30 Days – 3.0 Miles – 30% Better

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You know what they say – 30 is the new 20, right?

Well I’m not so sure – I’m certainly older, wiser, more content – but the body doesn’t always do what I want it to any more. The spirit is willing, etc. etc.

I do realise that I am only in my mid thirties and don’t have one foot in the grave just yet. But it did get me thinking “What’s out there for those busy, often time-strapped ladies, who regularly put themselves last after family, work and other commitments?”

Often, wherever I look online at social media groups in my search for health tips or fitness advice, I see scantily-clad ladies (and lads) peddling their wares, and brandishing abs that I didn’t realise were possible on a human person. I just want to be healthy, fit and happy, and give myself the best opportunity to stay in fine fettle for many more years to come. I will NEVER have those abs ??

So to give us 30-something girls more of a voice in the health and fitness arena, I set up the Go Health Fit Females over 30 group (catchy, I know!). My goal is to build up a community, both here and abroad, of ladies interested in living a balanced life by being healthy and fit – an area where we can share tips, info and ideas.

So to get the ball rolling, I have shared a challenge that came to me while I was out for a jog in Galway. When we do exercise like walking or running, do we take into account our surroundings? The busy streets if you’re in the city? The roll of the waves if you’re by the sea? Or the silence if you’re lucky enough to be out in the shticks? Do we sometimes mindlessly go for a walk or a jog and don’t consider what’s around us, or how we can use this time to get 1% better each time we get active? And could we use this awareness and productive use of activity to get other women, especially those who may have let their exercise routine slip for many reasons, back out and enjoying exercise again!

And so, as is the case with the best rhetorical questions, I believe I have the answer, and it is “Yes”! We can all do our bodies (and our minds of course!) a favour and get them active again. And if you are already an avid walker or jogger, you’re still not off the hook 😉 Here’s a breakdown of what I think could be achieved by anyone who is willing to take on this 30 day challenge that I’ve aptly named Challenge 3.0. It will all be kicking off on March 1st, and the last challenge will be on March 31st, when we should be 30% better:

  • If you start walking again, and it takes you 55 minutes to walk 3 miles on day 1, by day 31 you should be able to walk those 3 miles in under 40 minutes.
  • If you wog 3 miles in 40 minutes, then at the end of March you will be able to jog those 3 miles in under 30 minutes
  • If you jog 3 miles in 35 minutes, you will be able to achieve the 8 minute mile mark by end of March and do 3 miles in sub-25 minutes.
  • For runners already doing under 30 min 3-milers (like me) I am going to take a percentage cut and go for 0.5% increase as running 3 miles in 17.5 to 21 minutes is Usain Bolt territory! So I will aim for 3 miles in 22 minutes – Eeek!! The fastest I’ve ever done is 23 mins 45 so this is a real challenge for me.

You just need to follow 3 simple steps:
1. get out on March 1st, complete 3 miles and time it
2. Make a timetable for your walk/wog/jog schedule for the month and stick to it
3. Do the same 3 miles on March 31st and see how much you’ve improved

If you want more information, check out the Facebook group linked above. And here is the video I made of my “awareness” run around Galway recently, taking in as many of the amazing sites in my 3 mile jog as I could (stick with it, it’s just the first few seconds that are me talking!). I will be traveling around to get some more videos of routes in other towns and cities so stay tuned!

Hope you enjoy x

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