I mentioned the other day in my post about Slimming World that I love to run. It’s been a year since I ran properly, for more than about a minute at a time. But now that I’m no longer pregnant and I’m pretty much fully recovered from the birth, it’s time to run again. I say I’m fully recovered, but actually I’m pretty stiff and achey. Trying to make my knees and ankles work properly to walk downstairs first thing in the morning is quite a challenge.
I firmly believe though, that using these parts of my body is the only way to get them working again. Plus I bought amazing new running shoes just before I got pregnant, and it’s about time I used them properly!
Last year I did Race For Life, and it’s the most fun thing! I highly recommend it. Obviously I skipped it this year, but next year I’d like to do the Bristol one and the Cardiff one, so I really need to get training.
There are so many reasons to love running. Obviously the main one is the health benefits. It made me feel so strong, yet so light, and fast. I liked feeling fast. It’s an amazing stress reliever too. There’s nothing like bounding along listening to your favourite music to beat the worries out of you. Getting hot and sweaty just feels so good! I’m not a competitive person at all, but I found myself competing with yesterday me, always wanting to beat my best time, always hoping to go a little bit further and a little bit faster. It isn’t always plain sailing though. There was that time my foot stopped bending and went stiff. That hurt a lot.
As well as running, I love a bit of dancey type exercise and have so many DVDs. My favourite is the 30 Day Shred, although I don’t think I’ve ever got past day 20. When it’s pouring with rain or just too dark to run, getting sweaty in the living room is definitely the next best thing.
So basically this is me telling you all that I’m going to start again, because if I tell you then it’s real and I have to get on with it. No excuses.