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.

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.

 

 

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

The Four Things Needed for a Healthy Week

This week I’m not only in charge of motivating myself, but I’m also in charge of motivating one of my clients who is struggling to get started with her weight loss. When I spoke to her this afternoon about how her weekend was going health wise, her response was ‘Getting more and more pissed off with myself but can’t seem to stop it’. I know how she feels. I ate a whole bag of marshmallows this morning (although they were very good  fuel for a run). In a bit to motivate her, and to keep up my motivation I’m recommending four things to aid mental and physical wellness this week:

 

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Being aware of what you’re eating makes a big difference. Having to log down that you’ve eaten that extra chocolate bar makes you think twice about eating it. I know I’m guilty of eating things without really realising and it can bump up your calorie count for the day quite dramatically. I love MyFitnessPal for the sheer laziness of it and linking together with friends and clients is a great way to offer each other extra praise and motivation too.

 

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I tend to do this most evenings and it makes a real difference to how I feel. I know exactly what is going into my food and exactly how healthy (or unhealthy) it is. I know it takes a little more time than just shoving something in a packet in the oven, but it makes such a difference to how healthy you feel. Plus you get a certain sense of smugness. Trying different recipes and keeping things varied is also key. There’s nothing like getting stuck in a food rut that makes you wander over to the takeaway menus!

 

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Three – Drink Water (and a lot of it)
This is something I struggle with all the time. In a bid to make myself drink more water I decided to drink nothing but water through the whole of September. It was an epic fail. I actually ended up drinking less each day because I couldn’t face another glass of water when all I really wanted was a cuppa. I’ve recently discovered the Hydrate M8 bottles and it’s been a bit of a game changer for me. I now have targets to drink to and I find myself going back for a slurp to fulfil my goal. Drinking 2 litres a day will also have a really positive effect on your skin and general get-up-and-go.

 

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I was feeling a bit rubbish today after my marshmallow binge, but a quick 5k with a friend and a good natter soon sorted me right out. Doing any bit of exercise, no matter how small, will make you feel better. You might not enjoy it while you’re doing it (in which case you’re more than likely doing the wrong thing) but you’ll love the endorphin fuelled high you’ll get afterwards. If you feel better and more positive in yourself you’re much more likely to stick to eating healthily. And if you don’t, well then you’ve gained some extra calories to spend!
I’m going to give these four things an extra boost this week as well. After all, a house is only as strong as its foundations.
Have a happy, healthy week.

Around the Corner Fitness.

GOAL!

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My initial fitness goal is up tomorrow; I will have squeezed myself into a dress for my brother’s wedding, no spanx required. Admittedly there was a choice of two dresses and I went for the slightly more forgiving and less slutty one, but even still – mission accomplished. The photos are still coming in, but when I find a more suitable one I’ll put one in.

Now thoughts turn to what is next. I’ve done the York 10k this year and have been consistently going to Treadfast classes, which incidentally I now completely LOVE (I’m going to really struggle to give up my gym membership in September). Surprisingly my favourite part of the PT course so far has been the nutrition side of things so I think something along this line is going to be my next goal along with the triathlon that I’m interested in.

Seeing as writing things down seems to be the best way to make me actually do things, here’s the list:

  • Start swimming consistently at least once a week. I’ve already made head-road into this insofar as I’ve bought a pair of goggles. I’ve had one ‘proper’ swim since my big purchase and alternated 2 lengths of breaststroke with 2 lengths of freestyle (or front-crawl as my mum calls it). I got to about 21 lengths and then I lost count. One of my next swimming purchases will be a length counter. I’m also finding I’m getting a big bored. I think I’m going to add an underwater MP3 player to my Christmas list.
  • Run twice a week. I’ve managed to go consistently once a week in the summer and I know that that isn’t enough to keep where I want to be. Now that my running buddy is back from her exotic travels I’m sure it’ll be easier.
  • Track my eating again. It’s been too easy to let it go in the summer without having a strict timescale to stick to. We’ve also been on holiday and baby Rose and I have consumed our body weight in ice-cream on the hot days. I’m trying to not beat myself up about this, but just focus on the next step. Seeing as I’ve enjoyed the nutrition side of the PT course I’m going to track what I’m eating and start tracking macros. I’ve not done this before so it’ll be an adventure into the unknown.
  • Try a wider variety of recipes. I’ve got stuck in the same 8 or so again. I need to have a flick through the recipe books to add in some extra ones.

I don’t want to split my attention between too many things, so that might have to do for now. Nevertheless, these four are achievable. We’ll see where we are with them in a month or two.

 

Happy healthy thinking.

Around the Corner Fitness.

Motivation Pt.2

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As we were going to bed the other night Mr Rose said to me, “Why did you want to lose weight?”. To me this was a bit of a daft question. I was fat; I didn’t want to be fat anymore.

Mr Rose then probed deeper, “But why didn’t you want to be fat?” Again, this was a bit of a daft question to me. I wanted to feel less self-conscious in my clothes, I wanted to feel comfortable with people taking photographs of me and not like I wanted to run away (or be the one taking the photo as I so often was before) and I didn’t want to be the biggest one in my friendship group. Also, clothes in high-street shops are designed for skinny-minnies. That was the point when I realised that all of my answers were appearance related. Am I that shallow?

Mr Rose wasn’t impressed with this. These things aren’t as important to him. I wonder whether losing weight for appearance related reasons is mostly a female thing (or whether that’s horrendously sexist).

I’m not totally shallow. Yes I wanted to lose weight to look better, but I also wanted to lose weight to feel better too. I have more energy when I’m consuming less sugar and I love the buzz I get post-run. This was more appealing to Mr Rose, who is going to track energy as a way of motivating himself to eat well.

Thinking about my reasons for wanting to lose weight has also given me a bit of a kick up the backside as well. Just keep swimming…
Happy healthy thinking.

Around the Corner Fitness.

I had a disaster!

So I thought I could adapt one of my favourite recipes for the Thermomix. I thought I could manage to do this by myself, just sort of making it up as I went along. I could not. By the end of the evening our dinner looked like someone had vomited it back up and I was sent out to go get us fish & chips – a double disaster because it knocked the diet out of whack and cost me £12. When did fish & chips become so expensive?!

 

In a bit of an ‘oh I haven’t used the Thermomix much and I’ve paid so much money for it’ panic, I decided to have a go at the one pot spicy pasta dish but adapt the instructions so it would be suitable. It started off well; it managed to cook the onions and the chicken.

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The problem came when I had to add all the other ingredients in, particularly the pasta. I put the blades on the reverse setting but it still seemed to mush everything together.  We ended up with chicken soup rather than a solid dinner!

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It smelt really nice at least; our entire house smelt of roast dinner (I still have no idea why). Don’t get my wrong, I enjoyed the fish & chips very much, but it was a little frustrating.

I think the baking side of the Thermomix is a lot easier than the cooking side. Back to the drawing (and Pinterest) boards to gather some, more suitable, ideas.

Happy healthy cooking.

Around the Corner Fitness.