Just keep going….

Saturday morning….alarm goes off at 6.45am. Get my workout gear on and head out for a run. As usual the first 10 minutes felt like torture but I’d agreed with my friend I’d do 4k and see how I was feeling at that point and take it from there. So we carried on at an ok pace. Nothing crazy…I’m still on beginner legs after all! But we got to the 4k mark and I felt good so we carried on and once we hit 5 we just kept on going….and going….and going. And before I knew it we got to 9k and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t stopped or dropped back into a walk once!! So of course with only 1km to go I just had to carry on!! So I did it…my first 10km distance, running all the way. I was so pleased with myself. I’ve been out 4 times a week for the last few weeks but only doing much shorter distances and still walking a bit so I didn’t expect this today at all. I guess the healthy eating, the positive thinking and the regular workouts are all doing their job!! 🙂

I did hit a few moments today when my legs were so tired I didn’t think they would carry me any further. But I just kept thinking about what my friend Alex told me the other day…..”just keep going, what’s the worst that can happen?” and she was right. My body pushed through and kept on going!

So the big run is 6 weeks away and I’m feeling good. Excited even! I’m not worried about how long it will take me. When I first signed up I couldn’t run at all and I told myself even if it takes me 90mins, the fact that I will have completed it will be enough. Well today not only did I complete the distance I’m already under that 90min goal which means I have a good few weeks to improve on that. So not bad for a beginner, even if I do say so myself! And after only 2 months of training!! 🙂

When I first set out to do this 10k run I had a lot of doubts. Especially when I first started training and realised how bad I actually was. But I remember something my friend Hollie said to me back then….”your body is capable of a lot more than you think”. So Hollie you were right…and thank you for all your words of encouragement!

Right…think I deserve a nap now! 😉


I’m back! :)

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. Why? I’m not really sure. I think partly out of laziness but I think mostly because I’ve not really had much to say. I did start a few new posts but the words just didn’t seem to want to come out so I kept on giving up. I do that a lot…give up. In fact I was close to giving up on quite a few things this last few weeks. The healthy eating and fitness regime went downhill for a while and I could feel myself heading in the wrong direction again. I still don’t have a job you see…..it’s been over 2 months since I got home now and it really started to get mw down. A lot of people have said to me that with all this time on my hands I should have no excuse to be hitting the gym or going out for a run but I found with me it was the opposite. The lack of a daily routine just resulted in lazy days, not getting out of the house much, spending way too much time on my own and settling back into a somewhat dangerous comfort zone. Even my 100happydays challenge came to and end as I really struggled to find anything to smile about most days so I again I gave up trying.

Thankfully the return of my parents has turned everything around a bit and I’m getting myself back on track. Not only is it nice to have some company at home it’s also forced me to get a bit more structure back in my day even though I’m still not working. I now get up before 9am (most days 😉 ), I’m eating well, getting back into the training and I’m being more proactive with the job hunt.

I think it’s safe to say I fell off the 12wbt wagon big time! I didn’t quit completely but going for the odd run and the once a week gym visit wasn’t enough at all and the comfort food was worming it’s way back in! I’d have one good day, followed by three bad days. I haven’t dared step on the scales as I know I’m going to hate what I see. I had a family wedding last weekend and I felt terribly uncomfortable with how I looked and felt. I have another wedding in August and I refuse to feel the same. So last week, I drew up a new 12 week schedule (based on 12wbt) that incorporates all my running training for the British 10k and a few strength and toning session in the gym or at home. My running is improving…slowly!! A friend of mine took me out a couple of weeks ago and pushed me to actually do a full 10k! I was pretty chuffed that I managed to complete the full distance even if I did run at snail pace and had to walk a few times. Gave me the encouragement and motivation to keep going and now not only do I know that it’s achievable, I have 7 weeks to work on improving my pace 🙂

So that’s where I am at the moment. Picking myself up again. I didn’t fall hard but I definitely hit a bit of a rough patch. But that’s ok right? I saw what was happening and I changed it. Ok, so it took a little help from my parents again. But there is never anything wrong with relying on others for a little help. And again my friends have been pretty amazing with their support and encouragement. I just need to remember that even on the worst days I’m still in a better place then I was a year ago and it’s ok to fall down as long I just make sure I get up again.

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