Make a Promise

Ok so you're probably inundated with all these "new year, new you" type emails, quotes, phrases at the moment. I'm not going to preach about anything like that but I think it's a good time to make a promise. A promise to someone important. Someone who doesn't always look at themselves in the most positive way, who can be quite negative and hard on themselves.

It's me and I'm making a promise to myself. I'm going to commit to myself.

Vomit. How cheesy, I know!.. but it's true. I'm the first one to pick faults in myself; my appearance, my ability, my performance. And what good does it do? I feel self conscious, insecure and I let others dictate the way things are in my life.

Well no more. I'm going to commit to myself. I'm going to invest in myself and I'm going to trust myself; I can run that extra mile, I can take on a new project at work, I am brave enough to try something new. I can definitely fit another chocolate bar in my mouth :)

Write down all the things you've always wanted to do and go for it. There isn't anything stopping you but you. Try new things, meet new people, go to new places. So many of my family tell me that "it's easy for you" (yep they actually say this shit to my face). Seriously, it's just as difficult for me as it is for you. I have a full time job, I commute for 2+ hours a day. But it's important to me so I make time. I wake up at 5.30 and go to the gym for 6. It isn't easy, trust me, but I do it. I love chocolate and cake but I hold back from eating everything in sight. It's annoying and quite rude that people can criticise you and find every excuse under the sun for your success instead of attributing it to sheer will and determination.

Don't let anyone bring you down or diminish your success. You deserve it. You've worked for it. Besides, nothing worth having comes easy or everyone would have/do it! So commit to yourself and put yourself first. Do something for you and kick 2016's ass!

Happy New Year!

2015: Races, Results and Milestones

79 hours. 860km. 110 personal records....What a year it's been! 
I've had some amazing moments and achieved so much more than I ever thought I could. Here's a little round up of some of my best bits.

Staying Motivated

It's cold, it's dark, there are always mince pies floating around...It's difficult to stay motivated at this time of the year. I'd much rather be in front of the fire in my cosy dressing gown watching Elf than doing interval drills in the rain. Here are a few things I've found that help keep me motivated.

Does the Run Still Count?

Anyone with a Garmin or sports watch will know what I'm taking about; you're running, you need a minute and without thinking hit "pause" on your watch. You pause, recover, hit "start" and continue on. This happens a few times and by the end you're pretty please with your time. But how accurate is your run really?

I feel like for training runs, which let's face usually compromise 95% of our runs, are for this purpose. It's almost like prolonged interval training but at a medium intensity and typically over a longer period of time. It helps you gauge your pace and gives you an idea of how hard/long you can go for. Recently I've been wondering if it affects you more mentally. For example, I know I can run 10k without stopping. I've done it in races countless times but when I know I'm going for a training run, I really struggle to run 10k without having a quick moment to catch my breath,

Is it because I know it's just a training run and it doesn't count? Is it because psychologically I'm thinking "this run is going to be long so take a few breaks to ease the pain?" - honestly I don't know. I know that I feel quite guilty when I post a great time with fast splits knowing that in reality, I've stopped a few times and even popped into the hairdresser for a glass of water! Nonetheless I've posted it on Strava and felt weirdly pleased when my friends have commented on my "great times". 

I feel like I should start my watch at the beginning of my run and stop it at the end. No questions asked. But when I'm waiting to cross the road or retying my shoelaces, its difficult to have this kind of clear cut logic. The only thing I really look at is the time so am I just kidding myself?

What do you think- is it purely a vanity thing for Strava so our friends can give us "kudos" and make us feel better about how well we're running. Are we just fooling ourselves or does it actually help? We try not to stop in races so why do we do it in training and think nothing of it?

Run around Wembley

In between the wedding madness last week, there was 1 day off from any type of wedding activity. Considering my insane consumption of fried foods (it was so worth it!) and my derailed marathon training plan, I grabbed my trainers and went for a run. If you're on Strava, give me a follow!

Photo Diary: Indian Wedding!

We had a huge family wedding this week (literally, Wednesday-Saturday!) and here are a little collection of some of the best photos/pictures of me! It was amazing, probably one of the best weddings I've ever been to (and that's a lot!). I had such a wonderful time with my cousins and aunts, I love my mum's family so much; we all get on so well and we always have a great time together. Can't wait till the next one already!

P.S sorry for the weird formatting- it's next to impossible to post photos decently on Blogger.


Marathon Training

In my high-vis for a night run!
Sorry I've been so absent, work has been crazy and I've been trying to fit in sleep wherever possible! So Monday marked 18 weeks until the dreaded big day. Gulp. I'm having very mixed feelings right now, it's just such a bloody long way!

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