Competition: Win a set of twelve 30 Day Challenge Fitness Trackers

I wanted to get a quick post live for those of you planning to participate in the annual Janathon Challenge (workout and blog/Tweet about it every day in January), as I thought the 30 Day Fitness Challenge trackers that are available in my new Etsy Store would be perfect to use as daily prompts!

To kick things off in the store I am offering you the chance to win a full-set of the 12 different exercise trackers I currently have available.  Simply enter my competition and you could be a lucky winner!

The challenges are:
  • Burpees
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Plank
  • Press-Ups (Level 1 & 2)
  • Push-Ups (Level 1 & 2)
  • Sit-Ups
  • Squats (Level 1, 2 & 3)
  • Tricep Dips
  • Wall Sit

Store Preview:

And we’re off….

#janathon #parkrunJanuary 1st 2016 and we’re off on this year’s journey!  I’m not a fan of New Year’s Eve celebrations, I don’t really do parties and I am normally too tired to stay up anyway, so I finished 2015 with an early night in preparation for getting 2016 underway with a parkrun double and my first day of Janathon.  This meant the 6am wake-up call wasn’t too traumatic and I was able to have a chilled start to the day with a cup of coffee and a review of Facebook.  The Boyf and I then defrosted the car (glad we had a sneaky stock of de-icer for the first frost of the year) and drove over to Gadebridge parkrun.  New Year’s Day is currently the only day that you can run 2 parkruns and have them both count in your stats, so a lot of parkruns team up with others in the local area to allow people to double-up.

After finding the free car-park we headed to the start where my new Cow  Cowl marked me out as a tourist and we got chatting to a couple from Black Park who were heading over to Tring for the second run of the day.  Gadebridge is run on a mix of paths and grass and so it was a little bit on the slippery side, unfortunately the frost hadn’t been strong enough to harden the ground for us.  The marshals were friendly and encouraging as were the other runners, and we merrily wended our way over an undulating figure of 8 (ish) course, which was slightly undulating in profile.  The hills were runnable, but the mud meant it required a bit of extra effort to do so. A nice sprint finish (captured by the Boyf), and it was parkrun done in 33:50 & 53rd of 61 runners.

Sprint finish #janathon #parkrun

#janathon #parkrunBack into the car and we headed over to St Albans parkrun, luckily arriving before the car park got full, where we had time for a breather in the car before we had to venture into the chilled Winter air again.  It wasn’t hugely cold, but I did manage to keep my arm warmers on for both runs today!  Run briefing complete we were nudged back and back towards the hedge to give everyone a chance to get behind the start.

It was a lot busier than Gadebridge (St Albans regularly has 300+ runners), and there were a LOT of run clubs present.  I couldn’t hear the countdown but spotted the speedy ones at the front head off and hit start on my Garmin.  The course is flat, and this meant I was running quicker than my planned 6:54min/km pace (sorry TrainAsONE), especially as it was so busy, you got caught up in the flow of runners and it was hard to ease off, especially as there were a lot of normal park users around as well meaning you were restricted on stepping to the side to let others past.  It was then 3 laps of the lake, a nice view, lots of ducks and swans, but very narrow paths and as the front-runners barged and shouted their way through on my first lap of the lake I was glad not to be on the water-side of the path.  I really didn’t fancy a New Year’s dip but certainly got the feeling that if I came between someone and their PB that I’d be paddling pretty sharpish.  Finally my 3 laps were done and it was back up the “hill” to the finish (total elevation gain of 10m doesn’t really count as a hill but that’s how it is known there……I advise anyone who thinks that is a hill not to visit Wimpole Estate, Tring or Lullingstone!).  31:12, 280th of 356 runners.  Whilst the lake view was nice I am afraid that St Albans parkrun went straight in at number 1 of my most hated parkruns list. Multiple laps, strong presence of multiple run clubs, lots of bad attitude and a high likelihood of getting pushed in a lake! It’s fair to say it isn’t on my re-visit list.

In addition to getting 10km in the log I also managed to get a few 30 Day Challenges underway.  So that’s 30 squats, 3 proper press-ups, 15 knee press-ups, a 20 second plank and some calf raises done and dusted.  I am also planning on squeezing in some yoga before bed.  So not a bad start to 2016, I am not expecting it all to go as smoothly but long may it continue.

Here are the course profiles from veloviewer:

#janathon #parkrun

#janathon #parkrun

Wow! A week done

Wow! that’s a week of Janathon done, 7 days of exercise and I am still at it.  Nothing of excitement to talk about today really, I quiet day in the office and I decided to ignore the suggestion from the Facebook group that I should exercise before and during work and had a lie in until 6am.  My lunchtime gym session consisted of 15 mins on the yellow stepper (intervals, 120 steps/min), 60 squats,
15 mins on the swing stepper (hills, level 10), 60 second wall sit and 20 press-ups.  Cardio & my 30 day challenges combined together and believe me my legs hated me for it.  My legs started to wobble 40 seconds into the wall sit but I managed to hang on for the full minute.  I am not convinced that I will be able to do 300 seconds by the end of the month, but all I can do is keep building up and see what happens.

Today's exercise complete #janathon

My food logging continues to go well, but of course logging it isn’t so much the issue as making sure I am eating enough but not too much.  It will be interesting to see if this week of exercise and monitoring my food has made any difference to my weight at all.  I’ve been quite carb-light so if nothing else there should be less water floating around in me.  I may well do the exercise double tomorrow and hit the gym before work and at lunchtime.  Thursday is probably my worst day food-wise as I fly home, which means I tend to get tempted into eating random food in the airport lounge, so it won’t hurt to balance this out a bit beforehand.  then again if I am tired I won’t be leaping out of bed early and will just go and enjoy a pre-work coffee instead.

 

Janathon Day 5, back to work

I haven’t missed my 4am Monday alarm call for the last couple of weeks, but this morning it was back with a vengeance.  I fought the duvet and won and was in the taxi to Heathrow by 5am.  Thankfully things still seem to be quiet in the office, I hadn’t had any emails since Friday and so was able to hit the gym for half an hour at lunch.  I tend to use my lunch break for low heart rate cardio on the stepper/elliptical thingummies they have there.  I already stress my heart enough with my running without going for high-level cardio in the gym as well so today I did 15 minutes on the stepper and 15 (level 10 strength setting) on the “swing-stepper”.  A quick shower and back to the office to eat my salad.  I’ve started logging my food using MyFitnessPal again, I could do with losing a bit of weight to help me get a bit speedier and whilst I am not really calorie counting the process of logging it stops me eating bread and helps me check I keep my carbs low and fat/protein high.  By logging it I can spot why I haven’t lost weight when I am expecting to.  My diet is made trickier by the fact I live in a hotel 3 nights a week so either have to eat takeaway or cold food from the supermarket.  Tonight’s evening meal was mini salamis, olives and walnut cheese.

In addition to the gym I completed over 15,000 steps and my 30 day challenges.  Today it was 60 squats, 18 press-ups, 40 second wall sit and a 30 second plank.  Now I am going to switch to my other focus and get some of my OU study done and try and decide if I am going to run before or after work tomorrow.

Bring on day 6!
Janathon Day 5 #janathon