It's easy to get stuck in a rut.
You get used to doing something, and being humans creatures we're not that big a fans of change, so we stick to what we like because it's the easy option....we've all been there.
I have a shocking confession to admit, please don't judge me too much. Last week I went for the first run in 2 months.
2 WHOLE MONTHS?!?
How did I let that happen?
Well, it's easy you see, I fell into a rut.
I went to the gym classes that I like (aerobics, body pump....) and did weights most evenings....
Yet the longer I put off running, the more scared I was to go out and pound those pavements!
So I realised, enough was enough.
I laced up, plugged in my earphones and hit play.
30 mins later I was back in my room feeling super energised, but realising I had lots of ground to cover to get back up to my norm.
So what did I do?
I set myself a goal, not an arbitrary one like "I want to get fitter".
No, a SMART one (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-frame).
I have signed up for the Valencia 15km Nocturnal run, on the 15th June, and I aim to do it in less than 1:30. There we go, it's now in print. And you lovely people have all borne witness to my challenge.
*** A mate said this was too soft for me, so my challenge is now well-under 1:20!! Thanks Jake! ***
So, where am I going with this little personal anecdote?!?!
We all need to remember that VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE!!!
We need to remember to mix up our training!!!
Ok, so you might love your long runs through the woods, and sure, that's great for your wellbeing and general health- but have you thought about doing some simple bodyweight exercise to complement your training? How about some press ups, sit ups, plank, and tricep dips at the end of your run when you're stretching off in the garden?
Or maybe you're a total gym bunny and can't get enough of pumping that iron, sound familiar? Why not add in 10 mins on the cross trainer/bike at the start and end of each session to get that heart rate up?
Or do you devotedly attend your lunchtime aerobics class to 'tone up'? How about branching out and trying out a different class with a different target area? Be brave and let out all your frustration in Aerobox/martial arts or find some inner peace with yoga/pilates?
If you have an injury, that's absolutely not an excuse to laze around on the sofa all day eating chocolate!! (And you know it!) Work around your injury. I was off most of last winter with achilles/calves problems so couldn't run, so instead I focused on strengthening up my upper body and core. There are always other things you can do. Even 10 mins of abs in the morning and night will make a improvement to your overall fitness.
What's your training looking like currently? Is it rather lop-sided? What are you working towards this summer?
Have a think about it, what do you want to work on?
Then make yourself a GOAL.
See what local events are happening over the summer. Challenge a partner or friend to do it with you, it'll give you both more motivation.
As I always say, whatever you choose, JUST DO IT, and remember you're still lapping everyone on the sofa!!!
Please share your tips and advice, I'd love to hear them :)