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Plymouth 10K 2017

Plymouth 10K 2017

Yesterday, i took part in the Plymouth 10K. After going to bed in agony last night and waking up hardly being able to walk this morning, i thought I'd take a second to reflect on the experience.

I DID NOT TRAIN AT ALL FOR THIS EVENT.

I try to keep myself fit and healthy but apparently this is more of a ascetic fit rather than physically fit, something that really showed during the run. I completed the race in 58 minutes, i time know i can do better than and had intended on doing better than. My aim for this run was to complete 10K in 50 minutes, a goal that i now realize i will never reach if i don’t change my attitudes towards my gym routine and motivation.

I completed my first 10K back in 2015, when i was 22. I was running regularly (atleast once a week) due to having a lot of free time around uni but felt that i had done no training for the event. Flash forward to now and i am 2 years older, work an office job where i am always sat at a desk, rarely go for a run and when i go to the gym i stay clear of cardio in fear of looking like a bag of bones. I signed myself up for this 10K thinking that i would be able to repeat my first performance, forgetting i haven’t actually ran more than 5 kilometers in about 4 months. I expected that if i did train, i would be able to meet a new personal best of 50 minutes.

I now realize i need to start making some life changes and prioritizing my fitness and not just focusing on looking fit. I am a very small person with a low body fat percentage so any changes in muscle show very quickly but i need to try and focus on building strength and endurance rather than abs and a bum.

I’m going to Thailand in 4 months time, i’ll be spending a lot of time in a bikini and although i do want to make sure i look my best, i want to take the time to ensure this is because I have improved my overall fitness and not just build up selected muscle groups.

Wish me luck!

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