Hello lovely people. I hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was great. Full of good food (of the cake variety, of course) and some killer workouts.
I went to the gym as usual on Saturday morning to go to the spin class. I’ve been going to spin three times a week now for a few weeks and each session is run by someone different, which is great because it makes it very varied. Sprints and hill climbs are always going to happen but sometimes the sprints are short and sharp, sometimes long and YOU WANT TO CRY, sometimes you do hovers for endless minutes (where you’re hovering just below the saddle keeping your upper body still – a killer for your quads) and sometimes you use weights and hold them above your head of do a little shoulder routine. At least it’s varied, whether or not I enjoy it is another story!
After spin I did an hour long leg and core workout. I found a little corner of the gym and got myself a bunch of bits of pieces.
I really pushed myself and worked hard. I did the following three times:
- Crab walk with resistance band around ankles (10 steps each side x3)
- Plank on bosu ball (the ball side down so it was unbalanced) 1minute
- Squats with resistance band just above knee (helps keep my knees aligned) 25, then 15 pulses
- Russian twists (30 with 8kg weight)
- Wall sits (3-4mins…4 mins is a new PB for me!)
- Side-lying clams (30 per leg)
- Wide squats with 8kg weight (25)
From a different day, this was me about to do the resistant squat
Honestly, after the workout my bum and quads were SO sore. I literally spent the rest of the day hobbling around at home.
Obviously not the best idea the day before my first proper come-back run! What an idiot. I’m not sure how I felt this was a good idea??
I was exhausted for the rest of the day, which was quite nice as we had nothing planned and I felt quite happy to lie on the sofa watching TV with Ben or reading my Runners World magazine.
Sunday morning (drum roll please) I went for my first ‘proper’ run in over 6 weeks. I was allowed to run 3-4miles so obviously I went for 4 😉 I put my Garmin on, did a zillion dynamic stretches and got out there.
How did it go? Absolutely fine. No knee issues or anything. In fact, it felt pretty normal. The only thing that sucked was how flipping hard it was. I got the Garmin HR monitor for Christmas and this was my first time trying it out. My heart rate (and how it actually felt) was telling me I was at a ‘tempo’ sort of speed – a sustained effort but not flat out. But I was between 8-8.30mins/mile. Tempo pace used to be 7.30mins/mile for me.
I clearly have a long way to go! Though I’m secretly hoping it was my super tough leg routine that didn’t help things…though I have to say, it felt more like my breathing was holding me back than my legs. But then I realised – I AM RUNNING WITH NO ISSUES. I had no issues post-run. I ran 4 miles and it felt fine. Who cares about speed? Speed will return. I am just over the moon that things seem to be back to normal. TOUCH WOOD!!!
After the run and shower, my mum popped over for coffee and we had a nice catch up. Her and my dad had been to Chichester the day before and I had made a cheeky request for them to pick Ben and me some cupcakes up from the a lovely bakery called the Swallow Bakery.
I adore their cupcakes. So pretty and SO tasty. I had a red velvet (left) and Ben had a bannoffee (right).
I put mine on my very selfish cake stand – it can only fit one cupcake on it! Hehe. And then promptly ate it obviously 😉
Cupcakes, running, and lovely times with my family and husband. THIS is what weekends are about.
Do you prefer cupcakes or cakes? I prefer cake (you can cut bigger slices)…but you can’t beat a good cupcake now and again.
Have you ever lost your fitness or speed? How hard was it to get it back?
Do you do spin? Is it quite varied in the routine?