Last night I had the pleasure of joining Tapped Trees, Sweaty Betty, and PT extraordinaire Lydia Mok for a run, HIIT, run session. We ran to Regent’s Part where Lydia took us through a 45 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) session, and then we ran back! When I signed up for the event it sounded simple and fun. Simple it most definitely wasn’t but the fun factor was definitely there.
I have run so many times from the Oxford Circus area to Regent’s Park but last night it seemed as if everyone had decided to leave work / be a tourist at the same time. Running from the Sweaty Betty Soho store became more and more like an obstacle course than anything else. Once we reached the park the fun (and sweat) really began.
I hadn’t ever had the pleasure of training with Lydia Mok before and had no idea what she was like. Hardcore and amazing is what she’s like. When the first drill was to walk I thought this was going to be a literal walk in the park. But no. Soon we were planking, bear crawling, squatting, and jumping in the park.
I like to think I have a strong core especially since I have devoted so much time working on it. There was one exercise Lydia had us do which made me realise just how much work I still need to do. There is strength and then there is STRENGTH and this move requires the latter.
We ended with running back to the store. Now that rush hour had passed there wasn’t that extra element of danger. In the store there were lots of Tapped Trees birch waters waiting for us. I am very fussy when it comes to my drinks and my default is always plain old perfect tap water. However I thought this birch water was actually really delicious: the sweetness that the birch trees give isn’t overpowering and it doesn’t leave any sort of after taste in the mouth.
This whole event was really lovely and a very fun way to spend a Tuesday evening. Thank you Tapped and Lydia and Sweaty Betty!