Normally in this post I would share a vlog about how my Moonwalk marathon training went. I have filmed most of the footage and it is just waiting for me to edit it. However, I have decided that for this week it needs to wait. The reason for this?
I am trapped in Groundhog Day.
We have all been hit with illness – AGAIN! As is the norm, the kids emerge from the germ ridden docile state just as Mr C and I come down with it. As parents we are not allowed to get ill, we have to carry on! It is painful. They sense your weakness and general carnage breaks out. They rampage round the house like a pair of elephants hell-bent on destruction, every drawer (drawers that I spent all of last week giving the Kondo treatment) have been emptied and there is a constant high-pitch whining noise which is them demanding sweets. I have given up and I am now parenting from the bed, throwing the occasional sweet in their direction to buy a blissful ten minutes of peace. Therefore, I will be writing this post from my bed and that is why there is no vlog – yet!
How week 3 went
The hardest week so far. Trying to juggle it between ill children, feeling ill myself and general life admin but hey that is life. I never said that it was going to be easy. It has been one of those weeks where I have questioned my sanity. It has been one of those weeks when it would have been easy to stop. However, it has also been a week where I have noticed real differences. I am now able to run for longer. I am toning up.
I no longer have to lie down to zip up jeans!
Small wins but I will take them all the same. The tiredness has been real and I haven’t been very good getting an early night. As a result I struggled to get up and get going. However, when I did exercise I would find that I felt more energised. It would just take me a while to get going.
Three songs that have helped me with my training this week
This week I have realised the importance of a good running track and how a good song can drive us forward when we want to stop. Here are my 3 top songs for this week.
JAY- Z – 99 Problems
Yes, there is swearing and I really don’t like the fact he refers to his girlfriend as a b!tch, as he likes to tell us he has 99 problems but his b!tch ain’t one of them. I should by right hate this sexist song but it has such an infectious beat that I have to overlook the overt masculinity and the derogatory terms. I’m a bad feminist; I should be condoning this song, and I do condone it, just not when I am running. When I am running I LOVE this song because it makes me angry, Jay-Z makes me want to run faster. I definitely need to work on running quietly as the postman might have caught me singing and running with a swagger as I sang “I got 99 problems but my b&tch ain’t one of them. Hit me”.
I am ashamed. I need to find a new song.
Be warned – do not play this song if there are little ears around
After Jay-Z I have to knock it down a notch. I find that I need to retreat to somewhere warm and fluffy…
NEIL DIAMOND – Sweet Caroline
Ahhhh, it takes me back to my childhood. More specifically it takes me back to the A12. We used to listen to this on the many trips we would make up and down the A12 to visit my grandparents. If we were in my Mum’s car, the Skoda, we would have to turn the radio up really loud otherwise it would be drowned out by the engine noise and the ominous rattling that seemed to be coming from the wheel arches. When we later took that car to a garage we were told that we were lucky to be alive, apparently the engine was close to blowing-up. In this song Neil Diamond is singing about his lovely wife and he does this without calling his wife a you know what.
BLUR – Song 2
I HAD to have this song as Blur are my favourite band of all time! Damon Albarn graced my walls as a teenager and if Mr C let me they would probably still grace my walls now. I’m not sure what he is on about in this song but apparently he needs his head checked and there is something in there about a jumbo jet too. Rumour has it that Blur were making fun of grunge music which was big in America when this song was released. It ended up being Blur’s biggest hit in America. Either way it will make you go woo-hoo with your running speed.
My week in numbers
2 x poorly children
2 x poorly parents
7 x healthy dinners
1 x protein shake (it was nice!)
1 x Gary growth still living on my foot
1x early morning run
1 x row
3 x civilised runs
0 x glasses of wine drank.
14 x litres of water drank
Week 3 Moonwalk marathon training plan
Sunday – 5 miles walk/ran
Monday – Relax and stretch. 15 mins
Tuesday – 4 miles running
Wednesday – Rowing. 30 mins
Thursday – 4 miles running
Friday – Relax and stretch. 15 mins.
Saturday – 6 miles at a steady pace.
Total miles – 19
Are you training for the Moonwalk marathon? I would love to hear how you are getting on.