Self Care

My first half marathon of the year is done, with it being an extra difficult one mentally and physically I now need to take more time to focus on looking after myself. Here are my top ten self care habits that I like to do.

  1. Hot Bath
    Even when I’ve not been running, I sometimes feel tense even if I’ve just got a lot going on Mentally. A hot bath helps me relax. I love adding bath bombs, bubble bars, epsom salts or essential oils to the bath to help me de-stress and unwind.
  2. Read a Book/Watch a Film
    Often combined with number 1. I’m not much of a reader but a few of my favourite books to read or re-read are “The Color Purple”, “The Perks of being a Wallflower” and “Silver Linings Playbook”. My go to feel good films are anything Disney (obviously) like Mulan, Hercules, or The Little Mermaid to name a few favourites. My all time Favourite Film ever in the world is Sister Act (stop laughing) it holds so many good memories for me and can always put me in a good mood.
  3. Pamper
    Sometimes doing your nails, hair and make up just makes you feel good. Clean Hair, fresh nails and make up makes me feel like I am ready to take on the world.
  4. Stretch/Yoga/Meditate
    A good way to connect with your body, listen and understand your body’s needs and give your mind some time to recouperate and focus. Click Here for a previous post on stretching.
  5. Light a candle
    I love a good Candle. Yankee Candles are my favourite. I have a wax burner in my room and love all the different smells you can get. Right now my room smells like a cupcake and I couldn’t love it anymore.
  6. Go for a walk
    I’m quite passionate about a good walk. It gives me time to clear my head and forget about the worries of the day. It’s been a year and a half since I started walking to work daily. Take a look a one of my old posts here about walking.
  7. Do a Hobby
    I love crafting, I love going to the theatre and I love Aerial. If I’m having a tough time doing any of these things for fun can always help me mentally and physically feel my best.
  8. Listen to music
    I created a 12 Hour Musical Theatre playlist, and it’s amazing. I listen to my favourite songs to put me in a good mood.
  9. Clean
    Anyone else find cleaning weirdly therapeutic?  If I have a lot going on up in my head, physically doing something like running is a great way to transfer the tension and release it. Sometimes when I don’t want to run, cleaning has the same effect. Organising and rearranging helps me put order into my life.
  10. Eat
    I love Food! If I want to eat something I will, I have no restrictions in my diet. If my body needs fuel, I feed it good foods, If my body needs comfort food, then that’s what it will get. Sausages, Mash & Peas will always been my favourite dinner.

 

What do you do to take care of your Mental and Physical health? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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Good News!

I suck at blogging, luckily I don’t blog for likes or money so there is no pressure to update. Not much has been going on lately, I haven’t really been doing any training, as everything I have to train for is so far off. My housemate is currently training for a half marathon in March so I’ve been going along with her on training runs and although it’s slower than my comfortable half marathon pace, it’s helpful to be taken back a little bit so I don’t over exert myself and have to stop multiple times in each run.

Well good news is I’ve earned my first medal. That’s right, 3 weeks into the new year and I’ve got the ball rolling…

On Saturday the 21st. My Housemate and I participated in the RunThrough 10k at Battersea Park. It’s was an interesting day for a few reasons:

  1. It’s was COLD, I’m not used to training or running in the cold yet. We arrived early so waited around a bit, meaning we were colder.
  2. It was my first small event, there were still quite a few people, and it was professionally organised but it was no where near the scale of Disney/Royal Parks.
  3. I got to meet someone (briefly) that I connected with over Instagram and Facebook, thanks to running. She is lovely and is also interested in running at Disneyland Paris this year (can we have a date for bibs already please).


Here’s a Pictures of my Medal: 

Here is the breakfast I enjoyed afterwards:

My second piece of good news is… I GOT THE LULULEMON RUNNING BAG! I haven’t used it yet but I will be trying it out this week and let you know my thoughts!

This post really is about good news, and this may be the biggest one of the week…


DISNEY WORLD IS BOOKED.

Ok, so I actuallly booked the holiday at the end of last year, but now that I have booked the races I feel like everything is coming together and I’m super excited.

I will be doing the Wine & Dine 5k + Challenge (which is 10k & Half marathon)… that’s 3 days, 3 races and lots of fun. This might be the most money I’ve every spent on a race or a holiday for that fact but I’m so happy because it’s been my dream for a while and become more apparent in the past few years and since running. I’m happy that I’ve managed to secure a great job and income to make my dreams come true for myself without having to depend on anyone else.

You may see some updates throughout the year with my plans etc so watch this space.

My last bit of good news pairs with my last piece. I’ve used social media to connect with runners and have made so many new runner friends through Facebook groups and Instagram. It’s great to connect with them and get advice from them about my trip and race bookings.

I’m hopeful I can meet some internet friends on my trips this year.

So if you are reading this and planning on running the Wine & Dine races in Florida or the races in Paris this year, let’s connect. I’m always happy to meet other runners and Disney fans!

January Wishlist

 

It’s January and everyone’s got cracking on their new years resolutions, 2017 will be a big year for me, I have some personal goals I want to work on, and some fitness goals too.

I constantly have a list as long as my arm of things I want, most things never get brought because I feel guilty splurging on myself and would rather put the money into experiences.

Each month I will try and give you an insight into whats on my current wish list, be it fitness related or not.

