2015 Training Diary – Week 43

2015 Training Diary – Week 43
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This week I was hit hard with my return to work after honeymoon, struggling with jet-lag, but still managed to get in a great CrossFit session and two runs – yay for exercise! I really find that working out gives me the energy boost I need… it’s just a struggle remembering that when I‘m tired and setting my alarm for 5:20am.

Week 43 – 19th to 25th October

Monday – Bocce, tennis (see my Wedding and Honeymoon training diary!)

Tuesday – Rest day. We spent most of the night and morning on a plane for our flight back from honeymoon. I really struggled to rest on this flight when, unexpectedly, I developed a bit of an irrational fear of the plane going down. I think it might have been a combination of the flight being really quiet with a lot of empty seats and that most people were asleep making it a bit eerie. Whatever it was, it meant I got minimal sleep! We drove home from the airport and started unpacking and getting our life and house back to normal after all the excitement of the wedding.

Wednesday – Rest day. Today was a laundry day – sorting through our suitcases and running errands like filling the fridge back up again. Fun times. The in-laws had very kindly stocked us up with ingredients for a fry-up while we were away (best in-laws ever!) so we didn’t need to get much.

Thursday – Run, 6:30pm. Roughly 2 miles total. I stupidly only left myself a day and a half to recover from the honeymoon and unfortunately really struggled to sleep last night, staying up until about 2:30am studying (I did this with the idea that the books might send me to sleep… instead I found them super engaging!). I got to work and was straight back in the deep end with some technical requirements to investigate.

After work I headed into London for the adidas #EnergyRunning event. A box of kit had arrived for me at work and was my “ticket” to the event. We ran for about a mile to warm up and then went through a series of challenges on different levels in a multi-storey car-park in Peckham (home to Frank’s rooftop bar in the summer), which ended with a photo shoot with the fantastic backdrop of the city lights. This was my first run since the stress fracture in July so I was a little nervous, but the Ultra Boost trainers were perfect for a re-introduction to running! Read more about the event in my #EnergyRunning report. Check out this awesome photo!


Friday – Rest day. After a busy first day back at work and the event last night giving me a fairly late night, I needed the “lie in” of not going to CrossFit early in the morning – which wasn’t really a lie in after yet another night of struggling to get to sleep. Work was really busy again and I looked forward to an evening at home.

Saturday – CrossFit, 9:30am. I don’t often go along to weekend CrossFit classes, but felt I needed the workout so went along to the first of two morning classes. We did some German Volume Training (GVT) sets of deadlifts. The aim of GVT is to do 10 sets of 10 reps of the same weight, which is meant to pack on muscle fast, and also help you work on form. The RX weight for women was 50kg, 75kg for men. We then moved on the WOD, lovingly named “two bars and a boat”, which was a 12 minute AMRAP of:

Front rack lunges (43/30kg)

Shoulder to overhead (43/30kg)

Power clean (43/30kg)

Front squats (43/30kg)

Calorie row


We worked in teams of three, with only two people working at a time, and the aim was to rotate so that each exercise was as evenly scored as possible – the final score was the exercise with the lower number of reps. I worked with Jo and Kelly and we finished with a lowest score of 80, which I think was for lunges!

Sunday – Run, 5pm. 1.5 miles. I decided to try and keep the momentum going with a run late Sunday evening so I dragged myself out the door for a quick 1.5 miles around the block. It felt good and not too slow, but was mentally a struggle – I’m really finding motivation to run hard at the moment. Perhaps my Sports Psychology course will help me find a way to get back in the game!

Have you ever suffered with jet-lag? How did you overcome it? How do you keep motivated to run?

Mileage Tracker

Weekly Miles: 3.5 miles

Running Total: 198.3 miles

2015 Fitness Goals Progress

Goal Target/Date Progress
Running Twice per week 15 out of 43 weeks
Inversions Unsupported hand/handstand (end Q1) Can hold unsupported… just need to work on confidence
Pullups 5 strict (end Q2) Allllllmost one strict (nose height!)
Squat Depth Below parallel (end Q4) Air squat 3/4 depth
Clean & Jerk Body weight (end Q4) 60/72.5kg… slowly getting there!
Snatch 2/3 body weight 40/47.5kg
Georgina Spenceley
Georgina Spenceley

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