Fitness Journey, Health & Fitness

Fitness diary: And so it begins!

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This week sees an important milestone in my running journey.  I will be embarking on my first proper training plan since completing couch to 5k last year.  The goal of the training plan is to get me to half marathon distance in 12 weeks time with a target time of under 2 hours 15 mins.

I’ve been feeling everything from excitement to self doubt in the lead up to it.  Touch wood, I’ve been injury free since September but I am nervous about increasing the miles and pushing myself, but I am super curious about what I can push my body to achieve.

I am quite hard on myself, I take bad runs badly so a big part of getting through the next 12 weeks will be dealing with the psychological challenges as well as the physical ones.  With that in mind, I recently downloaded the Headspace app.  It was recommended to me by a work colleague after a conversation we had as I had been reading lots about mindfulness and its benefits.  There was also a great letter in Running Fitness magazine last month about how you can apply the theories of mindfulness to race days by mentally accepting things that may not be going quite to plan (such as pain) and how to train the mind to deal with it.

So here goes 🙂  I have all the tools I need to do this so nothing is stopping me!  I’m sure it’s going to be a bumpy journey along the way but here’s hoping I come out the other side with a huge sense of achievement, a few lessons learnt and some nice shiny bling 🙂

Races booked so far this year (target is 12): MK festival of running 10k, Leighton Buzzard 10k, Flitwick 10k, MK Half Marathon, BUPA London 10k, Whipsnade Stampede & Royal Parks Half Marathon.

2015 mileage to date: 80.63

Miles to go to hit target: 619.37

Happy running

D x

 

Fitness Journey, Health & Fitness

Fitness Diary: the story so far

So I’ve never been particularly sporty or fit. I used to be a dancer from the age of 8 – 14 but even then, stamina was not my strong point. This year, I decided to try and change that (and my waistline) and finally get myself in shape. I set myself 2 goals:

1. Run 5k comfortably

2. Drop a dress size

I have tried running before but not with much success but then I heard about a programme that my local running club were offering to beginners to get them to 5k. I had already missed the first week when I heard about it but went along on the second week. I walked in feeling pretty nervous and shy but soon realised everyone in the room was at a similar level and the coaches were great. Not too pushy and fitness crazed but offered some motivation and advice to get you where you wanted to be. The programme is based on a Monday night club run and then 2 ‘homework’ runs during the week.

So now I’m coming to the end of week 6 and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m definitely not the best in the group but I try hard and push myself a little bit further each week. Tomorrow is the big test as we move from interval runs to solid running for 25 minutes. By the end of week 9 I should be running 5k. Lets keep fingers crossed!

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The second of my objectives is not going so well however.  I know that a lot of people say that running often turns fat to muscle but I haven’t seen a difference in weight loss as yet.  I do feel like I am toning though and I haven’t exactly been dieting so thats the next phase!  A friend recommended this site  to calculate your calorie intake so will be trying this next week and see how I get on.

The other random fitness challenge I have taken on along with the girls in the office is the 30 day squat challenge.  It’s mostly just a bit of fun and an attempt to get rid of some of the junk in the trunk 🙂  Here it is if you want to give it a go yourself!

30 Day squat challenge
30 Day squat challenge

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