The Diary of 'Personally Trained' Mummy, aged 30+, Weeks Three & Four
I'm sure effective exercise is all about stops and starts, peaks and troughs. This is good, because if Week Three was a peak, Week Four was definitely a trough.
Monday: Walked the 25 minutes to nursery, then ran back home from nursery. After the previous week's 8 run + 2 walk on weds, today was 3 * 9 mins run + 2 mins walk - about 5km. It was tough, but do-able. Total exercise time: 58 mins.
Tuesday: Walked again to nursery - 25 mins. Only 1 minute walking time today - 3 * 9 mins run + 1 min walk - about 4.5 km. PLUS 50 mins pilates class. AND as I got chatting to another mum leaving the nursery, we did the 25 mins walk home too. Total exercise time: 130 mins / 2hrs 10 mins - hardcore, hey!?
Wednesday: The now standard walk to nursery. I was pretty apprehensive about running for 30 mins non-stop, but I did it! It was pretty tough towards the end, but I did it!!. Total exercise time: 55 mins.
Thursday - Sunday: Other than a 10 min cycle ride to the park and 10 mins back again, these days were exercise free.
One of the things top athletes (such as myself? :-)) have to work around is being hampered by an injury. I've kind of hurt my ankle - the bones feel slightly out of place and pain shoots throught it ever so often. I've seen an osteopath now, so it's feeling a lot better, but it meant that running was off during Week Four. HOWEVER, I could have (but didn't) replace the runs with more strengthening and toning. So not a good week.
Monday: Walked the 25 minutes to nursery. Total exercise time: 25 mins.
Tuesday: Swimming – 4 * (9 breast stroke + 1 front crawl), ie 40 lengths, in a 33m pool, which took about 45 mins; 25 mins walk back from nursery. Total exercise time: 70 mins / 1 hr 10 mins.
Wednesday: Walked the 25 minutes to nursery. Total exercise time: 25 mins.
Thursday - Sunday: Nothing
I realise Week Four is a particularly weak effort, but it's given me the impetus to make Week Five a lot better. I've got cycling, swimming and pilates galore planned - let's hope I can stick to it!!
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