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Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sportsshoes Winter Running Kit Review...


It has been a hard few weeks trying to getting back into a running routine after Christmas. Throughout December I did get very lazy in my running eating loads of snacks and treats which are no good for me.

After a few weeks of over eating it really is hard to cut back down again. Once the children went back to school  I tried to cut down and feel that I am now eventually getting there!

I am very pleased that my running is now back on track too as I am training for the London marathon in April, I really do need to get the miles back up.

Monday is the day I can fit my long run in, I managed to get up to 10 miles last week and 11 miles today, which is pleasing. One thing I really wish though was that Santa had brought me was some new running clothes.

It really cheers you up having something new to wear for running especially when you do not feel like getting out the door.

That is the hardest part of running for me is the first step, all dressed in my running kit, trainers on and ready to run. Especially when it is so cold outside and warm n cozy inside!!

A big help to cheer me up my winter blues was last week when I was offered some new running kit from Sportsshoes to review.

Yeah new running kit...


I was pleasantly surprised when I visited their website with the price of the Nike running kit. I usually go for sport shops own brand as they are the cheapest to buy but I always love the Nike products. I picked out 5 pieces of Nike kit that can all be mixed and matched for less than £90.00.


This is the kit I got for racing and running the London marathon in. I do not like anything around my knees when trying to go fast so this kit is perfect for fast training and racing. These 2 in 1 shorts feel a really nice fit.

If cold I can layer both tops the long sleeve compression top keeps you comfortable and dry and the reflective shirt over the top is perfect to be seen running at night.


These straight leg running tights feel great and good for going to the gym to do exercise classes as well as running. They look great with both tops.


These running tights feel great on to, I can't wait to try them out on a running club night now. I feel as though I will be able to run fast in these.

Overall thoughts

I am very please with all the items I received. They all fit perfect, look great and are really good prices. I have my training, gym wear and race kit all ready for the next few months now.

Want help with training and nutrition?

They have a lots of expert advice over at The Running Hub for anything you need to know about running, sportswear and nutrition.

About this post- I got to choose some running kit from Sportsshoes.Com for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own honest option and I was not paid for this post.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Robin Hood Half Marathon...



Do you ever feel your ready to take on the challenge, but find out something is stopping you?

The Robin Hood half marathon!!

Not a good race for me
Perfect course
   Nice, flat and fast
Achievable Pb race
 Around wonderful Nottingham

Beautiful sites~

 University Boulevard, Around Highfields Lake
 Trent building courtyard at the University of Nottingham
Starting and finishing around the stunning Victoria Embankment
Amazing spectators
Over 6,000 finishes

But it just was not  my day.

Firstly I need to get out and race more, wow I was so impressed with how many runners and spectators were at this race. Only half marathons I have done are Worksop, Mansfield and Retford. Knowing I was going to meet up with some friends I expected to turn up and greet them, no way of this happening!!

It was a glorious day, the sun was shining there were thousands of runner and amazing crowds of spectators.

 Off I set wanting to break records ( only my PB records though ) I felt great up to 6 miles, not to fast and not to slow and on time for a pb at half way, that is if I could pull a little time back in the second half. At around 7 miles I slowed for a drink, energy drink station just what I needed. Then a man cut in front of me forcing me to stop, not a problem, usually but this time was different, my knees just felt like they locked.

 Trying to talk myself out of the problem I tried to carry on running, but how do you run when you can not straighten your legs? shuffle, yes shuffle around the next 6 miles. After slowing and shuffling, feeling sorry for myself and drinking to much I then got stitch, arr how can this be happening to me?

The only thing that got me to the end was knowing my family was waiting for me at the end. Oh well I have another half marathon or 2 to plan before London Marathon.

 Got home and slept all afternoon,,, onwards and upwards.

Same thing happened as in London, thought it was my trainers then but now find out not. Husband checked it and found out I have some weak spot to work on, lots of squats... 6 months to improve for London as I never want this to happen again...

