Weekly Update: The one where I made all the friends!ย 

Hello all,

It’s been a busy week. I’ve squeezed so much in.

On Tuesday I went to my usual Aerial class, the week before when I was the only person in the class, this week everyone was back we each had a sling to ourselves and all worked really hard. I did my favourite drop so many times.

My favourite Drop ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

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On Tuesday I went to Run Through’s Chase the Sun in Clapham Common. My friend Emma was running and a couple of other runners I’d followed on instagram for a while. I went and I was so anxious about meeting new people and people I’ve spoke to loads on instagram but never in person. I always think people must think I’m really weird, loud and annoying so I get really conscious of that at first.

I did the 5k in the heat, and finished just under 30 mins. This is actually my first timed 5k so was nice to have a record to now aim to beat. As usual the race was well organised fun and enjoyable. I really enjoy Run Through races so will be signing up to many more! 

After the run a few of us went for Pizza and Drinks, I was sitting with a group of people I’d never met before that evening and genuinely had the best evening. I absolutely loved it. I got out of my comfort zone today and was happy with that but still felt a bit anxious later in the evening. Thanks to all the lovely runners who made me feel so welcome! 

Run ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ + Pizza ๐Ÿ•

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On Thursday I ran home, again it was a hot evening. I did a 5k and then rested as the week was starting to catch up with me.

On Friday I had a lovely rest day, and met up with my Friend Leah who is also running Disney to eat good food, watch the little mermaid and holiday plan.

On Saturday  I got up early and made my way to oxford street. My aim for this shopping trip was to get new trainers. I started at Asics, I was quickly disappointed when their service was AWFUL, no one wanted to serve me or make much effort. I carried on down oxford street where I went to Nike. I’ve always worn Nike trainers, I know they are comfortable and I like the style of them. The lady kindly helped me and I had a quick analysis in them. I purchased the Air Zoom structure 20, I made sure to get them a little bigger this time so that my toenails don’t fall off again (grim). They kindly gave me ยฃ20 off for spending over ยฃ100 so as instructed by my mother, who was kindly purchasing these for my birthday, I made my way back to asics for another pair. 

I went on my way back from the pride parade covered in glitter and stickers and was so happy to see different staff in there. I was helped my a lovely girl who did the in depth shoe analysis, we tested three shoes and then when testing a fourth the machines didn’t work and she made me run on the treadmill like 5 times trying to make it work. It was a bit of a faff. In the end I settled on the GT 2000 trainers. I had to go up a whole size in these. I don’t really do coloured trainers but unfortunately they didn’t have many colours to offer it was blue or bright pink. I settled on the blue as they were a bit more subtle. Because of the bad service, the annoying machines and the lack of colour in my size, the lady kindly gave me a goodie bag which had a hat, headphone, bag, and bottle inside.

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Between shopping I watched the Pride Parade it was fantastic, some colleagues found me in the crowd and it was fun to spend time with them! I waited till almost the end so I could see the Disney Parade. One of the lovely runners (and actual my neighbour) Michelle, who I met on Wednesday , was part of the parade. It was lovely to watch and see everyone having fun! 

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Saturday wiped me out and by the time I got home I couldn’t possibly move anymore. 

On Sunday, I woke up early and ran 4 miles finishing at Big Ben, meeting up with more lovely runners I’d followed on Instagram to cheer on all those taking place in the Virgin Sport British 10k. 

Becca provided me with some bells and we cheered from the first to the last runners. As much as I get anxious that I’m loud and annoying it comes in handy for cheering! 

Leah took part and did REALLY WELL. We got a coffee afterwards and sat in the sunshine for a bit. 

It safe to say after the past few days I’m a little kissed by the sun! 

Wednesday isn’t accurate because I started way too early and was standing still at the start.

This week has been so good!! I haven’t stuck exactly to my training plan but I’ve met so many fantastic people and really enjoyed myself. The running community is amazing and I’m so glad that I’ve gone from dipping my toes in it to running full force into it. 

I posted my transformation Tuesday post this week and got such amazing feedback. I was fully expecting lots of negativity but it was all very positive. Thank you to all the people who reached out to compliment me on the post and my achievements. I really appreciated it! Especially this one: 


Love hearing that I helped to inspire someone. MADE MY WEEK! 

Transformation Tuesday

Hello all,

Today I’m going to post something I usually wouldn’t post on social media. A transformation.

The above photo is from 2011/2017. Now I wish there was some major weight loss transformation to show you but there isn’t.

2011 –

  • Just left uni
  • Struggling to find work, not sure what I wanted to do
  • Unconfident
  • Felt ugly, fat and unhappy with myself and my appearance
  • Struggling to find my place in life and felt like I wasn’t good enough and constantly felt like the world was against me.

