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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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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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...



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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...

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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...


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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...




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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!?!

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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....




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