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Trail Running and a Yoga Date

 

Last week was one of the most stressful weeks I’ve ever experienced. I had some major deadlines to meet on top of everything else, which meant too many all-nighters, one of which happened to be on Valentine’s Day! So instead of going out, I stayed up until almost 6am doing work, but it was all made better with some pink champagne to celebrate V-Day ;)

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Coffee was my absolute LIFESAVER last week. I might as well have had a coffee IV with the amounts I was getting through! When I stayed up at night to work, I had a kettle and a jar of instant coffee next to my laptop so I was on a caffeine buzz all night long! :P

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Since Friday though, life has been back to normal! I had a quiet night in on Friday night and caught up on my sleep, and then celebrated the end of a stressful week with friends on Saturday and Sunday night, which was so fun!

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There have been lots of fun training sessions in the past week in the freezing cold! Does anyone else get headaches after running in sub-zero temperatures? It feels like my brain has frozen and is slowly (and painfully!) thawing. Still, running in the cold > running in heat any day!!

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Every Monday we have a team conditioning session after a run, which always kicks my butt! We start off with hurdle drills (leg swings over hurdles, jumping from standing start over hurdles, etc.), which are great for mobility and increasing muscular power and explosiveness. I suck at hurdle drills (reason #1000 why I am not a hurdler!!) but I am improving each week :) I find this the hardest- you never realise how high they are until you have to try this:

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After hurdles, we do planks, then go into the circuit, which is different each week. We do our circuit workouts progressively, so we increase the intensity and time for each exercise over four weeks, then cut back for a week before increasing again. This week was a cutback week, so the circuit was shorter than usual:

 

Hurdle drills and planks, then 3×40 seconds of the following, with 1 minute between each circuit:

- lunge jumps
- push ups
- T-leg raises
- mountain climbers/sprint thrusts
- alternate leg V Sits
- burpees

 

The last couple of days there has been SUNSHINE here for what must be the first time all year! It has made for some beautiful trail runs:) This is one of my favourite spots, and I often sit here at the end of my run and just watch the river.

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As with every trail run, I was pretty muddy by the time I had finished! I lost track of the time when running and realised as soon as I finished my run that I was seriously late for an appointment at the hairdressers, so I had to go straight to the salon, muddy legs and all! Thankfully I’m good friends with my hairdresser so she just laughed as I turned up all windswept and traipsed mud all through her salon! :P

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Last night I went on a yoga date with my bestie! Gabby and I went to a BodyBalance class (a mix of yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi), and it was not only her first time doing yoga/pilates, but it was also her first EVER group exercise class! She loved it so we’re going to make it a weekly date :)

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loving that sweaty post-exercise glow ;)

I hadn’t been to a BodyBalance class in a while, and I had forgotten how much I loved them! I had conveniently forgotten how beyond awful I am at balancing….! I also didn’t appreciate the abs track after Monday’s conditioning session. Breathing hurts today.

 

After the class Gabby came back to mine and we chilled on the couch, ate Chinese food, and watched The Vow. Saddest movie ever.

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And this evening we watched Dear John, which is another sobfest. I can’t take all these emotional movies!! Channing Tatum makes it all better though ;)

 

What was the last movie you saw? Before these two movies, it was Les Miserables, which was AMAZING. But also a tearjerker. I need to watch a comedy ASAP…

 

Do you take yoga/pilates/BodyBalance classes? What is your favourite group exercise class? I used to go weekly to BodyBalance or yoga, but I fell out of the habit a few months ago. I’m looking forward to getting back into it! :) I also want to get back to spinning, because I loved that!! I only stopped because the instructor I liked was on leave, but now he’s back, so I can’t wait to get my butt kicked again!!

 

Do you have a favourite running route? What is it like? My favourite is on a trail that I have to drive to get to, but I have some nice ones nearby too that I enjoy running on. I also have a favourite hilly 7 mile route on the roads that I love!

 

Have a great day friends! <3

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16 Responses to Trail Running and a Yoga Date

  1. I love love love Balance, fav moves are standing splits, crow and dancer’s pose – i hate frog pose and bow pose.

    have You should tried the other Les Mills classes? Body Combat is great fun, and Body Attack and Step are massive cardio kicks. And if you think you’re core hurts now – try CX Worx if you can – 30 pure core work out – really tough!

    Can you tell i’m a Les Mills fan? ;)

  2. I totally agree that running in the cold beats the heat any day! it’s so refreshing, especially once you’ve worked up a sweat :)
    ahhh I have to join a running club, seriously, they look like so much fun and you get to run all the time! #lifecomplete looks like you meet some awesome friends too :)

    I’m like you and really want to get back into yoga! now that I’m injured and won’t be running for about 8 weeks; it’s a fantastic chance to do just that :)

    x
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    • Oh running clubs are the absolute best, I could go on about them forever!! My run friends are the best and sometimes there’s even CAKE afterwards aaaah!! :D

      I’m so sorry you can’t run for another 8 weeks! When I was injured I made it my aim to try out as many new classes as possible, and through that I discovered stuff that I really loved and still do, like spin and yoga! I even got fairly good at yoga…but now I’ve fallen out of practise and have reverted to my previous unbendy self ;) <3

  3. Exercising is always more motivating with friends :) and the last movie I saw was… Casino Royal!!! But more recently I watched a bunch of tv shows I love girls on hbo and suits!
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  4. Running in the cold is way better than in the heat- I tend to get a headache after running in the heat but I think that is because I don’t replace enough electrolytes (even though I try!).
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  5. Hurdle drills sounds pretty cool; I’ve fancied trying out parkour once I shift the beer belly so this might be a good way to start :)

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  6. oh that yoga date sounds perfect, but so does the champagne and the workout. Hope you get some down time this week friend!

  7. The last film I saw was Beauty & The Beast, the 1946 black&white version. I’m getting interested in old films, there’s just something special about them!

    I LOVE yoga! I try to practice it everyday, usually on my own, although I’ve missed participating in classes, so I might try some again soon.

    There is a trail near Finsbury Park (forget what it’s called) and it’s absolutely beautiful. Still recovering from an injury at the moment but I miss running! :(
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    • Haha I didn’t even know that a non-Disney Beauty and the Beast film existed!! :P It sounds amazing though, and I really love old films too!! Black and white films are my faves!

      I love yoga classes so much, although practising on my own is good too! I use online classes for that :)

      Aww I hope you recover from your injury soon! I’ve had my fair share of injuries in the past, so I know how frustrating they are and I can totally relate! <3

  8. Omg I would totally fail at those hurdle drills! I give you credit for being able to do them at all…I would have trouble even attempting! Its funny that you pick cold weather running over warm weather…I am the exact opposite! I’d rather run in 100 degree weather as opposed to 10! If its really cold outside I find it SO hard to get motivated to start!
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    • haha TRUST me I seriously struggled with them at first…my friends even have video evidence of it! :P urgh I remember running in the heat in Hawaii, and I would come back from my runs literally dripping in sweat, it was gross! but yeah I agree it’s defo harder to motivate yourself to run when it’s freezing outside!!

  9. I just watched silver linings playbook and really enjoyed it! I haven’t been to a yoga class in ages, need to start going again.
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  10. AH. I want a London Starbucks coffee mug. We should do a trade, I’ll send you a US one and you send an English one. (Just a random thought…). Anywho wow an all nighter on Valantines Day. You are my serious hero!
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