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It’s my birthday!!

Hello all,

It’s my 26th birthday. If I was devastated last year about turning 25 you can only imagine how I’m feeling now.. (Hint: old)

But jokes aside, I’ve made a big deal in the recent years about getting older and stressed about it way too much. Only because it makes me think that by now I should be married, have kids, and have my life all figured out.. Or at least I’m closer to the time that it should all happen.. But then, who says I should? Exactly. There is no rules and who cares If I still don’t know what I want to do with my life.

Two days ago I saw this quote on instagram and it couldn’t have been a better timing:

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

It really made me think and realise how stupid it is to worry about age, even if it is jokingly. What’s the point? I’m happy, healthy and alive, what more do I need? Well a good long run is what I would have needed but you can’t have it all right.

My decision for the new year as a 26-year old is to stop worrying and stressing out about things, especially things that I can’t control. I will live in the moment enjoying the little things. I will be thankful that I could have another birthday and I will consider myself lucky to get the chance  to become older (and wiser ;)).

But then, to the SPLIT challenge…

About 3,5 weeks ago I started my own split challenge, read about it here. I was meant to be able to do the split by my birthday (which is today btw). Things started off well and I noticed improvement during the first week but after about 2 weeks my right hamstring became really painful. Not just normal tightness but actual painful tightness only in one spot so I’ve had to ease back on that leg. I’ve still stretched the other side fair bit but I was a bit ambitious and would’ve needed more time.

Here’s the picture of me today attempting the split:

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And here’s the one from 3,5 weeks ago (10th of October)

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As you might notice, I was silly enough to only take a starting photo with right leg at the front and as my hamstring has not been very cooperative I could do after picture with only my left. But you can kind of tell I’ve improved… At least I’d like to think so.

The conclusion is that the split challenge will continue until foreseeable future. I will post a picture when I can actually get into one (with both legs hopefully).

Anyway, remember to enjoy your birthdays, they are to be cherished and not condemned!

xxx

 

Split challenge!

I think I’ve already mentioned (few times) that I like to set myself goals when it comes to running. It’s the best way to keep you focused and motivated and working hard, and the feeling of accomplishment when you reach your goal is the best feeling ever.

At the moment I don’t have any running goals as I’m still nursing my knee injury. There are, however different challenges that I can take.

In January I did the ab-challenge by blogilates (link here) and in February I did a 28-day plank challenge which I found somewhere on facebook. Don’t know about you but planking for 4 mins is no joke.

I haven’t however, taken part in any stretching challenges and in all fairness I haven’t been very good at stretching at all in the last years. Back in my golden teenage years I used to dance ballet, jazz, hip hop, reggaeton etc.. and needless to say I was more flexible then. I know some people are naturally flexible and if you start ballet very early you will become beyond flexible. I didn’t start ballet as a child, but when I was about 11. I wasn’t particularly flexible but I was determined to do splits with both legs no matter how much stretching it took. I can’t remember how long it took me but I remember stretching every night at home desperate to get into splits. And eventually, I did. I know there’s still a photo somewhere in a photo album where I am showing off the split to my mum because I was so proud.

I’ve been envying people who are flexible recently and been wishing I could so splits again..

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Appropriate quote from quoteschart.com

SO, my goal now is to get into that split. I was meant to make this an October challenge but kind of forgot to start before the marathon and I think I will need every extra day to stretch my little old (and very stiff) legs. I took a before photo on the 8th of October which is here:

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I have no idea why I look like a cone head btw!

Yes. I know. Nowhere near a split. But hey, you gotta start from somewhere.

Instead of doing this a 30 day challenge until 8th of November, I will set the goal day for the 5th because it’s my birthday.

So the aim is to be able to do a split again by my 26th birthday 🙂

It won’t be easy and I don’t even know if it’s achievable,  but it will definitely make me work towards something.

Wish me luck and join me if you want!

P.S. When I first started this blog I told you I had just entered the London ballot. Just an update: I didn’t get in and I’m wearing the “loser” jumper in the above photo. It’s a nice little consolation gift when you don’t get a place plus me and Minna have already made a lot better marathon plans for the spring. Who wants to run in London anyway? 😉