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Posted on March 8, 2015

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

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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!

Osmo Active Hydration for Women

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

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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

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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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Posted on November 28, 2014

Beginners Running // My Worries

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DSC_0433.jpgWhen I first started running, I had a lot of mental barriers to getting myself out there.

I had thought about running outdoors before, but the fears seemed to prevent me from taking my first step.

It can be so daunting when you’re first starting out, especially if there’s a lot of people and cars about. Here are some of the worries I had and how I overcome them.

What if I look stupid running.

If you’ve never ran before, you’re probably not going to feel like it’s natural for you to do so. Runners call the way they run their form, and you should find your form by doing what feels comfortable. Everyone runs differently and I’ve heard and read of people that run with their legs kicking slightly outwards, waddling, but still being able to run as fast as anyone else.

You’ll feel stupid. But that’s because it’s not a usual thing for you. The more you run, the easier it will get.

I find putting my headphones in and forgetting the world really helps. Chances are, we’ll never see these people again and humans are always far too concerned with the opinions of those that don’t matter to us.

What if I have to stop and walk. 

It’s okay to stop and walk for a bit, even the most experienced runners do it. There might be many reasons for you to stop – after going up a fill, after interval training.

It’s common for me to have rest, usually at the half way point I’ll stop for a minute or so, check my time and catch my breath. Then I turn around and run the rest of the way.

It’s likely that you will have to stop and/or walk on the first run and that’s fine.

I always tell myself that nobody knows how far I’ve run, so it doesn’t matter. For all they know, I’ve just ran 10 miles and need a bit of a break before running another 10. So who cares if I have to stop and walk for a bit!

What if I run out of liquid.

I take out a 750ml bottle of water with me. That’s fine for the type of running I do and sometimes I come back with over half left – but it’s nice to have it just in case. I’ve read that you don’t even need to have water unless you run over an hour, but I prefer to have some with me regardless.

If I’m going longer than 5 miles, I’ll pop a few pounds in my pocking so I can get another drink if I need to. I’ve only ever had to go into a shop and get more liquid twice – once on a 10 mile run and once on a 7 mile run.

What if I pass out. 

There are times when I’ve felt dizzy when running but I’ve never passed out or had to stop. The trick is to know your limits and if you don’t feel great, then you need to stop and rest or slow down your pace.

What if it hurts too much. 

If you have the right running shoes, it shouldn’t hurt at all. The only pain I get is sometimes the day after if I don’t stretch properly.

It doesn’t really hurt when I’m out. Mostly.

When I want to stop, I just ask myself how my legs are feeling and how my chest is feeling – they’re usually fine and there’s no reason for me to stop. Time to push through!

I have no idea how fast I should run?

Run at the pace you feel comfortable. You should still be able to hold a conversation when running, if you can’t and you are panting too much, then slow down a little.

How far should I go?

I would recommend going out for about 30 minutes to start with. Run and walk as you please.

On my first run, I did about 3 miles. I stopped and walked 4 or 5 times. Then I would do the same 3 mile route but give myself different markers that told me when I could stop, until I could run the whole 3 miles without stopping at all.

Find a route that is around 2.5 miles, find your pace and give it a go.

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Posted on November 24, 2014

Fitness Update // 5lbs Down

diet/ fitness update/ running/ weight loss

Fitness

I have some great news! I’ve finally managed to lose some weight! 5lbs to be exact.

I worked out every day and also changed my diet – eating less fruit. And it worked!

Here’s the workouts I did:

Monday: P90 Sculpt 1 (30 minute workout focusing mainly on toning arms)

Tuesday: 2.7 mile run and Ab Ripper 100 (100 ab exercises)

Wednesday: P90 Sculpt 1.

Thursday: P90 Sweat 1 (35 workout focusing on burning calories) and Ab Ripper 100

Friday: P90 Sculpt 1.

Saturday: P90 Sweat 1 and Ab Ripper 100

Sunday: 3 mile run.

I have been very good at getting myself up early before work so I can get my workouts in before I go! I even had to get up at 4:45 one morning – but I got myself into a routine and started going to bed earlier. Getting into bed most nights between 9:00 – 9:30pm.

Running.

Tuesday’s Run.

