My blog friend Georgina from Fitcetera recently posted this on Instagram: ‘I recorded this a few weeks ago but was embarrassed to put it up because, let’s face it, after 3 years of CrossFit I should be a lot better at these than I am… but what can I say – I love lifting heavy stuff too much! ? ‘
It got me thinking about how much we focus on where we *should* be, and not how far we have already come. I’ve been running for 5+ years, and run 6 marathons, perhaps I should have run a BQ by now, maybe I should have faster half marathon and 10K PBs.
We concentrate on where we want to get to without celebrating how much progress has already been made, the improvements we have seen.
Personally, I’ve knocked over an hour off my marathon PB (I ran 4.54 in London 2012, and a 3.49 in Berlin 2014). I’m not pushing for a BQ in my next marathon, however after chatting with my coach today, we talked about running around a 3.40. Now that would be progress of nearly 1hr 15mins from that first attempt. Maybe I should have run a PB in the two years and two marathons since Berlin, however things just haven’t aligned that way, but I’m still working and I will get there.
For some people, knowing how much work you need to do can feel either motivating or intimidating. It’s important that every so often you step back and review the the work you have already completed and the progress achieved. My recent half marathon PB came at the perfect time for me to be able to do this.
Next time you’re doubting your ability, or worrying about how much you still have to do, stop and reflect. If your fitness goal isn’t a running time or something so easy to track, think about making a training diary to note down your weights, reps etc. Celebrate the mini milestones, whether thats hitting all of your repeats/sets, running a PB or simply achieving your goal to workout 5 days a week.
Where were you when you started on your health or fitness journey?
‘Take pride in how far you’ve come and have faith in how far you can go’.
In this post, I’m wearing an outfit from La Redoute fitness range – this bomber jacket, stripy grey top, leggings and trainers (many of the items are 60% off!). They asked me to collaborate to share some motivational fitness tips for 2017 on their website – check out the full blog post on their site with some other bloggers sharing their top motivation fitness tips. I didn’t actually realise that La Redoute had their own brand of fitness gear, the R Essential range, as well as selling Puma, Adidas, Nike, Reebok, and Ellasweet.
How do you motivate yourself?
I motivate myself by reminding myself each morning how much I want to achieve my running goals. I want to know that when I get to that start line of a marathon, I have done everything I can to be in the best shape possible and run the race I’ve trained for.
What is your weekly exercise regime?
I run 5-6 times a week, usually two hard workouts and 3/4 easy fun runs, on top of that I’m aiming for 2 core workouts, a leg day and yoga once a week.
What’s your favourite go-to healthy meal?
This recipe is my favourite sunday night meal to make after a long run or race – it’s so delicious!
What’s your #1 fitness tip?
Find an activity or sport that you enjoy – you’re never going to slog to the gym for something you hate so try something fun like a boxing class or join a netball team instead. Its easier to stick to a regime that you like!
How do you keep track of your progress?
I love that I can look back at my workouts and race on my blog www.therunnerbeans.com and instagram. I think I’ll get a training diary (love a new notebook) for 2017 to see how I’m progressing though!
Favourite soundtrack for your workout?
I’m lucky that Tom, my fiancé, makes awesome running playlists for me – I love a combination of old school classics and new tunes. Favourite running song currently is Clean Bandit – Rockaby.
Are you setting yourself any fitness challenges in 2017?
My ultimate fitness challenge for 2017 is to run a marathon BQ (sub 3.35 for my age group).