Christmas Traditions

 

MERRY {belated} Christmas friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season! In-between working non-stop and trying to spend as much time with my family as possible, it’s been harder than usual to sit down and write a post, but I’ve had a lovely past couple of weeks spent having fun with all my favourite people, and I hope you have too!

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It was only looking back on some of my Christmas posts from past years (one of my favourite things about having a blog!) that I realised just how many Christmas traditions I have! Cheesy as it sounds, these traditions make me thankful and appreciate more than anything just how fortunate and blessed I am. Christmas is a BIG deal to me and my family, and these are just of the many traditions…

 

Tradition #1: Christmas Dinner with friends. Every year a few days before Christmas, my friends and I sit down to eat a Christmas meal together and swap presents. Good food and good company…what could be better?

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Tradition #2: Christmas Eve training. My absolute favourite training session of the whole year! Our session is made up of sprint relays around the track involving Santa hats and crackers instead of batons. It’s still a hard workout, but it’s so fun! And training with these awesome speedy girls is always the best thing ever.IMG_0821[4]

My wonderful running family <3

After cool down and stretches, we all exchanged presents and presented our coach with a joint present from all of us. Our coach is the most selfless and supportive man I’ve ever met, putting in countless hours every week towards our training, completely voluntarily. He comes to every race to support us, regardless of how far away it is, and his tireless efforts led our training group to 2nd place at Nationals! So we clubbed together and got him a tablet so he can read running articles and receive our training logs via email whilst he’s travelling to our races ;)

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Tradition #3: Wrapping presents on Christmas Eve whilst watching Elf and Love Actually. I must’ve seen those movies a thousand times, but they never. get. old.

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Tradition #4: Christmas morning run! Some people think that’s crazy, but what’s so crazy about doing your favourite thing on your favourite day?! I always do my Christmas Day run just as a relaxed fun run, with no pace/mileage goals, just a Santa hat and a smile! Aaaand to make this run even better, Santa was kind enough to treat me to a new Garmin(!!), so I got to take that on a test run!

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LOVE MY NEW GARMIN I’ll do a proper write-up on it soon once I’ve tested it out a bit more thoroughly! I’ve used it every day since though and so far, there is nothing but pure love for it :)

 

Tradition #5: Christmas Day church service with all the family. Never forgetting what it’s all really about <3

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Tradition #6: Burning off that Christmas day dinner with the running club’s annual fancy dress Boxing Day paperchase! 7 hilly miles on the trails chasing the “hares” whilst wearing a puffy elf costume is pretty hard, but so fun!! Seeing everyone else’s costumes is always a laugh, and it’s definitely one of my favourite runs of the year!

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The “hares” setting off before we give chase

And thanks to the torrential rain we’d had over the previous few days, the trails were one big mud swamp. All the more fun! :P

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Tradition #7: Long evenings of competitive board games. My American family come over from Christmas Eve until New Year every year, and every evening we all get together and play hours of board games. It gets VERY competitive, which is really all the fun ;)

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It was the perfect week to end my favourite time of the year.

 

What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?

 

What was your favourite gift that you gave/received this year?

 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and have a lovely New Year! See you in 2014!! (<—- Can’t believe that’s just a day away…time flies!) <3

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Thinking Out Loud #1

 

Today I’m joining in for the first time with my good friend Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud posts! I love her, and I love these posts.

 

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1. I’ve seen a lot of talk about a December running streak on Twitter recently, and I briefly considered joining in. Then I decided on doing a Christmas jumper streak instead. Far more festive.

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Day 19 and still going strong!

 

2. Talking of running and streaking…

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This moment was pretty much the highlight of my entire existence. Only in London.

 

3. I was reunited with my running family this week, and what a beautiful reunion it was! Two circuit training sessions, two runs, and a huge Christmas dinner. Perfection.

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Straight from training to a Christmas dinner! And oh look, a Christmas jumper…

 

4. I’m guessing most people’s work Christmas parties don’t include a runway show, lentil salad canapes, and a Santa that comes round and hands out little healthy gifts? Only at Sweaty Betty…! :P

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5. I can’t stop listening to Christmas music, all day every day, and my Christmas music playlist is 138 songs long. I think I have a problem. And my desktop background is a Christmas countdown. To say I love this time of year is a slight understatment I think.

