Crispy Crunch Fruity Snacks...



I have totally wore myself out with all the exercise I did last week!

Not much water, fruit or veg as I was constantly thinking about grabbing a high energy snack and then onto the next run/ spin class/ circuit class/ bike ride lead me to being so weak and knocked off my feet this week I have been forced to rest.

Rome wasn't built in a day!

I have learned the hard way! I know now that getting fit is about getting the balance right too. Workout, refuel, drink plenty of water, eat fruit and veg for vitimins and get lots of rest.

One day I will get it right!!
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Creative Mondays Blog Hop..


Happy Monday everyone.

Creative Mondays is my favourite blog hop of the week as I get to see all your amazing creative ideas :) Link up, have fun blog hopping and please be kind enough to link back to the hop in your post and leave a comment if you like the blog hop.
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Slim Fast Challenge...


I was really pleased when Slim Fast picked me as one of the bloggers to take part in to take their #SlimFastChallenge.

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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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Flashback Friday : London Marathon 2013..



It was nearly 2 years ago when I ran my first marathon. London Marathon in April 2013.

Nothing much as changed since then. I still eat to much sugar and don't run as much as I should do!!

Eek trying to change things now though! My first marathon I cried a lot. My second a little. This year I will be watching from the sofa as I was not lucky this year to get a place. Or maybe I was lucky as I did not have to train up,lol..
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How much did I cry? 

This much!!
  • I cried when I left my husband at the train station to go to the start of the London Marathon.
  • I cried when I was all alone at the start of the London Marathon.
  • I cried when I realised I was doing my first marathon.
  • I cried when the marathon started.
  • I cried when children in the street wanted to high five me for running.
  • I cried when I got to 13 miles and my knees went.
  • I cried when I realised I had to do another 13 miles with knee pain.
  • I cried when I had 2 miles to go.
  • I cried when I had 1 mile to go.
  • I cried when I did it in 5 hours 12 mins approx.
  • I cried when I met my family at the end.
  • I have had a great day honest!!
Have you ran a marathon? Did you cry after a race?

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Run First : Cake Later...


Run first cake later is my kinda plan...


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Gone Running...

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Keep Calm And Go For A Run...


What a lovely day for a run!?! The sun was shining brightly so I made sure I had time to get out for a run today. I am happy to get back out running without limping after my fall on Sunday. 3 miles done today so on with my training plans!!

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When The Sun Comes Up, You'd better Be Running...


Ouch, Ouch Ouch!!

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Sunday Runday And A Fall In The Woods...


I am on a mission to get fit again with running. Funny how when you run regular you think your not to good at running. When you really are unfit you realise even though you was not fast you could still get the miles in easier. So maybe I was doing OK after all!?! Anyway I have a long way yo go to be where I want too.

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Parkrun Parkfun Day..


No shiny new Parkrun PB for me yesterday. Not only was it cold and very windy I got my worst 5KM race time in years. A personal best was not out the question in the wind for some though. My son got one! He did amazing...

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Parkrun Family Fun...


Up early and breakfast ready. Then off to do a Parkrun with the children. What a great way to start the weekend with getting me and the children out running?

I am not chasing a pb today as I have been ill, but in a race against myself anything can happen...


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Flashback Friday: When I First Started Running....


Some fun picture fromwhen I first started running. You can read the full post here Clairejustineoxox.

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Asics 33-DFA Review...

Over the last few weeks I have been taking part in a #MixUpYourRun campaign on my blog Clairejustineoxox, for Asics. Here is a review on the Asics 33-DFA I wrote for The Running Bug.


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Run..


Have you been for a run today?


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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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No Pain No Gain..


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January Run Streak..


Big congrats to my 11 year old son who ran every day in January for his New Years Resolution. He ran over a mile a day, everyday. Now he is back into and indeed loving running. Bring on the ParkRun again.

I am so disappointed that I missed 2 days as I had a bad cold(flu) but hay ho I managed the other 29 days. Onwards and upwards and here is to a great February running.....



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