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Just another week in a life of a runner

Royal Parks Half Marathon 2012

I took two rest days last week but didn’t actually 100% rest on either days. On Monday I was being spontaneous and had a 45 minute core yoga class. It was enjoyable enough even though I find yoga soooooo slow now (I used to do it on and off for many years in Oz) AND it didn’t really focus on the core, it was just the usual sun salutations with different variations. That part was a bit disappointing but it was a ‘rest’ day as such so oh well.

On Friday morning I read a post about Thai massage and booked myself an appointment at lunch time. When I showed up they said that the Thai massage therapist doesn’t have her qualification finalised so it’d be a mix of Thai and Swedish massage. Oh well. It was nicely little bit painful but relaxing at the same time.

Other than that the week had 2 CrossFit sessions and 3 runs. During Tuesday’s CrossFit I got up to 60kg for my last 2 sets of 3 of back squats. Last week I only managed 50, I have no idea where that extra strength came from but I’m happy.

Thursday’s CrossFit had squat cleans where I got up to 35kg on my last set of 5. It was bloody hard but I could probably do 1-3 reps with more weight.

The workout of the day (WOD) was an awesome 30 seconds of push ups, 30 seconds off, 30 seconds handstand, 30 seconds off, 30 seconds hip hinges with barbell, etc… for 5 rounds. I have practiced handstands at home a couple of times so gathered up the courage and went for it – I managed to do all 5 sets of 30 seconds without a problem! Another fear conquered 🙂 (kicking yourself up to a handstand requires for a little mental block to be broken, somehow the body hesitates if you haven’t done it before and hesitation doesn’t lead to a handstand).

The runs were relatively easy this week, I have crazily signed up for Juneathon which means I have to run (or do CrossFit) every day in the month of June. I think the idea of running every single day for a month made me slow down a bit this week and just focus on the enjoyment that running brings me. There will be time for speed training at some other point. In July 🙂

Has anyone done these run-every-day-for-a-month kinds of challenges before? It’s acceptable to take a few ‘rest’ days and just run 3km, right?

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    May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I haven’t done any -thons but I’ve read somewhere that even just a quick 15 or 20-minute run qualifies! Good luck with it, one day when all this injury worry is behind me I’ll sign up to do something like that too. And congrats on an awesome WoD. I haven’t gotten hear a handstand yet…

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    Ffion (Chocolate and Blueberries)
    May 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Looks like a great week of workouts, variation is key! Well done on the back squats, I really struggle with my form when squating, I come forwards and can’t get low enough, but I’m working on it! Juneathon sounds interesting, but at this point I don’t think my knees wold be able to handle it, they need their rest!

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    May 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I did Janathon because I was in Sri Lanka for most of January and needed to motivate myself. I had mixed views – the exercise part was mostly fine but I found the blogging part hard (trying to write interesting blog posts on a daily basis is pretty tough) and there could have been more engagement from organisers. Good luck with it though, it’s worth a go if you haven’t done it before!

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    Amy (mummyto2stars)
    May 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I haven’t done this, I am tempted – do I have to run a certain distance? – I couldn’t see it on the Juneathon website, so I assume not! I do double classes 3 times a week (body combat followed by body pump) so that covers 3 of the 7 days a week.

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      May 29, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I don’t think you have to run a certain distance, when I asked about it they said my 400m warm up runs at CrossFit count 🙂

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