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6. You know those days when you’ve got a hard workout scheduled but you just aren’t feeling it? Well we had a 8x400m on the cards today and during the warm-up I was trying to stamp out my negative attitude, but my prayers were answered as the heavens opened and a hailstorm began! So we did an impromptu circuit training session in the changing rooms instead:) Although I still had a three mile run home after the session in the pouring rain which was great fun ;)

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Incidentally I’ve done well on the strength front this week, with two circuit training sessions and a BodyPump class on top of my runs. My muscles are sure feeling it though, gotta love those DOMS!

 

7. I’m drinking a hot chocolate (P.S. vegan pals I use this stuff and it is the bomb) whilst writing this post. There is nothing better than a steaming hot cocoa after a cold wet run :)

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Tell me a random thought or something fun you’ve done this week?

 

Have you ever done a run streak, or would you ever do one? I’ve never done one, because it doesn’t fit in with my training plan, and I’m probably too injury prone for it to work for me anyway! But I think the motivational side of it must be pretty awesome, and I have great admiration for those who can stick it out!

 

How do you prepare for a hard run/workout? I try to really get myself in the right frame of mind before a workout. If I go in with a positive mental attitude, then more often than not, the workout will be a success!

 

Have a great day friends, and thanks Amanda for hosting! <3

Poland Recap

 

Hey friends! So I’m finally posting the remainder of my impromptu trip to Poland last week (you can see the first part here) after what has been a pretty manic few days at work. I’ll catch y’all up on what’s been happening soon, but for now, the recap of my trip!

 

Despite the nightmare of a journey that was getting home (thanks Ryanair for that flight delay that saw me get home at 3:30am…and then off to work just a few hours later :| ), it was honestly one of the best trips of my life. Thank heavens for spontaneous caffeine-fuelled decisions!! ;)

 

We checked into our apartment, unpacked a bit, and made ourselves at home. I travelled carry-on, so I had to be very selective about what I brought with me, and approximately 90% of my hand luggage was made up of running stuff. I knew it was going to be cold but I don’t think I realised quite how chilly it was! I packed running shoes, a L/S fleece lined top, a lightweight jacket, ear-warmers and gloves, and a pair of CAPRIS?! I don’t even know what I was thinking there but I think my calves got frostbite on my early morning run the next day.

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After unpacking, we of course headed straight next door towards Cupcake Corner (my favourite ever cupcake shop), which we proceeded to visit every day, sometimes multiple times… But it was a great little place that did amazing food and coffee, so really, how could you not?! Also it was SO COLD that I ended up wearing every sweater I brought with me at the same time underneath my coat, and I was still cold 99% of the time! Such a wimp.

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It was quite late, so after popping back to the apartment to shower and change (or in my case, to hunt down more jumpers to layer with), we headed into town to find dinner. On recommendation from our apartment’s management, we decided on an Italian restaurant called Mamma Mia. It was the best decision ever- everything was INCREDIBLE! We ordered everything from appetizers to cocktails, and demolished it all. If you’re ever in Krakow, go here!!


On our second day in Poland, we embarked on a couple of group tours, one to Auschwitz and the other to the salt mines. One of the biggest reasons why I decided to come to Krakow was because, as a bit of a history geek, I’d always wanted to visit Auschwitz. Visiting the place that I have read and learnt so much about over the years was surreal and really put everything into perspective. As harrowing as it was, I couldn’t recommend visiting there highly enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then went on a tour of the famous Krakow salt mines, which was incredible! We were walking through tunnels that were more than 100ft underground, and they were incredibly beautiful!createImage

 

We got back to the apartment that evening and said goodbye to Becky, who had to fly back home :(  To drown our sorrows at her departure, Lucy and I headed back to the same restaurant that we had fallen in love with the night before (you can’t say that we’re not adventurous ;) ) and enjoyed the restaurant’s incredible cocktails. After all, there’s nothing a great Cosmopolitan can’t fix ;)

 

On our final day in Krakow, Lucy and I wandered around the city and took in all the sights. And somehow ended up at the mall…oops! But at least it was super Christmassy and cute!

 

After stopping for a Starbucks and doing a bit of shopping (mostly in H&M and Sephora…sticking to the traditional Polish places of course;), we headed back out into the cold to do a bit of sightseeing on foot. Krakow city square is beauuuutiful!

