This morning I received a royal title. And not just any title - but that of Queen. Not a duchess or a princess, but no, the ultimate of royal titles. I think. I'm not really all that familiar with royal titles. But Queen does sound rather important. Don't you think? Okay... it is the Queen of Slackness, but Queen nonetheless :-).
Paul told me that he was going to do a 20 minute run before school and then another 8km run at lunch time. Yes... I know, I feel rather tired reading that too. Paul wanted to know what I would be doing today exercise-wise and I did indicate that I had a really good effort yesterday with my bike ride and really that should be enough to last me for the week. Paul wasn't impressed with my reasoning and insisted that I should at least go out and do a walk / run today (and should do this every single day). He told me that he wasn't interested in excuses or complaints (the two things I'm really good at too).
He is right though. I should be doing much more than I am doing at the moment. Every so often I would get a moment of insanity like with my bike ride yesterday, but a lot of the time I seem to get too busy and distracted doing other things and if the weather is unpleasant too... It becomes too easy to come up with excuses. It doesn't help that I am probably one of the most impatient people around and of course with exercise there is no way you would ever see immediate results. So it becomes hard work with little immediate evidence of progress made.
If I have to be honest then looking at the swimming for instance I can finally see that I have made progress. It took quite a long time to finally get to this point, but finally I am starting to get the technique, I cope better with more during the session and Val told me on Friday that I've come a long way. So that is really neat. So now I really need to put more effort into my biking and running as well. It is true that I had a huge set-back with my constant leg injuries from a little while back, but I don't have this problem at the moment and really have no excuse. I just have to put the effort in. Small steps to start off with and build on that (Paul's advice).
So today I did just that. I made the effort and did a 5km walk / run. It was hard work (I won't lie), but I did it and that is all that is important. Hopefully in the not too distant future it will become a bit easier and more of a habit than an effort. I'll just have to keep at it.
Despite how very hard I find exercise - I do feel really fortunate to have a good team supporting me in all this - Lynley, Val and Paul. It is great having their interest and expert guidance in a world I don't know all that much about.
So what have you done today to increase your fitness? The title of Queen of Slackness is already taken and you really have no excuse... ;-).