Monday, November 21, 2011

Training Paddock

Whenever I begin exercising, after an extended period of inactivity, I always have the same thought. How on earth did I allow myself to let the fitness levels slide. It seems to start with illness. This most recent lull in exercise started that way and from memory so did the lull before that. Though a multitude of excuses enter my mind stretching way beyond health. Poor weather or tiredness or lack of spare time. At the end of the day, they are all just excuses.

Three out of the last four days I've made a concerted effort to get back into it. An 8km walk on Friday, to build endurance. Then on Saturday and this morning, back onto my training paddock of choice... the beach. Six laps (3km) in dry sand. Not endeavouring to break any records or prove anything. Just solid, consistent, running. The improvement to my mindset is incredible. I can only liken it to a wound up spring when I don't exercise. Forever being pushed and ready to release, at any given moment. Exercise certainly doesn't make everything perfect, but it goes a long way towards a positive outlook on things. Clear perspective is a powerful tool for mind AND body. 

And of course, I need as much inner (and outer) strength as possible, to keep up with my two rascals. My word they are like true partners in crime these days.


  1. Yes - I'm a much better person and Mum with exercise in my day too.
    Totally understand that coiled spring feeling.

    Hey, I figured out the thinking behind your blog address tonight for the first time!!!
    I'm a tad slow on the uptake here!!

  2. Ugh. Ok - I'm convinced. I did it again. I got out of my exercise routine and it's been maybe 3 months. I'm soft and flabby and YUK. Ok. I'll start again today - I know I feel so much better when I'm consistent. Thanks for the motivation!

  3. I know the feeling, hardly moved the last couple of weeks with this cold and yesterday went for a fairly easy walk and my can I feel it in the legs today...I think the older we get the faster we deteriorate!!!

  4. I am slowly easing my way back into exercise Julie after oh about a decade or so off! Seriously I used to be such a fitness fanatic and couldn't go a day without some form of exercise...I also used to run long distance. How those days seem like a distance memory. It's a real struggle getting back into it again, given how extremely unfit I am it's no surprise really.


  5. nothing like exercise to clear the head. i try and walk/run most days. good on you! xo.


Thank you for stopping by my blog, reading this post and for leaving a comment. Seeing a comment on my posts always makes my day :o)