Merry Fitmas to All, and an Active New Year!

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With 2014 rapidly coming to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to say thankyou for sharing your moving journey with us this year.

We’ve seen such amazing growth within Operation Move, and have loved getting to know so many new people in our open Facebook community, in our various programs and of course at our events across the year. 2015 is shaping up to be nothing short of epic and we have a number of new ideas and plans in the works to help you continue enjoying being part of our community and maybe even try some exciting new things as well, so stay tuned!

You’ll still see us around the place over the next fortnight, but we are taking a short break from the blog to cuddle our kids, eat too much pudding and do some hard earned resting in between the running and the lifting. We’ll be back here on Monday January 5, ready to launch into the New Year with you.

In the meantime, we still have a few spots available in our six week body blitz beginning January 1st; Operation MOVE IT. A number of our 2014 participants have joined us again for the next round, and if you’d like to know more about what the experience is actually like you might enjoy Jo’s review of the program.

Our next Learn to Run programs will begin on February 1st, and we are currently taking expressions of interest on that as well. We are thrilled to be graduating our 100th runner next month, and hope you’ll be one of the next hundred to discover how running can reshape your life.

And for anyone setting some target races and making plans for the new year, our Far & Fast coaching programs are available year round. Join at any time, subscribe for a month and see how it can benefit your training. We think you will love it!

On behalf of Zoey and myself, our exec team and our broader community we would love to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Christmas, and a new year that will see you chase your dreams and become the best version of yourself yet. And if you’d like to do that with us, we would love that even more.

Keep Moving!

xx Kate

8 ways to smash out your goals in 2015

I don’t really do New Year resolutions, but I do goals. As we get to December, I start thinking about 2015. What I want to keep. What I want to discard. What I want to build on. Here are some ideas for setting and meeting some cracking goals in 2015.

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1. Decide.

This sounds really simple. But for most of us self-doubt ruins too many goals. You know that voice in your head that says ‘I couldn’t possibly do that . . .’, well you can. If you decide to. Consciously think about what is important to you and what you want and decide that is what you are going to make happen.

2. Write it down.

Things are so much more likely to get done if you commit to them by taking the first step of writing them down. Preferably where you can see them. You could create a vision board, or add it it a noticeboard on the wall or even use a notebook if you prefer, but writing them down makes them solid.

3. Break your goal down into smaller, measurable and achievable steps.

If you have a big goal, break it down into the smallest steps possible so each one doesn’t seem so intimidating. When I was looking at an ambitious half marathon time, I created a plan for consolidating a fast 5k, a fast 10k and then a fast marathon. Starting small really helped.

4. Make sure it is specific enough to be measured.

Being more fit is a great goal but you can’t really measure that. So it can be hard to know if you are improving or not. Something like wanting to go for a run three times a week is far more specific and far more measurable and a whole lot easier to feel great about yourself for getting out there and doing what you set out to do.

5. Give yourself a break

Setting a goal doesn’t mean you are always going to make decisions that are going to move you toward that goal. And that’s ok. You are going to have off days where you might opt for more doona time. The whole thing doesn’t fall apart because you miss one session. Just make sure you make the next one.

6. Find people who support your goals

You would think this would be easy, but sometimes it’s not. Finding people who are going to help you enjoy your successes and push you back out there when you need it are going to make a huge difference to whether you keep going or not.

7. Work out what your biggest obstacles are

Sometimes there is an obstacle and you don’t even recognise it. I signed up for a new Crossfit gym this year and then didn’t go to any classes for two weeks. Lee from Brightside Coaching asked me a simple question: what is the anxiety about?. And the answer was really simple I was anxious about being late because of when I dropped my daughter off at school. Once I worked out I could drop her off early, I happily went along and started. Working out those obstacles is really important because it’s often very easy to come up with a solution. But you have to know what the problem is.

8. Have fun

Let’s face it, you have to enjoy it. If your plan calls for tough workouts, then there has to be some part of you that really loves the hard. Not all of you. But some part. If it’s not fun, it will never stick.

Starting over.

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If you follow our social media or have read this blog for a while, you already know that since the Sydney marathon I’ve not been running long.

In fact the greatest distance I’ve done since September is 10 kilometres and that was mostly a walk with some gorgeous OpMovers anyway.

I’ve spent the past twelve weeks in a program designed to build muscle, reboot metabolism and increase strength. But bulk gains mean no endurance running, because doing so would be counterproductive. I’ve done sprints, tempos, fartleks and the like, but only one naughty easy 6k that I snuck in because I felt like I desperately needed it for my head.

