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Dear Diary: February 2016

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Februarys been a weird old month. I’ve been focusing really hard on work, and had a couple of (lovely) weekends away, so I’ve just been treading water with everything else, keeping myself ticking over till I can set my fitness goals March 2016.

Mostly I feel pretty positive. I’m feeling strong, and ready to start spending some time working more on speed and explosive power for the next couple of months.

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At the start of the month we began a fitness challenge with Norfolk Roller Derby, there are daily challenges, which I have fallen a little behind on, and a fitness test that we will retake at the end of the challenge to assess our improvement based on our recovery heart rate. I completed the test in 4 minutes 18 seconds (I didn’t do enough reps, but as long as I repeat it the same way it doesn’t matter). To improve I’m going to have to work on a lot more jumping around stuff during March, so that’s where my focus is going to be.

In March I have a Roller Derby game coming up this weekend, a Sur5al tournament at the end of the month, and the Trowse 10k rolls around again on Easter Sunday.

February Achievements

Februarys goals were about as much of a bust as I expected. I only ran 10.3 miles, not 20, due to those weekends away and the fact I managed to injure my leg. We didn’t win our first game of the season, though we put up a hell of a fight and unsurprisingly I forgot about my mobility exercises half way through the month as I got distracted, by, er, other stuff.

I did, however, manage to squat my bodyweight. In fact I got a 3 rep max of 75kg in a test at the gym, so I’m pretty chuffed with that.

I also jammed a few times, not only at our practice scrims, but at co-ed scrim and I managed to not get lead and not die (those are normally my choices, get lead and call the jam off before I die, or end up stuck, forget to breathe and die)

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Photo courtesy of NeartheCoast

Fitness Goals March 2016

So, it’s about time I started doing my goals properly, with end and process goals, so. In March

Complete the Trowse 10 in under 1 hour 3 minutes 50 seconds

That was last years time, and even though I have seriously slacked on the running front, I’d really like to beat it. I have a really short time to train so my process goals are:

  • 1 long run a week, 5-6 miles
  • 1 speed run a week, intervals or fartlek

Improve my Fitness test recovery times

I have 4 weeks left of the fitness test, and it’s time for some serious effort to bring that recovery time down and improve my fitness!

  • Get back on the Kayla Itsines BBG program twice a week
  • Add Plyometrics at the end of strength sessions 2 x a week that’s 3 exercises 3 sets of 8

Eat Better

Yeah, that’s a wishy washy goal, but in February I stopped keeping a food diary and went away a lot, and my meal planning has started to slide. So in March I plan to

  • Keep a food diary 6 days out of 7
  • Plan meals the day before 6 days out of 7
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