R.E.D January Update #redjanuary

Back in December I wrote a blog post (find it here) explaining that I was taking part in R.E.D January. R.E.D (Run Every Day) January is all about raising money for Mind, the mental health charity. By taking part I’m hoping to raise awareness and open up the conversation about mental health. We’re now 17 days into the challenge and I’m pleased to say that so far I have managed to run every day. I’ve also signed up for a 50 mile challenge in January and I’m pleased to say that to date I have run 83.5 kilometres which is 51.8… [Read More]

It’s not about the medals

Running has been a passion of mine for around a year now. I’ve played with the idea of running before, but I’d usually run for one month, then stop, then a few months later, I’d run again but it wouldn’t be long before I’d stop again. I always loved the idea of running. Back when I was in high-school, I enjoyed running cross country, but it was never something I was serious about. In March of this year I decided that I wanted to take up running again. However, I wanted it to be a long-term hobby, not something I’d… [Read More]

Gym and Fitness Injuries: Are You Doing It Wrong?

Earlier this month I shared with my readers that during my half marathon training I became injured. This was a major set back to me in terms of training. As it’s my first half marathon, I need all the training I can get, so being injured was not good. Thankfully with rest and lots of frozen peas, I’m pretty much back to normal! I did however have to take two weeks out of my training schedule and reduce the distance I was running. The half marathon is just nine days away. I once felt confident about finishing, however I’m now… [Read More]

How Your Home is Affecting Your Health

Have you ever stopped to think about what kind of impact, if any, your home is having on your health? Most of us don’t. But it’s clear that many things that surround us when we’re at home could damage our health if we’re not careful. I’m not just talking about the obvious things like faulty wires or that slippery bathroom floor. Here are some of the things we pay less attention to but could still have an impact on your health. Air Quality in Your Home The quality of the air in your home could have a big impact on… [Read More]

Perseverance

Perseverance. That’s not an easy word to spell, and yes, I did google it first to make sure I got it right! This is a pretty spontaneous blog post to be honest with you, and as I sit here typing away, I’m not exactly sure where it’ll lead, but there’s only one way to find out! The date today is the 14th September. I know that’s not actually today’s date as I’ve scheduled this post after I’ve written it, but as I sit and type, that is today’s date. This morning I went for a run. Nothing unusual about that…. [Read More]

Weight loss Update with SlimFast, Running and Tantrums

It’s been a little while since I wrote my last SlimFast update so I thought it was about time I updated you all. I haven’t been keeping track of my weight week on week like I did when I first started SlimFast as there’s no longer any need for me to do that. You see I now know what I can and can’t eat, as well as portion sizes and what nutritional food my body needs. I’ve lost a total of two stone and have managed to maintain my weight loss. I think when the girls are back in school, I’ll… [Read More]

Three Classic Mistakes New Runners Make

Credit Running is a wonderful form of exercise. It’s a sure-fire way to increase your stamina, make you feel better, and strengthen the muscles in your lower legs. While you can run on a treadmill, you’ll doubtlessly get more from running if you use it as a way to get out into the world. Many people decide to take up running for fitness and weight loss goals. That’s a good idea, but it does mean you’re not necessarily thinking about running in the best terms. Instead, you’re focusing on an opaque goal of “being fit” or “losing weight”, rather than… [Read More]

A runners best friend

Running has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. I never thought I’d be one of those people that actually wakes up at 6am, sometimes earlier, to go for a run. This coming from the woman who loves a good lie in and struggles to get up in the morning! I do love my sleep! That’s another thing that’s actually improve since I started running. My sleep. I’m sleeping so much better nowadays! I’ve learnt so much since I started running. Both about myself, but also about what it takes to be a good runner. It doesn’t take… [Read More]

Want to start running? Here are my top tips!

I quite often hear women who run say that they don't feel like they're 'proper runners'. This is something that I used to say myself, along with, 'I don't look like a runner.' What exactly should a runner look like anyway? I mean someone who runs is a runner regardless of their physique, the clothes they wear or how they run. Whether you run twice a week or less and cover a short distance that consists of walking and running, or whether you run three or more times a week and cover a longer distance, either way, you're a runner…. [Read More]

Thoughts I have whilst running

Running has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately. I’ve started training for a half marathon and I have to say that I’m really enjoying the training plan. Not only is it teaching me so much about my capabilities and how far I can push myself, I’m also learning about so many aspects of running that I didn’t even think about when I first started. From pace, to threshold runs, hill work and strength training, I have to say running is my new obsession! Whilst I run, I tend to think some pretty random things. As I imagine… [Read More]