My Endurer Dash

Last weekend I took park in the Endurer Dash 8km event in Dronfield and LOVED it! As part of the 8km course I had to walk up streams, crawl through mud, scale fence’s, swim across a pond and trudge through lots of mud (as deep as my thighs at some bits!).

If you have ever had a fleeting thought that these events look fun and one day you might like to enter one, then please please do. Its so much fun and I was so proud of myself afterwords. The feeling was very similar to how I felt after I gave birth. Proud of my body when I have asked it to above and beyond!!!

The Endurer DASH is a test of your strength, stamina and the limits that you can endure. Two obstacle races, an 8km and a 14km course for you to thrash around. Don’t rock up and expect to be rubber necking at the amazing Peak District scenery, or sniffing the fresh country air on a gentle morning jog. Expect to become one with the mud and country. Expect an epic obstacle course pitched on some serious terrain. Challenge Yourself. Become an Endurer!

Upcoming 2015 events – get in there early for discounted sign up rates! Let me know if you sign up, I may be tempted to join you and do it again!!!

Endurer Dash 8km: September 26th Peak District

Endurer Dash 14km: September 27th Peak District

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Upcoming 2015 events – get in there early for discounted sign up rates! Let me know if you sign up, I may be tempted to join you and do it again!!!

Endurer Dash 8km: September 26th Peak District

Endurer Dash 14km: September 27th Peak District

Garden Workout With Kids

I often get asked how I manage to fit in workouts with a toddler and a preschooler so I though this video would help! Make it fun and get them involved and you will get so much more from your workout.

Remember you are showing your kids that being active and exercising can be fun so mix it up and don’t worry about how many reps you are doing!! We were out for about 45 minutes and yes it was raining at the end! It ain’t training if it ain’t raining!!!!

Exercise names have been altered for the benefit of the game! Dinosaurs are much more appealing to to four year old than walking lunges!! Give it a try and let me know how you get on!

Dreaded DOMS

A lot of my Fit Mums and Park Fitters are asking me (possibly complaining but I’ll assume asking for the purposes of this post) about muscle soreness so I thought I would write a little blog post to help you all out!!

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) often occurs a day or two after heavy exercise. It is often described as stiffness, soreness, inflammation and tenderness. This stiffness and soreness is felt in the main muscle groups that you worked in your last exercise session. It is eccentric movement that causes DOMS. An example of eccentric movement is when you slowly lower your arms in a bicep curl.

Funny story. I got DOMS in my biceps after I gave birth to my son. I had had an epidural and was instructed to hold on to the back of my knees and pull (eccentric contraction). I swear my biceps hurt more than anything else in those 72 hours after labour!!!! Ditch the weights, push out a baby!!!!

You are more likely to feel DOMS if you are new to exercise or when you increase the intensity of your workouts. What you will be pleased to hear is that after the first bout of DOMS is often the worst and then you are protected from damage from subsequent exercise for up to six weeks. This gives you time to gradually ease into your workouts and increase the intensity over time. Basically this means that once that first session is out of the way, you need to continue with the exercise to avoid getting DOMS as bad!!

The precise cause of muscle soreness is unknown. DOMS can be produced by a number of different factors.

– Tiny tears in the muscle tissue
– Osmostic pressure changes that cause fluid retention in the surrounding tissues
– Metabolites accumulating in the muscle cell producing cell damage and reduced force capacity
– Acute inflammation
– Combination of the above

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The best thing you can do speed up recovery if you are experiencing DOMS is to keep moving!! Avoid the temptation to sit down and not move for a week! DOMS isn’t an injury so very low intensity exercise such as walking or swimming will help to loosen the muscles.

Stretching daily will also help, but especially after exercise. This will help to lengthen the muscle fibres and increase the blood flow to the muscles. This increase in blood flow helps to bring vital nutrients and oxygen to the muscles to aid recovery but also flushes out the waste products. Drinking plenty of water and massage will also help with this process.

Warm baths can help to relax the muscles affected and ease the soreness. Adding two cupfuls of magnesium flakes will also help to feed the muscles and replace minerals. Stay in the bath for at least twenty minutes to allow the magnesium to absorb through your skin. My favourite magnesium flakes are from Better You (another fabulous company based in Sheffield!!).

Ensure you have plenty of protein in your diet to help feed and repair the muscles. A few spoonfuls of cottage cheese before bed is a great source of protein that acts to repair the muscles while you sleep. If you struggle to get enough protein in your diet there is the option of protein shakes. These are fast acting and provide your muscles with instant “food” to help kick start the healing process and thereby reducing the severity of DOMS. Protein powders are a massive money making industry and a bit of a minefield that I could write a whole topic of blogs on (watch this space!). All I will say for now is that it is down to personal preference so don’t go out and buy a massive tub! Try some trial packs until you find one that you like the taste and consistency of!! Chocolate milk drank within thirty minutes after exercise, has also been shown in recent studies to have positive effects on reducing muscle soreness after exercise and is a cheaper alternative to protein powders (yet another blog post, I’m starting a list!!).

Yes I am telling you to go drink chocolate after exercise, it helps. I promise. You can thank me by sending this blog to all your friends and letting them know about it too!!!

My Year In Fitness – Day 232 #MYIF2014

Recently I have been trying to spend more time “unplugged”. At first I found it difficult, I love my gadgets and I did feel a bit lost. However I have stuck with it and I am feeling the benefits of being offline, even for just for a short time each day.

My latest step in the process was to delete the Facebook app from my phone (im not brave enough to delete my account yet!). I am definitely more productive and have a lot more head space to think about real things and ideas as opposed to being concerned with things in cyber world.

Today I have spent the afternoon in the garden with my two kids, my phone stayed inside! I felt more present and able to get involved without being pulled away by the numerous distractions our phones can provide. 

All that said I am still lusting after this Samsung Galaxy S5, its got a heart rate monitor built in so surely I can justify it for work purposes when training clients? I’ll leave the Facebook app uninstalled!