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  • TopNotch
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    Day 678

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 14 Ironheart
    C25k New week; new workout. This week it's 1.5min running followed by 2min walking. For a total of 20 minutes. Now, no matter how I cut this, I couldn't get it below 21 minutes! And with my 5 minutes of warm-up walking, that made the whole thing 26 minutes. I always find the first run the hardest, even after the warm-up, and the hamstring hurt, but not so much for the other runs. I ran all 6 sets at 5.5m/8.8k. I simply couldn't do more. I think I was a little worried. Oh, I don't think there was anything actually to worry about but sometimes the mind plays tricks on us. You see, at Thursday training, we were informed that one of our group had had a heart attack (he's fine now), and he talked about his symptoms (no sudden stabbing pain or hurting arm, or suchlike), and now that's all my mind is thinking about - is my tiredness just because I'm actually tired, having done tiring things, or...? Are my aches and pains just because I've been training, or...? Now, I have absolutely no reason to think there's any other cause, but then, neither did he. So right now, the old hippocampus is worrying me. I'm sure I'll get over this but right now it's fresh in my head, and I just couldn't push myself much. Still, 5.5m/8.8k isn't bad - it's better than I did a few weeks ago, and on par for my current runs.
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 22. 23 minutes.
    Exercise bike. 17mins/8.4k (pace: 2'02") The third of the five lost episodes.

    Strange thing - when I started running today, the hamstring immediately set up a complaint. Why? I thought this thing was getting better. It should do after all this time! I can't think of anything I've done that would make it stroppy. I may have overdone things a bit on Thursday but that was Thursday! Sure, my legs were sore on Friday (probably from the squats!) but not the hammy. Yesterday everything seemed quite fine. So what gives? I'm getting really tired of this.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been having trouble with the smilies. They are here one moment and the next, disappeared. Most mysterious...

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 677

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 13 Ironheart
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 21. 22 minutes.
    Exercise bike. 16.5min/8.21k (pace: 2'01") Another short one today. There are five lost missions and they're all quite short. Just enough to have a bit of a sweat coming.

    The forecast had again been for a wet weekend, and it was grey out so I scotched the idea of a walk. As it turned out, I could have gone for a bit of a blow because it didn't rain, but by the time the sky had definitely decided, it was a bit late for it. 🙄

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 676

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 12 Ironheart
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 20.

    As it was a "reset" day today, I decided really to reset. Or rather, remove the second 'e' from the word! I thought of popping on the bike for a nice little cycle and doing another mission, but instead, as I had to do a lot of walking around (as opposed to going for a walk), I turned on The Walk and did episodes 3 and 4. Yes, getting interesting. Mind you, there are 51 episodes and I think you have to walk for about an hour per episode, so that should keep me going for a while. You have to do that one as a real walk because it works on both movement and time, and if you stop for a bit (like a couple of cups of tea), it stops and starts again once you start moving again. Quite clever, really.

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  • Nevetharine
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    I know its years ago already and I just caught up but I love the cat picture 😁 well done on getting back into training!

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  • Anek
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  • TopNotch
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    Day 675

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 11 Ironheart
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 19. 24 minutes.
    C25k Started off same as before, at 5.5m/8.8k for the first four set of running. I had decided that I would repeat what I had done on Wednesday and crank up the speed for the last set, but then thought that I might as well try for another set, just to see if I could. And I decided that just before the fifth set, so that was run at 6m/9.6k. Of course, I could do the next ones at the lower speed and increase it again for the last set, right? Well, let's just try that sixth set at 6m, too, hey? I can slow down for the seventh and then have a big finish. Nope, I ran all four sets at the higher speed. Fortunately, it was only a minute at a time!
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    Exercise bike. 16min/7.79k (pace: 2'04") S1, The Brunswick Incident S1 - Hands. There are five "lost" season one episodes, but they are side missions (hence the second S). They have just been restored and can be done at any time because they're not integral to the story. They are, however, only about 12-13 minutes long. If you make the episodes longer, you just get to listen to more of your music. I didn't feel up to a longer cycle today, so just set it at 15 minutes but there's often a bit of movement with the time, and I gained a whole minute today! Totally exhausted me, that extra minute.

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  • TopNotch
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    TheGrayLynx It's all about feinting. If someone thinks you are about to make a particular move, they get ready to block and counter that one, so you change it to a different one and (theoretically) you've won your point. I kind of like axe kick but I think it's a bit of a dangerous kick given how totally committed you are to it - there's no stopping or changing once it's up and on the way down. On the other hand, though, should it connect, it's a pretty good kick!

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  • Anek
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    Glad the restart went well!

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    ugh... hook and back kicks... just kidding, i just personally am very allergic to them XD axe kicks i can understand and see the use of but oof why the overcomplexity, a good elbow or knee will do the trick but on a serious note so happy for you to get back to the club, awesome to hear you had a good class

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  • TopNotch
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    Originally posted by CaptainCanuck View Post
    Nice to hear that your squats are good ... it is snowball season soon.

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Nice to hear that your squats are good ... it is snowball season soon.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 674

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 10 Ironheart
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 18. 22 minutes.

    And a return to training tonight! I didn't do much today because, after not having had training since mid-August, I knew it was going to be tough to get back into it. I was right! The GM told everyone who hadn't done much to take it easy, at their own pace. He asked after my hamstring, which is much improved but still a little bothersome. It was quite a small turnout, even for this centre, which is the smallest. We had only 6 adults, and about a dozen teens. We started with a few gentle laps of running, then a bit faster. We did a lap of lunges, and then 3 or 4 sets of 10 push-ups. (The break between sets was as long as it took to stand up, walk a couple of paces, and get back down on the floor.) Yikes! Flutter-kicks, scissors, leg raises and crunches to blitz the abs. Heel raises to stretch the calves. Then we did squats. I was surprised with my squats. My knees were feeling pretty good and I squatted right down to my heels and back up for the two sets of 20. Did some stretching and holds against the wall. Finally, with our legs all nice and limber, we kicked. First up, instep kick, 10 es. Then another 5 es if we were up to it. My partner and I were. Turning kick, 10 es. Not up to the extra 5 there! Phew! Down kick next. I found that my right leg simply wasn't up to that sort of thing. It had been fine for the instep, but the down was a bit much. Axe kick followed and I didn't even try with the right leg now, but my left leg was so flexible that my thigh hit my chest as my leg kicked up, and I was pleased with that. I need way more power and that comes from strength, but apparently it is easier to add strength to flexibility than flexibility to strength, so I guess I'm a little ahead. We did hook kick, which is a kick that has always confused me and I'm rubbish at it, but not quite so bad as the final kick we did - back swing kick. I can do it but only slowly. If I go fast, I lose my balance and I have to work out why. So, the sweat ran even though it wasn't so hard a class as it usually is. It's good to be back!

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  • ryś
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    Ugh, been there.. I feel sorry for you.

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  • Anek
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    Adorable kitty! I hope it makes up for at least a bit of the pain

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    Hmm, I wonder how many calories you burn doing makeshift dental surgery with a skate?

    Hopefully you can get it fixed soon.

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