Running fake??

Prior to the birth of my second child in October 2013 I would generally just run a 5k Race For Life once a year but after having Flo and deciding I needed to shift my baby (and pre-baby!) fat I decided running would be the answer. Cheap, easy to fit in and the ability to do it at the drop of a hat.

2 1/2 years later and I still manage at least one run a week of between 5 and 10k so I’m pretty chuffed. I’ve managed to loose a lot of weight and I feel good about my body and health.

So why do I still feel like a fraud??

You know what I mean, I don’t class myself as a ‘runner’. Why do we, as mums/women always put ourselves down? Anyhoo that is a point for a completely different post that will come soon enough.

Luckily I was contacted by the lovely Trespass who could see through my insecurities and see me for the runner that I am and I need to thank them for that, because by having a ‘real’ brand get in touch and have belief in me I have actually realised i have belief in myself! Is that hollow? I don’t think so. It’s purely support. Support for me, mums and all of us who are trying to better ourselves and get back to who we were before children (YOU KNOW THE ONES THAT WE LOVE DEARLY – OBVIOUSLY!!) but who take up all our time!

To the point in hand! I had been thinking for ages that I needed a running jacket, I would often go out with a fleece cardigan or a hoodie on, only to get too hot 10 minutes in to my run but because of my earlier discussed insecurities of not being a ‘runner’ I couldn’t warrant the need for a ‘running’ jacket.

WELL!!!! Can I just say! If you run 1k or if you run 20k you NEED a running jacket! The weather is up and down as we know and the thing I didn’t know about these said ‘running jackets’ is that they love and protect you whatever the weather! If it’s cold they will keep you warm, if it’s warm but a bit nippy they take the edge off and even though you get hot and sweaty whilst you run you won’t feel it with one of these bad boys on!

PLUS who can deny you a HOT PINK jacket?! ( apologies for the cheesy picture LOL! )

To purchase my beautiful jacket click here

 

 

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The running returns…

As many of you know I became a keen runner after having my second child Flo at the end of 2013 and managed my first ever 10k just a year ago; the Nike night run and ran a second one, Race for life in the summer.

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Disaster struck in September 2014 when upon visiting my Auntie and consuming a couple of vino’s I fell down a large step and landed badly on my foot. It turned out I had fractured my big toe and ended up wearing a boot for 8 weeks which some of you may remember from Blogfest!

After an arduous process of doing no exercise apart from abs & squats in January and numerous Physio appointments my toe health has become much better and although I still have pain and may have to start cortisone injections I have started exercising and running again.

The problem with being a parent is finding the time to exercise and lets be honest by the time the other half gets home at 7.30 pm Ive already been in for two hours, played with the kids, got through the bedtime routine, cooked the dinner and tidied up, there is no way I want to go out again to exercise!

So what to do? Well I joined fit4less gym which is opposite my work and have started a workout designed for me by the helpful trainer there in my lunch hour.

My first run was 3 k to the gym where i did my workout and then 3k back home. I couldn’t walk for about 4 days without looking like John Wayne!

Second run was a straight 4k, I was pleased but disappointed my average km/minute was so high seen as I used to run at 6 km/minute.

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Sunday I ran my best yet, 5k, no stopping and got my average back down to 6.30 km/minute. 🙂

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So whats next? I want to improve my pace and have a 10k booked for June and another in July. I’m continuing with my healthy eating (or trying to!) so you can read more about it here : slow & steady.  I’ll keep you posted!

 

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