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Lisa’s Journey, Week 43: Don’t Forget To Mix It Up A Little!

I loved reading Ali’s blog (Ali’s Adventure – The Female Athlete). It was timely, as I actually sat here thinking about chocolate and how I could possibly devour the packet of baking nibs in the baking cupboard. I’m a week out from ‘that time of month’ and I find I start looking for sweeter things and aren’t satisfied until I’ve had that ‘sweet hit’. I have a sweet tooth anyway, but my little friend really does push every ounce of my self control! The positive is, I will look forward to powering round the Graperide next weekend with man powered hormones on board.

While we’re on the subject, I also find useful a period app (any men reading may want to turn away). I’ve found this really helped me to stay in tune with myself. If I’m feeling a bit ratty or finding energy levels are low I know exactly why.

But moving right along (men you can tune back in now), this week has been good. A highlight was a useful You Tube clip from Ray on how to import workouts onto my watch and actually use it for its intended purpose. I had a couple of new sessions this week, which I’m always grateful for as I love new stuff, but on opening them I realised there was about 25 odd steps to the workout.

There was no way in hell I was going to be able to remember them all, so I put my distress call out and it was answered, as usual. I knew I wasn’t using the watch to its full potential, but thats all changing! I really enjoyed my threshold interval session, which I did while my boy was at his rugby training, and it worked out perfectly. The session, Haddi’s Russian Steps, was interesting. I didn’t quite get this done properly, but I should next time, now that I’ve got a bit of a feel for it.

When struggling for blog content, as I seem to on a regular basis lately, I’m fortunate enough to now have Di also to offer very supportive advice and make positive suggestions. She mentioned that I had a good tip in last weeks blog that I may not have even been aware of (nope, I wasn’t). It was about doing your usual routes the same way. When she said that I was like yes, it just reinforces, that sometimes you are just in program mode, go out, get it done and go the way you know without giving it much thought.

So, if you have a favourite route that you’ve been doing the same way for a bit now, hit reverse and as Di pointed out, it’s really refreshing. Even though your brain is familiar with the surroundings, it will really freshen up your ride, walk, run. Even drive a different way to work if you can. Go on, be a rebel!!!

I hope you all have a splendid week. Until next Tuesday, which I’m sure will be here before we know it, Ciao!!! x

Do not wait. The time will never be just right…

– Lisa Harris

Now that Lisa has completed the 10km Kaikoura Whale Run, she has agreed to continue writing to continue to inspire other people out there to get started and make a positive change. Check in next Tuesday for her next article.

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And all her previous articles are stored here:

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