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  • TopNotch
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    Gosh, thanks Montserrat Whirly Anek PetiteSheWolf (I'd never have got onto ZR if you hadn't mentioned it a couple of years ago!) Zenchan (I think it is important to exercise as many parts of ourselves as we can) Lady Celerity mavie Aku-chan

    Day 861

    ​​​​​​​​ Better Arms Day 26
    ​​​​​​​ Splits app. Day 26 Intermediate.

    Taekwondo training.Running to warm up, some relays, a couple of laps of lunges, then that 30-on-30-off thing with pre-squats, switches, "spider-pigs", flutter kicks, and push-ups. Stretching against the wall. The GM complimented me on my side stretch. It baffles me how I can be almost 180° when against the wall, but I'm nowhere near that on the floor! More partner drillwork. I generally partner with a woman who is about half-a-head shorter than I am. I have long legs and kick high. We were doing alternate leg turning kick to paddles, and first a trainee coach came over and showed her how to hold the paddles for me, then the GM came over, told her that I was a good kicker but she was a bad holder (good-naturedly, let me add!) and he held for me. And I did some good kicks to the paddle. He was pleased that I wasn't "too poomsae" with my kicks. In poomsae, you see, things are way more exact. In sparring, there is no focus on complete foot rotation (it slows things down), and the kick has to go all the way through, whereas in poomsae, you have to have that rotation, and the kick stops. The GM told me to think of them as two separate martial arts! The way my brain works, I have to see things and consider and work them through, so when I'm watching a demonstration of a kick, I'm focussed on the footwork above all else (or should that be below!), and I notice that the sparrers never do a complete rotation, and I've seen how it speeds things up, which you'd need when sparring. A poomsae person can beat a sparrer hollow when it comes to performing a pattern or demonstrating a perfect kick, but a sparrer will beat a poomsae person all hollow when it comes to speed and power. Indeed - two separate martial arts! After the turning kicks, we did cut kick then back leg turning kick, and my partner and I was absolutely hopeless when it came to working out where we were supposed to be moving the paddles to! Bit of hilarity there. We did better on the next drill, which was back side kick. We both have really improved on these. One of the coaches observed that when my left foot is the turning foot, I spin neatly on it, but when it's my right foot, I step out and that's a bit ugly and I'm less balanced. That's my bad/weak/wobbly ankle, and I didn't realise I did that. I see the podiatrist again tomorrow; see what he says.

    Today should have been a running day but I had to go out so didn't have a chance. Perhaps this is when I stop with the ZR5k training, and on Saturday start instead with some interval training.

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  • Aku-chan
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    Looks great, good job!

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  • mavie
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    Your Runner 5 is awesome, really. Very well crafted! I love the details of the backpack and the axe, of course.

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  • Lady Celerity
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    My goodness!! You are very talented!!

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  • Zenchan
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    That's awesome! Really impressive! (The martial arts practice too, but the doll much more).

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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Runner 5 crochet-style is super! You got good crochet skills!

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  • Anek
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    That's so cool! Well done!

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  • Whirly
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    I love it - great job!

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  • Montserrat
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    Love it!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 860

    ​​​​​​​​ Better Arms Day 25
    ​​​​​​​ Splits app. Day 25 Intermediate.

    Poomsae training. Apparently there had been training last week but nobody told me, so I missed going through patterns 7 and 8. Oh, darn it... Today there were only four of us and the coach. A cosy intimate little group. We were up to Koryo. The coach said that we'd worked this a lot last term during Mastery so he reckoned it wouldn't take us more than 20 minutes to go through it today. Ended up taking the whole class because he really went into fine detail. It was brilliant! Rather than tell us that we should be in an L-stance, or how to do sonnal maki - because we all know those things - the coach taught us the proper preps, and the exact position to be in to generate the right torque, and even when to move our eyes (it might seem strange, but where the eyes look is enormously important. After all, when you think about it, it's always good to keep your eyes on your opponent, wherever they may be. But you never, ever look down!). We'd do a station and then drill it five times or so before moving on to the next station. Finally we split in twos and did the pattern for our partner who commented and criticised, and then we retaliated - I mean, likewise commented. Finally it was up against the wall for kicking practise. Side kick, 10 each side x 2, then we had a breather, then did 3 es s-l-o-w-l-y. Five count straightening the leg to a side kick, and another five bringing it back in. Three was plenty!! Then another 10 es normal speed. It was so good to get back to poomsae. I have missed it, and in normal class it's all just been sparring, sparring, sparring!

