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Posted on November 18, 2015

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015 Race Recap

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Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

When I woke up on Sunday morning, the date of the 2015 Leeds Abbey Dash, the last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed and run a 10k.

I couldn’t sleep at all the night before, falling to sleep around 3am. The 7:30am alarm was not welcome at all, neither was the view outside my window. It was chucking it down with rain and the wind was horrendous.

Reading back at my 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash recap, it seems it was pretty similar! I also had trouble getting a taxi! I ended up having to download Uber, which is something I’m really against due to my previous experience of an Uber, where the taxi driver spent the whole journey telling me I should get the Uber app and trying to convince me that my current taxi firm are liars. Oh, and that I should rate him 5 stars.

Apparently it was high demand, and they charged me 2.6x more than usual. So a 6 quid taxi cost me £15.

Not impressed!

So, I finally made it to the race. Luckily the rain had calmed to a steady drizzle.

The start was muddy, there was no running on the mud.

As usual, the race started in waves and we started right at the back.

The rain wasn’t bad at all by this point. I had my Garmen on and decided to do what I did with my last 10k, run at my comfortable pace for 0.9 miles, then run hard for 0.1 mile.

I knew I wouldn’t beat my previous time of 1:04 due to not going for a run in a month, but I was determined to come under an hour and 10 minutes.

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

It was tough going! There was only one water station half way and we had to queue for a cup and then queue for someone to fill the cup. I easily lost 45 seconds for half a cup of water. I wish I hadn’t bothered looking back. I’m kind of disappointed with the water station.

The Run for All events tend to have 3 stations that give out bottles so you don’t have to stop at all.

As always, it’s the last half a mile that’s the hard is in Leeds races due to having to run up a slip road.

My garmin clocked 6.2miles and I couldn’t see the end, it was really disheartening. Finally I saw the clock – there wasn’t the usually ‘finish’ sign like there usually is so it kind of crept up on me!

Leeds Abbey Dash 2015

I finished with a time of 1:08. Which isn’t as good as my last 10k, but under an hour and 10 minutes. I’m okay with that seeing as I didn’t train!

I love the t-shirt, too.

This is the last race of the year for me. I’ve done two 10ks, a 5k and a half marathon. Same again next year?

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Posted on July 25, 2015

Leeds 10k

10km/ running

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On the 12th July, I ran Leeds 10k. This is the second time I’ve ran it, I also ran the 2014 Leeds 10k.

I found this years so much easier than the previous years. Which was surprising as I didn’t have a chance to train for this one as the move really put me out of my fitness routine! I ran 4 miles the Wednesday before and that was it.

It wasn’t as hot as last year, which is always a plus.

I didn’t really have a plan of action. The first mile was frustrating as I was struggling getting past people and it took about 11mins 30 seconds for that mile! Just after the second mile, I decided I’d start to speed up during the last tenth of a mile. So I kept checking my Garmin and then ran as fast as I could for 0.1 miles, then went back to my normal pace.

This seemed to work pretty well. I came out with a time of 1hr 04mins 26 seconds, which isn’t my best 10k time but is 10 minutes faster than my pervious year, which is a great achievement.

I need to get under an hour though. I’m planning on doing the Bradford 10k at the end of Sept and the Leeds Abbey Dash in November. Hopefully I’ll get under an hour in the Abbey Dash. The Bradford 10K won’t be great time wise because I’m on holiday two weeks before! Terrible timing!

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Posted on June 13, 2015

Why you can be a runner, too.

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When I mention to people that I run, they look at me like I’m some kind of amazing machine.

I do a 10k before work, and my work colleagues are floored.

I get comments like ‘you must be really fit’ or ‘I can’t run’.

This is where I start to get on my pedestal and start preaching.

You can be a runner, too!

I was never a runner until about 2 years ago. In school, I was rubbish at sport and didn’t really like it. I’ve had bouts of going to the gym but never anything consistently.

