Bite sized four

Three evening classes
Three runs
Three long dog walks
One morning class ( :/ )
Fifteen min series blasts


Happy days

So Thursday’s class makes four lessons, three runs and three walks I appear to have not done the raffle yet but I am getting there 🙂

A lovely friend and her daughter joined us to try out the class…

Go figure that sensei Steve decides tonight he needs to ramp the fitness levels up but to be fair to us he offered options –

group a – volunteers to do 10 of every exercise

Group b – 8 of each one!

Group c – 6 of every one hollered at the class!

Nearly everyone choose group a so reluctantly I did too I know I need to push myself ! But I saw my friend volunteering too and really wanted to say hey try a lower band but I was impressed at her commitment 🙂

Ten of everything – pushups, fist pushups, apex push ups, clapping push ups, sit ups, v sits, sprawls, gun drills…..

Yup cue screamy legs and shoulder !

Still I tried encouraging myself and friend but I think it’s difficult to seem enthusiastic when your body is offended 😉

After the core warm up on to tech and pad drills which I actually am beginning to enjoy 🙂

Watching the newbie ruth was actually good six months ago that was me and she really tried because that class was hard work it was quite intimidating!

I worried alot that, when I came out of my first classes if it wasn’t for The positivity of my running friends I would never have wanted to go back !
It hurts, I felt useless, unfit, unco ordinated and like it would never get better, if I am honest I still do sometimes ! Not as often though !

I really hope that she didnt feel like that!

We have agreed to help motivate each other to get fitter ……

The plan is….more dog walks and gym sessions in the pipe line 🙂

Trial run… Did we do it….

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It’s our moto !

Was it our mindset mmmm maybe 😉

At five thirty I got up and ate a portion of yogurt and granola which i generally enjoy but it felt like i was chewing wasps but because I keep hearing about how fuelling my body right will help i kept on… I Realised the banana I had saved was way past nice so left it and drank plenty !

Started to look for all the bits I would need ….
Thinking this feels more like planning for an expedition not a gentle run/walk in the park.
I swear the pacing and hot flushes started the moment I put on the running tights !
Rushing to check and double check I had everything took an extra bit of time!

So off to start waking the kids hoping for some kind words to start the day of quality encouragement !!!!!!!

The first response in room 1


Room 2

Go away!!!

And my personal favourite


Followed by whiny shouts of …..

so looks like ur not going to bother helping me tidy my room…

U don’t want me to see my boyfriend….

U don’t care!!!

All in response to morning girls would u like anything?

Would you like some breakfast or a brew?

I mean good god how awful of me !!!!

(they were informed of appropriate behaviour and consequences)

So packed with the love and affection of teenagers!

Annie and Aisha arrived all bright and breezy….

Which is infectious in a good way 🙂

So we drove to bradgate park, well Annie did, a false sense of bravery and a sick feeling in the stomach…

Last time I did this I didn’t train, I didn’t try hard and in all honesty it hurt ….

Annie parked the car next to one of the few cars there…

And we started the iPhone Nike app..

Walked through the gates and At a steady 3/3 pace we trundled along we dont want to break records, never planned to be part of the elite, just finish:)

So as we reached the to of the ‘hill’ we saw the first gate, the timer said we where to keep running so a quick touch of the gate and we turned around ….

Alot of ‘that can’t be half ways’ were shared and questions asked but we plodded on … Next slow set we checked the app which clearly wasn’t working as 57 mins to do a mile was slow even for me !

We plodded on…..

The decision was made to start the app. again from the mid point to see if we could measure the distance from a quarter of the way as none of us believed it was enough !

As we actually steadily got to the last gate the triumph was not there 😦

Dumbfounded !

Shocked ?

Total disbelief..

We turned around to head back to the mid point still convinced it was not enough, we checked the pod it said we had done enough…. But it just didn’t feel like we could of done it all ?

But we had!

We even checked the walk right map distances :/

We did and we shocked ourselves!

Proud and alittle shocked but now we know what is needed and what we can do !


I may not impress anyone else but I can honestly say I intend to impress me !

T day

It’s five thirty I haven’t slept much because of nerves and I ache everywhere and know the eldests is on a roll ready to pop !

Stretching and thinking which fuel would be best should be on my mind yet I am worrying how my little one is and if today was the best day, should I postpone it, will my legs hold…..

How is it that the challenges bring so much nervous energy and baggage? I read other blogs and it seems the fight or flight system kicks in with nerves and it’s a battle of wills !
Glad I am stubborn 😉

So off to fuel up and prepare for trial run 10k

Putting the cold to rest….

After a week of hospital appointments, flapping round blowing snot bubbles, creaking joints and resembling Rudolph, I finally felt I had turned a corner!

The eldest had a dinner date with the first boy friend and his family, the littlest a trip to his mates birthday party so the middle one was the only one to take a buddy to the clubs bring a buddy night, still it was a good turn out and it looked like alot of fun!!!

Best of all – my new gi arrived with my shiny new name on too 🙂 happy days!!

Watching the adults and teens was of course fun, especially as the middle one always looks so happy and alittle to effortless 🙂

They did a mix of core skills, break falls and flips my favourite thing !

Aiming for the floor is a talent 😉

Still as I was billy no mates this evening I didn’t get to play and chose to do alittle jog round with the ladies before the class started.

Not a bad effort for us I think, it took a while to get started and I felt really good on the first and third long interval, the second had to be a stretch with the wind in my face and no air in my lungs, I was glad to hear the other ladies asking when the bleep would go, not sure i could of chatted about it but happy i wasnt alone, I looked at the training screen and another forty seconds to go, telling them thirty and closing my eyes those seconds took longer than I wanted but after that the next intervals felt strangely easier….

Returning to the club I felt quite triumphant… And sure this weeks trial run would be ok !

Such a successful evening all round, as little one returned from his party happy and we had smiley faces all round !

Returning home to a smelly pup and empty house was alittle worrying though, the eldest had not returned or called for the lift, as expected, so there followed many unanswered calls, worry and stress till we went and fetched her !

The problem – she was inconsiderate at best !!

but safe !

And that was what is important!!