I’m such a morning person in the Summer. The fact it gets light before 6am helps me feel energised and I usually can’t wait to start the day. Sometimes I love to have lazy mornings with breakfast in bed, reading and the curtains pulled open so the sunshine is coming through but I also love to start my day with early morning movement a few times a week. I caught up with you back in March pre my 10k run in Greenwich park and how I was getting motivated to run in Spring, read the post here, so I thought I’d update you on my running goals and my new Summer morning routine plan.
The 10k was amazing. I’m so pleased I signed up and couldn’t recommend doing a running challenge enough even if it’s your park 5k run every Saturday, the atmosphere, the people and the support is really special and definitely lightens up a stressful week. I wasn’t able to train as much as I set out to as it was when the weather in London was snow and minus degrees but still felt great on the day and really relaxed. The Nike Epic React trainers helped me spring up those Greenwich hills too, okay maybe “spring” is a slight exaggeration but they felt great. I’d recommend Greenwich park for some intense hill training if you are up for it.
Last week I was in Sardinia teaching Pilates on retreat and it was so wonderful to have a morning routine. It was 8am yoga followed by breakfast, reading, Pilates and then we’d do more activities during the day. Of course this is retreat life and unfortunately can’t spend every morning like this back home but I do want to commit to a morning routine at least three times a week as we head towards Summer.
I love running and I love Pilates so my perfect morning involves both and I honestly feel so so much better when I start my day like this. The two activities really compliment each other as running is quite a repetitive movement which can lead to imbalances and Pilates helps support and condition all your joints and tone muscles which might be week.
I even dragged my boyfriend Sam out of bed the other week for a run at 6am around the park and it was beautiful, the sun was coming up and I felt fresh and so motivated to start the day. Then a couple of days later it was raining so we did 40 minutes of Pilates instead. Pilates and a run every day is my goal. I’m going to aim for…
3 x a week
20 minutes Pilates
Breakfast smoothie and journaling.
I feel this is realistic and achievable. Some mornings I teach at 7:30am so there’s no way I’d get that in before then and at least one morning at the weekend I love to have pancakes in bed and watch Netflix so this is ideal. I think we do put pressure on ourselves to be perfect sometimes and when I set such high expectations I tend to go the other way and rebel (myself)- aren’t humans funny! So I feel this is that middle line and hey hopefully I might even over achieve and do this routine 4 x a week.
They always say to set specifics when you set yourself a goal so I’m going to aim for this routine on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays just because those days work best for my routine.
If you want to join me in my morning Pilates and run routine you can find lots of my Pilates workouts on my YouTube channel.
It was a dream starting this new morning routine in Ibiza this week and I’m to Portugal next so will be packing my new face Nike Epic React trainers in the colour light cream/lemon wash/sail to help motivate me. I’m obsessed with these trainers in fact they may be my favourite pair I’ve had, I LOVE that they are all one colour and wear them not only to run but day to day too and feel stylish and put together. They even got me through some tough hikes while in Sardinia.
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It was great to do the 10k in March and I’d love to aim for a half marathon by the end of the Summer. I went to watch the marathon a couple of weeks ago and it was so inspiring/scary. The people that achieve that and especially this year on the hottest day are absolutely heroes. Is anyone doing any running challenges this Summer? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Lottie x