The Half Marathon

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On Sunday 14th May I will be running the Leeds Half Marathon. I have no idea how I’m going to do this yet (I’m still in the mindset of, ‘oh it was Christmas last month, that justifies having another cake’), but I know that I will get round. My plan so far is to follow the Run Keeper ‘Beginner Half Marathon to finish’ training plan, which starts off at a level that I pretty much do now anyway and then seems to ramp up in March. Running buddy Hannah has a lot to answer for!

Training so far has had a slight hitch due to a sprained ankle, but it’s almost healed now.

Mr Rose completed the race last year, and if he can do it then so can I. I think my biggest challenge will be fitting in all the shorter runs in the week and then not getting bored on the longer weekend runs.

Training begins today. Eek!

Podcast Update – an accidental find

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So last Saturday I decided to go for a run. It was about 4pm and I left baby Rose with Mr Rose and got everything ready to go. I thought I’d go for a 5k max, just a little pootle around the block ready for running club on Monday. I laced my shoes, put the earphones in and off I went.

Then I got distracted by the most amazing podcast.

Over the Christmas holidays I’d been mentioning to Mr Rose that I’d love to have some new podcasts to listen to when out running. I’ve been loving ‘The Running Commentary’ but wanted something new as well. He mentioned Overcast to me (which I’d never heard of before, being a non-teckie). I had a browse around and listened to a few that were recommended but I was getting more and more bored of chit chat nothing and comedy that wasn’t funny. Then I found ‘Tough Girl Podcast’.

On the aforementioned run I was listening to the episode with Amelia Boone, a top attorney who¬†competes as a pretty much full time obstacle course racer. She was totally inspirational. And I got distracted. Instead of the pootley 5k I’d planned to do, I ended up running 9.5k and pretty much doing a lap into the city and back again. I was totally engrossed in her story and her tips for combining her athletics with her regular life. She seems to have achieved so much with her 33 years and I found myself feeling a little despondent at the comparatively little I’ve achieved with mine! Her brilliance rubbed off though and I was chuffed I’d managed to complete a longer run with very little training and just Amelia’s words in my ears. If listening to this podcast can make me accidentally run double what I intend to run all the time I’ll be very happy.

I thoroughly recommend you go and have a look at the podcast. I’m currently working my way through the back catalogue and there’s so many motivational and inspirational people to hear from. Next on my list is the one with Alison North, an ultra runner with children.

Have a happy and healthy week.

Around the Corner Fitness.

Thermomix Red Thai Prawn Risotto

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I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t make this risotto look appealing. It’s frustrating because it’s actually one of the nicest things I’ve eaten in a long time. There’s something so wintery and warming about it without it being terribly bad for you or yawningly bland.

I originally found the recipe in the 4Blades magazine. I was in need of some more Thermomix recipes and after doing a quick Google search for ‘Thermomix recipes’ I stumbled across the 4Blades magazine. It’s a magazine that’s¬†contributed to by various different Thermomix recipe bloggers and they release an issue¬†every month. Needing to further justify my unnecessary expensive purchase,¬†I subscribed to the magazine for ¬£2.99 a month. So far I’ve had two or three recipes out of each one I’ve received – definitely worth the investment.

I haven’t really changed the original recipe very much because it was bloody delicious to begin with. I’ll try and link to it¬†if I can find it online.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste
  • 1 red chilli
  • Bunch of fresh coriander
  • Bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of red curry paste
  • 20g of olive oil
  • 100g carrot cut up into large pieces
  • 1 red pepped quartered
  • 400g of coconut milk
  • 400g boiling water
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 300g risotto rice
  • 500g raw king prawns

 

Method

  1. Put the onion, spring onions, garlic paste, red chilli, coriander, parsley and oil into the bowl and chop 5 sec/speed 5. Scrape down the sides when it’s finished.
  2. Add the curry paste and cook for 5 mins/Varoma/speed 1/MC off.
  3. Add the red pepper and carrot. Chop for 3 sec/speed 8. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add 100g of the coconut milk. Cook 2 mins/100¬įc/speed 1/reverse.
  5. Add the remaining coconut milk, risotto rice, water, stock cube, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together 2 sec/speed 3/reverse.
  6. Cook for 16 mins/100¬įc/speed 1/reverse/MC off. Put the simmering basket on the top to prevent the mixture from splattering.
  7. Add the prawns and use a spatula to mix together. Cook for 2 mins/100¬įc/speed 1/reverse.
  8. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before serving. It’ll be hotter than the sun!

 

I really do promise you that this taste 100% better than it looks. The above method is for the Thermomix but I’m sure it’ll be easily adaptable to do it on the hob. You’d just have to chop everything by hand and stir it every now and again when it’s cooking.

If you try it let me know.

Happy healthy cooking.

Around the Corner Fitness.