 

Before I left for the airport and Lucy for Budapest, we just had to make one last visit to our beloved Cupcake Corner. It was sad saying goodbye to my friends for another few weeks, but our annual Christmas dinner together (one of my absolute fave Christmas traditions) is on the 22nd, so it’s less than two weeks until we are reunited over a turkey (or a Tofurkey for me :P) I CAN’T WAIT!

 

Aaaand on a totally random and unrelated note, in case you didn’t realise it’s just a fortnight until Christmas Eve, and I for one could not be more excited!! :D

 

Have you ever been to Poland or Europe? I’ve been to over 15 different European countries, and this trip to Krakow has to have been one of my favourites! I really love Europe :)

 

When/where is your next vacation? My friends and I are planning to {hopefully} go to Hawaii in a couple of months time…excited!!!

 

                                                                  Have a great week friends! <3

Hello from Krakow!

 

HELLO from Krakow, Poland!! In my last post I briefly explained how I’d decided to make a spontaneous trip to Europe with a couple of friends. After two days of booking flights, transport and accommodation on my phone en route to work (thank heavens for travel apps!) and a late night packing session, I touched down at Krakow airport on Tuesday morning! I’ve been lucky enough to visit quite a few European countries over the years, but Poland hasn’t been one of them! 

 

Airports at 5am = ultimate comfortable attire necessary, aka jeggings and Uggs. P.S. Leaving the house and getting on a train at 4am was the most painful experience ever and only made easier by vast amounts of coffee.

 

 I then spent so long relaxing/napping in the airport Starbucks that I very nearly missed my flight! I looked up just in time to see “Final Call” flashing and was then forced to do an epic sprint to my gate. Incidentally it was Gate 42 which put all that long distance running training into good use.

 

I entertained myself on the flight with the help of Women’s Health mag and the movie Australia. Thankfully the flight was short because I had what felt like 2 millimeters of leg room…gotta love flying with Ryanair ;)

 

And after a flight and an eventful bus journey from the airport to the centre of Krakow (I may have managed to empty my suitcase contents all over the floor…only me), before long I was in our apartment in Krakow, reunited with my BFFs! Becky (on the left) got to Krakow the day before me and left a day earlier and Lucy (on the right) has been backpacking around Europe for the past few weeks, and is off to Budapest tomorrow! I’m super jealous because I LOVE that city, but we have big travel plans for next year when I can take more time off :) 

 

We decided to stay in Crystal Suites Self Catering Apartments, not least because of the cheap prices and the 5* rave reviews on TripAdvisor. And when we got there, we realised why! The apartments are AMAZING and if they were in London, they would cost a small fortune!! Plus the service was incredible. Oh, and did I mention that there’s a cupcake shop right next door? Heaven.

 You see that balcony above the door? THAT WAS OUR BALCONY. Loved that.



Oooh my flight is now boarding! I’ll post Part 2 of this post soon, but now I’m off to board my plane home! Hope you’re all having a great week!! <3

 

Thankfulness and EXCITING NEWS

Happy Holidays friends! Now it’s December, I can finally say that!! I hope those of you who celebrated all had an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

My Thanksgiving started at 5am with two cups of coffee and some fartlek. It was my first “proper” speed work run (not including tempo runs) in months, and it felt SO good to get the legs moving fast again! It was tough, but a great run: 15 min warm up, 12×45 seconds @ 1500m pace with 90 sec recovery, 15 min cool down. I actually did this one outside (although for safety reasons I’ll normally stick to the treadmill when it’s dark outside and I have to run alone) and I feel like my super-cool neon orange fleece earwarmer made me even faster. Safety AND style in one go;)

 

In the evening after work my co-workers and I sat down with PSL lattes and a vegan pumpkin pie from Whole Foods to share. This was the first slice I demolished, followed by at least three more… Top of the things I am thankful for this year is my bottomless pit of a stomach when it comes to pumpkin pie ;)

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I also may have gone a tad crazy with Black Friday shopping, which I blame entirely on the fact that the day coincided with both my day off and with payday. My wallet took a beating, as did my toes thanks to my fellow crazy shoppers, but I made it out alive {just} with almost all my Christmas presents for family and friends! I am a reformed last-minute panic Christmas shopper :) And I couldn’t resist picking up a couple of things for myself…

 

