Feeling groggy or unmotivated or just bleh?
Brush your teeth. Wash your face. Take a shower.
EVERY THURSDAY LEADING UP TO MY FIRST HALF MARATHON (!) I WRITE ABOUT RUNNING AND runneRS. FOLLOW THE SERIES HERE.
Jo: I was the worst runner at high school and refused to run for 10 years after I finished. Then a good friend of mine who was recovering from cancer entered the Race for Life and asked me to do it with her. I couldn’t say no – my whining about how the teachers didn’t like me at school didn’t cut it against “I just had 6 months of chemotherapy but I’m still running”.
So I put in for the Race for Life – 5 km how hard could it be? I had my new running trainers and was pumped to get started, but after about 200 yards (downhill) I was so unfit I was sick on the side of the road!! Anyway that was 6 years ago and I have now done the Race for Life 4 times, two half marathons and I am now a running group leader.[xandra: wow! go Jo!]
Jo: I love to run because it is so freeing physically and mentally. I love just putting on my trainers and getting outdoors. I am lucky that I live in a beautiful part of Oxford and I can run through beautiful scenery. I love exploring but I am impatient so exploring and running is a great combination for me!! [xandra: completely agree with this. run to explore!]
Mentally it gives me time to process my thoughts. It is a very important part of my day. I feel if I can combat my fear of running then I can overcome anything.
Jo: I like to run early before work, three times a week. Running early means I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day and I really like being out around dawn when it is peacefully quiet. When I see other morning joggers we give each other this smug smile that says, “yeah we’re awesome for being up at 6am.” [xandra: HA love this!]
I also lead my running group on a Thursday night called West Oxford Women (WOW) joggers. This is always the highlight of my week. It turns out I love to teach running!! The women are so positive and when they achieve something new I get this little fuzzy feeling inside. It’s awesome!
Jo: I like to run down the canal near my house as I love being close to water, it calms me. Although the two big geese I encountered on Monday did scare me a little bit.
Jo: My main challenges as a runner are the weather, injuries and motivation.
Weather: I really hate running in the rain and sometimes swap my run for a Jillian Michaels DVD workout.
Injuries: I have dodgy knees and sometimes have to take a break and spend some time with the dreaded foam roller (if you don’t know what this is then good you don’t want to, it hurts). When I am injured I do other things like yoga.
Motivation: although when I am out I feel awesome for being out at 6am, it is not always easy to get there. [xandra: so true!] I would love to tell you that I am super human and I jump out of bed and yell “failure is not an option today.” [xandra: HA!] But no I bribe myself, a little bit like when I get my step son to eat peas, “Jo if you are a good girl and get up today you can have a lie in tomorrow!!”
Jo: Enter a race that is going to be a challenge for you – don’t think about it just enter!!
Jo: I have such a running guilty pleasure, it’s the Cahill Club remix of Cheryl Coles’ Fight For This Love, but it always gets me going and the line “Quitting’s out of the question, when it gets tough you’ve got to fight some more” makes me run faster. Did I just admit that? [xandra: guys. It’s actually awesome. check it out!]
P.S. Check out last week’s running feature: Going Places and Running Races: Why I Run and Maybe You Should Too
It was warm enough to wear my star tights, but cold enough to layer with my flanel shirt. I’ll take it. Saturday afternoon at Sketch with Blogcadet ladies is a Saturday well-spent. I think I could live there. Ladies, shall we move in?
When I moved to the UK I looooved Full English Breakfast. I was eating meat and eggs then, and would devour the traditional bacon-sausage-fried egg-and-beans combo.
Now I still love the idea of a good ol’ fry-up, but my stomach detests greasy meats and things.
So my version of a healthy and yummy veggie vegan English Breakfast is baked beans, steamed spinach, mushroom fried in good oil, and some slices of wheat baguette. mmm!
The best thing I can do with a weekend is go climbing outdoors. With views like this, and the thrill of climbing mountains, it requires no further explanation.
Oh yeah and friendly sheep. NOW it requires no further explanation.
Tenting it up for a weekend made me think. There were three items on my to do list: Climb. Eat. Stay as warm as possible.
As I curled up in my sleeping bag, a wave of freedom hit – I didn’t have to plan my tomorrow! No little tasks to remember, no determining times!
I was ecstatic.
And realised… perhaps I over-plan. I am a planner, writing things in the diary to make them happen. But life would be less chaotic if I spread these must-do things out over days and weeks, instead of packing in as much as possible. Better to enjoy the silences, the lapses with nothing to do, the calm assurance that I’m not forgetting anything.
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