I haven’t written anything on this blog since September 2018. Why? Nothing exciting has happened just work, kids, life in general. So like everyone else, I’m now sitting here in Covid-19 Lock-down (week 3) with a lot of time on my hands. I’m lucky to still have a job work but it’s Easter hols at the moment. House is spotless, the garden is almost weedless, the dog has never been walked so much, I’ve embarked on the occasional run, practised the art of social-distancing and taken part in numerous Zoom video calls including a Bootcamp. Just like everyone else I suppose, keeping busy and staying at home.
Being a list-writer, I’ve always set out what I need to achieve each day but up till now it’s all been a little mundane the usual life-admin consisting of shopping, work-stuff, jobs to do in the house. The other day I read a brilliant quote that appeared on Instagram ‘This is a Pandemic not a productivity test’ (@thegoodquote, @BryannAndrea) and it really resonated with me. Whilst its been amazing and inspiring seeing all the things that other people have done I have felt at times a little overwhelming. However, when we all come out of this and go back to normal life (whatever that will look like) I do want to be able to look back and say that in some way I made the most of this time. So I have made a list of what I would like to accomplish, nothing major or life affirming (yet). On the list was to revisit my blog and maybe write some content. So here’s me dipping my toe back in the water of blog-dom yet again. For me this is will be my therapy, my online diary, something I can look back on when I’m back at work looking forward to the weekend or getting stressed to hell something unimportant like forgetting to book a supermarket delivery slot!
I’ve forgotten how to do all the flashy stuff that you do to get more reach in terms of readers but to be honest I’m not that bothered about that. Can’t remember how to add a fancy font or a professional looking title. It’s nice just to write, reflect and maybe give me more focus in terms of making the most of all this spare time. We could be in lock down for a few weeks, months, who knows. It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment so maybe this will play some part in helping me cope with it all.
(Gosh just noticed the ancient About Me Picture ……. that will need to get changed at some point)!
Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit!
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Do it for yourself!
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Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist
Happy New Year! Time to get back to running after two weeks of a diet of chocolate, prosecco and Christmas TV Catch Up marathons. I went into Christmas full of good intentions but by Christmas morning that had all evaporated and been replaced by a tin of Quality Street. So a brand, spanking new year and a fresh start. A cliché I know but I enjoyed Christmas, spending time with family and catching up with friends so I don’t feel guilty. Now the challenge is to step away from the remains of the selection box and get out there running again.
So new running music is what is called for, so check out my New Year Running Playlist if you are in need of inspiration and motivation!
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Hello 2017! Running Music Playlist Tracks
Dancing On My Own (Tiesto Remix) – Callum Scott
Some Kind of Heaven – Hurts
All Goes Wrong (ft. Tom Grennan) – Chase & Status
Good Intentions (ft. BullySongs) – The Chainsmokers
By Your Side (ft. RAYE) – Jonas Blue
Find Me (ft. Birdy) – Sigma
Trouble – Offaiah
Perfect Strangers (ft. JP Cooper) Jerome Price Remix – Jonas Blue
Alone No More – Philip George & Anton Powers
Somewhere To Run (Lost King’s Remix) – Krewella
Kids (Soulwax Mix) – MGMT
The Key The Secret – Urban Cookie Collective
Happy Alone (ft. V. Bozeman) – Matrix & Futurebound
Under Control (ft. Hurts) – Calvin Harris & Alesso
Dare You (ft. Matthew Koma) – Hardwell
It’s not about having the time but about making the time
When you think you will never be able to incorporate fitness into your busy and hectic day you can! Have a look at your day; where can you make the time? You may not be able to manage to do a full session at the gym but a 5km run or 20 minute HIIT workout maybe more realistic. Aim to incorporate fitness in your routine 3 times a week, once it becomes habit you may find you want to commit to more days or longer sessions.
Six months on ….
From initially taking up running I’d got into a routine and getting out and pounding the pavements a habit. However, I was also starting to find running a 5km fairly easy going despite mixing up routes and trying to improve on my time. Then it started to happen; the prospect of putting my trainers on and getting out for a run rather uninspiring. I suppose it was a case of now needing something else to motivate me to maintain my fitness.
Old habits can easily start creeping back
As I could have predicted my motivation to keep fit started to wane. 3 runs a week became two then sometimes one or none a week. I was in danger of undoing all the hard work I’d done and forgetting the goals I’d been so proud of achieving. Sitting on that sofa watching Coronation Street instead of getting out there was starting to become more appealing and the norm. An old habit was starting to re-immerge.
So what next?
Maybe it was time to hit the gym? Read more