Friday, 9 January 2015

The First Run of 2015



If you read my New Year's Resolutions post, you'll know that number two on the list was running more regularly. Having nosed my way through plenty of other people's new year resolutions I've found that loads of you also plan to run in 2015- whether that's taking it up as a complete beginner, or pushing yourself to run further, faster or take on a challenge like a marathon.

As I mentioned in that post, I'd actually already laid some of the foundations for this last year - I treated myself to some new running clothes and figured out a good route to take. I got into running a bit more regularly in about September/ October time but moving away for placement and general end of term fatigue got in the way a bit so I didn't run for quite a few weeks.

There are loads of people out there with great running series on their blogs, plus lots of my friends and coursemates are pretty dedicated runners and this is all great motivation to run. But what really inspires me is when I find someone who I can really relate to. Someone at a similar level and experience to myself. So I thought I'd document my own running every now and again in the hope that someone out there will relate to it too! My aim is to be completely honest and hopefully inspire some confidence in other people.

At school I was probably a lot fitter than I am now and I wasn't a bad runner at all. I was probably a bit of a bad friend on cross country day in PE - promising on the start line to stick with my friends and all run together, but then sprinting off to somewhere near the front as soon as we all started! I also ran for my school cross country team on a few occasions. So the ability is there somewhere, it just got lost along the way. 

In order to get back into running, it was really a case of getting rid of all my excuses and simply just getting on with it. It's taken about two years to really sort them all but I'm pleased I did!

Excuse 1: "But I don't have decent footwear. I'll wreck my feet/knees..." 
Solution 1: Buy decent running shoes! Actually, mum bought them for me on the condition that I actually use them. 

Excuse 2: "I don't have proper running clothes. Everyone else round here does..."
Solution 2: Buy running clothes. Yes they were expensive. But this just made me more determined to actually get good value from them. I don't know about other people, but certainly at uni/ in central Bristol pretty much every runner you see is in fancy running kit. It's not an essential - at home I'd happily run in just tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt so long as they weren't too warm - but it was an excuse I was making for myself!

Excuse 3: "I don't know any good routes..."
Solution 3: I went running with friends who did! There's a nice 5km loop with a downhill bit at the crucial time. It's also not hard to look online and find routes or just plan them yourself.

Excuse 4: "I can't run more than a few minutes before stopping..."
Solution 4: Again, running with other people and sticking on some music (something I'd never tried before weirdly!) was good motivation to keep going a bit longer and actually I realised that I was stopping for absolutely no reason because I was physically able to go a lot further than I thought. After that, I decided to try and keep running regularly to see an improvement, rather than sporadically deciding to go, seeing no improvement and just being disappointed.

So with all that sorted out last year, it should be much easier now to keep to this resolution! And today was the first run of 2015. A gentle 5km in about 35 minutes. I've spent about a month not running and not even having to do any great amount of walking, so my current fitness level isn't especially good. And I'll be honest, I did have to slow to a brisk walk for a couple of minutes at about the 3km mark for a few minutes. But I just reminded myself of a quote I'd spotted on Pinterest - "No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch" - so long as you're trying, it counts as something and it's much better than not trying at all! There were other moments I almost stopped, but then spotted other runners and it gave me just that  little bit of a boost of determination to keep going. And at the end, I was pleased and felt much better for having done it. Not only does running make me feel fitter, it also helps improve my circulation in my hands and feet and makes my skin even out and glow much better than any make up could! (Once I've cooled down, obviously. I might be lucky enough not to resemble a tomato after exercise but no one looks their absolute best at right that moment in time...)

I'll wrap it up there, but do leave me a comment if you liked this post! 

Jennifer
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  1. I neeed to buy new running shoes, mine are quite old now and I'm starting to get creaky knees haha! I'm getting some at the end of this month but running in the mean time. I definitely think once you're back in the routine, it gets easier to not listen to excuses :)


    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Yeah, it just takes a little bit of staying motivated for the first few runs- once I'm into it I do find it much easier :)

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  2. I was really into running at the beginning of last year but I have fallen out with it recently. I want to try some other forms of exercise, more where I'm doing something rather than just running and not really thinking you know? But I may start it up again! I definitely think getting good shoes and clothes is essential! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yeah that is something I find with running- I don't really lose myself in it and have to concentrate on it like I did when I was horse riding or playing netball when I was younger. But it keeps me fit so that's fine! x

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  3. I was used to run, now I'm all into yoga classes and I always feel such a powerful strenght after that very similar to the running.
    have a great saturday.
    xxx
    mari
    www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

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    1. I would love to get into doing yoga. Unfortunately I don't really have the time to commit to a regular yoga class and I'm not very motivated for doing it at home! More excuses haha.
      Thanks :) x

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  4. I'm a bit similar in that I seem to go through bursts of doing lots of running then periods of doing absolutely nothing! I've become really unfit over the last 6 months so I'm really slow at the moment but I'm actually quite enjoying getting back to it. Oh, and I'm definitely one of those unfortunate people who resemble a tomato after running ;) haha x

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    1. Me too- so hopefully this latest burst is the one I actually maintain! It doesn't matter how fast you go, and it's nice to see the improvements :)x

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  5. Oh I love your solutions to excuses, I always feel I need to stop but I know I could probably go further. This year though, I've joined an exercise class as opposed to starting the year running!

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Good for you- hope the exercise class is enjoyable!! I'd love to do something like that but my weeks are so variable I could never commit to being somewhere x

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  6. Ooh I also plan on running more regularly this year. And I love that quote. Its so true. I have it written down in my journal 😊
    Joanny 😊
    imachoccakeaholic.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I hope you're managing to keep up regular running so far this year :) And yes, I find myself repeating the quote all the way round haha!

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  7. Love this - I'm so great at coming up with excuses for why I shouldn't go out running but I always LOVE it when I get out there. It's all mind over matter really!

    sophiecliff.wordpress.com

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    1. Me too - I feel great afterwards. Now that I've gotten into it, I'm finding excuses to go running instead of not to!

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