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Posted on April 10, 2017

Fitness Update // 9 miles!

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I only had two workouts last week. A 3 mile run on Wednesday and a 9 mile run on Friday. Sunday was out for me as I went to watch my boyfriend in a bike race in the morning instead of doing training.

The 3 mile run was harder than it should have been. It felt hard which was annoying, but the 9 mile run felt great. It’s the easiest long run I’ve had yet and my pace was an amazing 10.39 per mile. Which isn’t fast for some, but I was doing about 12 min miles on my pervious long runs! That’s also faster than the pace of my last half marathon, I did that in 10:51 per mile so I’m feel a lot more confident for the half marathon than I was the days running up to this long run.

I was doing intervals on the long run. First of all, I’d run the last 10th of a mile as fast as I could. Then after a couple of miles I’d up the speed every half a mile. It seemed to not only help my overall speed, but it made it seem quicker as rather than thinking ‘5 miles to go’ or whatever, I was just looking towards the next half mile.

I don’t know when my next long run will be now, probably next Friday as I have plans this Friday. Doom on life!

How was your week?


Posted on April 3, 2017

Fitness Update // 23 mile bike ride

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I’ve had a busy week this past week. I was off work and instead of having a load of time to work out and blog, I’ve actually been having a life instead.

I went to London at the start of the week so didn’t get any workouts in until Thursday. I went to the gym and did a 45 minute spin class. On Saturday, I went on a 23 mile bike ride with my boyfriend which wasn’t actually as bad as when he took me on a 10 mile bike ride in October and I almost died. So that was great.

Then on Sunday I went on a run. I had hoped to go further but my legs could not carry me. It was a very slow run. I think my legs must have been tired from the bike ride the day before.

I need to get another long run in this week for the half marathon. I’m getting a bit disheartened about how rubbish my pace has been this time around compared when I last trained for a half marathon. I just don’t have it in my to up my speed. Boo.

How was your week?


Posted on March 27, 2017

Fitness Update // 8 miles

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Things are getting serious now! I’m up to 8 miles on my runs!

This week I went to the gym Tuesday and Thursday after work and did 40 minutes cardio. Friday I ran 8 miles and as usual, it was hard.

I know I keep saying this, but I feel like I forget how hard it is when the run is over until the next time I run and I’m like ‘oh no, this again, why am I doing this to myself?’.

I weigh a stone and a half more than the last time I was doing a half marathon and I can really see the difference in my times and feel the difference running. It’s hard to lug the extra weight around. I’ve not weighed myself in ages but I’m hoping I’ll lose some weight. I just need to get the courage to step on the scale!

I also ran 4 miles on Sunday. It wasn’t the fastest pace, but 20 seconds per mile faster than my last 4 mile run a few weeks ago. So that’s something, I guess.

I’m going to London today, I’m hoping to run 9 miles on Thursday morning when I’m back and then go out for another run across the weekend.

How’s your week been?


Posted on March 20, 2017

Fitness Update // 7 miles

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Had a decent week this week running wise.

On Tuesday morning I went for a 3 mile run before work. I’ve been using these 3 mile runs as a chance to work on my speed and I managed to run 3 miles under 30 mins! It’s the first time I’ve ran that fast in around 18 months. Getting an average speed of less than 10 mins a mile isn’t easy or me, but I did it. I did the first mile in 9 minutes 20 seconds!

I went to the gym on Wednesday, but to be honest it was very half arsed. I was there for about 40 mins and did a bit of spinning and some weights. I just wanted to go home if I’m honest and wasn’t in the mood at all.

On Friday I ran 7 miles. It was hard, windy and kept raining a bit. I averaged 11 min 55 seconds a mile which isn’t great but I’m not focusing on speed, just getting the distance in. IT WAS HARD.

Next week I have to run 8 miles.

Send help.

How was your week?


Posted on March 6, 2017

Fitness Update // Half Marathon Training

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Yay! I went on two runs last week. One on Tuesday and one on Friday.

My plan is going well so far. Although my splits are slow, that’s okay. I’ll be focusing on distance and doing some speed work on the treadmill.

I plan to go 5 miles on Monday and on Tuesday before work do 4 miles – as long as it’s not raining.

I’m finding it easier than I was a few weeks ago to run, but it’s still hard. Running is hard.

How’s your week been?


Posted on February 13, 2017

Fitness Update // Another Four

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Hurrah, last week I got 4 decent workouts in. I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then on Thursday evening I went to my boyfriends and spent the weekend at Whitby with his family, so no more gym.

Eating has been good until the weekend. All these social activities are killing my diet but rather than be worried about food I’ve just decided to go with it and have fun, doing the best I can.

I went for a meal on Thursday night with my boyfriend and had a burger from the pub. I didn’t feel too bad considering we had to walk around 30 minutes either way to get there!

I think I’m slowly losing weight and I’m definitely getting fitter, so that’s a good thing. I just need to be patient!

How’s your week been?


Posted on February 6, 2017

Fitness Update // Doing Better

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Last week has been better! I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and did really good workouts. You know the type when you leave feeling really accomplished?

Because of the times I’ve been working, I’ve been able to use the studio room as no classes were on which meant I could do some circuits.

