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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Mix Up Your Run...


A few weeks ago I applied to be a part of the new Asics #MixUpYourRun campaign with The Running bug. On Friday I was over the moon on when I received the email to say I had been one of the lucky ones to be selected.It was like the icing on the cake when I got the email saying I was part of the campaign. What a lovely surprise I got on Tuesday when I opened my parcel.....

After only doing the occasional run throughout December I knew I had to get back training in the New Year. I have had flu and colds and then yet more colds. I still managed to have a great January. Building back up gently I ran 29 days out of the 31. Well pleased. Only a mile or two a day and it got me back into running again without over training or risking injury.

Now after getting out running everyday I need to mix up my training, longer slow runs, faster shorter runs and finally starting back up at the running club for proper organised training sessions.


There is a special feeling about getting new running gear, or any new clothes, shoes. I always want to wear them straight away and go out.  In the case of running gear at least it is healthy!


In my parcel :
  • A lovely pink running jacket. (I just love pink running clothes!)
  • A fitted blue short sleeved running t shirt.
  • Knee length running leggings.
  • Running socks.
  • Onyx hot pink and black trainers (Run Natural trainers with the lower heel drop, giving the runner a more natural running style and feel).
  • Gel-Glorify trainer for longer runs, built for road running, cushioned with extra protection. (these trainers are exclusive to Intersport)


As I said my parcel arrived Tuesday afternoon and I could not wait until my youngest son and new training partner came home from school so I could test out my new gear. We have upped our mileage to 2 a day now. Ideal then to try my light trainers, so I could keep up with him. On Wednesday I opted for the cushioned trainers and upped my mileage to 3. The last few days I have been mixing up my training with gym work and I am looking forward now to building up my running miles. So far so good in my new trainers. I have bedded them in nicely with short runs, now I need to go longer. Both pairs feel comfy, well cushioned and bouncy, I will be giving them further tests over the next few weeks.

About the MixUpYourRun Campaign:

The message of the campaign is centred around our Mix Up Your Run philosophy. The key behind this philosophy is in order to get the best out of your training you have to mix up the types of run; Run Long, Run Tough, Run Fast and Run Natural

To keep a eye on how I am mixing up my training and all of the other runners in the Mix Up Your Run campaign use any of the following hashtags on twitter.  #MixUpYourRun  #Asics @ASICSeurope .

I really appreciate any encouraging tweets too.!!!

I will update here soon on how my training is going and how I am finding my new Asics running gear..

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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No Pain No Gain...


After a few weeks of having the children off school home poorly one by one with colds and fevers it looks like they are all better today. Time for a bit of me time and a visit to the gym is in plan. Spinning, running and a spot of weights is calling. Maybe even treat myself to a swim ans sauna after!?!

Happy Thursday :)

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20 Songs On My iPod : For The Gym..


Just updated my songs on my iPod to help get me motivated back at the gym after a lazy 2 months!!

Here is my top 20 at the minute..

  1. Robbie Williams ~ Candy.
  2. Blow Me One Last Kiss ~ Pink.
  3. Ben Haenow~ Something I Need.
  4. Taylor Swift ~ Shake It Off.
  5. Ella Henderson ~ Ghost.
  6. Lmfao ~ Sexy And I Know It.
  7. Magic ~ Rude.
  8. Get The Party Started ~ Pink.
  9. Happy ~Pharrell Williams.
  10. She's So Lovely~ Scouting For Girls.
  11. Stay With Me ~ Sam Smith.
  12. Pulp~ Common People.
  13. Steel My Girl ~ One Direction.
  14. No Mercy ~ Please Don't Go.
  15. Trouble Maker ~ Olly Murs. 
  16. I Think Were Along Now ~ Tiffany.
  17. Don't You Worry Child ~Swedish House Mafia.
  18. David Guetta ~ Titanium.
  19. Don't Stop Believin ~ Journey.
  20. All Of Me ~ John Legend.

What are your favourite songs to workout to? what songs motivate you?


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Sunday Runday : Back On The Run...


Ok I admit it... 

I have been very lazy in my exercise over the last 5 week... 

Noticed the Sunday runday posts had gone?


No goals, no motivation...


Revamping the kitchen decorating the hallway...

No heat or hot water as the boiler is broken... 

Not much fun going out on a run to come back and boil the kettle up lots for warm water...

No need to go on.. 


All excuses...

Back on it this week a little..

And feeling much better in myself..

Caught a bit of a chill from Tuesday nights running club but no more excuses..

New boiler being fitted on Monday and Tuesday..

Then no more excuses...


This weeks exercise~

Monday~

3 miles run
30 minutes Spinning class

Tuesday~

45 minutes spinning class
8 miles warm up/ reps/ cool down with running club.

Wednesday~

1 hour Pilates class

Thursday~

1 hour body pump class

Friday~

Day off

Saturday~

30 minutes in gym

Sunday~

Day off


Can't wait for the boiler to be fitted tomorrow, wonder if I get out then, when I can!?! lol...

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Sunday Runday..



This weeks word~

Sorry!!

You are not running London marathon...



Last week my daughter did here first Parkrun 5km run...

And this week she knock well over a minute off her time...



Last Saturday my son got a PB at park run an amazing under 24 minutes for 5km!!

This week he did a schools race...


 Last week I pulled my shorts out of storage and went for it at Parkrun.

 Best time this year and knock nearly 2 minutes off the same course 2 weeks ago.

