Running commentary 010: Back into training

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Matalan sportswear

My motivation in January had waivered somewhat but now we're into February I can say with a certain degree of determination that my focus is back on track and my nose is due to be glued to the grindstone to make some tangible progress. It almost feels like I need someone kicking me up the backside to start the ball rolling as I'm clinging on to that lazy ledge with my fingertips for all I'm worth instead of diving in gracefully. What's better for making training more enjoyable than new workout wear? Matalan have a whole new range of sportswear at the moment and they kindly offered to send me some to try out. I chose this jaunty pink t-shirt and sensible black leggings to make a practical outfit. Usually I wear a baggy style of jogging bottoms for a workout but always feel that they make me look larger than they ought to so I opted for these flattering fit bottoms which fit much nicer and are going to boost my self esteem no end which is pretty good going for £12.

In order to put the outfit through it's paces I proceeded to work through a couple of YouTube boot camp workouts and then spend 15 minutes on the treadmill and am happy to report that I was very confortable throughout. I was pleased with the length of the tee and it stayed in position well, nothing worse than a top that decides to ruck up!

Matalan activewearMatalan sportswear

A few months ago I attended a practical running seminar hosted by an ex-pro distance runner. Like a sponge I soaked up all the information, pointers and concepts that were mentioned and I've been mulling over a few ideas on and off since. There was one point brought up that really hit home and has been nagging away at me when I feel like it's all hopeless. If you gave up work and took up full time training for your running distance of choice, no matter who you are and what your current standard you would not believe the leaps and bounds that you would come on and the progress you could make. Now, becoming a full time athlete, funnily enough, is not on the cards for me, but the promise of being rewarded by a higher level of dedication is something that does tickle my fancy. Who knows what this year could bring? It could be anything, but wouldn't it be great to have an even more successful one than last year? I don't know if I dare to hope but I want to immerse myself in training and positivity regardless and just take each day as it comes.

Sophie

Thanks to Matalan for sending me these items to review, all opinions my own.

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6 comments

  1. You look awesome here, I always feel much more svelte in running leggings which is weird, I guess they just hold you all in!

    Maria xxx

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  2. I don't own any running gear but my riding stuff is similar I suppose and I agree with Maria - I feel better when I've got jods holding me in!

    Glad you're plugging on with the treadmill :) It'll be light enough for evening exercise soon!

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  3. These running leggings look great! x

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  4. I never thought I'd enjoy keeping fit but it's definitely a matter of finding out what's right for you. I hate going out in the cold so I fell in love with at home work out DVDs! Now I love exercise!

    Love Angie
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  5. i drag my feet when it comes to going out for a run, but once i'm out, i really enjoy it. I like my t shirts to run a little long- hate the thought of my bum jiggling in full view!

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  6. I actually hate running I prefer dance like Zumba etc. You look really fit though x

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