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Rain, raving and racing!

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… “Run, eat, rave, repeat” …

Monday

So staying over at Lissy’s meant I had the pleasure of doing my circuits over looking the beautiful canals around Wapping so it all started well – 3 rounds of full body circuits.   This, if you read my previous work outs, is usually followed by a run however, if you can remember the weather on Bank Holiday it was awful and I mean AWFUL!   But because Lissy and I are crazy and had originally planned to be in Shoreditch for around 3pm we decided to brave it, Lissy on the bike (so she could enjoy shouting abuse at me to run harder) and me, well I was the idiot in shorts and my Games Maker jacket.  This run was hilarious, we got absolutely soaked, couldn’t hear each other to talk to as I had my hood up and Lissy had her helmet on, and by the time we got to Shoreditch we were so unbelievably drench thanks to a car purposefully driving quickly through a puddle we just went home.  Still we got a run in ;D

Tuesday

A killer 6.5mile run with the crew!  I actually think this was one of the most epic runs yet!  Led by the machine that is Chris we straight away hit an awesome pace tearing our way through the streets of London headed for Trafalgar Square.  Once at Trafalgar Square we of course stopped for a few photos and met up with the rest of the crew.  From there we headed down to the river and then RAN … and ran and ran all the way until the path stopped and it was time to head back North towards 1948.  It was a long, hard slog but the sense of  achievement at the end of it was IMMENSE.  I know I say this every week but I LOVE Tuesdays!

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Wednesday

Morning Gloryville RAVE!!!

Bouncing about for 2 and half hours definitely counts as a work out!!!  Kicking off a 06:30 in the morning Lissy, Steph and I made our way across to East London to be welcomed into a space full of leotards, glitter and killer leggings!!! With live DJs at the decks playing some killer tunes we bounced, giggled and sung along from 06:30am – 08:45am having the time of our lives … and then quietly made our way to work.

LITERALLY THE BEST WAY TO START YOUR DAY!

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Thursday 

Bring on those 10 x 1 repeats and of course the double helping of granola!!!!  This week a bizarre thing happened … I started my sprints and don”t get me wrong they were hard, but not as hard as last week.  In fact I managed to go further in each minute!  Keeping in mind consistency rather than killing my legs (and myself) and well it worked!  I hit my targets every single lap, even managed to go a few strides further on my last couple of sets … I think this is what you call “winning” at sprint sets.  As you can imagine my celebratory portion of granola was pretty EPIC!

Friday

Oh hello rest day … all the protein and GBBO …

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Saturday & Sunday 

A casual 30 mile run, in a team, during the afternoon, just after midnight, in the dark hours and in a glorious, sunny morning!  I got scrambled …to be continued… #spitfirescramble

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New routes, oats and CARNIVAL vibes!

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So it’s been another week of training this time with a few familiar faces!

 

Monday

3 rounds of full body circuits followed by a lovely 30 minute RUNcommute to work … looking oh so cool in my commuter gear

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PS notice I was still wearing shorts at this point!   Summer had not completely finished!

Tuesday

All about the cross training ready for sprints (and of course celebratory granola) the next morning.  So it was 20 minutes on the x trainer and 15 minutes on the bike.  Both at a steady pace .

Wednesday

Morning – Second attempt at pretending that I can maintain a fast pace doing 10 x 1 minute repeats.  Started with a 10 minute super slow jog to warm up and then got to it.  The first four went really well, fast (or at least fast for me) and I managed to get further in the minute than last week but then 5 hit … from the 5th repeat my legs were getting tired so I think it’s fair to say that I need to work on consistency!

Evening – An absolutely gorgeous Yin Yoga session with Cal  from Yoga In The Big Smoke over in Fulham Broadway with a few familiar faces …

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I really enjoy Yin Yoga because, like many runners I know, I get impatient holding stretches for too long so probably don’t do each one for long enough.  Yin yoga makes you hold every position for at least 2 minutes a go so no escaping!!!  Ouch ;D!

Thursday 

Due to the location of Yin the incredible hostess that is Steph very kindly offered me a bed for the night and even better she offered to do my morning workout with me!  So after a late night of chatter our alarm sounded at 06:30 and together we got through 3 rounds of my full body circuits and then she took me on a tour of her local 5km route.  It was so so lovely to be running with Steph and in totally new surroundings.  Exploring, running and chat is just a perfect way to start a morning… oh and then throw in a packed, homemade breakfast and well honestly there is NOTHING better!