…including the iPad air, which I am obsessed with already!! I’d been planning to buy one for a while so I could blog/do work/watch tv shows etc. on my commute without having to lug my laptop around with me. And of course the first thing I did was download a running book that I started reading whilst running on the treadmill this morning. 6 easy miles of Greg McMillan’s wisdom was perfection. I’ll post my thoughts on it when I’m finished :)

 

During my run I also listened to my new fave running track: Imagine Dragons’ track “On Top Of The World”. It’s AWESOME and I may or may not have listened to it on repeat for the entire run…image

 

I just got home from work, and it’s definitely a breakfast-for-dinner kinda night. After a long day, all I want is something quick and warm to eat. So oatmeal (topped with the mandatory mountain of almond butter and strawberry jam) it is with a side of New Girl. Same old, same old.

 

Oh and EXCITING NEWS I have just booked some plane tickets and am jetting off to Europe the day after tomorrow!! I am meeting up with one of my BFFs, Lucy, who has been backpacking around the continent for a couple of weeks! I can’t wait to explore my destination (which I’m keeping secret for now hehe;) and be reunited with Luce <3

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Did you celebrate Thanksgiving, or do any good Black Friday shopping? What was the highlight of it for you?

 

Tell me one thing YOU are thankful for!

 

Next post will probably be from the airport! See ya then! <3

Becoming a Morning Runner

 

I’ve had quite a few requests to post about how I’m adjusting to a new routine in terms of fitting in runs, etc. As those of you who have been reading for a while will know, I am was most definitely an evening runner.

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Sweaty post-run selfie in the dark #standard

Almost all my runs would take place after 6pm, whether it was an easy solo run or a team training session at the track. The closest I came to morning runs was at the weekend, and they were done at a pretty leisurely time of 10am or so, after a nice lie-in and a relaxed breakfast.

 

However, when I started my job back in June, I soon realised that my running routine would have to change. After a long work day, the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was drag myself back out into the cold and dark to run! So now the majority of my runs now are done after a 5am wake-up call, which has been a major adjustment to say the least! So here are a few of my tips on making that adjustment…

 

1. Be realistic.

When I first started my job, I was convinced that I could get myself to run once I got home from work. However I soon realised that was not going to happen, and knew that if I wanted to continue running (which of course I did), I needed to get it in early. Some people can do those post-work evening runs, and kudos to you if you can, but unfortunately I am not one of those people! A 5am alarm time sounded scarily early to a girl who was used to “early” meaning around 8am, and although it was difficult at first, you soon get used to it.

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2. Get organised.

I am undoubtedly one of the most disorganised people in the world. Seriously I think everyone who knows me would agree wholeheartedly with that statement. But I had to plan a lot to work out how to fit my running schedule into my workday. So I wrote it all out. I wrote out what time I had to be at work, then figured out how long it would take me to get to the gym to work, what time trains to get, etc. This way, I knew exactly how I could fit it all in without making myself late through trial and error.

3. Be prepared.

Getting everything ready the night before makes a big difference the next morning. I make my lunch, have my coffee ready to go, pack my gym and work clothes and set out the clothes I need to wear the next day. I try to make my mornings as smooth as possible so that my half asleep brain doesn’t have to think at all. It also means it takes me 15 minutes max to get out of the door in the mornings, which is great!

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4. Don’t hit the snooze button.

Maybe this is just me, but whenever I hit “snooze” on my alarm, I promptly fall back into a deep sleep and then wake up three hours later. So I have banned myself from using the snooze function. Whatever time I set my alarm for is the time I will get up, no excuses. On that note…

5. No excuses

I am the QUEEN of making excuses to skip early morning workouts. My favourite is “I’ll just do it in the evening instead, no problem!”. And while I sometimes manage to do it, more often than not I just either end up skipping it because I’m too tired after work, or something comes up and I can’t make it to the gym. So as soon as the lazy part of my brain starts making excuses, I just tell it to zip it. I know I’ll always feel better after my run, and my days are always not as good when they don’t include a morning workout! I think I’ve become addicted to those morning endorphins ;)

6. Become disciplined with sleep

I got into a really bad habit during the summer of staying up late on Instagram/Twitter/Skype/watching Grey’s Anatomy, etc. It’s an easy trap to fall into, with our phones buzzing with texts or social media notifications every other minute! Plus obviously the lack of sleep is not conducive to running performance or recovery. So now I have a strict bedtime on work-nights of 9:30pm, and the phone gets put on Do Not Disturb at 9pm so I’m not tempted to respond to texts or emails and then get caught up. Sure some most of my friends think I’m crazy for this, but I know I’ll be suffering the next day if I don’t sleep enough.

