Sport, thaiboxing, training

Do do run run again

Liam’s been at this running program for the past six weeks, and while I’ve some days been looking a little jealous of his runs and his commitment, I’ve been fine by hanging out at home, Sloughing on the internet. And of course I’ve been (and am) supportive of his running and commitment to the program – but I’ve felt fine about my training in my classes and the extra TRX I’m putting in at the moment, to not really bother getting into running myself.
-And I had that nasty experience with my knee getting all f***ed up after a run, a couple of months ago.

This saturday we somehow managed to get to Brucies for Thai boxing. Which was great – I always love a good thaibox training – especially now that my finger is fine. So had a blast, but also felt it was hard to go on the pads. I mean – of course I could do it for 5 or more rounds, if I had to. But it was tough and I felt my heartbeat in my throat.

'We're on a road to nowhere..and we're running!!'

‘We’re on a road to nowhere..and we’re running!!’

On the way home Liam said, he was happy we went thaiboxing after all. And he added, he felt really good about going on the pads, as he felt more in control of his heart rate (stamina) and could pick up or slow down the pace without getting out of breath. He noted, that it might come from all the running he’s been doing.

I thought about it and it makes sense. And I thought to myself, maybe I should try running too – with the program that is. (It’s a heart rate based program that ensures you don’t go 80% on all your runs and thereby burn out faster). So my mind was positive primed when Liam (yesterday) suggested that I join his program – and my goal is to see it this week out – and then decide from there, depending on knees and limbs.
There is 6 weeks left of the program and if all goes well after week 1, I’ll follow through the last 5.

Training update including past week:

Today (Monday): 6miles on 70%
Yesterday (Sunday): 10 miles 70-75%
Saturday: Muay Thai
Friday: Sprints with Liam (4x 800m + 2 miles jog + 1 mile 100s = 5.5 miles)
Thursday: 30 min TRX, 40 min. Circuit, FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: 1.5 hour Abs/’toning’/ Burpees
Tuesday: 20 min TRX, 20min Barbell ‘blast’, 20 min Core, 2 x FighterGirl Classes
Monday: Nothing

 

My diet is back to No Gluten – except I’m having a cheat day on saturday, where wheat & sugar is allowed. Needles to say, I’ve spent Saturday stuffing my head with chocolate stuff and a couple of mini pancakes and some Danish liquorice.
I’ve seem to be quite happy about this arrangement.

 

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Nutrients, Sport, training

The influence of diet or how to gain two inches in a night

It would be my guess, that most women can relate to what I’m about to show now. Cause, I don’t think myself to be all that special as in ‘freak of nature’ special – but who knows. I’ve actually never really discussed this in details with my fellow ladies – only like a silent, un-spoken agreement, that we all be nodding ‘uhmm’ to, when the subject arises every now and again.

Cause, it might not be true for men – but for us women, a gain of 2-3kg in a night is possible. I know Liam and other men will easily drop 2-3kg (or even more) in a night. And in a brief period (in the duration of a month), I too, will be loosing weight at night, instead of gaining. However – monthly weight gains from out of nowhere, is something us women have to live with, unless we’re athletes who fucked up the system. Then we’re pretty much the same all the time.

Anyway – I discovered another way of gaining – not weight, but inches. All in just 24 hours.
I’ve been on glutenfree diet for about 6 weeks now, I think – expect for my trip to Denmark, where I ate Danish pastry (wienerbrød) every day – and often 2 or three times a day. And I enjoyed every shameful bit of it!! Te-birkes, chokolade wienerdrøm, høj snegl, træstammer!! Yums!!!  I came back from Denmark last sunday ( a week ago), body shocked to pieces by all the pastry, so I had a week of basically no sweet or wheat.  (The funny thing was however, I didn’t notice a huge change in my body. Maybe because of the continuous overload?)

This weekend however, I got my hands on a piece of chocolate, pecan, caramel tort from Deasys. And it’s absolutely just as gorgeous as it sounds – and taste it too! But besides being loaded with sugar, its also made with a small amount of flour.
And I could tell!! All sunday morning stomach was in bits – and I’ve grown a clip or two in my belt!!
All for a piece of tort!

Crazy huh!! Goes to show how much food influence our bodies in both feel and look!
I might do another wheat day again – as it really is nice to eat cakes and the like. (and I have my eyes on a nice pizza too), but I also have to say, that even the results of my changed diet aren’t that overwhelming (body fat percentage down 2%, bodyweight about 1.5kg), I think, I do feel better in my body.

