2016 is a year in which I say YES to new adventures. More travelling? Of course, but the biggest adventures will be fitness wise. Now I finally found my way to living a healthier life, I’d love to step up my fitness game. What started as working out to get back in shape, soon changed into an ‘I want to be quicker and better and stronger’ approach.
So what’s been happening? After my attempt in January to climb up the hardest, steepest and highest mountain of Thailand by bicycle – a 220km ride with circa 2300m elevation (more about that soon), I decided I needed a new challenge in February. Cycling on Inthanon again? Maybe later. I thought it would be fun to change the workout routine a bit and start running again. So I applied to compete in the Chiang Mai University half marathon (which is 23km so technically it’s even more haha). Because why go running if you don’t have a goal? AAH EXCITING! And scary. Mostly scary.
Since I’m not much of a runner – I mean, I have been running before but 15km was the furthest I ever managed to get – I realised I had to start to train for this. Easier said than done. But then, I found motivation in exploring new places in town while working out. Cycling has been great to explore places outside Chiang Mai, but we forgot about the places closer by. So the other day we decided to go running in the Chiang Mai University. We basically live next door, but kind of managed to never visit it in the past months. And yes, we were missing out. Especially the waving back at the tourists in the CMU golf carts part… and smiling for their pictures of course… But also the beautiful parks, the lake, the smell of colourful flowers everywhere and the sports fields, that basically make this place into a massive playground. Awesome!
Anyways LET’S DO THIS – and if you have any pro tips, please let me know!
By the way, how awesome are these leggings?! A big thanks to Pins to kill for sending me these! They just launched their website today, on which you can design your own leggings. It’s an awesome concept so make sure you check it out! Life is too short for boring workout clothes! :-)