 

 

Pesto Chorizo Pasta

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This dish started as a ‘what can we have for tea that will only take 10 minutes’ mad rush, but actually it was bloody delicious. At the time of the panic Mr Rose and I were in London and needed something for tea when we got back to York. We ducked into Wholefoods for a meander round and picked up some delicious ingredients to cook with when we got home. I could have spent hours in there¬†just looking around and buying really expensive foods that I don’t really need.

In my opinion there’s little better than homemade pesto for tea. It fills the house with such a lovely smell and it tastes way¬†better than the jarred variety. I made mine in the Thermomix (see I am using it) but it could be easily made in a food processor too. Mr Rose protested a few times that making pesto was too much effort and we’d be too tired. I pretended it was¬†a great slog and I was such a hard working wife, but it literally only took me 30 seconds to make it!


Ingredients for pesto (makes about 4 servings)

  • 80g parmesan cheese but up into small squares
  • 60g pine nuts
  • 80g fresh basil
  • 120g extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Thermomix method for pesto

  1. Put the parmesan cheese in the mixing bowl and grate 10sec/speed 10.
  2. Add pine nute, basil, olive oil, garlic clove and salt. Chop 20 sec/speed 7.

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Ingredients for dish

  • 1 chorizo sausage
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 red onion – chopped
  • Fresh pesto (see above)
  • 150g pasta (I chose spelt after a recommendation from Lily Pebbles and it was delicious)


Method for dish

  1. Put the spelt pasta on to boil and cook according to packet instructions. Mine took 7 minutes.
  2. Fry the red onion in a little bit of coconut oil.
  3. Add the chorizo sausage and stir until the onion is coated in the chorizo juices.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the fresh pesto and stir to combine.
  5. Once cooked, add the paste and stir to combine.
  6. Add a handful of spinach. Wait for it to wilt a little.
  7. Serve with a grating of parmesan on top.

 

For a quick ‘I can’t be bothered’ tea it was lovely and I think we were both secretly a bit proud that we didn’t just whack a pizza in the oven!

If you try it let me know.

Happy healthy cooking and a Happy New Year.

Around the Corner Fitness.

2017 – New Year’s Resolutions?

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As I sit, with a very large glass of rose¬†wine approaching the end of 2016, it seems a very good time to be thinking about new year’s resolutions. Only it isn’t. Because they’re naff.

I’d like to think that I know myself pretty well by now. I’m 30 years old and I think I’m a bit beyond setting myself the annual goal of ‘stop biting my nails’ or the vague annual pledge to ‘be healthier’. I’ve learnt to recognise that they don’t mean anything and, although I do pretty well in January, by mid February I’ve given up. This year I’m deciding to give myself a break and am pledging that I’m not going to pledge to change my entire life in 2017. Also, from previous experience I’ve found that setting myself new year’s resolutions gives me an excuse to be pretty crappy until January. ‘Eat that cupcake,’ I say to myself, ‘then you can fulfil your resolution to eat more healthily.’ Rubbish!

That’s not to say I’m going to stop trying to do things better. I read a really good book recently which has helped me to see things a bit clearer when it comes to trying to better myself. I’ve never been one to read a self-help book, but after a recommendation from the website ‘A Bowl Full of Lemons‘ (which contains all of my life house goals) I decided to give it a go. The book in question is ‘Living Well Spending Less‘ by Ruth Soukup. This appealed to me for two reasons: I always feel a little bit broke and in need of ways to save money and I wasn’t very happy at the time and needed something to sort me out a bit.

Despite the overly Christian approach Ruth takes to her book (the pages are littered with Bible verses which would be lovely for some people but just aren’t for me) I’ve found that this book has really helped me decide what I want to do in 2017 and break those long term goals down into shorter, more achievable chunks. This book’s guidance, combined with starting to bullet journal again, has really helped me make the most of the little time I have to do things for me. So this year I’m not making new year’s resolutions but I am making monthly resolutions, planning time to fit them in, and starting right away rather than waiting until January 1st.

My December goals were:

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So far one is crossed off the list, and hopefully by February our hall, landing and stairs area will be as new.

Waiting to be crossed off the list are the other three:

  • I’ve made a conscious effort to text my two bestest¬†buddies every day because I miss them like crazy now that they’ve moved away.
  • I’ve booked in the ‘Moon Walk‘ with one of the aforementioned bestest buddies just to be able to say that I’ve completed a marathon. Another activity I really wanted to do next year was the Urban Triathlon at Balance Festival, but as bloody terrible luck would have it, they’re on the same weekend! There’s still one event to book. I’m going to see what’s on at the theatre and whether any book tours are coming near York.
  • The running club will be up and running come the 9th January – wahoo!

By the end of December, all the things on the list will be crossed off and I’ll be on to January ones. I’ve not decided what these will be yet, but I’ll post them up when I have.

If you’re sitting there thinking about new year, don’t wait to be amazing or do something different. Start right now. Don’t have a sugar in your tea. Walk to work instead of taking the car. Call your old friend. Why wait?

Lots of love and a happy new year to you all.

Around the Corner Fitness.

