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Zumba!

On Sunday Storm Freya was hitting the UK and bringing with her horrendous winds! I wanted to get some exercise in but was a bit unsure about what to do. As I’ve been thinking about trying a local Zumba class, I decided to pull out an old Zumba Fitness DVD.

Now, let me tell you, I have absolutely zero rhythm and co-ordination. I’m not a natural dancer at all. But I thought, how hard can it be? The answer was, quite hard actually! I didn’t have too much of a problem sort of following them on the DVD but I definitely wasn’t doing all the same moves as them! It’s all in the hips for them yet I just couldn’t make my body do the same thing. But it was pretty fun. I enjoyed it and was pretty pleased to see I’d burnt over 600 calories!

On the Wednesday I decided to pull on my big girl pants and go to a local Zumba class on my own. It’s only a 5 minute walk from mine and starts at 7.30 meaning I didn’t have to rush home from work and get changed quite as much as I do when something starts at 7pm. I have to admit though, I did feel a bit nervous, even though I was looking forward to trying it.

When I got there my friend Claire was there from parkrun so that immediately put me at ease. A little later another friend from parkrun arrived so I was in good company at least! The instructor also surprised me by saying that as this was my first class I could have it for free!

The class started and despite wanting to hide at the back I was actually in the centre of the middle row. (There were 3 rows) As the class started it was different from the DVD and felt like a mix of good old aerobics and a few of the moves from the DVD.

The instructor was really upbeat and friendly. Much better than when I tried the Clubbercise class! (You can read about that here) She gave you the heads up on what direction was next, counted etc. She also went wrong a couple of times which definitely helped put me at ease as I went wrong lots of times haha.

After each song there was a quick breather and I had to keep grabbing a drink of water! I finished my drink about 40 minutes in so next time I definitely need to take a bigger bottle!

At the end I was pleasantly surprised to see I’d burnt almost 600 calories. With the walk there and back it probably went to over 600 calories. I left feeling great! Guess that’s those endorphins they talk about. I can’t wait to go back!

Post Zumba Glow

Post Zumba Glow

Have you ever tried a Zumba class?

Do you go to any group exercise classes?

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A Run With A Man And A Van

I’m really making an effort to get out and run after work more. Because of work if I were to run before, I’d have to get up at 4.30am and to be honest, I’m just not that committed! I’d rather have the extra hour in bed.

So the other night, despite it being dark and windy and wet I still went out for a run. As if by magic though the rain did stop which I was pleased about. I’d decided to try and stay away from the sea front as the wind on the front is always a lot worse. As I was running I didn’t think the wind felt too bad. I was beginning to get really hot so I thought I’d pop through to the sea front to let the breeze cool me a little.

I ended up regretting it. There is parking all on the sea front and I ran past a man having a wee up the side of his van! It was pretty grim but he must have been desperate as it was actually making a bit of a gushing noise! Sorry if that’s too much information haha.

My luck took a real down turn when the weather decided to hail too. It was like lots of tiny pins stabbing me in the face! Luckily I was already on the return leg of my run but I really could have done without it!

I got back and I’d clocked up a 5K. A quick selfie, because if you don’t take a selfie, did you even go for a run? Then I had a hot bath to try and warm up after peeling off my wet clothes. I have to admit, I’m so ready for Spring. I’m tired of running in the dark, wind and rain!

Post Run Selfie

Do you ever see surprising things on your run?

parkrun And A New Café

My husband hadn’t been to parkrun for a couple of weeks due to illness. As a result, I’d not been going to the normal parkrun café, but to one on the way home instead where I picked up a coffee for me and a bit of breakfast for us both. The coffee is incredibly good there so when my husband returned to parkrun I suggested we went there for breakfast after parkrun instead.

Before parkrun selfie

Before parkrun selfie

When we got to parkrun my husband was trying to decide if he should run with me or not. He always sets off too fast and he thought by running with me it’d give him a slower start, meaning he then wouldn’t struggle later. Eventually he decided that he would. We set off and after the first mile I asked him if he wanted to go on. He didn’t but after about a 1.5 miles he started struggling with knee pain. He walked a little whilst I trotted at the side of him. After a few stop/starts at around the 2 mile mark he told me to go on as he was going to walk the rest. Because we’d had such a stop/start run I actually felt pretty fresh so felt really good in the last part of parkrun, for probably the first time ever!

Frustratingly I finished within 8 seconds of my personal best! I gritted my teeth and tried not to blame my husband haha. When he came through the finish funnel he said his knee actually felt a bit better for walking, which was good. So we set off to the new café I’d been popping to for the past couple of weeks.

post parkrun selfie

Oh I do love a filter

When we got to the café I ordered a latte whilst my husband had a hot chocolate which quite frankly arrived looking like a dessert! For breakfast I had a toasted teacake and a Bakewell tart afterwards whilst my husband enjoyed a cheese and ham toastie and then a fruit scone with jam and clotted cream. I have to admit, it did look very scrummy!

Latte

On the way back from the café it was nice to see some of the trees blooming. Particularly my neighbours magnolia tree and our own blossom tree. It makes me hopeful that Spring is on it’s way!

Blossom Tree

Do you go to a café after parkrun?

 

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