Eat Pray Run - What is this all about?

I don’t like writing. Its hard and awkward and I feel silly. But yet here I am writing a blog. Why am I writing this blog? Because I want to encourage people. So here goes . . . . 

It’s a new year and my Instagram feed is littered with pictures of models in sports bras and uber tight leggings pulling ridiculously awkward yoga poses. Facebook is trying to lure me into a 31 day get fit plan and my email inbox is tempting me with ‘Get Active, new season sportswear to spring you into the new year’. It’s relentless and exhausting. I already feel bad about all the food I ate over Christmas, I don’t need my social media reminding me of how unfit I am. Despite all the ‘get fit spam’ flooding it’s way rudely in to my January, I have found myself wanting to make the most of it being a new year. Fresh starts, clean slates and all that jazz. The new year injects all of us with an enthusiasm and motivation that we have been lacking for about . . . 11 months probably, and we all want to make the best start to the new year that we possibly can. But do you often feel like that new year magic is short lived? By February all our good intentions, new ideas and youthful drive is but a distant memory, destined not to be seen again for, lets see, probably another 11 months. 

Well . . . I am determined to not let that happen this year. So I have made a plan and I’ve set some goals. I am going to begin training to run the New York City marathon and I’m going to blog about it. . .  Now that may not sound so impressive to some of you. After all people run marathons all the time. But the idea isn't to do something impressive, the idea is to set a target, stick to it, know its going to challenge me and hope that I can encourage some people along the way. 

 

Here is some info to help explain what this blog is going to be all about . . . 

 

Why a marathon? . . .

With my obvious disdain towards New Year get fit programs you may be wondering why I chose an exercise related goal? For a long time I have been having a love hate relationship with exercise, some times I like it, most of the time I hate it, I'm not sure I have ever loved it. But exercise has helped me through some really difficult times. Sounds cheesy but its true. I want to overcome these long term difficulties and make exercise more of a priority. So setting a target like a marathon just made sense. 

 

Why blog about it? . . .

I want to be held accountable and I want to share my experience of training for this marathon, the good bits, the bad bits and the really ugly bits where I just cant keep going, all in the hope that it might encourage someone else. And if I want to give up and stop, well I’m hoping you guys wont let me. 

 

 

What will you find in this blog? . . .

The plan is to simply document my runs, share my thoughts and frustrations and generally keep you up to date on how I am doing. It will probably include some pictures and some general musings on the topics of exercise, value and self worth. 

 

What you will NOT find in this blog? . . . 

There will be NO before and after pictures, no selfies of me at the gym, I will not be posting images of my dinner and there will be no guilt trips. This is not about making you feel bad about your own exercise schedule or lack of one. This is not a diet plan or a blog about my journey to getting ‘beach ready’. This is about encouraging you to do what you can when you can and most importantly encouraging you to be yourself and live your life to the fullest. 

 

A few things you need to know about me . . .

The furthest I have ever run is about 3 miles. A marathon is 26miles. So I have a lot of work to do. I am not an athlete, some of you may know I have done some cycling in the past but I am by no means a super fit person. I am pretty normal. 

 

Why New York?

Why not? I love New York City, it’s my favourite city on earth. So what better way to motivate myself to get training then the opportunity to go somewhere I love and run the worlds largest marathon.

 

When?

The NYC marathon is on the 5th November 2017 so I have lots of time to train.

If you have read this far THANK YOU, you must be at least slightly interested in what I am doing. I hope you come back and visit regularly to see how I am getting on. If you would like to receive  updates straight to your inbox then you can sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of this page. 

Let the adventure begin . . .