In July, Julie, who is behind toofattorun.co.uk, was on the search for 8 bloggers to take part in her Too Fat To Run campaign so I thought I would give it a shot and I was over the moon when she said I could take part!
As I moved home at the end of July, I already knew that I wanted to get healthier and fitter so to be part of this campaign made it so much easier to be motivated.
As part of the campaign, Julie has granted all the bloggers 6 months access to The Clubhouse. A virtual running club which includes weekly session plans, technique drills, information about running related things, support and advice and “a friendly shoulder to cry on when things go terribly wrong and an encouraging group to celebrate your successes”. I don’t know about you but it sounds like a great little community to be a part of.
They have an awful lot of information on the website which is great and everyone has access to it.
One of my biggest fears with running is to have people laughing at me or not doing good enough while I’m exercising. Last year, when I went on a run for the first time, I got shouted at by a bunch of “lads”. Delightful, eh?! This time around, I have either been running with my mum or my sister, so even when we get a few looks, I’m not as bothered because I’m not on my own.
There is a colour coded system which members use, ranging from not running and contemplating to plodder and slogger. Now that I have been on a few runs myself, I would put myself in the Run-Walker category. It’s exactly in the middle and I didn’t know what I was capable of until I went out at the beginning of August and completely surprised everyone.
It’s amazing how 5 years ago, Julie started her blog as someone who came very last in a 10k race and now it is an incredible community. She is an inspiration to the larger women of us out there.
I started our running 1 mile a day but each day I was seeing improvements in my fitness and according to everyone else, the weight started dropping off.
I’m probably getting ahead of myself here but I’ve also set myself some small fitness goals for the next 6 months.
- Run 1 mile without stopping
- Run-walk 5K
I don’t want to set huge goals for myself so if I just set a couple of small ones, I can set myself some larger ones when I’ve achieved them.
I am so glad Julie asked me to work with her, I am beyond excited. I can’t wait to share more of my fitness journey with you all, that is the reason I started my blog after all.
Obviously when you’re working out, it is very important to keep hydrated, especially in the summer hear. I found the best way to do this is by using Bobble Bottles*. Plus they look good which is always a bonus! Each replaceable filter is the equivalent of 300 bottles of water. That’s saving you tons of money.
I absolutely love this classic Bobble Bottle, I love the magenta filter and that it comes with the soft-touch carry cap which can be used to attach it to a handle or belt loop.
The Bobble Sport is actually perfect to take running. It is a bit larger than the 550ml one. It has a moulded grip, a carry handle and fits bike cages and gym equipment cup holders.
I think it is a great idea that you can choose the type of bottle you want and choose the colour filter too! I would definitely mix and match it with different colours!
I can’t decide which colour to get next! #waterrevolution
*I was kindly gifted these products and as always, all views are my own.