Well hello there!
Sorry for the complete AWOLness over the past few weeks. I have SO much to catch up on including travel posts, writing posts and French life updates. But in the spirit of a new month (pinch punch, no returns and all that) I have a new resolution that I wanted to share with you, before normal service will resume…
Last summer I ran a 10km race. This summer I can barely run to the end of the street without doubling over wheezing and red faced. I guess with fitness you need to use it or lose it. I’ve never been into sport, never been one of those people who leap from their beds well rested and excited to hit the gym or pound the pavements. But I want to be. The older I get the more I realise the importance of not only staying trim but having stamina and power to build a healthy future.
I saw this challenge on Facebook organised by The Business Bakery. Starting today for the next 100 days it encourages you to make changes and improvements to your small business. Ok, so I don’t own a business but I got thinking that I could mesh this with my goal to get fitter, shed some weight and have the encouragement from others (there is a fb group and you get sent daily emails pushing you to continue) to start my own challenge.
So my personal challenge which I am putting on the interweb to be held accountable for is …. I am going to run every day for 100 days.
I bet some of you reading this will be like, ‘pah, easy peasy lemon squeezy,’ but bear with me. This is more than just getting my lardy arse out of my snuggly warm bed each morning, although that too is an achievement. This is about toning my body that has been lazily gorging on the delights of living in France for way too long now, having more energy to zap about with during the day AND a challenging milestone to reach. As I type this now thinking of running for the next 99 days seems equally terrifiying and bring it on exciting.
Let’s be clear here – I’m not saying I’ll be running a marathon a day but I am determined for the next 100 days to get out of bed, lace up my trainers and get outside for a minimum of 30 minutes (which will hopefully get longer the fitter I get). Technically my current version of running could be described more as a jork (jog-walk) but everyone has to start somewhere and the aim is to be running for the full 30 minutes non-stop. And when I say every day I mean EVERYDAY: come wind, rain, hail or sunshine. I will be giving this my all. For someone who thinks getting up to turn the TV off counts as exercise this is going to be a challenge.
Ok, so today day 1 (only 99 to go!) I got up when my alarm went off, bleary eyed and narrowly avoided stepping over the cat in the darkness as I went to meet my aunty who has signed up with me. These sort of things are always more fun when you’re sharing the load with someone. We jorked our way down the quiet streets, changing from a slow jog to a fast walk every two minutes for half an hour, even managing to chat a little as we went. I came back hot and rosy red cheeked but actually excited to have been able to ignore the lure of my snooze button (a big deal for me!).
If you fancy signing up, whether it is to start a business or work on one you already run, or change something in your life and stick to it for 100 days then check this out. I’ll be updating you on my progress every 25 days, you can hold me to that!
But enough about me, how the devil have you been?!