Step back/step forward

I wasn’t sure how to title this blog, or how to go about it at first, but here it goes.

I mentioned recently that I’ve been going through a rough patch. I’m better than I was but it’s still a bit hard, which has been affecting the fitness aspect of my life.

I still haven’t been able to get down to the gym on my way to work. I feel so tired when trying to get up earlier for the gym, so I end up going back to sleep and waking up at the latest time possible. I need to give myself a kick up the backside really as the gym is on my way to work, which is very convenient. Going to the gym will help to relieve my stress and start to make me feel more awake. I certainly felt a boost when I went to the gym before going to work for my previous job.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to go to the gym after work because I don’t finish until 5:30 and it gets really busy at that time. Plus I wouldn’t have much of an evening left by the time I got back home. I like time in the evening to relax, socialise or write blogs. It’s been two months since I started my new job, so I’d like to get down to the gym for an early morning session before I reach the three month mark.

However, I have been down to the gym recently; I went last weekend and today!

I wanted to go for a long distance run last weekend as part of my half marathon training, but I decided against it. This was because there was a festival along the canal, which was the way I wanted to go. If the grass was drier, I would’ve ran along the meadows but from past experience, I get blisters from running in wet trainers.

So last Sunday I went to the gym for the first time in two months! I wanted to have a go at running 15km on the treadmill, but then I remembered than running long distances on the treadmill is very different compared to running outside. I find it easier to maintain a decent speed when running outside, and I’m not constantly checking the time. I stopped running when I burnt 1000 calories on the treadmill- I ran 9.22km in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Today I had a session on the cross trainer which actually went really well. I was expecting to find it difficult to maintain the speed I like to go at, but I managed to complete 3km in 47 minutes and 33 seconds while varying the intensity. I felt better in myself and having a good session on the cross trainer.

Even though I’ve been struggling to go to the gym recently, I have been walking on average 5 miles a day. My commute to work is 2.5 miles which I can walk in 40-45 minutes. I like walking to work as I sit all day in the office, it helps to maintain my fitness.

Onwards and upwards as they say- that’s the mentality I need for going forward in my training for the half marathon.

 

Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear

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