How I’m Going To Make Myself Run

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 hereand 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 doingwhich 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. 
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Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman - a lifestyle and parenting blog.She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a Mum to her 4-year-old son, 2 month old daughter, two chickens, one dog and a fish called Bob and a wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little cottage on the outskirts of Brisbane.

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  1. July 21, 2014 / 7:57 am

    I’m not a runner but I am getting into my PT sessions, might pick another one up during the week, I love the variety that comes with it. Very happy you are finding your running MOJO!

  2. July 21, 2014 / 8:09 am

    Exercising has been a low priority for me since motherhood and seems something hard for me to stick at. I’m a swimmer/bike rider rather than a runner. But maybe I should get on the bandwagon and get off the couch too!

  3. July 21, 2014 / 8:53 am

    I used to run on the treadmill. That’s as good as my running success got but I was quite proud as I had never been interested in running. Over about a three months period I went from hyperventilating after running only 1-2 minutes to running (and I’m talking fast running) for 25 minutes straight. Life got in the way, we moved around and that was lost. Now years later, pregnant and exhausted I would love to just be able to do some form of exercise for me and to better my health, stamina and help me get to where I would like to be physically. I will try once I have had the baby and my body has recovered but I’m not making myself any promises 🙂 I think this is a great goal and if you blog about it I think it will help keep you on track and focused as you will be updating your readers about it.

  4. July 21, 2014 / 10:15 am

    I’ll never be able to run because I have really bad asthma, but I do need to get back into exercise. My tummy muscles were stretched quite a bit with Hayley so right now I’m working on getting my core back together by doing small daily exercises. I get your need to have a goal. Im like that too.

  5. Kaz @ MeltingMoments
    July 21, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    That’s a great app. I only just read an article about the positive effects exercise has on moods. You can do it!!

  6. Alicia-OneMotherHen
    July 21, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    There are so many inspirational bloggers around. Good on you and good luck with your running x
    I used to love walking after dinner when it was daylight savings. Have to take that back up later this year 🙂

  7. July 21, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    Good on you!!! I have been running for a while now and go through ups and downs with my motivation – the cold at the moment is not helping so I am sticking to treadmill running so I dont have to brave the elements! I have just re-started the Ease into 5kms app in an attempt to improve my running time. I really like the interval aspect of it!
    Good luck and I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  8. July 21, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I am one of 5 girls and growing up with so many had it’s ups and downs. I always swore if I had kids I would have an even number, I didn’t like that there was odd number as there always seemed to be one left out. Also, with so many kids and being from a low income family we never did much as it was always too expensive. I can appreciate now (as an adult) how tough it must have been for my parents! I take my hat off to you Cate!

  9. July 22, 2014 / 12:31 am

    Thanks for the linky! Take care and be well 🙂

  10. nicole orriëns
    July 22, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I got into running after I had my fourth child and I discovered running was a way to find peace and quiet and peace of mind. I always hated sports, but running turned out to be great.

    http://www.momshomerun.com

  11. July 23, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Yes, I’m finding that Nicole, a great opportunity to really think.

  12. July 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm

    My pleasure, Tina.

  13. July 23, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks Zita. I guess I’m lucky up here near Brisbane it’s really not too cold. I’m loving the apps available, they’re really good to keep me on track and my husband and I are having a bit of a competition against eachother because I made him start running too!

  14. July 23, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks Alicia, there certainly are plenty of inspirational bloggers.

  15. July 23, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks Kaz!

  16. July 23, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Good luck with your exercise Toni, you’ll get there.

  17. July 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    I definitely agree with the blogging about it, it’s like i’ll be holding myself accountable!

  18. July 23, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    I know what you mean, Cindy. I was like that for the last 3+ years and hadn’t done much since before I was pregnant. I’ve had a few things happen that have made me realise I need to do it, if not for myself, for my son.

  19. July 23, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    Yes, I’ve seen you’re into your PT sessions, good work!

  20. July 23, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    I’m sure your dog loves it! I’d love to take my dog on walks but he’s getting old and has arthritis so we can’t do hills or long walks and there are plenty of hills around our house, need to go up a hill whichever way you go!