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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Schools Cross Country...


Today is the first of the Autumn/Winter schools cross country races. My son has ran them before he really enjoys them and knows what to expect. My daughter is only just beginning to get into running and it will be her first ever cross county race. A mile and a quarter is a long way when you have to run your fastest!!


Over the last few years I have really got out of running. Can you believe I am nervously waiting for news on my London Marathon place then!? Something to well and truly get me back into running.... Methinks!!
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Friendly Competition : My Sunday Photo...


For My Sunday Photo this week I am sharing a photo of me and my daughter enjoying a  run together at the park.


In the week we train together and love the training.

Saturday was a different story.

Yesterday we both ran Park Run for the first time in ages.

I won my daughter by a matter of seconds. 37 seconds to be precise!!

My daughter thoughts " I should have let her win. Daddy who took her around did"

My thoughts  "A bit of friendly competition is good. Something for you to work for. The feeling you get when you win some one who was faster than you is great! It gives you a goal to work for!"

We are both training hard now, lol!

Over to you, hit me with your thoughts :)
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Parkrun Fun In Gedling..


On Saturday mornings we like to travel around different parts of Nottinghamshire and beyond. Finding somewhere fun for our morning family runs. When my husband has a morning off work that is!

We love to try out different Parkrun courses. We are really lucky to have a variety of Parkrun's that we can go to. This way we never get fed up just going to the same one. Some are flat and fast, some hilly, all challenging!!

On Saturday morning we can all decide if we want to run through the woods, run up hills or try and get a new PB.

A few weeks ago my Husband found us a new one to try out. Gedling Country Park. We all love this one but it is very challenging. Two long hills and one really short steep hill. Wow though, when not gasping for breath, What lovely views.


My Daughter woke up feeling poorly. She wrapped herself up and said she was not doing Parkrun.

Does this look the face of someone poorly or someone who did not want to run up the hills? Lol.

Somehow once the race was done, she felt loads better. Think she wanted to stop with her big Brother who was home from Uni that day. She enjoyed cheering us on instead.
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

What!? How!? Why!?When!?


It is no secret that losing weight in your 40's is hard work. It is a big surprise when you find out you have gained weight over the last few month though!

I am not a fan of weighting myself regular; but now I have weighted myself, I dislike it even more!

I run, I bike and I go to the gym but I have still put on 10lb of weight over the last few months.

What!? How!? Why!?When!?


Over the last 10 years I have been lucky with my weight. All was good for me when I started running. Around 12 years ago. It took a while for the weight that I gained having 4 children to drop off. Eventually I lost weight. I was thinner than I was in my early teenage years. Yes lighter than the age of 13.

This made me feel good about my weight and myself. I kept running, I ate whatever I wanted. I stayed the same weight. Easy!
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Sunday, 8 May 2016

My Sunday Photo...


Earlier this week we found a new Parkrun course to try out. 

We all went up their after school on Thursday just to try the route out. Boy is it a tough one!! No one is going to set amazing times here but is its going to be fun and challenging. 

It was such a shame my husband was working yesterday so we haven't got to try it it out with the Parkrun runners yet. Hopefully over the next week or so we will get the chance to run it with everyone.

I best get some hill training in first!!

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

PB's All Around...


Yesterday my youngest two children both ran Parkrun and both got PB's.

 My son knocked half a minute of his and daughter a whole minute!


They are both doing great with their running. I need to up my game now. My son is already around 8 minutes quicker than me over this distance but my daughter is just behind me. Only a few more weeks and I will be the slowest in our family...
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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Fitbit Blaze Review...


Last week Currys/PC World asked me if I would like to review the new Fitbit Blaze. I have always wanted a Fitbit, as my Husband has a Fitbit Charge and loves tracking his steps. (Also boring me with his stats!!) So being offered a newer, fancier model than Hubby has, was brilliant! Thanks..


Unboxing the Fitbit. The first thing you notice is that they have taken a leaf off Apple with premium packaging. Everything from how the box opens, to the little folders for setup guide, charger etc. screams quality. It makes you believe you have a premium product right away.
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Running Gear : This Weeks Aldi's Specialbuys...


I am a big fan of Aldi's Specialbuys products. One thing I always keep a look out for, is their running gear. Over the last 10 years I have purchased a lot of my running apparel from them. T-shirts, fitness leggings, jackets, headbands, gloves, socks etc.


The reason I keep an eye out for them coming back in-store, is the products are always high quality, yet at really affordable prices. Last week Aldi got in touch with me to see if I would like to review some running gear that  will be available to buy this week. (Thursday 14th April). I was really pleased to get a preview of what will be coming out and get chance to take some for a test drive.

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Sherwood Pines : The Gruffalo Pose..


My Sunday photo was taken yesterday at Sherwood Pines Parkrun.

My kids were laughing so much with embarrassment at me posing with The Gurffalo..

So I thought I would share!!


A bit of fun before the race started..
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Asics Run Longer Campaign And Keeping Up With The Kids...


A few weeks ago The Running Bug kindly emailed me and asked me if I would like to be part of the Asics and Intersports latest campaign, #RunLonger. 

Yes please!! 

Exciting times as I get to road test their new range of trainers and fitness apparel, also I get to do what I love best, try to run!


I am always honoured to be asked to work with Asics. So far I have really enjoyed working with them on 4 campaigns including #MixupYourRun and  #PoundTheRoad. I have loved every minute being part of their team.
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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Parkrun Parkfun..


