….but we are all fabulous.
With 2 weeks blocked out to write a book chapter, I decided to start the Runners World “Run your belly off” (RYBO) programme too – the idea being that I would need to balance sitting at my desk every day with some activity. I also thought I’d throw in some extra healthy eating and stocked up on some yummy M&S salads so I’d have no excuses. While I was at it I decided I’d also try and meditate each morning….
I didn’t start RYBO at the start as I do run a bit usually but I’m out of the habit and need to ease back in, so I started at stage 5 of their 12 stage (or week) plan, which involves 2.5 minutes of walking interspersed with 5 minutes of running repeated 4 times and finishing off with 3 minutes walking. You’re supposed to do this 3 or 4 times before moving to stage 6 which involves 3 sets of 3 minutes walking and 7 minutes running ending with 3 minutes walking.
Here’s how week 1 went:
|13’1” (before week started) (37.8% fat)||3,677 (already written)|
|Sunday||No||13’0”||2.5 mins walk/5 mins run x 4, finished with 3 mins walk
Soaked in torrential downpour!
|Started late (7pm) – getting head back into it.
New total: 3,799
|Monday||Yes||13’0” (37.1% fat)||2.5 mins walk/5 mins run x 4, finished with 3 mins walk||Goal: 5,000
New total: 4,954
|Tuesday||No||13’1” (37.5% fat)||Too windy||Goal, 6,000
New total: 6,010
|Wednesday||Partial||Out and about||Other work|
|Thursday||No||13’0” (36.9%)||2.5 mins walk/5 mins run x 4, finished with 3 mins walk
+ extra 7 minutes walking at start and end due to location
Actual: 0 – day went off course with unexpected wedding planning
|Friday||No||13’0” (37.4%)||30 min walk||Revised goal 7500
New total: 6,431
(& 300 words on next ch)
|Saturday||Yes||13’0” (37.2%)||90 minute walk||Revised goal 8000
New total: 8,031
|TOTALS FOR WEEK||2 and a bit sessions||13’0” (37.2 % fat)||166 mins walking
60 mins running
(& 300 on ch2)
A few things I’ve learnt: having a daily goal word count to work towards is very effective. I drafted this blog piece at the start of the week and wrote in my goal totals at the start of the week. Knowing I wanted to post this blog also helped to make me feel accountable. Checking my email definitely DID NOT help – ditto the news, Facebook, Twitter, online shopping etc. If it hadn’t been for needing internet access to research the chapter, I might have got my OH to disable it! Getting a decent number of words under my belt in the morning also set me up for the day. It’s also not great to be quite this up against it – while Wednesday was a planned day doing other things, Thursday was derailed for reasons largely outwith my control and had a knock on effect on productivity on Friday. There needs to be a balance between the pressure being on but also wiggle room for unforeseen events.
Anyway, I now need to put all that into action over the next few days as I need to have a decent first draft to submit by Thursday, so look out for my next post!