I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life of late and looking at where I am right now.
There has been huge physical change as you can see, about a 30kg weight loss give or take. Back in my bigger days I used to drink four maybe five times a week, working in the music industry and going out most nights alcohol was my comfort blanket, to give me confidence to battle imposter syndrome. I was always short of time and cut corners with my food intake, relying on the pizza place I lived above to keep me fed, it was cheap and nasty but at the time I thought it was the answer. I had a blast, going on many adventures that will forever make me smile.
Now to current day, where I smile daily, my baseline currently is happiness and for that I am both grateful and thankful. I don’t take it for granted because I know how low it can get and how dark the shadows are. I look after myself both body and mind, striving to achieve more in life. My diet is where it needs to be 90% of the time, and I’m head over heels in love with running.
I’ve still got edges don’t get me wrong, but I am a lot more rounded than I’ve ever been.
Love this view, love this climb, just love this place.
The real positive thing to come out to being unwell is discovering how much I love pottering about in the hills.
I might not always feel up to running, but I always love being outdoors and discovering new places and having mini adventures.
Starting to get cabin fever, all cooped up after the last couple of days rest. Can’t wait to get back out adventuring with my little adventure buddy tomorrow.
Managed to make track @kirkbymilersac in Chief's group. Pleased with the effort!
8 x 50m stride outs
6 x 400m (250m 5k pace, 50m steady, 100m push)
3 x 400m (200m as a group, 200m push)
50m sprint races to finish.
I want to work on me everyday to feel my best and be my best. Some days are better than others, but I’m way healthier today than I was a year ago. -
I’ve got 2 little ones watching me. Watching me work on myself and be my best version of me. I have two littles I want to know that mom is always a work in progress, but she gives it her best. I want to be the best version of me for them and the best role model for them that I can possibly be. -
So the days that are hard, the days I don’t want to, I remind myself how I want to feel. What I want my kids to see. And what is best for me. - #whatisyourwhy#determinedtosucceed
0114 August, 2019
Day 2️⃣5️⃣7️⃣(257)... This evenings run 🏃 was with the Aspull and Haigh Midweek Milers, a bit of a change in weather with the rain ☔ but it cleared up as we were about to run.👍 A steady 4 miles around Haigh along the roads and trail through some muddy puddles we couldn't avoid, thought we were doing cross country, but that's part of the fun getting wet and muddy 😂. Great running tonight from everyone.😀 Hope you've all had a good day and enjoyable runs. 🙂
Happy 🐪 day!! Getting back in the groove with a 45 minute run. I love how exercise can make me feel SO much better! Endorphins + a sense of accomplishment can take us pretty far👌
2114 August, 2019
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There are times when running can get a little boring. The #everysinglestreet challenge/project/journey/ provided a way out of that. This was fun. I like to run at my own pace, mostly by myself. But, I’ve given myself permission these days to stop and catch a breath, usually by a choice stopping and take a photo. But though I run alone, many of you were there with me on the journey. Some appreciations: (1) @rickeygates Thank you, sir, for the inspiration. I was already addicted to maps, but your own journey helped better spell out the spellbindingness of coloring in my own map through running. Also, intentionally or not, you seem to have launched an #everysinglestreet movement/cult/fungus on the gram that I’m really enjoying being a part of. Thank you, my dude. (2) Those who came before. I have friends in this life who I know outside of running who have cheered me along on this adventure, both in person and through the comments section. Thanks for not thinking me ridiculous, even when I did. Surely I’m missing some folks, but shouts-out to: @danalur@sjbudaj@jamie_chesbro@piercemcmanus@oreillybird@takacskelly@sonnsam@jeffpalladino@werdsmith@bmissal and @geoffstowell. And, of course, I can’t forget @hoppynewyear! (3) New friends. I always knew that the running community was the most supportive out there. But doing this through Instagram has solidified. Many of the folks that I’ve met through Instagram have been the biggest cheerleaders of this whole thing. Thanks to you all: @tonycankles@theboulderhikerchick@firstname.lastname@example.org@jlaswerve and the entire @los_runnersnct crew including @riskybusinessman@jaxrunnergirl@email@example.com and @elrudo0623. Look forward to running with you all. SOON! (4) The town of Fairfield. I thought I knew you, but your nooks & crannies; your overpasses & underpasses; your mansions & affordable housing complexes; your beaches & forests; hell, your turkeys, deer & pigs have shown me a new side. The very side I had hoped to discover. (5) Finally. Thank you @sherikleinj. You never laugh at my crazy goals. Indeed, you become my PR rep. You are the best. I love you.
Friends. This is only Chapter 1.
Look at these guns 💪.
So on Saturday when I ran my Parkrun PB (yep still milking that one 😜), I distinctly remember @ruth_runs shouting at me to work my arms in the last desperate sprint to the finish line. I also remember feeling at about mile two that my shoulders were really starting to ache. So it kinda hit me for the first time as to why you do strength training along side running - forgive me I’m still learning and clearly playing catch up.
Running isn’t just your legs, it’s your WHOLE GOD DAMN BODY at work, and in order to “run strong” I guess that means you need to have a strong arms, core and back... is this right? I’m looking at running experts such as @projectmarathongirl for top tips 🤔 💪.
So anyway this evening before the girls were delivered home safely by Grammy, I loaded up the Nike training app and chose two 15 min work outs that focus on my arms and core. And for the first time ever, I actually understood why I was doing it, and enjoyed working these slightly wobbly areas because I know they’ll have me become a stronger runner. So... kids #wednesdaywisdom 🦉 for today is don’t forget your strength training.
Ps my guns are more like water pistols at the moment but baby steps right 🤣.
Happy Hump Day 🐪.
33614 August, 2019
Niente di meglio di un #naturalsquat con un panorama mozzafiato! 😍
Non dimenticate di allenarvi 😉
14114 August, 2019
4:17 / km 🏃♀️ Keep on character building.
Today has been one of those days I've wanted to shove back in its face and one where you go to buy an @marksandspencer Walnut Whip to make it all better and they don't have any walnut whips on the shelf 😢
I don't know what's been wrong with me and I don't know why but I do know that I really needed this run today!
I felt great while out running and could have quite easily carried on for a few more km but I know I've been distance obsessing again recently and I really need to chill it out.
Going to do my best not to wallow for the evening but nothing I'm sure a chat with the mum can't fix!
Also, when da fuk did it become cross country season again?
// Do you Challenge Life? Follow your instinct, live life, BE TRUESAPIEN.
Thanks to TrueSapien and Marathoner in training @adrianmichaelb 🙌🏻👊🏻💥
Be TrueSapien. Challenge Life.
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Warm up: just under 2
6x1 minute hills. 2:30 ish recovery
Cool down: just under 2
First ever half marathon race in October @cardiffhalf Only ran the distance twice before. Once on Christmas Day, just to prove to myself that I could. And once getting lost in Port Talbot with @gavrunscardiff
Just under 8 weeks to get ready, so I’m consciously trying to increase my weekly mileage. Albeit sensibly. Not following a plan just following my instinct. Served me well thus far.
Just for @spinningplates_and_herdingcats who shared an amazing transformation. I can’t say the difference in these photos is all down to hard work, most of it naturally came off as my lifestyle changed. Left: A time in my life of zero exercise, eating crap and drinking lots. Right: Enjoying exercise and consciously eating. I don’t restrict or deny myself, if I don’t want to exercise I don’t do it, if I want to eat the cake, I frikkin eat it, life is for living after all 😊
11514 August, 2019
Found out a lot of surfers 🏄🏻♀️ get up and catch the waves 🌊 before going to work and I want to live in that world.