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

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...

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Strong Is The New Skinny : Gym Talk Tank Review...


Was a lovely treat to get back to the gym today. After a few days catching up on washing and a Bank Holiday weekend full of yummy food for my birthday. I admit to too many Krispy Kreme doughnuts, mmm delicious.

One thing that really made me want to hit the gym was a new workout tank top I got sent from Gym talk

GymTalk, has recently launched a range of women’s gym tops and asked me if I would like to try one out. I just love new workout gear. As soon as I saw this unique message on this top I knew I had to have this one. Not that I'm all that strong ...Yet!!

It will give me some motivation to hit the gym though...


Strong Is The New Skinny




About the Strong Is The New Skinny Tank Top
  • It’s official.
  • Being a Size Zero model is out. 
  • Being strong, powerful and squatting more than your boyfriend is in. 
  • And what better way to celebrate your love for the iron than with our stylish ‘Strong is the New Skinny’ vest. 
  • Sizes- x-small, small, medium, large.
  • 100% Cotton.
  • Only available at GymTalk.
  • They offer free delivery to customers in the UK. All orders are dispatched within 48 hours and are sent via Royal Mail Signed For Second Class which should take up to 3 working days.
  • Price £16.99



About this post-

I got to choose a woman's gym top. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Back Into A Routine...


I can honestly say I don't know where the last few weeks have gone? The last few days have been manic.

My boiler has not been mended yet and I am out of pocket by £480.00. A week and a half with no boiler has been tough, especially boiling the kettle all the time for warm water. I asked a man to mend our boiler who has done every job but mend it :( No idea what to do next, no boiler mended and no money spare now...

Our Easter weeks have mostly been about eatting! but so much fun!!

With me carb loading for the marathon and my son turning 11 we have shared some wonderful food. Back on track next week with some healthy stuff, now the Eater eggs have gone!!


How big can one burger and a hot dog be?


I had never tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts until a few day before the marathon, oh wow they taste so good!!


Picking my race number up...


Fun at the marathon expo...


Comfy shoes for walking around London...


Socks to recover from the marathon...


My London marathon medal...


Having some yummy Easter eggs to review...

Here is what we have been up to over the last few weeks!!

What have you been doing lately?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

MILLETSPORTS Review...


Last week I was pleased to be asked by Millet Sports if I would like to do a product review from their website.

With getting lots of miles in, over the last few months with my marathon training, I was ready for a new pair of trainers. Running regularly the experts say it is better to alternate your running trainers to help avoid injures.

Perfect timing then!! Many different sport articles recommend also changing your trainers around 300 to 400 miles of running in them. This means once back into full training, in a few months to hit my goal of 200 miles each month this would mean a new pair of trainers every 2 months!!

Millet sports is not a website I was familiar with so I was looking forward to checking out their running products. The website caters for a variety of  different sports including- running, triathlon rugby, cricket, football and many more. I am a big fan of Nike sportswear and trainers, something about this brand that fits me like a glove.  After browsing their website I went straight to the running section, selected the trainers category, searched all the brands for Nike and them ladies size 7's.





What I picked from their website...

As mentioned above, Nike is my favourite sports brand. My favourite all round training shoes are their Air Pegasus style. I picked these + 30 model. These women's running shoes are perfect for my foot shape and running technique. The features are a lightweight mesh upper with no-sew overlays and a premium foam midsole for breath-ability and comfort from start to finish.

Benefits...
  • Engineered mesh upper with no-sew overlays for ventilation, support and comfort.
  • Cushlon foam midsole with Nike Zoom unit in the heel for soft, responsive cushioning
  • Sidewall cuts for superior shock absorption
  • Rubber Waffle outsole with lateral blades for traction, durability and a smooth transition.
  • Deep flex grooves for natural range of motion and flexibility.
  • Nike+ ready.
  • Price £64.99

About Millet Sports...
  • They started life over 20 years ago when Simon Millet founded his first Millet Sports shop in north west London. 
  • A keen tennis player and sportsman, Simon wanted to set up a store selling performance sports equipment combined with a service to offer expert product advice, unlike the sports fashion stores that were taking over the high street at the time.
  • The last few years the business has grown from strength to strength, adding more sports categories and a growing team of sport-minded colleagues to service the increasing customer demand.

What I think of Millets Sports website...

I was very pleased with the fast delivery, when you want to buy a new pair of trainers it is nice to receive them fast, they arrived in less than 2 days of ordering. They have a great selection of products to cover a wide range of sports. Comparing their running selection , which I know most about I would say the prices are very competitive. They offer a 24 hours delivery service if you order before 1pm priced at £5.95. Also if you spend £50.00 or more and want a standard delivery it is free within mainland UK.


About this review-

I got sent an item of my choice, in exchange for a honest review of Millet Sports. All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I was not paid for this post.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

My London Marathon Story...


The mind is a very powerful tool. It can talk you out of things you like and love to do just because it wants to. It can also make you do things you never thought were possible!!

Going back to the start...

