I am 45 now and at the beginning of this year, I went for a run with my Dad (he is 71 and post-heart attack). Guess who had to walk?! Me!! What a shock to my system. My legs didn’t want to work but worse than that, I discovered I had lost my aerobic fitness. I was no longer able to just rock up, run a few miles and be able to breathe at the same time. Pretty poor form from a previous fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Like for many of us, during the last 10 years, I have dipped in and out of committing to an exercise programme. I joined at least 4 different gyms but didn’t attend frequently enough. So, what did I do about it? I worked slowly but consistently to improve my fitness but also focused on the avoidance of injury. I realise I am getting older, whilst I don’t consider 45 old, my body is showing some signs of ageing – it takes longer for my heart rate to steady itself and my muscles to recover post-exercise.
It has been a difficult journey but I am proud to say that a few weeks ago, I ran a 12km. I feel stronger, I have lost nearly a stone and a half this year and I am now focused on strength work and core stability. I have my sights on the Bakewell half marathon in March and I plan to rock it. If I rock it well, I plan to train for a full marathon – previous unchartered waters, but on my bucket list so I may as well get it out of the way!