Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Monday, 22 September 2014

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 :):)

Linking up with~

Ellie over at The Mummy Diary

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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 ...


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Mission Week 2 And A TomTom Tester...


Phew What a week!! 

This has to have been one of the hardest weeks of the holidays so far. Trying to get just an hour of 'me time' to exercise was nigh on impossible! Not only are all 4 children off school (with oldest home from uni) my husband was off work too. Stress!! 5 to look after...

Days out, a few nights away and a really poorly eldest son. My eldest son caught tonsillitis 2 weeks ago and is still not well. The Doctors have been appalling. Will leave my thoughts on that for another post!! 

In between all of my stress, I did manage a few runs, for that quick as a flash hour I became me again. I had an extra incentive as I had a new toy to review..


I was so excited and very lucky to be picked by The running bug , (a website where I log all my running training) and TomTom to test out one of the runner cardio watches. This watch is a all new TomTom Runner Cardio and has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor. So you do not need to wear an additional strap on chest. Brilliant.. Even though I have been a little lazy since the children broke up from school, I was really looking forward to getting out with my new watch.



Here is a little YouTube video of my new watch..


As a runner one of my favourite things to do is track all my runs, looking back on the courses I have been on, the pace I have run, the miles I have logged. I become a stat nerd! It is a great way of seeing how you progress and has provided useful information for when I have done my marathons. What the new runner cardio does is the usual I have used before, but also lots of new features.

The built in heart rate monitor is brilliant. I have had them before with a strap across your chest, they never seem to work properly. This is spot on, finds your pulse instantly. When looking through your stats it tells you which of your heart rate zones you have been working in. Fat Burn, Recovery etc. This is a great way of seeing if you are working too hard or too easy. You can set up the watch to do intervals so run for say 2 minutes fast 1 minute slow. Program it to do a set distance, set time or set pace. Even challenging a previous run and course you have done. Excellent, I have a new running buddy. Another feature which I am hoping will prove useful (when I have time) is that it also works on the treadmill in the gym. Normally I have had to add this manually to any running log site. You can do the run on the treadmill and adjust distance run if slightly off. This means all my runs are tracked on one device a first. Fantastic..


How lovely and stylish does this watch look?

I love the look of it and it feels nice on the wrist.

I found putting the watch onto the computer lead a little fiddly at first, it was hard to pull the watch back off the dock. There is a technique to it. Practise and patience I need to tell myself! The watch itself is nice and easy to set up I went for a run but noticed I did need to downloaded the software first. Toptip Read the quick start guide it is there for a reason. so I went home and simply downloaded the software. Once properly set up I went out for another run and the GPS was spot on. Perfect.


One extra thing I have noticed is how quickly the watch finds the GPS signal. From when I close the front door and select run, check laces the watch is ready to go..

Over the new few weeks I will be testing out the TomTom cardio watch. Please pop back in a few weeks and see how I am going with my training and how the watch is helping me meet my goals...


Monday~

3 miles run

Tuesday~

2.75 miles run once before I set up my TomTom (faster run,ha)
2.75 miles run after I set my watch up..

Wednesday~

4 miles run

Thursday~

3.76 miles

Friday~

Away~ lots of walking

Saturday~

Away~ lost of walking

Sunday~

Stressed~ maybe I should run but I am too worried about my son...


Do you use a GPS watch to track your runs?

Which watch do you use?

About this post-

I got sent A TomTom watch to test out and review

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

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Fitness Mission Week 1...



On a mission to get fit has taken a turn for the worst since the children have broken up from school for the summer holiday. Days out, chips and doughnuts at the seaside!! but not to worry as this month I still lost weight (2lb) and my body fat came down 0.07. 

So going in the right direction...


Running is starting to feel good again this week...



This weeks exercise-

  • Monday-
  • Day off.
  • Tuesday-
  • 3.67 miles run, only thoughts were- Manage to force myself go for a run...
  • Wednesday-
  • 5 miles- Up early and on the run, felt great today even if it did rain all the way. Knee started to hurt at just before 5 so called it a day. Longest run in ages :):):)
  • 6 miles bike ride with the children.




