Monday, September 30, 2013

Hell & Back, Titan; Training, Week 3.

Hi There!

What a hectic week last week was. Weekly scheduled training was, well, not very on schedule but its okay because we got some mammoth variety in exercise. As you know one of our Mudslinging team is getting married the week before Titan, and we were off in Kenmare celebrating this fact with all of her female friends. (AKA, the Epic Hen party of the century).



Fluffy zogabongs, hill walking boots, sweat, dancing, high leg kicks, champagne glasses, girly purses... you name it, we did it- and what I have just described was our trek up Irelands Highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. Yes, yes... I jest you not- All we were short of going straight to a nightclub were the high heels, a spot of makeup and better attire. It was super fun.

Our (only slightly hungover) 7.5hrs round trip took us up near the foot of the Devils Ladder where we turned off and made our ascent via the Zig Zags route. The Devils ladder is quite eroded from use and is potentially quite dangerous due to falling rocks etc, so we felt it better to take the safer route. It’s longer, but the views are spectacular, so well worth the effort. We had a brief lunch and a celebratory sparkling water (in champagne glasses of course- we’re very swish) before making our way back down. We met afew nice folk along the way and received many a curious glance.

Back to the hotel, we donned our best frocks, ate some fabulous food and boogyed the night away. All four of us can honestly say that, at 3am- the 3 minute walk back to the hotel in our heels was more difficult than anything else we achieved that day. LOL

Back to whets instore for this week. The sand is slipping through the hourglass waaaayyy to fast for my liking, so I had better put a bit more pressure on with the training.

WEEK 2 is as follows:
Exercise:
Daily:
30 sit ups x 4
1 pull up followed by 5 chin ups
10 push ups x 3
65 second planking

Over the week:
Swimming- 30 lengths of the pool x 2
6 km runs x 2

How are you all getting on with your training? I hope well. Did you see fellow blogger, Sarah Kirk’s blog this week? It’s excellent and she is running Titan for an excellent cause. Click here to pop over to her blog, have a read and if you can, donate a euro or two to support her charity of choice.

Tick Tock!!! Get out there and get training!  RUNNNNNNNN! :)

Talk to you soon!

Jen

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hell & Back; Titan. Training, week 2.

Hi Everybody!

How are you all doing?  The training going well I hope? My training could have been a lot better to be honest.  I am definitely finding it tougher than when I trained for Apollo.  Maybe it's the time of the year or the weather, but whatever it is, it's time to get over it.  It's time power on through and push ahead with training.

I found myself feeling tired ALL the time last week, and it wasn't until Thursday or Friday that I realised that I wasn't drinking enough water.  So my tip this week, because it's so easy to forget... Drink more water.   Have a bottle on you and sip away throughout the day.  *Super bonus* You'd be surprised how the nibbling/snacking reduces because of it. :). Press play on this video for this posts motivational music... Har har har


So what's inshore for this week you ask?  WELL! After seeing the interactive course map that the fine folk of hell & back posted online afew days ago...(click here)  *nervous laughter*, I think it's time to ramp it up a notch.


WEEK 2 is as follows:
Exercise:
Daily:
30 sit ups x 3
1 pull up followed by 5 chin ups
8 push ups x 3
60 second planking
Over the week:
5 km runs x 2 to get used to the little bit of running again (I think I've forgot how to do it. LOL)

Next weekend is Mudlsinger, Kerri's hen party- so diet and daily exercise is bound to go out the window.  As a challenge, we are planning on going up Carrauntoohil so all going well, we will make it to the top & I'll have some photos of that for next week.

Until then- Power on, my training buddies.

:) toodles.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hell & Back; Titan. Training, week 1.

So, here we are again- The panic is beginning to set in. 

You’re quite possibly sitting on your comfy couch with a glass of wine just about to watch the next episode of Breaking Bad (or whatever you are watching at the moment) and wondering ‘WHY, oh why did I sign up for this again?’  (I have not just described myself... I SWEAR... *cough cough*)

But alas, we are here.  The time is ticking (7 weeks tomorrow to be exact), and were not getting any fitter or thinner.  So let me put this suggestion out there.  Let tonight be our last lazy, after 8pm snack attack, slow evening.  Tonight, enjoy that glass of vino/beer/*insert naughty beverage of choice* and those nibbles, for tomorrow something miraculous is going to happen.  Tomorrow is the start of a beautiful 7 weeks of glorious sweat, pain, hunger, and pain.  Tomorrow is the start of the end of ‘Hell and Back, Titan’, and together, we CAN do this!  Whether you are a member of a gym or not, time restricted, or simply the world’s laziest sod- we WILL get up and get out and get moving.  For Titan, we have 8 brave warriors joining the Mudslingers team.  Say hello to:  Me (obviously... ) Dave, Kerri, Alan, Kara, John, Emma & Kate.  We are going to whoop some butt in November, oh yes we are... :)

