My 5k Journey : My top tips!

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Don’t get too excited, I’m not there yet. I’m currently at about 4k (give or take the odd walk uphill!), but I have learned quite a lot so far, so I thought I would share my top tips:

 

  • Always take water with you – if you are dehydrated then it is much tougher to breathe  steadily.
  • Magnetic knee and ankle supports are worth their weight in gold.
  • It’s okay to walk during your run. It’s better to walk some and get there slowly than push yourself and get injured.
  • Improvements come in really small increments.
  • The first session back after a break is the toughest – it feels like the training has gone backwards.
  • Getting out three times a week is about right to improve at a reasonable pace.
  • Slow and steady is fine.
  • Don’t get bogged down with timings – eventually times will get faster but if they don’t, it’s not important. Achieving the distance is what matters.
  • Running with your body upright really helps. If you are leaning forwards then you are putting additional load onto yourself and it makes it much tougher.
  • Keep focused on the horizon and try not to drop your head.
  • An additional form of exercise (eg. pilates or yoga) can help massively with strength and conditioning.
  • Don’t beat yourself up because you are going slowly –  congratulate yourself on getting out there instead.

Helpful tips and advice on a yellow office noteAs I said I am not there yet and the journey is tough. Some days it’s like I am right back where I began but then others, it’s an easy ride. Hopefully if I persevere then it will even out and eventually I’ll be running the distance at a consistent pace.

Does anyone else have any top tips?

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A little ‘yogic’ treat

jscreationzs via freedigitalphotos.net

jscreationzs via freedigitalphotos.net

Today (Tuesday 8th September), sees the fourteenth year that my husband has put up with me. We always celebrate (read commiserate for him) our anniversary and this year will be no exception. I have, however, broken with tradition and chosen my own present.

Choosing my own present was not a decision I took lightly. I know that in many respects it makes perfect sense, but we still love the element of surprise. We never buy our own birthday, Christmas or anniversary gifts – it’s just the way we are.

That all changed though, when I saw this beautiful bracelet.

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It is, of course, a yoga inspired bracelet and yoga is something that has become very important to me over the last month or so. I am going to be blogging about it in more detail, but suffice to say that I have finally found a form of exercise that I am in love with.

Yoga is as much about breathing and connecting with your body, as it is about the physical movement and one of the main reasons why I wanted to get this gift for myself was to remind me. I wear it every day and that reminds me that when I am getting stressed, or finding the day tough or just hitting a brick wall, to come back to the present and that which matters. It reminds me to breathe, it reminds me to connect with my body and it reminds me to celebrate life. That is something which for me, has been so easily forgotten.

Not only is the bracelet beautiful and a joy to wear, it is a symbol of finding something that I have been searching for my whole life. An exercise regime that I can embrace and enjoy, and an inner peace that can keep me safe, healthy and productive. I can honestly say that this year, I have no regrets about choosing my own gift.

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