9 Days to go, our long runs are under our belts and all there is left to do is some small runs, some CT sessions and some shitting ourselves before the big day.
Tonight to calm our nerves we will be doing this…
My better half, partner in crime and one has well and truly been making me proud. We are both quietly sporting sore knees and still getting shit done – by shit I mean running! No offence to my compadre Cath but I never thought that my training inspiration would be you! I’m not sure where this smug athlete has been hiding but I’m so proud you have found it!
As I am having to mix my training up in preparation for the triathlon – I decided to sport a t-shirt and pumps and get on my bike this morning.
It’s Friday morning, Cathy has run 6.5 miles, I’ve cycled 14 miles, we’re at our desks and we’re ready to take Friday on!
So here’s to you Catherine Fuller, you are my Friday inspiration – SMUG SUNS ALL ROUND!
Wow, it’s been a while hey? Sorry about that.
We’re busy girls, but don’t let our blogging absence fool you – we have been training hard!
Saturday night saw us do something that we have NEVER done on a Saturday night ever before- LIKE EVER (well except maybe when we’ve been concerned that we might not make last orders at a bar). We ran! Victoria Park in east Lahhndan played host to Nike’s We Own The Night, a women only 10k run that happens, you guessed it – at night.
I have to say that doing two 10ks earlier in the week really got me ready for it. For some (Ria included) a 10k isn’t a mega long distance – I am not one of those people, to say I was nervous would be an understatement. So I got my sneeks on and ran in preparation, it paid off too as I got a PB (wow I’m starting to sound like an actual runner aren’t I?!).
Ria absolutely smashed it – she came 514 out of 10, 000 people – I think that’s insane and must have discussed this about 100 times post race.
Here’s what we saw…
We had burgers as our fuel (oopsie)
Re-hydration is key – except when you put gin in your water bottles (no seriously there is gin in there).
So there you go – Saturday night got seriously owned- NUFF SAID.
Cast your minds back to 2006, a year when we celebrated finishing uni and partied without a care in the world. A McDonald’s breakfast was one of our main food groups and our hands were rarely seen without a Vodka Redbull.
This track was rife at uni nights back then and was a sure fire way for even the crapest DJ to redeem himself – cue groups of girls linking arms, closing their eyes and singing to the ceiling all whilst thinking they were in the final scene of Sex and The City (I can assure you in our minds we looked that cool and stylish, in reality we had VK Cherry stains on our Miss Selfridge denim mini skirts).
This track takes me back to that carefree time and every time it comes up on my playlist I smile about days gone by and my uni girls.
Here is a Friday shout-out to my hero of a brother. He is a true Champion and an amazing person in my life. He inspired me to run the marathon and enter The London Triathlon. He is also trying to convince me to get an Iron (wo)Man under my belt…watch this space.
So here’s to Russell Champion YOU DA MAN!
Today’s post takes shape in the form of a ‘Throwback Thursday’. Last July we ran Cancer Research’s Race for Life, 10k, a walk in the park for Ria and not so much for me!
Set in Hyde Park, it was the perfect setting for a Sunday run however for a girl that hadn’t done any exercise since the days of P.E (and I didn’t do much then), it was pretty horrid.
I didn’t really train (does two panicked 5k runs the fortnight before count?!), which meant that this was actually tough for me. That combined with 30 degree heat and one water station at 5k (ONE?!!) meant I moaned quite a lot (sorry Ria). But I still made it and we raised just over £300 for Cancer Research – job done. I must say that although I hated it I did love the feeling afterwards so I’m pinning my training for the Hackney Half Marathon on that feeling.
This year I feel really differently about running and training, I’m going into it with a positive head and I feel pumped! We’ve signed up for Nike’s We Own The Night 10k in May and I can’t wait (god I’ve changed).
Following on from Cath’s post about our ultimate power track of the moment, Midnight City; which incidentally came on my iPod just as I was running past Cath’s house on Monday evening not only spooky but it certainly made me pick up my pace and smile a lot!
The main reason I have been an on & off runner for the last 4 years is more to do with the fact that I find it is the best medicine to keep you feeling great. It allows you to release any negativity, think straight and feel great. It helped me through a pretty traumatic period of my life last year. Every time I felt low I put on my trainers, turned on my iPod and I ran a lot! Without fail I’d come home happy and super smug.
I take my running playlist pretty seriously and it is made up of a whole heap of songs that inspire, motivate and move me. My song of the week is a song that moves me. It takes me to a happy place where unicorns rule and the sun always shines. For the whole song I forget I am running, I forget the pain and I feel like I am on top of the world.
Well done song thanks for reminding me that the sun is always coming!
As much as we wish it was, unfortunately the best way to start the day is not with cake and a glass of champagne. We’ve therefore been experimenting with other ways to start it off right; this week it’s green juice. Healthy, tasty and most importantly filling – it really isn’t as bad as it looks!
There are quite possibly 100 million different recipes for green juice, this is just one of them, it will make enough for two people.
You will need:
– 3 large handfuls of curly kale. Known as the ‘Queen of Greens’, kale is the power house in this juice. Full of anti-oxidants and iron, kale is also packed with A, B, B-6, C and K vitamins – WOAH.
– Half a kiwi fruit. Kiwi’s are a great source of potassium. They have the same level as a banana but half the calories plus they are full of vitamin C – no flu for you!
– Half a lemon. Mainly used in this recipe to add flavor, lemons also have a healthy amount of minerals as well as vitamin C and B-complex.
– Half a cucumber. 95% water, the cucumber is great for hydration and is apparently known as a hangover cure – BONUS.
Put all the ingredients in a blender, add half a pint of apple juice and blend.
Et voila! Green juice for two.
NOW GO GET BLENDING.
Whilst Cath was busy getting all serious and running in the sun I was being a little less serious ‘training’ in the snow. Being fairly new to skiing I would like to think that all those turns and the feeling of lactic acid overload in my legs at the end of a black run is a sign that I did good.
Cath and I know the meaning of hard work and we are also firm believers that there needs to be some play otherwise life would be just boring!
Last weekend Cath took a hop, skip and a jump over to Mallorca, here’s what she saw…
Training in the sun sure is easier than training in the wind and rain that’s for sure! As a holiday lover and an exercise dis-liker, the thought of spending my actual holiday time training was a little mental to me. However I managed to get in two training runs (all be it a little short) and I must say, it really helps having the sun on your skin and perfect views to gaze at to pass the time.
So while the thought of packing your trainers in with your bikini and kaftan might seem like a stupid idea – remember everything on holiday is nice – even running!
Stay tuned for another travel post next week, this time by Ria as she is currently skiing in Les Duex Alpes.