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Run Monkey Run!


HEY friends! How has the start of your week been? Mine has been tiring, but good! Time for a lil’ weekend recap!


My weekend began with my last cross country race of the season! I counted last week’s as my last proper race though, because this was just a fun, informal club one! It was a 5 mile handicap (worked out based on 5k PBs), so I started almost ten minutes after the first lady went. It was a hot day, so I dressed up ready for the weather, but I wasn’t prepared for a midday race and a course that had almost no shade! All of us girls also decided to make it our annual Sports Bra Run since the weather was so nice, which do every year and each donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care:)




I WON the handicap! To be fair, my 5k time was from last year, so it probably wasn’t entirely fair, but I’m not complaining! ;) I also realised that handicaps are my new favourite race! Chasing down the people in front of you whilst trying not to be caught by the fast people behind you is so fun!


I finished up with four super slow cool down miles on the trails with a teammate (plus 1 warm up) to give me my long run of the week:


My race miles were 6 min/miles, and my cooldown was 9min/miles! I’m finally learning how to run easy!


After that fun morning, it was time for shopping and The Hunger Games!



I LOVED it! My only complaints were that the choppy camera action (esp. at the beginning!) made me feel dizzy, and also that it was too long. But then I have the attention span of an gnat and hate sitting still so the fact that I still loved a movie that wasn’t Disney and was 2+ hours long is saying something! They definitely did justice to the book:)


Following the movie I made a beeline for Nandos and dragged my friends with me. Have I ever mentioned how much I love that place? ;) Portuguese food that is cheap, spicy, and yummy is definitely my thing!


Veggie burger + slow cooked luso beans. I also had another plate with ratatouille and a side salad on it…ordering two plates of food is totally normal by the way;)


Obviously my Sunday began with a big stack of pancakes. And lots of maple syrup:)



I was relaxing at the dining table, munching on my pancakes, thinking it was 8.45am. I was taking part in a 6 mile run for Sport Relief at 10am, so I thought had plenty of time. And then about a minute later, it hit me. The clocks had gone forward. Cue panic, frantic running around trying to get dressed, and Tweeting my distress.


Note: I also thought the starting time was 10.30am. It was actually 10am. Double fail!


Nevertheless, I got there, albeit 10 minutes late! I was told that I could still join in, but that I would have to cut it short so that I wouldn’t finish after everyone else. I decided to take a different option: run as fast I could and finish it.


FYI, the fastest you can run in a too-big monkey onesie is 7 min/miles. I finished in 42 minutes! It felt good to lap people dressed like that though haha!


It was SO FUN! Everyone gets very enthusiastic when someone runs around in a monkey suit! Although some people got confused and I was called a rabbit or bear on numerous occasions. Those people received a banana in the face.


It was an uncomfortable run though, with a belly full of pankcaes and with a FLEECE onesie on. Man it got toasty in there!


My friend, who is INSANELY fast, won in 31 minutes!! He was so fast that there was no-one at the finish line, because the officials didn’t expect anyone to finish that soon haha! And he was disappointed because he wanted to run 29 minutes. Crazy.


To make matters even better, my brother had to take the car, so I had to use public transport to get home. And guess who was in too much of a hurry to think to bring a change of clothes?


Monkey on the bus. Standard.


So, tell me, what was the best thing about YOUR weekend? I can’t pick one thing! My runs probably:)


Have you ever done a race in fancy dress? It gave me a whole new respect for people who do! It sure ain’t easy! But it is so fun, and you get so much more crowd support!


Have a GREAT week! <3

23 Responses to Run Monkey Run!

  1. BAHAHAHA. People I love. You. You are hilarious girl. I’m glad everything worked out and I totally agree about hunger games. I get motion sickness so I felt it in the beginning but then towards the end I wasn’t even bored per normal movies.

