Back in the swim of things

A few years ago, I competed in a few triathlons and took part in a few quite long open water swims including a 10km river swim and a 3 mile sea swim. My last open water swim was two years ago, just a 1500 metres in the river at the start of a triathlon. I have been meaning to get back into the water for the last few weeks, but I kept putting it off for one reason or another. This morning though, a friend of mine sent me a text to say that she was going for a swim…

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Running uphill

The title of my blog post isn’t big, it isn’t clever. It isn’t inventive. This is a blog post about running. Uphill.  Nearly two years ago, I ran a half marathon quite quickly by my standards, I finished in 1:51. By a few months after that, I’d done two Olympic distance triathlons and an obstacle run called Total Warrior. Since then, I have undertaken the following ten-step exercise and fitness routine:  Get fat Get pregnant Get fatter Have a baby Start running again Lose baby weight Stop running Get fat again Start running Continue running, remaining fat I am now…

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Where has my motivation gone?

As my runkeeper on my phone keeps kindly reminding me, this time last week I was running 6  miles in the best time I’ve done in ages. I was feeling quite positive about the half marathon I’m doing in June and was convinced I must be losing weight. Sadly, this week it has all gone wrong. Work has been really busy, Libby has been poorly, the weather has been cold and rubbish and, quite frankly, I couldn’t be bothered.  To add to my sedentary lifestyle, I managed to drag myself out once this week to exercise. This involved a two hour…

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Is this what they call runners high?

For the last few weeks I’ve been putting a bit more effort into motivating myself to go out running. I’ve been trying to go a bit further or a bit faster each time I run. The last few times I’ve been, I’ve taken the same route. It’s just over 4 miles and each time I’ve done it, I’ve managed to go nearly a minute quicker than the last time. Inspired by that, last night I decided to try to go a little bit further. I had a route in mind that incorporated an absolute killer of a hill. The hill was…

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Running for goal

A couple of days ago, I was chatting with my sister about motivation for running. My sister is lucky enough to be young and beautiful with a fabulous figure, so she really doesn’t need to run for any aesthetic reasons and she was saying how she struggles to motivate herself to stick to going out running. To be honest I can’t say I blame her. If I didn’t have a reason to run then I’d never go, especially on evenings like yesterday when it was sub zero outside and I had to work until gone midnight to make up the…

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