For most of us, even if we jog, it’s difficult to call ourselves “runners”, isn’t it? Show of hands (or comments?), how many of you jog? Come on, don’t be shy! It probably took me a couple of years to admit I was a runner. And even today, I feel strange saying it out loud sometimes. Not sure why. Maybe because a ‘runner’ to me should be an Olympian or professionals running in the Boston marathon, but how can I, little ol’ me, be a ‘runner’? Well, I go outside and I run. I might be slow, and take short walking breaks, but I run, and I guess that makes me a runner, too.
I’d love to learn more about other runners, tips they have, how to stay motivated, etc. 🙂
I feel like I haven’t done much since I completed my 20 km race in Brussels at the end of May. I actually took a couple of months sort-of off, going for the occasional run here and there, but nothing too specific. Then I had the bright idea to start a casual running group in my neighbourhood! I gotta say, that was such a good idea, it gets neighbours together, getting some fresh air and exercise, and for my own selfish benefit, it forces me to go for a run! haha It’s only once a week, so it’s not a huge commitment, and we run between 3.5 – 5k. Because we run in our own neighbourhood, it’s easy for anyone to join us, they can run what they can, and then if they feel like that is all they can do, well, they can just go home when they jog by their house! 🙂
I used to have a jogging buddy run with me twice a week, but she recently told me that she’s going to take a break for the winter, so that leaves me open to find replacement partners for those days. I might ask my neighbourhood group if some are interested.
Everyone is different, and although I enjoy running by myself sometimes, I do enjoy the part about being somehow accountable to others, and the extra push that I get from knowing others are going to be there and wait for me.
So, right now, I think my goal is to run 3 times a week, on a semi-consistent basis (it’s ok to skip a run here and there, in my opinion). I run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
I also just started going back to hot yoga! I LOVE hot yoga! I wish I could go every day, but for now, I’ll start with once a week. There’s an awesome Yin yoga class on Wednesdays that I want to integrate in my schedule. I don’t know much about all the various types of yoga, but Yin is basically a deep stretching class. It’s a slow pace, so you don’t really sweat, even in an over-heated room, your heart rate stays calm. You just go into positions and hold them for several minutes, hence a very deep stretch. Which I think is excellent for anyone, but especially active people like runners. I always feel amazing after that class (especially the next day), and it allows me to run better, since yoga allows us to be more flexible, have a better posture and balance.
Running + yoga = made to last 🙂
So, for now, my goal is to run 3x/week and hot yoga 1x/week. Then, in time, I will add a second hot yoga class and a couple of boxing classes for women, because I’ve tried it once last year and I think it’s an amazing program, builds up muscles without the boring gym (I’m not a fan of the gym. I find it very boring and not stimulating).
So those are my fitness goals for the coming months/year to stay active, healthy and social at the same time 🙂
What do you do to maintain an active lifestyle? What does your schedule look like? What are your upcoming goals? I’d love to hear about it!
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