It wasn't just the total lack of confidence I had in my ability, I was also plagued with concerns about how I looked when I ran. Gym kit can feel particularly exposing and I found it very easy to worry that people would see me running and think "look at that larger lady running".
The boat race might not quite be the Olympics, but as the buzz from the race dies down, I'm hoping it leaves a legacy of its own. I hope that it encourages women to look at rowing in a new light, maybe even give it a go! As those women proved, rowing isn't just for men.
I love nothing more than being a sweaty betty or feeling like I can barely walk after a tough session. This is my reality. I know my face goes so weird, like almost twitches when I lift a really heavy barbell or when I am power cleaning 60kg. This is my reality.
Just looking at those red faces in the gym vigorously pushing their pedals to please the shouting instructor. It looks hard doesn't it? You may think it's not for you, but anyone can do it and with a little bit of preparation it will be much easier and less scary than you might think. Just follow my advice and you will survive.
Set yourself realistic goals and visualise where you want to get to. If you set unrealistic expectations, you are setting yourself up for failure. You want a fitness routine that you can maintain for the long term, so ensure you outline achievable objectives.
I come from a family of dancers, so my mum wasn't all that surprised when, after hearing about this wonderful game called "ballet and tap", I asked her if I could begin dance lessons at the grand old age of three and a half.
I know yoga can seem intimidating. To the uninitiated it's hard not to be put off by the glamorous yet impossible looking photos flooding our social media streams or the strange words and unknown history of it all.
Coming from such a comparative background of privilege and witnessing lives that in many cases have very little hope of a bright future provides a powerful incentive to make any small impact I could to benefit children's lives. I was powerless to help the children I saw when I was away, but I knew I could make a difference to those in the UK.
Let's be honest. No matter how much we all try to pretend to love hitting the gym, most of us (save a superhuman few) find exercising a complete and utter chore. That's why we're dedicating the entire month of April to fitspiration, where we hope to inspire our readers (and ourselves) to get fit and embrace sport by instilling positivity and realistic goal setting.
I very quickly realised - mere seconds into the first routine - that this is no piece of cake. Dancing without a drink in my gut and another in my hand is not something that comes naturally to my graceless limbs.
The gym for many, myself included, can be an intimidating, narcissistic and overtly sexual hellhole. It's not exactly the kind of environment that encourages women to want to keep fit, but another area of society where women are left feeling demoralised and in competition with one another over their looks.
There are tons of round ups of Instagram fitness stars to follow, but depending on the publication and their reader's idea of the 'ideal body', the list is either all long and lean models or hard-core quads of steel body builders. Here are my suggestions of fitties to follow on Instagram now.
From warrior-like to more slender, ESPN champions the various physiques of athletes from different disciplines. And there's no question to which category Venus falls into. The former no.1 seed and seven-time Grand Slam champion is known for her strength and speed - she has the fastest serve ever recorded by a woman at 129mph - is ferocious on court and has a body to die for.
This little thought technique could well be the key that unlocks fat loss for you, especially if the main reason you find healthy eating difficult is that you miss the enjoyment you get from eating fattening food.
It seems that running is on the way back. After being pushed to the background by cycling, triathlon over the last few years, running is back. I have noticed that the obsessive advocates of bare foot running are on the evangelical rise and the prices of running shoes too.
WOTN is a women's night run, organized by Nike, that takes place yearly in a variety of European cities. It marks its difference from other races even before you arrive, providing its runners with beautifully designed, wearable t-shirts and custom made tote bags before the event.