Don’t Stop Fat-Fighter!

I’ve had a bit of a mixed experience when it comes to exercise this weekend.

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Image courtesy of jesadaphorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Firstly, I went to my normal spinning class on Friday despite me not being that keen on the music now that there’s a new instructor.  When the class started, she announced that she’d be doing a couple of extra tracks at the end of the normal class but gave people the option of leaving after the timetabled 45mins.  I firmly decided “No! It’s Friday night.  I’d only planned on doing the normal 45mins.  At soon as possible, I’m out of here!”.

However, as the class progressed, I started to think, “I’m here now, so I might as well do a little bit extra.  It’s early on a Friday evening after all so I still have the rest of the weekend to do other stuff.”  To my own surprise, I stayed and worked really hard for the extra 13mins.  I left feeling very pleased with myself.

On Saturday morning, I was back to Parkrun after a break of a couple of weeks.  I was running it with two of my cousins – one of whom left her house at 4:45am to drive 140miles to take part (yes she is a bit mental but we love her!).  It was a nice sunny but cold morning so I was thinking it was going to be a lovely run.  However, about 1mile in to the 3mile course, my hip-flexor started to pull.  I tried to ignore it and focus on my music thinking that as I got into my stride a bit more it would probably loosen up a bit.  It didn’t.  By about mile 2 it was really hurting and all I wanted to do was to stop and walk.  But I didn’t.  It took a lot of positive thinking to keep me going including: the amazing challenge completed by Davina McCall for Sport Relief that I’d watched  a programme about last week (Davina: Beyond Breaking Point).  If she could keep going for all than distance, I could manage to complete a 5km run; all those who managed to complete the Coventry Half Marathon last week; and thinking about writing this blog post!  Despite my hip being sore and this having the knock-on effect of making my lower back sore from my altered gait, I managed to keep running all the way around and still run a little bit faster over the last 100 yards (not my usual sprint finish but hey).  I was surprised, and not a little proud, that I managed to dig-in mentally and keep going.  Even more surprisingly, when I checked my time this morning, it was actually only 47 seconds slower than my PB!!

During the run, and reflecting on my mental attitude towards it post-run, I started thinking about how the mind-set needed to complete a physical challenge is mirrored in the challenge of losing and maintaining weight: sometimes it is unexpectedly hard to keep going and obstacles that are not of your own making can slow you down.  But if you keep a positive mental attitude, dig in and keep going, you can achieve your goals.

Thanks for reading.

PS How do you keep going when the going gets tough?

 

Run, Fat Fighter, Run.

Despite it being the first day of the half term holidays yesterday, I dragged my weary backside out of bed and went and took part in my first parkrun event in a bid to help me move more and boost my weight loss.

image courtesy of www.parkrun.org.uk

image courtesy of http://www.parkrun.org.uk

The weather had been shocking over the previous 24hours with howling wind and rain.  I’d been half hoping that the rain was going to be torrential as there’s no way I was going to attempt it in that weather.  But the other half of me really wanted to have a go and I found myself lying in bed yesterday morning, listening to the very strong winds and hoping that the rain held off.  It did mainly: there were a couple of showers but I was already at the park by then.

My main aim for the run this week was to actually do it and not be bothered if I didn’t manage to run all the way around as I’ve not run properly in several years. However, when we got there, I decided that as I’m reasonably fit and can cope with 45min spinning classes, there was no reason why I shouldn’t be able to run all the way round if I paced myself.  So I went for it and was delighted with my time of 33min 12sec.

What was even more surprising was that I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for next week’s run!

Parkrun events are free and held all over the world.  If you fancy taking part why not checkout http://www.parkrun.com/ or http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

On Your Marks, Get Set…

Well, I’ve taken the plunge.  In an effort to bank a few more activity points prior to going out with my work mates on Saturday night, I’ve registered for parkrun and plan to take part in my first one this Saturday morning!

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Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If you’ve never heard of it before, parkrun is an organisation that arranges free, 5km runs across the country (and indeed the world!) every week.  Your time is recorded and logged online so that you can track how you’re improving.

I must say, I’m a little apprehensive: I’ve never been a massive fan of running and I haven’t run at all since September.  And even then I was only doing 1 mile daily.  However, I’m reasonably fit and I hope that being in competition with myself will help to spur me on to make this a weekly occurrence and so give my exercise and weight loss a boost.

Here’s hoping!

PS – If you’re interested in taking part in a parkrun event, take a look at their website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/