Keep on Running

Keep on Running

I have to say that I do enjoy running. I've been running since I was a kid. I went to athletics club five times a week, trained hard & actually competed in indoor championships, 60m & 100m distances. I absolutely loved it! As I grew older & moved countries, the training stopped. I didn't do sprints anymore, just an occasional slow 2/3kms. In my mid twenties, I accidentally found ParkRun, which is a free event that is held in the parks all over the UK, Australia, the US & other countries. Every Saturday morning, the community of runners join together for a fun or a competitive 5K run. I used to do it religiously every Saturday, & it was amazing to be part of a fantastic likeminded group of people of all ages. I actually got out of bed, no matter what the weather, at 8.30am every Saturday to go & do the run, sometimes even through the mud & freezing cold puddles. It was all worth it, especially when you improve your time from the week before. 

 Training super early in super hot temperatures, meandering between the elderly. 

Training super early in super hot temperatures, meandering between the elderly. 

& then I moved countries again. Let me rephrase that, I moved continents. I moved to Shanghai, & once again the running has stopped. The seasons & pollution here are really extreme, & it was kind of difficult to find the routine with the running. Sometimes I'll be lucky if I went out once a month. 

About a year ago, I knew I had to splurge out a little & actually join the gym. If I can't work out outside, I have to do it inside. No excuses! Something inside of me clicked & treated this as an investment in myself. I tried & joined many different classes & stuck with the ones I liked the most. & then I found boxing. I look at the sport totally differently now. There's a lot of respect, hard work & dedication that goes into training, whether being it for leisure or professionally. I fell in love with boxing so much that I even signed up to do a Knock Out program at Aboro Academy (run by 7 times World Champion Michele Aboro). I will cover my experience in more detail in another post. However, continuing with the topic of running, the program helped me to enjoy running again. I trained 10/11 times a week including conditioning & technique sessions. You thought waking up at 8.30am on a Saturday morning was bad enough, well for this program I was waking up at 5.30am at the latest, 3 to 4 times a week, to be at the track by 6am, to do sprints & longer distances to become stronger & faster on my feet. I don't know where or how I found the motivation, but I did. I was really focused & disciplined & loved every minute of it, because I saw amazing changes within me, mentally & physically.

Shanghai, is slowly coming out of winter months & the weather is warming up, I can't wait to up those distances in 2018. Keep on running!!!

I run for fitness, to clear my head & I just love the way I feel afterwards. The hardest part is actually putting your shoes on. Once they're on, you're half way there! If you run, what are your reasons for running? Share . . .

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