17 March 2015

Race for life PT 1 & 2

This is a little removed from my normal style of blogging, but I am exciting to share with you my new diary style entries on my little journey exercising and getting fit for Race for life. With a boyfriend who is pretty nifty on a bike, I thought to myself he has to be the best person for whipping me into shape. So here is my first race for life diary. I have been on a bit of a health kick in the last few months and when I was approached by Race for life to join one of their runs I decided it would be the best way of introducing me to the world of running.

Naturally running and exercise aren't for me but after a few month of walking and a little running outdoors in the mud when no ones about was ok, the thought of heading into a gym were everyone's soul purpose for being there is to train, keep fit and generally look crazy good in spandex so you can imagine my first thought was that of slight panic.

I donned my sports gear, thank heavens for T K Maxx and their cheap gym where that's all I can say, to ease me into this new world we decided to do ten minutes on the cross trainer which after ten minutes turned me into a tomato nothing more attractive then a sweaty mess running around a gym, Next up is something that's a little frightening sit ups! who the hell invented them is evil...pure evil! with Chris assuring me ten sit ups with a medicine ball being thrown in my face as "doable" who was I to argue with that.  What this gym trip taught me was deciding to take the first step, I wasn't too happy about going (even though i asked Chris) yes there were a lot of buff men and women barely shedding a bead of sweat making me look like a complete mess but I guess thats part of being new at something. 

Yes I did devour a rather lovely meal after the first session so that was definitely an incentive to keep working away. 

So my next round at the gym what pretty similar to the first session, but I decided to we should probably give the tread meal a go, Chris had recently completed a half marathon in Paris so you can imagine what I was up against. Chris is always so supportive, I didn't feel overly comfortable running on a treadmill, outside i'm fine but i've seen way to many youtube videos of people falling off those things so i stuck to a brisk walk. Both sessions I found myself cycling, I let Chris do his thing as he cycles quite often well nearly everyday between 30-50 miles, no idea how he does it after 2 twenty minutes cycling on a machine i felt rather bruised in areas I didn't realise. Its nice to have someone with you who is supportive and a bit of a beast when it comes to exercise!

I have signed up for the 5K for race for life which for a lot of people is barely a morning jog but i want to get my Asthma to a level where i feel comfortable and thats what it is all about for me, getting myself to a point where i am happy and comfortable working out and fitting in my clothes but doing something good and raising money for a much needed cause.

I hope you can join me on my race for life journey, you can sponsor my run here if you like or if you want to get involved why not sign up and get involved I have a readers discount code RFLElla if you do want to take part and share your journey in raising money.



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  1. Good for you for taking the first steps. I really want to 'learn' how to run properly, but like you, struggle sometimes with asthma. I'm ok running on a treadmill, but outside when the air hits my lungs, I can end up quite out of breath... but maybe it's time for me to take my first steps too!

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  2. I am going running today for the first time in almost two years. I'm terrified to start (like you, the friend I'm going with ran two half marathons last year, so I'm extra nervous!) but I know that taking the first step is the hardest. Congrats to you for taking that step, and I wish you the best of luck!

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  3. I did the RFL 5K last year and it's such a great experience, more fun than serious so you definitely don't have to show up as the world's fastest runner by any means. Keep up the good work though and grab a copy of Women's Health mag, they have loads of ideas for workouts and healthy meals.The more you exercise, the more you'll be getting home from the gym and wanting to put healthy meals into your body, so it's helpful for healthy eating too! x

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  4. Well done taking the leap and signing up for a run!! There's nothing better than a looming race to kick you into gear! Can't wait to read these each week!

    Chrissy x
    www.chrissylilly.com

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