So far this week I have been fortunate enough to have the time to go to the gym and put into my training. I am doing my best to stick to the programme my lovely personal trainer gave me and have been going to some of the classes on offer at the gym. Some of the things that have been frustrating my efforts at the gym have been lack of equipment or broken equipment but I won’t let that stop me!
This week, I have indulged in Pilates and Zumba as well as my weights programme and runs. The Pilates class was amazing. It brought it home to me how tight I have become in certain parts of my body. While I could not do everything the rest of the class was doing, I took the opportunity to have a good stretch where I needed it. I’ve booked into another Pilates class this week.
I don’t need to say much about the Zumba. I defy anyone to not to smile during a Zumba class. I find I forget how hard I am working as I get into the music and am challenged by the new routines. I am no dancer and left and right are often foreign concepts to me but I’m not alone in that! It just adds to the entertainment value.
Tonight I headed out to do intervals. I started with a 10 minute warm up walk followed by 10 sets of intervals of 5 minutes high intensity followed by 2:30 minutes walking recovery and then a 10 minute cool down walk. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this and also suspect that my pace wasn’t much slower that when I am just out for a normal run.
Having a good soundtrack helps the efforts. Again I was inspired by Beethoven and that old chestnut, the 9th Symphony. I broke into a bit of a sprint (my standards!) at the end. I felt pretty jubilant and energised because of the music, the exercise and the weather. I just need to add another couple of tracks to my compact and bijoux playlist as it was just a few tracks too short to see me to the end of my run.
Right now I am feeling accomplished and am rewarding my efforts with fresh strawberries and Greek style yoghurt, very tasty! This week, apart from the exercise, I have been trying to concentrate on increasing the amount of fruit I eat. Filling in My Fitness Pal has made me painfully and shamefully aware that I do not eat enough fruit and veg. As the adage goes, ‘You cannot out train a bad diet!’
So that’s tricks for now. If you want to sponsor me, you can visit my Just Giving Page here:
I’m running the second Belfast City Half Marathon on 14th September for MPD Voice. You can read more about the charity here: