Bekah M
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So you've failed your New Year's Resolutions - what next?

Bekah M
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01 Feb 2013

It's been a month since we all vowed that 2013 was the year we were going to eat more healthily, exercise more regularly and tick off some of those things we've always wanted to do.

Apparently, 88% of us fail to keep the promises we make to ourselves every January, and it's because we tell ourselves we'll go for a run tomorrow instead, that one night off from our diet won't hurt, and that this one really, really is the last cigarette (not that I smoke, but I've heard this countless times from those that do!). After all, we've got all year to do it, and if we fail this year, we'll try again next January.

But what's stopping us from making resolutions every day? Today is the 1st February, which is just as good a day as 1st January to set yourself a challenge.

I've just realised that in trying to write a motivational blog, I've inadvertently inspired myself. Maybe running a marathon or cycling the length of Britain sounds like something you would never do, because you don't think you could do it. And maybe like me, you don't even own a pair of trainers. 

Well today I'm going to buy a pair of trainers. Tomorrow, I'm going to break them in. 

What are you going to do today?


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Well I did it. Straight after I posted my blog on Friday, I went over to Runner's Need (handily across the road from our office) and spent a bit more than I would have liked to on these  trainers running shoes, and wow are they comfortable.

Bekah's running shoes!

I have to say I was a bit nervous about running on a treadmill, which is what they make you do to try them out. I've never been on one before, and I've seen cats on YouTube fall off them, so I was worried. Especially as they were videoing me doing it. 

Turns out that was fine, and they confirmed I don't run like I can't control my limbs, so that's good. That gave me a small amount of confidence about hitting the streets of North London this weekend.

Here's a few things I've learned from my first run:

1. No-one's judging you for stopping and walking for a bit except yourself.

2. Runners are the nicest people.

3. Always always stretch afterwards.

Apparently now that I have my running shoes and have been for one run, I can call myself a runner. I might save that for when I've done three in a week. Next run: Tuesday.


I'm a runner. Three runs in a week and not only have I not died due to lack of oxygen, but I also haven't fallen over, which if you know me at all, you'll know is a complete miracle.

I have some 'proper' kit now (it may be Sports Direct Nike, but it's still Nike), so I'm no longer running in my PJs. It's amazing how much of a difference I've noticed each time I've run, actually. The first time it was embarrassingly short and I had to walk half a mile afterwards just to get my breath back. The second and third time I've noticed I've been able to run for longer. I didn't expect it to be this easy. It really is just a case of buying a pair of trainers and getting out there. The hardest part is putting your trainers on. 

So if you live in North London and you happen to see a girl with blue/purple hair running (slowly) in a hi-vis Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research t-shirt, give us a wave. I could do with the moral support.