I was about to face some of the toughest years in my life soon after this photo. I spiraled into depression and anxiety. For more info on that please see my mental health post.

2017 –

  • More confident (not 100% there yet)
  • Love myself (again, not 100% there, we all have shit days)
  • Stronger, fitter, faster
  • Happier
  • Healthier
  • Earning good money, focused more positively on a career and work orientated goals
  • Making and smashing goals constantly
  • Has performed in Aerial shows, and competed in Races

I am a lot happier but I am constantly working to improve my physical and mental health.


The photo on the left is also from 2011 and the right was a couple of days ago.

Left –

  • Had been dancing every day at uni
  • Was on the pill, binged heavily every time I got upset
  • Not sure of exact weight but around this time I was approximately 12+ stone.

Right –

  • Running for a year and a half
  • Aerial on and off for 3 + years
  • Eat whatever I like but don’t control my emotions solely on food anymore.
  • Has a better relationship with food
  • Approximately 10 stone.

I look at the person on the left and just feel sorry for her, in both pictures although I’m smiling I wasn’t very happy and the worse was yet to come. Six years between each picture and so much has happened, I’ve grown up so much and changed in so many positive ways. Anyone who knew me in 2011 may have known I wasn’t the nicest person to myself or to others, I regret some of the decisions I made back then. Now I am thankful I’ve lived through everything and grown as a person. I have been on the biggest roller coaster with my mental and physical health, after the lows it’s been really hard to feel comfortable in my own skin and around other people. Having scars, stretch marks and then feeling fat and ugly I thought I was unworthy of ever being loved or even liked by other people, I realised that this was a mindset I needed to get away from and started making positive steps to love myself and change the way I appreciated my own body. Soon enough I started feeling the love from other people and I realised that things weren’t as bad as I felt like they once were.

I can’t explain exactly how these changes were made, you find what works for you and stick with it. It’s not easy, you need to constantly adjust and adapt and put yourself first in order to get the results you want. For me it was a long hard road with many up and downs. Now I am always adjusting what works for me to maintain and grow. 
Bonus picture update: 


This picture was taken in 2010. I am so thankful I have changed for the better ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Training Plan: July

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It’s the 1st of the Month, it’s time to look at my training plan for this month!

HAPPY JULY EVERYONE. June was an ok month, I took it easy after my race in may and I did what I could. I’ve not managed many runs over the last two weeks so this is also a little update for you!

Work has been super busy recently and the summer socialising has started, I’ve come out of hibernation and been up to lots and have lots more planned.

This week I’ve only managed one run but it was a good one! I stuck just under a 9min/mile for 4 miles. Although I’m not taking Disney runs too seriously, in my future runs a consistent 9 min/mile would be the dream pace for me.

I’ve managed two races this month, the 5k Color run and Chase the sun Brixton 10k, not quite as easy as i should have been taking the month but around these I’ve been quite lazy.

One goal I didn’t complete for the month of June was to buy new trainers, as my mother has kindly offered to Purchase them for me as…

…ITS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!

I’m excited to spend a weekend away celebrating my birthday but I am also apprehensive that my training is going to go out the window. 12 weeks and the Disneyland Paris races will all be over so I haven’t got long to squeeze training in.

Three Goals for the Month of July :

1. Start tracking my Period. This may sound so stupid but I’ve been so chill about it the last year. I want to track so I’m a little more prepared for the hormonal changes that come with it. For example this past week I’ve been due on and had some really bad PMS, my hormone changes are so significant and my energy is super Low but then a couple days into my period my energy sky rockets and I’m full of life and it’s an optimal time in my training. Because I don’t track these times I just think the worse and let it get the better of me instead of utilising this time to help myself and work my routine around it.

2. Enjoy my birthday – I usually get stressed around this year but I’m not planning a party or night out this year so I’m leaving the days plans to my best friend and we are going to celebrate just the two of us and keep it stress free.

3. Try a new class – I want to see what else is out there that I may enjoy!

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The โ€œMagic Mileโ€ time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Weekly Update: Chasing the Sun

Hello all.

This week has been HOT HOT HOT in London. As I said last week I’ve had lots of social thing going on this week so many “Plan” kind of went out the window.

This week, I’ve seen the absolutely amazing Celine Dion, been to West End Live and spent time with some of the most amazing people in my life. Safe to say generally it’s been a good week.

I didn’t Run or Aerial on Tuesday as that’s the day I saw Celine!

On Wednesday (the hottest day of the week) I may my way to Brockwell Park for the Chase the Sun 5/10k. I met with my friend Amy who was doing her first 5k in a couple of years. I decided to do the 10k on a whim, purely because it was planned for my long run anyways on the weekend which I knew I would have difficulty doing with my social life.

