I love October! Running is much more colourful thanks to the blooming jacaranda trees. The early morning runs are filled with beautiful fresh scents and that’s an additional reason to get up and run! I’ve been training for my first half marathon and I’m currently on week 12 of 16. I’ve stopped following the programme on My Nike Coach for this month because just looking at the set distances is making me sick to my stomach. I don’t think I’m mentally prepared to wake up and run 18K on a random Wednesday morning. I’m still going to run my half marathon though, but I’m going to do it my way!
I got this brilliant idea of documenting what you plan to do each week and then sharing both what you and don’t get done from one of my favourite fitness bloggers Piper. You should check out her September and October goals from here.
What I Planned vs What I Did
Monday Run 5K * Ran 5K. It was one tough run considering I had gone out the previous night and left the event at 10pm, only to get to sleep at 11pm, absolute madness!
Tuesday 50 crunches 50 push ups and 30 minutes Zumba * 50 crunches 50 push ups the only problem here was the push ups. Now that I know how to do them properly they are pretty intense. I didn’t feel like doing Zumba afterwards so I let that slide.
Wednesday Run 5K * Ran 5K. It was mostly an uphill run but I smashed it and clocked in my best time and shaved off a whole 15 seconds from Monday’s run.
Thursday 50 crunches 50 push ups * 50 crunches. My right shoulder is in pain. I think I got overzealous on Tuesday morning. I had to fix a hot water bottle and lie on it throughout the night to ease the pain on my shoulder.
Friday Run 5K * Ran 5K + 30 minutes of Zumba. It was a slow easy run. I didn’t have any music today, I wanted to enjoy my surroundings. My shoulder is still in pain but hopefully tomorrow I’ll be feeling much better. Threw in some Zumba as well, the hunger I felt within an hour! I gobbled down half an avocado before I left for work.
Saturday 50 crunches 50 push ups * 50 crunches 50 push ups. I did these first thing in the morning before my body could make any excuses.
Sunday Run 5K * Ran 5K First #JustDoItSunday of the month, I loved it!
Image from Pinterest
My highlight for the week was definitely Zumba. It takes me to a happy place. I love how my body can do all these various moves and still get to exercise at the same time. It gets me sweating, way more than I do when I go for a run! Maybe next week I will do two Zumba sessions instead of one…will see how things go.
How was your exercise week? What did you get up to and what have you changed on your fitness plan?
Lesson Learnt This Week: Go out for your run at 5:00am if you want to beat running in the sun!