I did want to go on Saturday, too, but my 15-minute journey home turned into an hour and 45-minute one because of an accident on a ring road. I didn’t have time as I had to get ready to go get my boyfriend then head to Bridlington for my brothers 40’th.

I’ve lost 2lbs over the last week. Although I’m sure my brother’s party will sort that out for me. Doom. Life, eh?

How was your week?


Posted on January 23, 2017

Fitness Update // I did a run!

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I’ve had a much better week this week, I also got my new Fitbit that acts as a heart rate monitor and tracks my runs and I love it.

I’ve been tracking what I eat and getting back into fitness after being ill. I’ve done well with food and love that my new Fitbit lets me track what’s going in and what I’m using so I can stay in a calorie deficit. I need to lose at least a stone in weight.

On Wednesday I went to the gym and did 30 mins cardio. I did 10 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the bike and 5 minutes one the elliptical.

On Thursday I did 10 minutes on the stairclimber, 15 minutes on the treadmill and then 20 minutes on the bike.

Friday I went on my first run in ages. I ran 3 miles. The first mile and half were fine but then I had a big hill that wiped me out for the rest of the run and I was walking for a bit and then running for a bit. It was very disheartening to say I’ve always been able to just get up and run 10k with no problem. I’ve lost a lot of fitness that I need to get back if I’m going to survive this half-marathon in May. The extra weight I’m carrying isn’t helping, either.

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I went to the gym on Saturday, too. Despite the aches and pains from the run. I did some weights, then 20 minutes cardio. It wasn’t my best workout but I just needed to do something as I knew I was going out for a meal on Saturday AND Sunday!

4 workouts in one week though. Happy with that to say a month ago I couldn’t get off the sofa!

I’ve lost 2lbs. Which doesn’t seem like enough. More please.

How’s your week been?


Posted on January 16, 2017

Fitness Update // Finally back to the gym #FitYear

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I did it, I finally went back to the gym for the first time since the start of December. I’m still not 100% cured of the vertigo so I just took it steady.

I went on Wednesday after work and did 15 minutes run/walk intervals on the treadmill and then 15 minutes on the bike. On Friday, I did some weights for about 15 minutes and then 20 minutes of run/walk intervals then 10 minutes on the bike. I had planned on going Thursday after work but felt too ill.

I’m finding the vertigo worse after the treadmill. It’s when I slow down or stop it’s almost as if I get disorientated it and feel dizzy. Doom.

I also signed up to a half marathon in May. I’m hoping I’ll be better by then so I can run it properly, I have an appointment with the specialist on the 25th so hopefully he can help me manage the vertigo a bit better.

I’m on a health kick now and I want to lose a stone to get back to where I was before I spent a month sat on my arse being dizzy. I’ve started using the hashtag #fityear to talk about my progress on Twitter and invite other people to do the same. You can read more about #fityear here. I’m thinking of doing some weekly challenges and things if people want to get involved!

How’s your week been?


Posted on January 12, 2017

Join us and Improve Yourself in #fityear

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Earlier today, I expressed to my friends I wanted a fitness buddy. Then I decided to take it to Twitter.

The idea is simple – we use the hashtag #fityear to talk about our fitness, health and weight goals.

Whether you’re celebrating losing a few lbs, posting a salad on Instagram or training for a marathon, use the #fityear tag so we can all encourage each other to our goals.

Your goal can be anything. If you don’t want to lose weight, it can be to eat your 5-a-day, to go to the gym 3 times a week or to run a 10k.

I’ll be doing roundups of how I’m getting on this blog and promoting the post via the #fityear tag. Make sure you do too if you do post. Feel free to post any links in the comments and I’ll add them into my posts so we can all keep up with each other.


My starting point.

Last night, I stood on the scale and saw the highest number I’ve seen, ever. I went into complete meltdown mode.

Luckily, the number was 6lbs less this morning when I weighed so I feel slightly better. But it’s still a high weight for me.

As I had a bad case of vertigo back in December, I couldn’t go to the gym. I also had 2 weeks off work and after that, I was still barely moving at work or at home because my head was in a constant spin. I was drinking and eating a lot over Christmas and all of this had lead to gaining weight.

I eat what I want most of the time as I exercise a lot, but taking this out of the equation and not being active at work (I can easily hit 10k steps in a shift) meant weight gain.

I’ve started to clean up my diet. Stop drinking and stop eating as much. Pick healthy options. I’m using myfitnesspal again to track my food intake as I find that really helps me stay accountable. It’s scary how many calories you can eat without realising.

I also signed-up to a half marathon and yesterday I went back the gym for the first time. I was going to go again today, but didn’t feel right at work and don’t want to be bad with vertigo again.

I plan to do something tomorrow, a run, gym or a workout at home.

On Saturday at 6pm, I’ll be dedicating the #socialbloggers Twitter chat to #fityear – so make sure you join in!

So – to summarise:

My Goals:

  • Lose 1 stone
  • Run a half-marathon in may

How I’m going to do this:

  • Use myfitnesspal to track meals
  • Dig out my FitBit and start wearing it again
  • Work out at least 3 times a week
  • Plan meals
  • Stop opting for full breakfasts at work!

Who is in?

Now, here are some photos of me for a bit of personal inspiration.

The first one is from when I ran my last half marathon, the second one is some progress I made last year, just a month apart:

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What are your goals?


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