Reeboot day 67-68: running and dancing and more rack pulls…

Day 67: Thursday

Thursdays are tricky, I know I have mentioned that in the past. This thursday I didn’t really want to do anything, and it was raining and thundering… however as luck would have it, the rain stopped and the thunder quieted so I had no excuse, I had to go for a run πŸ™‚ I literally had no choice, I promised Susie!

I still did run/walk intervals (although I have been told I have to close the gaps soon) and I extended my distance to 4km πŸ™‚ slow progress but still progress…

Day 67 done

Day 68 Friday: John Barleycorn and hip thrusts (not at the same time)

Friday started in the gym as friday is apt to do πŸ™‚ this particular friday we tried something new…We tried hip thrusts, the ones where you put your feet on the floor, rest your shoulders on a bench and a bar accross your hips and, well, thrust it up and down. It is good for your bum… apparently… well you can definitely feel it… but it is a wierd one to do. We successfully made everything we attempted look difficult, for a pair of trained fitness professionals we did an excellent job of looking like we were beginners πŸ˜€

ANyway, we supersetted hip thrusts with rack pulls, I know I did those on Wednesday but we decided to do them again…posterior chain activation was the thing for the week… we followed that with a superset of leg press and rows…It turned into mainly back day…

This is a hip thrust… only we did it with 40kg because what else would you start with?

What the don’t show you is the inelegance of getting in and out of that position!!

Neither does it show what happens when the bar is wonky tips to one side and you can’t fix it because you are under a bar…

In that situation, it is good to have a friend at the gym with you…they can rescue you and prevent you from looking ridiculous… well maybe not that last bit, but rescue you any way…


This is me on Friday… the pic on the right is just after the gym and the pic on the left neatly segues into the other activity I engaged in on Friday…


Not any dancing either, Dancing out in our beautiful new John Barleycorn kit. Yes that’s right Friday was the inaugural performance of Mythago’s brand new John Barleycorn Story πŸ˜€ well, new to Mythago anyway, the story of John Barleycorn has been around for a while… here is what Wikipedia has to say about it:

John BarleycornΒ is a British folksong (Roud 164). The character ofΒ John BarleycornΒ in the song is a personification of the important cereal crop barley and of the alcoholic beverages made from it, beer and whisky.

It is quite a violent story really, talk of harrowing and cutting him off at the knee, ripping skin from bone and grinding and burying in the earth…
However when you realise that John Barleycorn is a personification of barley and the story is of the cycle of the seasons and the growing and harvesting crops, it all makes a little more sense πŸ˜€

I was John Barleycorn, as you might have gathered, and we danced the dances and didn’t make any mistakes even though we had new endings and different arrangements for the story πŸ˜€ It was a lot of fun!

Picture used with permission from Amberley Museum πŸ™‚

Day 68 done

10 thoughts on “Reeboot day 67-68: running and dancing and more rack pulls…

  1. My, those hip thrusts look a bit awkward! But clearly they do the trick as your bum looks super in those lovely leggings. Now, the story of John Barleycorn sounds pretty marvellous – violence and drama ending in beer and whisky! This sounds like a very good Friday to me πŸ™‚

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    1. Why thank you πŸ™‚
      Hip thrusters are awkward and there is a chance the same can be achieved with squats but they were fun πŸ™‚
      It is a good story isn’t it!! Violence and drama and dancing followed by beer… sounds like a good story to me 😁
      It was indeed a very good Friday!

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  2. I just hit 11 miles the other day for my long run… but 5 miles or 11 miles, I still walk. Usually, when my music takes a commercial break, I take one too! 30 seconds to a minute every 10 or 15 minutes seems like a fair trade off to me! Good luck on not walking! πŸ™‚

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    1. The story we did was based exactly on the song, we took the words from the Steeleye Span version I think but I think they are traditional. One of our members actually sang the words in between the dances instead of speaking them πŸ™‚
      Playing John Barleycorn I was mildly concerned about all the violence but I survived 😁


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