Sport, training

Speed day and the birth of The FighterGirls Club

I don’t know why I do these things to myself sometimes…but I do it again and again!

Yes, today was another speed day and again I almost made myself cry. Of course in the end, when it’s all over, …no, everything was not good. Satisfied by hanging in there and grinding it out, yes! But felt wrecked afterwards – like in being run over on the as* by a truck, or something.

Anyway – as bad as my training was yesterday – I felt just as bad today. (Must that time of the month coming close – female readers know what I’m referring to. Well I guess men with women in their lives, know as well). But today I got the job done – on the track at least.

6x 400m sprints
800m warm up
200m jog/ walk/ gasping for air and crying on the inside in between
200m cool down

Blasted out in the last sprint. Upped my heart rate with 1 – that’s 2 since we started using Heart rate monitor in the end of Sept.

Total distance: 4.66K (a tad more than the believed 3.8K after conferring with the Garmin Forerunner)

2 Boxercise classes at CIT and Mayfield – excellent work for both classes. A lot of upper body work in both, to the ladies big surprise đŸ˜‰
Did a half hour session with Aoife before the Mayfield class in the gym. Second time in the gym = second time touching the weights! She did really well, but poor thing was tired in the class afterwards.
She told me later, that she thought, you’d only got tired from cardio work. She’s amazing – I can’t wait to follow her and her friends progress on the weights and in class. If they keep at it, they’re gonna witness some changes!!

Next week I’m jumping out – on my own here in Ireland: I’m opening The FighterGirls Club, which will be hanging out in RB Fitness on Tuesdays and Thursdays (for a start anyway). It’s gonna be bang on Boxercise with a kick classes! With sandbags, mats and boxing equipment, my plan is to put some smashing classes up, that’s gonna rock the girls!
I’m a little scared, small bit stressed out – and very VERY excited.

I’ve missed all the wonderful ladies I’ve met in my classes – so hopefully The FighterGirls Club is gonna bring us together again. I’ll save the story on my refusal to sell out of my fitness ethics cost me my girls at the greedy womens fitness plus to a later day – now it’s time to celebrate The FighterGirls Club

Curious? Find the club on Facebook and please share with all the wonderful girls/ ladies/ women in your life

If The FighterGirls Club is something you like the sound of, you find the link to the page here to your right —–>
Feel free to click, read – and if you do: Like (even if you’re not a girl)
It’s just as much a way expressing joy, strength, training, health and feeling good – as it is an actual class!

Sport, training

Status of changes (CLA, Bodymorph, classes)

First things first: Monday was one week into my CLA experiment, and I was supposed to write an update on Tuesday. I don’t have any valid excuse for not doing so, other than we still don’t have our own internet.

Anyway, results are an increase of +0.9% in body fat percentage, after one week of carefully taking CLA three times a day (one with each meal). As usual I left home without my notes and food diary, so I can’t tell you if I lost or gained bodyweight or inches. But from the feel of my body and clothes, I’d say I might be a tiny bit smaller. I have however – as the attentive blog reader will notice – been running more, and we all know that running are great for two things: Cardio and Weight loss!

So status from 1st week of CLA is: I’m not impressed!!

A more ‘real’ change in my life came about this week. I was supposed to start teaching in K2C again this Tuesday (after being away all summer – 6 weeks total), but got told the night before I was about to start, that they preferred to keep my replacement for the class. Darren’s done a wonderful job with the girls and he also brought in girls from his muay thai classes (that he also teach in K2C), so they thought he should stay, as he got better numbers than me.

It felt like a bit of a blow, cause I really looked forward to see the girls again, but I do get it. Darren did put in a good job, and it would seem unfair that he should give that up, just because, I could finally get to K2C again. (Liam got sick of driving up and down to Cork, twice a week during the summer, so I had to give the class up. Had I been driving myself, I would gladly have driven 2 hours every Tuesday, even the numbers was low sometimes – and even the class only paid for gas – but I couldn’t hardly ask my boyfriend to do so. After all it was ‘my girls’, not his!)

So even I do feeling a bit sad about not seeing ‘my girls’ again, planning and executing our ‘Girls fight night’ as we talked about (and getting them ready for this), that’s just the way things work sometimes. A bit of a  strange and unexpected ending to my K2C adventure, but I’m sure everything is working out for the best.
I’m working on setting up my ‘Fightergirl’ classes elsewhere (and will keep you updated on my blog) and in the mean time, I’m gonna have fun training in one of Corks Muay Thai gyms.

Bye girls… remember work hard and have fun! (and stay in touch)


Training status this week:

Monday: Kettlebell & Boxercise class at Womens Fitness. Great fun in both classes, I’m working with 8kg KB these days, as I’m sick and tired of old boxing injuries keep popping up, when I’m working with the 16kg. Boxercise girls rocked! I’ve got a new ‘crew’, and they’re picking up the techniques too! Couldn’t be more proud!

Tuesday: Around 7K total, with 4x 400m sprints. Not sure if I reached my max puls – this was done after a night with NO SLEEP! (First night in ‘our new house’). I ran in my minimalistic Pumas.

Wednesday: Around 7K (run to work at around 148 puls), 1 Kettlebell class (again with the 8kg) and 1 Boxercise class. Again super great atmosphere in the classes. I was stepping for Alana in the KB class, and it was great to see some new faces and give them new challenges. Boxercise was great! Saw some familiar faces I haven’t seen in a while, so was really happy to see them back. (This was also my first wednesday back in WF. As I stated earlier, I’ve only done one weekly day all summer!) Again in the Pumas.

Thursday: 13.2K (two bits: 6K on treadmill/ 7.2K on track) First bit in the Pumas, second in my Asics Rush 33. Legs feel great after running in the minimalistic shoes, but can feel the shoes are different on my Achilles and heel. Think it was a good call to switch, but am sure I’m gonna be running more in the Pumas.

Friday: Not sure what today will bring, but I suspect running in the hills might be a part of it!

I’ve decided to stay low on the gym (weight lifting) + thaiboxing until my injuries feel better! Sick and tired of not being 100%, so now I run.


Thursday diet:
3 scoop of natural yogurt + 8 raspberries + handful of branflakes + CLA
2 coffee
180 gr mixed bean salad, couscous and cucumber
2 Hob Nobs with milk chocolate
180 gr bean/ couscous/ pumpking seed salad + CLA
1 small filet steak + CLA
Iceberg/ red pepper/ red onion salad + Newmans
1 glas of Mi Wadi
1 carrot
1½ Scone from Tesco
1 cup of tea (Barrys)

1 week in and NO results. Waiting excited to see week 2 results!