If you're thinking of doing it - I'd say 'Go for it'!! You can always go back, if it doesn't suit you!!

If you’re thinking of doing it – I’d say ‘Go for it’!! You can always go back, if it doesn’t suit you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past week’s training:
Today: Nothing – zip, zerro!
Saturday: 6.4k with Liam (Hurt and didn’t feel nice)
Friday: Sprints with Liam (7x 400m + 8x 100’s + 2 miles jog)
Thursday: Circuit class & FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: Abs Blast, FighterGirls & Burn/Tone classes
Tuesday: 20min running, 20:20:20 & Kettlebells
Monday: Boxercise
Sunday: 16K with Liam (slow pace)
– Muay thai was unfortunately cancelled this saturday! :((

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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!

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At the country side

Life is often good – mostly quiet, but always far away from everything (or so it feels like).

Like – Tuesday my boss from Womens Fitness asked if I could come in Wednesday for two classes and some PT sessions. I actually would have liked to do the classes, but being 1 hour drive away, gas alone would have cost what I get paid for two hours= Not the best argument to get Liam to start the car (or just starting the car all together).
Now this was just one instance of which – had I been closer, it would have been easier to say yes. But just in general – it’s hard to plan job interviews, to look for galleries or nice cafe for my photo exhibition.

However, one thing I’m pretty close to is nature: Yesterday we were out at the beach, body boarding and swimming. (Had about 20 minutes of fun in the water, and after about 2 hours of fun de-frosting). Later that evening, I witness a slug devour a bit of orange and a flock of happy dolphins swimming and jumping by our house. (I assume they were happy… looked happy while jumping and flipping in the water).

Besides swim and body boarding, week offered a bit of everything:

Monday: Kettlebell & Boxercise classes at Womens Fitness
Tuesday: Skipping and Tyrkish Get Ups (16kg). Tried with the bar, but only got ½ up. Next week baby!!
Wednesday: Barefoot beach sprints (10x 100, 10x 50 + 2500m warm up/ normal runs) + Beach style Kettlebell. For some reason I run faster barefoot (on the beach), that I do on the track. Even it rips the skin on my toes, it’s just such a wonderful feeling. Just like being a kid again.. invincible and full of energy. (I actually hurt something in my left leg – so much for being an adult! 😦 )
Thursday: Swim & body boarding
Friday: House cleaning & Internet poetry (blogging 😉 )
Saturday: Tomorrow I have a date with Caitling and a Kettlebell + hopefully, pads at Brucies!!

Sometimes I miss living in Copenhagen: Close to everything – gym, thaiboxing, beach, friends – and I guess opportunities!! But then again, neighbourhood wasn’t that good (no nice spots except for the graveyard!!), apartment boring (ground floor = no view) and my love across the ocean.
On the country side – far away from everything: View is amazing, I live with the Love – and did I mention, we’re far away from everything!!

Life on the countryside can be a pretty one!

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Beachsprints and muay thai

It’s been a good week for training so far! Very happy and very soar!

Tuesday:
Morning: Skipping etc. (logged earlier)
Evening :Kickboxing with the legendary Ian Kingston

Wednesday:
Morning: Beach sprints 25’s, 50’s, 100’s, 200’s and a 300 in the end (Think totally amounted to around 4-5K). Sprints were great and it feel so good to run barefoot on the beach. (Like I was ‘Born to run‘). However the skin of my big toe, didn’t like me making lines in the sand. Felt like I’ve scrubbed it with sandpaper in the evening class. Haha.
Evening: Muay thai at Brucies gym (pad work and bag/ knees)

Thursday:
Morning: Thaibox/ bagwork at Cork Thaibox
Evening: If my legs hold up, it’ll be a run in the hills

Wrecked is how I feel thou… so not sure at all. But, I’ determined to have a great training week, so something have to give!
This saturday two of the finest female fighters are facing off in US: Julie Kitchen (UK) vs Miriam Nakamoto (US). Would really love to see the fight, but am stuck on the country side with no internet or nothing. So have to guess a result. Still really battling with myself. There was a time, when I thought Julie would take it hands down. She’s so good, technical and experienced. I’m not so sure anymore, Nakamoto was fierce in her last fight and she’s known to be ‘In your face’ in the ring. I’m on a tie here…

Two of muay thai finest are facing off this saturday! Who’ll take the W?

