I knew that I could run a PB and when I woke up in the morning I felt like I could do it, so I did.
My half marathon journey begun last year at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London. I didn’t enjoy it but I ran another half marathon shortly after. Although I enjoyed that one a little bit more…I vowed to never run a 13.1mile race again. Fast forward to present day and I have just completed my 4th and fastest half marathon and I am on the look out to complete another one, and another one until I reach my goal time.
I think we all suffer from the dreaded “afternoon slump” at least twice during the working week. I’m usually hit with it badly if I’ve trained at 6:30am but didn’t sleep get much sleep the night before. As soon as the clock strikes 3pm, I struggle to keep my eyes open. And sometimes I don’t even make it to 3pm before that feeling hits! Although I am coffee drinker, I limit myself to just a few a week. So what do I do when deadlines are creeping closer and I’m still at the top of my to do list? Reach for the sugar. We naturally crave sugar when we’re tired and many of us reach for sweets or biscuits for an energy boost. But with these kind of sugar highs comes the lowest of lows and sometimes you feel even worse than before.
Last week Seasonal Berries challenged me to swap all my afternoon snacks for berries, as part of their Berries Not Biscuits campaign, to help me to have a more productive working week.
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)!