Yesterday I was a little slower, only 22 seconds slower than last week though. It was raining and I was so hot in a woolly hat I put on to protect my new hairstyle!?!


Nice to get back upto 5 miles...


This weeks exercise~

Monday~

5 miles run
30 minutes Spinning class
45 minutes Body sculpture class

Tuesday~

3 miles run

Wednesday~

3 miles run

Thursday~

1 hour body pump class
3 miles run

Friday~

Day off

Saturday~

5km Parkrun

Sunday~

Day off



Now I know I am not in London, I need to make new goals ...

Plans and stick to them...




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Parkrun Parkfunday...



I am finally back on the roads and trying to improve my running..

Last week we started back doing Parkrun on a Saturday mornings.

For those who do not know, Parkrun is a free weekly 5km timed run. There is most probably an event going on near you? as there is hundreds going on all around the world.

9 a.m on a Saturday morning.

Why did we stop?

Exercise! 

Family fun! 

Timed run!

Only 5km!

Free!!

I do not know why we stopped!?!


It is a great way to spend quality time with my children, doing something we all love.

 Last week me and my 2nd oldest son took park, this week me, my 2nd oldest son and youngest son took part. 

Next week my husband may join us!?! 

Just got to get my daughter into running now...


For some reason this year I have fallen out of love with running. I am hoping that trying to do most Saturdays ( when husband is not at work in the mornings ) morning runs will help me love running again.


No more excuses, from me !?!..

Got to be in it to win it  improve my running :):)


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My Top Tips On Buying : The Right Pair Of Running Leggings JD Sports Review...


Last week I was happy to be asked by JD Sports if I would like to pick some running leggings. As a runner you can never have too many exercise clothes, especially as I am onto a new fitness regime, trying to work out 6 days a week! As I am a member of a gym I needed some fitness leggings suitable for gym work, spinning classes and the occasional run.


 Trying them out on a Parkrun 5km race...


As am am a Nike fan I picked these 2 pairs of lovely logo tights.

NikeLeg A See Just Do It Tights (top pair)
  • These womens Leg- A- See leggings from Nike come in a black colour option with an all over discrete pink in the stretch. 
  • Features include large JUST DO IT branding on the leg, tonal swoosh branding on the thigh and the "Just Do It" slogan on the elasticated waistband.
  • 57% Cotton/32% Polyester/11% Elastane , Product Care: Machine Washable
  • Sizes ~ XS,S,M,L,XL..
  • Price ~ £30.00
NikeLeg-A-See Logo (bottom pair)
  • The Nike Leg-A-See Logo Women's Leggings feature a screen print on a sweat-wicking, stretch cotton blend for style and comfort. 
  • Featuring Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable and an elastic waistband for a snug, comfortable fit.
  • Dri-FIT 57% organic cotton/32% recycled polyester/11% elastane , Product Care: Machine Washable.
  • Sizes ~ XS,S,M,L,XL...
  • £30.00



I have brought a lot of running leggings over the years. Some great and some just not right for the job!! Here are a few of my ideas on choosing the right pair of running leggings for you~

My Top Tips On Buying : The Right Pair Of Running Leggings

1. Do you carry a key? ~ If so make sure your leggings have a pocket. Some leggings have a little inside pocket at the front, some have a zip pocket at the back and some do not have a pocket. I find the back zip pockets are the most secure for keeping your key nice and safe.

2. Branded or none branded?~ Although I like some of the top brands running leggings I find that some of sport shops home brand leggings are the most comfortable. They usually cater for all my needs e.g pocket, lycra, comfort and are always a lot cheaper than the branded ones.

3. Buy leggings for the coming season~ Think about buying leggings for the coming season, before we know it the cold weather will be upon us and cycle shorts will be packed away for another year!!

4. Will the leggings stay up?~ I have brought many a pair of running leggings that feel great when in the gym but run fast in them and they keep sliding down! ~ I find the best kind of legging have a elastic waist and a cord through the waist too so you can tie them as well. This way you wont have to hold your leggings up in a race ( been there and bought the t-shirt many a times).

5. Which leggings suit you best? ~ Think about the style of leggings you like to wear when running. Cycle shorts, Knee, mid calf or ankle? My favourite for running is usually mid calf. These are a great length for all seasons and I can just wear my longer socks with them in Winter.

6. Think of a set amount of money you want to spend on a pair ~ Look for leggings in the price range you want to spend and stick to this, give or take a few pounds.

7. Try before you buy ~ If buying running leggings for the first time, a new brand you want to try or shops own brand, always try before you buy. Once you know what size you are, and which brand you prefer you can then buy them without trying as you know how they fit. I buy 10's,12's and medium in most running clothes but had to buy 16 in a top brand once to get the style I like to fit... (not that I buy this brand any more) *vain!?!* lol

8. Bend and stretch~  Once trying the leggings on, bend the knees, stretch, jump run on spot!! Make sure they fit nicely do not slip down or lumpy creases at knees. Find a nice comfy pair that will be great to run in.

9.) Lycra, lycra, lycra~  (My favourite word in sports clothes!!) Leggings with high lycra contains in are the best, the material springs back to shape once you put them on and keep you dry when running fast by drawing the sweat away. Lycra will be a tighter fit so creates less wind resistance. My p.b's are always set in Lycra!!

10. Make sure leggings are not to thin material ~ Make sure the leggings are not thin material that you can see through. Especially around the bum area!! Eek... Say no more ;)



About this post-

I got sent these 2 pair of leggings to review.

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...


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