Gym vs. Outside (Nature’s Gym)

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new schedule at the gym lately. I have allocated days, body parts, exercises and weights, and have been going quite consistently for strength training.
I decided that to truly attempt to condition my body and make it more useful for running, I needed to incorporate a more holistic method of training.

Welcome back into the rotation strength training 😉

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So yeah, that part has been a blast, but how the hell do you get a good amount of running in while at the gym??!

Why is running on a treadmill so much more tedious than running outside??

It is easier to run on a treadmill, it’s smoother, there are less things to dodge on the ground, and yet running on a treadmill is just so boring!

I get that outside has stimulation, there is an ever changing scenery that keeps your brain occupied etc etc. But seriously, when it’s muggy and raining outside(Damn tropical summers), don’t tell me to suck it up, I’m going to run on a treadmill.

There was a girl at the gym yesterday who ran consistently for 45 minutes on the treadmill, and she is my new hero.

To sum up, both the gym and working out outside are amazing in their own ways! I still prefer being outside (nature, sunshine, vitamin d, trees, you get it), but in a pinch (and for strength training) gyms have a lot to offer! Climate control being my favourite.

How do you get past the tedium of treadmills when trying to up the mileage for the week?! Meditation? TV? Sheer willpower and dedication????

I am actually so curious. Please teach me your ways.

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Flu and Exercise? /Going to the Gym While Sick

In case you didn’t know, I got the flu.

It sucks.

I wrote about how to fix it here. (My tips don’t work, but try them anyway! It’ll be funny)

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So the day before I got sick, I went to the gym for the first time in AGES, and it was actually the best time I’ve had at the gym/exercising in such a long time that I got super excited about exercise again and was so inspired that I just wanted to go to the gym again!
Then I woke up feeling like death herself.

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So I took a day off, let my body recover a little, drank heaps of water and tea, and hoped that I would be feeling better soon.

Yesterday I went to work after having slept since 6pm the night before, and I felt like my fever had broken! My cough was still around, but everything else seemed OK! So I braved the gym again.

I am seriously not a smart cookie, OK? We’re aware of this.

I tried. I tried so hard. I got on the treadmill to do a warm up 1.5km, and after 2 minutes I was sweating buckets (guess that fever hadn’t broken like I thought), and my head was starting to spin a little, my nose started running, and my chest started to ache…. *thumbs up*

I slowed things down to a brisk walk and completed the 1.5km warm up. (Taking the time to sanitise the areas I had come in contact with  thoroughly)

Moving on, I started my upper body workout as planned.

It didn’t go as planned.

I think the phlegm induced paranoia set in at this stage, and it felt like every man (why are there still only men in weights rooms across the globe?) in the room was staring at me as I picked up my (delightfully) light dumb bells and began.

Eventually I had to just stare straight ahead of me and ignore it (good advice for all the ladies of the land), and I finished my scheduled upper body workout relatively unscathed! None of the bros in the room approached, and I skipped out of there delighted that I didn’t have to stop for a coughing fit.

I approached the StairMaster with trepidation, telling myself I would take it easy and only do 5 minutes.
I only did 5 minutes, didn’t die, and didn’t push it.

Here’s a picture of me after being at the gym. I don’t look as happy as I really should that I didn’t die.

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So there you have it. I went to the gym with the flu, possibly sweated enough to fill my comically large water bottle, had some weird paranoid delusions, and my fever broke! YAY!
I also kept a good thing going by allowing myself to take it easy, while maintaining my interest in the gym.

Do you workout when you’re sick? Have you had any bad experiences at the gym? Disaster stories?? Share them in the comments!!!

Progress! Week 1 results! (And how I’m feeling overall)

Smashing goals, challenging thoughts, cramping feet and getting those KM’s!

This morning I checked my emails and saw my “progress from last week” email from Map My Run. I groaned. I was sure I didn’t make the km’s I needed for last week.