NUTELLA CINNAMON BUN with my name on!

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Friday

Oh hello rest day … and cocktails with these beauties …

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Saturday

After learning some serious lessons last week with my first attempt at 6x1km repeats I got my game face on, starting with breakfast!  I had very kindly been given oats by The Chia Co in a goody bag and well we all know oats make a good pre run breakfast so …

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All you need to do is empty the sachet, add water and stick it in the microwave for a minute or two and BOOM!  Super quick, super easy, yummy pre-run fuelling DONE!

So after a very slow warm up to Highbury Fields (VERY SLOW) I got myself ready focusing on the fact that yes each 1km needed to be an effort but they also needed to be consistent.  I had a time in mind, based on my average last week, and so set off trying to keep a relatively steady pace.  My first loop I came in 10 seconds slower than the time I had in mind so on the second I picked up a little and then the following 4 laps I managed within 4/5 seconds of each other!  I was absolutely exhausted and my legs hated me but at the same time I felt so so much better than last week and was a little smug about not completely collapsing by the 6th lap!!!!!

Sunday

Another opportunity to run in new territory!  I am very lucky to have amazing friends who will put me up for the night and then come running in the morning!  Lissy and I had an AWESOME 50 minute run in the sunshine around the canals onto Mile End.  50 minutes of slow and steady running followed by an epic breakfast of granola and french toast.

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Oh and then we hit Notting Hill Carnvial for hours and hours of bouncing with friends!

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Tom Daley and Us!

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So when Charlie text me asking whether I wanted to go diving tomorrow my first thought was “hold on I have plans tomorrow, I am sure I have plans!”  I did, dinner with Charlie!  You have to love that my friends have very interesting views on what “catching up” means ;D!

We had been invited by Spogo, a company created to help people find sports and fitness activities in their local area, to take part in a beginner diving lesson with the Tom Daley Diving Academy.  It’s also worth mentioning that Spogo offer a buddy programme to help connect people with others who are also looking to get involved in various sports, that’s if you don’t have crazy friends like mine who will try anything!

So arriving at the London Aquatics Centre I have to be honest I was a little nervous…

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that’s quite high!

However, luckily our coach Jodie took us straight to the gym for our “dry practice”.  Jodie explained that divers spend more time in the gym than in the pool, working on form and technique.  The gym contained lots of exciting looking equipment including two diving boards, a GIANT pit of foam, a sprung floor, trampolines and a harness to practice flips!  We started with just jumping straight into the foam.

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It’s worth mentioning here that the pit is extremely difficult to get out of and oh, if know you are going into the dry gym first take bottoms to wear over your swimming costume … it will save a bit of dignity ;D!  Enough said!

Following this we started working on various jumps and the technique needed to perform them properly.  For instance when performing a straight jump your hands should be together, arms above your head pressing on your ears and you should look forward jumping UP not out!  Something that takes a little getting used to if you are like me and you are afraid that when you jump you are going to hit the board!!!

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After this it was to the trampolines where the professionals practice flips, somersaults and well other professional things … us we just got used to bouncing and holding our core!

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After this, which I should say is pretty tiring after a while, we headed to the pool ready to show off our not planned, but planned really, swim suits ;D!

Luckily we started entering the water at the pool’s edge, offering the opportunity to practice holding our form whilst entering the water.

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After a number of straight jumps, tuck jumps and full dives it was time to go up to the boards, something I was still very nervous about!  Throughout Jodie was extremely encouraging offering little pointers to help make the dives feel more comfortable, particularly as holding your body straight when entering the water is a lot easier said than done!

So first to the 1m …

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And you know it wasn’t too bad at all, both of us came away smiling.  But the 3m …

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Well I feel this photo says it all!  When you compare the 3m board the others it doesn’t look too high but I promise you when you get up there it’s HIGH!  Or at least to a non diver it’s HIGH!  However …

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Owned!  Charlie just went straight for it so I had to!  I think I have a little work to do on my form. I thought my legs were relatively strong with all the running but it’s amazing how the slightest movement can effect how you land in the water.  I found that my legs would come forward ever so slightly so I never entered the water in a straight line!

We did have a look at the 10m board but there was no way any of us where going to attempt jumping off … even looking over the edge was terrifying!  It definitely gave me a new found respect for divers, “nerves of steel” come to mind!  But the views are pretty awesome!

