Yep, you read it right I am training for a half marathon! Can you even believe it? I can’t even believe I’m writing it let alone running it next year. This healthier me update is an exciting one but also one with alot of mixed feelings – I’ll explain why later.
I have loved so much keeping a log of my updates. Going back and reading them and seeing how my body has changed really helps me to stay on track to achieve the goals I have. It’s not easy, let me say. I didn’t find it too hard the first 5 months, but its over the last couple of months its been more of a struggle. I guess because in the beginning there is momentum. You’re losing weight quickly and noticing the changes your body is making.
Now it’s alot hard to keep going. I started this journey in April in the spring. It’s now November and Winter. Nights creep in quicker and days seem shorter. It’s alot more different than I am used to.
I SIGNED UP FOR A HALF MARATHON
When I first started this journey, one of the things I told my coach I wanted to do was run. I had done a 10k in 2017 and remembered how much I loved it so I knew I wanted running to be part of my exercise plan. My very first run was 2 miles which is around 3km. I remember I did it and felt like I was dying. Not even joking. I was so unfit and out of shape.
After months and months of running and doing 5ks multiple times a week, me and my best friend decided to were going to sign up to our local 10k race next year. As time went on and as we pondered when to sign up, I kept thinking about how easy it would be to do a 10k for me. It wouldn’t be enough of a challenge. I approached my friend with the idea of the half marathon. She said no. But after thinking about it, she changed her mind. And here we are. Signed up to run a HALF MARATHON! I’m so excited for this challenge, I’ve already started my training. Its going well! I am so excited to see how much money we can raise for charity too. I’ll share the links to donate when we make them live. I’d appreciate any support you can give!
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SOMETIMES I STRUGGLE
Because of the increased running I have been doing, its taken its toll on my joints. I remember when I did running before my left knee took a beating, and that weakness is still there. I used knee supports and have some essential oil mixes that I use and they seem to be working. My knees are very important for this run (obviously!) So I’m doing all I can to make sure that they work well and that I can continue this training for a half marathon.
Something else I have been struggling with is seeing progress. I’m not where I want to be, and I really need to remember that this process I’m going through is a marathon not a sprint – no pun intended. When I first started losing weight, I noticed changes so quickly. Now they are less obvious. It can sometimes feel like you’re stuck and not progressing. And with all of the extra cardio I have been doing, I’ve been eating way more. Sometimes its hard to get out of your own head when it comes to food. Especially if you have a history of overeating. No quitting over here though. I am nearly 9 months into this. There is no turning back now.
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So, here is my updated physique update. Sometimes these pictures are just the inspiration that I need to keep going. Theres no way I ever want to go back to the woman on the left.