29.9km!! To say I was shocked would be an understatement.  (To see my progress overall check out my post here)

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So now week 1 of madness is complete, and it’s time to start looking at completing week 2 and trying to get past that 30km mark for the week. Honestly, I think I should be able to make it. 😉 *fingers crossed*

I have just returned from Day 8: 5km steady pace. Which was mercifully easy compared to some of my runs last week. Which made me think about how different each run can be. No two runs are the same! Sometimes it’s your legs that refuse to co-operate, and other times it’s your head. There are many runs I’ve cut short because my head just wasn’t in it.
This morning, I ran. It was simple! I got ready, walked out the door and ran. I didn’t overcomplicate it, and that meant that I wasn’t overthinking the run either. My body co-operated with my head, and the run went smoothly. What a lovely change! It could have been because of the rest day I had yesterday, or the extra stretching I did after my long run on Saturday, who knows! My only complaint today was the cramping in my right foot that set in at 4km 😦

So I think I will have to try to keep in mind how simple it can be for those days that I really don’t want to.

How is everyone else’s Monday going? Have you started your weekly mileage? Does your head ever get in the way of a potentially great run?


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?

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?

Consistency in Training

How to stay consistent with a new training schedule? (November challenge series)

How to Stay Consistent With a Training Schedule?

(November Challenge Series)

Do you ever look at fitness bloggers/Instagrammers and think “How the f*** do they keep it up?!”?
Consistency. They have the ability to keep promises to themselves and stay consistent.

This month I am trying to focus on my consistency as much as building endurance and losing body fat because the most challenging thing for me is trying to stay consistent, and actually keeping my promises to myself.

Have you ever started a new fitness regime and you think you’re doing so well, and then you just forget about it one day, then the next, then the next, and before you know it you’re sitting on the couch eating an entire bag of chips, after another week of no exercise?

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(P.s chips are life and sitting on the couch eating an entire bag is totally fine by me)

Yep. It’s frustrating, I know it. And it’s so easy to get defeated and quit at that point.
That is why I am focusing so much on consistency this month.
Keeping myself accountable is the most important part of my schedule, I need to make sure that if I HAVE to miss a day, that I will then have to make it up by adding extra km’s to my next run, or by making it up throughout the rest of the week. I need to make it to my km goal by the end of the week!

It IS hard though, and I’ve fallen off the wagon more times than I can count, and sometimes it is HARDER after you’ve just met a goal! It’s so much easier to stay motivated when you’re working toward something, and once you’ve reached the goal being able to ease off a bit (or a lot)!

So this month, I am holding myself accountable for every workout and every km. If I miss one, I have to make sure I add it in somewhere else and try to maintain CONSISTENT!


Do you ever lack motivation? Or are you like me and struggle with sticking to a plan unless there’s a deadline? Let me know in the comments, or find me on my Instagram or Twitter! @thecrappyrunner

On Tuesdays, We Wear Black

Tuesday Run Log – Day 2 of November Training Plan/Consistency Challenge

Black is seriously the most versatile colour. If I can impart one piece of advice to you (that isn’t about staying consistent), it is that black is seriously the easiest colour for workout gear.
Colours are great, but I stick to black and grey for my workout clothes, because they mix and match so much better! No stress when I get up and put on my gear.

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Day Two! Tuesday: interval running – sprints

Distance: 3.24km
Time: 35:53
Average Pace: 7:58 /km
Tunes: A podcast! I’ve been listening to The Bright Sessions for a few months now. I will review it as soon as I’m caught up with the new episodes.
The Run: It was ok. Tough, but ok. Intervals are crap, and if you’re anything like me, you have to work hard to get through them.

  • Why do I do this to myself?

Don’t forget that you can still join me for my Month Of Madness! I’ll be uploading a printable schedule soon! (Which can be adapted for any new month of training!)

Are you training for anything coming up? Do you loathe sprints as much as I do?? Drop me a comment below! Or find me on Instagram or Twitter (@thecrappyrunner)