Why you should take part in a Parkrun

Parkruns are entered by thousands every week and they may seem a little daunting because you might not be able to run 5k but neither can I. I started my local Parkrun at Conkers back in March to train for Derby 10k and it is something I would like to do every Saturday (when I’m around anyway).

As I have written before I am asthmatic and this year I have been extremely poorly with my asthma, steroids three times in fact. This hasn’t stopped me from taking part in something I really enjoy doing. By taking part in local Parkruns I am trying to strengthen my lungs for the outdoors and improve my asthma. Today I did struggle and completed my Parkrun in 38:17 which I was a little disappointed with but oh well, there’s the next one to smash.

If you want to know what to expect you will not be disappointed when you sign up and go for the first time. Everyone is so friendly, there’s a fantastic atmosphere and the volunteers deserve a round of applause too. The course at Conkers isn’t too tough, it has a ‘Cheeky Hill’ which I haven’t managed to jog up yet but it is fairly flat.

One thing you must take into consideration is to pace yourself. Yes you earn a Personal Best time but that can be accomplished when you are ready. I have previously over done it and I am learning to do what I can, my body knows when to stop.

If you want to join me on a Parkrun please do!!

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How losing weight is proving tough

For the last 6-7 weeks I have been going to the gym and taking up new classes like boxing and abs blast. These have been absolutely terrifying but I’m starting to get used to what the classes have to offer. My stamina has increased, I am using my inhaler less during exercise and I’m geared up to go to the gym more.

The only downside to me working out so much is I’m not seeing any physical results. In 6 weeks I have only lost 3lbs despite changing what I eat and how many calories I am consuming. This is getting me down as you can imagine. I have been told to take measurements so I’ve done that and none of those have changed either, very surprised.

I made the decision to book an appointment with my doctor to see what advice they can give me. Around two years ago I was sent for a blood test to rule out an underactive thyroid as I do suffer with many of the symptoms – it came back fine. So I have once again booked to see if they can test me again because it would make a lot of sense as to why I am struggling.

I would love some pointers? I have been using My Fitness Pal as well but I haven’t given it a real chance yet so I’ll go back to that soon.

Bootcamp has finished

For the past four weeks I have attended a fitness bootcamp which I thought would be a good idea. It was, however my joints have really suffered whilst taking part. The next morning is never fun either, the walking around limping, the groans and the tiredness is something I can’t deal with. Yay for Joint Hypermobility Syndrome.

I am pleased I finished it but right now, I feel really tired and exhausted but bring on Zumba on Friday evening! I am determined to keep it all up at the gym and I am also going to help a friend get fitter as well.