I’ve just come back from a trip to North Devon and the time away from work and in the outdoors has reminded me how great exercise is for my well-being. Despite knowing this I’ve been very inactive of late.
I took several walks along the Southwest Coast Path, which is filled with steep descents followed by equally steep ascents as it winds its way along the rugged coastline.
Interestingly, I was transported back 5 years and seeing my younger self running these same routes training for the Tromsø Midnight Sun Marathon.
The walking this trip was really hard and I realised how much my fitness had reduced over this time and my weight had increased.
Rather than being demoralised when confronted with this strong image of my fitter self, I felt inspired.
Inspired surrounded by the spectacular coastline, the tranquillity of the path, the exertion and sense of achievement at reaching the top of each hill.
Most of all I was inspired by remembering just what I’m capable of if I show up, be consistent and trust in the process.
I remembered how much I love running and how good it feels to be outside exercising.
I’ve now dusted off my original run/walk plan when I first started running and it’s time to trust that process once again.