I went from running 40 – 50kms a week to 5, and it was a hard adjustment to make. Luckily my personal trainer is about the best guy I know right now, and fun to hang out with even when he’s making me lift up really really heavy things. Otherwise I don’t know if I’d have lasted this long without losing it a bit. It could well be argued that I have anyway.

Not doing easy runs meant that I lost my zen time. My processing and having ideas and learning and being ME time. The past few months have been the most challenging of my life on a personal level, and I’d given away my best strategy for dealing with things.

But in the process, I was getting physically stronger through lifting. And that strength translated to increased self confidence, which in turn led to the understanding that I am emotionally stronger than I ever believed possible. I don’t think I’d have learned that, had I not stopped running.

So now I’m at the end of this particular program, and this weekend I’m heading to the Gold Coast to watch my endlessly patient, eternally giving and downright brilliant Zoey run her first ultramarathon. While I’m there, I’m taking on a 15k myself.

I don’t know how I feel about it.

I have missed long runs so much, but I don’t know if I have it in me. Logically I know that my legs still work and will take me 15kms one way or another, even if I walk some of it. But running isn’t just a physical thing, it’s an emotional one too. This will be my first real run since my world shifted forever, and I have a fear that all the emotion of the past few months will come tumbling out and stop me in my tracks.

I have no time goal. I’m not setting myself up for anything other than crossing the line.

But I’m as nervous as the first time I pulled on my trainers and decided to learn to run. More so maybe, because this particular run marks the beginning of what will be an epic 5 month training program encompassing strength and power work with my PT as well as a LOT of long slow kilometres as we begin the build for Comrades.

So if I pop up on your Instagram or Facebook this weekend looking all bright and confident in yet another half face selfie, chances are unless it is Sunday afternoon, I’m freaking out a little on the inside.

Thank goodness I know I’ve got my team. I know you’ve got my back. Because this feels like the first step of a brand new life for me, and it is exciting and terrifying and I just want to get it right this time.

Meet a Mover – Rachel

Welcome to Meet a Mover Monday! Everyone has a story, and each week we will introduce you to one of our OpMovers so you can learn a little bit about theirs. We are all at different stages of our journeys, but we all started in the same place.

This week, say hi to Rachel.

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Who are you?

I’m Rach, I live in Wynnum – a bayside suburb of Brisbane, and I am currently a stay at home mum with 2 boys (10 and 8) and a small girl (2). I also have a husband and a beagle 🙂

When did you start running and why?

I started running in October 2013. At the beginning of that year I started walking as I was inspired to start getting healthier and fitter by Operation Move but I was adamant that I was not a runner. Then slowly the stories that people had about the benefits of running – strength, confidence, post run highs – started to get me wondering if I could do that too!

What is your favourite moving activity?

My most common distance is 5k because I can fit that in to my day pretty well but I think my favourite (so far) is 10k. I think it’s because if I’m doing 5k I feel like I should be running the whole distance but if I go further than that I don’t have that expectation on myself.

Top 3 must have gear

Good shoes that are properly fitted, sports bra and spibelt or shorts/skirt with pockets. I always carry my phone with me just in case of emergency.

Fave post moving fuel?

I don’t really have a fave but I came home from a run once and my husband cooked me up some bacon and eggs and that went down really well! I’m not good with the nutrition side of things and fuelling to support my running – something to work on 🙂

What do you listen to when you run?

Favourite songs on my playlist for running are Katy Perry Roar, Pharrell Williams Happy, Katrina and the Waves Walking on Sunshine and Kate Miller-Heidke Supergirl.

Tech lover or naked runner?

Tech lover. While I’m running I glance down at my watch too often but sometimes I can use that to my advantage and talk myself into going further by saying things like “it’s just another 200 m”, “just run for another 2 minutes”, etc. I also love looking at the stats after I have uploaded the run and being able to look back and see how far I have come.

Words of wisdom to new movers?

Take it slowly – especially if you are coming from a background of no physical exercise like I was. And consider cross training to build up strength in your legs as that will help prevent injury.

I am most proud of…

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The fact that it is over a year later and I am still running 🙂 I have never stuck to any kind of exercise regime, gym membership or classes for any length of time before so that is a huge achievement in itself for me. Also that I am planning on doing a half marathon (or two) next year! I can’t believe I am even thinking about it!