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lemongranita

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  1. Perhaps we can put the money saved towards less-but-fancier wine!
  2. I did! Just 30 minutes earlier than usual, but that's enough for a quick strength workout and to sit down for breakfast, rather than having it as I rush about. It was lovely.
  3. Ha! This challenge would make both my physiotherapist and my skating coach very happy.
  4. I know I've missed a week of this one, but the glutes mini challenge has lured me back in. Goals: 1. Make use of more mornings. I know I can get up early when I have a skating lesson before work, so why not other days? Aiming to add at least one extra morning session - either running or strength, every week. 2. Two proper spring expeditions, either hiking or cycling a good distance. 3. Drink less wine. Enjoy one glass, rather than sharing a bottle of an evening. Plus: Still got to get those wills sorted! Starting so late, I don't think awarding myself points is entirely legit. But I'll try to stick to these anyway!
  5. Nice work ysabet, Happienumber and Cameron! Copied from my thread: Running has gone okay, although I stopped for the past week to avoid risking sore legs before BAC and I didn't get that much faster (grade C, +1STA +1CON). My one-foot squats are lower and more stable, though I can't do 10 on my weaker side yet. My sit spin wasn't called as points-worthy at the competition on Saturday, (grade B- +2STR) but... I did get a new pb! 9.08, including getting my toe-loop, upright spin and step sequence called. One of the judges really liked my performance/choreography too. (grade A +2CHA +2DEX +1STA) Not so much progress on the wills, other than a bit of research into charities that offer will-writing services in return for legacies. Whoops. I will move that into the next challenge. (FAIL)
  6. Oops, I haven't been posting much, but I have been getting on with my targets. Running has gone okay, although I stopped for the past week to avoid risking sore legs before BAC and I didn't get that much faster (grade C, +1STA +1CON). My one-foot squats are lower and more stable, though I can't do 10 on my weaker side yet. My sit spin wasn't called as points-worthy on Saturday, (grade B- +2STR) but... I did get a new pb! 9.08, including getting my toe-loop, upright spin and step sequence called. One of the judges really liked my performance/choreography too. (grade A +2CHA +2DEX +1STA) Not so much progress on the wills, other than a bit of research into charities that offer will-writing services in return for legacies. Whoops. I will move that into the next challenge. (FAIL)
  7. Week 1 report: I downloaded Zombies, Run! onto my new phone and it's astonishingly motivating when the radio operator shouts at you. Definitely picking up speed. Lots of one-foot squats, down to bum touching my office chair and gradually decreasing the seat height. Also 'two' foot full squats with one foot resting on an unstable ball. My competition programme is coming along okay, I think. The flip is a bit iffy at speed, but the other jumps are promising. Not got the forms for the wills yet.
  8. For yesterday's (also zombie-assisted) run I decided to find out where the mysterious footpath signposted out of the local cinema multiplex car park actually went to. The first 100m is a bit unlovely, going around the back of the cinema, bowling alley etc. hemmed in by fences and past all the fire escapes and air con vents and so on, but then ta-dah... ... it pops out around the back of the rugby club and is a green and lovely spot for a city runner. And there's a mini-woodland to the right, which acts as a screen for the major road that's just beyond it. I'll definitely run this way again!
  9. Thanks Sea Level and drsloomis, it's good to be back! I had a good skate this morning, coach was impressed with my sit spin progress, but it's not yet consistently low enough. She now wants me to try off ice teapot-spirals (the weird skating-world name for what I think are squat arabesques elsewhere). Snow is forecast. That could make running awkward this weekend. Darn.
  10. Winter is eeeeevil. I've been setting off on runs cosily layered up with hoody, hat etc., but then I overheat halfway. Hope you find some good kit!
  11. Good luck! I did C25k on my first challenge and despite struggling with painful calves, the progress was amazing. Hope you find the same.
  12. Thanks Elastigirl! A useful start to #3 - my entry confirmation number has arrived for BAC. I'm committed to competing now!
