To Mel and Back Pt. 12 – The Fitness Journey of One Adelaide Mum

Running towards the goal

January 24th, 2020

Well, it’s past “quitter’s day” and I haven’t quit … I may have slowed down a bit, but I haven’t quit …

It seems to be one step forward, two steps back on this little fitness journey of mine.  Since coming back to work after Christmas holidays, I’ve been finding it really tricky to get to classes.  I’ve been getting out for runs a bit more lately as I start to warm up towards the “official” start of my marathon training in a couple of weeks, and that’s been lovely as I’ve been able to get out with friends.  I’ve even dragged the kids to Parkrun a couple of times; a fantastic community-led event at multiple locations (look it up if you haven’t heard of it already, it’s sooo much fun).

But I am missing my outdoor fitness.  It just pushes me to that next level, gets me out of my head … and I really need that right now.  I’ve had some more health news that has thrown a spanner in the works.  Nothing life-threatening or overly terrible, but it will involve surgery, recovery, and depending on timing, a possible thwarting of my marathon goal.  We’ve also had a death in the family, which always puts things into perspective.  Throw in the stresses of working full-time, finishing my degree, and mumming to my tribe (hubby gets a look-in there somewhere …) and my inner and outer worlds are kinda chaotic right now.

We all have our own stuff going on though, don’t we?  The cliché is true – everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.  It’s at these times that it is so tempting to let fitness fall by the way-side.  And believe me; it’s dropped off for me more than I’d care to admit.  But I’m still getting out there when I can, and when I do I am reminded how awesome it is for my mental resilience, not just my physical growth.  Just yesterday I went for a run and felt about 10 feet tall once I was done.

Keep at it lovelies.  It’s SO worth it.