5 Crappy Tips To Help You Get Better

My crappy tips for recovering from a cold.

Waking up with a cold is crappy.
I woke up yesterday feeling amazing, then I went on to do amazing things all day, and now I feel terrible. It happens.

So here are my quick tips to a happy recovery from a cold:

1. Drink water

Yep. And lots of it. I have a handy 2L drink bottle that goes with me most places, and I aim to drink one and a half of it every day, and two when I’m sick.

2. Tea is life

Drinking tea makes it all better. I have my own killer recipe for cold recovery (actually stolen from an old colleague that used to make this for me when I was sick, but he would totally be fine with me telling you guys, I’m sure)

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1 lemon and ginger tea bag
Half a lemon
Nub of ginger (cut up into pieces
Tsp honey
Quarter of fresh chilli (birds eye) / tsp cayenne chilli if you don’t have the fresh stuff
Half a clove of garlic

It is actually pretty brutal. The garlic is intense, the chilli makes your eyes water, and the honey soothes it all to make you feel like it’s going to be A-OK.

You’re welcome.

3. Rest days

I am actually the worst at taking my own advice! I am notorious for not taking rest days when I’m on a training program, because I know how little it takes to derail all of my good efforts, cut to me one week later having not moved from the couch and ordering my fourth pizza for the week….. It happens.
But let’s all stop and rest here for a second. We’re going to rest and let our bodies deal with the virus that is currently trying to slowly kill us.. k?

4. Vitamins!

Those little bastards just want to make us feel good and here we are trying to derail all their good work by drinking all the alcohol and going running in the rain.. tsk tsk.

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So let’s all just be good for a few days and try to take our vitamins, give the alcohol a rest, and stay warm and dry for a bit, give those suckers a chance to do some good.

5. Drugs

Sometime we still need to soldier on and get shit done. On those days we stock up on paracetamol, water, and maybe some fruit and we do the things.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are absolute godsends.

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These are some of my tips, but my preferred list would only include one item:

1. Stay in bed, watch Netflix & wait for it all to be over

Unfortunately we can’t do those things, and colds pop up at the most inconvenient time, so we have to do all the other stuff too.

I hope the flu season hasn’t caught you like it did me!
I realise now after writing this post that I may have brought this on myself by skinny dipping in the middle of the night at the beach over the weekend.
Huh.
Such is life I guess!

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How do you make yourself feel better when you’re sick?
Do you have your own tea recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Running With Friends

While we were away over the weekend at the beach I went for a run with a friend of mine. She is one of those people that you hate. She does triathlons. TRIATHLONS! It’s crazy. She’s just so fit, and seems to have so much energy!

So we went for a run.

It was difficult. I felt so slow, and so awkward next to her, and I felt like I was slowing her down, and felt bad when we had to walk up steep hills.

But it wasn’t as bad as my mind told me it was. We were running at a beautiful beach, we kept seeing adorable baby kangaroos hanging out with their mummas, and other people with adorable pets walking around. We visited our respective partners while they played bike polo (the reason why we were there), and had enough energy left at the end to bounce on an inflatable pillow thingy!

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All in all, it was not as bad as I thought it was, and it NEVER IS as bad as we think it is. I always disparage myself when I run with others, but when push comes to shove, it is nice to run with others because it makes the time go faster, the kilometers fly by, and it’s a healthier way to socialise than drinking at the pub. 😛

Do you like running with others?
Do you also struggle with comparing your fitness to others?

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How to Get Started

 

How did it all begin? Where did I start from? Am I one of those annoying people that “just started” but can already run a 5k in 24 minutes?

Well!
Let. Me. Tell. You!

I am slow. I am a very slow runner. I have never been fast, but I am building speed. SLOWLY! It’s not easy when you’ve never been a very good runner, then you decide to start one day. It’s so easy to expect that you’ll be good at it in no time.. But that isn’t how reality works. We have to chip away at things to become good at them, and unfortunately for me, without a good base of fitness to work from, I was starting at square one!

So I started running just after my 28th birthday this year (which I mentioned in my previous post), and began like everyone else in these technological times: with the C25K app (I also used the Zombies, Run! app as a run-tracker and for a little extra motivation).
C25K is great for building up that base of fitness, enough to get you in the habit of running, and enough to get you to run continuously (if slowly) without stopping or walking.

I began by running around my neighbourhood for 20-30 minutes at a time, using the prompts from the C25K app to begin running or walking.
After a few weeks of that, I added my own extra running schedule in, and once I had completed the program I was able to run 6km without dying so I signed up for a 10k! (because obviously)

I raised a bunch of money for the race, trained my little butt off and ran the race, and it was… fine. I didn’t die, but I didn’t love it. It was something to do to keep me motivated to train.

The problem was that I was not training toward anything other than “be able to run 10 km without collapsing”. Which I did!

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After the charity run, I lagged. I gave myself a couple of days off, then went for a couple of short runs around the block and claimed my virtuousness of having “been on a run”, as we do. But I’d lost the passion, and the driving force of knowing I would have failed if I couldn’t make it to the finish line.

