The Running Challenge (For Want of a Better Name)

So I've done The Water Challenge whereby I attempted to drink 2 litres of water a day for a month and was successful and have managed to carry that on. I did the Five-a-Day challenge where I attempted to get all five portions of fruit and veg a day for a month...successful...and I still do that.
And now...I have for you...The Running Challenge. I really couldn't think up a better name for this...I tried.



I used to do a bit of running. I did the race for life a few times and did the Cheddar Gorge 10k a few years back to raise money for the RNLI. Since I've moved up to Northumberland, I have let my running slide ever so slightly and feel verrrrry guilty about it. And by ever so slightly...I mean that I have been running twice in two years.

I can feel physically that my fitness has dwindled and I am really, really desperate to get back to where I was before. I think one of the reasons that running hasn't appealed to me so much is because I am mostly surrounded by hills. I always do off-road running so a few slopes are part of what I was used to...but Northumberland hills are ridiculous. So I am going to embrace the hills, dust off my running shoes and get back to it.

My aim for this challenge is to run three times a week. One of the plus sides to running will be that I can incorporate my half of the dog-walks in with my runs, so Bosun will be properly chuffed with running to keep up with mummy!

As I've mentioned before, these challenges that I'm undertaking are not about body-image. I am not unhappy with my body and trying to lose weight or anything like that. I am merely trying to improve my over-all well-being and fitness. I want to look beautiful and glowing on my wedding day. And it's also becoming a distinct likelihood that we will be talking about possibly having children in the next few years. I want to make sure that my body is 100% ready for the nine  month ordeal that I'm going to put it through, Exercise will go a long way towards strengthening my core muscles where I need them most!

As per usual I will be keeping you updated.
How are you keeping fit?

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  1. I really want to get back into running - I've only run about twice since doing a half-marathon in March. I'm really good at excuses not to run, but actually there are plenty of good reasons to run, feeling fitter definitely being a good one! Good luck with your running challenge. I think running with your dog is a good way to do it - you've got to walk him anyway, so you've got the encouragement to run instead!
    Jennifer x
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    1. When you're warm and cosy inside, it's so easy to say "nah...I don't feel like running today" and then you don't end up doing it for ages! But once you're out there, you feel so proud of yourself! I need to get back into the habit of just putting my trainers on and going!
      And certainly, running with Bosun will be a fantastic motivation!
      Ellie
      xxx

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