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Last Week in Pictures

I’ve been lazy this last week so here are some highlights… (must post more regularly)

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Eggs benedict

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Helping a local school out in their garden

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BBQ ribs at a mexican

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Mojito (my favourite cocktail)

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Chloe's new dress

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Chloe prefers my water bottle

I have my half marathon next week but more on that later…

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My New Running Partner

This weekend, I met my new running partner for the first time…

I was so excited to hear the doorbell ring and couldnt wait to go for a run.

Yes I am talking about my new Garmin Forerunner 210.

Boxed Garmin forerunner 210

I took it to Parkrun on Saturday morning but hadnt got it quite figured out (Basically I ballsd up the start of the race and instantly gave up trying)

So today I took it on its first 10K. It found the sattelites very quickly and gave me all the information I wanted to know. I cannot fault it at all.

First 10K with a Garmin below : not too shabby…

garmins first day out

I cant wait to try some longer runs with it this week!

Recently, Chloe wont let me have my shake in the mornings without also shaking it. She is very helpful.

chloe shakes

Also – check out the mini cheese biscuits with cheese spread I had yesterday. Amazing.

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Do you use a Garmin or another brand of GPS device?

Do you use Strava or another brand of fitness tracking software / app?

Hope you had a good weekend of running!

Dont forget to log your Jantastic runs!

More Cook Less Eat

I have a confession…

I like food.

I also like cooking food.

And currently, I like cakes.

See below for a recent attempt at a large bakewell sponge, and a few mini bakewell sponges.

You can quickly see how the larger sponge died a fiery premature death and its smaller siblings survived the intial bake, only to be devoured by myself moments after the photo.

Burnt Cakes

Bakewells Missing... Last Known Photograph Attached

Bakewells Missing… Last Known Photograph Attached

Do you cook / bake much?

Any healthy treats I can try instead of fattening myself up?

Random picture of Chloe because no post is truly complete without one…

Chloe Coat

I also tried a cinnamon swirl at starbucks today. Was good. Very good.

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What have you been up to this weekend?

More Blog Less Run (and more…)

I have been struggling to find time to update my blog over the past 2 weeks.

At the end of January I set up a training plan leading up to my half marathon on 23/03 and strangely enough I have been sticking to it.

Unfortunately, due to a lot of strong winds where I live, it’s proving a little difficult to see if the training is paying off but fingers crossed for a strong run this weekend.

I am determined to run a decent time in my half marathon which should set me up well for various races over the summer.

Currently my normal week of running currently consists of:

Sunday : Long & slow run (minimum of 10 miles)
Monday : Rest Day
Tuesday : 1 hour spinning class / core workout
Wednesday : Yasso 800s (with 2 mile warm up / 2 mile cool down)
Thursday : Hill Repeats
Friday : Rest Day
Saturday : 5km Parkrun

If you have any suggestions on improvements to my general plan feel free to comment below 🙂

I have been trying to slowly change my diet, making sure I take on the right foods when necessary so I can recover quicker.

Also I have recently tried scraping (Gua Sha). I picked this up from another running blog – Hungry Runner Girl. I do not have the correct tools yet but I have been using a spoon as recommended in the YouTube video HRG links to. It has really helped with my recovery and the little aches and pains you pick up whilst training.

Here are some photos from the past week or so which need to be shared!

I took Chloe shopping with me and she tried her best to look cute in her white coat. “It’s So Fluffy!!”

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I found a very strange recipe for Cucumber Noodles! Wasnt very filling but was worth a try.

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And finally, Chloe has decided she really likes celery! (Although she did find it funny to smear it on the walls!)

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What healthy snacks do you enjoy?

What is worse to run in.. Wind or Rain?

Are you taking part in Jantastic?
My team (Hampton Magna Harriers) were ranked #34 a few days ago!

6 Questions…

Ok, I was a little bored but found these on FueledbyLOLZ

Where were you born?
Easy… Coventry

What is the most unique place you’ve been?
Amsterdam… A strange place

What is your favorite type of workout? (running, yoga, p90x..)
Running : Hill Repeats. I always feel proud once I have finished them

What is your favorite food?
Toughest question ever… Pizza / Chinese / Sausages / Steak… I could go on…

What are your plans this weekend?
4th anniversary of Coventry Parkrun so I will be attending dressed in my Iron Man Onesie!

Do you have any February Plans or Goals?
I have drafted a schedule of my training runs (which I hope I can stick to). These lead me up to a half marathon on 23/03. I also intend on trying out some local spinning classes.

Feel free to copy the questions and post a link to your blog in my comments so I can check them out!

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Where were you born?

What is the most unique place you’ve been?

What is your favorite type of workout? (running, yoga, p90x..)

What is your favorite food?

What are your plans this weekend?

Do you have any February Plans or Goals?
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January

Just to say this month I have ran 103 miles!!!

I’m pretty sure this is a record for me.

February is the month to concentrate on speed.

I’ll post my training plan at some point tomorrow.

Look at how cute Chloe looks! The hat is amazing!

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Run / Life Balance

Throughout November and December last year I was experiencing a lot of pain in my hamstring so eventually decided to have a prolonged rest over the Xmas period.

Coming into the new year equipped with a new pair of trainers (Adidas Boston 4), I decided to clock up as many miles as I could in January. I need to get a reasonable level of fitness back before I embark on more quality training in February.

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Fortunately, I’m able to work from home occasionally which allows me time for a cheeky lunchtime dash but most of the time a run will occur in the evenings. Now, a year ago I was able to escape the house whenever I wanted. I could go on longer runs if needed and had more freedom over where I ran. But since 11th Jan 2013, I had to change where / when I ran.

After Chloe was born it became more difficult to find the time to run and over the last few weeks this has become increasingly so. Trying to regain my fitness whilst trying to wrestle a tiger into pyjamas (Ok, a 1 year old – not a tiger but sometimes I swear its close…) can take its toll.

Its not all doom and gloom as I may have led you to believe! Yesterday we went to st nicks park in Warwick and after visiting The Bread Co for some soup and sandwiches we visited the park.

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Some unusual lighting on the soup?! Egg mayo and cress sandwiches with a roasted red pepper soup. Incredible.

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Look at her little face!

How do other parents / runners strike a balance?

What’s the best sandwich filling?

My team are currently ranked #104 in jantastic. Check it out @ http://www.jantastic.me