Getting back to running/fitness

This year I am determined to get back to fitness in particular running. I used to enjoy it so much and felt such a sense of achievement when I crossed the Great North Run finish line in September 2016. Things went downhill when my asthma caused me some problems and got really quite severe and my consultants advice was to stop running and even walking far until it was under control. In hindsight I think that was partly what made me more depressed and comfort eating which let to gaining more and more weight and ending up where I am now. Things are changing though and I am determined to get back to where I was both in size and fitness.

What has changed?

Mostly what has changed is my mind-set. I am determined now that I can get back to where I was and run again but equally I accept it will take time. Last time when I started running I was at my target weight and my confidence was great. This time I have weight to lose at the same time, my asthma is still not as good as it was and my confidence has dropped too. I am however very determined. I look at photos of where I was and how happy I was and I will get back to that. The photo below is me just before crossing the finish line of the Great North Run. I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours 24 minutes and 14 seconds. I want to do that again, ideally even faster!

How will I start?

I am going to do similar to what I did last time. However given I am also losing weight I expect it will be a little harder! That doesn’t mean I can’t do it though because I know I can. I recorded this video previously about how I started to run. This should give you an idea about how I intend to again from starting gradually and building up. I will follow my own advice because that worked well last time (another post here you may like). I know I can build up and eventually be where I was before. Back in 2016 after the Great North Run I wrote a post all about how I had done so far. You’re welcome to pop and read that here. Of course I will keep you updated too as its only fair! I certainly wont be doing planks like in the stock picture below, I have no balance for a start and I don’t like that sort of thing!

What have I done so far?

Ok, it is still early days but I have investigated different gyms as I would like to start sometimes on a treadmill in the gym.Β  I know they are very different to the road however for me I think that with my asthma this is the best way as I start to build up until I know how my asthma responds etc. I have bought some new running shoes and I love them. I have planned out in my head routes that I will walk to start with and then build up to little runs and I have got some earphones ready to give me something to listen to so that happens!

Have you got anything special?

I have bought the new running shoes above which fit me well and I love. I have also been sent these foot beds which help to support your feet whilst running. I have worn them in my running shoes to gradually mould them to my foot shape then walking in them until I begin to run. Of course as with anything like this I would stop using them if I had any pain or felt they were causing me to be uncomfortable. So far however they are great. I can really feel a difference in the way my feet feel supported around the heel and arch. It is possible to heat mould them rather than wearing them to mould them but I opted for wearing them. Whilst they probably look in the photo like they are really hard they actually aren’t. They are firm but not hard. It is definitely something worth having a look at if you feel you could benefit from more support when running. They also do other ones for more day to day normal wear but I couldn’t tell you what they are like. If it is your kind of thing or you want to know more pop to their website and have a look. I will let you know how I get on as time progresses with them. I have high hopes that with them and some training I will soon be as fast as Mo Farah! Well I can dream anyway!

Anyone want to join me for GNR 2019?

I would love to do the Great North Run 2019 when I am back to target and fitter and really work up to that with the aim of a less than 2 hours time! Anyone fancy joining me? I prefer to run on my own but would love to meet up before or after the race with others! I know it is ages away but do let me know if you fancy meeting up nearer the time and saying hi!

Food for Fuel!

I am working on eating healthily again with the Slimming World plan and determined to get back to my target weight. I need to stop kidding myself that I am being good when sometimes i am not and actually be good! Throughout I will remember that food is fuel, not comfort, not something to do if you are bored, nothing else just fuel.


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  1. April 13, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    It’s definitely good to get into the right mind set to do this type of thing. Good luck with it all.

  2. April 15, 2018 / 7:03 am

    Go you! I’m loving the positivity in this post. I’ve stopped exercising too while I wait for surgery to remove a fast-growing tumour, and the pounds are piling on even without over-eating! So frustrating… good luck with your fitness goals though; you’ve got this! πŸ™‚

  3. April 15, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    That’s fantastic Jen, time for me to do the same and get rid of that winter extra padding!

  4. April 15, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I love Asics. I used to swear by Nike way back when, but when I returned to the gym after two years break, I found Asics much more comfortable for some reason. So like you, I’m getting back into the game πŸ™‚ Best of luck!

  5. April 16, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I decided I was going to try running last summer – got myself fitted out with running shoes the lot. Did it twice. I so agree with you that you have to be in the right mental space. I obviously wasn’t!

  6. April 16, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I really need to get back into fitness as I’ve never been so unhappy with my weight as I am now. I definitely can’t run as I have a curved spine and running causes me SO much pain. But maybe joining a gym and trying some gentle exercise would be a good start πŸ™‚

    Louise x

  7. bryanna skye
    April 16, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I’ve never been any good at running, so respect to you for this! I have started yoga recently though and am finding that very rewarding (and hard!)

  8. April 28, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I love you positive, can-do attitude here Jen! Wishing you all the luck in the world getting back into the running x

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