Leading up to Oxfam 100km walk last year (in 2017), I was nervous about being able to finish the walk. Since completing Oxfam in 2015 I’d put on about 10kg and lost a lot of fitness after hurting my knee and not being able to play netball or run.
I tried in the few months leading up to the walk, to get back into running but every time I did I found an excuse to not keep going. Surprisingly I finished the Oxfam walk last year in around 29 hours. I was sore. Every muscle in my body hurt, my feet and ankles were so swollen, it was over a week until I could wear shoes again.
My fitness and eating continued along the same after this, I felt uncomfortable going out with friends, to events, even going to work was challenging because I wasn’t comfortable in my uniform.
Then in July my bridesmaid dress for my sister’s wedding in November arrived, I tried it on and instantly hated how I looked and knew something had to change. I started walking my dog for at least 5km a day, I would get up at 5 am to get a walk done before work, I changed what I was eating, I started eating more vegetables and less stuff out of a jar or quick meals, I started to feel so much better! Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to stop eating all the treats and my go to snacks that I was having, but I noticed results almost instantly so that helped me keep on track.
Then I joined Sentience in October, and since then I have seen a huge increase in my strength and fitness and my body has changed in ways that I never thought possible for me. Moving forward to Oxfam Trailwalker 100km 2018 and I was so excited to see how much ‘easier’ it was going to be, 20kg lighter and the fittest I’ve probably ever been.
Before we started the walk our team joked that we were going to do it in 24 hrs, and at the start line revised it to 22 hours! I was never convinced we would make it.
But proud to say that we finished the course in 22hrs 37 minutes, we went into the last 15km around 2 hours earlier than last year (and we started 3 hours later!!!). Super impressed with my team mates, it’s because of them and the hard work I put in at Sentience Personal Training that we made it so much quicker than I had done it in previous years. Recovery wise I was back working out at Sentience PT 48 hours later!! With only a few modifications due to blisters behind my knee where I reacted to the tape.
I am feeling better than ever and now my next challenge is Kokoda in June, 2018. I’m looking forward to a new challenge! Dannielle
All the best Dannielle, we look forward to hearing about your Kokoda sucess! The Team at Sentience Personal Training!