Showing posts with label Running. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Running. Show all posts

Saturday, 13 December 2014

X Country Racing : Country Kids With Coombe Mill..

Brr .... it has been so miserable for us to get out and about over the last few week. We have mostly been staying inside after school as it has been getting dark and cold quickly. Weekends spent Christmas shopping with a few fresh miles walking to the shops and back.

Today I am sharing some pictures from a few weeks ago when my son did a cross country race. It is on every few weeks but lack of training and transport today so he has to miss the event. I always think it is great how many children get up and out early to run on such a wet and cold day. I have let my running slip due to exchanging a run for a class in the gym to keep warm. 


No mum I'm not nervous!!
Now I'm ready to race ...
Daughter and her teddy came along to support..
Let the race begin...
Go go go..
Tired but giving it his all...
Gave it everything...

Liking our outside fun up with~

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Sunday, 16 November 2014

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...

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Cross Country Relays At Berry Hill Park...


Last week my second eldest son ran the Cross Country Relays at Berry Hill Park. Each year 1,000's of runners of all ages come to the park to race x country. If this day was not get my running mojo back, no day would.


This is an event all the family love to go to watch. My husband and all my sons had been looking forward to this event for some time. Would it be raining? would it be cold? would it be muddy? like previous year? No, It must have been the warmest year on record for this event, {well in years} as usually I am wrapped up warm hiding behind scarf's, hat and gloves with the cold.

Not this year!!

The ladies races is the one that inspires me..  Women of all ages, running unbelievably fast... one day lol...


My son did great and was very pleased with his race. It is hard to get a good picture when he is running though...

Sometimes my kids do not want their photo taken...


Sometimes they do lol...

So on Tuesday I did a 6 mile run and rep session at running club, after 5 weeks off from running. Great to get back on it again but the boiler being broken don't make it easy to get out the door as freezing water is not much of an intensive to get me out running.

 Great news too, we have found someone to replace our boiler, put it where we want it putting, and at the right price!! 

Roll on a week on Monday...


Linking up with ~

  Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Sunday, 5 October 2014

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...




Thursday, 2 October 2014

London Marathon 2015 Ballots Are out!!



Remember how I was saying on Sunday I wanted to know if I have got into London marathon from the ballot I enter months ago?

Me and my husband both entered..

Something to keep us busy through out the Winter months..

Well  it is a NO for us!! ...

I can not complain..

I've been lucky for the last 2 years..

Once for a running club...

Once I was lucky on my own..

Would have liked my hubby to have got in though..

Lots of years trying to get a place..

Oh well, new goals..

New challenges..

Something else fun will come up..

Are you a lucky one!?!

Did you get in? 

Maybe we will go down and watch!?!

Maybe I will eat cake at watch from the sofa!?!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday Runday ...



After all my lazy summer weeks exercise is back on and feeling good. Running is great, slow but great and exercise classes are not hurting as much as the week before!!

No Pain No Gain!!



Only thing with eatting fruit is how much sugar they contain!


Get fit or eat pie trying...


My moto.. Run first eat cake later...


My running buddy...c/o TomTom...

Yesterday I improved my Parkrun time by 2 minutes on this course I did 2 weeks ago...

25 minutes and 42 seconds for 5km ...

Yeah I was such a happy bunny. ..

My fastest time this year...

My all time pb is 24 minutes 35 seconds, so not far to go until I take that pb and smash it :):)

Watch this space...

This weeks exercise~

Monday~

4 miles run
45 minutes Spinning class
45 minutes Body sculpture class

Tuesday~

3 miles run
45 minutes Spinning class
45 minutes Fitball class


Wednesday~

5 miles run
1 mile swim

Thursday~

1 hour body pump class
45 minutes Spinning class

Friday~

6 miles bike ride

Saturday~

5km Parkrun

Sunday~

Day off

All I want to know now is~ am I in London Marathon!?!

If yes great, I will train up long slow miles...

If no great!?! 

I will train up short faster miles for a good 5km and 10km race time!!

Any day know I could get the London marathon magazine through.. 

your in.... or your out don't be blue....




Saturday, 27 September 2014

Parkrun And Still Smiling..


Last Saturday we visited a Country park to try a different Parkrun event we had not tried before. 

Way back around 11 years ago when I first started running, I did my first ever race here. I remembered the course perfect. Never racing before at the time I remember how beautiful the the course was around a really big lake. That was a 6 miles race then, and after I finished I told my husband "It was the hardest thing I had ever done". Even though it was nice a easy flat course and I told him "I would never run again"...

After a lot of cakes and a few days rest, I did get back into running..

11 years on and with 2 marathons under my belt, 3 miles is hard work for me at the minute. Does running ever get easier? Anyhow me, my second oldest son and my 11 year old did the Parkrun. It was pefect weather for running faster. Cool and overcast. Much better this time around doing 5km rather than 10km distance. My 17 year old set off at the front with about 6 other men and me and my 11 year old son set off together. Nice running, breathing and staying together, watching all the other runners along the way.  Then at mile one it was time for my son to leave me and went off in front. 

So speedy...He left my sight in a matter of minutes. Me plodding along fast!?! well fast for me. I got to around 2 miles and day dreaming looking around the big pond and I could just make out the finish line. Wow how long left go !?! It looked like miles... 

Just at that moment I seen my 17 year old sprinting to the end, coming in first with no one behind him.. whoo I wish I was that fast ( I thought) ... I wiped a little tear away from my eye, hoping it was him running well and I was not filling up over someone else!! lol (phew it was him) and I carried on running, hoping the finish line would come soon. 

My 11 year old finished 2 minutes before me, which was great. I can not even get him out training in the week either, think he needs to now..He just finds running natural, all my boys do. I wish I did. They take after their dad.

Then eventually I finish in just over 27 minutes...
Wow I did work hard the last bit though... 
A man tried to pass me... 
No I though...
Tries to sprint...
He was behind me breathing hard..
He made me work hard..
Feel dizzy... 
Feel sick ..
But I kept him off.. 

My youngest son watched in amazement..
" Mum I did not know you could run that fast" 
"Haha" 
I said... and gave him a cheeky wink ;)
So I do have more to give!!




Linking up our country fun with~


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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

For



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 ...


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