Back at It – Gym & Health

Now that my internship is all sorted for the end of August, I can finally relax and take a breather! I had been quite good at keeping up with exercise and healthy eating, except for the past week, where I was just preparing like mad for interviews.

Today it was quite easy to step back into the swing of things; having whole grain toast for breakfast and fruits and granola for my snacks. I may go to the gym later tonight and run a 5k on the treadmill.

I still would like to try a half-marathon in the fall—so far the farthest I can run is 10k non-stop. I will keep trying!

I have also been doing simple ab workouts and weight training with dumbbells from home. I really notice that I feel so much better when I keep up this lifestyle! Feeling comfortable in your skin really is the most important result you can achieve.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share how my fitness has been going! I’m quite happy with how far I have come, especially with long-distance running.

Sleep Schedule

With such a varied work schedule, it can often be hard to pencil in sleep. I had a beautiful streak a few months back where I was going to bed at 10:30 p.m. and waking at 6 a.m. Alas, that didn’t last long.

Last night was the first time in weeks I had a solid five hours of sleep without waking up—quite the achievement! My friends think I’m crazy for being able to run on three hours, but I always think nothing is impossible with caffeine at hand.

Sure, you get those pesky eye twitches, jittery hands and occasional brain fog, but the insane amount of energy received is worth it! Having the motivation inside your mind match the energy needed to get things done is a great position to be in.

Do any of you night owls rely on caffeine as much as I do? Early birds, please share your ways in the witchcraft of normal sleep cycles!

I’ve heard of these mystical guidelines:

  • Turn off electronics an hour before bed
  • Have a routine every night
  • Only use your bed for sleep
  • Do not eat a large meal or drink a lot before bed
  • Do not exercise preceding sleep

These tips seem as foreign as my knowledge of politics. How does one do these things? Is it nature or nurture? These are the questions I have late at night.

Going to the Gym

Over the past few weeks I have been trying my luck with going to the gym on a somewhat regular basis. I’ve tried going in the mornings, mid-afternoons, to late at night which seems to be the least busy time from my observations.

Last week I ran my first 10k (on the treadmill) in 66 minutes, which was an achievement! I haven’t been running for a very long time, and being able to run continuously and not die like I would in the past is quite something!

Since I’m going to London, England in a few months, I started looking up half marathons. I found three half marathons listed in London that fit the time I would be there—I’m thinking I’ll pick one and hope for the best!

Do any of you newbie (or pro) runners out there have any tips to running your first half marathon? So far I’ve concluded through reading other experiences that:

  • Drink water steadily; not too much to prevent side stitches and upset stomach
  • Eat something light but wholesome a few hours before running; find what works best for your body
  • Drink enough water well before your run to prepare for your body’s loss of water

I’m quite looking forward to the experience!