You may have noticed over the last week that I’ve been MIA from social media. I took up the challenge from Under Armour to join a legion of athletes who were putting “sweat before social” for the #RuleYourself campaign.
The campaign is all about focusing on your training; how athletes put in hours, days, months, years of sweat and endurance for a few seconds of performance. So basically, it’s what you do in the dark that will put you in the light.
This couldn’t have come at a better time for me in my training and life in general. This very week was the start of my half marathon training. Something that I should have done 3 months ago to be ready to run Brighton Half this weekend gone. Last year, I reached a PB at that very race… all the training I had put in came to fruition. I got to celebrate the sweat, nutrition, sleep. rest, recovery and effort that went into getting me there.
Before I tell you what I got up to, I just wanna share that this week wasn’t easy. Being off social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) was tough. I literally never knew how much I “think in tweets”. When I bought new trainers and wanted to share them with you all… or wanted to share my frustration through a FB status… or FB message someone to find out something (instead having to dig out their telephone number to text them)… Social media is a modern day drug! And it’s one that can keep me occupied for hours on end… putting off everything else that I know deep down is important to me, but is hard work.
HIIT TRAINING || on day one, I opted for a Hight Intensity Interval Training session at home. I’ve been keen to train at home recently yet hadn’t found the motivation. I printed out my session, rolled out my mat, got the music pumping and got my sweat on. The feeling of satisfaction afterwards was epic! It reinvigorated me for the evening and instead of laying about on the sofa for the rest of the evening I ended up doing some cleaning and tidying up (tidy home, tidy mind, right?!)
MEDITATION || day two, I was a little sore so I started the day with some meditation. I literally have never ever meditated before, so I dug out my copy of The Daily Greatness Yoga Journal and did what they told me… find a comfortable seat, clear your mind and focus on your breathing. I found some meditation music on Spotify and literally chilled out for ten minutes (there was fair bit of fighting with my mind when it tried to remind me of things I needed to do for the day). I followed up my meditation with 25 minutes of self practice yoga and stretching to aid my recovery yet keep my body active and moving.
RUNNING || Later on day 2, I was feeling so good, I got in my half marathon training run (5 mins brisk walk, 25 mins tempo run, 5 mins brisk walk) at The Altitude Centre (so less oxygen, harder work). I recorded the session on my Polar A360 and using my Heart Rate it confirmed that it was a steady state / tempo session which would improve my ability to sustain high intensity effort for longer. The session would also develop my aerobic fitness and endurance of my muscles. I ended the evening by teaching my regular HIIT class in the evening (which I surprisingly still had so much energy for!).
RECOVERY || day 3 was time to recover a little. I don’t think my body really knew what had hit it! Walking was tough, sitting was tougher! But the satisfaction I felt from knowing that the work I was putting in was paying off. When I would be fully recovered, I’d be stronger. I used my rest day to focus on my nutrition for recovery. Any excuse for almond butter, creamy (greek yoghurt) smoothies or dark chocolate!
Check out Instagram for the full story using the #RuleYourself, #IWILL or #UAelle tags!
So, what are YOU training for?! or what recent achievements have you made?!