Morning Runs, Coffee And Style...



Morning Runs, Coffee And Style...

With lots of different polka dots!!

And Jelly Sandals..

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Sunday Runday : Fitness Catch Up...


I have had a great week for eating more healthy and getting out running.

Trouble is I keep forgetting to log my runs.

I blame summer holidays!!

Some days lately I can not even remember what day it is.

Sunday right!?!

I do love my usual routines and finding time for the gym.

Exercise really does make you feel better in yourself.

Not getting out exercising makes me grumpy!! Haha!!
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Fruit Smoothie..

Fancy a nice smoothie made with milk, banana, raspberries, blueberries apricots and fromage frais?
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Gel Glorify Asics Exclusive At Intersport..


A few weeks ago I got to review some Gel Indicate Trainers from Asics as part of the Pound The Road campaign. I love to run and having new kit always gives me some extra motivation. I was so pleased how comfy the trainers are. I am happily back into regular running now and each run feels just that bit easier.


Last week I got some very exciting news from The Running Bug , who organised the reviews, that I have been chosen to be one of Asics Ambassadors for the August #PoundTheRoad campaign too.

How exciting!!

This means I get to try out some more fabulous trainers that are exclusive to Intersports.
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My Sunday Photo : Parkrun...


My Sunday photo was taken yesterday at Parkrun.

Me, my youngest son and daughter ran it. It was so warm at 9 oclock and we all worked hard. Especially my daughter as she got a pb.  She ran around with her dad, so he could encourage her on. When I had done the race I waited for her to finish so I could cheer her on. Not to far behind me this week too.

I rushed over and gave her a big hug but she was feeling a little sick as she had sprinted to the end..

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Sunday Runday..


I have really been enjoying getting out running again this week.

Mollie my Border Collie puppy has not been to keen on letting me go out the door on my own though!!

It has been hard work giving myself a push out the door as feel so guilty going out without her. When I'm out and forgot about feeling guilty, I remember why I love running once I am out.

Oh well Mollie one day you will be able to come with me!!
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Summer Bucket List: Basketball...


The last few weeks we have been so busy, knocking things off our bucket list. So many posts to get ready!! The first week the children were eager to get up early and do things. This week they prefer to stay up late and get up even later!!

Last week they were up at 8am and ready for basket ball. We were up and out so early we had to put our jumpers on as it was quit chilly.
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Pound The Road With Asics Indicate...


It has been a hard few months for me when it comes to getting out running. After having a month off  from running with ill health, I knew it was going to be a long slow process getting back into regular running again.
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Eat Sleep Run Repeat ...


This week it has been all about taking my time with running, not getting stressed about finding time to get out. Also leaving my watch behind and not bothering about time and distance. Running when I have a spare minute to myself and the children are busy, puppy fed and walked. Not easy then!?!

With the children on school holidays and my husband off work, finding me time has been difficult.

Days out here, a few nights away there. Chip and cake shops on days out. Chinese take outs, ice cream and fried breakfasts on a few days away. Pizza when home after a long drive home and tired!

I will be glad to have a break over the next few days. Exercises a plenty to burn off the calories. Healthier eating a must!!
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Sunday Runday...


When I have time off from running, it always feels like I'm starting again at the beginning and never achieved anything when you did run!
There is always some kind of distraction, getting me away from a run. Illness, housework, looking after family, painting the house, ironing or looking after a puppy. I have used all of these excuse over the last month and before you know it weeks and weeks have passed by. Now I am trying to get back into a routine, before the children break up for summer on Wednesday.
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Free Ping Pong : Nottingham..


We spotted some free ping pong at Nottingham station last week. 

The children loved to have a few games...
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Parkrun Parkfun...


My youngest son has been loving his running lately. At Christmas he set himself a goal to see how many days he could run in a row. Starting from  New Years Day.
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Anyone For Tennis?


On a stroll through a nearby park a few weeks ago. My youngest two and me saw some tennis courts.  It took me back more years than I care to remember. I loved playing tennis as a kid, however like many things over the years I seemed to have forgotten all about it.
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Slim Fast Challenge...


I was really pleased when Slim Fast picked me as one of the bloggers to take part in to take their #SlimFastChallenge.

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Black And White Project: Walk Around London...


I took this photo outside Buckingham Palace on our 15 miles walk around London. It was a lovely walk day and the kids loved having a 5 minutes sit down..

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Sunday Runday :Newstead Abbey...


Not much running this week. I am still in pain from my fall when I was out running 2 weeks ago. This week my running has taken a back seat .Just a 2 miles run on Monday and a 3 miles race on Saturday. The race was not good when you are in pain!!
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Gone Running...

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Run..


Have you been for a run today?


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Mix Up Your Run...