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This was the first run after my 10k, I tried to really push it running as fast as I could for as long as possible when I set off. Then, on the way back I tried to crank it up a little. My second mile was the slowest, as usual. That damn incline really does slow me down!

My best split mile was the last, which was 11:09

Sunday’s Run

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This went a lot better than Tuesdays. I’m not going to lie, it was difficult but I kept pushing through.

I managed to get under 11 minutes on my last mile, clocking in at 10:49, which is my quickest mile since I started training again a few weeks ago. I’d love to start getting average paces of under 11 minutes.

I’m going on a trip next Weekend, Friday to Monday so I’m going to have next Saturday and Sunday off exercising all together – I’m a little nervous about this – but if I’m sensible with my food and drink choices, I’m sure it will be fine!

How has your week gone?

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Posted on November 21, 2014

Leeds Abbey Dash // A PB!

10km/ running

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On Sunday, I ran Leeds Abbey Dash.

I didn’t sleep well at all. I had dreams that I had been to a nightclub the night before the race and would be hungover. I must have had about 4 hours sleep – when my alarm went off, I thought I was going to cry.

I need to make a mental note that I can still run if I feel tired – because I was convinced it was the tiredest I’ve felt and I wouldn’t be able to run at all. It’s funny how you forget things like tiredness so quickly, but in the moment it feels so intense and dramatic.

Due to the roads being closed, my friend couldn’t get to my house. We decided to meet each other there. Then I struggled to get a taxi! One said they wouldn’t come and pick me up because of the race. Doom.

After finally getting there, I found my friend and we stood waiting for the start. As there are so many runners at Leeds Abbey Dash (over 12,000), it starts in waves. We were in the last wave so didn’t cross the finish line until there was 15 minutes on the clock.

I started off steady as I usually really struggle with the first couple km, it was okay though – I tried to push a bit around the second km.

I didn’t see the marker for 3km, so was surprised to see the 4km mark. Good, almost half way there. Although I knew that meant the incline was right in front of me!

I kept it steady and just after 5km, there was water handed out in plastic cups. I drank some but most of it went over my face and t shirt as I didn’t want to stop running.

I missed the 6km marker again – I have no idea how! So I was so happy when I saw the 7km.

I started to really feel it in my legs when I got to 8km. I felt fine breath wise, I wasn’t out of breath at all, but my legs were another story. They started to feel really heavy and I wanted to push harder, but I was afraid that I’d get too out of breath and have to stop.

I’m really not good at pushing my limits and need to be a bit braver at pushing myself harder. I always go for the safer options, which is to run at a comfortable pace.

The 9km sign was in view and I knew there was another incline coming. This is the worst thing about Leeds races, on the last km there’s an incline up a slip road and although it’s not massive, when you’re already exhausted it’s just not what you want when you’re on mile 6.

After what felt like hours, I finally saw the finish line and passed it! I got my t-shirt and waited for my friend.

I didn’t get a text message with my time, I thought that I had done better than Leeds 10k but not as good as Bradford 10k.

When I got home, I checked my results online and then checked the results from my previous 10ks and found that I had PBed!

  • Bradford 10k 01:14:48 (16th March 2014)
  • Leeds 10k 01:14:35 (20th July 2014)
  • Leeds Dash 01:14:01 (16th November 2014)

For some reason, I thought I ran Leeds 10k in about 1 hour 18, but actually ran it faster than my previous one. I know it’s not massive increases in speed, but I’ll take anything I can get at this point in time!

I’ll be running the Bradford 10k again next March and would love to be around the 01:10:00 mark!

Here’s the race data from my Garmin 🙂

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Posted on November 17, 2014

Running Update // 10k Done!

10km/ fitness update/ running

FITNESS AND RUNNINGUPDATE

 

Hi everyone!

Here again with another update of how I’m doing fitness wise.

I ran 4 miles on Thursday – I was tempted to go bit further but I was strapped for time as I attended a blog event in the evening and also I didn’t want to push it too much because of the 10k yesterday.

It wasn’t my fastest run but I wasn’t pushing too hard, I didn’t want to overdo it in case I injured myself.

On Sunday I ran the Leeds Abbey Dash, which is a 10k run. I’m happy to say that I got a PB! I didn’t even realise until a few hours after. I then went back and looked at the chip time on the other 10ks I’ve ran this year and discovered that I knocked 34 seconds off my previous PB. I’ll write more about it in a separate post.

