I'm trying to getting back into the fitness/running bug after falling off the wagon majorly.
I've always had to work hard at keeping within a healthy weight - finally did it on a big scale 2 and a half years ago. Started Scottish slimmers and lost over 2 stone,bringing me into a healthy BMI and giving me the confidence to go to gym classes three times a week and start running, which without a doubt helped me keep off the weight and feel great about my new found health (I had never been good at sticking at exercise as a child/teenager) and starting a good long-term routine in my early 20s felt like the right thing to do. I even built my fitness up enough that I entered to run a 5K, and although I had to stop to walk a lot I was so proud that I did it!
Somewhere along the way I totally lost my motivation (not helped by moving in with the boyfriend and becoming accustomed to more generous portions and cosy nights in!), the healthy eating habits became sporadic and I stopped going to the gym as much. Then some family problems began and I stopped going altogether for a while. I'm now lucky if I go once a week (usually for something low impact like yoga!). I've put on a stone of the weight I managed to lose and keep off for so long, which doesn't feel good at all.
Now I'm determined to focus my mind again, as I really do feel at my happiest when I'm in control of my health and exercising/eating well. And Couch25k seems like a great way to structure my workouts and work towards a goal - I always said I'd train properly after that first 5K, but in the past I've found it difficult to structure workouts that rely solely on my own drive. Part of my problem is that I get distracted and bored easily while exercising, so getting in to a routine with fitness classes (combat, circuits etc) seemed to really work before. I never had the get up and go to keep running regularly, despite me really enjoying running when I started to get somewhere with it. So fingers crossed the structured podcasts will work, I'm finding all the community stories really inspiring!
I'm going to stop rambling now - but I thought I'd do a first post here, because if I don't start now I might never do it. And hopefully posting my progress on this forum will help me feel somewhat accountable to keep updating and being honest about my progress. Despite lots of friends and family members showing interest, nobody has taken me up to join me as a running partner thus far either - so it will be good to chat with people who are doing the programme or have completed it already!
My short term goal is to follow the programme and run a 5K in July - for myself and also to help raise money for Alzeihmer Scotland in memory of my gran.
My long term goal is to be in a position to call myself a 'regular runner', doing 3 runs a week and enjoying them! Hopefully I'll be able to do a 10K at some point too.
My mantra (which I just stumbled across on running blog upandrunningonline) is:
You don't need motivation. You just need to get off your ass and go - seems very apt to me!
I'll try to keep the rest of my posts a bit shorter - fingers crossed!