Days 350 – 352 Weekend Shenanigns

I like the word shenanigans!

it should be used more!

after a quick search, I have only used it 3 times this whole year…I should remedy that…

Day 450 Friday

Friday was a day for walking and running…well…walking and planning to run, then falling asleep, then deciding to run anyway despite it being 8:30 pm!

I wasn’t going to, I felt quite guilty about pushing our evening meal back until 10:30! but I was convinced to go, and I am glad I did!

It was one of those runs that went from feeling awful to feeling ok, and back again a couple of times, but I really felt better for doing it!

the pace was…variable to say the least
Β it was one of those occasions that anything I did at home was going to feel like a cop-out.

anything… even if it wasn’t really a cop out!

so off I trotted along the path and had a variable paced run.

although it is not actually clear from the paces I set, I felt better on the return leg of the run. I felt like I didn’t really get into my stride and settle down until about 2.5 km in!

I was doing 5 min run 1 min walk intervals again, I think these suit me…although I will attempt to up them again when I get a little bit “back into it” as it were!

I am still having a love hate relationship with running. I enjoy it while I am doing it, but when I have finished and the time comes around for me to go on my next run, I have forgotten that I enjoy it, think I hate it and try to talk myself out of going…

any ways around this cycle would be useful!

Maybe I just need to go running more to remind myself!

well yes...if you could just pop by to remind me that would be good!
well yes…if you could just pop by to remind me that would be good!


Day 351 Saturday!

Saturday was a(nother) day of dancing!

It was Dorking Day of Dance to be exact.

and it was awesome…and hard!

harder than any other day of dance I have done for a while!

but we were down on dancers, and down on musicians, which meant that the dancers who are also musicians were being music only for the day, and two of the dancers had to play the drum…either one at a time of both of them!

which left us 7 dancers, of which 3 are to lesser or greater extents new and therefore know less dances (and boy did they get to practice those!)

Weirdly, I am no longer new! I guess that should be obvious, this is my third dancing season, but I still felt new…at least I did until very recently…

there we are…I am in there looking (even to me) like an actual dancer who fits in with the rest of the side! (I am the shorter one with the red front)

First time ever I have seen a dancing video of myself and not thought I looked like a lumbering interloper!! πŸ˜€

all in all I danced 17 dances that day and there was a lot of walking in between stands! This is a personal dance out record for me πŸ˜€ I think! These dances were:
Our Henry (x3)
Standing Stones (x2)
Star of the County Down (x2) (in the vid above πŸ™‚ )
Triskele (x2)
Broomstick (x2)
Witch Hunt (x2)
Spank the Monkey
Fanny Frail
King of the Fairies
Thor’s Hammer

It was a very enjoyable day, despite being moderately broken by the end of it! More broken than I normally am on a dance out…I t may have been all the dancing, it may have been the heat…I am not sure but it was definitely worth it πŸ˜€

Day 352 Sunday

I have a small confession to make about sunday…

Sunday was as declared in my June challenges, the day of the 10k race for life that I had signed up for.

sorry_pandaI didn’t do it 😦

I am sorry

I was unexpectedly broken, my legs ached from Saturday’s dancing and Friday’s run (and to be honest they ached before those things too)

I had run very few times in the past month and had therefore not trained for the 10k really, and I am not good enough at running that I can go out and run a 10k with no training.

I got up with the intention of doing it, I was dressed and ready, but I somehow couldn’t make my legs work properly so I decided that it wasn’t worth breaking myself more!

I am looking at the positives in this, and seeing it as a step forward in my learning when to be sensible and listen to my body when it says enough is enough!

I also need to point out that I had no sponsors for the race, so I had noone to answer to…if I had had even one sponsor I would have run!

to make up for this, I will run a 10k (non race) run during June.

Instead, I went to Pilates!

It was excellent, It was exactly the right thing for me to do on the Sunday!

I had to get over my guilt at not doing the race, but I think a Pilates session was far more beneficial in the long run, and I walked out of the class feeling better than when I walked in rather than feeling more broken πŸ˜€

So, not quite in the way I intended, Days 350 – 352 complete πŸ˜€

6 thoughts on “Days 350 – 352 Weekend Shenanigns

  1. Awesome dancing, Sam! Not only do you look like you belong in this group, you could be the leader! I hope you see how far you’ve come.

    As for the running, as I keep promising, I will eventually get my thoughts out onto a post about running. I think as long as you stay true to yourself, you’ll be fine. You told me once that you saw running as the type of training that would be most beneficial in helping you develop stamina for your favourite passion: dancing. And you’ve done that. You need not take on 10k races or half marathons, or whatever to make that more effective. It is effective in the doses you’re currently using. Run because you love to run. Or run because you want to achieve better cardio health. Or run because it makes you a better dancer. But don’t run because you told somebody you would. Or because you think it makes you a legitimate athlete (my faulty logic). You are an athlete whether you are a runner or not.



    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ that is how I feel about running! It is good for dance fitness, and I do like it sometimes but it is not my passion πŸ™‚
      Even I can now see how far I have come πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


      1. This reminds me that I really do need to carve out the time to write that post. I suspect there will be many layers, and it won’t be an easy one to pull together, which is why I’m procrastinating. In other news, that Bruce Lee challenge is CRAZY!!!


  2. The dancing is awesome, I can’t believe how far you’ve come! As for the run, I think you made the right choice, you should be proud that you have learnt to listen to your body πŸ™‚


    1. πŸ˜€ thank you!

      I was amazed when I looked back!
      The before ones were the pictures that spurred me on to do this thing!

      as for listening to my body…well…I think it was practically shouting!! πŸ˜€


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