As you may know, I am a busy working mother of two teenage boys. My ultimate pleasure in life is running to keep fit!
However, I am currently in training for the London Marathon this April (2016). I am not a marathon runner, and this is a distance that I am in awe of, I have to say! I do have many running friends who think nothing of running marathons back to back – but my body is not trained for such events!
I am therefore sticking to a very sensible 16 week plan, I am currently on week 8 and it is tough. Although I am building my mileage up steadily, the accumulation of mileage is making me extremely tired. I am however, aware that I am very privileged to be able to even consider running the marathon, and I am certainly not moaning – only highlighting how tough it has been so far (and I am only just getting to the longer runs on a Sunday!!).
It has highlighted to me how important diet and hydration is – water is my best friend and when I do not drink enough I really feel tired and sluggish. Also getting a good night’s sleep is so important, all the time, but especially when you are pushing yourself to a new target. The target is all relative: my friends’ have ultra-marathons and 100 mile races; mine is 26.2 miles and other people’s targets may just be starting out on the fitness ladder, or even just to drink 2 litres of water a day to be properly hydrated and get to the stage where you feel the benefit rather than just wanting the toilet all the time!
Having a target is definitely the best motivational too –always keep it in mind when you are struggling. It is also important to ensure that you are looking after yourself to the extent that your target requires. I was swimming as well as running and my friend told me the day I wake up after having a ‘full night’s sleep and feel tired’ is the day I need to pull back on the swimming and focus on the running only. That moment happened at about week 4! Much sooner than I thought it would. But if I did not listen to my body I would probably be ill due to exhaustion now.
I am a busy mum of two teenage boys, and between them and work I am forever running around. I have always been interested in fitness, and I make sure that exercise features regularly in my life. However many of my friends are not into fitness like me, yet want to be healthy. I want to help people make healthy lifestyle choices which will impact on their fitness, without necessarily feeling the need to throw themselves full force into exercise.