Working out on Holiday?

Young woman weight training

As I write this post,  I’m packed and ready to go on a trip …… 24 hours in new york, then a  two weeks tour through Peru/Bolivia. To say I’m excited is an understatement, I’ve been wanting to do this holiday for years, and can’t believe it is now happening for me. Trekking to see Machu Picchu is going to be a highlight, as well as seeing the real amazon rainforest.

 

So whilst, I’ll be having a fab time, what will happen to my workout regime? I’m hoping for an active holiday, with the Inca trail setting the tone, I’m happy with ny fitness levels for tackling it, let’s just hope I don’t get the dreaded altitude sickness.

 

Running has become an addiction, and I love running to sight-see, so I’ve packed running shoes and an outfit (and my trusty Garmin). Hoping to do a central park run on Sunday morning, which has always been on my to -do list. As any more opportunities come up, I’ll pop into my running gear and get a few miles in when I can.

 

On the strength training front, I’ve just finished (this morning) stage one of NROLFW, which suggests a break after stage 1. So I’m comfortable not doing too much, might try and fit in a few push up/sit ups/boat positions of an evening to keep the muscles going.

 

What do you guys do on holiday? Work out or take a rest?

 

First Half Marathon … aimed for 2hr30 ……and achieved..

HM RunKeeper 12OCT2014

Drum roll please….2 hours and 9 minutes  – to say I’m chuffed would be an understatement.

Everything went like clockwork, easy day on Saturday, lots of carbs and resting. Had an early start and a large bowl of porridge, then a second breakfast at Pret with a chocolate croissant and more coffee.

I loved all the crowds of runners converging on Hyde Park for the race, was less keen on the massive queues for baggage and porta-loos.

Many moons ago when signing up for the race, I’d estimated my time at over 2hr30 (as I had no idea how long it’s take me), which left me in the slow starting group. What I soon learned is men overestimate, women underestimate.

When we finally started (40 mins after the first group), I was very glad I brought my disposable top, as I ran the first 2 miles in it. The pace started really fast at just over 9 min/mile, I kept trying to slow down but realised I was keeping up with the pace and not suffering…..I did slow down slightly, and enjoyed the run.

Hyde Park, Green Park, St James Park, Kensington Gardens, House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Embankment, The Mall, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square then more Hyde Park in autumn colours. And not to mention the weather – a bit peaky, but miraculously dry.

The run went really well, and was so enjoyable and felt really easy – I thought I was pushing the pace, but as my body didn’t agree I just kept it up, as was secretly smug that all the training had paid off. Managed a sprint for the last 400m to ensure I got my time under 2hr10min, then was surprised at how well I felt (there were some sorry stories at the finish line).

Afterwards went for a well deserved pizza lunch, then went to see the 100 leading ladies exhibition (100 influential ladies over 50). The photos were inspiring, and a good insight to how they see themselves (and want to be seen).  *Shh* I was embarrassed to say I hardly knew any of them, what a bad feminist I am. Resolved to read an article on each of them and spread the word.

In summary, a great first race, think I might get addicted now. Now for marathon training for Edinburgh 2015.

October 2014…..the beginning of a fitness obsession?

On the eve of my half marathon, I’m feeling healthy and confident, are really loving the change in me from 6 months ago.

In April I was over 11 stones, bursting out of my size 12 clothes and generally a little bit unhealthy. After watching the marathon, I really wanted to try running – after all if all those people can run, why can’t I?

The next day I made the necessary purchases, and a few days later tried my first run. When I say run, I was very enthusiastic, however sadly lacking in both aerobic fitness and general skill.

Working through the pain, I’ve more learned to love running, and really enjoy my time outside – working my body and freeing my mind.

Yoga has been my antidote to the running damage. After must sessions I do a 45 min yoga regime, which really stretches out those muscles and works on my balance and core strength.

I’ve always done some light strength training, and have started lifting heavy now with NROLFW.

Six months later, the bug has caught and I’m planning on keeping up the fitness and making it a regular part of my routine. I’m now addicted.

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