Our first few days in the UK have been characterised by one word.
We have loads of the stuff…plus ice and temperatures well below freezing by night and often by day as well. It is seriously cold here. We were one of the last planes to land unaffected at Heathrow, and the drive home, just a hundred miles, were slow and precarious. We are supposed to be in Yorkshire today, but I didn’t want to risk four hours’ driving in the snow and ice on what now feels like the ‘wrong side of the road’.
This is what has been happening since we landed.
Now I thought I was one of those girls who would run in anything.
Snow? Check. One of my favourite ever runs was through deep fresh snow in Harrogate in Yorkshire.
But ice and the risk of ice? Nope.
As such, I’ve not run since we got here…instead I’ve spent the past four days eating too much of my mum’s lovely cooking and soaking up my parents’ company. Which is wonderful and I’m not annoyed about it, but I am a little frustrated about losing the fitness I was starting to regain. I am itching to run, but no let-up is forecast in the weather for a few days, if not a week.
So it was time for alternative measures. Jillian Michaels.
I had heard great things about JM’s 30 day shred, so I gave it a go, accompanied by my little co-worker-outer. I thought it would be tougher than it was, but I do think that basically means I wasn’t trying hard enough!! There I was, using two tins of cat food as weights, wearing my dad’s boxer shorts and my sleep socks. It was kind of hilarious.
At the end, I felt better. It was a good work out and it made me feel a little stupid that I hadn’t done it every day since I’d been here – it’s easy to fit 20 minutes into a day!! And tomorrow, I suspect my muscles will be telling me about it! My left quad is already a little shaky!