I never thought I’d be able to run more than 10 minutes without stopping. I never really cared to.

Then when I moved house, it was summer. There were a lot of runners and cyclists on the streets around me so I decided to give it a go.

My first run, I ran 5k. I stopped and walked every time I felt too tired.

When I ran again, I focused on going a mile without stopping. Pretty soon, I was easily doing a mile without stopping. I made sure I was running at an easy pace that I’d be able to keep you. You should be breathing heavily but still be able to hold a conversation. If you can’t, you’re going too fast.

I read something that really stuck with me to keep me pushing through.

Basically, when you start running and you’re not used to it. Your brain panics a little. It’s all mental.

Start thinking of your different body parts and seeing how the feel. How do your legs feel? They’re hurting a bit but not too bad. How do your arms feel? Fine. How is your chest and breathing?

When you break it down like that, you can see that you can keep going a little longer.

After a few weeks, I was running 5 miles and I even ran 10 miles after about two months of running!

So if you think you’re not a runner, try again. All you need is a pair of trainers!

Here’s some things to think about if you want to give running a go:

  • If you want to use an app like Couch to 5k, just make sure it works for you. Everyone is different and some people might find it too easy or too hard.
  • Map out a route that’s about 2-3 miles long. Run at a comfortable pace and allow yourself to stop when you need to.
  • Aim to run longer than your previous runs. If you ran for 4 minutes before stopping, aim for 5 minutes next time.
  • Get a running app like MapMyRun to see your times.
  • Base your progress on comparing your previous runs – not comparing yourself against other people!
  • If you’re embarrassed about having to stop and people seeing you – just remember they don’t know how far you’ve ran! You could be on mile 20 for all they know.
  • People don’t really care what you look like.
  • Have fun!

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Posted on May 15, 2015

Leeds Half Marathon 2015 // Race Recap

running

Leeds Half Marathon

I did it! I ran a half-marathon on Sunday and DID NOT DIE.

I woke up at around 7am. The race was due to start at 9:30, with my wave starting at 9:55. I got a taxi into the centre at 8:45 and met my friend at the station and grabbed coffee.

I was feeling really nervous by now. I’m never sure how the wee situation will be. I didn’t want to have to stop on the way around but we managed to use the portaloos before the race started.

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We set off and I didn’t realise I was going above pace at first. I had wanted to keep my pace a steady 11 minute miles and then push a bit faster in the last 4/5 miles if I felt comfortable enough.

It was my first half-marathon and the first time I’ve ran anything over 11 miles so I was totally playing it safe!

Miles three and four were the hardest and you can see that with my splits. The sun was out and it was facing us, I started to fear that I was over heating, which then was followed by the fear of not drinking enough, or running out, or drinking too much liquid and needing the loo.

What’s a girl to do, ay?

I decided that I would keep myself well hydrated and drink whenever I needed to. If I needed to stop, I could stop to use the toilets but I didn’t want to pass out from being too hot!

Mile three and four were not only the hottest miles, but the steepest. I knew about these hills as I ran this part of the route in my 11 mile training run. Though it felt harder in my previous run. I think I had bigged it up to be too much! It wasn’t the hill that slowed me down but the heat.

I had my first energy gel at mile five. I then had one every two miles. I wasn’t really sure what my gel plan was going to be but I just did what felt right on the day. Every two miles felt good because it give me a short term goal to focus on.

By mile 7, I was still feeling really comfortable and had a real sense of IM DOING THIS.

Leeds Half MarathonThe crowds were brilliant, there were people outside their houses with water tables giving water out and it made me all emotional. People cheering you on and saying you’re amazing.. when you think of all the hard work in the training and then hear that it really starts to get emotional!

I almost cried a few times during the race just with how overwhelmed I felt. I never thought I’d be able to run a half-marathon. This time two years ago I couldn’t even run half a mile! And he I was, on mile 7 and feeling strong.