Watch out Nottingham, same time same place next year, I am coming to get you and after my shiny new PB

Hahaha



Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg From TLC Sports Review...


The last few weeks I had been looking forward to hitting the gym, after all the running leading up to the London marathon it was great to go back and do some weights and workout classes.

On Friday the 26th April TLC Sports, asked me if I would like to try out a piece of their revolutionary Figure Firming and Tummy Control Range leggings. Perfect timing to be asked!!

I browsed their range the figure firming fold down bootlegs style caught my eyes immediately, they also did them with a 32 inside leg, perfect!

After receiving a confirmation email on Friday afternoon I was amazed when the post man delivered them then next morning at 8.50 am.

 I was really looking forward to trying them on.


About the Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg
 
Fitted boot cut pant with flattering fold down waistband
 
Ultra comfortable - ideal for yoga
 
Strong Support Figure Firming Fabric
 
Look one size smaller guarantee
 
Pulls in your waist & flattens your tummy
 
Firms, smooths and slims hips & thighs
 
Lifts and shapes your bottom
 
Supports back and legs all day
 
Never loses shape or colour
 
100% opaque - slimming matte look fabric
 
Available in short, regular or long
 
Exclusive, performance fabric: Viscose 85% Elastane 15%
 
This pant comes with a 10 year guarantee
 
 
What I thought of the Figure Firming Fold Down Bootleg
 
The first thing I noticed when opening the package, was that they felt of a really good quality material. A lot heavier than I expected, certainly compared to my usual workout pants.

I tried them on to see if they did make you look a size smaller. I wriggled myself inside them and they felt great, holding my legs, bum and tum all in place, wow I was impressed, they do make you look thinner!!
 
On Wednesday I ran to the gym in them. I only usually run in Lycra leggings and these felt good to run in, holding everything firmly in place. Body combat was hard work and I really liked wearing these bootleg workout pant for this class as kicking your legs about feels loads better with a bit of support. I am very impressed with them and they are the sort of thing I would go for. I love them, they make you look a size smaller, feel more confident which is a great thing. A 10 year guarantee sound great on a pair of  workout pants, I get loads of wear from my normal leggings but none have ever lasted 10 years!!

For me I think they look great in black, I would have loved to seen the bootlegs in a different colours too ~ Red, orange, lemon, turquoise are all colours I would have gone for first as I am a huge colour fan, maybe this is just me though?
 
 The class was full of women this morning and they all had black workout pants on but something that gives you confidence and makes you feel good would be even better in a range of colours?

 I wore the same pants a few days later and noticed they keep their shape and do not go bigger around the knees like my usual workout bottoms, which is great. They do take slightly longer to dry once washed though, perhaps to do with quality?
 
Price £46.00
And free delivery over £30-00
 
They have some wonderful sportswear on their website and some beautiful dresses.
 
You can find-
 
Website -TLC Sport Facebook and Twitter
 
 About this review- I got sent a pair of the figure firming bootleg pants for the purpose of this review, I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion...

* The top is just to show my figure in the workout pant, I usually wear a baggy t-shirt for training :) hehe...

 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

XR slide Review...

 A few weeks ago Panacea Life  asked me if I would like to try out one of their XR Slide fitness products and review. After watching all the fun things you can do with it on you tube video, I was more than happy to give it a go.




I wish I looked as thin and coordinated as Justine Switalla, the model in the You Tube video!!

 A great demonstration of slide exercises for the entire body that you can do with the XR Slide.


About the XRS-1000

An innovative fitness product that allows for fluid, controlled and full body movement. Great for personal trainers, home or on-the-go exercise.
Compact, durable and portablePerfect for on-the-go exercise. Easily fits in your armbag, briefcase, backpack, etc. Train at home, gym, hotel room, the park, etc.
Fun and affordable valueReplace the need for any other gym equipment for an incredibly low price.
Versatile and highly effectiveIncredible for all levels of fitness and sport cardio, strength, toning, compound sport movements, stability and core abdominal.

 XR Slide is the latest innovation in fitness technologies. 

