You may be able to tell that the squat challenge is getting hard!
I know I chose it for that very reason, but that doesn’t change that fact that it is hard!
What makes it even harder is adding squats in on top of everything else I am already doing (I suspect Nancy who is doing this challenge too know what I mean!)
Anyway…may is the month of the squat..so squat I shall (I just reserve the right to complain about it a little bit.
Yes…I know it was my choice… shhh!
Day 322 Friday
on Friday, after walking at lunchtime, I decided to go for a run in the evening…
It was one of those days, I didn’t really feel like going but I went anyway telling myself I could just have a short run then come home…
72 mins and 7.9km later I realised that my plan had failed and I had accidentally gone for my longest run yet that wasn’t a 10k race! 😀 😀
I was doing my own interval invention which starts with a 5 min, then a 6 min then a 7 min then 2x 8 min intervals, 2 x 7 min intervals and 2 x 6 min intervals all with 1 min walks in between..
I have no idea if this is a valid training plan or not… But I thought I wanted a go at some more intervals of that length before I carried on with the 10k trainer whose next jump is back up to 10 min intervals…
Well, valid or not I am not unhappy with the run, it was quite slow, but quite steady which is quite good for me!
the most annoying thing about it, was the 7.9km distance…if only I had carried on a tiny bit more before I turned around and made it to 8km!!
Yes this is a petty annoyance but it bugs me!
The other thing that happened, when I was at the furthest point from home, is I remembered that I should have been going for a shorter run as I have to a) do squats and 2) dance on saturday…
as I may have mentioned…I had to do squats, despite my legs complaining really loudly I had to complete day 9 of the squat challenge:
90 standard squats
90 plie squats
12 low pulse squats
Day 323 Saturday
Saturday was Horsham Day of Dance! The most local day of dance that we do 🙂
Awesome fun is what it was!
Awesome fun in which I had to wear my compression leggings under my tights to try and stop my legs aching after accidentally running 8km!
<— look here is me dancing…and in fact levitating 😀 I am the one with the arrow on my legs, sorry about that it is a still from a video click the pic to see whole vid as I can’t embed it on here…it is awesome!
go on..it is worth it…but come back!!
the day started with a procession through the town, in which I mostly had to improvise as there was an odd number of people…but I didn’t want to be left out!
during this, we got soggy….it looked like it might be a soggy day all around.
however by the end of the procession the rain stopped, then the sun came out and remained out for the duration of the day…woohoo!
It was lots of fun, and we got to dance with a lot of different morris sides, which is always good.
Best of all I got to do lots of dancing 🙂
Because dancing is what it is all about!
and lots of walking around town because our stands are always spread out to allow more people to see the awesomeness!
With that in mind…this is what I danced:
(as well as 7 mins of processing which is stepping and twirling and suchlike)
Star of the County Down (x2)
King of the Fairies
Raggle Taggle Gypsy
And later, much to the dismay of my legs, I had to complete day 10 of the squat challenge:
95 Standard Squats
95 Plie Squats
15 Low pulses
I think I am improving at these squats…I am not doing them all in two sets so as not to prolong it any more than necessary…so I guess that is some sort of improvement!
Day 324 Sunday
Pilates was very welcome on sunday!
After all the running and squatting and dancing and squatting, something that lengthens and stretches muscles was very welcome…
It was hard work too mind you, Sarah has (as I have previously mentioned) found lots of new, more challenging exercises to so to keep us moving forward!
These included the dreaded side planks…during which I noticed that my arm (the one I injured a couple of weeks ago) was suffering slightly. Probably from all the waving about of heavy sticks and clashing and banging it had to do on Saturday!
arm ache aside, I had an enjoyable pilates class, and left able to walk better than when I went in…which is always good.
The wellbeing was slightly marred later on by day 11 of the squat challenge…
100 standard squats (2 x 50)
100 Plie squats (2 x 50)
20 low pulses
all in all it was a pretty good weekend 😀
Days 322, 323 & 324 complete 😀