Considering I’ve started most blogs off recently saying I’m un-inspired, I thought I’d start this one off a little differently.
Last year I blogged about the positive effect exercise (and running at that), has on your mental health and in general your mood. Besides the health and weight loss side to exercise, it’s a huge factor towards living a more positive life. So two weeks ago I decided to dust off my run shoes properly and hit the pavement again. I’ve missed exercising outdoors for many reasons, but mainly because it feels so good to breathe in clean fresh air after a long day at work. There’s something about running outdoors that clears your head and feeds the soul after a stressful or busy day.
A big bonus is also the fact that my job has set up a Run Club, which means its more convenient to run mid week for me now. It’s definitely motivating to have a professional trainer coach the hour long session. I’ve gone twice now (once a week) and I can see my fitness levels increase, my breathing technique and my posture changing. It’s really nice to run on new ground too, the same route can get boring fast. Also, Spring has finally arrived (YAY!) and two weeks ago it was the perfect run weather, clear blue skies and 10 degrees. Although as the weekend arrived it of course turned more grey and rainy. But that didn’t stop me!
Running this week got me thinking. Firstly, I spent just under 3 hours running which meant I wasn’t sitting carelessly on the internet on my phone or watching TV. I was stimulating my brain, thinking about things that were obviously on my mind. Working through problems and finding solutions. For example; how can I get more inspired to blog? And then it hit me. I’ll combine the two – running and blogging. I know I’ve blogged about running before but I think I’ll increase the content and make it a new category. Run Season will be where I talk all things running – my struggles, training, achievements… If you (like me previously) are reading along and have never ran before – thats ok! Welcome! I was once a scared and shy runner too. I couldn’t run for longer than 2 minutes and now I can run (my longest run) for 1 hour 50 mins (Nike 15km). It’s taken me the best part of 2 years to get me to where I am today and yet I’ve still so much to learn.
If you’re interested in running but nervous about how to start there is some great training programmes out there to help you out. I found the idea of couch to 5k a little daunting so instead when I began I opted for a good old 30 day challenge – A mile a day May! With it being mid April, I would suggest you try to prepare for the #mileadaymay challenge thats just around the corner.
The reason why I chose to do a mile a day:
- It takes 30 days to make and/or break habits. 30 days of a mile every day would make me pick up a new habit, a more healthy and active habit albeit.
- Its FREE. No gym membership required!
- Therefore NO EXCUSE. And if you don’t think you have time, make time.
- It doesn’t seem as daunting having to do one mile a day vs training to do 5km. Without realising you’re building up your stamina and fitness levels one day at a time. Somedays (especially at the start) you’ll be delighted to hit the mile, as the days go by you might even want to run for longer!
- You may start off the mile with dread but you’ll never finish a run (or a workout) and say “I’m so annoyed I done that” – you always finish on a high! Happy endorphins people.
- Mind over Matter. I can’t really tell you how to do this – you just have to push yourself to find out that anything you put your mind over you can achieve!
- It’s good to start a challenge and get more people on board with you – whether you grab a friend, use social media or find connections on your blog! #mileadaymay
I’m going to sign up to as many run challenges as I can this run season. First up on my list is the Spar 10km. I actually didn’t sign up for this, but my friend Suzanne did and now she can’t make it – so I guess I’m taking her spot! Thanks Suzanne 🙂 It’ll be my first registered 10km run in Dublin!
I’ve also signed up for a 5km at the end of the month which I’m really excited about. It’s a big year for Irish history this year marking 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising. The 5km is a commemorative run through some of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. A few of my friends have now joined up and they’re brand new beginners!
And thirdly I’ve signed up for my biggest run yet, the Dublin Half Marathon. I have some time to train as this doesn’t take place until September (phew). So be prepared to read a lot about this journey in my run season series.
This weeks run breakdown 21.9k:
Tuesday: 5.05km, 36.23 mins
I do love to run at sunset. It’s one of my favourite times of day (besides sunrise).
I stopped to take this picture on my first run in Dublin City Centre with the run club because the cable lines above reminded me of Toronto. New run territory gave me nice memories.
Saturday: 2.67km, 18.53 mins
Sunday: 8.17km, 57.42 mins
Feel free to add me on the Nike Running App!