Why I’m Still Running… 7 Months Later

It has been seven months since I blogged about how I took up running at the start of the New Year, so this is just an update for those interested.  Maybe you are a newbie runner, or contemplating a couch to 5k programme?  If so, you can read about how I began back in January 2017 here.

Apart from a few weeks over the summer when a bad back forced a break from running, I’ve managed to keep it up, because the benefits are really worth it.  From only being able to manage a few minutes at a time in the beginning, I can now handle 5km without stopping, which currently takes somewhere over half an hour to complete.

It’s a challenge, but feels like a massive achievement and has given me a boost in confidence and well-being.  These are some of the advantages I’m enjoying that will hopefully keep me wanting to run:

I’m maintaining my target weight

As well as taking up running in January, I also started attending Slimming World, in an effort to lose two stones.  (Poor quality pic, sorry but the only full length one I could find just prior to my weightloss! Taken in Sept 2016.)

I reached my target weight and even though I’m not following the Slimming World plan now I’m maintaining good habits and being more active than before.

I’ve toned up

The difference in tone shows in my legs, bum, tum and even upper arms. The biggest change has been to my legs – my calf muscles have more definition, making my ankles look slimmer. I never loved my legs and so it’s great to feel happier about how they look especially in jeans. Cellulite hasn’t miraculously vanished; I’ve accepted that I’m never going to be totally free of that because – guess what – I’m a woman. I’m minus a bit of volume in the boobs, too – a natural consequence of losing body fat (and unfortunately you can’t dictate or predict where the fat comes off). But also, more muscle tone = more perky. Just saying!

I’ve only been ill once this year

Previously, I had a tendency to catch every cough and cold going.  This year, I’ve had just the one bad chest and don’t suffer from a perpetually run down, lacking in energy, feeling. Not wanting to speak to soon, but hopefully there will be less chance of succumbing to ALL the bugs – let’s see how the winter goes and if I stay healthy, then maybe my immune system has had a little boost.

I do (kind of) enjoy it

Yes, I grumble when the going gets tough, but mostly I enjoy going for a run. It’s an opportunity to have a chat with my running pals and get some fresh air.

After a run my legs used to ache the next day, but they don’t tend to as much any more. You notice the little things that make you feel good, like not getting breathless jogging up a big flight of stairs. Running is really quite liberating and makes me feel strong and capable. Sometimes when I’m just walking around town, I’ll feel like I want to break into a run – something pretty unimaginable before!

Do let me know in the comments if you have got into running lately and whether you are enjoying it? Feel free to share any tips, advice – or great leggings that don’t ride down!

© Copyright 2017 Antonia, All rights Reserved. Written For: Tidylife
    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! That’s really nice of you to say. I hope I will keep it up – as I mentioned in my comment to Karen, the winter months might be quite testing, but if I do manage to maintain it I’ll be chuffed! Xx

  1. Yeah yeah! Go you!! So chuffed for you Antonia. So good that you feel so much better as well as look fit as a fiddle! I really hope I can keep my running up over winter. I’ve been running 5k all this week, it’s mad to think only 8 weeks ago I couldn’t run for 90 seconds without my chest burning but now i’m running for 30 minutes. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed my immune system has improved too. That would be enough to keep me running forever I reckon!xx

    1. Hey, Karen – thanks! But you’ve done so good yourself too and got there WAY quicker than I did!! Well done, you must feel epic 🙂 The test will be the winter months, I reckon, but we can do this!! Xx

    1. Hi Becky, it was about seven months although I could have got there quicker if I’d followed it 100%! I think I just lost a bit of momentum and see-sawed for a few weeks, but guess I got there in the end! SW definitely works though and you never have to feel hungry which is good 🙂

  2. Keep up the good work! You are totally entitled to everything. Also when I was running, it helped me relax mentally. We can only win by running!

  3. I love running soooo much! I’ve been doing it off and on for years! I was reaching around 5K like yourself. Have you heard of ParkRun? They’re everywhere. I find them really useful because they time you, and you can work on your Personal best.

    Recently though as it’s been getting darker, I’ve switched to tread mill. Heck of a difference from running on the roads and fields, Nearly gave up at one point. But I do feel safer indoors and of course I can make use of the muscle machines (usually legs and upper arms)

    I understand completely that feeling of bursting into a run when you’re out and about! I cheesed off my partner one night, because I left him to walk back to the car (we were 2.5 miles away) I was quite happy sitting on the kerb stretching out my muscles whilst he plodded along angrily. (So funny)

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for commenting! It seems it becomes quite addictive 🙂 I’m about to do my first park run this weekend actually and looking forward to it 🙂

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