  • Thursday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Tired after 5 miles run & 6 miles bike ride yesterday. Nice run ...
  • 2 mile run and 30 minutes weights.
  • Friday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Nice little run before breakfast...
  • Saturday-
  • 3 miles on scooter with my daughter.
  • Sunday-
  • Day off me thinks...


Did you know my first post was about running?
I first started running in 2004


I really need to eat more apples..


Making more effort to go out before the children wake up..


Trying to add more fruit to breakfast (instead of eatting biscuits after with my cup of tea!!)...





Fancy some Berry power recipes


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday~Runday~Funday...


"You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great"

"For me its Get Fit Or Eat Pie Trying "

You know when you really want to get fit?

But just can not get back into it?

Well that!!

I have had a really bad year for exercise so I have joined back up at my favourite gym. Oh my, how my body fat has gone up 4% over the last few year!! or the few months not running!?!

The Good

Getting back into fitness from Monday...


  • Monday- 45 minutes Zumba 1 hour yoga class
  • Tuesday- 45 minute spinning class
  • Wednesday- 1 hour gym
  • Thursday- 1 hour body pump weights class
  • Friday- (1 hour gym workout)~10 minutes ski machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes rowing machine, 10 minutes treadmill, 10 minutes running machine, 10 minutes treadmill.
  • Saturday- 2 miles run, 45 minutes spinning.
  • Sunday- 2 miles run 45 minutes spinning.


Making me time...


Bike rides with mini me...

The Random


Trying to give up cakes and biscuits is hard work when you have a sweet tooth.

Well nobody is perfect!?!

Are they!?!


Craving meat after a hard workout.


Fun family walks...

The Fun


Strawberries being in season and know you can eat them without feeling guilty!!


making fruit smoothies...


Early morning runs..

Goals~

Getting body fat down from 25.91% to under 20%

Now how long would this take?

Getting back into fitness and a healthier lifestyle and sharing my post over at Tamar's blog hop on Monday~

Good Random Fun


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Trion:Z Acti-Loop Review...



Last year I got to try out the Trion:Z Colantotte Magnetic Wristband. Having developed the product range significantly for 2014, they kindly offer me a chance to review one of the new wristbands.

I wear my old wristband regularly and as my husband has always shown an interest, I chose him as my guinea pig to try out the wristband and share his thoughts.



I picked him a medium Black and Ocean coloured band.


About the new Trion:Z Acti-Loop wristband~
  • Dual Loop styling is back.
  • It's in silicone and suitable for water, snow and sun.
  • The ACTI-LOOP wristband contains powerful negative ion producing materials in the pod and patented ANSPO magnetic technology working together to produce the most powerful product of its type on the market today.
  • Perfect if you are looking for a clean, comfortable and stylish design which is protected in the water, snow and the sun.
  • Flexible, transparent and waterproof silicone band in a dual loop style, ideal for an active lifestyle.
  • Available in 3 colours~ Black/Grey, Black/Lime or Black/Ocean.
  •  Sizes to suit all ~ small, medium, and Large.
  • Polarized Pod Capsule containing 3 x 1,000 Gauss Magnets with Trion:Z patented ANSPO technology.
  • Their most powerful product with negative ion infused pod producing over 1,800 negative ions per second.
  • £24.99 each.


 In his own words what he thought~

The first thing I commented on was the look and style. They look cool! I used to have a copper bracelet years ago then the first style Trion:Z wristbands got me interested in a bracelet again. Although the original band when continually worn lost shape and the stringy loops frayed and looked tatty.

This new silicone design is much more durable, I have worn it continually, since my wife gave it to me. Ran, swam, cycled and worked! It still looks like new, it has drawn numerous comments off people asking if it is a new watch? a new gadget or a torch!? I explain it is a magnetic bracelet, people are impressed.

Whether the Trion:Z really works, from a health point of view only time will tell. However a couple of observations at my monthly gym check up. Blood pressure best reading for 2 years. Heart Rate lowest for 3 years. That will do for me. I will keep my wife updated if my 8 years of knee pain go away with better circulation I will be buying shares in Trion:Z ....

Score

Design 9.5/10
Comfort 10/10
Price 8.5/10
Overall 9.5/10


About this post: I was sent a Trion:Z Acti Loop wristband for the purpose of the review. I was not paid for this review and all thoughts are my own honest opinion...

Linking up with~




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.


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