A Quick Look Back At January || New Year Challenge Update

I got a little note through from Bioglan this week that really got me thinking about my wrap up post for my 30 day challenge in January with Debenhams. It said:

Keeping your healthy habits going…

As January ticks into February, we know sticking to healthy habits can become more difficult…

…and I realised how many people, like myself, would be coming to the end of their challenges for January, be it no alcohol, eating vegan or hitting the gym more often. It would be the point in time when everything starts to slip a little… maybe…

For me, personally, after the London Winter Run on 5th February, I don’t have any concrete goals or events in my diary to work towards. And maybe that’s not such a bad thing. I chose not to run North London Half this year (in March) and I made a decision last year to focus on shorter distances for a while. Then, with the recent change in the running of Hackney Half, I’m unsure if I’ll be taking part even though it was kinda on my tentative race schedule for 2017. So although I’m glad to have made it through January, I’m not too sure what lays ahead of me fitness wise for the rest of the year.

As for my goals for the month of January, I kinda did okay.

Photo Credit: Fabric Forward

Running – with the exception of the first week, I’ve not hit my goal of running 3x per week (3,1,2,2) but this final week which is half January and half February will see me hitting, if not surpassing that goal with the race taking place on Sunday. I have however been getting my workouts in as you know with lots of indoor cycling…

Kit from range at Debenhams

Indoor Cycling – I went to all the training in order to audition however I found it difficult to find the time to practice my tracks. I managed to put together a complete playlist for a 45 minute class ready for the audition which I think was a win all by itself; it takes a fair bit of time (maybe because I’m inexperienced?!) to find the right tempo tracks and then workout out the routine. Although I felt wildly unprepared and lacking in confidence, I still attended the audition as I thought the experience and feedback would be valuable. The Studio Manager was happy with my “personality” and musics choice but felt I wasn’t yet ready to take on a full class – which I don’t disagree with! In an ideal world, I’d love to take the indoor cycling qualification again so it’s fresh in my mind. So this goal is very much still a work in progress.

Swimming – I haven’t made it into the pool, and that’s that! Haha! I wanna blame the fact that I’ve been busy running and cycling for this not happening, oh, and the cold like virus I’ve had for two weeks. It seems that although January felt like one long Monday to some people, it wasn’t quite long enough for me to get everything done!

So, basically, Hello February!

…how was your January?! …and new goals for February?! 

Elle 🙂 

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  1. Katie G
    February 7, 2017 / 20:52

    Interesting to understand a little more about 'behind the scenes' of a London instructor fitness, I didn't realise they assessed your tracks etc etc but it makes sense!

    • Elle Linton
      March 26, 2017 / 19:47

      Yeeeeees!! Maybe I should write a post because a lot of people recently have been surprised when I've mentioned auditions!

  2. Unknown
    February 7, 2017 / 07:24

    Nice one Elle, swimming is one activity I want to get into this year. It would certainly add some variety to my cross training, otherwise it's about indoor cycling and rowing. Also is it me or are the months going by quicker, probably to do with age 😉

    • Elle Linton
      March 26, 2017 / 19:46

      OH MY GOSH!!! yes, its age!! hahahaha! literally just wrote the same thing in a post about my life updates! …I finally did get back in the pool for the year… will be sharing soon!

  3. Roslyn Rachel
    February 4, 2017 / 11:27

    Swimming is ALWAYS in my goals and I never get round to it! There's just something so much more difficult about having to psyche yourself up when you ALSO have to get changed/cold/hair wet etc

    • Elle Linton
      March 26, 2017 / 19:45

      An hour lesson literally takes up 2.5 hours of my day! hahaha! …have finally got back on to this goal…must write it up!

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