A little confession…

After grumpily declaring my dislike of the gym the other day it is now actually beginning to grow on me!

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Above are all but one of the workouts I did as part of my training plan yesterday.

The original training plan for running said 2h 15m easy Sunday AM and 30-45m easy Sunday PM.  Trainer Phoebe said I should go for 1h 30m cross-training Sun AM, 30m Sun PM with core and stretches and to make sure that I mixed the machines up.  After a quick decision I went with…
* 30min cross-trainer
* 30min stationary bike
* 15min rowing machine
* 15min cross-trainer

Then later in the afternoon I fitted in 30min core and stretching, and another 30min on the cross-trainer.

And I also took my first shot of my shoes from up high.  I’m told this is the ‘done thing’ as a healthy living blogger!


I used to go on and off to the gym whilst I was at University in Stafford several years ago.  Always going down with friends that weren’t really into working out but who felt that it was the ‘done thing’ and who didn’t want to feel guilty about watching the latest episode of ‘My Super Sweet 16′ so made sure to be on the bike whilst it was on!  I never really had a purpose to my gym sessions and would move aimlessly from one machine to another until my friends were ready to leave, never really pushing myself hard on any of the machines I got on and counting calories rather than thinking about the benefit of different machines for my body.

This has not been the case this week, and I have stuck strictly to the plan that Phoebe has worked out for me.  If there is any chance of me returning to running soon I would like to think that working to this plan will keep me in the best shape possible for a quick return!  I’ve worked hard at everything I’ve been on and my t-shirt was completely soaked through with sweat from my hard work yesterday!  I like that I can push myself that little bit harder without worrying if ‘I have enough energy to get home’ or ‘if I will run out of drink’.

As a reward for my hard work, after a quick shower I set about making us a Sunday roast which we haven’t had in quite a while.


Sundays used to be all about the early wake-up, long run and then the roast dinner!

I also baked us up some cookies as Dan insisted I’ve never made him any the whole time we were together.  (I know this is a lie!)


Two of these disappeared post-workout.

The gym was rather light both Saturday and Sunday on my visits.  Everybody that was working out at the gym had clearly been doing so for a long time, and I found it hard to spot an inch of fat or a person pausing their workout the whole time I was there.  I think this provided even more motivation for my session at the time!  I could not be the weakest link!

4 thoughts on “A little confession…

  1. Woa good effort at the gym! I find it so hard to stay motivated on gym machines. I find them so boring and I just stare at the numbers. I much prefer classes, like spin, that keep me motivated to keep going and also I see other people are in the same pain haha.
    I think it’s great that you’re still staying on target with your training but by cross-training in order to get better again to run. Good plan!

    1. Once Operation Ultra is over I definitely plan on finding out what classes are available at my local gym. And also plan on draggin a friend down with me! The only thing about classes is they are stuck to a rigid timetable, and I quite like the freedom of going to the gym/running when it fits around the rest of my busy life.

  2. When I first read this I thought you were doing the runs AND all the cross training, before I realised that you had swapped them- duh! I used to be a member of a gym but I used to just plod along on the cross trainer/ cycle machines/ stepper/ rower / treadmill if I could get to one (they had 15 min time limits but people would ignore that so when I went after work there would be none free)- I suppose the gym induction I had was very generic and was more about how to start and stop the machines instead of working out what would be good for me to use. I can see they have different benefits, and I am sure they will help keep your cardio up for when you can start running again.
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    1. That would be CRAZY! Haha! Just the cross-training at the moment unfortunately. Fingers crossed I’m running again soon!
      15 minutes isn’t long on each machine. Especially if you are building a gradual warm-up for each exercise.

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