    So here, finally, is that little project I've been working on for the last few days. I enjoy Zombies, Run! and I am (we all are) that silent protaganist, Runner 5. A few days ago, while I was stretching, I was listening to the Zombies, Stretch! episode, and Jody was helping Ed knit a hat for his little daughter, and I thought, hey, there's an idea. Only, I'm rubbish at knitting, but I can crochet. So...
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    Even got a bit adventurous with the formatting! So there's the doll; then there's the completed Runner 5 wearing the backpack; kitted up and ready to go; with backpack, one of the items that Runner 5 always collected (a bottle of water) and the axe which is Runner 5's weapon. My eldest daughter decided the pony tail, but I separated the strands to make it look fuller. I even put velcro on the backpack so that it could be used. The Lad wanted me to put on a face, but Runner 5 is everyone and anyone. True, this one has brown hair and a pony tail (so not anyone in this household!) but I thought a face would ruin it. My daughter vetoed a visor, though... But I'm very fond of that axe! Now I've got someone to keep me company when I'm on that treadmill. I was wondering what I would do next when my mum responded to the picture I sent her, asking if I could make her one!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 859

    ​​​​​​​​ Better Arms Day 24
    ​​​​​​​ Splits app. Day 24 Intermediate.

    Taekwondo training. Some running and a few relays. Five exercises - jumping jacks, pre-squats, switches, "spider-pigs" and push-ups - 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest. Partner stretching again. Then we faced our partners and did 20 instep kicks, then 20 more, then another 10, and 10 more for good luck. Then we did some punches, sternum and face, which was good because we haven't done any punching for a while. Next was a punching/blocking drill. Partners in horse stance, facing the same way. One person punched out to the side toward other person who did an inner block. First person then turned 180° in horse stance, moving forward, and punched with other hand, while other person rotated backward and blocked. I found this quite easy because that sort of rotating is something we drill in poomsae, but my partner found it easier to go forward than backward, which is natural enough. Now more kicking drills: Grabbed a pad and held it around knee height (I kept creeping upward which annoyed my partner!) for partner to kick alternate leg in a kind of skipping motion. Several laps of that, each person. Next drill was turning kick, then put the kicking foot down in front but at the same time bring the back leg in front of it, so essentially you've taken a step forward but can kick with the same leg again. A bit of co-ordination involved here, but I did it quite well - even when the GM was watching! Finished with more cut kick drills, both moving forward and moving backward in counter-attack.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 858

    ​​​​​​​​ Better Arms Day 23
    ​​​​​​​ Splits app. Day 23 Intermediate. Today I wondered if I should be doing different stretches, considering I tend to do this programme after running, so I checked out another app for a post-running stretch but it had the same stretches as this one, only fewer because there wasn't an emphasis on achieving the splits, and it was because of that much shorter, so I'll stick with what I'm doing.
    ZR5k training. Wk5, workout 5. Today's run was much better than Saturday's. Maybe it was because I hadn't slogged up a mountain the day before so my legs weren't as tired; or perhaps it was because I had got myself better prepared and had something to watch. So while I was doing my running training, I was also going through Clifton Gorge which was very pleasant. I had to find a video that was the right length and this one was a mere 10 seconds longer than my training - excellent!

    I have been thinking about this 5k training. I've run my 5k (got the badge to prove it!) and I don't really need to do it again, but I do want to continue running and improve my speed and endurance. So, to that end, I think I'll stop before I get to the 5k, and move to interval training. On the ZR suite, there are three runs already set up and, as I have a subscription, I can add my own but I don't think I'll need to. The interval training is walking, jogging and running, and are generally about 25 minutes long. That's long enough to build my running endurance, I reckon, given that I'm not aiming for long distances. Not sure when I'll stop the 5k training. Perhaps I'll go all the way through but not stress about getting the 5k at the end. And I've got a list of mountains to climb (please, don't break into song here, no matter how much you want to!) around here. I've printed off a list and I want to check them off. This should be a good time of year for doing that.

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Autumn is also my favorite time of year! And 'roos! nice.

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  • Anek
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    I love autumn too, my favorite season! Lovely pics!

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  • DorothyMH
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    I love autumn!! 🥰. I love Roos!! 😍. It’s so cool you get to trip over them and get fantastic pictures!!

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