It was awesome.
I'm not sure why it's taken me so long really. I always blame time, needing to use every second that BB is at nursery to do work, or cleaning, or something else. I love running. In the past it was my therapy. I like to run alone. I find it meditative as well as exhilarating. Yet the more time passed, the harder it was to gather the motivation to do it.
Having BB go to nursery for a second morning a week was all part of the plan to allow me time to exercise. He started that second morning in September, and I have been to the gym and for a swim a few times, but I still didn't run.
I think part of me was scared of how hard running might be, and that it would indicate just how unfit I have become since becoming Mum. I do feel much fitter and healthier since adopting a paleo/primal diet though (when I stick to it that is!) and do actually feel like need to move more to use the energy I have.
Finally the motivation I needed to do it now began with the news of the forthcoming Team Honk Blogger to Blogger Relay
Then during a #paleohour (8-9pm Tues) conversation on Twitter, it emerged that several of us felt the need to move more, so we set ourselves the task of a #fitness30, in which committed to getting of our butts and doing something each day of November.
My month so far has been fairly typical of my usual activity levels.
1st - Swimming with BB
2nd - Swimming with BB
3rd - 30 mins on Wii Fit
4th - travel in the car for 6 hours to go on holiday - then some hill walking with a push chair
5th, 6th and 7th - lots of hill walking with a push chair, sometimes on rough terrain, definitely more of a work out than I am used to!
8th unwell - hard to tell if I had BB's stomach bug (he was vomiting the day before) or if it was just that I ate food I wouldn't usually eat, like battered fish, and Birthday Cake.
9th - I was at a conference, but I did walk a bit from the train station etc
10th - Lots of walking in Cambridge - shopping
11th - I went to London to the fertility clinic - walked from Kings Cross and back, google says that was 1 hour walking, and I ran to make my connections too.
12th - nothing really - other than digging out my iPod, loading it with Podrunner and psyching myself up for today
13th - Today I ran!
It was great. The weather is perfect; sunny and cool, and I was so ready for it. I began right back at the beginning of the First Day to 5 K, which is where I started when I first began running. It wasn't too hard - I managed all that I was supposed to with relative ease, at no point did I want to stop, or feel out of breath and ready to collapse in a heap. I am looking forward to going again, though I know I can't go frequently I can definitely go once a week, twice on the weeks DD is here - I need to make the most of it.
Next time I am going to pop some mini bacon quiches in the oven as I leave, so I can tuck in to a yummy cooked breakfast when I get back.
I am thinking I might want to sign up for a little 5km run early next year to keep me motivated - know of any?