Week 8, and I need to get in whatever training I can as I return to work…
Monday 29 July 2013
I was back to work and the office today and did two minutes of plank before setting off. I ate some Go Ahead ! apple and sultana crispy slices during the drive into work, and then followed my usual morning routine when I was in the office, which now includes eating a banana with my breakfast, which this morning is a Oat So Simple Heaps Of Fruit, with banana and strawberry. I really enjoyed that one. I ate a Waitrose smokey mixed bean salad for lunch and a pot of passion fruit live gourmet yoghurt from the Great Dairy Collective. I snacked in the evening once I got home – I had worked too late to get to the Regiment Fitness bootcamp session.
Tuesday 30 July 2013
I had a meeting in London through the day and made sure that I did my two minutes of plank before leaving the house. I snacked through the day and walked around a lot of London before ending up with some friends for a curry, which you can read about here.
Wednesday 31 July 2013
I am really into my two minutes of plank at the moment. I ate some Go Ahead ! apple and sultana crispy slices during the drive into work, and then followed my usual morning routine when I was in the office, which this morning is a Oat So Simple Heaps Of Fruit, with summer berries. I enjoyed that one too. I ate a Waitrose fragrant pesto pasta for lunch and an Activia breakfast pot, and then kept drinking water through the afternoon. I also ate an apple and a banana and felt ready for my evening session in St Albans with Regiment Fitness.
It was nice weather for a workout and there was a pretty good group turned out and ready. After the warm up we went into a timed circuit, working at each station for a period of time rather than a number of repetitions. This evening we were doing two minutes on each of Marine press ups (these were the gecko press ups I did in Le Croisic, which you can read about here), tuck jumps, wide arm press ups, cross thumb press ups, dorsal raises, Rocky sit ups (the sit ups Rocky does in the movie of the same name), half sit ups, toe taps (lifting your legs into the air and sitting up to touch your toes), alternate leg squat thrusts, burpees, and sprints. At one point we did not move between stations quickly enough so that was changed to crawling between stations. I enjoy this type of circuit as I can push it on the exercises I am better at. We then got into groups of three for a jerry can relay, holding ourselves in the up press up stance when not running, and the running was backwards, in a squat position. We thought the final exercise was a cone relay, running out and retrieving cones from different distances, and especially when the activity was extended by more cones being put out, but then we were taken back to the circuit for a short, sharp 20 seconds on each exercise. Of course, we stopped when we had finished one round of the circuit, and were reminded that the circuit ends when we are told it ends, so we carried on for a few more exercises before going into the warm down. It had been a fun session, and a hard session.
- Training – 1 hour
Thursday 01 August 2013
More plank and a different Oats So Simple Heaps of Fruit, though I am still not so keen on the apple and cherry flavour. I ate a Middle Eastern spiced wild rice salad for lunch with a Russian fudge live gourmet yoghurt from the Great Dairy Collective. Everything was just a preparation for this evening’s session.
I was back in Welwyn Garden City for some more training with Regiment Fitness, and we started with a Simon Says warm up. It never ceases to amuse me how many people fall prey to this, and lots of forfeits were handed out. I got my own forfeits when we moved on to the numbers game and I found myself outside of the groups with the correct number of people. I never fail at that in St Albans, so they clearly hate me in Welwyn ! It was the triangle circuit and I decided to go for the highest repetitions and the medium amount of running, as I am still a little wary when it comes to my knees. That meant at each pole I did 30 press ups, 30 sit ups, 20 burpees, and 50 mountaineers (which had an increased number because people were walking to the start point). In between each round of exercises we ran a lap of our triangle, and it felt all right. We split into two groups and I started with boxing. We began in the standing position in pairs, doing 40 straight punches then 10 star jumps, and repeat until we were told to swap round. Then we moved into the sit up punching, doing 10 and then 20 and then 30 repetitions. The groups swapped round and we had jerry can replays, running with the jerry can cradled in our arms or carried above our head. We finished off with a tyre relay, in groups getting the two tyres from one end to the other by continually placing one just the other side of the other. A buddy warm down brought another excellent session to a close.
- Training – 1 hour
Friday 02 August 2013
It was a typical Friday. Friday does seem to be turning into my weekday rest day.
Saturday 03 August 2013
We drove over to Lacey Green to see Jump play at the Black Horse beer festival, and you can read more about that here.
I did no exercise.
Sunday 04 August 2013
We drove up to Derby for Sunday lunch so I did no exercise today. I do need to sort out my weekends, because I can and should be finding time for more exercise than I actually put in.
Positives from this week – I am really enjoying my plank and the two sessions with Regiment Fitness I did manage to get to went very well. I do feel that I am getting great benefits from them. We shall see next week when I get back to doing some running.