Getting to mile 10 was great, then 11, then I was at mile 12 and then mile 13. My legs were aching but I didn’t feel out of breathe. Just aching. The last few 100m seemed to last forever.

I crossed the finish line and wow, I remember stopping and initially feeling a bit wobbly and dizzy. I was given a energy drink, gabbed my tshirt and medal and drank all of the drink!

My finish chip time was 2:23:04.

I went in the race wanting to come under 2:30 for my first half so I’m so happy with that time!

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Next time I do one, I want to run it in under 2:20!

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Have you ran a half-marathon? How was your first?

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Posted on May 9, 2015

Ronhill Women’s Trail Cargo Tank

clothing/ running

Ronhill Women's Trail Cargo Tank

Ahh, running tops. Give me them all.

I recently spent some vouchers I had as a little treat for my half-marathon on Sunday.

It’s a new Ronhill running top. I’ve never tried this brand before, but I was won over by the colours.

Also by the two pockets in the back and the gel loops which can be used to store energy gels.

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I was planning on taking my running bumbag on my half-marathon, but I think I’m going to give it a miss now and just carry my phone on my arm and use the gel loops to carry some energy gel and put a bit of tissue in the pockets.

Here are the features of the top:

  • Powerlite fabric
  • High content of elastane provides excellent support with great stretch and recovery
  • Treated with Polygiene – keeps your running kit fresh and odour free
  • Concealed key fob pocket on shoulder
  • 2 Powerlite stash pockets – ideal for trail cap and fuel bottles
  • 5 New twin gel loops for added stability when running
  • Fibre content: 84% Polyamide, 16% Elastane

I took it out for a spin today and it was very comfortable!

I’m impressed with Ronhill and will look out for their kit in the future.

Have you ever tried anything from them?

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Posted on April 17, 2015

Reebok Spartan Race // Race Entry Giveaway

running

Reebok Spartan Race

 

I’ve never heard of a Spartan Race before.

It’s the worlds leading obstacle race series. But what type of obstacles?

Quoted from their website:

There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth.

There WILL be obstacles to catch you off guard. Curve balls, so to speak.

Get over it.

We’re here to rip you from your comfort zone. If you need a road map for each step of the way, then maybe this race isn’t for you.

It sounds pretty terrifying, right?

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The races come in 3 distances.

The different distances are:

  • A Spartan Sprint: 5+ KM / 15+ OBSTACLES
  • A Super Spartan: 13+ KM / 20+ OBSTACLES
  • The Spartan Beast: 20+ KM / 25+ OBSTACLES

You you complete all 3 distances within one calendar year, it’s known as a Trifecta and you’ll get a metal for completed your Trifecta.

Spartan Race Calendar

You can search through their race calendars yourself, but here are some key dates:

  • 16th May: London – Spartan Sprint
  • 20th May: South Wales – Spartan Sprint
  • 21st May: South Wales – Super Spartan
  • 4th July: Manchester – Spartan Sprint
  • 5th July: Manchester – Super Spartan
  • 18th July: Scotland – Spartan Sprint
  • 19th July: Scotland – Super Spartan
  • 5th September: Cambridgeshire – Spartan Sprint
  • 19th September: South – Spartan Sprint
  • 20th September: South -Super Spartan
  • 21st September: South – The Spartan Beast

Giveaway

I’ve been given the oppertunity to give one entry away to my readers, please enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a free place in one of the races!

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Alternatively, you can get a 10% discount with the code: BLOGGER15!

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Posted on March 8, 2015

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

exercise/ review/ running

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

Osmo have created a line of hydration products formulated specifically for women. Their motto is catchy and relatable:

‘We’re not small men’.

Osmo Active has been designed with women in mind and the hydration supplement counters the secondary effects of increased ovarian hormone levels in the blood.

