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I really do hate running . . . . . .

Hi Folks,
 
My apologies for my delay in getting this next instalment to you.  I do appreciate busy lifestyles take us away from work, health and fitness goals, our healthy eating, regular exercise habits.  I do not allow myself the excuses, yes it is difficult but you have to keep making that choice to stick wih your goals: day-in & day-out!
 
In the time out I have been busy with my own challenges folks, I have not been hiding away :)  As if you would think that I would!
 
End of the 5 x 50 Sport Relief Challenge:  In my own insanity and excitement I decided it would be fantastic to set myself a crazy little fitness challenge.  I am not sure where this came from but I decided on the spot when I became the Ambassador for Dundee that I would complete 1 mile of burpees, 1 mile of squat jumps, initially finishing with 1 mile of caterpillar walks.  Any thoughts? 
The day arrived on the 28th October, we completed our final 5 km walk round Clatto, Dundee and then headed to the Morgan Rugby Club pitches, the selected location for the challenge.
 
I have to admit I started with a bit of nervousness, however the support given by my clients was outstanding froms tart to finish.  I fully believe without the support the challenge would have been 50% harder!  The need for support in what we do can not be understated.  Having someone to tell you to keep going, supporting you by joining in and doing something they would never dream of doing previously to support you or simply being there and offering you suggetsions or food!
 
The first part of the challenge, burpees oooffft!  The first 15 minutes of this challenge I have to say were the hardest, it took a while for my body to get into the zone.  The downhill sections were intense and tough on the core, tucking the knees underneath, keeping your hips in line and staying strong.  Initially it felt like good progress but we then realised how long 1 mile was. 
 
I decided the best way to keep going was just to focus on what I was doing and keeping digging away.  Trying not to look too far ahead, the journey can seem too far but if you focus on the short term it makes it far more achieveable.
 
The next stage was the squat jumps, well done to Graeme and Karen for doing the full amount with me, tremendous effort!  Very difficult but again, getting in to the rhythm was key, keeping the momentum and speaking to each other. lots of words of motivation.
The final stage was mean to be a full 1 mile of caterpillar walks however it became very cold and dark, which we hadnt accounted for and decided to do 0.5 miles of caterpillar walks and 0.5 miles of continuous walking lunges.  Surprisngly the caterpllar walks were not the hardest part of this challenge as we had expected.  
 
Unfortunately, I did in fact injure/ overwork my core.  Very important to support your midsection and to allow you to perform activities safely.  I decided to miss the Glen Clova half marathon to allow my body to recover for the Spartan Beast.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A group of us headed down to London to take part in the Spartan Beast at Brands Hatch.  We were looking for a huge challenege to push ourselves and dig deep.  The novelty of running round the track at Brands Hatch was great, however it was a bit on the long side. Then we headed off the track but still took some time to reach the first obstacle, lots of running through undergrowth that challenged your balance and foot placement.  Highlighted the importance of not looking at your feet when running but constantly scanning just ahead of yourself.
 
Extremely happy to manage the monkey bars, despite the fact I had to jump up to reach them haha, gutted that I did not manage to climb all the rope climbs.  I couldnt do the first one - the cleanest one on the course but managed all the others.  The final sections of the course were good, a few good different obstacles.  But I do ask for the bar to be raised for next year as I contemplate taking on the Trifecta!
 
Airport Tasting Session
Airport Tasting Session
Very relaxed start to the weekend :)
Essential preparation for the race
Essential preparation for the race
Haaaw!
Haaaw!
We were lent a pen by some fellow spartans in the car queue. They also let us jump the queue but only after telling us they would be drowning us! ARRROOOO!
Race line pose :)
Race line pose :)
The Team!
The Team!
Just of Brands Hatch Track
Just of Brands Hatch Track
The Wall
Great obstacle if you are looking for a wee feel or a proper handful ;)
The Wall
Offfft - Not comfortable!
Offfft - Not comfortable!
Mon then Arrroooo!
Mon then  Arrroooo!
What is YOUR profession??
What is YOUR profession??
Celebration Time!
Celebration Time!
(These of course are my personal opinions)
 
I have set my goals for the end of this year - do to injury I think it is more realistic to build my running distance bck up to the marathon distance of 26.2 miles for the New Year before aiming to complete my first ultra marathon next year!
 
 
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