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We finished our lesson with a couple of simple jumps together, a must since we had our Sweaty Betty diving team swimming costumes on ;D!

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Overall the lesson was brilliant, considering I was extremely nervous entering the centre Jodie made me feel at ease and continually offered help, advice and plenty of encouragement!  I would love the opportunity to do this again as I definitely feel I have a lot to learn plus the setting is pretty awesome!  The Tom Daley Diving Academy offers weekly classes for a range of different abilities as well as full courses and it is definitely something I would recommend!

Thanks Spogo and thanks Tom, obviously the message at the top of the post was meant for us … right?

Circuits, running, diving and cinnamon rolls …

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So it’s been another week of training with a few random elements thrown in for good measure of course ;D!

Monday

Had the pleasure of working from home so kicked the day off with 3 rounds of full body circuits, did some work, went for a steady 30 minute run in the sunshine, came back and did more work, went to a casting and then came home to build my new bed with an extremely handy friend.  You know, just another normal day ;D!

Tuesday

20 minutes on the x trainer and 15 minutes on the bike.  Both at a steady pace ready for tomorrow!  (No RunDem run as had an event in the evening)

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Wednesday

My first real attempt of channeling Bolt in a run.  I think he still might beat me.  So Wednesday was all about 10 x 1 minute repeats, but not only did they need to be at full effort they also needed to be consistent.  So using a quiet path which I found whilst doing my warm up I used a tree as my starting point and ran at full effort for a minute which roughly took me to a bin at the end of the path.  With 1 minute recovery in between I then ran back at full pace in attempt to get back to my starting point!  By the end of it I definitely felt like the bin and the tree had grown legs and were moving about to tease me … either that or I was just getting tired ;D!

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My Run Rabbit tee definitely got it right!

In the evening, well it was just another normal evening catching up with Charlie … a normal evening where you get a personal diving lesson with the Tom Daley Diving Academy!  Spogo kindly invited us down to the London Aquatics Centre and well we couldn’t say no!  More details will be up on the blog in a couple of days but for now here’s a couple of pictures ;D!

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Practice makes perfect right ;D
In reality … a bit more scary!

Thursday

Three rounds of full body circuits and a gorgeous 30 minute RUNcommute to work!  I forgot how convenient it can  be to run to work, easily the most efficient way to get to the office!

Friday

Oh hello rest day!  I generally find rest days quite tricky as I am not very good at sitting still but this rest day was seriously appreciated … my legs are definitely feeling the speed work so instead I had an early night and cooked some of my favourite things 🙂

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corn and tofu!

Saturday

Disgusting 1km repeats.  And when I say disgusting I mean disgusting!  Who knew that Highbury Fields had a few sneaky inclines!  And where on earth did that wind come from?!  So once again speed and consistency were key for this so after an extremely slow, almost horizontal, run to Highbury Fields (about 1.4 miles) I set off on my first of six 1km laps around Highbury Fields.  My first three laps were relatively similar, my fourth was WAYYYY OUT and then I brought the fifth and sixth back to a similar time to my third lap.  This was hard, really hard, particularly as my double helping of granola before this apparently wasn’t the best fuelling!  Lots of lessons learnt on this run, no granola before speed work and definitely need to slow it down on my first lap to keep the consistency up!

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Angry runner face!

Sunday

So after missing out on Stephanie Muzzal’s infamous homemade cinnamon buns on Saturday due to over fuelling and late running I knew I would somehow have to get across London to get my hands on one!  I had a 45 minute run on the plan and it had to be super slow (holding back on my “super slow” runs is something that I am struggling with at the moment but I know they will help when it comes to speed work so I am just gritting my teeth and getting on with it) so figured why not jog on down to Waterloo Station and jump on a train to meet her after her incredible 20 mile run?!  So that is exactly what I did!  Apart from having to remind myself to go slow this run was lovely, I knew the route so could hide my phone away and instead I just enjoyed the sights and sounds whilst running down through central London.  It has to be said that the amount of “walk of shames” I past was INCREDIBLE and extremely entertaining!  Once I got to Putney the moment came … those cinnamon buns are like no other!  Yes Steph it was hugely impressive that you ran 20 miles today but personally nothing tops how incredible your baking is.  Cinnamon buns like no other!!!

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