    Have a great week!
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  2. Haha! I love your running outfit :D Although not ideal, what a fun way to run!
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  3. Lol! I love the monkey costume with all of my heart and soul, you have no idea. I would have loved to see you on the bus in that, I would’ve died laughing! (With you, not at you!)
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  4. I missed a doctors appointment due to the time change! I hate that! I was up and just taking my sweet time to iron my shirt and such and then checked my phone…”why is does say…” oh wait! facepalm and running out the door, potential speeding too!

    I think it’s fabulous that you ran as a monkey! I hope you had banana soya afterward? :D

    • aaaah you missed a doctor’s appointment because of the time change?! that sucks! it was my phone that told me the truth too! :P

      haha yes I DID have my banana soya afterwards too! clearly I am a monkey at heart ;)

  5. hahahhahahaha the monkey suit on public transportation…classic. Congrats on the win in the handicap race! Sounds like you had a great weekend :)
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  6. That looks like such an awesome run!!! I love charity events like that! And you had such a great time too! And congrats on the handicap race win as well! You are incredible!
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  7. Sounds like a great weekend! I saw hunger games too, it was the choppy camera action at the end that got me! Must try out Nando’s soon!
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  8. Oh my,Emma,you’re awesome. I think I love you for being just like you are. Super cute and funny! ;)
    Congrats,too,of course,on winning that handicap race!
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  9. I had a nice relaxing weekend full of yoga. Needed to relax after 3 weeks of essay writing (just one more to go and then I’m FREE!).

    I LOVED the Hunger Games! I’m so glad they did the books justice. I was a bit thrown off by the fast camera action at first but I liked it in the end because if really determined the mood of the film and gave the viewers a great sense of the danger and anxiety going on through the story. (Sorry for nerdy analysis, I’m a literature student! Just can’t help myself).

    I’ve started running and I’m surprised that I like it (kind of). Going to try and improve because I’m running a 5K this summer.

    • that sounds like the PERFECT weekend! i think I am going to get my yoga on too this weekend…i need it!

      I loved your analysis! i couldn’t agree more, and i love a good nerdy review ;)

      it makes me SO HAPPY to hear that you’ve started running and that you’re enjoying it!! i’m sure your 5k this summer will be amazing! <3

  10. haha you are so funny – love the monkey costume!! ;)

    the best thing about my weekend was definitely getting accepted to my #1 college! i am so excited – i love the school and i can’t wait to go there next year! another perk is that instead of having to visit other colleges like i would have if i hadn’t gotten in, is that now i just get to visit UCLA and go to Disneyland on my spring break!!
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  11. LOL!!!! that sounds like quite the adventuresome Sunday run hahaha….I have to admit I saw that tweet and was extremely confused since our clocks went forward a few weeks ago :-P but 42 mins for a 6 miler in a monkey suit the day after a race + long run for you is pretty baller!!!!! Also, I seriously need to fly over to London and go to Nando’s, that veggie burger looks out of this world. as does every dish you’ve ever posted from there haha!
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  12. I love Nando’s too- but only lemon herb!
    Well done for running in that suit- it looks very warm indeed!
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  13. I can’t believe you wore that costume the whole race! Hilarious!!
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  14. I haven’t personally, but a friend of mine walked the entire March for Babies fundraiser in a giant Oreo cookie suit. Not sure why, but it was pretty comical seeing people’s reactions. :)

  15. I’m seeing the hunger games tonight and cannot wait. Looks like a great race!
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  16. ur monkey pics = priceless! ;)

    sounds like a super fun and relaxed run…way to go on winning too!

    oh man i went to hunger games at 12am opening day…i thought it was pretty good and had a lot of fun with my little bro! :)

    please, why must u always tempt me with those stacks of pancakes!! drool!

  17. man your posts always crack me up, I just love how your sense of houmor is portrayed for your blog. hands up to you in your suit!!

  18. Ahh! I love that you brought up The Hunger Games! I am excited to see it. Glad you liked it!
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