As part of the #MixUpYourRun campaign I have been testing out the my new ASICS GEL-GLORIFY trainers that are exclusive to Inter Sport. My favourite colour for running trainers are pink so you can imagine how much I am loving these!?!

 I have put a lot more thought into my training just lately. With having a lot of time off over Christmas I needed a more structured plan for the New Year.  So I was already trying to mix up my training when I received these trainers. The campaign then, reiterated my beliefs that change is good. My mind is convinced, I just need to work on the body!

This week I have been mixing up my runs by doing lots of short runs, a bit of speed work on the track and a few exercise classes at the gym. I can really tell how hard I have worked this week as by the weekend I could not walk!! (No pain no gain, my old gym teacher used to say). I was glad of a rest day on Saturday.

Today I decided to crank up the miles. I set my sights on doing a 5 mile run ( the longest I have done in months is 3, so a challenge ). Laced up  my Ascis Gel Glorify and headed for the door. With a plan to do 3 miles on my own then pop back home to pick up my son for the last 2.

The trainers felt great, with a good transition from heel to toe. I often have a problem where I land too heavily on my heel. Whilst I was slipping in to this every so often, the trainers helped promote a more productive natural foot strike. The shoes feel nice and wide with a good lacing system, so they feel neither too loose or too tight. Snug as a bug in a rug. (note to self avoid too many cliches.)

 I find the Asics Gel Glorify a little smaller around the toe box than the Asics 33-DFA and both pairs come just slightly smaller than my usual brand. If I was to run a marathon in them I think half a size larger would be perfect. My feet do swell on longer runs. For the training I am doing for the foreseeable future they are fine.

 I am looking forward to recovering well and getting a good week of running in this next week. Maybe a visit to the running club for a group session is in order? If the snow and frost keep away that is.


About the Asics Gel Glorify-
  • There for you on those long-distance runs.
  • Go further than ever before in the GEL-GLORIFY. 
  • Every landing is a little easier on you with GEL cushioning in the front and back, as well as a plush FluidRide midsole that feels springy underfoot.
  • It’s the go-to running shoe for runners looking to smash the longer distances. 
  • Take on 10ks, half-marathons and marathons with soft and comfortable materials that support you all the way. 
  • Run long distances in comfort thanks to GEL cushioning and a Solyte midsole. 
  • Land gently and push off smoothly with a FluidRide midsole that has great bounce-backFeel comfortable with a soft, foot-hugging upper.

I am so looking forward to building my mileage back up and these will be my goto trainers for long runs. So far I have been mixing runs between wearing my Asics 33-DFA and these Gel Glorify.

Getting out everyday with my son, who has built his mileage streak up from 1 mile a day in January to 2 miles a day in February.

Asics 33-DFA
About this post-

I have been sent the above running clothes and trainers for review and to be a part of the #MixUpYourRun campaign. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.
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Parkrun Fun..


On Saturday me and my son decided to start up our Parkrun 'runs' again. I usually say no to running first thing ( I like to get up eat and plan on going out) but having a new running kit from Ascis for the #MixUpYourRun campaign really helped me get out the door and my trainers needed a road test!

 I am really loving running again at the minutes so a nice 5k race is just what I needed to get my competitive juices flowing again. It is was one thing going on your own but competition always brings out the best in me. It certainly helps to push yourself harder than you would on your own.


The course was dry compared to some of the other weeks we have done it. No snow on the floor was an added bonus. A bit of mud on the course gave my new trainers a good bedding in!


The Parkrun I went too today is a 3 lap course so you can gauge your effort for each lap. I always set off strong then settle down. Picking it up on the 2nd lap and then as usual fade a little on the 3rd lap. Overall my run went to plan.


My 11 year old son racing the men.


What better thing to do on a Saturday morning than running through the park on a nice fresh morning?


I never push myself at the end but I had to push myself this time as I had a lady just behind me all the way to the finish line. I was nearly sick to keep my position but just kept it :)


Here in my new Asics coat, t-shirt running socks and trainers. Me and my son after the race, wow he did great and finished nearly 2 minutes in front of me!


I hate getting my new trainers all muddy but that is what they are for! Right? The trainers I wore on Saturday were the Asics33-DFA. They felt nice and lightweight with good heel to toe movement. Very natural. Not only were they a comfortable snug fit, they are lightweight yet offer enough support. Excellent so far then.. It is just the feet legs and body in the shoes that needs a little work!!

Running stats
  • Time 25.58 for 5k.
  • I was 47th out of 111 runners.
  • 6 seconds quicker than my last Parkrun in October even though not much training, over the festive period.
  • 1 minute 24 behind my best Park run time in 2012.
Parkrun goals
  • To beat and smash my best time 24.34

  • About this post-

    I have been sent the above running clothes and trainers for review and to be a part of the #MixUpYourRun campaign. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.
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