Yes, training’s great fun, and even more so when all you want to do is to get out there in a bid to take on your personal best and smash it. That positive, go getting feeling is great, and when a new PB’s in the bag, it’s even better. But on the days when you’re physically depleted, or the weather is rubbish (or worse, a combination of the two) then it’s very definitely not fun!
Such a day happened to me last week. I’d had some sort of pesky virus that knocked me off my feet the week before - it went something like a throat that felt like I’d swallowed a lighted torch, lungs full of green slime, a high temperature, and a banging headache……..lovely, NOT!! But, the temperature subsided and the Doc had given me a foul tasting bottle of fluid to gargle with which he told me was not only an anti-bacterial, but also contained a local anaesthetic. And so, given that I subscribe to the school of ‘kill or cure’, and thinking that I felt quite a lot better, I hit my local running track to try to put my 10k training back on the radar. Mmmm, perhaps not the best move because the cinder track was water logged with melting snow, and so it was like running on sand (energy sapping, even when you’re on top form). But I’d also seriously over-estimated my post-virus energy levels. The result: 15 minutes of sheer persistence, but I felt as though my lungs had been surgically removed without anaesthesia, and I was making the most unholy racket in an attempt to breathe! I was grateful there was no one else there to witness this very sorry sight.
Ah well, lesson learned, but I still have a 10k to do on Easter Sunday, so I’d best get back out there and try again
Here we are over half way through the month already, and I don’t know about you, but Christmas seems like a very long time ago.
How are you doing with your new year resolutions? Are you still working on them, and making them a reality?
This can be both a very positive time of the year, but also potentially disheartening. It’s positive because the New Year always brings with it the possibility of new beginnings, and a chance to start again. But it can also be disheartening if you’ve gained a bit of weight, lost some of your fitness mojo, and feel that you have a lot of work to do to get back on track.
The first thing I would say is don’t beat yourself up because it’s a strategy that’s bound to fail!! If you’ve made a start and are getting back into your exercise routine then great, keep going and keep your goals in clear view (also don’t forget to factor in some rewards on the way ). If you’re feeling as though you can’t get started, then try making a plan – sometimes just the act of planning can be enough to ‘jump start’ your motivation and enthusiasm. It will also help you to see exactly what it is you want to achieve and the steps you will need to take.
The key things are ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’ moving, even a few minutes a day can really boost your mood and energy levels; I don’t know about you, but the less I do the more tired I feel. Keep drinking the water, or non-alcoholic fluids, to maintain a good level of hydration. Also make sure you’re eating, don’t starve yourself, but just try to make your meals light and healthy. And finally, keep your eye on the future; we all over indulge sometimes, and it’s allowed, but take steps to achieving your goals, and re-discover your health and fitness mojo