I never thought I’d ever say I was a runner.
I’ve had asthma and chronic respiratory issues for the past 20 years so anything that laboured my breathing was scary for me.
But last May, I added an app to my phone that would track running, walking or biking. I thought this may be a motivational tool for me. It is now, but damn, it took me awhile to get into it.
My first log was a bike ride on May 27: 2.74km – It was most likely the school run.
I burned 44 calories in 10 minutes.
May 31 – another bike ride: same results. Another school run.
It wasn’t until October 6th that I tracked my first run: 3.21km 28.50 minutes 148 calories burned.
Now, I’m sure I did not run the entire way. I am fit but running has always been hard for me and my ill-fated lungs.
In October, I ran a total of 6 days and I started to like it.
In November, which was a crazy mix of holiday and ALL GO mode, I ran 6 days as well.
Now, in December I am up to 7 days and yesterday I hit my goal for the first time!!!
I ran a continual 30 minutes. No stopping. No stitch. No breathing issues.
I would have the app record to prove it but of course, I had hit the pause button just after take-off and didn’t realise it until half way through my run!!!
Never mind. I know what I did. Now, 30 minutes will be my normal run time.
Since I added running to my fitness regime, I have been more committed to daily exercise. If I don’t have time for an hour (plus) workout, I know I can go for a run first thing in the morning and that’s my daily movement done! My aim is to do at least three 30-minute runs each week.
The added cardio has helped melt away my muffin top that was so difficult to tackle with muscle design and dance alone. Now, I have a nice balance between my Tracy Anderson DVDs (muscle design and dance cardio) and running.
Why I love running
- It gives me some alone time.
- All I need is my 2 feet and a heartbeat!
- I can map my progress with the Lorna Jane app.
- I get to listen to loud music, which I find very motivating!
- 30 minutes is enough (for now).
- It’s a nice break from the other stuff.
- I feel strong and sexy.
- I am seeing RESULTS!
Finally, after countless years of to-ing and fro-ing about my eating habits, stomach problems and lack of committed to my health, I am in a place where I get up in the morning and get straight to my fitness routine.
I am eating and drinking what I want (within reason – little wheat and dairy most days) and I don’t feel guilty about it or have any reason to worry about the weight or muffin top creeping back on.
At 42 years old, I can honestly say that I am feeling (and looking!) the best of my life. Taking care of yourself is so important!
My goal for 2014 is to keep it up!!
What’s your fitness & health goals for 2014?