I wasn’t expecting to run it faster as I don’t feel I trained hard enough in the speed department! My next 10k is in March and I want to knock some more time off. I plan to use this blog as motivation, and the people writing other running and fitness blogs. If I could run it 4 minutes faster, I’d be really happy. Let the speed work begin!

Now that it’s over, I’m going to go back to running 3 miles at a time and working on pushing myself to go faster.

Over this week, I started doing some of the P90 workouts. As I’ve not been losing weight, I want to work on gaining some muscle and toning up to see if it helps. Also, an extra 30 mins of being active a day has to help.

The workouts are tough in places, but doable and leave me feeling like I’ve really worked my arms and legs after.

I’m excited to start seeing some changes in my body.

Food wise, I’ve been eating really well. The naughtiest thing I’ve even in the past two weeks is two slices of toast I ate when hungover. I’m eating more fruit and drinking less alcohol. That, paired with the toning work doing should help me shift some of this lbs that I’m struggling to get off.

If that doesn’t work, I don’t know what will!

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Posted on November 15, 2014

How to lose weight running

running/ weight loss
The main reason I run is to lose weight.
What I like about running is that you can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time and you can really feel the workout. When I used to go to the gym, I found myself often looking at the calories burnt on the machines and it taking ages to get to even 100. I never really felt the burn like I do when I run.
I’ve been looking into how to make my workouts more efficient, here are some tips on how to lose weight running.

Vary your workouts. 

If you run the same 5 miles every time you run and if you run at the same pace, your body will get used to it and won’t burn as many calories.
Switch things up by adjusting your pace, the length of the run, the incline and also add some weights.

Run harder, not longer.

You’ll see more weight loss if you were to run at shorter periods of time at a faster pace. So push yourself a little harder for 3 miles rather than keeping at your comfortable pace for 5 miles. This is something I need to get better at!
You can also try interval training if you’re struggling to keep a faster pace for a long time. I often use lamp posts or cars as markers and will run hard until I reach them, then maintain my comfortable pace again.

Eat healthy.

There’s no point in running to lose weight if you’re not watching what you eat. It’s fine to treat yourself and eat what you enjoy from time to time, but if you’re packing in the calories – you won’t see results. You need to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound, so running a few miles per week is probably not going to be enough – you must restrict your food intake too.

Run regularly. 

You won’t lose weight by running once a week. Find a schedule that allows you to run 3 – 4 times a week. Be an earlybird, or go for a quick, intense run after work.

Track your workouts.

I use the free app Map My Run which tracks my workouts. It uses GPS to calculate how far I’ve ran, my splits per miles and how many calories I’ve burnt. It also tracks and records any personal bests for me. I find this a motivation when out running and I’m always excited to check my time at the end of a run and see if I’ve managed any fast miles.
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Posted on November 10, 2014

Running Update // Comments when out running.

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6 days until my 10k!

I’ve only been on 2 runs this week because of work. I ran 5 miles on Tuesday and then yesterday I ran 4 miles.

I did want to go longer yesterday, but I was hungover so really struggled.

On Saturday night, I wanted to enjoy a glass of mulled wine with the finale of Dr Who, but somehow ended up drinking cider too and playing Call Of Duty. Idiot!

On Tuesday while I was running, a passed of group of boys. One of them yelled at me ‘run faster, fat arse’. Why are people such idiots? Why do people think that it’s acceptable to yell things like that at people. Clearly I know that my arse is fat, which is why I am running.

Humans are just evil sometimes – yelling comments at strangers to impress their friends? I almost turned around and punched them in the face but I didn’t want to lose any more seconds off my already slow pace. Also I’m a wimp and if I got into a fight I would probably cry.

Today when I was running, a man yelled something at me too. Something like ‘go on, girl’, in a patronising way. It’s always men that seem to yell things at women.

Why do they think it’s okay? Are some men so idiotic that they think it’s a normal, acceptable thing to do?

Then we wonder why women can feel so self conscious about running outside and are afraid of what people will think. Most people probably won’t think anything. Maybe ‘Go you, I wish I had the motivation to do that”. I know when I see people running, I feel jealous that I’m not running!

It’s just a pity there are some morons that think ‘I’m going to yell some inappropriate comment at this woman because I’m a knob’. Wankers.

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