‘I Can’t Run’

I said these exact same words to myself around a year ago when I struggled to run for longer than 5 minutes on a treadmill without feeling like I required a full tank of oxygen to breathe. I said it to my partner over and over again meanwhile I’d be sat on the sofa gorging on my second packet of crisps of the day. Then I was unable to run as my body didn’t have any fuel from starving myself. These were all excuses, because running was hard. In fact, it seemed damn near impossible to me at the time. I’d see people out running and wonder how they were performing this miraculous act. Oh, how messed up this thinking was. In reality, I couldn’t run because I wasn’t in a good frame of mind to try, not because MY body was incapable.

My first piece of advice to anyone looking to get into running is don’t tell yourself that you can’t do anything. As I’ve discovered – the human body is capable of a lot more than we may even realise. It adapts to whatever you put it through! Everyone can run. You just have to get out there and remember that the first run is always the hardest!!

Don’t do too much too soon either. Even experienced runners make this mistake. It’s no use running six times a week on week 1 and then week 2 is non-existent. Start slow and build it up until you’re consistent week to week. This is where you’ll see your body changing and progress being made.

I’m about to enter into my training cycle for the Edinburgh Marathon in May after 3 weeks of being unwell. I’ll begin on Monday 6 February and train for 16 weeks. After recovering from illness I wanted to get myself back to a base-level of fitness before this begins and my first time back pounding the pavements was tough. I ran 2.5 miles (which was all I could manage) on Monday and then 3 miles on Tuesday – in pretty slow times compared to what I was doing prior to Christmas. It was difficult for me, mentally, to listen to my body and ease myself back in slowly. Yes, I’m a bit gutted I didn’t run a bit further or a bit faster but I would have done more damage to my body going hell for leather on those 2 runs. I made that mistake just after Christmas in going back to the gym too soon and it put me out for a further 2 weeks!

And… just after getting back into running, I’m off to Amsterdam this weekend for 3 days so I’ll be taking some more time off exercising. Hopefully all the walking we do whilst sightseeing will make up for it! I’ve also done a lot of research into healthy-eating hotspots in Amsterdam so I’ll be doing a post on where to stay on track whilst in the city, when I get back! Keep your eyes peeled!

Time to get my bags packed! Have a good one.

L x

 

January Gym Go-ers 

Just before Christmas, I was in a spin class at my gym – it was the 7am class with all the hardcore gym junkies I see day in, day out! I told Brandon this story and he said, “you’re one of them” and I guess he’s right. I have, over the past year, fully committed myself to and managed to sustain a healthy lifestyle… 

Anyways, back to my story… at the end of the class the instructor made a joke that we’d have to be fast booking our classes in January as the gym always, as we all know, gets a lot busier with new members. She then said, “It’s fine, I’ll give them until the middle of February at the most.” Everyone laughed. Except me.

I left that class without the usual elation of finishing a tough workout at that time in the morning. Instead I felt angry and disappointed in my instructor. She is the woman who is supposed to motivate me and everyone else in the class. Someone who walks through that door for the first time – she is the woman who is supposed to make them come back time and time again… but instead she exercised her snobbery amongst the supposed elite gym go-ers. 

I wanted to say – “hey, I started this thing last January and I’m still here” but I didn’t! Instead I kept my mouth shut and made a silent promise to myself that if I saw anyone looking a little lost, scared or unsure – I would smile or maybe even offer a helping hand. If everyone did the same, maybe more of the January “gym bunnies” would still be there by March. 

It’s important to remember that whilst we’re all in it for different reasons, we’re all in it together!

Can you all tell I’m on the positivity hype? I’m actually really sick at the moment, so I’m making up for my lack of training with positive thinking! Anyone got anything to share on the PMA front?

Happy New Year Guys!! 

L x