Last year I did the London marathon, and it was the hardest thing I had ever done. After I finished I said never again. A few days later the ballot opened for this year. "Come on" my husband said, lets both enter it and I will run around with you? After a bit of talking me into it , I agreed!!

Several months later when the places were given out, I received a magazine claiming "your in" where my husbands was delivered one day later saying ''don't be blue'' essentially meaning 'you're not in'! I was shocked. My first thought was that I can not go through this on my own again.

From that day on my mind was set...

 Over the following months I made every excuse under the sun not to run. My mind was telling me I can't do it, I believed it. Long run days I was ill, short on time, or had something planned. I just hated the thought of running and hated running.

As the date got closer and closer, my guilt (for not running) continued to rise.

2 months before the marathon I knew I had to get some training in. That month was great, lots of 6 miles, an 11 and a 14. Yeah I'm on track!

Then the month prior to the marathon I got ill, became weak, tired out and exhausted. 'I can't do it' I thought 'I'm not fit enough'.. The last month was so bad, I barely made it out of the door.

Last week, just before the marathon was so much stress. Shall I do it? yes! no! I could defer it until next year?No its not fair on people who wanted to get in, lots of thoughts were running through my head, they alone wore me out.

Finally I decided to race. Everything was already planned. The hotel was booked to pick my race number up, my husband had arranged time off work, a hotel was also booked for the night before the marathon, and everybody was counting on me. Yes, yes I have to do it.


The day before race day as we travelled back down to London, I felt the symptoms of a cold. All afternoon and night I was shaking, my temperature seemingly going from boiling hot to freezing cold. Race day morning I woke up with a migraine and feeling sick. No, no I can not do it.

I did not want to let all my family down who had come to support me. My husband and 2 youngest children had planned a fun day out to watch me and all the other the runners travelling to and from tube stations along different parts of the course.

'I must do it' I thought. My only other choice was to watch the race, feel guilty about not racing and stand around feeling ill all day. I decided to do the race and promised to pull out if I felt too ill at any time.

With only minutes before making my way to the start, I found myself in the queue for the toilets which I eventually realised were women's urinals! I soon rushed off to find somewhere to have a good old fashioned wee. The thought of me using a urinal at least distracted me from my nervous state.

The atmosphere at the start was amazing and I was surprised to officially begin the race after a few short minutes (unlike last year which took me over 20). The first 5000m of the race felt slow; however I found out hours later that the pace was only a minute or so slower than my personal best for the distance! My husband thought I was going mad when I passed him a lot earlier than he expected. How can you not get carried away when there are hundreds of runners all around you with deafening support from spectators.

I just loved the first 10 miles of the race, my head was clear and my migraine had gone soon after the start.

Why had I been afraid of running and training up for the the marathon, when I was loving it so much today?

However, when I reached the 10 mile mark, the race began to get tough. I soon had to endure 3 miles of stitch followed by 13 miles of knee pain. It has taken me 2 marathons to realise why I get knee pain. Last year both went, this year only 1.

I realised yesterday that half way through my feet must have swelled with being hot, which makes your feet slightly swell making your shoes seem tighter. This year only 1 trainer was tight and painful, the knee that went. Surely when your lace goes tight it restricts you knee? Getting your trainers properly laced up is one of the small that need to be considered before a race. The second half of the race was hard work, painful and I was so pleased to push through it.

After 26.2 I realised I absolutely love running!!

Buzzing for the rest of the day, feeling very proud of myself and what I had achieved.

What could I achieved if my mind had let me train properly?

Maybe I will try and get in next year?

If you ever want to run a marathon, London is the one to try, so amazing. The crowd support is absolutely fantastic, 26.2 miles of cheering you on , (just make sure your name on your shirt). The cheering you get from everyone is unbelievable. At 25 miles I started to cry, made up with it all. I was in knee pain and the crowds were shouting my name "come on Claire"  and when I started to run again they all cheered out loud. This is simply an amazing feeling.

The water stations were all a welcome sight, Lucozade sport drink were aplenty and simply perfectly timed, and gels were spot on. I could not praise this event enough...

 A fantastic day in all...

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

London Marathon Countdown : 1 Day To Go...


It's on!!

I have decided to do the London marathon and here is some pictures of us picking up my number.




My youngest 2 writing me a good luck message on the the boost message wall.



Top left-

Look who I bumped into at the Expo collecting my marathon number. Hugh Jones first British winner of the London marathon in 82. Legend. ..

Top Right-

Eventually got a photo with Stephen Kiprotich current World and Olympic marathon champion. After everyone kept passing me their phones for me to take pictures for them.

Bottom-

Watching an interview with Stephen, wow he only has a cup pf tea, banana, some bread and a bottle of water before his race!! Mind you he will be having lunch when I'm half way around.


A girl can dream, right!?!

But i know this one can do anything he dreams of..


On Sunday I will be running just over 26 miles, my family are all guessing, if I complete it and how long.

I'm hoping for 4 hours and 59 minutes..

Want to guess?


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