Small everyday successes are a good place to start Training Tuesday, don’t you agree? I had a little run of training successes a few weeks ago: training three times a week. And I am going to start doing it again. Because I know that I can.
There are a few things that are helping me with my goal. The first of these is that this week and next, I will be on an early morning shift, which means I can take a quick lunch at my desk and then squeeze in a session at the gym during the working week, twice is the plan.
Last week, I managed to train one extra time in addition to my weekly training session on the Monday, and I really felt the difference – in a good way – when I rained yesterday. The pull-ups, while still hard, were not as much of an issue as they have been recently, and my trainer pushed me hard and I even managed to surpass his expectations.
The second factor that is helping me towards my training goal is my activity tracker. I had been using UP2 tracker from Jawbone, but I had problems with a rash that came up on my wrist. I stopped wearing it for a while but then it came back and increasingly frequently. I did a bit of research into other wearable trackers and found out about Leaf from Bellabeat, which I joined the waiting list for. The beauty of this tracker is its beauty, simply. You can wear it as a clip, on a chain around your neck or on a bracelet on your wrist. Plus, it also includes breathing exercises for a little mindfulness meditation when needed.
Training for the week
So far this week, I’ve had one session with my personal trainer in which we focused again on trying to get my legs to the same level of strength. We’ve been working on that for a while now and it is tough going – my right leg just isn’t as strong as my left. It feels like I spend the first half of my session doing barbell lunges forwards, backwards and sideways and just when I think we’re done, we start them all over again. And then the second half is the dreaded cardio. Yesterday, he had me do three rounds. Okay, I thought, three rounds doesn’t sound bad. And then he got the 16kg kettlebell out. Nope. Nope. No. I hate that one. The challenge was three rounds of 20 kettlebell swings, followed by five burpees and then 30 seconds of forward-leaning plank. And if I stopped during the swings then I had to immediately drop and do an extra five burpees. No extra punishment burpees for me yesterday. See what I mean about small everyday successes? That was definitely one for me.
The goal for this week is two more training sessions: one short weight session on my own at the gym and one tabata running session (five x eight rounds of 20 seconds all out and 10 seconds of rest). Running and I have a love/hate relationship as I might have mentioned before. I did that 10km run last year and got all enthusiastic about doing another one, but I have come to accept that I actually prefer sprints. I like pushing myself hard during tabata sprints and I love the fact that they are over quickly!
What are your training goals this week? Any everyday successes you are aiming for?