Would you believe me if I told you that I used to run 70 km per week?
Yes, over 10 years ago Fab was a very keen runner. It is also possible that I got “run-out” if you excuse the pun. Somewhat I escaped any injuries you would have rightfully expected me to incur into, yet I did lose the passion along the way.
Since moving to the UK, running almost became something I had to endure, rather than enjoy. All of this, up until last Autumn.
I thought I would start my new resolutions in November.
Yes, I am cool like that.
This was the perfect time to be approached by my friends at Erdinger AlcoholFrei with the simple offer: “fab, do you want to run?” My answer was not as determined at first, because after years of being a very keen runner I think I lost the spark.
However, with a book on the car, and a lot of new projects all crammed around the end of the year I was thought to myself: “I seriously need to get moving”.
I am so grateful I took the challenge and gained inspiration from the Team Erdinger Alkoholfrei athletes to really challenge myself.
It wasn’t about goals or weight, I simply and truly craved moving. nevertheless, the universe threw a curve ball at me.
Yes, I know, not at all predictable.
The options I was given were all pointing at very long races. I am talking about marathons and half marathons.
At this very moment, two voices were battling inside my head.
One voice was screaming “hell no Fab, hell no “. The other voice, the one that I would come mildly insane, that voice said: “you got time, you can totally challenge yourself.”
If you met me, you definitely know that I went with the second voice.
God dammit, that voice can be really persuading.
Okay, now you are signed up and ready to go, what is next?
As a PT, I knew I had to harm myself with a toolkit to make this happen and NOT bail out of it. In order to find structure, which I love as a Virgo, I decided to find a simple tool that could coach me through the process.
To help me out in my journey, granting as I am busy (and I mean it) busy human) I switched up my usual choice of weapon and downloaded Nike Run Club – and from there, heck I was hooked.
Imagine podcasts for running
Let me reframe actually: guided podcasts for runners, with actual prompts depending on your target pace, distance and time.
My favourite runs are the ones in partnership with Headspace, as each run is all about being in the moment and being present with your run.
I can tell you, it truly changed my way of experiencing my runs.
From love, to hate, to love once again – I am seeing runs as a natural way of moving (because let’s be honest, it is), yet like most things we do have in our schedule, sometimes we just do not want to do it.
What if running became part of your mindfulness routine? What if movement became a way to check in with yourself and let the day behind?
Running became a second daily meditation opportunity, one I do not want to miss out on.
Right now I have good runs, slow runs, challenging runs – yet I always finish with a massive grin on my face. Each time I put the shoes on I feel like I can leave my day behind and do something for me.
I am so grateful I took the challenge running the Southampton half-marathon and joined Erdinger inspired by their athletes – may this be the beginning of a new adventure I am so excited to join.