October Fitness Update

November 5, 2019

Oh man, I am really rubbish at keeping any sort of fitness routine going! October was a long and difficult month, with a million ups and downs so it has been hard to keep to a regular routine.

Race At Your Pace completion certificate surrounded by Race At Your Pace medals from previous runs, pumpkins and running shoes. For a post about October's fitness progress.

Finding it difficult to fit running in.

I am starting to find running really hard to fit in to my day to day life. I am working from home all week looking after little Oscar which means I cannot run during the day. My other half leaves for work so early that running in the morning is impossible, unless I get up at 4am, which seems kind of extreme! He then doesnโ€™t return until about 6pm, by which time Iโ€™m tired after looking after two children, working and cooking. Plus, as I have mentioned before, my area is a little rough and so Iโ€™d be quite scared to go running alone after dark. Ultimately, finding the time to actually get outside and run has been really difficult.

October’s goals didn’t go according to plan.

All of this has meant that I have definitely not done as much running as I had hoped and I also havenโ€™t really done anything that I wanted to when I set my goals last month. In Septemberโ€™s Running and Fitness Update I mentioned that I wanted to really pay attention to the Couch To 5K training programme and concentrate on completing that, rather than doing lots of free runs. Unfortunately, due to all the time constraints, I havenโ€™t really managed to do any Couch To 5K runs and I feel that I should probably start the programme somewhere near the beginning again. Itโ€™s been so long since I have done a โ€˜properโ€™ run that the thought of getting out there and doing one is a bit daunting. 

October 2019 Race At Your Pace running medal with the Race At Your Pace completion certificate and pumpkins in the background. For a blog post on October's fitness progress.

October’s Race At Your Pace Challenge

I have managed to run enough this month to earn my Race At Your Pace medal. Last month I was so proud to have achieved 25 miles of running – I think I told anyone and everyone. I am still so over the moon with this achievement, but it definitely feels like that was such a long time ago now. I donโ€™t know how I ran that much during September when the thought of running now literally makes me sweat. I only signed up for the 15 mile challenge during October and I really only just about finished it. But the medal is really pretty and I am glad I completed the challenge because, at one point, it didnโ€™t look like I would at all. 

I thought about joining the Race At Your Pace walking challenge in November but in the end I have decided against it. I’ll miss getting my medal at the end of the month but for a lot of personal reasons, I’ve decided to take a little pressure off.

October’s been a tough month for me!

It wasnโ€™t just the bad weather and the dark nights that held me back this month. I have also had an extremely tough time with my mental health, which has meant that my anxiety has been raging in the background and really taking over my life. I have gone back to the doctors during October and Iโ€™m now back on the antidepressants that I was taking before I had Luke. Other things have been going on in the background too, like my Grandpa’s poor health, but mostly the anxiety has been holding me back. It feels a bit like October was against me when it came to running.

I’ve not been eating as well as I should have been.

Iโ€™ve not really eaten very well either. The joys of October means that Halloween and Christmas treats are everywhere! I really need to kick my bum back into gear and go back to counting my calories. I think I need to do this for as long as I can into December. I know that I will slip up, itโ€™s only 1 month until Christmas now and there are family meals, treats, days out and all sorts between now and then, but I need to remember to eat well when Iโ€™m not on a โ€˜treatโ€™ day. I also need to remember that just because Iโ€™ve had something a bit โ€˜naughtyโ€™ that day, it doesnโ€™t mean the day was a fail, or that I should just carry on eating rubbish! 

My best friend is getting married next year and I’m a bridesmaid so I have to start losing some weight so that we can sort out dress fittings and things like that. I suppose this is a pretty good incentive to start trying a little harder again.

Aims for November and December.

Throughout November and December I will be focusing more on home workouts, specifically HIIT workouts as I really enjoy them. Itโ€™s nice to get a full body workout done and itโ€™s great for me because it only takes around half an hour and I can do it at home. Theyโ€™ll be a lot easier for me to fit into my busy days as I can crack one out when Oscar naps or when Mikey is home from work and cooking dinner. In between the HIIT, Iโ€™ll be aiming to do more walking as well, as thatโ€™s something I can do during the day with Oscar in the buggy. Heโ€™s learning to walk now as well so I imagine we will be out and about a lot during the winter months meaning I will be tracking a lot of walks on Strava!