What I thought of the XR slide

The XR slide is a fun little fitness product which the model in the youtube makes look a lot easier than it actually is. I excitedly opened it and looked for some exercises to try but nothing inside the box to show you, which leaves you trying to figure out what to do with them. It states there are 75+unique exercises you can use?, how and where you find them, I am not sure? The few exercise on the you tube video are good fun and I think in time I may well get used to them. Like anything new it does take time to get better at them. I am sure you could get lots of strength,toning and fitness with them if you can find some exercises.

The only worry I have, is that it can be quite easy to over extend when using this type of equipment. For example if you had the sliders on your knees or feet and are in press up position, then sliding your legs up and down similar to a squat thrust. You have to be very careful not to have too much lateral movement, and not over stretch your legs out losing control. This could lead to a pulled muscle quite easily. You need to concentrate 100% on what you are doing always keeping well under control moving very slowly if necessary.

My eldest son who is studying Sports Science at Loughborough University and is a County standard athlete was saying the ease of misuse of this type of apparatus would be a major concern. Although if you could overcome that, then it could be an additional training aid. He also questioned whether you could do the same job on a wooden floor with a towel wrapped round your knees or fists etc and get similar results at a fraction of the price?!

Overall then I would say 2½ out of 5. Access to all 75 exercises you can do with it would help,if you can find them anywhere? Using a lot of self control and discipline would be needed to get the most of the sliders.

Launch price £24.99

About this review- I was sent a XRslide for the purpose of this review and was not paid for this post. All opinions are my own.....

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Zaggora Hot Pant Capri Review...


Over the Easter holidays I was given the chance to try out and review the new Zaggora hot pants capri .

I am a big fan of Zaggora products, they are my favourite way of losing a few pounds quickly by sweating away the excess weight. I had previously reviewed the hotpant 2.0 in September  and I loved them, but over the winter I've not been wearing the hotpants as they were just a little short to keep me warm with all the cold weather we had.





 I was interested to see how the capri hot pants felt on, not having the thinnest of legs I was worried they might restrict the movement in my knees. When they arrived I quickly unpacked them and put them on.

This is the fun bit, pulling and wriggling to get inside then.The material is strong so even though you think they might burst open trying to get into them they stay strong.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Photo Shoot..


Wow it has been a very exciting week. On Thursday I went to London for my first ever photo shoot for a magazine article, how healthy are your really? can't wait to find out.

They did some amazing pictures I got to wear and hold some.... wait for it .... red stiletto Jimmy Choo shoes.They had about 20 pairs of shoes to choose from and I had my eye on these from the start so you can imagine my joy when she said "would you like to try these" my heart was skipping inside, trainer feet ladie crams her feet into Cinderellas shoes!! More on the magazine feature when it hits the shops next month!! Got to learn how to pose in my picture more now too.

 Zoolander heat your heart out !! ha. It was an amazing day ....


My husband took these pictures in Hyde park after the shoot, it was a lovely day but so windy. I wore flat shoes with all the walking ...







What I wore-
 
Coat - Primark
 
Cardigan - Primark
 
Dress - Gok Wan Sainsburys
 
Shoes- Tesco
 
Bag - Local Market

Friday, 5 October 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying Week # 4

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

Last week as been such hard work think I have wore myself out a little or got run down with a cold. I did manage to get 2 good rep sessions at the running club and my first race for a long time on Saturday the first ever Parkrun with open here. Although they don't encourage it as being a race I was pleased with my time @ 7.54 average pace per mile, here is my 5K summery-

Results for event #1. Your time was 24:34.

You finished in 34th place

Were the 6th lady out of a field of 61 park runners

 You came 2nd in your age category VW35-39

So I was pleased with this time,off to do it all again tomorrow...

 This weeks exercise was-

Friday- Day off

Saturday - 3.11 miles race at 7.54 pace

3 miles cool down at 11.51 pace

Sunday - 3 miles run

Monday - Day off from running

Tuesday - 2 miles warm up /cool down

                 5.5 miles reps at running club

Wednesday - Day off

Thursday - 1 hour body combat
                   3 miles warm up/cool down
                   3 miles reps at running club

Linking up with Fitness Friday 

Friday, 28 September 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 3 ...

