Do NOT underestimate the cross-trainer

That thing has had me sweating buckets this week!  Despite not really getting me out of breath the same way running would, I am absolutely covered in sweat within minutes every time I hop on this machine.  Obviously I would much rather be running outside in the beautiful weather we’ve been having just lately but I’m still being sensible with MK Marathon just around the corner.

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week.  Dan and I even had a few people round last night and hosted a BBQ in our garden whilst we still have our lovely BBQ patio area.  My kebab sticks went down really well.  :)  I made some just veggie ones for me as well.

Kebab sticks for the BBQ

My race number for Milton Keynes arrived in the post yesterday morning and when I told my Mum that it had arrived she informed me that the bank holiday and Milton Keynes marathon are actually now just two weeks away.  I had in my head that I still had three weeks left and plenty of time!  NOT the case…

MK marathon numberThe race numbers seem to be really small this year.  (You can’t really tell from the photo though.)

Exercise for the past fortnight has moved from running five days a week to a set of rotated core exercises every morning and some cross-trainer work in the evenings.

Thursday the week before last was my running club’s AGM and I came away from the group of enthusiastic, dedicated runners knowing that I couldn’t continue to just sit around and hope that I don’t lose my fitness too much over the next fortnight.  I came home and immediately put a bid for 99p on a cross-trainer.  The display on the machine didn’t work and I (wrongly) assumed that this meant interest in the item would be low.  I put a maximum bid of £10 on the machine and was winning (for 99p!) right up until the last few minutes when a bidding war took place and I lost out.  With utter determination to get a cross-trainer now, I spotted another one close by up for sale and once again placed a bid.  This one didn’t result in quite such a bidding war and I was rather excited to see last Saturday that I had won the cross-trainer for less than the cost of a week’s gym membership.

There is literally nowhere to put the cross-trainer in our house though except for next to the dining table in the kitchen.

Cross trainer in the kitchen(Please excuse the microwave box in the background, we have boxes everywhere half packed at the moment!)

Once we get to our new house next month there should be plenty of room thankfully.  In fact, I even suggested to Dan that we could convert the garage into a gym using eBay bargains that I would find.  He didn’t seem too enthusiastic about that idea though…I’ll keep working on him.

This week I also provided a Pinterest post for Steph, over at Magpie in the Sky.  (Well, I actually made the items several weeks ago now.)  When I commented on what a good idea Steph’s Tried and Tested Pinterest posts were she asked if I would write a guest post for her wihlst she was away on a super exciting trip…Literally jumped at the chance to.  I had lots of recipes stocking up on my Pinterest!  Here’s a sneak preview of one of the recipes I tried, but check out the post on Steph’s blog for the others.

Red Thai Curry - Pinterest Tried and Tested recipes

Do you have any gym equipment at home?
What has been your best eBay bargain?
Do you follow recipes from pictures of meals you spot on Pinterest?

8 thoughts on “Do NOT underestimate the cross-trainer

  1. I always prefer smaller race numbers – they’re much easier to put on for me and they don’t tend to flap about or chafe (if something can chafe me, it will…the edges of paper can be excruciating when you’re trying to run! Though I suspect it’s my own fault for wearing crop tops and trying to pin my number to those…)

    Cross trainers are great for maintaining running fitness: I was basically glued to one in 2011 when I had so many stress fractures and I still managed a much better half marathon time than the ‘efforts’ I managed in succeeding years. I combined that with a lot of swimming and it seemed to do the trick.

    The same might happen for you in the MK Marathon – you never know!
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    1. I seem to have a really bad habit of swinging my fist out across my chest when running lately and catching race numbers, so hopefully that won’t be an issue with this smaller number! During ultra events I’ve taken to wearing my number on the front of one short leg as I can never get the number of layers right for an all-day/night event and am forever changing tops!
      Your comment has made me feel much more optimistic about my chances at MK. I’m going into this pretty much blind – I have rough times in mind, but am unsure now if I should run to heart rate or stick to a pace…I guess a lot of it will be play it by ear on the day but I like to plan!!!

  2. Eeek- two weeks to go, how exciting!!!
    Smaller race numbers sound like a good idea really- I always find them annoying to put on as they have to bend a bit. I never trust those bag drop tags though- they always seem to me like they will rip very easily. At Brighton the bag drop was a sticky label that you stuck to the bag- seemed much more sensible as it would actually stay on the bag.
    I have a few bits of equipment- if you can call them that- a yoga mat, a few handweights, and foam rollers. I use the mat and foam roller but not the weights. Our neighbour has some sort of machine in their garage as we often hear them, although when their garage is open it is so full of furniture and things it is hard to see where the machine would be!
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    1. I didn’t even think about the bag labels. I’m used to getting a tag and tying it on with string at smaller events and have never had a problem before. I can probably leave most stuff with Dan though as he is planning on supporting me again this year.
      I have some hand weights as well although don’t use them as frequently as I used to now. I tend to work with body weight in the mornings and this works just as well.

  3. Wow what a bargain with the cross trainer! Glad to hear you’re still getting in some good workouts. I’m sure you will be absolutely fine for your marathon – because you’re a superwoman! You’ve done the hard training anyway.
    Love the idea about the Pinterest thing. I’m rubbish at anything craft-like so avoid those like the plague, but I love pinning recipes. With Hello Fresh (sorry I know I keep droning on about this) I don’t hunt out recipes quite as avidly anymore as I’m cooking so much more (and more variety) in the week now.
    I have some free weights at home which I use (this is going to sound silly) when my porridge is in the microwave in the morning for a very quick glute workout (I do hip hikes on the stairs). I just wouldn’t get round to doing them any other time, but having that 3-4 minutes where I can get some reps in is perfect and now part of my routine. I never do them at the gym for some reason.
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    1. I was determined to get one and knew we couldn’t justify spending much on it, or justify the gym costs.
      Not so sure about being Superwoman, but hopefully my past training will stay with me enough that I can make it on race day… :S
      I ALWAYS do a little mini ‘workout’ (if you can call it that!) while I’m waiting for my porridge in the morning! Usually high knees or a mixture of squats and crunches. I figure, rather than standing around and not getting anything done it’s much better to fit in something, no matter how short!

    1. I am looking forward to it. The support was good the last time I ran…I’m just hoping for cooler weather than the last couple of years!

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