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Do you have any favourite home workouts you could share with me? Iโ€™m always looking for new workouts to do! I may even think about weight training – I have my eye on a kit that would fit nicely under my bed so I may be asking Father Christmas for something like that. Let me know how youโ€™re doing on your fitness journey if youโ€™re on one…and if youโ€™re not, whatโ€™s your favourite festive food that youโ€™re looking forward to pigging out on over the next couple of months? Let me know in the comments, or you can tweet me at @gloryiscalling! You can also follow my progress on my fitness Instagram account @raygetsfiit.

October 2019's Race At Your Pace completion medal with pumpkins in the back ground and an orange text box which says "October Running and fitness update".


  • Jon

    November 6, 2019 at 11:51 am

    You can’t beat yourself up! You’ve so well for so many months so don’t worry too much about your aims at this time of year!


    November 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    With all the tasty treats that come with the season, it’s hardly surprising you haven’t eaten well. I’ve been naughty and had a munch on some of the children’s Halloween sweets. Hope you get loads of Hiit workouts done this month xxx

  • Cassie Mayers

    November 6, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Anxiety and stress can be the worst. I found when mine got worse, I just couldn’t keep up with my fitness, out of breath easier and also really easily dizzy! Hope November is a better month for you

  • Rosie Preston-Cook

    November 6, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Oh please don’t beat yourself up for not doing enough. You’re doing so well, it’s very challenging having young children and I think it is easy to forget that. Anything you can do is a bonus.
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  • Nick

    November 6, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    I guess everyone struggles a bit with their diet and fitness regime at this time of year, especially in the run-up to Christmas. I enjoy swimming and try to fit in as many trips to the pool as I can. At least when it’s cold outside, the water in the pool feels warmer!
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  • Anosa

    November 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Sorry to hear October wasn’t a good month for you both fitness and mental health-wise. It can be tough sometimes but I believe in celebrating small wins.
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  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    November 6, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Sometimes life takes over doesn’t it? It’s hard to fit everything in.
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  • Rebecca Smith

    November 6, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I love reading your fitness updates. Sorry October wasn’t the greatest month for you but well done for getting your Race at your Pace medal!
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  • Mellissa Williams

    November 6, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    I know what you mean about the food and stuff this month – so many tempting treats! I hope you manage to get back on track in November.
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  • Petra

    November 7, 2019 at 11:25 am

    You have some good intentions, that’s the most important thing. I think it’s totally normal that there will be periods of time when you have more treats than any other time. But then the main thing is to go back to eating more healthily and trying to be more active. It will all balance out at the end… At least, that’s how it works for me!

  • Natasha Mairs

    November 7, 2019 at 11:26 am

    oh wow, your doing brilliantly! I have been putting a little bit of weight on, I think it may have something to do with all the hot chocolate I keep drinking

  • WhatLauraLoves

    November 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Although I don’t run outside, I do go to the gym but I have been struggling to fit it in too lately. Its hard to find the motivation when its so cold xxx

  • Jenni

    November 7, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    I started doing regular exercise again in September and had a really good month, only missed a couple days. But then I was really ill in October, most dreadful cold and cough I couldn’t shake, and hardly did anything at all. Now I feel like I’m back to square one and finding it hard to get back in to it and motivated again.
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  • Jennifer Gladwin

    November 8, 2019 at 3:43 am

    I find it so hard to be healthy during the colder months! It’s hard to squeeze in exercise, especially outdoor, when it seems continually dark!

  • Kelly-Anne

    November 8, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Thatโ€™s pretty amazing that you can keep to any fitness routine this time of year, I have zero motivation.

  • Rhian westbury

    November 8, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I’m really bad at sticking to any sort of fitness plan so I know how you feel. But your health and mental health come first so don’t push yourself x

  • Nayna Kanabar

    November 8, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I too need some inspiration to get into a fitness routine . I think I will need to try really harder with all the yummy treats floating around.
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  • Jenni

    November 9, 2019 at 10:36 am

    I hope you are feeling a bit better now. Youโ€™ve definitely had a tough time but hopefully the medication will help

  • Kara

    November 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Sorry to hear that October didn’t go to plan. I admire you for working on your fitness, its on my to-do list but never seems to get done
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