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So you think you’re fit

This could be the headline of todays WO, which I found at the CultfitHQ blog. This could also be the headline on my state of physique right now, except – I would never state, that I’m fit. At least not fit enough. There is always room for improvement!

And todays WO really proved that beyond doubt. I immediately fell in love with it, cause it reminded me of summer joys in Copenhagen, when Liam and I did the 50 day challenge (find Liam’s blog here on Ross training.com).
Introducing the KB into the mix was a welcoming addition, which I thought was a fun twist, despite my elbow has been making trouble for over a week now. (after getting overextended during sandbag work).

Todays WO:
8 rds of Swings followed by 400m sprint (or as fast as I could)
Swings were 50 for start, for warming up, but due to elbow and a desire to box soon, I reduced all following rds to 25.
Rd 3 and 5 was probably the fastest. I felt like crying afterwards and am still not sure, whether I did or not. It’s raining again today – of course!
Last three rounds, I remembered what I’ve read in Callaghan’s book for running, and tried to take smaller steps, but faster. I think, it made me able to finish and keep a reasonable pace. No doubt first 200m was faster than the last, but instead of sprinting like I would normally do, the smaller but faster steps made me complete the track, without reducing too much speed.

Gymwork:
Goodmornings:
2x 10x 20kg
2x 10x 30kg
2x 10x 35kg
Superset with 5 dips btw sets
2x 3 OH press with 30kg

5 LC with 12.5kg db (unfortunately no KB available)
2x 25 abs
2x back bridge/ Yoga style backbridge
-the yoga style was much harder than the ‘sambo’ style, when I first tried it out. But after having done it a few times and made the body comfortable in the position, I have to say, hands down – ‘sambo’ style is way harder!

Thanks to CultFit HQ for reminding me of the beauty of sprints!

motivational

 

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Home alone in Cork

Home alone on a saturday in Cork. Thought I spend the first half of the day training and shopping for food, without getting lost, and I succeeded in both- fortunately.

Decided to change things up a bit this saturday, as I wasn’t really in the mood for running, when I arrived. Truth be told not in a mood for much today – and yet, the first day of spring arrived. First day of walking outside, without feeling cold, so I actually enjoyed the 6k (there and back) walk to the store.

Alright – Training 32nd day of Lent Challenge

* 10min walking

Todays challenge = 100 perfect push ups* (or yesterdays… not sure. I know, I’m one behind). Decided to go 5x 20 and super set with different kinds of abs.
* 20 Push Ups – hands just outside of shoulder width
* 20 Crunches on the ‘Thera-crunch’
* 20 Push Ups: Right hand under shoulder, left hand out from waist. 10 left/10 right
* 20 Reverse Curls – Butt out from bench
* 20 Push Ups – strict. Hands under shoulders
* 20 Thera-crunch + 5kg
* 20 Push ups: 10 plyometric clap, 2x 5 one arms (One arms was hard today)
* 20 Crunch: 10 thera/ 10 but* out from bench
-Finisher: 2x 20 captain crunch (cable pull with 32kg)

Did a little like the picture, only had my legs levelled up, so body was horizontal and strict - and pulled up from there.

Squat:
2x 5 x20kg
2x 5 x40kg
2x 5 x45kg
In btw sets: 3 pistols to each leg + 2x 10 TRX style hanging pull ups (kind of reversed push up?)

Finisher strength:
5x 20kg Clean & Jerk
3x 15kg Snatch
-Olympic style – NOT crossfit

Finisher:
* 4.67k running: 4 min warm up, 7x 1 sprint, 1.5x 1 nice pace

coined phrase from the friends at Cultfit
Stretch – and someone has been so nice to turn off the hot water for the weekend, so had a very cold and very short ice dusch afterwards. Apparently I have to be cold somehow in Ireland 😉

I also managed to shop for dinner, and will be making sushi tonight. Since Cork doesn’t offer any good sushi places (I’m sorry Daikon, but that’s how I feel), I have to make it myself. Not a big deal, just a little kitchen lazy, but I’ll get it done. (Otherwise I’ll have to starve).

No caption is needed

Edited on sunday 25th: Picture above depicts perfectly the despair in air yesterday. Today the sun is shinning, can’t really complain about that. I’m heading out on my extra challenge – which today will be something as small and nice as a run in the still unknown Cork. (Hoping that I don’t get lost again!!)

Enjoy this:

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