The final few

On Sunday the 18th of September I decided I was going to start the 10k Runner app from the very beginning. Week 1 Day 1 went like this:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Repeat run/walk five more times
  • Cooldown x 5 min

I’d been struggling and thought starting at the beginning might help.

I had a session with Pete on Monday morning. I began with a warmup which consisted of:

  • Walkout to plank x 6
  • Plank and shoulder tap x 10, alternating 5 on each side
  • Airplanes x 10 on each side
  • Lunge and twist x 10, alternating 5 on each side
  • Elbow plank/leg raise x 10, alternating 5 on each side
  • Squats x 20
  • Cross-trainer x 400 m

I was ready to go home after that. And I mentioned that the walkout to plank really pisses me off – I have no idea why! And squats as part of my warmup?

After some water I did the first exercise circuit:

  • Bulgarian squats x 6 on each side (15-lb weights)
  • Squat jumps x 5
  • Bent over row x 8 (20-lb weights)
  • Airplanes x 8 on each side (10-lb weight)
  • Dead bugs x 20
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat two more times

The first exercise wasn’t supposed to be Bulgarian squats. Pete had said I was going to do a one-legged getup – basically from a seated position on a bench I was supposed to hold one leg straight in front of me and get up using just the other leg. I tried and nothing happened. I tried the other leg and nothing happened. Clearly I’m not as strong as he thinks I am! And clearly my ass is fatter than I think it is.

After three sets of that, I had some water and a short break. The second circuit consisted of:

  • Lunge/torso twist x 20, alternating 10 on each side (10-lb weight)
  • Lateral pulldown x 5 (8 bars)
  • Glute bridge slides x 8
  • Pushups to failure (21 in the first set, 10 in the second set, 13 in the third set)
  • Ab wheel rollout x 8
  • Rest x 30 s
  • Repeat two more times

Bloody hell – the glute bridge slides and ab wheel rollouts killed me. I could feel the glute bridge slides in my hamstrings and calves after just three of them. I also almost rolled forward flat on my face the first couple of times I tried the ab wheel rollout. After three sets of that I did some stretches and went home.

I was sore all over on Tuesday but I went to the gym for Week 1 Day 2 of the 10k Runner app:

  • Warmup x 5 min
  • Run x 1 min
  • Walk x 1.5 min
  • Repeat run/walk seven more times
  • Cool down x 5 min

Two of the treadmills are still out of order and I’ve been using my least favourite one, but there’s no choice at the moment.

I was still sore on Wednesday. I had another session with Pete. After the new stretching exercises (which I’m kind of getting used to) and a 400-m warmup on the cross-trainer, Pete told me I’d be doing the same Group A/B format I’d done the week before. Group A exercises consisted of mountain climbers, reverse lunge/forward drive and squat jumps. Group B exercises consisted of kettlebell swings (8-kg kettlebell), hip rolls and chest press. It went like this:

  • Group A x 20 s (each exercise for 20 s)
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Group B x 30 s (each exercise for 30 s)
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Group A x 30 s
  • Rest x 20 s
  • Group B x 30 s
  • Rest x 10 s
  • Group A x 40 s
  • Rest

I can’t remember what weight I used for the chest press but I’d had enough of squat jumps by the end of that circuit!

For the second group of exercises, Group A consisted of squat/press (8-kg kettlebell), jumping jacks and alternating bicep curls. Group B consisted of dead bugs, wood chopper (30 s on each side) and jumping side to side. It was the same format as the first group. And by the end of that, I’d had enough of jumping jacks! I think I used 10-lb dumbbells for the bicep curls, but I can’t remember.

I went back to the gym on Thursday for Week 1 Day 3 of the 10k Runner app. It was the same as Week 1 Day 2.

I took Friday off and went to a yoga class at Eco Yoga Sanctuary on Saturday morning.

Low point of the week? Even though I’ve been exercising, I’ve not been eating very well.

High point of the week? I made it to the gym five times and to yoga – I think I did well this week!

Weight loss? It went down in the first half of the week and then back up over the weekend. I didn’t drink over the weekend but I did have a pizza on Friday night.

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One thought on “The final few

  1. […] told me I’d be doing the Group A/B workout format that I’d done two weeks earlier. Group A exercises consisted of mountain climbers, reverse lunge/forward drive and split squats. […]

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