This post is brought to you by Story Telling Sunday with Sian from High in the Sky.
Its been a frantic but wonderful bank holiday weekend here. I've just realised that it is Monday and not Sunday so I am a day late with this post, THAT'S how lovely this weekend has been. The sun was shining which always makes me happy and we had our first BBQ of the year. We put our sun shade up for the season and even purchased some new garden furniture that we have been discussing for about 4 years now. There was a little bit of time for crafting, a day out at a country fair, a brief visit to Beaulieu to see Management at work, and I still managed to find time to put my trainers on. These are my "precious" for this Sunday (Monday!)
Now many of you might think, well I know she is mad, but trainers? Really? Has she totally lost the plot? Well yes, I am crackers and I make no apologies for that and I shall be honest and say that the last 2 weeks have been some of the lowest ever in my life but thanks to my trainers, I am pulling myself out of it again.
I am mid assignment for my writing course and my story is all about things that happen at the gym. It was while working on that that I realised just how much my trainers have come to mean to me. I bought them in September 2011 when I first considered needing some proper running shoes but they still look fantastic because I train on a treadmill. Ordinarily I hate spending more than about £15-20 on shoes but these were £95!!! I went to a specialist running shop for gait analysis and I was videoed running in different trainers to find the best support possible. Knowing how much they cost means I don't wear them to walk to school or to go to the shops etc. When I put these on, I mean business. I know that when I wear these, I am doing something really good for myself. As a bare minimum, we should all be doing 3x30mins per week for general health but yet it still feels a bit frivolous to spend that time on myself but it's becoming much more of a habit for me now. Aside from the weight loss (I've lost a stone so far this year), the benefits to my mental health are better than any pill or therapy I have ever tried. When I put my trainers on it's like taking a happy pill because I know that the endorphins are just there waiting for me to let them out.
I have a couple of set routines during the week and then I fit in other things around those. On Wednesdays I do Combat training which is a mixed martial arts inspired cardio work out. It feels like I am literally kicking and punching my demons away. I'm working on my technique to get more out of the class but oh boy do I get sweaty or do I get sweaty?! On Sunday afternoons I go to the gym to use the treadmill. I do a combination of running and walking and I am working up to doing more and more of my time as running but it is hard on my shins. I've got dodgy knees which is why I run on the treadmill rather than outside on hard pavements. We live in an area with lots of slopes and I'm fine on the uphill but my knees just can't take the down. I hope to rectify this as I get fitter and my legs get stronger but for now I am content with brisk walking in the local area.
Any time I am walking or running I use an app on my phone called Zombies, Run! It's basically a story that plays clips in between your chosen running songs, all about the zombie apocalypse. You are a runner helping to rescue people, retrieve medical supplies and technological equipment, find information about a vaccine etc to help build a base and rebuild a healthy population. It uses GPS / pedometer to track your progress and rewards you with materials and unlocking extra missions. If you are really crazy then you can enable the zombies to chase you and you have to speed up by 10% for one minute or risk being caught and you can hear them coughing and groaning and getting closer by the second. Seriously, I've never been into zombies or anything but I can't wait to get my trainers on and find out what the next part of the story is - it has totally transformed my training. They have just released Season 2 and have included missions written by a fan who had written some fan fiction about the characters in the story. If ever there was a reason to praise fan fiction, this is it! Can you imagine getting that call from the game you love asking for you to write some stuff for them?!
I'm really enjoying getting fit and even loving the ache in my muscles the next day (or two or three!) because I know it is because I am doing something really good for myself. I have to continue to make time for this because the hard work reaps so many benefits. I am looking forward to putting my trainers on again very soon. And of course, at the end of the day, I am worth it :-)
Bye for now