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
 

Goals-

A under 2 hour half marathon 

  A under 50 minutes 10k

This week not only did we get the marathon numbers through the post that we have decied not to do also our letter from the people at London Marathon came through to tell me if I had a place...

And....

 We entered and didn't get in :):):)

I know I should be sad but it was a huge relief as training up for a marathon was so much like hard work and having a large family I didn't have hours free at the weekend to run.This is why I pulled out of the Chester Marathon which is a week on Sunday.

Onwards and upwards now and new goals to set and Pb to make!!.

 I have decided to run Worksop half marathon in 4 weeks time so with the marathon training I did manage to do hopefully I should be ok.

In other news we have a park run starting near us this week..whoo this should be fun a free time 5k race every Saturday...

This weeks exercise was-

Friday-  6 miles ran

Saturday -  7 miles ran

Sunday - 5 miles ran

Monday - Day off from running

Tuesday - 3 miles warm up /cool down

                 4 miles reps,8x half mile reps

Was so pleased with these fastest I have run in a long long time.Average mile over 4 miles 7.50 pace

Wednesday - 4 miles slow recovery pace 11 mins a mile was hard work after yesterdays efforts

                      1 hour weights class

Thursday - 1 hour body combat

                   2 miles warm up/cool down

                  16 x 300 mtrs with 100 jog recovery could tell I had worked hard Tuesday as these was 8.42 pace!!

No whats everyone else been exercising to this week?

Linking up with-

Fitness Friday 

Friday, 21 September 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 2....

For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
 

Goals -A under 2 hour half marathon 

            A under 50 minutes 10k

And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!
   
Was very pleased with last weeks training I put my training on Dailymile and last weeks I had ran 38 miles as well as a few exercise classes.

This weeks exercise was-

Friday- Rest day not had a day off for 9 days so need this.

Saturday -  Just under 3 miles -eek weekend and I had a few glasses of wine Friday night and didn't want to run...

Sunday - 8 miles was tough on my own early but kept on running

Monday - 7 mile run  fast for me at 9.15 pace and 1 mile cool down at 12 mins

Tuesday - 45 minutes spin class ( first time back in 3 months)
                45 minutes fit ball class ( first time back in 3 months)
              6 and half miles warm up/reps at running club/cool down

Wednesday - 3 miles recovery run
                      1 hour weights class
                      just under 4 miles in afternoon

Thursday - body combat class
                  Half mile swim

Been a busy week and my arms and stomach mussels are killing " No Pain No Gain " springs to mind

No whats everyone else been exercising to this week?

Posted some great running recipes yesterday from Seasonal Berries (pictured below)

Linking up with Fitness Friday














 


Friday, 14 September 2012

Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying # Week 1....

For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "
After the kids being off for six weeks my training has started to get better it's so much like hard work trying to get fit with 4 kids off school.We booked a marathon but didn't get chance over the holiday to get the miles in so now my goals have changed again I am now training for this year -

A under 2 hour half marathon  
A under 50 minutes 10k 
And if I do get in London-just to be able to run a marathon!!
 
 
This week I have had time to start back with my training-

Friday- 3 miles run on the treadmill + half mile swim
         
Saturday - 9 miles run

Sunday - 3 and half miles run

Monday - 7 mile run + 3 miles treamill run in afternoon

Tuesday - 5 miles reps + warm up/cool down

Wednesday - 1 hour weight class + 6 miles run

Thursday - 5 miles warm up,reps and cool down

Loving having time to exercise...

Linking up with- Fitness Friday

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Zaggora Hot Pant Review...

A few weeks ago my fitness teacher at the gym was telling us that she was really impressed at a friend she had not seen for a while that had lost lots of weight wearing some Zaggora hot pants.She was really keen to try them out and after what she was saying about them so was I!!

