Today I’m going to talk about something a bit different from food. One of my other passions. Fitness!
From a young age I’ve always been a very sporty person, I did everything; netball, hockey, swimming, horse riding, gymnastics, the list is never ending. It wasn’t until the age of 16 that I started going to the gym. At first I went there to lose some weight so it’s no surprise that I would go everyday for a month and then not go at all for 3 months. I soon realised I needed to change my goal, I needed to go for a different reason; to get stronger and fitter.
Ever since I’ve been going to the gym one of my goals has been to continuously beat my 5km running time. Even though I am a sporty person, I am not a runner. In fact, I really really dislike running. I envy the people who enjoy running for miles on end, but that’s just not me. For some people running 5k is a walk in the park, for others it’s like running a marathon. It’s so important to set goals that are right for you, that you can achieve, there is no better feeling than beating you personal best or reaching your goal.
It’s no secret that staying motivated to achieve your goals is hard. When I first ran 5k I think my time was something like 40 minutes, I had to keep stopping, I found it so hard! After I’d done my first run I started training to get a better time. I’d do things like interval training, 2.5km runs or bike sessions. I saw my time was getting better the more training I put into it.
For a long time now I’ve been trying to run 5k under 30 minutes, maybe for about 2 years. There have been times where I trained so hard but equally times where I didn’t touch the treadmill for weeks. Last summer I got my time down to 30.24. I look back now and I don’t know why I stopped. I tried so hard to get that time but it seems I got so far and just gave up. Obviously life gets in the way, I went abroad for 6 weeks last summer, I did so many amazing things. Then I came back to uni and was busy settling back in, I guess I just forgot about it.
It wasn’t until yesterday, I’d been working all morning, doing uni work all afternoon and I just felt sluggish. I very nearly didn’t go to the gym, but I had to remind myself how I’d feel after I’d been. When I got there I went to the treadmill and decided to try attempt a 5km run. It had been quite a while since my last one so I expected a terrible time, I thought Id have to keep stopping but it was a start.
I managed to get complete the run in 31.22(!!!!!) I put my all into the run, my motivation through-out was how I would feel after I did it. I felt great. Not only had I just done a 5k but I got an amazing time (for me). It reminded me, just because I haven’t been on top of my goals lately doesn’t mean I should just forget about them altogether. Our bodies are amazing, they’re capable of so much more than we think. Having the time off training for it let my body reset, it allowed me to not put pressure on myself to reach a great time, so I just went for it. I’m now more motivated than ever to get my time under 30 minutes.
Setting yourself goals it such a good way to keep track of your training and build your confidence. It reminds you how far you’ve come and what you’re capable of. It’s normal to not be motivated everyday, but it’s important to keep going and believe in yourself.