7. Persevere

It’s hard at first, but it does get easier! It’s not just the earlier rising time that is a struggle, but also running early in the morning on an empty stomach is difficult at first. My first early workout (a tempo run) was definitely a shock to the system! There’s a big difference between running hard when you’ve fuelled and when you haven’t, but again, you’ll adjust! And as my coach has assured me many a time, running hard on empty will make running hard when fuelled in races seem easier in comparison, so it’s a good thing!

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I honestly never thought I’d become an early-morning workout person. I really love sleep. And lie-ins. But I guess I love running and endorphins more. And nothing beats that heady combination of an endorphin high and lots of caffeine first thing in the morning…

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My co-workers think I need help. They might be right.

 

I guess the bottom line is that if you are motivated enough and it is important enough to you, you will find the time to make it happen instead of letting life circumstances dictate everything.

 

Happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow my American friends! I of course will be celebrating in my own special way….by busting out my infamous Turkey Hat :P

 

Are you a morning/afternoon/evening workout person? I am definitely a morning person now! I notice a huge difference in my mood, energy levels and productivity throughout the day when I get my run in first thing.

For you morning runners, got any tips to add? I used to sleep in my running clothes so I’d be ready to go the next morning, but I don’t quite go that far any more haha

What are your Thanksgiving plans? I’m working tomorrow, but also Turkey-Hatting it and sharing a pumpkin pie with my coworkers after work :)

 

Have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow friends! <3

Quick Week Recap!

 

After a 54 hour work week, it’s safe to say that I’m pretty darn tired! It’s a good thing that I love my job, because despite the long hours this week, I’ve really enjoyed it! Inbetween fitting in my runs and working, I’ve had very little time to do anything else (like blogging or having a social life haha!) so here’s a quick recap of my week…

 

There have been lots of early pre-work morning workouts! If I don’t get it done first thing, then usually it won’t happen at all, so it’s 5am or bust! My favourite ones are Monday mornings (awesome spin class followed my an easy run) and Wednesday mornings (BodyPump followed by an easy run). My legs feel like jelly for the first few minutes of each run, but then I get in the groove and it feels amazing. I usually run about 6 miles at recovery pace, and I leave the gym with the most ridiculous grin on my face every time. Morning runs make my whole day great :)

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Not a round number = bothered me endlessly! Does anyone else have this problem?!

 

And then I bundle up with a ton of layers and cozy scarves (it has gotten freeeeezing here in London!) and head out into the cold and off to work!

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Yesterday I was sent to work in Selfridges (I was SO lamely excited about this!), aka “the best department store in the world”…or so they have written on their doors anyway ;) Incidentally, the security for Selfridges workers is worse than airport security. After checking my passport(?!), drivers licence. AND going through my bag, I was given a badge and let loose on the shop floor! Their mistake there obviously. Maybe they should up the security a bit more…

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Selfridges is so pretty and Christmassy right now! Obsessed. I’m planning to come back on Friday to do all my Christmas shopping (TIP OFF it’s a store-wide 20% off day!), not least because they’re always handing out samples in the Food Hall;) I made BFFs with the guys at Godiva in my lunchbreak and shamelessly munched away on all their samples whilst chatting away to them.

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Talking of BFFs it was my best friend Catherine’s birthday yesterday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CATHERZ) and because I was working, we couldn’t do anything, but I have this coming Friday off so we’re going out for birthday cocktails to celebrate! Here’s a fun flashback to that time Catherine, myself and a few of our friends thought it would be a good idea to dress up in our animal onesies and take public transport. Oh the things 15 year-olds find amusing… (Disclaimer: I actually still find this hilarious. What maturity?!)

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Catherine is our cow leader and I am the apparently stoned monkey on the left

 

In Catherine, I found a fellow weirdo and an amazing friend and hugger. Friends and hugs are my favourite.

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PDAing in Paris, circa 2010

Anyway, I had better get to sleep. Those 5am alarms are only made easier and by seeing this little face first thing :)

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ISN’T HE THE CUTEST?!

 

What was the highlight of your weekend? Free Godiva samples. Don’t judge. They were like little bites of heaven.

