St Albans Half-Marathon training : Week 5

Week 5, I really do need to get that long run in…and as I have the children with me this week, I wonder where I will find the time to do it…

Monday 27 May 2013

It was the Bank Holiday Monday and we went to see the movie Epic in the morning, which meant we had popcorn to work off, so I took the children for a walk over Dunstable Downs.  It was a lot different to when I ran the Warrior Adrenaline Race, although it was still very windy.  There was no hail and lots of sun, so that was a big bonus.  You can read about the walk here.

Another stunning view from a sunny Bank Holiday weekend

Another stunning view from a sunny Bank Holiday weekend

In the evening I ate a Thai curry with a couple of boiled eggs.

  1. The Drill
  2. Plank
  3. Walk – 4.5 miles

Tuesday 28 May 2013

After a wonderfully sunny Bank Holiday weekend, the rain was back on a gloomy Tuesday morning.  My daughter had a birthday party to go to in the afternoon, and I was still thinking that my son could come with me on a walk while she was doing that.  In the meantime I did the Drill and plank.  The party was at Stoke Park and although it was still raining when we got there, we dropped her off and went for a walk around Stoke Poges which you can read about here.

St Giles' Church

St Giles’ Church

  1. The Drill
  2. Plank
  3. Walk – 3.5 miles

Wednesday 29 May 2013

I woke up and made sure I did the Drill and plank because the weather looked terrible outside.  We still made a valiant attempt to take in another walk, but it really was raining too heavily for the children and we ended up having a great time walking around inside the hangers at the Shuttleworth Collection.  The weather also meant I could not take them with me to the bootcamp session in the evening, so I gave that one a miss.  I ate some soup and a couple of boiled eggs in the evening.

  1. The Drill
  2. Plank

Thursday 30 May 2013

I woke up and did the Drill and plank because I was taking the children home today so there would be no time for a walk, and possibly no time for anything else.  As it turned out, I was able to get across to an evening session from Regiment Fitness at Stanborough School in Welwyn Garden City.  It was a massive group, and as with the group at St Albans, everyone was very friendly and welcoming.  We did our warm up running across and back the lines of a running track, including many downward movements, and finished it up with a run to the trees.  It was another different type of circuit which followed, working in threes for a minute – one of us running from the start position to a pole and back as many times as possible, one of us doing press ups while lifting a leg (again, as many times as possible), and one of us holding in the plank position; the next set was running, sit ups, and bridge; the following set was running, squat jumps, and sideways plank; with the final set being running, sit ups grabbing the shins as you come up, and sideways plank the other way.  We then split into two groups and I started off with the boxing, with straight punches from the sit up position, singles and then sets of 10, 10 and 100;  we then moved into two lines, and as we moved down our line we did 10 straight punches with each person until the line had moved to the other end of the area of grass; we finished in pairs doing sets of 30-second hooks.  I then moved on to doing exercises while holding a log, working in groups of four, with 10 lifts over the head, followed by a run to a post which was far too far away, then 20 lifts followed by a run, then 30 lifts followed by a run.  And then we did the same routine with squats.  We finished up playing charades – done while we were holding the squat position, then plank, and the half sit up position to finish, before we concluded with a warm down.  I know I keep saying it, but this had been another excellent session.

I got home to more soup and boiled eggs.

  1. The Drill
  2. Plank
  3. Training – 1 hour

Friday 31 May 2013

I was working from home because I needed to get into London later in the day, so I started off with the Drill and plank.  I then decided to do the morning Regiment Fitness session in St Albans.  It was a good sized group for a weekday morning and I recognised a lot of faces.  We began with a warm up, running around squares of poles.  I foolishly picked the large square.  We finished the warm up with a series of sprints, one side of the square, then two and finally three.  This morning’s circuit was also based  around the square, running to the first pole and then doing exercises at the remaining three poles, starting with press ups (20), then leg raises while lying on your back (20), then burpees (12), with each set of exercises followed by a running lap, before the last lap around the poles was walking lunges, sumos, ankle grabs, and frog leaps.  We stayed in one group and moved on to a tyre relay, placing one tyre just the other side of another in between sprints, and I was called back one time for leaving too big a space between the tyres.  We followed this with a Jerry can relay with four sets of 15 upward rows with the Jerry can, again, in between sprints.  And then we finished with boxing, first of all punching upwards; then four sets of 50 hooks with 10 press ups inbetween; then sit up singles with four lots of maximum pushes which went on for a period of time rather than a set amount of punches.  The warm down felt very good after that.  Another great session.

And then in the evening I went out for a curry, which you can read about here.

Admit it - this is not something you were expecting...

Admit it – this is not something you were expecting…

  1. The Drill
  2. Plank
  3. Training – 1 hour

Saturday 01 June 2013

I went to training with Christianne in the morning, and she really worked my core again, as well as putting in some really good upper body stuff.  It certainly feels like she is in a yoga zone at the moment based on her approach, and I do not have any issues with that.  I need to get back to doing yoga on a regular basis.  We went out for a walk in Mapledurham in the afternoon, which you can read about here, and in the evening I ate spicy butterbean soup with two boiled eggs.

Chazey Wood

Chazey Wood

  1. Training – 1 hour
  2. Walk – 4.5 miles

Sunday 02 June 2013

We spent the day in London because Debbie was singing in the evening.  I walked through the streets on a circuit from the Royal Festival Hall to Trafalgar Square and back through Horseguards Parade, then we ate the roast pork lunch at Brasserie Blanc, before we took a stroll along the Southbank, which included taking in an exhibition of Everest 1953 photos in the gallery at OXO Tower Wharf.

Positives from this week – lots of general exercise and long walks kept me going forward.

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