Thursday, 6 December 2012

Running Up That Hill

You're probably going to take a quick skim of this post and sigh.  Here she goes again talking about exercise and how this time it will be different.  Except it's never different and no matter how hard I try I can never stick to the latest quest to shed the pounds for good.  I have totally lost my mojo and to be honest I am pretty embarrassed about it.  I guess this post should be published over at Where Are My Knees though that would just cement my feelings as a failure.  I've have been there supporting others any way I can for the last couple of years and now I need your help.  When you had lost all hope how did you get your mojo back? What keeps you motivated and away from the cake?  I don't want to end up back where I started.

Gray has started training for his next 10k race and now it's dark I am thinking of joining him.  It didn't work out too well last time I tried the couch to 5k app.  I am not a runner and I don't think I can ever be a runner.  No one can see my bright red face in the dark though right and I figure that now it's cold I will have to run to warm up.  Maybe a shiny new pair of cheap running shoes will help?  These bright orange trainers should help me be seen in the dark!

Team those with this top and I've almost got a co-ordinated outfit ;)  If only it was acceptable to work out in a skirt!  That would make everything much better.  They have a good selection of womens workout wear at Up and Running.

So what are your top tips to help me get my mojo back?  I need motivation for both diet and exercise and something that I can try and stick to.  Baby steps.  I am never going to be someone who can go out for a run before work like Rosie.  Crazy girl!



  1. I wish I had the self-motivation for running, I would love to be able to do the Couch to 5k, but I'm hopeless.

  2. This is the story of my life. I would say don't say you're "not a runner and can't be". YOU CAN. I never thought I would be able to, but I do. YOU CAN RUN. Really good music helps me run and recently when I have been feeling guilty about eating something bad or not going to gym I quickly write a little email to myself about how awful I feel to try and motivate me next time. Sounds silly, but it does work sometimes.


    1. This made me giggle because I write little notes to myself on my iphone about how I look pregnant after pizza etc etc haha - doesn't stop me eating it again though!

  3. Agree with the above - your attitude is all wrong. Never mind all this "I'm never going to be a runner" - if you run, you're a runner It doesn't matter how far or how fast, as long as you're out there. The biggest motivator for me is having a group of encouraging running buddies. We all have different abilities and goals but we support each other... oh and when we meet, we go for tea and cake afterwards! If you lived nearer I'd make you come along. Good luck!! X

  4. I've been running for a year now, before that I had never run in my life. And I mean ever - due to alot of problems with my ankles/knees as a child/teenager I was signed off P.E. permanently. Luckily I grew out of it but starting running last year was completely new to me. I did the c25k and really had to persevere - especially in the cold weather. I ran my first 10k in September and have lost over a stone. Are you competitive? I find monitoring my speeds/times helps me to want to improve. Have a look at parkrun, a free 5k race every saturday all over the country. Sounds scary but everyone is so lovely and they really do welcome complete beginners!
    The Life of Emily-Alice

  5. I agree, never say 'I'll never be a runner'! I bought my first pair of running shoes about 3 years ago, went for one run with Scott and one with my friend and then gave up. I didn't pick up again for another year when I entered the Manchester 10k and forced myself to go out a few times a week! Since then, I have ran a few more races. I go through phases when I don't run for weeks and I'm not naturally very fast, but I still think I can call myself a runner :) Maybe entering a race would help motivate you? I found that it did with me cos I couldn't face not finishing the race and wanted to be able to run it all.


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