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SWEATING IT OUT
This month I’ve been trying something new. Instead of running quite so much, I’ve shifted my focus to doing more bodyweight workouts – namely the Kayla Itsines 12 week bikini body challenge. Yeah, I hate the programme name too, but despite that, the workouts are NO JOKE.
I’ve just finished week 3, and I’m already noticing a difference in my arms, legs and core. My muscles absolutely quiver after each workout, I’m left a sweaty mess, and the DOMS that follow are off the richter!
If you want an idea of what the workouts consist of, you can see what I did when I did them in the park recently. I’ve also done them in the gym, and in my lounge at home (with only some slight modifications – but I do have handweights and a medicine ball at home).
My pals at Gym Talk recently sent me one of their workout tanks to try out. With the store being aimed at bodybuilders, I wasn’t too sure whether their style would suit mine, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the “Eat Clean, Train Dirty” tank, but in the end went for the lovely black and pink “Strong is the new Skinny” tank. I like my workout tops to be loose fitting, and the size L was a perfect fit.
While I don’t really care for being skinny (yay for boobs! yay for butts! yay for strong thighs!) I do like the idea of being strong. Last Friday, when I was feeling a little less than stellar due to a niggly cold, I slipped on the tank and headed off to my early morning yoga class, determined to be strong like my tank said. And you know what? it worked!
With less than 6 months until our Epic Adventure, I’m starting to think about kit. There’s a lot to consider – everything from what type of sleeping bag we take, through to deciding on the one nailpolish I want to wear for 6 months straight, as well as size and weight of items. One thing I had on my list was a really good rucksack – some days we might be hiking up a mountain, others exploring a city on foot – so it needed to be comfortable, durable and lightweight.
Berghaus recently sent me their Remote 30l Rucksack to test out, and I have been enjoying carrying my work and gym gears around in it. It’s got a padded back and straps which means it’s really comfortable to wear (and they are vented to help avoid that awful back-sweat that you sometimes get!), and the height adjustable chest strap means I can get it sitting on my body in the correct place. It’s definitely big enough that I could use it for overnight trips, and with plenty of pockets, zips, and attachments – there is a place for everything and anything you might want to carry. What’s more, it’s got a hole at the back so if you carry a hydration bladder, you can run the hose out of the backpack no problem – something that will be perfect for day hikes.
Overall I think it’s a little big for me and I should probably opt for a slightly smaller 20l rucksack though. I think I would be worried that more space = more ability to carry crap = heavy and annoying…but I happen to know a rather large male who it would be perfect for (male carrying my crap = even better!).
You can check out the Berghaus range of rucksacks here: http://www.berghaus.com/
My current favourite tee for chilling out, maxin, relaxin (anyone else get 18 out of 18?) has been my new SUNDRiED “RUN” tee! I love the bright colours, and the tee is super soft and comfy. The brand itself was founded on the beach in Peru and with a range of t-shirts, hoodies and sunglasses you can really feel its laid back surfer dude attitude across their range: http://www.sundried.com
I think over marathon training season I might be making use of the sports massage quite regularly…
Speaking of marathons, my hopes are slightly dashed at the moment as I received a rejection from London Marathon. Boo. I’m trying not to get too down about it – I’m hoping a marathon place might magically appear for me (and in the meantime I am entering every competition possible!), but also I need to look at the positives. No 20miler on my wedding day, hurrah!!
If I can’t run it, I can cheer it though – so who else managed to get a place?!
What’s on your Run Down right now?