Towards the end of 2016, I went to a Lululemon sample sale, I managed to bag myself running shorts (I have never run in shorts before and plan to take that leap this year), two sports bras, a running jacket and and long sleeved running top. I’m a little bit in love with the running top and jacket, they have kept me warm on my runs home over December. At the sample sale they had some amazing bags, however they didn’t have one suitable for running at this sample sale, so I’ve been looking at Lululemon often and decided I want the Run all day backpack:

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I think this is a great backpack and an appropriate size for what I need it for. I would be able to fit all my work stuff inside and run home with it on. I like the double straps across the front, because this is something my current backpack is lacking and it moves around a lot. This backpack is also small and compact and should be lighter on my runs.

The second thing on my wish list is a little bit more of an unrealistic purchase; an Apple watch. I love having all my products sync up and I love using my Nike + Run Club app and the watch would do everything I need it to do in order to track my fitness and so much more. However it’s pricey and to top it all off, I would really need to invest in a new laptop to sync and back up everything that I currently use as well as this. For now I will keep desiring this and a Mac Book pro to complete my current family of gadgets.

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Finally, I want more footwear. I want new trainers for just general walking, some for running, and I’m starting to think about what my 2017 race shoes will be. I would also like to treat myself to some UGG slippers, because a) I love to lounge b) They are super cosy.

Most of my wishlist id unrealistic for me to buy right now, I will continue to lust over them for the time being. This year is all about savings for me and the biggest wish right now is that I get the places for all the races I’d like to do this year!

 

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2017

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Happy New Year!

I am back blogging, and keeping you updated on my fitness journey. Since finishing the Royal Parks half marathon back in October I have been relaxing from the fitness goals and having lots of fun. I have continued to run and do some aerial but I haven’t had anything to work towards in terms of fitness goals.

My fitness journey last year was challenging but so rewarding and has left me hungry for more, so here I am back to set some goals for 2017.

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Sounds a bit simple right? but sometimes it’s easy to neglect what makes you feel good.

In 2016 my highlights involved spending time with friends and family and making amazing memories. I plan to do so much more of this, because right now I can’t get enough of my friends and family, they are all amazing, they have really made the last year one of my best yet!

I also need to connect with the smaller things that make me happy, a certain song or even visiting a certain cafe, just having time to myself and really connecting with the little things I often take for granted.

The whole reason I started this blog was to track my progress to my first two big races! It was a success and I think I finally caught the running bug, I’ve seen so many benefits mentally and physically that entering races has done for me I thought “why not do a few more?”.

I loved my run in Disneyland Paris and I was jealous of everyone competing in more than one race and doing challenges, so this year as they have introduced a 10k I will hopefully be securing a place to run the two course challenge. Details are limited at this time and bib only places have not been released yet so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a place and will hopefully cross the finish line once again in one of my favourite places on earth.

I will also be trying to get a place for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2017 in Walt Disney world Florida. Its been a long time dream to visit WDW and now I finally have an excuse. Planning for this has already started.

Last year I impressed myself but running continuously for 2:13:34 and getting much better times in both my half marathons than I originally thought I would when I started this blog. This year I would like to get under 2 hours and 10 minutes. I would be chuffed if I could do that.

I want to try a new form of exercise and mix up my work out plan a bit.This might be trying a new aerial discipline or checking out a fancy class in a London Gym, I have a whole year but I’d like to see what else is out there. Maybe review a few classes? Who knows!

I would also like to try some new foods and learn some new go-to recipes.

This past year, I have had difficult times trying to keep my head above water. For the most part I have had an amazing year but there have been times where anxiety has taken over some of the best moments and put a dark cloud over them. I have often been criticised for being too negative so this year like all others I will continue to look on my own person outlook. I think I am a lot more positive than I was 4-5 years ago, I just need to strengthen and maintain this. Mental Health is just as important as Physical Health.

I look forward to connecting with you all via this platform in the next year. Please don’t hesitate to comment below or contact me  if you have a question to ask or advice to give, I’m all ears (mouse ears).

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Weekly Update: 22nd-28th August

So after a couple of not-so-good weeks which I can fully admit has been down to distraction, I finally have the time to get back into the swing of things!

You can read about my previous week here!

After being away for a festival, I didn’t make it out on Monday so I switched my routine up a bit and went out on Tuesday. The heat really got me as London was a hot and humid 30 degrees. I ran a bit but then ended up walking most of my 5k run.

I rested Wednesday and headed back out on Thursday determined to run better than before. I did a 6 mile run at an average of 10″20/mi which isn’t bad. After the last couple of weeks I can’t be picky so I’m just thankful I managed to get my butt out there.

My next run was on Saturday morning, I’ve been having a hard time and crisis of confidence so I went out to destress. It worked, I sweat out a lot of alcohol consumed from the night before too! I did 5km at a pace of 10″17/mi, by far not my best 5k but not my worse.

On Sunday, one of my best friends dragged me out of my bed for breakfast and a leg and ab workout in the gym… I’m thankful for friends like this who get me back to me when I’m not feeling myself. I definitely need to hit the gym more, it’s funny how unfit I have gotten on that side of things since my running has improved… You can’t have it all can you?


Three things I’m proud of this week:

1. I always have a problem with running over bridges, the up bit kills me off and I end up walking. This week I smashed Vauxhall bridge not once but twice!!!

2. Despite feeling like the worst of the worst, I managed to pull through and stick to a good pace.

3. Even though I have been distracted a lot and ate ALOT, I have not put on a single bit of weight woohoo!

I can already tell you the next week is gunna start well, I’m determined to pack in more and work harder this week to get closer to my goals.
27 days to go…