Building gym confidence is a something that I get asked about quite frequently. The gym can sometimes be a daunting and intimidating place. Even for myself, a seasoned gym goer. I’ll let you in on a little secret, it has taken me years to summon up the courage to train in just a sports bra. In the past I didn’t feel toned enough and thought I’d look better in one if I had cheese grateable abs. But the funny thing is, I’m currently not as ripped as I used to be, yet I am comfortable in just a sports bra. So whats changed? My mindset.
I think at one point of another, every runner has fallen out of love with running. Sometimes it’s due to an injury. More often than not it’s simply because you’ve got bored of it. You no longer feel inspired to pound the pavements and you haven’t hit a PB in a while either. It’s happened to me before and I’m sure even elite athletes will admit that sometimes their heart just isn’t in it. But just because one day the love for running that you once had feels like it’s starting to fade, doesn’t mean that you’re going to lose it completely. It’ll come back with vengeance and here are a few tips on how to fall back in love with running.
If you’re read my blog for a while or stumbled across my Instagram, you will have probably ready about my dream to run a sub 40 minute 10km. It’s been my goal pretty much since I started running. To join the exclusive sub 40minute 10km club and edge closer to achieving British Athletics standards. I decided a few months back that this year would be the year. I’ve got the race booked in my diary and started a 12 week training plan but can my legs actually take me there?
I think I speak on the behalf of most Newlyweds when I say that marriage makes you put on weight. I don’t know whether it’s because you’re no longer worrying about looking like the perfect version of yourself on the big day. Or if it’s just because you’re happy and want to indulge. But, this week we are reigning it in because we want to get our pre wedding bods back! I hate the word diet and this is anything but that. We’re just making smarter food choices and moving more.
There’s only a couple of pounds between then and now, but for me it was never about the scales anyway. It was about how I looked and felt. I felt much stronger and had a lot more muscle definition back then. So I have decided to work towards getting my pre wedding body back!
If you feel like you’re no longer moving forward with your training, have started to put on weight or can’t run anywhere near your PB, have a look at what your diet and exercise routine was like when you were performing at your best, and compare it to what it is now. That’s exactly what I have done and here is what I am going to change.
Last week was the Launch of the Reebok Girl Squad and we joined Be:Fit, along with 200 or so girls at Ministry does Fitness for a day of Yoga and HIIT classes. After the evening class, we had a Q&A and one of the questions asked was about the kind of music we listen to and where we find our gym music.
For me, having a good music playlist can be the difference between having a really bad session and acing your workout. Not only does it help power my runs, it helps me to stay motivated and pass times during the boring parts of a half marathon (trust me, they can be so boring)!
I’ve always wanted to visit Santorini. The beautiful cobalt capped white buildings and seas have always been something that I have wanted to see. And when I finally got to visit Santorini and have my “bucket list” moment, I felt disappointed. Really disappointed. Sure, it was beautiful. But there wasn’t much to do other than drink cosmopolitans. Or take pictures of yourself and then watch people taking pictures of themselves. Which is fine, I guess I just expected more from Santorini because so many people rave about it. If you go on Instagram you’ll see thousands of beautiful pictures taken in what looks like the most magical Island. But when I got there I felt like something was missing and I found that something in Mykonos.