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

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 ...


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Holidays, Fitness, Fun And Selfies...


When we go on holiday we love to walk for miles, run, and scooter (me and my daughters new hobby together). This is a family fun run and scooter day when we were at Blackpool a few weeks ago.


We ran past the North Pier this time to discover somewhere we had never seen. It was beautiful. Waterfalls, not to busy and miles of perfect running paths. Lots of fun illuminations to see along the way.




Photo bombing my daughters photo for a change, as she loves doing this to me!!


How cool does this course look!?!


Perfect for running and scootering on...


And a few family selfies for good measure..
.

On holiday I discovered Vine, so we had fun trying to make a 7 second clip...


Linking up our outside fun over at ~


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tom Tom Cardio Watch Review...

It has been a busy Summer with lots of fun days out, holidays and the last minute rush, buying school uniform. One thing that did suffer over the holidays was my running (As usual).... Now that the children are back to school I am back on the road and training up for a new goal.

Hopefully London marathon again!?!

 Fingers crossed!!

Everyone who entered the ballot all find out if we are 'in' or not in less than a months time..

A few weeks ago, you may remember I was very lucky to test out Tom Tom cardio watch thanks to The Running Bug and Tom Tom.

So far I am loving using my watch. Little things keep impressing me,  as I discover new thing along the way. Like today I wiped my finger across the screen to wipe some water off from my sports bottle and the screen lights up!! A simple way to see the time in the dark, and a cool feature. 



So far here are my thoughts~

Positives

The built in heart rate monitor is a genius feature. Without the additional strap across the chest it uses a built in sensor on the back of your watch. This bright light with lots of technical wizardry on the inside of your watch {shown on top picture} links to your wrist to take your pulse and measure your heart beat. It has helped me gauge my effort accordingly.

The menus are easy to use, change screen features, pause and restart. Everything is a swipe up down left right. Run history, settings etc. A lot less fiddly perfect for me!

From when you set your TomTom to Run it finds the satellite really quickly. My husband has an older model Nike TomTom and he is forever moaning it has not found satellite. The run he has done has not been recorded. Most annoying. No such trouble with this little beauty Satellite first time every time. It has had no trouble in woodland either. Which at then end of the day, is the point of these things record your run. Even at my level, you like to see your progress correctly so an accurate route and time record is essential . This is the best I have ever known for that.

I am enjoying lots of different display functions when running, including distance, calories you've burned, pace, miles, heartbeat.

The watch is waterproof to 50m/165ft, if you do get caught in a down pour no need to worry about your watch getting wet. It feels nice and light on the wrist and fits perfect.

Suitable for outside runs, treadmill or you can use just as a stopwatch. On the treadmill you have an option to calibrate after your workout to ensure accuracy.

The TomTom My Sports website, where all your information on your runs can be uploaded to me is a really good website, with an easy to follow layout. Great place for studying all your runs, time, distance, pace per mile and even strides per minute.

You can set up the watch for all your training goals too (distance, time calories), intervals, laps, zones, and races.

I am still scratching the surface to be fair. I am sure in the next few months, my children permitting, my TomTom and me will be seeing a lot more of each other?! I will post an update if I find anything else useful.

Negatives

The watch comes with a lead to charge your watch via computer but no mains charger. I use a Google Chrome laptop which is great for most things but does not charge watches very good so a charge that plugs into the mains would have been great. Ways around this ~ most of our mobile phones come with leads where you can unplug the wire on the plug. The dock lead fits inside, so you can charge your watch at mains.

When using the dock lead for the computer for the first time my watch did stick into the cradle and was hard to wriggle lose. It seems ok now but sometimes becomes a little fiddly to remove from the lead. Practise really does help with this.


I love to see stats, this is a great way to see if your improving. Here are a few of my stats on Saturdays run..

Please note : the following photos came out a bit blurred from taking close up pictures of a computer screen...


I am liking the fact you can analyse your run once home. I am very keen on improving my heart rate and strides per minute so these are my favourite features on the website to keep an eye on.





About the Tom Tom Runner Cardio GPS Watch
  • Built-in Heart Rate Monitor.
  • Get accurate heart rate information without the need fora separate chest strap.
  • Train in your optimal Heart Rate Zone. 
  • Select a zone to match your training goal and always know whether you need to speed up or slow down.
  • Track your distance, time, pace, speed and calories burnt as you run.
  • Run with an ultra-slim, lightweight watch.
  • Navigate menus easily with One-Button Control.
  • Come with desk dock.
  • Comes with user guide.
  • Colour to order~ white.
  • £219.99


Now I can't wait to race again ...



About this post-

I got sent a TomTom watch to test out and review

All thoughts are my own honest opinion and I did not get paid for this post ...


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