The Art of Falling Forwards

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    The Art of Falling Forwards

    So...... last year ended badly. Bad news piled on bad news with a bereavement thrown in for good measure.
    I'm picking myself back up and getting back at it though. There's still plenty of stuff to work through this year before I can say things are back on an even keel, but I'm going to try and use my training as a way of dealing with the bad stuff in life.

    IronBorn Day 1 completed last night.

    Got in a couple of 5k runs in this morning (average pace 8:05 min/mile on the first and 8:50 min/mile on the second), but I really wasn't feeling it. Think I still have some kind of cold and coupled with my lack of exercising (literally like 4 short workouts) now for at least 5 weeks.

    Hopefully I'll get Day 2 of IronBorn done this evening.

    I'm switching to Heart Rate Training for my running this year as I have a few PB's I want to smash this year and last year I plateaued. Which will basically mean slowing down to speed up.

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    The Art of Falling

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      #3
      TenaciousD I hope everything goes much better from now on

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        #4
        TenaciousD Good luck on your new journey buddy! New Year, New You

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          #5
          Finally got IronBorn Day 2 completed.
          Sore from Sundays shenanigans but already feeling stronger.

          Thanks for the words of hope and encouragement EmChey and BlackButler.
          And thinman, if only I could fall down as artistically as that. I don't fall down often, but when I do ........Click image for larger version

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            #6
            IronBorn Day 3 completed. Easy workout. More of a recovery on the fly.
            Tomorrow's workout is all core. My weakest area.
            So I know it's going to hurt.

            It's going to hurt doing it and it's going to hurt the next day too.
            But that's what you get when you don't workout for so long!
            Plan on running tomorrow as well, either to or from work. I'll see how I feel when the alarm goes off in the morning. Really not liking these dark winter morning's. I'm ready for Spring, but there's still a fair few weeks of Winter to crawl through until then.
            I swear I'm solar powered sometimes. It doesn't matter what I do in Winter, my batteries are always only half charged.

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              #7
              Welcome and have fun with your journey!

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                #8
                TenaciousD I'm rooting for you, you will rock that core workout and it will make you stronger

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                  #9
                  I'm finding it difficult to stick to any kind of program at the moment.
                  But I finally got back into my running, although I'm keeping the mileage low and trying to get my pace back.
                  I tried HR Zone training, but the slower I went the higher my heart rate climbed. I was struggling to keep it below 145 bpm at anything over 8:30 min/mile pace. It kept climbing even as I progressively slowed to 10:00 min/mile. I literally couldn't run any slower.
                  Weird.
                  Ditched the HR Zone training and have gone back to just trying to improve pace by running fast over a couple of miles.

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                    #10
                    Getting more consistent with my running frequency.
                    Took all my work shirts etc in at the start of the week so I had one less excuse not to don the running gear in a morning.
                    I managed to run the commute both ways Tues - Thurs inclusive.
                    Don't want to over do it so I'm going to stick with that frequency for now. The route I run is approx 2 miles so I can push hard if I want to.
                    I even managed a long slow run at the weekend. Decided to run an easy pace for exactly an hour and managed 6.6 miles. Hopefully over time this will improve while my RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) remains the same.

                    Here's a link to RPE and what it means for anyone who's interested. I've never used the Borg scale, though I may give it a go just to see if it's any good. I wear a HR monitor when running so it will be easy to check.

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                      #11
                      Well ...... everything has been hit and miss these past couple of months. Starting time consuming home improvement projects hasn't helped either.
                      So I've thrown my hat into the ring for the Hull 10k which is in less than two weeks.
                      That will either motivate me or finish me off completely.
                      I'm well off the pace but we'll have to see what race day brings.

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                        #12
                        TenaciousD Welcome back buddy WOW! Awesome I wish you good luck buddy! Remember high carb (Bread or Pasta) breakfast before, a banana 1 hour before the race and plenty of Water. Also smash through that mind wall you'll be awesome!

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                          #13
                          Cheers BlackButler. I've been in a similar situation before and got within a minute of my PB. However, that time I had no thoughts of getting a PB. I just went out to enjoy my run. Right now I don't even think it's a physical thing stopping me from getting the results I want from my efforts. I believe it's more of a sub-conscious state of mind/spirit(ual) thing that's preventing me from performing physically the way I want ...... I guess the mind wall you refer to. It's just ever present right now.

                          Ran home from work but couldn't hit the pace.
                          Gonna do some weighted squats/deadlifts in a bit.
                          Might even start a program (for the umpteenth time!) Y'never know I may even finish one one day.

                          Edit: Printed off the Brute Leg Day workout poster. I'm going to do it with 7kg dumb bells for extra credit.

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                            Brute Leg Day workout completed with 7.5 kg dumb bells for extra credit.
                            + 2.4 mile run home from work, avg pace 7:52 min/mile,
                            fastest mile 7:43.
                            avg HR 131 bpm (Zone 2.5)

                            Time for a hot shower! Click image for larger version

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                              I made up for not getting a run in by doing Brute Abs workout. My core is pretty feeble so I stuck with a 5 kg dumb bell for all the exercises.
                              Feeling good, no immediate soreness, but think I may have trouble sitting up in the morning as it's a long time since I did a core workout!

                              Hope the pollen counts low....... HopeI don't

                              sneeze ......Click image for larger version

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