Fitness Friday #1

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So although this is my first post on the fitness side, I just wanted to get cracking. It seems ‘Fitness Friday’ is what we’re going with. I’m going to try and post a fitness related post every, yup you guessed it, Friday!

I started running about 2 years ago and up until 8 weeks ago, the furthest I’d ran was a 10km race in Manchester with my mum for a bit of fun. It was during the height of my #weightlossjourney and I was about proving all sorts to myself.

Yet here we are now, signed up to do my first half marathon in May 2019 in Manchester. This is my first big stepping stone to ticking the meaty marathon off my bucket list.

Running a marathon is one of those things only crazy people ever say they’d love to do, and fewer actually seriously commit to doing it. Let’s be honest, it’s a fucking mammoth task. Most people, to even contemplate signing up to putting themselves through 26 miles of agonising tarmac torture, need a pretty good reason why. A motivation. TheirΒ raison d’Γͺtre πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

My Reason Why

Some people choose to run for amazing charities and some people run for fitness. I like to think my motivation is both.

Fitness motivation

It’s no secret for those that know me that I’ve struggled with my weight most of my adult life. Stones up and stones down and it was only a few years ago that it started making a bit more sense when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It’s a condition that basically means your body doesn’t produce enough of the chemicals and hormones that make your metabolism work properly. Decent, aye!

I’ve done ok so far, in the last year I’ve lost just over a stone from changing my diet and embracing exercise as a way to invigorate my body rather than seeing it as a punishment!

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I’d say the fundamental part of any type of big change people want to see in their body makeup is defined by the mindset they have. We’re all guilty of telling ourselves what we can and can’t do without always knowing whether it’s true or not. I decided to challenge myself and my limiting beliefs that I was too overweight and too busy to run or even train for a half marathon.

Non fitness motivation

I don’t want to label this as charity because it’s not really in my eyes. An old friend of mine died far too young and part of dealing with that initially was me doing what I could to help her family by organising commemorative things that would help those that love her remember her in a happy way. We have a beautiful cherry blossom tree and an annual school award given to those that show the qualities we felt embodied her.

The maintenance for the tree came to an end in October 2018 after the 5 years we initially paid for with the charitable donations we got all those years ago. This gave me the idea of combining something unbelievably worthy and in need of updating with the need to challenge myself. It’s also an incredibly good motivator to not let me quit πŸ˜…

Go ahead, check out my Just Giving page!

Where am I up to?

Here’s my run from last Saturday. It’s my longest run to date and I honestly felt like my hips were disintegrating by the end of it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ oh well guys, just 5 and a bit more miles to get through on the day.

The biggest challenge will definitely be trying to keep up my training during these cold and wintery months. I mean, we all know the appeal of mulled wine and hog roast is slightly more appealing than sweating your back out in -2 degrees running on a dimly lot street. πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜…

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Charley

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