So I stopped bothering to run as much, or as far, and within a month I was running maybe twice a week (on a good week) for maybe 3 km at a time. And it SUCKED! I sucked. The world sucked and I hated every part of those runs.

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I finally worked out why! I had no driving force! I wasn’t running because if I didn’t I’d be eternally embarrassed to face all of my friends and family that had donated money and support, or because I knew if I didn’t make it my friends all waiting at the finish line would think I was a complete loser. I had no reason to run!

So I decided to make running my reason. To run is my reason now. I need it. I have used it to make my life better, other than the already stated benefits of running, I can also eat a bunch more and not feel guilty! My clothes fit better! My house is cleaner! I’m more organised! So many amazing benefits all from having this routine based around going for a simple run in the morning, or not getting drunk on a Friday night so that I can do a longer run on a Saturday.
So many damned benefits!
So now I’m running because I want to improve, and be fitter, and so that I can get all of the other benefits, as well as having that general base of fitness to work off if I do want to train for something big, without having to start from scratch.

Why do you run? Do you set a goal to work toward so that you have to train? Or are you able to motivate yourself to run regardless of what is happening?
Do you have any tips for how to keep going? Or how to begin?

P.s. This post should really be titled:

How I Got Started and the Many Mistakes I Encountered and How Much of a Motivator Guilt & Potential Shame Are

But it isn’t. Because I wanted you all to think that I’m going to impart some wisdom on you.

P.p.s. I hope you did glean some kind of information from my ramblings!

Running for More Time

Why I started running – and how it has helped me make more time for everything else in my life

I started running this year after my 28th birthday. I was reaching the half-way point in my undergraduate degree, share-housing, working in hospitality, and severely unhealthy and unhappy.
So I decided to do something. I started with a morning routine, which consisted of 10 minutes of mediation, 10 minutes of writing (I used this time to plan my day), and 10 minutes of reading. This then evolved into a routine that included a run in the mornings before I started my day (let’s be honest, it was a slow shuffle in the beginning).

It was amazing! I began by using the C25k App, which was brilliant, and soon I was confidently running up to 6km at a time.

I realised that when I was running regularly, I was so much more productive during the day! I was scheduling more into my day, including 30-60 minutes of running, and I ended up having more time to get everything done! For some reason, running made me start using my time more productively. Since I needed to squeeze in the extra running time every day, I ended up prioritising the rest of my time better.

Using my time more wisely is just one of the major benefits that I’ve noticed from adding running into my daily life, and I notice it so much more when I’ve skipped a few days, or fallen behind on my running schedule. I will realise that not only have I missed a few days of running, but I’ve also been more slack in other areas of my life, like study or housework.

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Isn’t it funny how such a small change can affect your life in such a huge way?

I’ll make sure to do a complete list of ALL of the benefits of running, and also my beginner running story, as well as some tips to get started ASAP!

Do you notice that you’re better with using your time when you’ve incorporated a fitness routine into your schedule? Do you feel more organised or prioritise your time better?

Join Me For My Month of Madness!

You may have seen my November training plan already, and thought it might be fun to also increase your fitness this month, so why not join me in this month’s training plan! Starting tomorrow with some intervals 😉

I’d love to see how you’re progressing and how the training plan is working out for everyone else, so let me know in the comments how you’re feeling, or find me on Instagram @thecrappyrunner to keep up to date with how I’m going and share your own story with me!

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November Training Plan/Challenge!

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace  — COMPLETE
Tuesday – intervals  — COMPLETE — + extra 2km run
Wednesday – 5km regular pace —COMPLETE —
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast) –COMPLETE–
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run –COMPLETE–
Saturday – 7km “long” run –COMPLETE– (8KM)

Total: 27 – 30km

Complete: 29.9km / 27-30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday –  intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

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Setting Goals: November

November has been the month for me to return to running. After a successful few months from July to September I was training regularly, and preparing for the 10Km race that I participated in, but once that was over I seemed to lose all of my drive.

Obviously, it makes sense, the competition and the challenge was over, so I didn’t have to push myself anymore. I’ve seen it all over the internet, that once you’ve reached a goal, the best thing you can do is set another one ASAP!

Well… I didn’t. I got lazy, and I allowed my fitness to slide, again.

So now that I’m reinvigorated, I’ve decided to set some real (achievable) goals for this month leading up to a proper training schedule for a half marathon in April.

 The Schedule

November’s focus: Endurance, conditioning (losing body fat %), consistency

Week 1:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 7km “long” run

Total: 27 – 30km

Week 2:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 8km “long” run

Total: 28 – 31km

Week 3:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 9km “long” run

Total: 29 – 32km

Week 4:
Monday – 5km regular pace
Tuesday – 5km intervals
Wednesday – 5km regular pace
Thursday – 20 min tempo run (fast)
Friday – 5km regular pace / can be interchanged with Saturday long run
Saturday – 10km “long” run

Total: 30 – 33km

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#ENDS