Running Countdown

28 September 2013

I wasn't going to blog today, but last night when I was lying in bed, I made a promise to myself, and one way to keep this promise is to write it down. This way, I will be less likely to fail as I'm a competitive person and hate to lose, especially when I let myself down. So what is this promise? I will start from the beginning.


I used to go to the gym almost every day, and I loved it. I love the buzz you get from the gym, and feeling so powerful after a really good session. I do a mixture of everything when I workout - cardio, weights, stretches, as well as classes. But its the cardio I really wanted to push myself with. I've never been a long distance runner - give me the 100 metres in the school sports day and I bomb it down that track, but long distance? It's just something I've never been able to grasp, however I got better at it, albeit very slowly. When I started teaching, I was so busy I lost all ability to get to the gym. It sounds ridiculous, but whenever I look back at those years, I realise how little personal time I gave myself, and that is truly dangerous. We all need time to break away from our jobs and the stress of deadlines, but I didn't let myself, and it's one of the reasons I left that profession and am now in a different role completely.

Since changing careers, I now have that time back. We've been settled in our new place for 2 months now and I am truly happy with my life, something I can openly say with real truth for the first time in two years. So now, I need to find that gym, and I need to work on that running. I know it will be hard getting back into it all, but I love a challenge. Seeing as Christmas is not long away (believe me, it really isn't far away!) I've decided that as of 1st October, I'm going to start my 'Running Countdown'. I'm going to try and get to the gym 5 times a week, and I'm going to push myself with the running machine. Hopefully, by December 25th, I will be able to run further than I've been able to in 2 years, and hopefully lose some weight on the way. So on Monday, I'm going to walk up to my local gym and sign on the dotted line and get back into those running shoes. That's the hardest bit by far. Promising yourself you're going to do it. After that, it will be hard, but at least I've taken the first step.

If you have any running programmes or running app recommendations, please do link me to them!

-Tamsin xxx

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  1. Good luck! I need to get back into doing exercise. Im going to pop along to the gym thats practically around the corner from me and sign up this weekend! I do do the occassional youtube fitness video at home but I feel if im actually paying for a service I will go!

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