Running up that hill

Monday, 1 July 2013

My fitness level is at a low at the moment. Even though I feel like my eating habits are getting better (albeit struggling a bit like always), I have really fallen out of love with exercise. Or, shall we say, fallen out of love with the motivation to exercise. My gym membership these past few months has been barely touched. I can really feel myself getting less fit and I need to do something about it! I'd like to start running again properly. I ran way back in 2008 and ever since then had been doing the odd run, but for the last year or so I have mainly stuck to the cross trainer, bike or rowing machine and have scarcely been on the treadmill longer than 5 or 10 minutes. You see, i've hit that wall of pain that always rears its ugly head with exercise. I have gone backwards and need to have an extra level of motivation and determination in order to get my tolerance back on track, otherwise I worry I will give up running altogether.

I've been longing for someone to exercise with for a while, as well as making full use of the gym membership i'm paying for. As if they were reading my mind, I had an email from my gym today offering a "bring a friend for free for July". This means Aled can come and work out with me for all of July which is great. I need motivation and he has been missing running recently. I'm hoping to start running 3 times a week to start with. I definitely can never say that I don't have time because I really do.

I recently downloaded the NHS Couch to 5k podcasts as a way of helping me get back into running. I'm not a complete couch potato, but I do feel not far from it at the moment. I've completed the first week and am enjoying the run/walk/run intervals instead of just putting my all into running and feeling very tired out very quickly.

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Also, instead of just the few and far between photo posts, i'd like to start posting more frequently on here, with shorter and sometimes photoless posts. I feel like I haven't yet hit a comfortable level of blogging, and whilst I really want to post more, I often end up lost for ideas to write about and almost wait for my next wave of photos. We'll see how it goes.

6 comments:

  1. I've been using Run Double recently, it's brilliant and teaches you to pace yourself as it builds up your stamina each week.

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    1. Ooh will check that out, thanks!

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  2. HEY want to go for a run with me this/next week? I was thinking about hitting up Regents Park, which is where I did my first 5k :)

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    1. Looking forward to it! (even though I will be awful) :)

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  3. Try using the cross trainer at the gym, I find them so much more enjoyable than treadmills and at the same time your arms are getting worked a little too. Also use the rare sighting of the British sun as your motivation! Find a nice local park and admire nature as you run xx

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    1. I use the cross trainer all the time, and love it! Trying to get back into running, and yeah I need to schedule some outside runs in this beautiful weather! xx

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