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

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Mission Week 2 And A TomTom Tester...


Phew What a week!! 

This has to have been one of the hardest weeks of the holidays so far. Trying to get just an hour of 'me time' to exercise was nigh on impossible! Not only are all 4 children off school (with oldest home from uni) my husband was off work too. Stress!! 5 to look after...

Days out, a few nights away and a really poorly eldest son. My eldest son caught tonsillitis 2 weeks ago and is still not well. The Doctors have been appalling. Will leave my thoughts on that for another post!! 

In between all of my stress, I did manage a few runs, for that quick as a flash hour I became me again. I had an extra incentive as I had a new toy to review..


I was so excited and very lucky to be picked by The running bug , (a website where I log all my running training) and TomTom to test out one of the runner cardio watches. This watch is a all new TomTom Runner Cardio and has a built-in Heart Rate Monitor. So you do not need to wear an additional strap on chest. Brilliant.. Even though I have been a little lazy since the children broke up from school, I was really looking forward to getting out with my new watch.



Here is a little YouTube video of my new watch..


As a runner one of my favourite things to do is track all my runs, looking back on the courses I have been on, the pace I have run, the miles I have logged. I become a stat nerd! It is a great way of seeing how you progress and has provided useful information for when I have done my marathons. What the new runner cardio does is the usual I have used before, but also lots of new features.

The built in heart rate monitor is brilliant. I have had them before with a strap across your chest, they never seem to work properly. This is spot on, finds your pulse instantly. When looking through your stats it tells you which of your heart rate zones you have been working in. Fat Burn, Recovery etc. This is a great way of seeing if you are working too hard or too easy. You can set up the watch to do intervals so run for say 2 minutes fast 1 minute slow. Program it to do a set distance, set time or set pace. Even challenging a previous run and course you have done. Excellent, I have a new running buddy. Another feature which I am hoping will prove useful (when I have time) is that it also works on the treadmill in the gym. Normally I have had to add this manually to any running log site. You can do the run on the treadmill and adjust distance run if slightly off. This means all my runs are tracked on one device a first. Fantastic..


How lovely and stylish does this watch look?

I love the look of it and it feels nice on the wrist.

I found putting the watch onto the computer lead a little fiddly at first, it was hard to pull the watch back off the dock. There is a technique to it. Practise and patience I need to tell myself! The watch itself is nice and easy to set up I went for a run but noticed I did need to downloaded the software first. Toptip Read the quick start guide it is there for a reason. so I went home and simply downloaded the software. Once properly set up I went out for another run and the GPS was spot on. Perfect.


One extra thing I have noticed is how quickly the watch finds the GPS signal. From when I close the front door and select run, check laces the watch is ready to go..

Over the new few weeks I will be testing out the TomTom cardio watch. Please pop back in a few weeks and see how I am going with my training and how the watch is helping me meet my goals...


Monday~

3 miles run

Tuesday~

2.75 miles run once before I set up my TomTom (faster run,ha)
2.75 miles run after I set my watch up..

Wednesday~

4 miles run

Thursday~

3.76 miles

Friday~

Away~ lots of walking

Saturday~

Away~ lost of walking

Sunday~

Stressed~ maybe I should run but I am too worried about my son...


Do you use a GPS watch to track your runs?

Which watch do you use?

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 ...

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Runday : On A Fitness Mission Week 1...



On a mission to get fit has taken a turn for the worst since the children have broken up from school for the summer holiday. Days out, chips and doughnuts at the seaside!! but not to worry as this month I still lost weight (2lb) and my body fat came down 0.07. 

So going in the right direction...


Running is starting to feel good again this week...



This weeks exercise-

  • Monday-
  • Day off.
  • Tuesday-
  • 3.67 miles run, only thoughts were- Manage to force myself go for a run...
  • Wednesday-
  • 5 miles- Up early and on the run, felt great today even if it did rain all the way. Knee started to hurt at just before 5 so called it a day. Longest run in ages :):):)
  • 6 miles bike ride with the children.




  • Thursday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Tired after 5 miles run & 6 miles bike ride yesterday. Nice run ...
  • 2 mile run and 30 minutes weights.
  • Friday-
  • 3.51 miles run- Nice little run before breakfast...
  • Saturday-
  • 3 miles on scooter with my daughter.
  • Sunday-
  • Day off me thinks...


Did you know my first post was about running?
I first started running in 2004


I really need to eat more apples..


Making more effort to go out before the children wake up..


Trying to add more fruit to breakfast (instead of eatting biscuits after with my cup of tea!!)...





Fancy some Berry power recipes


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...

Linking up with~




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?

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