Are you a coffee drinker? How many do you have a day? I usually have about three coffees a day…is that normal?!

When do you get your Christmas shopping done? I usually do it in the last week before Christmas but I HATE leaving it that late and swear to do it earlier every year! So this year I’m aiming to get most of it done before December hits to avoid all panic shopping!

 

Have an amazing week friends! <3

 

Track Withdrawals

 

The last few days have been crazy busy, leaving the house at 5:30 and not getting back till almost midnight! Lots of naps and plenty of caffeine have gotten me through it though. Coffee is the answer to all of life’s problems ;)

 

Friday was my day off (I’m worked this weekend) so I had a much needed lie-in, and then headed into the city to get my hair cut. It was my first time being a hair model, and it was the best haircut experience I’ve actually ever had! My hairdresser Katie did an amazing job, and I highly recommend her, so if any of you Londoners fancy a free haircut at Vidal Sassoon on the Kings Road, just let me know and I’ll send you her details :)

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Of course I had to go and completely ruin all of Katie’s good work as I headed out for a tempo run straight afterwards. It was a great run! A 40 minute tempo at just under a 7min/mile pace, and I felt good throughout. Tempo runs are one of my favourite workouts…gotta love that lactic build up! I did mde the mistake of watching Children In Need during my cooldown though and the kind lady next to me kept passing me tissues to mop up the floods of tears haha

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This morning I headed out before work for my long run. I LOVE Sunday long runs, not just because long runs have always been one of my fave things, but because they are one of the few runs I get to run outside during the week! Running outside > treadmill running any day! It was a beautifully peaceful morning 75 min run on the trails:)

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I absolutely regretted my choice of clothing for the run though. I think it took approximately 40 minutes for my legs to regain any feeling. For some reason I apparently woke up thinking it was midsummer and headed out into the freezing weather in shorts and a tee. NOT the smartest idea I’ve ever had!

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Trying to thaw off on the couch

This week I’ve finally felt like I’m really getting back into the swing of things with my running. It’s been difficult coming back from time off running and trying to adjust to a busy new routine at the same time, but this week I finally felt like I was really getting my running groove back! The tempo run pace was much closer to the kind of paces I was used to seeing pre-injury and my easy runs are feeling much more effortless. I’m also being much more meticulous with strength, stretching and cross-training which is helping a lot with injury prevention *touch wood*. It’s never easy coming back from time off running, so if any of you guys are in the same boat, hang in there!! It gets easier and it’s so worth it:)

 

And in just a months time I will be back at the track!! I am counting the days. Seriously, I have a countdown app on my phone so that I can count down the minutes until I am there. Obsessed.

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I’ve missed my teammates. I’ve missed my coach. I’ve missed those gruelling workouts. And most of all I’ve missed our shared passion for refuelling hard sessions the healthy way…

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Carbs help recovery, right? ;)

 

Off to bed now, and I’ll probably dream of track running. These are serious withdrawal symptoms right here.

 

How often do you get your hair cut? I got a good telling off from the hairdresser for the state of my hair…apparently you’re sposed to get a trim more frequently than once every two years? Who knew;) She also found it hilarious that I don’t own a hair dryer…

 

What is your favourite “type” of run? Easy, interval, fartlek, hill, long, tempo, etc? I change my mind about this every other week, but at the moment I think I’d have to say tempo! Let the legs meet the lactic!

 

Did you get in a long run this weekend? Of course, and followed it with a round of pancakes, as per ;)

 

Have a great week! <3

Confession Time

 

Confession: Turns out yesterday there was a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on ‘Festive Drinks’ at Starbucks. I’m pretty sure the idea was to “spread the festive cheer” by giving one to a friend, but in case you didn’t know I really really love coffee and may have had them both…

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…but trust me, after two sugary lattes, I was definitely spreading some craziness cheer ;)

 

Confession: I hadn’t done strength training in so long that when I did it again for the first time last week, I literally crawled up the stairs on all fours after the workout. No shame. Okay, maybe I’m a little embarrassed to admit that, but in my defence my gym is in an old Victorian style house and so is spread over three floors which equals a LOT of stairs…so that makes it understandable, right? Yeah…

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Evil flight #3 of gym staircase.

