As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m training for the Reading Half Marathon this year. I’ve been a bit of a stranger to running of late, the commitment just hasn’t been there and I find it hard sometimes just to drag myself out the door, but I’ve wanted to run Reading for a few years now so snapped up the chance. I figure it would be enough of a challenge to make me train, but not too much that I’d feel overwhelmed.
Naturally, I want to blog about my progress (blogging’s what I do!), but with my training schedule being made up half from running and half from CrossFit and weightlifting, I didn’t want to just do a countdown to the race and leave everything else out. And with my New Year’s Resolutions and 2015 Fitness Goals to track I thought that a general training log would fit the bill.
So, here goes.
Because I’m a bit of a perfectionist – and it would really unnerve me to have a training diary starting at “Week 3” (yes, I know… just a little obsessive-compulsive) – I thought I’d go back to the start of the year and re-cap my training from there.
Week 1: 1st – 4th January 2015
Thursday – I kicked off the New Year in style with a session to try out my new inov8 Fastlift weightlifting shoes. Open Gym sessions at the box are a great opportunity to work on weaknesses outside of CrossFit classes, and having not been to Weightlifting Club since September last year I thought I’d give the programme a go. I worked on snatches and split jerks, finished off with some front squats. The new shoes worked a treat and the session got me excited about picking up my weightlifting again.
I’d pulled a muscle coughing while I was ill over Christmas and had some treatment on my back called “gua sha“. The below photo shows the immediate after-effects… I’m pretty sure everyone at the box thought I’d been beaten, but they were all too polite to mention it. After a couple of days the pulled muscle was fine, but I’m not sure if I’d have the treatment again as it is slightly hard to explain the markings when you’re out and about!
Friday – Rest day.
Saturday – CrossFit. We did a snatch 1RM run-up. My current PB is 40kg, but I wasn’t expecting to hit that with not being at weightlifting training for a few months. I got 35kg pretty cleanly, but missed my first attempt at 37.5kg. Second time around I got it up there, but it was a bit of a messy lift so I definitely need to work on my technique to get back up to the weights I’d like to be hitting.
The WOD was a partner WOD with 4 rounds of:
30 hang cleans
30 push press
30 front squat
I love working with a bar so this was great fun for me. Jo and I worked together and finished in 16:48.
Sunday – A tough off-road run with some of my running club friends. We hit Epping Forest in the cold and the plan was to do around 7-8 miles. I was already a little concerned the run would be too much for me as I hadn’t done that distance for a little while, and off-road running is notoriously more difficult than road running. I started to struggle up the steep hills after around 4-5 miles (I blame all the squats!) and a few of us took a slightly shorter route part-way through to cut the distance back by about half a mile. I didn’t have a fully accurate distance covered as I forgot to take my watch off of pause for a little bit, but it was around 7 miles in total.
Weekly Miles: 7 miles (ish)
Running Total: 7 miles (ish)
2015 Fitness Goals Progress
|Running||Twice per week||On track|
|Inversions||Unsupported hand/handstand (end Q1)||Both against a wall|
|Pullups||5 strict (end Q2)||2 underhand grip|
|Squat Depth||Below parallel (end Q4)||Air squat 3/4 depth|
|Clean & Jerk||Body weight (end Q4)||55/70kg|
|Snatch||2/3 body weight||40/45kg|