 

 

The No Sugar Cookie

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Unfortunately baby Rose has inherited his sweet tooth from his mother. There’s nothing he loves more than something he shouldn’t be having; the cry of ‘mallow’ can often be heard at 7am. Of course we don’t give him marshmallows for breakfast, but I have been a tad concerned recently that we’re giving him a little too much sugar. In a bid to combat the constant cry for chocolate buttons, I stumbled across these ‘no sugar’ cookies. Technically they do have sugar in them, it’s just that this sugar is honey – which although doesn’t make them completely healthy, is one step towards being better for him.

The recipe is a Thermomix one, but it’s easily adapted for those without the most wizards amazing gadget ever! The original recipe can be found here. Teeny teddies are apparently all the rage in Australia. I can see why: they’re gorgeous!

 

Ingredients

60g of butter cut into cubes
140g honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
170g plain flour
65g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Method

  1. Put the butter, honey and vanilla bean paste into a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until melted.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add all the other ingredients. It is quite a wet and sticky dough.
  3. Place dough on a silicone mat to cool slightly.
  4. Once dough is cooled slightly but still warm and pliable, roll out into a rectangle about 2mm in thickness.
  5. Using a small teddy cutter cut the shapes out of the dough (do not underestimate how much time this takes. My arms were killing me by the end!)
  6. Place on a tray and bake for 4 minutes (or until golden brown) in a 180¬įc oven.

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The original recipe says that they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. So far mine have lasted 4 days and they have already lost their¬†snap. I’m going to put the rest in the freezer and bring them out as and when. Considering I made 270 of them it’ll take even the sweetest of tooth a long time to munch through them. Baby Rose is having a good go though!

If you try it, let me know.

Happy healthy baking

Around the Corner Fitness.

My new baby

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So this is happening in the new year! If anyone is from the York area, feel free to come along.

The NHS Couch to 5K programme is an excellent place to get started with running. It tells you when to run and when to walk, as well as providing some really good tunes to pound the pavement to. I’m hoping to get a bit of a community going with this group as well as introducing a few new people to the terrifying yet elating world of running.

 

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The Running Thought Process

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Let’s face it, I have a love-hate relationship with running. I love it one month, I hate it the next; I love it one day, I hate it the next; I love it one minute, I hate it the next! I can go out on a run all pumped up and ready to go, and then want to give in and turn around before I’ve even reached the end of the road. Surely I’m not the only one who feels like this? My thought process when on a run goes pretty much like this:

Start:¬†I really need to go for a run. I’ve eaten all that *insert bad food here* today and really need to burn it off.

2 minutes in: I’m pretty much a porkier version of Paula Radcliffe. I really enjoyed the last run I went on. I’m going to get a PB today.

5 minutes in: I feel like I can run for miles. I never want to stop. I love this song. I love running. The world is such a beautiful place. Ooh, look at those pretty flowers.

7 minutes in: I’m bored now.

10 minutes in: I really want to stop. I didn’t really eat that much *insert bad food here* today. Surely 10 minutes of running has burned off at least 600 calories.

15 minutes in: Wow, I’m getting into my groove now. This rhythm feels really good. I’m still on for that PB. I wonder what 5K time you need for the Olympics. These new trainers/leggings/expensive top that I didn’t need were totally worth it.

20 minutes in: Surely it’s nearly ended now. Looks at watch and groans.

25 minutes in: I’m super fit and healthy now. I’ve run for so long I’m practically a size 8 (dreams of all the dresses I’ll look fabulous in and all the people that I’ll bump into). They’ll think ‘wow, she looks beautiful’.

30 minutes in: I’m dying. This was such a bad idea. Is it nearly over? I’m never doing this again.

End: That was totally worth it. When can I go again?
Even though there’s always at least one point on every run when I want to give up and throw my trainers away, I always go out for the next one. There’s just something about getting out and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end. The aftermath is always worth the pain!
Happy healthy running,

Around the Corner Fitness

Jam Packed!

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I don’t think there’s much more I can pack in and feel sane at the moment!

With the winter term well underway, marking from school is cranking up. On top of that there’s the out of school teaching work that I do and then on top of that there’s PTing and of course the husband and the baby need to be squeezed in somewhere. I’m finding it hard to say no to the teaching money that’s right here right now and I can physically see in my back pocket. If I stop taking those hours on to concentrate on growing Around the Corner Fitness there’s no immediate money in my purse, but it might be a short term pain for a long term game. It’s a gamble and I’m not quite sure where to put my cards (or if I have any cards in the first place).

There’s a couple of small things I’ve been doing to keep it ticking over and it is steadily growing. I’ve reached out to a couple of brands here and there so we’ll see what¬†that leads to; hopefully more popcorn! Coming up on the blog soon will be some lovely new recipes inspired by a celebrity(ish) and a review of some new fitness things I’ve been trying out.

In the short term my own fitness has to become a priority. Running needs to be upped, MyFitnessPal needs to be dusted off and a new programme needs to be started. Here we go again…

Have a happy healthy week

Around the Corner Fitness