Friday Update

I love the feeling in a run when it all ‘clicks’ and you feel like you could go on and on until either the sun goes down, or until you run past a Nandos and get distracted (we are having Nandos tonight and I can’t wait).

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That happened to me today. I did 4 miles/6.5k during lunch, and for the first mile my legs felt like match stick that could snap at any moment. As soon as I crossed the 1 mile mark, I felt like I was flying. It was such a lovely day to run as well: the sun was out, there was a breeze to keep things challenging, and I had my favourite podcast to keep me company.

 

I have decided to switch one of my runs for a metafit class, to give my legs a chance to get stronger. My adductors are really weak, so they need some work to make sure I can make 26 miles. So I’ll have one more rest day from running, but do a Metafit then. Apart from today, because my first class was this morning. Remember what happens when I go to Metafit: I turn into a tomato.

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I’ll sleep well tonight!

 

We did on-the-spot sprints with high knees, which were surprisingly really hard, and explains why my legs were brittle later on in the day. The rest of the session was core work, so that wasn’t too bad for my afternoon run.

 

So, after feeling a little down last week, this week is back with a bang! I have one more run scheduled for Sunday, and the will recap the week – I bet you can’t wait 😉

 

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

 

Ellie B

 

 

Arguments with my Quads, and Half Marathon Musings

Last week was a strange training week. It felt like I didn’t do much, but I had more DOMS that week than I have for a long time! It culminated with an argument between my quads and I where they stopped me from walking downstairs in return for me subjecting them to Metafit.

This guy knows what it’s like to be stiff!

Here’s a breakdown:

  • Monday: driving back cross country, so no exercise. McDonalds and choclate crepe happily consumed
  • Tuesday: hill sprints. I did a 3k warm up, and then 8*100m sprints up a hill, with approx 30 seconds rest in between. Then a 1km cool down.
  • Wednesday: Metafit. As you know, this was a quick one, but I can say that it definitely was a workout! Two days of easing myself gently in and out of chairs 😉
  • Thursday: Gentle post-dinner  3km jog with SB to loosen up
  • Friday: 8 minute abs and lots of foam rolling
  • Saturday: 9.5 mile run in one of the last warm days for the year. On average I did an 8 minute mile, including one 7:17 mile for the magic mile.

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Our car was in the shop last week and so I cycled everywhere, but my quads have had time to recover, so we’re friends again now. And I won’d drag them to Metafit until after my half marathons this month.

This week is my taper week I can’t believe my half marathons are here! When I signed up for them, I had planned to do loads more training, and was aiming for a strong PB.

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Then things got in the way a little: good things definitely, but I have only really had about three weeks of solid training, but hopefully I’ll be all right. I did a fast 1.5k finish at the end of my long run on Saturday, and finished feeling good, so fingers crossed! 

Even though I’m not 100% on track, I’m still really excited about the next two weekends. I am really looking forward to Run to the Beat with my sis & bro in law in London, and also to run in the Great North again now I know what to expect.

So at the moment my approach is to chill out and just enjoy the races. And you never know: I might surprise myself.

Ellie B

MetaFit? MegaSweat!

Last night I tried something new. I went to MetaFit.

I am not a ‘class’ kind of girl: I’ve never been into BodyPump or Pilates or YogaLates or StepAerobicsTilYouPassOut. But some girls from SB’s work have been going, and they said it was really hard. The clincher for me: it only lasts 20 minutes, and is 5 minutes from my house.

So I went to my first class last night, and I had that new girl feeling where you’re convinced everyone’s looking at you cos you don’t know anyone. But I sucked it up, and prepared to get my ass kicked.

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20 minutes? It can’t be that bad surely….?

The next 20 minutes were INTENSE! The class was broken down into different rounds, with 4*30 second exercises and 30 secs rest in between. The first three exercises in a round repeated themselves, and the last was always a plank.

The exercises included lunges, squats, sprinting on the spot, and burpees. It sounds ok, but by the final round of each one I was knackered. You know you’re working hard when plank is a break!

During the class I had sweat dripping down my face, which is unusual because I’m not generally a sweatter. SB is: he says that the more you sweat, the fitter you are. Not sure if that’s true, or if he’s trying to convince everyone that sweat is cool. Anyway, today I can really feel my upper legs have taken a beating, so I’m going to go again! Walking upstairs is overrated, right?

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I know, selfies aren’t cool, esp extreme close ups. But now you can see what we’re dealing with.

Coming back from the class, I felt like I’d received enlightenment, so I went online to get even more enlightened. Metafit works on the premise of HIIT: high intensity interval training. The MetaFit website says it’s the ‘metabolic workout that lasts 24 hours’, which comes from the idea that increasing the metabolic resting rate will help you burn more calories.

HIIT is also a great way to make sure you get your exercise in when you’re busy: according to Runner’s World, 15 minutes of HIIT can have the same impact as three hours of long, slow running. HIIT does favour the fast-twitch fibres, but these will support you on longer runs when your legs start to feel the burn.

So that was my first foray into the world of MetaFit! It’s really hot in England at the moment, and there’s loads of classes to choose from. Plus I like any marketing campaign that makes me feel like I’m a marine.

Hope you’re all having a good week!

Ellie B