it I’ll do that. Obviously I’m pretty much starting from scratch despite having run (I think five) half marathons in the past because it’s been years since I would have classed myself as a runner. We’ll see how it goes – I’ll keep you updated! I ran at lunch time (I worked this weekend) and after work I followed the run with Full Body Stretch for Runners #1 with Adrienne Herbert on the FIIT app. I wanted to love this, I really did, but it was a bit fast moving for me and I didn’t enjoy it. That said, I can see the benefit so I am going to give it a few more tries before I give up on it. I followed this with a 40 minute restorative yoga session on FIIT so that I could get my zen fix!

Overall

Overall, not great honestly. On some of the days I was genuinely too unwell to exercise but on others I really should have tried something gentle. But to my credit, I haven’t thrown in the towel. There are always going to be times where we can’t train…life gets in the way, we get sick, we are travelling etc but the important thing is that we get back on it as soon as we can. You can’t really fail in this journey if you just keep trying.

I’d love to hear how consistent you have been with your training recently, have you missed any sessions? How are you dealing with it when you miss a session?