After writing about getting back to running (I say that like I was ever doing that much of it...) it's been really interesting on a personal level to feel like I can document the progress, especially now I have something to aim for with the Nike Women's 10km coming up in June.
Sunny Run Shadows
The biggest change I'm noticing lately is that I don't end up back at square one when I take time off. With our house move taking over my life for a few weeks, I was nervous about going back to my training program and was relieved and pleased in equal measures that I hadn't dropped much of the fitness I'd started to build up.
I've been very lucky to build a relationship with the brand Helly Hansen this year- they've gifted me some brilliant gear, including my favourite running tights and the only trainers I've ever worn that alleviate the knee pain I enjoy when running.
Tights & Trainers both gifted by Helly Hansen, Top from Mountain Warehouse
Helly's latest campaign via their app has been design based, aimed at women- when you log runs on the app, it unlocks new colours and patterns for the design of a unique pair of running tights. Cue exciting emails saying the design I submitted was voted in the top 5 and I'll be receiving a pair of my custom design tights.
I'm so excited to see how they come out and it's also not everyday that you get your own design printed on to a pair of running tights. As a side note- the #ThisIsMyStyle part of the app is still very much live, so if you fancy a go at designing your own pair, get your run on.
The next goal for me is to get over The Fear. Whenever the training goes up a level or I have had time off, The Fear of how hard it might be when I get back out there is often way worse than the getting back out there. I'm resolving to at least try and enjoy myself with the exercise. Anyone else I know out there trying to find their way?