Running

I’ve never been particularly sporty, I’ve never really enjoyed exercise, I hated P.E at school, I always had a note with some excuse as to why I couldn’t do swimming (in my defense, my hair was very long, swimming in the morning and then having to spend the rest of the day with wet hair? No thank you, isn’t that how you catch chills?) I would try to get batted out early on in a rounders game in the Summer so that I could sit in the Sun and tan my face and when it came to sports day, I think it was compulsory that you signed up to compete in at least 3 events, I’d always choose the ones that would be over the fastest, the 100 metre sprint, long jump and well, actually, I don’t even remember what else.

Back as a teenager, I was blessed with a high metabolism so that and a vegetarian diet meant that I was pretty much still too small to fit in to the average Topshop or Miss Selfridge size 8 (size 6’s back then were harder to come by) so I didn’t really need an awful lot of exercise anyway.

These days, I do go to the gym, I don’t love actually doing the exercise but I go to keep in shape as more of a necessity and I do feel good afterwards.

With all this in mind, it would seem ludicrous if  I were to tell you I’ve signed up for 2 5K runs next year wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it???

Well ludicrous of not, that’s exactly what I’m telling you, along with a few of the other  ‘Golden Ball’ girls from work I’m all signed up for a 5K Tough Mudder obstacle course in March at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – albeit without the mud and a 5K Colour Rush obstacle run in May in Brighton! 

Training has started, the manager of my gym walked in the other day and actually had to do a double take, in 10 years, he’s never seen me set foot on the treadmill, and when I told him what I’m training for he chuckled, well I’ll show him!

I’m up to 2K today, I figure if I can be up to 5K by the end of the year and keep it up, I’ll be fine come March, then it’s just the obstacles I’ll have to work out how to tackle, and coming to think of it, I’ve never seen a fat runner so that will mean I won’t have to feel guilty about the amount of hobnobs I eat my way through!

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I love the thought of my first run being at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from the window in my apartment, I watched the Olympic village being built, the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the orbital all went up so quickly, they seemed to appear out of nowhere, then for the opening ceremony in 2012, my view of the fireworks was spectacular and during the Olympics, I also watched the athletes train on the open running training track.

 

The Tough Mudder race is in association with Help The Heroes and I will have a fund raising page up soon.

 

 

 

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Yoga

Yes, so I know I’m a little late jumping on the yoga bandwagon but I’ve decided to start 2017 by embarking on a new yoga journey.

I think I always put off going to classes before because I thought I wouldn’t be flexible enough but this year I bit the bullet and I’m loving it although at the moment my ‘flying pigeon’ is more like ‘pigeon that just fell out of the sky and crash landed’ but that’s Ok, I have faith that with practice I’ll get there.

I’ve made a pledge to myself to try and squeeze in one or two yoga classes per week along with a pilates class (depending on my work schedule) as well as my usual cardio and weights work outs and I’ve downloaded Yoga Studio’s app on my phone which is brilliant for daily workouts between classes.

I’ve also purchased Daily Greatness Yoga Journal to record my goals and progress.

Dolly seems to be loving my pink elephant yoga mat!

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Wakey Wakey, Rise & Sparkle

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Remember the days before mobile phone alarms and snooze buttons? No? Me neither. How much time do you waste pressing snooze when your alarm goes off in the morning? I know I’ve been guilty of pressing snooze for up to an hour before, especially on cold, dark  Winter mornings when getting out of bed just isn’t appealing.

Snoozing isn’t actually beneficial, with 10 minute snooze cycles, you don’t have long enough to fall back in to a deep and restful sleep before your alarm is ringing again and this just confuses your brain and body so even though you may have spent extra time in bed, you can end up feeling more tired.

I’ve made a pact with myself as of this month to ditch the snooze button and get up as soon as my alarm goes off, it’s Summer now too (debatably with the weather we’ve been having) so there’s no excuses.

One way to make it easier is to keep your alarm away from your bed so that you actually physically have to get out of bed in order to stop the ringing.

Try it and see how much more energy you’ll have and how much more productive you can be.

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