It’s June and it’s time for my monthly fitness update. The last month has been mental with travelling, settling into our new flat, work and loads of social stuff. Things have been less organised and I now have a 30 minute walk to the gym to factor in but I think laying the foundations of a routine last year has really helped, especially when I’ve been lacking in motivation.
So what have I been up to?
I ran the Manchester 10km
This was a big deal for me as I’m not a good runner. Until last year I hadn’t done any running really since PE at school a loooooonnng time ago and even then I avoided it like the plague. It hurt. I always felt out of breath and got cramp. I felt self conscious like everyone knew I wasn’t a runner! I’d try running for a few minutes then stop and walk to catch my breath but I was determined to get fitter. I stuck with it, built it up gradually, running a bit further each time and eventually managed to run 5km with lots of stops in around an hour. This spurred me on to keep it up and it began to get easier.
I gradually managed to cut the stops down and eventually ran 5km non-stop in 30 minutes. This year I cut it down to around 25 minutes. Then I saw the Manchester 10km. I’d never run further than 5km but I felt up for a challenge. I gradually tried pushing the distance up. It felt easier than mastering that first 5km. I managed to make it to 10km with a few small stops and limped the last couple of kilometres with a dodgy knee and blisters but I knew I could do it so signed myself up for the Great Run Manchester. The atmosphere on the day was awesome, with bands lining the roads and the crowds throwing out high fives and sweets. There were people of all levels of fitness running, walking and supporting each other. It pelted it down with rain around the 7km mark but that helped me up my pace and I even tried a little comedy sprint finish down Deansgate crossing the finish line in around 55 minutes. Woo flipping hoooo! Not bad for a novice. I’m even getting silly ideas about a half marathon next so watch this space…
We hosted our own Bank holiday bootcamp
When we went down to Norfolk for the May bank holiday and I joked about running a bootcamp for everyone. It turned out a few people were actually keen so we ended up doing shuttle runs up and down the garden, burpees, press ups, squats, a 5km run through the countryside and my own little abs finisher with planks, swimmers legs and crunches. It certainly helped balance out the indulgent bank holiday food for the rest of the weekend.
I deadlifted 95kg
It’s almost a year since I lifted my very first weight and I can’t believe I’m almost at 100kg. I struggled lifting a 8kg kettle bell last summer but with perseverance and building it up gradually I managed 3 reps at 95kg. Being short and around 8 stone I never imagined in a million years that lifting heavy stuff would be for me but I’ve loved it. It’s melted away some flab and helped build some mental toughness as well as some muscles. Now the 100kg club is in sight…
I managed my first pull up.
This was one of the challenges I set myself for 2016 and something I’ve always wanted to be able to do. It’s been frustrating that I could lift almost double my body weight I still couldn’t quite manage a pull up. But last month I managed my first one. I hung from the weights rig and caught myself completely by surprise when I managed to lift myself up and get my chin over the top. My face was a picture. Unfortunately I then got a bit ambitious and tried for a couple more and ended up tearing the muscles around my collar bone and it’s taken me almost 6 weeks to recover with some physio. Oops! But I tried a couple of cheeky assisted band pull ups last week and it felt fine so I’m going to try some full ones again next week and see how I get on.
I enrolled on a professional Nutrition course. I’ve always been a geek and love learning new stuff so I’m proper excited to be studying foodie science and on the path to becoming a qualified Nutritionist. It sounds awesome and I’ll share what I learn with you guys on the blog.
So that’s it for this month. I’ll be back in July with a bumper one year fitness update!
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