Roscha M.

Roscha M.

Kenzai Reach | Day 10 (Member)
Kenzai Reach
Day 10
Program progress:
Finally ready to Reach

Hi Everyone. Hi Ward. Apologies for my tardiness. I’ve been busy moving family home for the summer to Ireland via Barcelona from Abu Dhabi. And we are finally settled.
Although I haven’t blogged I have been doing all exercises/ stretches for the past 5 days and loving it. I have also been keeping my running up as I finished Kenzai run a few weeks back and am determined not to loose what I gained. Running isn’t my thing so I had to work hard.
I had originally wanted to do chisel or sculpt but I have recently had surgery to remove a ganglion on my wrist which had been bothering me for the last 3 years and am now unfortunately left quite weak and restricted as a result. Chaturanga is a no go for me for now. Hopefully in another few weeks all that will be resolved.
Things happen for a reason and here I am now doing Reach. And very happy to do so. Looking forward to exploring our untapped potential with you all!!

So Happy .....

Matt!!..... I did it !! I’ve actually completed my first 10k EVER !!!I can’t quite believe it. I am absolutely thrilled. Honestly i know it’s not a marathon but this for me is huge. I have had such a mental block against running for so long but this program has more than fixed that. Thank you so much Matt for always being there and on the blogs. Your encouragement and sound advice has been so on point and I am truly grateful.

The run itself was surprisingly fine. For some strange reason once I hit the 3k mark I had this realization that I all would be ok and I would complete the 10k. That said a heart rate of 183(!!!!) may make you think otherwise 😂😂😂. But in my defense I did sprint to finish!!

Wishing all my team mates the very best with their final run and look forward to meeting up with you on future programs.

The 9k Run

I decided to get up early and do the run first thing so as not to have it looming all day. Before I was actually fully awake I was on the treadmill, pace set at 10 and to help with the monotony i varied the incline. This worked a treat and successfully distracted me from the task at hand. I found it very challenging but I achieved my goal of coming in just under the 54 minute mark. Unfortunately I've no pic as whatever way I slammed the stop button it cancelled my run summary. Ill know better for next time.

Thinking I may need a new pair of trainers for the 10k as by 7k today my feet felt sore and hot! Any brand suggestions?

Hope everyone was happy with their run today.

A reprieve from the heat

We just spent an incredible few days in the Omani mountains. The difference in temperature between there and Anu Dhabi is quite remarkable so John and I decided to take our run outdoors. Excited to be outside I had not anticipated the effect the altitude would have on my breathing !!!! Man .... did I struggle!! I guess the hills didn’t help either. But we got through it.

For cross training yesterday we did some rock climbing. Again completely out of my comfort zone but thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Now just need to decide what I’m going to listen to for the 9km tomorrow.....!!!!

Bitter Sweet

8km done and dusted. If I’m honest I’m a little disappointed with my time. I would like to have come in under 48 mins but from the get go I was intimidated by the distance. I kept thinking take it easy, hold back and was slightly fearful I wouldn’t “keep going”. It’s all just one big mind game really.

That all said I couldn’t be happier with the fact that I just ran for shy of 50 mins and completed 8km. I love working out and do some form of exercise 6 days a week but running/ jogging was never for me. Had I actually realised that Kenzai Run would eventually culminate in a 10km run I would absolutely, most definitely never have signed up. I’m very happy I did.


Should our recovery run at effort 4-6 be at the same speed as our regular running effort 4-6???...... if you know what I mean?

Step by Step

Only now that I’ve managed to find a comfortable running pace have I been able to start focusing on my breathing, gait, placement of foot etc. Who knew it was all so complicated??

I’m trying to focus now on relaxing my hands/ arms and shoulders and to keep them going in a forward to back motion and not crossing them in front of my body.


Tonight I ran my first ever 7km. I was aiming to do it in 42 mins and am so delighted to have come in under that. What a sense of achievement. Half way through I really had to focus my mind and keep all the negative chatter at bay ( I will have to research my pod casts a little better!!) but come the last Kilometer I felt strong and was surprised to find I had more left in the tank.