  13. I've been awol for the last couple of challenges and a bit thwarted by illness and other stuff. But I'm back, and just in time to sign up. I'll edit to organise points later, but to set down an initial marker, here are my goals. Fitness: 1. Faster running. I got under 30 minutes for 5k twice earlier last year, but being ill and hardly running for a month set me back lots. So... stick to the plan I've printed out, which includes a variety of interval and tempo days and get back to sub-30 minute times. +2 STA +2 CON 2. Sit spin squats. They're like pistol squats, but in heels! Working through the various progressions available until I can do sets of 10. Bonus point if I actually get my sit spin called at BAC2013. +4 STR 3. Score a pb at BAC2013! The British adult skating 'championships' are on the final weekend of this challenge. In theory I should be better than a year ago, but I need to get back to peak fitness, learn the changes to my routine and conquer competition nerves. +2 CHA +2 DEX +1 STA Life: 1. Sort out mine and my husband's Wills. It's been on our to do list for ages but we need to make our minds up about stuff. +2 WIS
  14. Grr, arg. Had a painful unintended rest week after falling on my coccyx while doing an easy warm up AND then twisted my knee painfully while doing off-ice squats. But I've got to put my bruised behind behind me! Back up and at 'em for the rest of the challenge!
  15. Coach fairly impressed with combo sit spin progress - fast and nicely centred - but says they now need to go about 2 inches lower. I did one held lower but can't even begin to push back up from there. So I just spin to a stop and flop onto the ice. It feels like I don't just lack the strength, but the muscle won't even start to engage at that angle. Arg!
  16. Week 2 1. I got my skates sharpened yesterday, then had a quick practice on crowded public ice. Much improvement - partly thanks to the fresh grind, but also one of the group class coaches pointed out a problem with my posture in my entrance edge and concentrating on that does make the whole thing work better. Getting back up on one foot about half the time now. 2. Getting calf raises and stretches in every day. Less good with the glutes work, since that needs floor space, weights and 20 minutes to myself. Going to try doing them first thing in the morning this week. 3. 12 units, mostly from sharing bottles of wine with my husband at home, since all social occasions for the week were tea-based rather than alcoholic. 1. Oh dear... Not a wordy week. Mileage for the week: 12.6k running
  17. I've only been running since May, so this is a new problem for me. All the pavements are suddenly covered with slippery, rain-slick fallen leaves. It's absolutely treacherous underfoot at the moment and I guess will only get worse for the next month. How do runners in leafy suburbs usually cope with this? (Besides running while pushing a big garden broom in front...)
  18. Yoinks, it's not even a running day but I ran home from the station, carrying my skates, to collect an extra 1200m tonight. Plus I've got no access to ice in the morning (bah) so I'd better go for a run instead (yay).
  19. Do you think they're caffeine withdrawal headaches? They can be pretty hideous. Peppermint tea helped me a bit - plus it's a nice alternative hot drink and I should think it counts as paleo.
  20. Several of us over on skatingforum have used that same six weeks to splits routine Nuala mentioned to good effect. It didn't get me all the way in six weeks but I can get lower than I have in 25 years. What I could do with however, is better hip mobility in the other direction, so I can do an outside spread eagle. Any suggestions would be very welcome.
  21. Onwards and upwards, you can do great from now on! Scheduled recovery days seem to be the smart way to run better anyway, from everything I've read and tried so far. Is any of your study reading available in audiobook form? I find I can listen to podcasts on a 30 minute run. Two birds, one stone maybe?
  22. Sounds like a good week overall, good luck with the next one! And have a great birthday!
  23. Week 1 1. Plain sit spin is the best it's ever been, likewise back spin. They both go wonky when I try to combine them though. 2. I did at least some physiotherapy on five days, but only did a full routine on four (I got distracted and forgot to finish on the other). 3. Including wedding anniversary champagne and wine with dinner that night, I hit 14 units in the week. That's exactly on the "healthy" limit, but it's not supposed to be a target! 1. I have words in a notebook. I'll post a count once they're typed up. Don't think there are 2,000 of them, but there's an IDEA that's looking promising. ETA: Mileage for the week: 5k running 11k cycling
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