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Chop off the locks

  

My hair is starting to get fairly long again. Still thick as ever too. 

Tomorrow though, my plan is to get the hairdresser to cut the whole lot off!

Short short hair time!

I’m nervous, and excited, and not sure if I’ll even go through with it. 

I’ve always fancied short hair, but worried I’d look like a man. But my hair is way too much work. It’s so thick it takes forever to just blow dry it. 

One of the big pushes though is that I actually avoid exercising because of my hair!! Crazy isn’t it?

It takes so long to wash and dry it that I avoid getting sweaty so I don’t need an extra shower. A daily run then means an extra daily shower. 

With a crazy full time job, a full time engineering degree running at uni, two kids, two dogs and a partridge in a pear tree I think it’s time the hair went. Short hair time. 

But… my hair…

  

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My Mile

For some people a mile isn’t a long way, for others it feels like an eternity.

I take it for granted that I can walk it, and probably many more, without really thinking about it. A days shopping in the city I bet I walk a good ten miles at least.

In the same way I’d bet a lot of people take it for granted that they can run a mile.

I’ve never been able to run a mile.

Not without having to slow to a walk, gasping my way along the road for several minutes before attempting to run again.

I would take four, five, sometimes more breaks in my mile. My time was always 21-22minutes. A ridiculous length of time for anyone who runs properly.

I haven’t gone for a run since well before Christmas. But today my exam revision went well so I packed away my books and went for a run. I wasn’t expecting much, I just wanted to take step one.

I ran a mile.

I didn’t stop for any walking breaks.

A whole mile.

In 11 minutes 33seconds I ran a mile, that’s half my previous times!!

I haven’t been running so I can’t put it down to training. But I have changed my diet. Not drastically, in leaving all that till after my exams are out the way.

I’ve cut down on bread, reduced my sugar intake, increased my fruit and veg intake, cut out junk food and treats and stopped snacking because I’m bored.

They’re little changed but in just a few weeks I’ve seen some definite differences. Not in my clothes, but in my energy levels, my stamina, my ability to run a whole mile without stopping.

I feel so proud of myself right now.

I wanted to share that feeling, and have this post to go back to when I need a boost.

Running – A Passion?

Are any of you runners?

I’ve never really enjoyed exercise. At the gym I get competitive and overdo it, classes my weight makes me paranoid. Swimming I do enjoy, but with long thick hair the time getting sorted after just doesn’t make it viable with so many other commitments.

People who run however. They don’t seem to just enjoy it. It’s almost like a passion! They love running.

What is it about running that makes people so enthusiastic?

It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. I want to be one of them.

My fitness levels just aren’t up to it though.

I read an article that suggested building up which I might try.
Run one minute, walk four. Repeat for thirty minutes.
When you can cope with that…
Run two minutes, walk three. Repeat for thirty minutes.
Keep building until you can run thirty minutes straight.

Does that sound like a good way to start?
How did you start running?
What inspired you to start?

If anyone has any tips to share I’d love to hear them too.

Kat x

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