Yesterday was the one year anniversary of me running. I signed up for the Great North Run then on 23 Jan 2010 i started my training for a the Blarney Run 5K. In March 2010 i ran it in 30:30 and i was hooked. Over the last year sticking to exercise has been no trouble at all. Yes there are the occasional days when i don't want to go. Sometimes i don't go, others i force myself. The days i force myself always feel better, but i am learning that i shouldn't beat myself up about skipped workouts as long as i am happy. I'm far from addicted to working out. I'm still not one who will go crazy if i didn't run in a week, but if i do leave it for a while, it feels fantastic to be out on the road again, or even on the dreadmill.
Adding swimming and cycling - with a purpose - to my workout routine has been a lot of fun and i have found i do enjoy having three focuses. At first i missed the running all the time and would prefer to go on a run than on a ride. But now i feel like i enjoy them equally. The three disciplines are very different and i enjoy them for different reasons. I look forward to summer time cycling again, but am enjoying the spin classes.
With regards to weight, i'm actually about the same, maybe 5lbs lighter (i have no scales right now) but i am infinitely fitter and my body shape has changed a bit. My bum is a better shape and my thighs a little different, there is a bit of gap that i have never had before. But that isn't my focus. If i am never any lighter or thinner than i am right now, i'm okay with that - i suppose - but if i were to loose my fitness, then i'd be pissed. I enjoy the fact i can climb stairs for ages without catching my breath. I love that if someone were to chase me, i may be able to out run them (don't really know who would be chasing me but i have thought of it a few times!) I love that running a 10K feels like nothing (well, not nothing, but i could do it any day of the week, in fact i could do it every day if i wanted to).
In fact, since Sunday and my PB i really want to train for a half marathon again. I want a sub 2 hour HM. So i plan to get some longer runs in over the next couple of months. Gonna make them out doors runs on a weekend and look in to a HM that i may be able to join. I'm happy where i'm getting with my swimming and cycling for my Triathlon so it won't take the focus away from that.
So all in all, with regards to exercise, this past year has been the best of my life. The only time in my life i have continuously exercised. I have totally enjoyed it. It has given me moments to be proud of. Gave me a better body. Given me experiences i have shared with friends and family that i wouldn't have found in other places.
And it all started with a spontaneous act of signing up for a half marathon.