 

Confession: I forgot to pack my trainer liners in my gym bag yesterday, and I happened to be wearing Christmas socks to the gym. So I rocked the long socks and shorts look with pride. Incidentally, for anyone who’s interested in trying this look themselves, you will get lots of funny looks. Just a heads up.

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Letting my freak flag fly with my fave green shorts + reindeers in love socks

I didn’t take a photo of the full look, given that I looked strange enough already without taking a selfie of my bizarre outfit, but it was the shorts in this photo below. I’ll just let your imagination do the rest…

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Go green or go hone, I say

 

Confession: I am a laugher. Aka one of those people who not only laughs all the time, but also has a really loud, obnoxious laugh. And yesterday I made the mistake of watching my favourite comedy shows (The Big Bang Theory and New Girl) whilst cross training in the gym, and I just could not stop laughing. People kept turning round to stare at me, and I’m not sure whether that was because of the laughing or the reindeer socks. Probably both.

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Oh Nick Miller you are just TOO FUNNY. New Girl is the best thing ever.

 

Confession: In the last week, my most listened to album on Spotify was this:

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Apparently I’m a seven year old girl deep down. And while we’re on the subject of my currently dodgy taste in music, I may or may not listen to the Mamma Mia soundtrack whilst I’m getting ready for work in the gym locker rooms. There’s nothing like jamming to Dancing Queen while you’re drying your hair.

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Wet hair don’t care, cos I’m a dancing queeeen

 

Confession: When my days off coincide with a rest day (today was one of these magical days), my butt literally does not leave the couch. Well, except to make the frequent trips to and from the fridge. Oh the strife.

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Catching up on Downton Abbey with hot chocolate and a blanket. It’s a tough life;)

 

Confession time! Fess up people, what’s one of your confessions?

What’s your current favourite TV programme? I’m currently loving Downton Abbey, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, Criminal Minds, Greys Anatomy…have I mentioned that I commute a lot? That’s my excuse for watching all these shows anyway ;)

 

Hope you’re all having a great start to the week! <3

Sunday Runday and Pepe!

 

In case you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram and so haven’t seen the 10000 photos of this little face that I’ve spammed everyone with, then…MEET PEPE!

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One of my aunts adopts a puppy for a year and trains it up to be a future Guide Dog, and this is her latest addition to the family! This is Pepe, an 8 week old Labrador-Golden Retriever puppy, and the new love of my life <3 We are BFFs already, and apparently he feels comfortable enough with me to pee on my lap already, so that’s great ;)

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Serious kudos to my aunt for adopting little Pepe (and she’s the third one!) because I totally couldn’t raise a puppy for a year and then give it back, even if it is for an amazing cause like this! I might just dognap her…although maybe after she’s been housetrained haha!

 

Sunday long runs are my absolute favourite of the week. Not least because they don’t take place on a treadmill at 6am, but because I can hit the trails! And man was it a beautiful (and chilly) morning to run! Although a tad swampy too…

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I now do my runs to time rather than for miles, so this one was an easy 75 minutes plus 6x100m striders at the end. I’ve also been doing my long runs Garmin-less recently, which was a bit strange at first, but really makes a difference in that I find myself focusing more on myself and on the run than on my pace. It’s a lot more relaxing! I’m sure eventually I’ll get back to using my Garmin on every run, but for now, it’s nice to not feel any pace pressure on my long runs and just enjoy them :)

 

Speaking of Garmins, I am SO tempted by the new Garmin 220! The new features look amazing, and the purple one is super cute, so I’m eyeing it up as a possible Christmas present… Has anyone else seen the video for it? I love it, but then I’m such a sucker for advertising :P

 

Remember in my last post how I was talking about how festive the area I work has become? Well that was really taken up a notch on Saturday night when all the Christmas lights went up in the square and along the road. SO pretty!!

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My friend Karolina and I did a bit of shopping after work (we spent WAY too much time and money in Lush…love that place!), then grabbed Starbucks hot chocolates before heading over to check out the lights.

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I’m off to bed now ready for that lovely early Monday start ;) I’m also avoiding Twitter because the season finale of Downton Abbey airs tonight, and I can’t watch it till my day off on Tuesday, so I’ve just got to avoid all spoilers for another 24 hours or so…

 

Any other Downton Abbey fans out there? I miss Matthew and Sybil. That is all.

What was the highlight of your weekend? Meeting puppy Pepe for the first time for sure:)

 

Hope you all had a great weekend! <3

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