RED January Day 22 – My happy run

I really didn’t feel like it this morning. I had a day off, and lots of jobs to catch up on before going to a meeting this afternoon. And it was cold outside. The weather forecast had hinted at sleet. And I wanted to be lazy. I reluctantly put on running clothes, and took theContinue reading “RED January Day 22 – My happy run”

RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals

A bit of yoga to stretch out yesterday’s aches, and then time for a run. I was due a 3K run on the training plan that I’m following, so I thought intervals would be good for today. I’ve been using one of the Couch to 5K+ podcasts – Speed – for interval training. I’ve usedContinue reading “RED January Day 20 – not quite intervals”

RED January Day 16 – Pilates

With January the time for resolutions, shops are bursting with fitness clothing and equipment. On a recent trip to the supermarket to buy groceries I was tempted by leggings, a yoga block and a set of resistance bands. Today I decided to try out my shiny new resistance bands. I had no idea what toContinue reading “RED January Day 16 – Pilates”

RED January mid-point

I’ve heard that this is the point at which people begin to run out of motivation. I can relate to that. Yesterday, with a streaming cold, the last thing I felt like doing was exercising. When I got home, I wanted to put my feet up with a hot chocolate and a great big slabContinue reading “RED January mid-point”

RED January Day 12 – Emotional

Parkrun today. I set myself the challenge of running/jogging the full 5K – no walking allowed. I felt well prepared. I’d already had three good runs this week. I’d rested my running legs on the previous day, opting for water pilates and a swim for day 11. I managed to arrive at Minehead parkrun justContinue reading “RED January Day 12 – Emotional”

RED January Day 10 – feeling proud

I’ve had two barriers, two things blocking me in my running: I’ve not been able to run for more than 30 minutes I couldn’t run a full 5K without having a little walk On my frustrating drive home from work, I contemplated what I would do for RED January today. I decided to break oneContinue reading “RED January Day 10 – feeling proud”

RED January day 9 – treadmill interval run, and running from dinosaurs

I had a fun morning at work, being chased around the nursery garden by dinosaurs and dragons. Eventually, they caught me. The game warmed me up nicely, and I thought I might be cheeky and count it as my RED January activity today (and when I checked later in the day – my Fitbit hadContinue reading “RED January day 9 – treadmill interval run, and running from dinosaurs”

RED January day 8

I was really fortunate today. I didn’t need to start work until 11am, so I had plenty of time for a run before work. I followed my usual 3 mile route. My usual run is slightly hilly and, for the most part, follows country lanes. It begins with a bit of a hill, with aContinue reading “RED January day 8”

RED January Day 7 – Yoga

A day spent working with two year olds ought to be active enough. I certainly feel like I’ve had a full and active day. Chasing around the garden, picking children up, carrying children, sitting on chairs designed for two year olds, being sat on like a chair for two year olds, and sitting on theContinue reading “RED January Day 7 – Yoga”

RED January Day 4 – Water Pilates

The last weekday of holiday before returning to work next week. I made the most of my time by joining a Water Pilates class at my local leisure centre. The focus of Water Pilates is to build core strength. The instructor introduces very controlled movements, which are repeated while focusing on breathing, and engaging theContinue reading “RED January Day 4 – Water Pilates”