Since that day I've been dying to try them out...Being a cheeky blogger I asked Zaggora if they needed any one to review a pair for them and I was over the moon when they said yes.

I am was maybe training up for a marathon and really want to lose some weight, anything that gets me round the course a bit quicker! I realise now with only a few weeks left it would be hard work but thought that some of these would be a great place to start.

I got sent a pair of the  Zaggora 2.0  to put to the test..


About the Zaggora 2.0

Hotpants™ 2.0 are lighter, stronger and better than the original!

Specially designed with Celu-Lite technology fabric lining, HotPants™ enhance your natural body temperature to warm you up in the areas you want to target most (thighs, bum, and legs).

Tested at the Chelsea School at Brighton University, HotPants™ are proven to use your body heat to increase energy expenditure before and after exercise by raising your core body temperature by up to 18%. Since you’re heating up and your body is using more energy, you are burning more calories; calorie burn increases by 26% in the hour after exercise with HotPants™ too. As we all know, as you burn calories, you lose weight.

The lab tests also demonstrated that in just 30 minutes of exercise, women lost 4x more weight with HotPants™ than they did when doing the same exercise in standard workout clothes.

What I think of the hot pants

I was so excited in trying the hot pants that when they arrived I put them straight on.They did feel very strange at first a bit like what I would imagine a wet suit to feel like (although I have never tried one!!) being a size 10 I ordered a medium as I wasn't sure which size would be best as they come in all sizes from -extra Small to extra extra Large,so a great range for everyone and this size fitted perfect.

Having the hot pants on I went straight out in them to get used to the feel of them,they did make a slight rubbing noise at first which made my kids laugh with the sound they made.They even shouted to each other " mums got her Zaggoras on!!" which made us all chuckle. Then I took the kids up to the running track to try them out.I did a few laps on the track,bends stretches and knee flicks and they felt very comfortable and padded keeping everything tightly in place.

I was very surprised once I got home,(I didn't notice any difference at first only a sense that they made me work harder as they felt slightly heavier than my usual running pants) as when I pulled them off that's when you notice they have done their job.They make you sweat loads and under your shorts you will see just how much you have sweat. The great thing is they keep all the sweat inside so you don't notice until after, once showered my skin felt cleansed and soft where they had been just like I had taken a sauna.

Zaggora set you a 2 weeks challenge where they ask you to weigh and measure yourself then wear your Zaggora product every day for 30 minutes whilst your active e.g whilst your walking,running in the gym or anything that you can think off.I have tried the hot pants for 2 weeks now and it was a big shock today to find I had lost 4 pounds.I think it would be a lot easier for me to lose more weight wearing these once the kids go back and our healthier diet starts back again to as its the holidays we have been eating far to many chips and ice cream but that's what summer is for isn't it?


Thing's I would recommend having tried them

Wash them out in cold water when you've exercised in them- they become very warm and wet through on the inside with sweat. Always best to rinse them out so as not to collect germs....

Drink some water when exercising to replace fluid with all the sweat you will be losing its best to keep your body fluids topped up.

I would say anyone who does not exercise much and wears these for 30 minutes a day doing some form of exercise could lose weight.I would buy these as I do love the idea of the Zaggora hot pants and think over time I will lose more weight with them.I have tried a few leggings that claim to make you lose weight and these are by far the best.

Only one personal criticism I would say that would make me think twice about buying these are, as a runner there is no where to put your key when you are out running.I run when everyone is at work/school so I have to take a key out with me and this along with comfort is the main thing I consider when buying new workout pants.I can appreciate that a pocket may let the sweat out but just a simple key ring on the outside? Just an idea!!

Have you tried the Zaggora hot pants?

you can find them on Zaggora  Twitter and Facebook

About this review-I was sent a pair of Zaggora hot pants for the purpose of this review and have not been paid for this post,all thoughts are my own honest option....

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Win A Pair Of Running Shoes From Sportsshoes.com...

And the winner is .....