Oh Boy was it hot! I believe it was about 30 degrees when we did the race but the temperature had been up to 34 degrees that day. I wore my shorts (which I don’t often do) and soaked up the sun before hand.


I managed to get a new record… My slowest 10k ever… Brockwell park has a few hills and we all know these aren’t my friend and the heat just got to me. I had some serious chub rub going on and sweat in my eyes. I participated and finished the race so I’m happy with my efforts! For once there are a few decent pictures of me from the race. There are still negatives my mind is going to focus on in the pictures (my squinty eyes, my thighs, and the tanned hairline from tanning in this crazy hot heat) BUT I’m going to look at it more positively because it’s too draining constantly falling apart after each negative, I just don’t have the time to mentally keep patching myself up after dwelling each negative thought.

I’ve had the best intentions to run the rest of the week but haven’t managed it. Work has been busy and draining and I’ve had my best friend staying over for the weekend.

My phone has been broken for a while – I’ve had a cracked screen but now it’s completely finished after another drop so if I don’t replace it soon there will be no recorded runs from me. 

Not much of an update this week. 

2017 Race Schedule

January

  • Run Through 10k

 

February/Marchย – No Races Planned

 

April

  • Run Through 10k

May

  • Simply Heath Great Manchester Run – Half Marathon

June

  • The Color Run
  • Chase the sun 5k/10k Brixton


July

  • Chase the Sun – Clapham Common 5k

Augustย 

  • No planned races

Septemberย 

  • Disneyland Paris 5k
  • Disneyland Paris 10k
  • Disneyland Paris Half Marathon

Earning me the Challenge Medal

Octoberย 

  • Adidas City Run – Shoreditch 10k

Novemberย 

  • Disney World Wine & Dine 5k
  • Disney World Wine & Dine 10k
  • Disney World Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Earning me the Challenge Medal & Castle to Chateau Medal

Decemberย 

  • No planned races

 

Update:

29/03/2017 – I have decidedย not to the RunDisney Virtual Runs. Mainly because the timing of them going on sale is going to clash with other opportunities I’ve got going on right now. I still want as many medals as possible, but will focus more on Local events. I am really interested in doing a couple more runthrough events. Currently I have a lot of months without any major plans, so I am going to play it by ear. If anyoneย could recommend any events in the month I have nothing booked, give me a shout. ย I will continue to update this blog post with any changes or additions ๐Ÿ™‚

22/06/2017 – Updated to say that PARIS is confirmed ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Weekly Update: Finding the Positivity

Week: 12th-18th

My Lazy two weeks are OVER, Officially.


I had a late night on Monday night, as I was at my usual sewing class for the evening and then I was helping my sister with her packing. I woke up Early on Tuesday morning to help my sister to the station at 5:30am and from there I decided to get my day started with a run. I ran 4 miles along the river and was back home by 6:30am. I enjoyed getting up and doing this early, I managed to eat breakfast before leaving the house, and even made a bit more effort with my appearance this day.

The only problem with having a late night/super early morning, was by the time I got to Aerial in the evening on Tuesday I was ready for bed. I didn’t manage much in Aerial. The early morning was a shock to my system, although it came with many positives, it negatively effected my energy by the end of the day. Wednesday I took a much needed rest and an early night.

My alarm went off at 6am on Thursday morning, I tossed and turned for a while but made it up and out the door before 6:30am. I did an awesome run, with a great pace I’m not used to and felt unbelievably energised. Again I had more time than I’m used to for getting ready and made it to work before 9am, when I normally get there a little bit late.

Sunday was an absolute scorcher of morning but I got up and out and did 5 miles around the city! I took in the sun and the sights! I paused around Buckingham palace to take in the beautiful surroundings and take some pictures for tourists! 


I absolutely loved this run and finished it off with a Starbucks iced latte! 

I feel much more positive for doing my week day runs in the morning, as it’s so warm in London this week, and the thought of having to drag my self round the streets of London for an evening run don’t sound to appealing right now. I’m ecstatic that my pace for Thursday’s run was averagely below a 9 min/mile. More of this for the future I hope. I’m going to try and stick to waking up earlier and doing something each morning, however next week I will have to rearrange my days as I have a few social things to do.

I’ve been so happy that over the last couple of weeks many people have reached out to me about my running. Either asking for advice or asking me to run with them. I’m going to try and set up a little group so I can’t introduce these people to like minded people after the same goal and organise occasional runs for them. I’m currently trying to think of a name for the group but I hope to make a safe space where like minded people can talk about their goals and progress and hopefully meet people to run with on their journey!
This week has been super good and I glad I’ve found so much positivity. Off to enjoy the sunshine. Hope you all had a good week!

Weekly Update: Filled with Colour.

Week: 5th-11th June.

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