Dare I say it…….
I feel like I am turning a corner when it comes to exercising. I am enjoying it, sort of, I still have moments when I hate it with a passion: normally at the start of a long run. However, on the whole I am enjoying it. I don’t see it is a chore anymore. I am wondering if the part change in attitude is thanks to Sam from Mouse, Moo & Me Too who told me to check out the toxic 10 theory. It has been a revelation. Basically, it is a process that everyone goes through when it comes to their exercise. When you start exercising your body needs more oxygen, but your body doesn’t have that supply yet as you have only just started warming up. So your body isn’t getting enough oxygen at this point as your brain tries to compensate by telling you to breathe heavier. You will be aware of this and the fact that your heart is pumping harder. It is during those toxic ten minutes that I battle with myself to keep going. I start fantasising about sitting on the sofa, a massive bowl of popcorn in hand, binge watching Netflix.
However, you need to keep battling through the toxic 10 because once you are out of the other side you will find that it gets better. Your breathing will slow into a rhythm and your accumulated lactic acid will be cleared. Even athletes suffer from toxic 10. Once Sam had enlightened me with this theory my whole attitude towards exercise changed. I now accept that the first 10 minutes will be hard and that I just need to get through it.
I still have no idea if I am fuelling myself correctly and I have decided that I need to try and get more organised with my food. Basically, I am spending most of the day craving sugar. Believe it or not I am not a massive sugar junky so I am not sure why I am having these cravings. I have decided that meal planning and making sure that I have healthy snacks on hand is the way forward. This week I am going to try and be more organised and I will be planning all of my meals in advance.
RIP Gary growth
Huzzah! Good news, Gary growth was harmless. Indeed he was a cutaneous horn (*shudders*). I just hope he stays locked up in that lab and doesn’t try to find my foot again. Running without Gary on my foot has been amazing.Who knew that you could run without a sharp, jabby pain in your foot! Amazing.
Other exercises – ‘Revenge Body’
On the days when I am not running I am supposed to do some other form of exercise. This is when I have been rowing. However, I really dislike rowing! I don’t have the power in my legs and I find that I get distracted easily and keep stopping. I am wondering if it is time to mix it up! The other week I read a really interesting article in Women’s Health magazine where the journalist did Khloe Kardashian’s ‘Revenge Body’ workout. Now I have always wanted to live the life of a Kardashian, just to see the bling and what Kanye West is really like behind closed doors. I am never going to get the bling on my fingers or Kanye on my arm so I am going to have to settle for working out like a Kardashian.
This week on my non-run days I will be attempting the following from the ‘Revenge Body’ workout
25 jumping jacks
26 split jacks
15-20 bent-over raises
30-60 seconds jogging in place
8-12 step lateral walk in each direction
8-10 close-grip push ups
8-10 regular grip push ups
8 Bulgarian split squats
10-15 bicep curls
I feel a little sick just looking at the above and I am going to have to research what several of the above even mean.I mean what is a Bulgarian split squat? That sounds torture and after two c-sections there is no way that I am capable of doing the splits. Anyway come back next week to find out how I got on and if the above made me puke! The article also talks about what Khloe eats: lots of fatty fish, sweet potatoes, brown or white rice, potatoes etc. The big NO is no bread and no bagels. Argh! I love both of these but I am going to try and cut them out of my diet to see what effect they have.
Week 6 of the Moonwalk marathon training plan
Sunday: Relax and stretch
Monday: 30 mins rowing
Tuesday: 4 Miles – increase exertion
Wednesday: 5km rowing
Thursday: 6 miles – intervals
Friday – Relax and Stretch
Saturday: 12 miles – distance and speed.
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Thank you xxx
If you are training for the Moonwalk marathon then I would love to hear how you are getting on.