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

During our menstrual cycle, our internal temperature can vary around 0.5C. We lose more sodium and plasma volumes drop. Osmo hydration helps prevent this.

It’s a powder based sports drink that’s packed full of nutrition to help replace electrolytes, boost energy and keep you hydrated during a workout.

The benefits are:

  • Increased Power Output
  • Improved Endurance
  • Avoid Premenstrual-Related Performance Decline

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

It’s simpl to use. You use the scoop the comes with the formula. 2 scoops for 500ml and 3 scoops for 750ml. It devolves well and there were no lumps or bumps with it.

It has a subtle taste which is perfect for me. I don’t know about you, but if I have a strong flavour drink while running or exercise it makes me feel really sick. I usually run with very diluted cordial!

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I’ve done a few of my longer Sunday runs with this and I’ve been enjoying it so far. Both runs I’ve used it with have gone well and I did feel like I could go longer than the 5-6 miles I had planned.

I’m going to keep using this to aid my half-marathon training!

The 425g tub has around 40 services. You can get one from ProBikeKit here or Amazon by clicking the picture below:

Do you use any hydration products during exercise?

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Posted on January 1, 2015

Janathon

running

FITNESS AND RUNNINGUPDATEIn December, I exercised every day apart from the 25th, 26th and 27th because of Christmas. Even though one of the days it was just a 10 minute weight workout!

This month, I’ve joined Janathon to go the whole month and I’m excited!

It will feel fantastic to say I’ve done a full month of daily exercise and working out daily really does help me get into the habit of making this a long term thing.

Janathon is a monthly challenge in which participles should do any form of exercise every day.

I’ll be continuing with my P90 workouts as I’m half-way though. Sunday, which is a rest day on P90 will be yoga and/or a run and I’ll also run on some of my days off work, whether permitting!

My only one possible downfall is a works party at the end of the month, I’ll be working the full day and going straight to a hotel to get ready. I’ll hopefully be able to fit in 10-20 mins of cross fit at the hotel before I jump in the shower!

Wish me luck!

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Posted on December 19, 2014

Women Can Run Marathons // 261

running

I love the story of Kathrine Switzer and wanted to share it with you all, for those of you who don’t know who she is.

Kathrine Switzer is known as being the first women to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. In 1967, she signed up under the name K. V. Switzer under entry number 261 with Syracuse Harriers athletic club.

During the race, when it was realised she was a woman by race officials, one tried to physically remove her from the race. Her boyfriend shoved him out of the way. Photographs of this incident made headlines around the world.

0415_marathon-switzerAfter this, she then realised that she had to finish this marathon to prove women could do it.

5 years later, women were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon.

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Posted on December 1, 2014

Fitness Update // Weekends away

fitness update/ running/ weight loss

FITNESS AND RUNNINGUPDATE

Hello again! Time for another fitness update.

The weight didn’t come off fast like last week. But it didn’t come back, either. Which is good. 5lbs is a lot to lose in one week so I’m more than happy with just staying there for another week or so!

Well, that was at the time of writing this post, which was Thursday. I’ve been away all weekend with some bloggers on a weekend break to a cottage in North Yorkshire. There was alcohol and there was food. My plan was moderation and salads to fill me up, so I could treat myself to the nice food but not eat too much of it.

Exercise was good again. Here’s what I did:

Monday: Sculpt 1-2 (30 mins weights)
Tuesday: 3 mile run and ab ripper.
Wednesday: Sculpt 1-2
Thursday: Sweat 1-2 (30 min cardio) and ab ripper.
Friday: Sculpt 1-2 and 30 mins yoga.

I did plan on running on Thursday too, but it was raining so I did the Sweat 1-2 instead.

My run on Tuesday went really well! I managed to break the 11min mile split and I came in at 10.58 per mile! That’s good for me. I feel like I’m finally getting somewhere with the speed thing, hopefully I can keep it up.

Sorry this is short! The weekend away has thrown me out a bit 🙂

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