ONE MONTH TO GO: HACKNEY HALF MARATHON

HOLY SHIT. IT’S GETTING REAL.

It dawned on me this morning that the Hackney Half Marathon was exactly one month away yesterday. Training has ramped up a notch, I’m running 2 10ks in the week, trying to squeeze another 5k in there somewhere AND then running my long run on a Sunday. Last week I ran 9 miles on Sunday – my longest distance to date and I was pretty stoked, I managed to beat my 10k time by 2 minutes and I did it all after a day drinking wine in the sun!

Moral of the story – WINE LITERALLY MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

This morning I found a new power track, Brtiney Spears, Work Bitch. It’s bloody brilliant and it makes me run. What else is needed to push you up that hill than Britney singing in an English accent about wanting a Bugatti, a Maserati, a bikini body and the ability to sip Martinis and party in France?

29 days to go – it’s time to get to work BITCH.

 

RUNNING TRACK OF THE WEEK: YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE

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.

 

RUNNING TRACK OF THE WEEK: HERE COMES THE SUN

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!

RUNNING TRACK OF THE WEEK: MIDNIGHT CITY

One thing you will be able to expect from us on a regular basis are power tracks. The power track is one of those songs that might not even be very cool but it gets you going. Your running playlist shouldn’t be one you pull out at an East London house party to impress the hipsters with your impeccable collection of rare bootlegs and acoustic jams, it’s the one that pushes you and raises your spirits no matter what’s on it.

So push the embarrassment to the side, collate your power tracks and get ready to feel empowered.

This week, our power track is actually pretty cool too. Good beat? Check. Uplifting key change? Check. Awesome memories of Primavera Festival 2013? CHECK.