Fitness; Muck In

"Come with us" they said. "It'll be fun" they said. What they failed to mention was the mud, minor floods, nettles, hills...should I go on?!

I've started running in the evenings with a group of friends. This group includes a couple of Ironmen, superwoman (for real) and another woman who runs with me but is so fit she likes to chat as I struggle to gasp for air. They are a pretty no nonsense bunch so when we go for a run, it's a 10k minimum - no complaining. 

I'd only run that far once in my life before running with them. It wasn't good. I didn't know that was how far we were going until we were stretching against the car trying to find the GPS signal on our Garmins. I think this was a good thing or I'd probably have found an excuse not to go.

So this was my second run with the gang and we (actually "they"- I don't really know any routes!) decided to do THE Crawley 10k. Sounds like a nice scenic route, right?  You're thinking maybe a few small hills, maybe a lap or two around the lake. 

No. This is not what it involved. 

It was off road, through the woods, on narrow paths and up and down the hills. So the gang reading this will probably scoff- "hills?! Pah that was a bump in the road!" It was not a bump. I want to stress this- I'm not a regular runner. Even 5k is quite a struggle. To be really honest, sometimes just running for the train is enough! 

Running with friends is the way to go. Yes, they are better than me. Yes, they can go for longer than me. Yes, they like to laugh at my girlie distaste for getting muddy and dirty. But they are my friends- I know they aren't going to laugh at me for being rubbish nor do they want me to fail. When they aren't chuckling at my tip toe run around the puddles and mud, they have a lot of helpful tips and tricks. If I didn't go with them I probably wouldn't go as far nor would I push myself to keep going when I felt like giving up.

It isn't easy. If you're like me and you don't run that often, the first few weeks/months are tough. It doesn't feel natural, it's difficult to breathe and you do feel rubbish. From my first run to my second weeks run, it did feel a teeny tiny bit easier. Honestly. And despite the muckiness, I surprised myself and I did have fun.

Now for the not so fun part, to clean my shoes and dirty clothes...


A Family Run

So most families like to go on holiday together, maybe a trip to the spa or a nice brunch? My family like to take part in random sporty events. We've had a relay duathlon and many Race for Lifes so this time they decide to up the ante and do a 10k. Seriously. This kind of helps validate my "I was adopted theory" as given a choice, I would have gone for a little trip to the spa hands down.

All About Hair

Okay so you know the deal, swimming just feels so good. There's something calming about gliding through the water and the sense of calm that ensues. As calming as it is for your mind, it is not calming for your hair. It is drying, tangling and pretty savage and more than one time I've come out of the pool looking more Andy Carroll than Amanda Beard!

The Short of It

The sun is shining and that can only mean one thing...summer! Yay! This of course means shopping time! After months of wrapping up, it's time to shed the layers and get those limbs out. I don't need much of an excuse to shop but when I realised that I spent the whole of last summer in my denim shorts, I decided it was time to shop!

A Dip Into The Unknown

So this morning I got up at the crack of dawn (why are all sporty things on so early? Can't people train around 10am?!) to journey up to Thorpe for my first Open Water Swim! I packed my wetsuit, tri-suit to wear under the wetsuit, swimming hat and goggles -I think these are the bare essentials as you don't need much more. Oh and a towel! God, don't forget the towel!!!


Hey, I am you may have guessed!

This blog is about me and my life,
I am generally all arms and legs but I am always trying to get my limbs to work together for sporting events! Don't be put off by my sporting prowess (ha!) I'm still a pretty girlie kind of girl; I am a terrible runner but I'm decked out in Nike, I swim so my mascara is waterproof and as for cycling- my bike is pink! I have a serious make up buying addiction and no matter how much I go to the gym, I never look any skinner.

Anyway this is my life so, enjoy!


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