Woah, sorry readers – I realise I haven’t updated this in a while and the usual excuse of having too much going on is partially true but also because I’ve been deciding how to write this first post back.

I haven’t completely avoided WordPress, infact I’ve been doing a lot of browsing and reading, especially into fitness, goals and healthy eating. I’m not sure if I told you, but after my half marathon I decided to join an Athletics Club, originally to meet people with the same interests and share motivation but as it transpires, also to improve my fitness and times. I then got really ill, injured myself and then had my final German exams so I didn’t religiously start going until a few weeks ago.

At training last Tuesday I somehow got roped into one of their athletics (my first since secondary school) for Sunday just gone. It was amazingly good fun, such good atmosphere. Granted, I was absolutely shocking, but I’ve set some nice and low PB’s for me to smash 🙂

So back to the theme of my post. Goals.

I’ve been reading everywhere, ‘you don’t get anywhere in life without a goal’ and similar phrases along the same kind of lines. I’ve also got ‘fitness’ as one of my tags which, if you have never looked, is so inspirational.

So there are a couple of things floating around my mind at the moment:

1) Complete an Iron Man in a week
So I found The Will of Power online which was a fitness challenge for the month of me (which, shock, I missed the deadline for) whereby you have to complete the iron man distances of swimming, cycling and running but within a week. I know this sounds so poor for those of you who train for iron man competitions but from a girl who has run no further than 13.1 miles in a day, this seems pretty tough. So the distances are 26.2 miles for the running, 112 miles cycle and 2.4 miles swim. As I’m currently trying to get back into the swing of things with my running and I’ve got a 10k and two more athletics events in the near future, I’ve scheduled this in for the week commencing 14th July. Watch this space for updates 🙂

2) Schedule in some L.D races
I made a start on this on Saturday with my pre-running nerves for Sunday and I stupidly signed up for the Silverstone Half Marathon in March (the race I took part in this year) in an attempt to beat my time, and 3 weeks prior to that, the Brighton Half Marathon. I have a 10k in 4 weeks time and I’m looking to booking in 1 more big 10k around October time. I’ve come to the conclusion – I am not a summer long distance runner – I HATE running in the heat. Give me 5 degrees Celsius and no sun any day of the week and I am a happy happy girly!

3) Run at least 3 times a week
This should be easy, I have athletics training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so as long as I get 1 longer run in at the weekend and potentially a 4th in somewhere else, this will so be achievable.

4) Give myself 1-2 rests days a week
This is purely for my muscle repair. I have read that you get stronger during your times of rest when your body repairs the damages you’ve done by pushing yourself! During my non-running, non-rest days I will go to the gym, do some stretching at home, work on my abs, go swimming or get out on my bike.

5) Use MyFitnessPal every day (with the exception of race days)
So I’ve been using this for the past week or so and I love it! The reviews which state that as you monitor what you are eating, and drinking in my case, you tend to make better choices and I believe this is true! I have noticed my bad eating habits and am making a conscious effort to change these. I’m looking to eat cleaner, up my protein and reduce my sugar. Bye bye chocolate 😦 I’m excusing race days as I don’t think these should be counted with nerves, physical activity and results mean I should’ve have to worry too much. I know what my body will want and need and I should be able to reward myself.

The one thing I am struggling with is going out for dinner. Why does everyone my age want to go for bloomin’ dinner!!! I used to avoid it like the plague when I didn’t really enjoy eating but now I am actually ‘watching what I eat’ NOT dieting, everyone gets on their high horse about how I am starving myself – erm what?!? NO

6) Limit my alcohol intake
I thought this would be the hardest out of them all but since my birthday I’ve managed to not have a drop! Originally I was going to do a whole year off, then after my realisation of how unrealistic this was I decided that I will have one every now and again but I will learn not to go mental every weekend. It ruins my performance and half the time it’s just through boredom on a Saturday night. Not a celebration or with any real reason behind it. You might scream why are you so boring but I am not saying I’m giving up, just limiting my intake.

So I know these are only linked to fitness and my diet, but I’m sure I’ll post about other goals in my life at the end of this week, but I didn’t want to overload you all! Plus my fitness is quite important to me. I’m not necessarily looking to loose weight, just tone up!

In other news, I sold my old guitar and amp on eBay and also found out I was owed some money, so I have a bit of spare cash which I am going to put towards a GPS running watch (shock) and also maybe towards my bucket list…I will keep you informed with these plans once I’ve made them as I may have some exciting news in the pipeline! 🙂

If anyone has any other tips on diet and exercise (especially sorting my flabby abs out) – please let me know! I will occasionally update you on how I’m doing but not everyday, as I’m sure no-one wants to read about my weird eating habits and my crap PB’s for my sprinting!