I hope everyone is doing great and getting through the runs.


Sooo happy with my run last night and the progress I feel I’m making. Because of rising temps here in Abu Dhabi I have had to take my running indoors on a treadmill which I do find physically easier but mentally more challenging. That said I have discovered that listening to pod casts cuts the negative mental dialogue making it easier to run. It almost feels like cheating in a way!

I’ve completed my exercises every day but I must admit my diet could be better. Not eating red meat or chicken I find it difficult to meet my daily protein requirements. Any suggestions??

Trundling Along

I am not sure what small part of me equated free run with 'fun run'. The run was neither freeing or fun. Nevertheless, I did it!

I know already that this running journey will be as much of a mental challenge as it will be physical. I have been delighted to discover a pace that I'm "comfortable" with and realise now that in previous attempts to start running I tried to run too fast too soon.

For now Im keeping it slow and steady while focusing on breathing deeper. I just wish i didn't feel so heavy on my feet!!

Hope you are all happy with your progress.


Hello everyone,

My name is Roscha, I'm Irish living in Abu Dhabi for over 10 years now. I have three kids 14, 12 and 7. My husband John is also doing this programme but on a different team. I completed Kenzai Body 1 over two years ago and was most pleased with my results.

I work out 5 to 6 days a weeks with everything from spinning, weights, yoga and circuits.

With summer fast approaching I felt I needed a programme which included a cleaner diet. I am also surrounded by friends in Abu Dhabi on various Kenzai programmes and was suffering from FOMO. Running is my weakest exercise so I am tackling it head on here.

I look forward to training with you all.

All the best


The End is Nigh.........

I am now back in Ireland with the kids after a very busy and stressful 3 days. There was so much to do and to organise that i unfortunately let things slip and missed 3 workouts and didn't eat as strict a diet as I would do normally. But back on track to a T today. Im not going to beat myself up over it though. Ive worked really hard and Im going to give these last 3 days my ALL. I skipped outside today in the cold fresh air and it was just awesome. So nice. Its so good to be home. Im loving the new workout set up and wish it had come sooner. I will be happy to reach day 90 because to be honest I would have found it next to impossible to hold out any longer with christmas around the corner. At least I will be able to eat guilt free and enjoy it. I will however really miss the daily exercise. Im already beginning to wonder what I should sign up for next....... Any suggestions???

v sits

One thing is for sure.......... My V- Sits are not looking like "perfect hinges"!!! LOL They need a lot more work!

Still very much here!

I'm still here. I'm still on diet and I'm still pumping out the sets.(just not blogging about it.... sorry matt) I can't believe we have only 10 days to go!!! I'm finding doing the sets to failure incredibly challenging. Both physically and mentally. The conversations I have to have with myself in order to reach failure are hilarious especially when Im trying to trick my mind into doing more reps. I can't say Im enjoying it but I definitely see the benefits. Im feeling really strong with my push ups but the v sits still kill me. No indulgence 3rd indulgence for me Im afraid as the f1 weekend was more than enough!
We are heading back to Ireland for Christmas on the 18th. It will be so nice to see family and friends but I know Im going to have to keep my head down and focus so I can finish strong. We are so very nearly there!!!


I took two days out last week as the Formula 1 came to town. Its a huge weekend here in Abu Dhabi and it was always the plan to Party. The exercise I was able to get back into straight away but what really surprised me was how many cravings Ive had all week and for stuff I don't even normally eat!. Im nervous about the next few weeks especially with the build up to christmas and all that that entails. I would be really disappointed with myself if at this late stage, having worked so hard, I let things slip and didn't finish as strong as I had hoped.

That all said Im really happy with my skipping. Who would have thought a few weeks ago we would be up to 3 x 6min sets??? As for the band work.... I just grit my teeth, close my eyes, breathe and count my way through it.