Oh hello! I'm Emily aka. Active Em - welcome to my blog site. Here I post about things fitness, active lifestyle, and now... the outdoors, climbing, van life, women in sport and postgraduate research related!
Half Marathon Motives (or am I just crazy?) : how to kick start your fitness
'Rachel and Emily' taken by Rais Hasan
It seems pretty obvious, but when it comes to fitness, setting goals is a great motivation. I’m generally a little bit different from
most of the fitness industry with my attitude, I’m never really
aiming to lose weight, be able to lift heavier in a certain amount of time, and
I never make myself train a certain number of times a week. This is because in general, I like to train to feel healthy and happy. Yet, I
completely get why setting goals is important and a fantastic way to be active. It's also very very good when you've lost motivation to train. At Leeds Girls Can we have the attitude of being active for yourself, not to
please or impress others, but to push yourself and widen your comfort zone that
little bit more. This often does involve a challenge!
Earlier this year I went along to the Week 1 Kirkstall Couch
to 5k session. This means that the ladies at this session were brand new to
running. After completing their many weeks of training together, I hear that
they are now working towards 10k. This really inspired me, they have pushed
themselves and beat their own personal challenges. I thought that it was only
fitting that I do the same, as in October I will be leaving the UK to go off
travelling. This means that my Leeds Girls Can ambassador role will be paused for
the time being. I decided that I wanted to do something to show that
#leedsgirlscan before I left. So, I, along with Ant, are going to run the Great
Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow on 30th September.
Many people have said to me, Emily, you’ll be able to do
that easily because you do lots of sports anyway. But I find running to be a
whole different thing, it’s not easy at all! So many little things can affect
your running performance, nutrition, sleep, rest. Then you have the actual act of running, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. Sometimes it makes me feel like I'm going to keel over and have to order a taxi because I can't see how I will get home and sometimes it makes me think I'm some sort of invincible super human. We are now at the
start of September so I really need to up my running game. We are aiming for a
sub-two hour half marathon. (Eek!)
If you’re going to set yourself a challenge, what better way
is there to keep yourself motivated than to fundraise for charity? I have
been volunteering for Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire (BTRS)
since beginning my second year of university when they opened their first
Coffee Charity Shop, No. 31, Otley Road, Headingley in 2016. After two years of
volunteering, I joined the staff team for the summer as a fundraising assistant. BTRS does
amazing work within the community of Leeds and Yorkshire, supporting those whose lives have
been turned upside down by a brain tumour. BTRS also funds research which takes
place at the University of Leeds. They recently made a break through,
discovering how to kill gioblastoma cells. This is a real game
changer in the brain tumour world.
Being part of such an amazing charity has made my time at
Leeds so much more enjoyable and I would highly recommend to all students at
any university to get involved in some sort of community project or organisation.
I wanted to show my appreciation to BTRS by fundraising for them as I leave
Leeds for the time being. If you can make any small contribution towards my fundraising efforts I would be so grateful, or if not, just to pass on the word about BTRS and what they do.
So far the training is going fairly well, I have
been on a few long runs and my pace is going up quite quickly! I just need to
make sure I’m eating the right fuel and getting out there and running when I
need to. Let me know if you are training for any challenges! No matter what challenge you set yourself whether that be a 5k run or an ultra-marathon, as long as it is a challenge to you personally, I can assure you it will give you a kick-up the behind and motivate you to get outside and get active. I'll give you an update on my training progress in a few weeks!