The Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 training : Week 15

Week 15 and I need to recover from Ironman while not letting things slip…

This week’s blog is brought to you by Europe, because in terms of my decision whether or not to run the London Marathon this is the final countdown.

Actually, the decision was made for me a long time ago :(

Actually, the decision was made for me a long time ago 🙁

Monday 13 April 2015

Frankly, I was knackered in so many ways after Ironman so there was not a cat in hell’s chance of me doing any exercise today.

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Nah, still not doing any.

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Right.  I need to get back into doing sessions with Regiment Fitness because it is something I have let slip this year, and it is the grounding for everything else I do.  I went along to the evening session in St Albans which was being taken by Tom.  We began with a dynamic running warm up, which confirmed to me that I still could not run, before moving on to the circuit.  Working with a partner, one of us would run round a square of poles, doing 5 repetitions of an exercise at each pole, while the other did an exercise back at the start point, before swapping over, and then repeating so that we each did two laps.  At the poles we did squats, squat jumps, press ups and burpees, and back at the start point we did sit ups, superman, reverse plank, and side planks (doing a different side for each lap).  It had been a great circuit for me with lots of exercises and not very much running.  We moved on to boxing, again in pairs, doing 500 punches each, using a mixture of straight punches, upper cuts, hooks, pistons and 10s from the sit up position.  Whatever it took to get there.  It had been great to get back into it.

  1. Regiment Fitness (St Albans) – 1 hour

Thursday 16 April 2015

Work took over my whole day.

Friday 17 April 2015

Work again.

Saturday 18 April 2015

It was sunny and I decided to get along to another session with Regiment Fitness in St Albans, to find that this one was being taken by Shaun.  I told him that I was unable to run and he said that would not be needed for this circuit.  We went round 10 poles, doing 10 repetitions of an exercise at each, with the exercises being press ups, sit ups (when I did 12 repetitions at each), and burpees.  The others all ran a lap of the poles after going round doing the exercises.  Then they jogged one lap and sprinted another, while I did a speed march round one lap, and was only beaten by one person coming through from their sprint.  We split into pairs for presses with the log and a run inbetween, with me doing 3 sets of 70 repetitions, before I did 3 jerry can carry shuttles in the next part of that session.  We finished off with some boxing, to bring it all to a good finish.

Later in the day I went for a walk down to the park to stretch off my legs and saw the Warrior Adrenaline Race training session in full swing.  I was not tempted to join in.

  1. Regiment Fitness (St Albans) – 1 hour

Sunday 19 April 2015

I decided to get along to yet another session with Regiment Fitness in St Albans, to find that this one was once again being taken by Shaun.  I immediately recognised the circuit he had planned for us, so reminded him I was not able to run.  It was his sprint circuit which I really enjoy when I am able to run, and fortunately it also involves a lot of repetitions, which is perfect for me at the moment.  He suggested I speed march instead.  Well, I knew I would not get away with doing nothing !  The warm up included hill reps, so I speed marched through those as well.  The circuit was 50 repetitions followed by a speed march for me, and then repeated, doing press ups, sit ups, deep squats, and then one lot of v sit ups and one lot of burpees.  We split into teams for a medicine ball relay, getting into lines, first in the sitting position and then standing, and passing the ball from on to another, with everyone running to the back of the line once they had made their pass.  It was good fun.  We also enjoyed a tyre relay before finishing up with boxing, upper cuts followed by going along the line.  The warm down brought another excellent session to an end, and I had really enjoyed getting in some sessions this week.

  1. Regiment Fitness (St Albans) – 1 hour

Positives from this week – I got back into Regiment Fitness sessions.

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