Last week as I had been ill, the husband got to run Parkrun again. Me and my daughter go to cheer them on and held their coats for them. Mollie also came along for the walk but all she ready wants to do is run with them.

Coats : check
Wellies : Check
Hats and gloves : Check

It is still really cold first thing.


Waiting for the race to start so we can walk around the course to cheer the boys on. Mollie focusing on my son, hoping he shouts her over for a run!?
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Time To Run : The Wednesday Blog Hop..


Now I'm all recovered from the flu, I am back out running. It is such hard work after being ill as I am still getting my strength back. It is a good job I have someone wanting to run with me, any time I like!!


Want to join us?
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

At The Park : The Wednesday Blog Hop..


One day last week, after school we went to visit my parents. Before we arrived we stopped at a local park and did our evening run. It is lovely to run in day light and another bonus, the sun was shining! Still very cold though.

Lovely to see lots of Spring colours around, the swans on the water and the daffodils popping up all over. After our mile run we stopped to watch the sun starting to set.

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Tu Activewear From Sainsbury's : Review...


So far this year I have been relatively quiet on the exercise front. A runstreak with my Daughter, along with a few Parkruns has been about it. No more!! I have rejoined the gym and as they say "I am back on it."  My arms and legs can tell I have not done much. Giving me that tell tale sign of lack of use. Talk about muscle soreness. I am walking like John Wayne!!  

Weights in the gym on Tuesday, then to top it off a tough spinning class on Wednesday. 
At least I know I have worked hard, even if the kids are laughing at how I am walking!!



An ideal time to be sent some new sportswear to road test then. I don't know about you? but some new clothing always motivates me into getting out and about. 

Sainsbury's have asked me to review 2 pieces of their new fitness range. It should be hitting stores any day now. Keep your eyes peeled!! UPDATE.. NOW IN STORE AND ONLINE BE QUICK!! You can find the Sportswear here

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Parkrun Parkfun...


Yummy foods to warm us up..

We had to work hard for it first though..


Last Saturday me and my youngest son ventured out into the cold and icy early morning (well not that early but it feel like it in Winter) for a 5K run at our local Parkrun.
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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

6 Goals For 2016 Fitness Tuesday...


An apple a day keeps the doctor away!?  

Lets hope so!! 

Eek can you believe I got poorly on Christmas day!? Typical. I was so ill and I got tired walking from room to room. Thankfully it only lasted a few days and now I am back to full strength and can run again.


Another year has flown by again, don't you think?

Now it is  time to forget about the past and make new plans for an healthier 2016.
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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Banana Ice Creamy Treat..


As I am planning to start eating more natural and healthy foods in 2016, I decided to make a banana ice creamy treat for today.


Last night I cut 2 ripe banana's up into slices, popped then into a plastic freezer container and left them over night to freeze. Then today all I had to do was pop them into a food processor and combine then until creamy. A real easy to make, tasty and healthy treat!
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Feeling Great? : The Wednesday Blog Hop..


This photo was taken by my husband on Saturday before my sons race. He asked our son how he was feeling? This was his reply!

Think he was feeling pretty confident as he has put the training in. Running everyday since New Years day has really paid off for him. I really need to try this next year as I've not even ran for a week!!



It may have been a miserable rainy day but he did amazing and gave it his all!!

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Fitness Friday : Could You Run Everyday?


Could you run everyday? I know I can't. I try every New Year. 1st Resolution, go out on a run everyday. I once lasted until February, but then fell off the wagon. So Fitness Friday today with my running hero. My 12 year old son!


In January he made a New Years Resolution. To run at least one mile every day. We are now nearly in November and he is still going strong.  Even when we have been away on holidays, or days out. Even in the pouring rain and last Winters snow.  As Roy Castle used to say "Dedication's all you need."
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Gel Luminus Review : Pound The Road...


At the beginning of August I was excited to be chosen by The Running Bug, Asics and Intersports to road test some of the Asics trainers. All exclusive to Intersports in the #PoundTheRoad campaign.

Just the push I needed to keep getting out running over the Summer holidays. No lie in for me. I was out pounding the road each morning. With all my children sleeping! I loved getting out running first thing.


I have been very lucky to review the Asics Indicate trainersAsic Gel Glorify and a few weeks ago I got sent some Gel Luminus to try out too.

How lucky.

It has been great changing shoes each day as I am only used to having one pair at a time. Apparently you are advised to have a couple of trainers on the go at any one time. This gives the trainer time to rest. Giving you optimum cushioning each time.


About the Gel Luminus:
  • Take aim at your marathon targets in a shoe built for the longest distances. 
  • The lightweight GEL-LUMINUS will be there for you from the start line all the way to the post-race recovery zone.
  • Your foot is stabilized from start to finish, whether you’re going for the half-marathon or taking on the full distance. You won’t be slowed by chafing or blisters thanks to a comfortable upper, and your foot stays locked in place by a clamp-like heel counter.
  • Get that much-needed stability in the heel and midfoot.
  • Feel comfortable with more room for your forefoot to move.
  • Land gently with GEL cushioning under your heel.

Every morning me and my puppy Mollie have been enjoying getting out on runs. I run and Mollie just walks along with me!!



Now the children are all back at school I have plenty of time to get out and run. Time to build the mileage up and not long to find out if I have got into London Marathon!!

If I get accepted these would be my trainers of choice for the big day. Fingers crossed..

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