Summer Running Updates

Running Photoshoot

Photo by Marcel Grabowski

People always say that summertime is quiet. Those people are liars. Everything is busy. Stuff is always happening and the last few weeks have been particularly full-on. I’m about to dash away to Canada for my inaugural visit home, and for my brother-in-law Andrew’s wedding! It’s all very exciting, but as usual, the to-do list is mounting. So, before I go, I thought I’d share a little roundup on what’s happening on the running and fitness side of things.

Photoshoot Sneak Peek

At work, I’m very fortunate to work with an extremely talented photographer. He’s sincerely one of the best I’ve worked with in my career and he’s particularly talented at fitness photoshoots. He can make even the most ordinary gym or piece of kit look totally striking. Several months ago, I was moaning about the fact that getting good pictures for my blog is really tough and a colleague suggested I ask Marcel to take some pictures of me! Of course! I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before! And finally, this past Friday evening, we did the shoot. I am beyond thrilled with the result. Somehow, he’s made me look like an absolute running badass, weird form and all. I’m so grateful for his amazing talent and great eye. Today’s featured image is one of the shots from the shoot. I’m excited to share more with you over the coming months!

Half Marathon Training

I’m doing the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October! I haven’t mentioned it because I’ve barely thought about it. Just like last year, I received a charity place from the Starfish Greathearts Foundation. Starfish is an international development charity that aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children in southern Africa who have been orphaned or made vulnerable through HIV/AIDS. This year, I am trying to raise £300 for them and I would very gracious if you would donate a few dollars/pounds to this very worth charity. Here is a link to my fundraising page.

Starfish Greathearts Royal Parks Half Marathon

I’m also toying with the idea of signing up for The New Forest Half Marathon in September, but I’m being cautious with my time because I feel like I’ve bitten off a bit more than I can chew right now. Speaking of which….

Team Teaching Les Mills BODYPUMP

If you read my last post, you will know that I spent a summer weekend in a dark studio learning how to instruct a barbell workout called BODYPUMP. I passed the initial training, but in order to fully qualify, I must submit a video of me instructing a full class before the 19th of September. As practice for this daunting task, I have been team teaching with other qualified instructors. Last week was my first team teaching experience and I wouldn’t say I nailed it. I have not been that nervous for something in a long time. I felt so awkward. I could scarcely conjure up a motivational thing to say, and anything I did say sounded like bad acting.  I mainly got the moves right, but really struggled with the instructing part of things (which is kind of an important part by the way!)

Les Mills BODYPUMP training

I really want to be good at this, but it is way harder than I thought it would be. I am firmly out of my comfort zone and spend a great deal of time fretting. Graham said it’s like the meltdown I had before the Geneva Marathon. (You can read about that here). I’m just anxious and catastrophising and having recurring group exercise related nightmares. It’s not ideal. I’ve entertained quitting because it’s really, really hard.

But I keep reminding myself that it’s just like running. The only way to improve is to practice. Running a marathon isn’t easy either but that’s what makes the finish line feel so good.

So, I’m trying to embrace the process. Send me good vibes please.

Return to the Homeland

I’m going back to Canada later this week. I’m hoping reunite with some of my favourite places to run and share some pictures and updates while I’m there. This will hopefully be the kick off to my half marathon training!

In other news…

My mother-in-law recently completed her first Half Ironman (!!!!) and Graham, my husband, cycled from Paris to London in his longest ride ever! I’m very proud of both of them!

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