D-DAY is fast approaching (D for Damnit, I actually have to do this run) and although my fitness levels are the best they’ve ever been and I’ve lost nine kilos I am still daunted by the prospect.
It might not be that far to leg it 10km around London Zoo for most people, but for me it’s definitely going to be a challenge.
So I’m back in the gym with my personal trainer Jennifer Mbazira at Fitness First in St Paul’s.
Looking back at the previous week’s fitness challenges, I can’t believe how much I have improved. I’m in awe of Jennifer and the way she has inspired me to whole-heartedly commit to the task at hand.
This week we’re doing squats again, holding 5kg weights in each hand.
I’m again reminded of how HARD I found everything at the beginning of our training together, but now when I sink into the move I’m concentrating on doing the exercise properly, and getting the maximum results from my tough workout!
I do reverse sits ups again clasping a 10kg weight to my chest – man they are hard but also fun – and this reaching across movement holding a 5kg weight in my hand where I SWEAR I can see definition and muscles in my arms.
Then it’s down to the floor to do mountain climbers and air bike.
I couldn’t even do 10 properly when I first started training, now I’m knocking out 50 and, yes, it’s tough but it’s fun and I want to do them properly.
When I take to the park for a 5km run, I realise it’s going to be as much of a mental challenge to get round the 10km run as fast as I can as it will be physical.
Jennifer’s advice is to break the run down into sections. So listen to three fast-paced songs (I love running to Swedish House Mafia, Knife Party and Boys Noize) and then three medium-paced songs…. Then back up to full speed.
This makes doing the run seem much more achievable.
Next stop Spotify to create the perfect playlist.
To contact Jennifer to book personal training sessions, call her on 07770 696 426.