My journey

Still standing, still moving

It’s been a while since there’s been a fitness post in these parts of town. And although I not yet ready to share the reason why I temporarily stopped writing fitness posts, it’s time for them to return to the blog.

Back to the gym

Firstly, I joined a gym. Virgin Active in Port Elizabeth to be exact. So far I’m quite happy with them and hopefully will get an opportunity to share why I joined VA. I’ve also gotten a personal trainer.

On the road again

Secondly, I signed up for my first half marathon. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. Late last year, I flirted with the idea of signing up for the 2017 half marathon, but managed to miss the application period. I discovered that my brother signed up for it, and managed to get an entry. I then decided, come hell or high water, I will get a substitution entry.

The competitive side of me came out full force. At university I belonged to an amateur athletics club. More about that can be read here, as well as my failed attempts to do the Knysna Half Marathon, here and here (whom I kidding, I didn’t even enter). Long story short, I couldn’t let my brother who has never been a runner before, complete a half marathon before me. In order to ensure that I’m prepared for the race. I’ve enlisted the help of a personal trainer.

Not a walk in the park

Thirdly, I’ve completed my first parkrun and it was the toughest race that I ever competed in. I participated in the first Lady Slipper parkrun on 11 February 2017. I knew the race would be tough as it was the first trail run that I participated in. It was tougher than I expected and the heat didn’t help. The route is set at the foot of the Lady Slipper Mountain. It is beautiful with gorgeous views. The route has a number of ups and downs. One of the inclines was so steep that I was tempted to lay flat and roll down to my car. I’m glad I participated in it, and despite the difficulty, look forward to completing it again.

Are you following a fitness routine? Let me know in the comments below.

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