Last month I was selected to be part of a Running Bug team to put the new TomTom Runner Cardio watch to the test. Having used the adidas miCoach SmartRun watch for the last 9 months it was a great opportunity to put them head-to-head.
Yesterday’s lightning bolt from the running gods got me worried but – and I don’t want to speak too soon – I might have got away with just a twinge rather than a full blown injury.
Perhaps I was too complacent. Perhaps I spoke too soon. Perhaps everything was going too well. Perhaps it’s the curse of Juneathon…
With just a week until the City of London Mile I wanted to test my speed over shorter distances with a short session I rarely do but should probably do more frequently as I really enjoyed it.
I decided to try something different today after last night’s disappointment and frustration: I would do Day 14 of the Kinetic Revolution 30 day running technique challenge in the morning. I was hoping to be both mentally and physically fresher to give myself the best chance of having a quality session.
I re-watched the video took my time with the exercises and felt my confidence growing. I still found the exercises much harder than the first 12 days, especially the ones involving holding a press up position. I have very weak arms!
I’m still a little confused over exactly what makes each repetition so I urred on the side of more is better than less. I wish I hadn’t! I just about managed to do one set of each exercise, which is better than last night. I’m going to try to do the full workout tomorrow.
I feel much better than last night. I am improving and I can feel more improvement still to go. I can’t believe I’m not even halfway through Juneathon yet!
A Juneathon including Friday the 13th: unlucky, unfortunate, unsuccessful? Or will the “un” be removed from the fun?
I was looking forward to today – the start of the third stage of the Kinetic Revolution running technique challenge – but I’m left a little flat after it. The level of difficulty of the exercises seems to have shot up – I’m not sure if it has or if it’s just my state of mind after a bust week at work. I hope it’s the latter, otherwise the next 5 days are going to be long and hard.
On the plus side, the basic plyometric exercises were nice and simple!
Undauted, I will continue, unabated, unflinching at the unrelenting progress of Juneathon and the Kinetic Revolution running technique challenge.
Having a friend for food last night saw my first fail of Juneathon so today I had to make up for it. A fun, friendly club run in the evening sun followed by Day 12 of the Kinetic Revolution technique challenge in front of the football.
The strength workout was even more challenging with slightly tired legs from the jaunt along the River Windrush with the Witney Road Runners!
But I did it! I think my favourite exercise of this stage is… a tie between the single leg straight leg deadlift (that @MrsTWymer has nicknamed the “Reverse Running Man”) and the mountain climbers (aka the Spiderman). I’m now looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Stage 3.
Je suis fatigue.
A third of Juneathon down and it’s time to roll out the quick one. I’ve just done the day 10 session of the Kinetic Revolution 30 day running technique challenge and am now competent at the strength exercises. Still enjoying the feeling of mobility, strength and flexibility.
Tuesday’s are also my night for leading other runners so we had a very pleasant few kilometres in and around the local park. Most refreshing was having a couple of newbies, taking their first running steps – hopefully I’ll see them again next week!
Yesterday’s disappointment at not running lifted slightly when I found out that, thanks to my race result on Thursday, I was the 5th most improved road runner in the UK so far this month.
Maybe the Kinetic Revoution 30-day technique challenge is already having an effect? I wonder how long that will last!
As is common in Juneathon, I had to do some juggling yesterday to fit in my effort in between everything else that was going on. Unfortunately I didn’t have an opportunity to blog so today’s is a combined post.