I follow u on twitter as @clairelouise82

Thanks to everyone that entered

Clairejustineoxox has teamed up with  www.sportsshoes.com/running  to win a pair of running shoes up to the value of £90....



You can enter 6 different ways but remember to leave a different comment on each way you have entered.

1.) Visit www.sportsshoes.com/running and leave me a comment saying which pair of running trainers you would pick.

2.) Become a follower by GFC

3.) Follow me on Twitter @clairejustineo

4.) Tweet - I would like to #win a pair of running trainers with @clairejustineo and @sportsshoes_com

5.) Follow by email

6.) G+1 this page below

Terms & Conditions

1. Competition is only available to individuals aged 18 and over.

2. The prize will be sent out within 28 days.

3. The prize must be redeemed within 6 months.

4. The prize will be a pair of running shoes selected from www.sportsshoes.com/running up to the value of £90.

5. Sportsshoes.com reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of a similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for reasons beyond its control. Cash or credit alternatives will not be offered.

6. Sportsshoes reserves the right to amend, suspend or cancel the competition without notice and/or review and revise these terms and conditions at any time without giving prior notice.

7. The publisher’s decision is final.

8. Open to UK-only..

The winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org/ After the closing date of Wednesday 27th June 2012

Friday, 22 June 2012

My Week In Instagram Pictures...

My baby lost here front tooth...


My running is back on track-

8 Miles Monday
4 Miles Tuesday
10 Miles Wednesday
5 Miles Thursday

Impossible is nothing

The children find an outside gym to try...


Day out to Matlock...


Everyone love the slots...






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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Diet And Fitness....

"A 38 year old mum of 4 trying to get fit,lose weight and give up some of my favourite things pies,cakes,chocolate and wine to become the best runner I can possible be...if I blog about it maybe I won't eat it and trying to make each day count towards my goals....follow me on my journey and join me if you wish...For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

This week has been the worst weeks training in a long time for me.On Saturday I fell of my bike and I wasn't even moving!!

Just setting of my son wobbled into me and I tipped over not able to get my foot out of the foot strap in time I crashed down onto my knee cutting it and leaving me in pain all week.The pain was also down the side of my leg too.

For some reason when I bent my leg it was ok but I couldn't straighten it out and it was very painful when I stood up leaving me thinking maybe I had chip or torn something.The good news is it today its better the bad news is will it ever stop raining????

This week I have only managed a 13 mile bike ride on my own a 4 mile bike ride with the kids and a 5 miles run....My diet has gone way out the window as for the scales I'm hiding them this week.No running,rain to bad to go out =lots of buns,biscuits and junk food !!

Today my 2 oldest son have gone out in the pouring rain and will be standing around in a wet cold field all day to race for our club if this is not all the motivation I need to get out there nothing is...

Not impressed with the weather...

Really not impressed with the weather....

Still raining....

Monday guess What? raining....

2 These wont let the weather get them down....

My plans for this week-

1.) Run every day to get back into running...

2.) Some core strength exercises...

3.) Healthier eating...

What are your plans this week?

Sunday, 22 April 2012

London Marathon Plans....

"A 38 year old mum of 4 trying to get fit,lose weight and give up some of my favourite things pies,cakes,chocolate and wine to become the best runner I can possible be...if I blog about it maybe I won't eat it and trying to make each day count towards my goals....follow me on my journey and join me if you wish...For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "



Been a while since I have done my fitness post their is always something that comes along and stops me from getting my fitness posts done.After a year and half saying I want to get fitter and lose a stone in weight I am finally getting around to doing something about it but thing always get in the way to slow my plans down.

Long term goals....

1.) To lose some weight...

2.) To do London Marathon hopeful before I'm 40 which leave only next year left....

3.) A 50 minute 10k then 45 minutes....

New racing trainers

ouch not at all happy with my weight and Body fat


My goals for the next 4 weeks....

Lose half a stone of weight to get under 10 stone...

Get my B.M.I down...

Get my body fat down from 23.2%...

Start a new run streak of running every day for at least a mile which may be hard as I fell of my bike yesterday and have a bad knee...

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