It would have been easy to miss my participation in Juneathon, a challenge to exercise everyday in June and record it via social media.
There has been a conspicuous absence of blog posts, but on the plus side actually quite a lot of exercise. I increased the number and type of home workouts I usually do during the month, although not their duration. Most of my exercises take only 10 minutes and I rotated mainly between arm and core workouts with a bit of Pilates.
To any serious fitness enthusiasts this probably doesn’t sound like a terribly impressive month of exercise. To me, a Mum of two little ones under three, it has felt like an amount that has improved my strength, speed and stamina, being practically achievable without becoming a burden.
Did I exercise every day? Well ermm no. I think I averaged 3 short home workouts a week, not a great result for the Juneathon challenge, but again for real life purposes is probably a little more attainable.
I continued running as normal aiming for 3 times a week.
I say continued as normal. Actually I fairly major change happened in the last week of Juneathon when I decided to no longer run naked.
I only discovered this phrase fairly recently. It turns out I have been running naked for most of my life.
No; of course I don’t mean I’ve accidentally managed to potter around in the nude wearing only my trainers. Naked running involves heading out for a jog without the use of any technology.
I’m obviously behind the times. Up until last week I simply put on my trainers a couple of times a week and then decided if I wanted to take any music. Often I didn’t.
In my busy, noisy life running has been about a bit of peaceful time to myself. I know, I know, perhaps running doesn’t sound peaceful to you, but it really IS.
Especially around here, especially late in the evening or early in the morning.
However, as I explained in my last post in two weeks I will be running a 10k Race for Life in memory of my sister-in-law and to raise money for cancer research. To add to the pressure as soon as I finish I’ll be starting again to run the 5k circuit.
This has been the motivation required to finally take running a little more seriously and to start timing and pacing myself properly.
I worked out how to down load an app onto my phone. After 1km I received a little electronic equivalent of a cheer, announcing my time, distance and pace. AMAZING. I realise for most runner’s it is probably incomprehensible that I have never done this before, but apart from the odd park run, running has never really been about times, personal bests or races.
The little announcements from my phone continued and motivated me and I’m now reassured I will complete the race next week in time to start the next.
So overall I am glad to have taken part in Juneathon, however tenuously. I can definitely feel an improvement in more core strength, which as regular readers of my blog will know, is particularly important to me after having a serious diastasis recti
Discovering how to use technology to pace my runs has given me increased confidence about my up-coming 10k run and incredibly seems to have knocked around a minute and a half off my 5k time too.
So although technically I have completely failed to exercise daily, much less blog about it, overall I’m going to take it as a month of success.
More importantly it has been fun. And really that is even more important than just focusing on fitness. Health is a balance between physical, emotional and social wellbeing so on the days I choose to relax, spend time with my friends or simply sit on the sofa I’m going to claim that was all in the name of a healthy balance.
Well that’s my excuse anyway…..
For completeness here is as much of a record about my participation in Juneathon as I can piece together:
I have a good record of my first week here.
day 8: Pilates workout
day 9: Turned up at my running group only to find it wasn’t on due to a popular local race. Pottered off sadly on a little run of my own.
day 10: No record
day 11: Pull ups
day 13: 15 min abs workout
day 14: Arm work out
day 15: No record
day 16: Run of unknown distance
day 17: long walk with double buggy
day 18: Pull ups
day 19: Standing abs workout
day 20: 5k park run
day 21: Arm workout including pushup challenge
day 22: Abs workout
day 23: Running club
day 24: 40 min walk with double buggy
day 25: No idea!
day 26 – nothing
day 27: 10k run
day 28: planks and pull-ups
day 29: 5k run
day 30: Standing abs workout
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