Hey guys – PJ here. So yesterday I did something kinda stupid. I let our Studio Manager Leanne convince me to run a half marathon (that’s 21.1km in case you were wondering). Given that I haven’t *really* run in about 7 (or so) years, it might just have been the silliest thing I’ve ever done. Which is why I’ve decided to blog about my journey (no pun intended) and keep myself accountable for the next 12 weeks! My mantra has always been “I am not a runner”, but I figure maybe I am and it’s just been hidden away all these years (haha!).
To be honest I was actually insanely nervous about how it was going to go. I was picturing some kind of run/walk/run/walk situation ending at about 3km with me wanting to die. BUT I ACTUALLY DID OK!! I did 5km in 33minutes without stopping and although I turned bright red like a beetroot, it wasn’t the most terrible thing I’ve ever done! It must be all the yoga and the amazing new Pilates classes we have 😉 (secretly though I think it might be doing the 2 flights of stairs leading up to the new studio I’ve been doing 5 times a day minimum for the past month!).
Our amazing new Pilates teacher Katie Mackenzie also happens to be a physio (extra amazing) and specializes in long distance running (check out her website Rerun here). So I’ve asked her to help me come up with a decent training plan which I’ll post next week for those following along at home. I’ll intersperse running with Pilates, rock-climbing and of course a couple of our divine new Stretch and Massage classes.
Of course I’ve decided to do this just before I head to Bali on Friday, which now means my running shoes are getting packed with me and I’m going to be training in 30 degree heat (at least twice). But I’m actually kinda excited. I’ve always known that yoga is good for runners so now it’s time for me to find out if running is good for yogis. Wish me luck you guys – I’m going to need it!
*there is absolutely no need to do this but my “running” shoes were bought on sale at least 6 years ago and are definitely not built for long distance running, and I know that without something to track my distance I am sneaky enough to lie (mainly to myself) about how far I actually went!
Update coming soon...