Fitness Bytes with Miranda Hardacre

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Welcome to another ‘Fitness Bytes’ your fortnightly dose of reality with the shining stars of the health and fitness blogging community. We may make it look easy on our blogs and Instagram feeds, but we’re only human and here’s why…

Who are you & how would you describe your current lifestyle? | My name is Miranda and I am a 20 year old university student living in London. I have always been active, starting with ballet lessons aged 4, then hockey and then 10 years later I discovered my love for track running and haven’t looked back since! When I started university I found that road running became a way for me to escape the stresses of work and relax, so you can find me in my running shoes most days! Recently I’ve also taken up yoga as I find that it’s really beneficial for my mind as well as my body.

What type of exercise are you currently doing? | At the moment I run, usually a mixture of endurance road running and some speedwork on the track, gym, swim and do yoga. I’m a pretty non-stop person, and if I’m not running, in the gym, in the pool or doing yoga, I’m on my bike exploring new places!

How many times a week? | In an average week, I’ll run 4 times (1 long run, 1 steady run, 1 tempo run and 1 track session), gym twice, swim once and do yoga every morning, perhaps you can tell that I don’t like sitting still!

How long have you been doing it? | I’ve been in my current routine since Christmas- when I signed up for my first half marathon! Before that I was only running on average twice a week and not swimming or doing yoga. I started swimming as it meant that I could get in some extra cardio without putting stress through my legs!

Being honest, have you been consistent? | Unless I’m injured, in which case I switch my runs for bike sessions, I’m pretty consistent with my training. As I mentioned, for me, keeping fit is something that is so important for me mentally as well as physically! A quote my mum once tagged me in “A good run is like a cup of coffee, I’m much nicer once I’ve had one” couldn’t be more true!

Are you getting the results you want – Yes or No? | Yes.

How do you feel about your current level of fitness? | I’m so proud of myself for what I’ve achieved in terms of my fitness, even though I was always active, never in a million years did I think I’d have the physical or mental strength to run a half marathon, and I’m now considering entering a full marathon!

What are you looking to achieve? Why? | As clichéd as it sounds, I’m honestly looking to achieve happiness and balance, for me my running has helped me start to repair my rocky relationship with food, I now appreciate the importance of fuelling correctly, because running 10 miles hungry is not a fun experience! In the long term, I’d love to run a faster half marathon and eventually run the full 26.2!

When are you looking to reach your goal by? | I’d absolutely love to get my time down by the time I run the Cardiff Half Marathon in October, I ran my first goal time off only 12 weeks of half marathon training, so with over 6 months more training in the bag, I’d like to pick up the pace a little.

How important is it to you to achieve your goal(s)? | Initially I started running as a way to relax, but as with anything I get super competitive! As a competitive person I find that it’s really important for me to set myself goals, whether it’s a target time or a specific distance as it gives me something to aim for and keeps me motivated. When I achieve my goals, I get the most incredible sense of achievement and I’d be disappointed if I didn’t, but it would never stop me from running as ‘failure’ is only another driving force.

Finally … What would you say to inspire others? | This is a quote that I absolutely love and I believe that other people should try to live by too-

“I am a runner because I run. Not because I run far. Not because I run fast.” 

I think that it relates to all things in life, not just running – it doesn’t matter how slow your progress is, what shape your journey takes or how long it takes you, be proud of everything that you do!

I absolutely love Miranda’s favourite quote and totally agree with her that it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to progress, what is important is that you are proud of what you have achieved. No matter how small an achievement it may seem at the time.

You can catch up with Miranda and check out her progress on her Instagram and over on her blog Running on Porridge too! I really hope you have enjoyed this edition of Fitness Bytes and if you would like to take part please do let me know and I hope you stick around for my next post too, until then though x


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