I was that person who would tweet and facebook their runs, not caring if it was remotely boring to non-running people, it was ok, cos I had running and running had me. This love affair could've been great and it could've continued for years to come - I mean I've run near on 6 half marathons, several 10ks and weekly 5ks, I had so many more goals to reach, yet here I am, a bolt of lightening, a sudden realisation - I just dont love it as much as I should do. I've always said this to people, I love running, but I also hate it - even I dont know what I mean by that. Many people said quit in, stop, but the 'love' part didnt want too.
My one enemy is pressure, I seem to put a pressure on myself to run faster, to run further and neither of these things are happening - the dedicated runner will tell you I need to train better and harder but yknow what, I just dont want to. That type of question and pressure makes it boring, takes the fun away, I will always be a little bit crap at running and despite having running as my number one choice of exercise for the last couple of years I haven't improved one iota. The tables have turned.
I will still run, when I feel like it. I have one other half marathon that I shall complete (the cause means alot to me) and then that is where me and running end, an occasional thing I shall do whenever I feel like it. No more tweeting times, distances, no more syncing my Nike app and posting it all over Facebook - it is just going to be something I do.
So how else will I keep my fitness side up? Well, cycling will still be first choice. I do this on a daily basis and enjoy my relatively short and easy route to work and back - it's fun, and very me. But I have started to look at other exercise that is more, how do I say, me? Yoga and Pilates is something I have toyed with, and by 'toye' I actually mean dreamt of being a total zen yoga queen. Why? The strength that women omit from doing yoga and pilates is nothing short of incredible and the look of a yoga refined body? yeah, I WANT. If this wasnt enough to prick me ears, Sweaty Betty's new A/W collection is making me want to buy ALL OF THE CLOTHES.
I offically want everything, however for me my course into yoga will not be a conventional one - I shall not be partaking in classes (Berkshire doesnt have many) and will attempt to teach oneself with at home dvds. For me, the last thing I want is an activity that will not require scheduling, but one that costs me money that I cannot simply afford (thank you wedding) I know I will get alot of backlash for this - I wont learn properly blah blah, but I like to think anything is achievable.
So, all you yoga fans, I need you! I need to now what your top 5 things I need to start my yoga journey.... Over to you!