Honest assessment- my Beach Blast is not going to be perfect, certainly not till end of week 2. However, I am trying my best to not let move related sorting and decluttering, farewells in Hong Kong and travel not to derail me completely. I would say I am 75% on top of it. My abs still hurt when I cough and/ or laugh.... but other aches and pains have eased up as I am getting used to the intensity.
The reason I joined at this time and I think it’s working is .... instead of being at 25%, BB is helping me stay at a sustained higher level while I still have my super efficient support system of HK.
Have woken up with a stiff body after Day 1 exercises. They were like jumping in the deep end already! I could barely do Timed East West Push-up Squat Jumps, others were okay. Getting ready for today’s workout- a couple of exercises look mean ie they mean business!! 😅
Back into running GRADUATION POST
Wooow... I wanted the push to get back into running (since SF Half in 2017) after almost 2 years of piriformis pain and lack of motivation. Can I say drinking from the hose (to borrow Ward's expression) is the way to do it? At least for me..:) Inspite of the crazy humidity here in HK and in Mumbai by August when I move- I think I am back into running. Running truly makes me feel so much better than any other exercise.
Loved that the program consisted of 2 small groups and literally every person in the program was into it, doing their own thing and yet supporting each other. For some the pace of the program easier than others- but it didn't matter. I can only appreciate the patience and compassion for fellow runners. It felt like a real community- thank you all and thank you Ward!
Will finish up a couple of weeks behind and post it up once I do.
Scraped my knee when I lost my balance getting back on a sidewalk, trying to avoid a cleaner with a big broom. I couldn’t finish my 12km run.
I fell off the program last week after the 8km run. I think I was tired. I made up my tempo run on Sat. I started fine on Sunday but after the fall, I couldn’t shake off the tiredness, which is odd for me. I started wondering if program ramps up too quickly for me. I am already dreading the thought of running 18km. I think I’ll redo 12-15km again.
Omg! I need one of those finisher Tshirts... Not sure why I found this run so hard and why I was slower than I have ever been before. Anyway, looking onwards... just happy to have gotten back into running again after a year.
I couldn’t catch up last week’s missed runs and workouts. This week, have my head down and getting through all of them. Went biking for cross training. Interval training today was tough. After the 4th round of 800m, those last 10min were very long.
... and low grade temp!! 😳😱 Have lost the offending lunch, thanks to blasting home remedies at it. Feel better than I did a couple of hours ago. May need to skip a couple of workouts :(
It was a tough run. My period cramps (that have shown up again after 25+years) have been hitting high notes since yesterday. Today thats my excuse for being slowest. However, I am happy that I got through the run. Perhaps I should have rested it out; but figured I’d rather finish up instead of the long run hanging over my head a day longer.
Interesting enough to take a few more classes. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow morning...;)
All caught up with workouts now. But I have already started feeling the effects of strength training after a long time. My abs are going to hurt tomorrow- argh!
12km run done! Although, I am a bit unhappy about being a day late. Yesterday, few of us got together to celebrate an Indian festival called Holi... I just couldn’t find the time to do a long run on Sunday. I am wondering how I can make up the day? The idea of doing strength training after a run is painful. I will do the Tuesday run late in the day to give myself some recovery time.
A couple of observations during the run specially the uphill part. My form deteriorated going up a long 1km 10% slope and the twinge in my piriformis returned. I made up time and recovered form coming downhill but completely lost my momentum after hitting the flat ground again.
I live in Hong Kong but in the process of planning a move to Mumbai in July. For the last month, have been planning a girl's cycling trip in May to Provence instead of focusing on kids' schools and next career moves. So much easier to deal with 7 schedules, than dealing with existential questions and writing academic papers.
The upcoming trip has energised me and got me back on the road after a long break. Motivation (read mood swings) and ramp up within a tight 6 week schedule are my top concerns. Injury for some reason has slipped to number 3- probably its the Reach program. Looks like I don't jam up if I stretch long enough specially after my runs.
Looking forward to training with you all. Lets do it!
Feeling good! GRADUATION POST
Armed with forgotten and new skills- I feel ready for getting back into running again! I am sorry I wasn’t a good blogger and didn’t comment on too many blogs either but plodded on in the back. I did miss a few days here and there but in general am quite happy with my progress. I am more stiff than I have ever been so what I really need is to incorporate Reach into my daily routine. I really felt the benefit this time compared to last time and I have a feeling, I will be back sooner or later for more!😄
I am thrilled to wake up with no aches and stiff legs. I did all the stretches (except morning) after a run. Clearly it was worth it!:)
But I haven't fallen off the cliff yet!:)
Ran after a long time, trying to get back into its rhythm. Feeling a bit beaten up today. Evening stretches are stretching like eons ahead of me when all I want to do is crawl into bed.
Has been difficult to blog this time, but I am following through with Reach most of the times. Definitely bending forward a lot more! Loving the early morning stretch, evenings ones not so much.