Seven on, two off!

Wow, last week was a killer. I trained 7 days straight and I felt it. Started on Sunday with circuits, 6k run Monday night, 11k run with stops for circuit drills on Tuesday, gym weights sessions Wednesday and Thursday, 5k run Friday and circuits Saturday morning.

Before I literally fell to pieces I decided to take Sunday and Monday as rest days and boy I needed them.

Went to Mudder boot camp last night and was well and truly thrown back into the deep end! Brutal circuit training of battle ropes, kettle bells, vipr squats, medicine ball slams, skipping, trx flyes and presses, weighted sled drags, box jumps and pull ups, with laps of the car park in between each exercise! It certainly pushed me to my limits.

Relatively easy weights/strength session today then hill runs tomorrow at 5am! If the training for Tough Mudder doesn’t kill me, I think I might just survive the Mudder event!

Burning Out!

Its only Thursday and I am beat already. Monday I did a nice steady 6k hilly run. It was a mix of off and on road and very hot and humid conditions but it was quite nice. Since then I’ve had very little sleep due to my darling children! On Tuesday the Tough Mudder team got together for our weekly bootcamp which time week was touted as being a 5 mile cross-country run. It turned into a 6.5 mile cross country run with pauses for hill carrying, step ups, crawling the length of a football pitch, press-ups etc. It was tough but fun in an odd sort of way. I should have rested yesterday but my chances for getting time to exercise are fleeting, so when an hour opened up I hit the gym for a ‘pushing’ session. Chest, shoulders and triceps hammered and a good sweat worked up.

Today I’ll be at the gym again for a ‘pulling’ session, back and biceps, the Friday will be another 5k. Saturday morning I have circuits planned and Sunday I will rest!

I feel like I’m buring out a little today, mostly due to the lack of sleep! Hopefully I’ll be caught up by the weekend and fighting fit. Tough Mudder is only 44 days away, so I really need to get my conditioning spot on within the next month, so I can ease off a little the week before to avoid injury/over training.

As fit as I am feeling, I still don’t seem to be shifting any body fat. Think I need to give my diet a serious over-hall. I think its healthy but something is going wrong somewhere I am sure. Anyway, ’till next time, like the song says – if you’re gonna be dumb you gotta be tough!!!

Another week…

Monday – 5k run
Tuesday – boot camp
Wednesday – 5k run
Thursday – Chest, shoulders
Friday – Back, legs, abs
Saturday – rest
Tomorrow – Run before work…

Begin again Monday.

Not long ’til Tough Mudder now.


It’s been too long!

I’ve been away far too long. I’ve been busy doing non-blogging stuff like becoming a Dad for the second time.

Anyway, I’ll quickly try to cover a few bases here:

– personal life: baby Daniel born 21/5/13, he’s amazing if not a little cranky! His big brother is quite taken with him too, life on the home front is fantastic if not a little hectic!

– beer: I’ve been mostly drinking Kelham Island Pale Rider, Black Sheep and I’ve discovered the very tasty Kraken black spiced rum.

– I’ve just had work finished on my awesome half sleeve tattoo. I’ll post pictures sometime, but I love it and I think I’m now addicted.

Training I’m still on track(ish) with Tough Mudder training. I spent most of June concentrating too much on weights, so I’m now hitting the trails as much as I can to get some running miles in. I’m going to a boot camp style training session on Tuesday nights which is great for all round conditioning and I’m going to try and compliment this with a circuit training session at least once a week and one full body work out. All the other days I’m aiming to run at least 5k. If I could just be disciplined on my diet, I’m sure I’d get a nice lean body!

Managed a killer circuits set today with my Mudder Brudder Si:

5 min cardio warm up and stretches
Then did this non-stop:

20 box jumps holding dumbbells
10 wide grip pull ups
20 press-ups
10 burpees
20 Bosu squats
3 mins on cross trainer
20 Bosu squats
Single-arm shoulder press (10 each side)
10 burpees
10 dips
15 abdominal crunches
3 minutes on cross trainer
Lunges with dumbbells (10 each side)
One armed row (10 each side)
10 burpees
1 minute plank
10 wide grip pull ups
3 minutes cross trainer
15 step ups with dumbbells
10 dumbbell curl to shoulder press
10 burpees
Tricep kick-backs (10!each side)
Bicep curls to failure
3 minutes cross trainer

It was pretty fearsome. Try it you might like it.