For months now, I’ve kept telling myself ‘Eva, you need to get off your lazy butt and start exercising’. I keep making excuses for myself like, I don’t have time to myself to do it, I don’t like running in the dark, Elliott wakes up too early or I’ll do it tomorrow.
There are so many inspirational women popping up in my newsfeed who have conquered amazing running distances, obstacle courses or their first 10kms and me, well I’m lucky to get out the door with my running gear on. One woman that inspires me is Carolyn from Champagne Cartel
who has recently completed her first half marathon! She writes about how she came to love running here
and shares lots of tips and great links. Another woman that has inspired me is Lisa from Mummy’s Undeserved Blessings
. She just recently announced that she achieved her first 10k’s. Wow!!! Lisa wears so many hats but still has time for this achievement.
I know I have to do something, seeing other peoples achievements in my newsfeed is the sign that I need to do it to better my life, to increase my stamina and make me feel better, full stop.
I’ve written about how much I’ve achieved in my mental health
and in finding the things I enjoy doing
which have made my life so much more happier, so if I can do those things, then why is it so damn hard for me to get out and run?
When I think about my challenges with postnatal depressionand anxiety
, I was always driven by the fact that I wanted to be happier, I wanted to feel free, I wanted to be a better person for my family. When I think about where I’ve come with my blogs and writing, I have always been driven by my unfaltering want
to achieve, to do something I never thought I could and to be successful in it, to share with others and help others.
In both of these things, I’ve had goals. My goal with my PND and anxiety was to be free of it, to learn how to catch my triggers and deal with it before it got worse. My goal with my blog and writing has always been to take it day by day, be myself and let my writing grow organically with opportunities rising up along the way.But why has it been so hard to translate these to my exercise and fitness?
I put it down to the fact that I’ve always looked at it as a chore, like something I had to do and I’ve never had any goals to work towards. I know running will make me feel better and give me more energy, I know that it will help with toning my body, but how will I get there?
For me, just setting time to run a few days a week is definitely not sustainable. I know from past experience that this may only last a week, hence why I will never again buy a gym membership. What I realised is that I need something to work towards, something that I’m accountable to and there came my first goal, to run in a local 5km event.
But to get there, I need to condition myself and to actually get to this first step, I must set myself up with tools and support.
My plan is to use the Couch to 5 km app
which will act as a training plan for me to ease into the distance, I am going to use the RunKeeperapp
that’s been sitting on my phone for months waiting for me to use it and I’m going to be very frank with my husband in that he needs to kick my butt if I pull any excuses out of the bag (actually, I think I’m going to drag him along).
I’m nervous but I’m excited too, this is the start of a new Me and if I’ve been able to conquer much worse things, I’m sure I can do this.
Watch this space.
Do enjoy running? How did you go getting into it?
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