Today I am so happy to announce my big fitness goal for 2017!
I will be entering the Great North Run Half Marathon here in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (coming up in September). It will be my second half marathon; the first one I entered was in New Mexico, USA, back in May of 2015. This event will be a major milestone for me, after having had my second baby in May of 2016. Here is a little bit of the background story:
Running is something I began to do regularly in 2014 (after having my first baby in 2013). As a stay at home parent, I needed a way to exercise while with baby and using a running stroller turned out to be a great way to get out of the house and get active each day. I mostly train using the stroller and have done events both with and without a stroller (I have now done several 5Ks and one 10K, as well as the half marathon).
After being out of my usual routine for quite a while now (adjusting to life with a second baby, plus travel and relocating with two kids), I noticed that my fibromyalgia symptoms had worsened lately. It is important to get that ‘magic’ balance of rest, sleep, exercise, and good food, and of course when traveling (and relocating internationally) all these things can be much more difficult to balance, and can make managing the condition more difficult. Something I have always noticed is the more exercise I get (as well as sleep/rest), the better I feel, so I am really happy to now be getting back into a fitness routine. For me, yoga is also a really essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to health and wellbeing, and is also something I am planning to return to more frequently.
The upcoming event is a great reason to get working on my strength and fitness, as are the reasons like just wanting to feel better day to day and have more energy! I have already started a new routine of lifting weights, kettle bell exercises, and running. I am so excited to be working on my strength and fitness once again now that baby #2 is nine months old. It was back when baby #1 was around this age that I began getting my energy back and commencing running, so I am glad things have been on track as far as these health and exercise goals go. With the half marathon in the USA, I know for sure that what got me through the event was the stamina and strength I had built up from regular exercise (three weight training sessions per week, and running approx. three mornings a week, as well as one or two yoga sessions each week).
That’s about it for today’s update. It has been a long time since I’ve done a fitness update here on the blog, and I have to say it feels great to be back!
Until next time,
Stay happy and active!
Do you have any big fitness or health goals for 2017? Share with me in the comments below.