2019 - Let's hit those goals!

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    2019 - Let's hit those goals!

    So I think we can all agree that I'm a bit useless on keeping up with these things

    Sadly a lot happened at the end of 2018, the end result of which was that my grandma died a few days after Christmas and I had a massive break from 16th Dec (went to visit her and stayed up for a few weeks) to 13th Jan (drove back down after the funeral). There was a cold and a stomach bug chucked in somewhere inbetween those dates as well. So now I need to get back my mojo!

    On a positive note: Going for my 2nd Dan in kickboxing, starts 3rd March with the physical, signed up for my first Spartan in May with my eye on a trifecta, hit and passed my 50th parkrun and am aiming to go to as many as possible no matter what (only Saturday exceptions are if I have a different event on), and I have now volunteered at 30+ junior parkrun events.

    So what am I doing to help me achieve those goals? Well my kitchen is my heart so that has been reorganised & sorted! All my food is homemade and I can't remember the last time I bought a takeaway or a microwave meal. I have tupperware boxers almost falling out of cupboards as I use so many in my batch cooking (last night I made a chicken curry with ingredients that were all fresh except for the spices!). I know what I'll be having for breakfast, lunch (homemade soup & homemade bread), and dinner.

    Exercise wise I'm still doing my 3 days with running and 2 days kickboxing. I've also been doing 50 Burpees every morning since 14th Jan and have a little yoga workout as well before bed. The 2 days when I run in the evening I've started adding in a short Kettlebell workout in the morning after burpees and before getting ready for work. Fridays are my rest days and Sundays are my 'spare' days. I have friends who run coaching sessions that can be trail/ocr orientated that hold them on Sunday mornings. So if it's one I want to do I will book it

    Self wise - I have my other hobbies and I also have weekly reiki sessio0ns held by a friend who wants to use me as a guinea pig to get back in to practising on clients. I get the session for free and get a good natter out of it, she gets homemade biscuits or loaf of bread for the family


    #2
    Lyra_H_W Welcome Back! I am sorry sorry to hear that, my deepest sympathy! Looks like you have a lot going on this year awesome! If the Spartan is your first OCR I might recommend this to help you on what to prepare for Good luck for this yeah I'm rooting for you

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      #3
      Originally posted by BlackButler View Post
      Lyra_H_W Welcome Back! I am sorry sorry to hear that, my deepest sympathy! Looks like you have a lot going on this year awesome! If the Spartan is your first OCR I might recommend this to help you on what to prepare for Good luck for this yeah I'm rooting for you
      Thanks BlackButler - there is a bit happening but I'm confident going for it all
      Spartan is definitely not my first OCR, it's just going to be my first time doing a Spartan. I've been taking part in OCRs for at least the last 3 years (exact start year unknown), many of them were small local(-ish) ones and only a few of the big names done. Nice read of that thread you linked anyway

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        #4
        Awesome I wish you good luck on the Spartan its awesome Did you do the Survival in Betteshanger by any chance?

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          #5
          Originally posted by BlackButler View Post
          Did you do the Survival in Betteshanger by any chance?
          Unfortunately that clashed with my volunteering at the Spartan Beast in Windsor, and will clash this year with me running the Beast in Windsor. Gosh that was a terrible Saturday to be running any OCR! I think my next local one (not counting Spartan St Clere) is The Elements in June - 3 laps this year

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            #6
            Wow, sounds like you have pretty much everything covered. Good on you, tough lady : )

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              #7
              Originally posted by alleycat View Post
              Wow, sounds like you have pretty much everything covered. Good on you, tough lady : )
              Thank you, am keeping my fingers crossed it sticks to plan, although knowing life it's not that likely Just put my head down and keep going on

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                #8
                Check in today:
                50 burpees, 2 miles walked (to work).
                3 miles will be walked (2 to give blood, 1 to get home from there) then - as the blood suckers tell me no strenuous activity - will be off to reiki in the evening and ending the day by 'gently' going through the boxing drills and having a gentle yoga session before bed... so those vampires can't tell me off

                Next week I shall be removing my kettlebell morning session and replacing with Iron Born in the mornings after bashing out my burpees. Will be using 2x 8kg kettlebells for the moment (shh, those things are expensive to buy in pairs!)

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                  #9
                  Blood came out my arm quite eagerly yesterday, took it easy and worked through my boxing drills a few times before Yoga and bed.

                  30 Burpees this morning due to sore arm (I swear that nurse just liked stabbing me!) and this evening will be run club Thankfully back to kickboxing tomorrow night, and I can't wait - didn't like missing it yesterday!

                  ETA: DD with EC done this morning

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                    #10
                    Welcome Back Lyra_H_W . Deepest sympathies for your loss.

                    Those are some great goals for the year ahead and I also like the sound of homemade bread!

                    Hope your arm recovers swiftly.

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                      #11
                      Last night I led one of the slower paced groups as we had a higher number of faster LiRFs. Had a quick 3km run down there with a friend who always has a tendency to push me. Then it was a very gentle 4.5km run with a focus on finding a pace where they don't feel the need to keep stopping & starting and adjusting it for one of the disliked hills on our route Yoga for Runners once home then chamomile to try to get me to sleep quicker.

                      50 Burpees this morning, Daily Dare done with Extra Credit (2 mins is just right time for brewing my tea). Kickboxing this evening, and am arranging runs with friends for this weekend so all is good

                      crossthebreeze - Thank you.
                      I like the smell of homemade bread, which is what swings it for me The arm recovered well and just has a lovely bruise showing where the attack happened

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                        #12
                        Lyra_H_W I really should go donate blood again. Haven't done it since I had a serious scare the next day of a donation; my heart raced extremely rapidly after just walking up some steps I couldn't get it back down for a few minutes

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by BlackButler View Post
                          Lyra_H_W I really should go donate blood again. Haven't done it since I had a serious scare the next day of a donation; my heart raced extremely rapidly after just walking up some steps I couldn't get it back down for a few minutes
                          That sounds rather worrying Shouldn't affect you like that I'm sure!
                          I think the only time I had trouble was when I went to run club the next day in middle of summer and it'd been decided to change it to an interval session - that was only time I felt faint/affected exercising more than 8 hours after donating.

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                            #14
                            It's so cooooold! Ugh, so hard to get up and out of bed in the morning when there's ice on your bedroom window. One day I'll move somewhere that actually has central heating

                            Anyway: Had a great kickboxing session last night with all my friends. Knocked out 50 burpees this morning to warm up. I am now at work wrapped up in my dry robe whilst the radiators kick in. Thank goodness for tea.

                            Looking forward to next Monday when I start a program Am almost midway through the process to get my 2nd Dan, have the OCR season starting up in May and have some other aspirations that require a bit of levelling up

                            ETA: Daily Dare done with EC.

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                              #15
                              I'm starting to get far too competitive with this Battleground now - over 3000 punches this morning and I've worked out how I can fit in min. 1000 with every cup of tea or coffee.... my arms hate me

                              But for CAKE!

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