Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First run since becoming Mum #fitness30

I just got back from my first run in three years!

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

Team Honk Blogger to Blogger Relay 2014

I signed up immediately. I am not sure how I am going to do it yet, but I'd like to be able to run my section (assuming I'm not pregnant, which I doubt, more on that coming soon). Then my sister asked me what I wanted for my birthday I asked for things to help me get off my butt and run - she bought me running socks and gloves, and an iPhone carrier, and some energy boosters.  She runs too, and so is also going to join me on the 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?

Other #fitness30 bloggers

Primal Park Girl
Irish Paleo

1 comment:

  1. Good for you! Often times it's harder just getting started. The mental part can be the toughest hurdle. Keep going strong :)

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