Jumping on the CrossFit wagon

Agony.

I think that word sums up just how I feel right about now.

Less than 24 hours ago I finally dragged myself to my friends CrossFit gym. It’s been something that I’ve been wanting to try since he established it- 3 years ago. But life always seemed to get in the way (as it does).

I lift weights, I believe I’m fit but I can’t remember feeling like this after any work out I’ve done before.

I don’t regret it at all- in fact I feel a sense of accomplishment from doing it. I pushed myself in a completely different way yesterday. And it was great.

Although maybe not so great when I struggled to lift my arms up to wash my hair! OUCH!

I should also mention the blisters that immediately appeared on my hands as well as the bruises on my arms and collar bones which prompted a few jokes in the office this morning as they look reminiscent of hickeys. Let me assure you that they are not, unless hickeys are painful.

But my eyes have been opened to the wonderful, challenging and painful world of CrossFit and I can’t wait for my next class!

Soph xx

 

Run run run as fast as you can!

Yesterday I competed in my first running race. Hooray!!

It may have only been a fun run but for me this was a huge goal in 2013.

Lets back track a little….

About seven months ago I wouldn’t and couldn’t run. I was fit enough physically- but my mind just couldn’t do it. I would jog around the block and be mentally exhausted.

I couldn’t be bothered going further than 1km, and because I wasn’t mentally prepared my body didn’t function.

But one sunny day in March 2013 I decided, out of the blue, to run from A to B. About 6kms…

And I ran. 

The feeling was amazing. I had achieved something I didn’t think possible. It was a huge boost of confidence for me.

I don’t know about you but I work best when I have goals to aim for. I have goals for all aspects of my life, fitness, food, work (and the list goes on…)

So I set myself the goal of running The City Bay,the entire 12kms.  I figured if I could run 6km then I could run 12km!

I had just under 6 months to prepare.

By June I was running 8kms comfortably. I knew then I had to step up my training though.

Unfortunately I had to have an operation in mid-June which set me back several weeks of training, but still I continued.

The hardest bit was in the last few weeks- wanting to push myself but not tire my body out! The whole thing was a learning experience.

And I’m proud to say I achieved my goal. I ran the entire 12km 🙂

And my goal for next year? Well I have two. I’m going to up the anti and train for a half marathon! And I’m excited. I can’t wait to push my body and mind and feel that overwhelming sense of achievement at the end of each run.

The other goal? Well to run The City Bay faster of course!!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Soph x

Simply running

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”
George Sheehan

I never thought I’d be able to run- not physically but mentally. I had no doubt that I could, but it was whether I wanted to. And in the past I never did. I would run for 10 maybe 15 minutes and be bored.

However, one day, about five months ago, I decided it was time. I plugged in my iPod and found my mojo. I didn’t doubt I could- it was merely whether I wanted to.

The time was right and it was great.

I realised this whole other side to exercise. I love walking, but running is everything walking is and more.

The satisfaction of completing a long run is exhilarating and very satisfying. It’s almost like I prove to myself that I can do this every time I run.

I’ve entered my first race, and I can’t wait. I’m nervous, excited and don’t know what to expect.

Running has given me a new and fresh outlook on fitness- something that I think is so important. If I find something boring and I don’t have to do it- it’s simple, I dont. A work out shouldn’t be a hassle- maybe having to drag yourself out of bed- but once you’re in it it should be something you enjoy doing whether it is running or not.

Soph xx