As I mentioned in my previous post, two of our Mudslinging team are marrying each other the week before Titan, so we all have super motivation to train well, train clean and injury free (nothing more flattering than a bride limping down the aisle, methinks...)   
other Mudslinger members, John, Kara, Kate and Emma to be visually introduced shortly... :)

Personally, I can’t risk injury either as they have asked me to be their wedding photographer, so (no pressure folks...) I am training to, not only get in shape without injury, but loose a few (as many as I can!!!) pounds too so I can comfortably run around after the bride, groom & wedding party in heels (might have to rethink that though...)!
This week’s plan, let’s ease into it nice and gently, shall we?
WEEK 1, is as follows:
Exercise:
Daily:
30 sit ups x 3
1 pull up followed by 5 chin ups
8 push ups x 3
60 second planking
Over the week:
5 km powerwalks x 3 (probably with the double buggy)
 
Meals: (I generally make more of everything at each meal so I can use it as a lunch or dinner for the next day to save myself time (or freeze where possible- VERY HANDY!) )  Please contact me if you would like any recipes as I have perfected the ‘cook in bulk, freeze portions’ meals. J
Breakfasts:
Porridge with apple/banana/raisins/strawberries & blueberries
Smoothie & wholegrain toast
Scrambled egg on wholegrain toast.
Lunches:
Chilli tomato veg soup & wholegrain toast.
Veg salad with lime & Coriander dressing.
Beans on wholegrain toast.
Tuna salad.
Scrambled eggs on wholegrain toast.
Ham sandwich (wholegrain bread, skim butter, no mayo)
Dinners:
Grilled salmon with sundried tomato Cous cous.
Homemade pizza (using spelt flour for bases)
Homemade burgers & roasted veg & sweet potato chips.
Homemade spaghetti Bolognese with whole-wheat pasta.
Homemade shepherd's pie.
Im going to do my best to not have snacks in there, but I am only human with two toddlers hanging off my trousers begging for chocolate.  If I falter, I am going to try firstly have a glass of water.  Failing that, I will have afew grapes or almonds.  Failing that... I might just buckle altogether and stuff my face with chocolate and toast- but hopefully not.  LOL.

So there we have it.  Not too offensive for a first week I think... Anyone has any suggestions/additions, I’d be glad to hear!  :)
 
Good luck, and remember... Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running...
 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hell & Back, Titan. *drumroll*


Hell & Back, Titan.  November 3rd 2013.

Hell yeah!  My first two Hell & Backs were all about just crossing that finish line and this time around is no different!  That's the hellish beauty of Hell & back.  Each time they have something new, more challenging, more devilishly tantalising making it so very hard to not want to do the next.   So here I am.  My third time as a Mudslinger ready to give it wellie.  Who's with me?

 *loud 'BooYah's and applauds*

For me, Training for Apollo was all about getting my fitness up and muscles strong.  A huge bonus for me as it turned out, was the discovery of muscles that I never knew I had and the change in body shape that came with it.  Not just 'weightloss', but toning up, flabby bits getting less flabby and the seriously cool, epic, mind blowing moment when I did my first perfect pull up (not chin up, people... *Insert motivational Rocky music here*  A PULL UP! )

Two of our Mudslinging team are getting married the week before, so they will technically be on their honeymoon for Titan.  (What a beautiful way to start a married life together... To go to 'Hell & Back'. LOL.).
So, with that wedding and necessity to go dress shopping in mind, my Hell & Back training journey for Titan is going to include some serious loosing weight & toning up plans.  With just 7 weeks from Sunday to do it (& a hen weekend thrown in) it's going to be tough task... Who's with me? *enter more motivational music, HERE* ;)

As Arnie says- "Ill be back", So COME ON, People!  I'm thinking, 1 stone sounds like a tough, but doable task?  Thats 2lbs a week.  I think that is a healthy doable challenge... (Well, ill aim high & hope for the  best)

My next post will have my Training and meal plans for the week, starting this Sunday.  *bits nails*
Please feel free to join me on my journey, but do so at your own peril.  Listen to your body and only do what you are happy to do.  :)

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