I ended 2018 unhappy with how I had treated my body and mind in 2018. Towards the end of the year, I was happier in general (work-related stress had gone) but I knew that I had yet again failed to shift the excess weight that I have been (half-heartedly, I now admit) trying to get rid of for years. Each year, I added on a little more until by the end of 2018, I had set another new record for being the heaviest I had ever been. I vowed not to beat myself up over it but knowing that I had found something I loved doing, I resolved to be fitter and healthier in 2019.
I decided to give up alcohol for 3 months while in training for my first half-marathon. As it happened, I had my last drink on 28 December. I was designated driver at Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) simply because my husband drove last time round but it made it easier to start the new year feeling fresh. I woke on the 1st of January and went for my first run. On 2nd January, I did the same again. I had started as I meant to go on. Some weeks it’s difficult to plan runs because my husband’s work finishing time is never the same from one day to the next but I averaged two a week in January. I have been consistent and I am motivated to continue in this way. I have joined a gym – just so I have a back-up option in case snow stops me running outside. I can’t be put off as easily this time round. I have also been doing HIIT workouts, trampoline workouts, indoor running and yoga if I am not able to get out. I love this feeling of motivation and determination to become the fittest, healthiest version of myself. My daughter also likes to join in at home!
The highlight of the month was the practice half-marathon I ran on 27th January. I doubted I could do it. I thought I could but I didn’t know for sure, having never ran as far as that before. 9 miles is the furthest I had ran before. My focus was on completing it. I knew I wasn’t going to be fast and it took me around 2.5 hours to run 13.1 miles. It wasn’t easy (I had the wind in my face for approximately 5 miles) but I did it. I DID IT. Because I know I have done it once, I know I can do it again. I plan to run at least one more practice half-marathon before 31 March and I want to shave some time off – 30 minutes if possible.
I’m looking forward to challenging myself again. Small challenges achieved = small wins = big feeling of satisfaction 🙂