Monthly Archives: October 2019

I did a Canadian parkrun!

I’ve just returned from a lovely holiday to Canada and America. Whilst there, naturally, I had a couple of parkruns lined up and the first was Nose Hill parkrun in Calgary.

In the weeks leading up to the holiday the weather in all three destinations we were visiting was supposed to be pretty similar to the UK with temperatures between 12 and 20c. A couple of days before we left, Calgary started predicting snow so I took some long running items just in case. That turned out to be good decision. I emailed ahead to ask if they still put the event on in the snow, assuming that they probably would because it snows a lot in Canada. They told me they only cancel when it is too cold for the volunteers…-20c!!

We arrived at a snowy Nose Hill park and could already see the volunteers out setting up the course. We went and talked to the team and other runners. It turns out the Event Director is an ex pat and belonged to a very local running club! She’s also run my local parkrun. What a small world!! On this particular day there were actually more tourists than locals running!

It was a two lap course with the 2nd lap having a slightly different route to send you through the finish funnel. We set off and I felt quite sure footed. The snow was thick but still fluffy, however on lap 2, as everyone else had run round and the snow continued to fall heavily it became far slippier. There was a downhill section that I actually walked down for fear of falling over by slipping. I didn’t want to break a limb with over 2 weeks of holiday left!

The course was certainly undulating but never too steep or for too long thankfully, except for the very end where you go up a long, very steep hill. I was dead by the top of it, thankfully the finish funnel was just around the corner from it!

We had another chat with everyone at the end before heading off to warm up! I felt so lucky to get to experience parkrun in another country. I’m amazed that what started off as a group of friends running together is now a worldwide phenomenon that you can join in with pretty much where ever you are!

Something to note as well, -9 obviously suits me as I ran the whole thing with a hat and gloves and didn’t overheat at all! Perfect!

Calgary parkrun

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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. I am so lucky that I don’t suffer too terribly with my own Mental Health, however, I have close friends who really do.

I have days where I might feel a bit down or fed up but on the whole I’m naturally quite a bubbly happy person. I feel like because I’m naturally quite bubbly, I find it quite easy to see when I’m feeling down and that then in turn makes it easier for me to put a stop to it.

Being outside really helps me. If I’m feeling a bit low then going for a walk or run helps me feel better. It gives me a chance to think things through but also provides a good level of distraction too. I always recommend to my friends who struggle to try getting out and just see if it helps, because it helps me so much.

Music also really helps me. Listening to one of my favourite songs and having a little bop around the living room can really lift my spirits. Music means a lot to me and I find songs remind me of people and memories so having songs that link to happy memories also really helps.

How do you control your mental health?

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Halfway Point of Beachbody’s Transform:20

Beachbody Logo

I’m now at the halfway point of the Transform:20 program on Beachbody on Demand so I thought I’d do a little update of how I’m finding it.

Finding 20 minutes a day has been pretty easy. I’ve been getting up at 5am, doing my workout and then getting ready for work. This way my workout is complete before the working day and I’m not having to come home after an 11 hour day at work to do it.

I’ve also enjoyed adding in some of the extra workouts that come with the program. There is a list of the standard workouts and then there are bonus workouts that I try to add in when I have more time e.g. Fridays when I don’t work and Sundays.

I feel like I’m getting stronger. I can now perform a pushup, whereas before I could barely even complete one. I still do them from my knees though as I’m not strong in a plank position to start. I think my wrist and shoulder strength has improved a little but it’s still difficult holding the plank position.

The workouts are getting progressively harder but I feel like my cardio level is good. I get out of breath but I feel as the workouts get harder, my cardio fitness is improving at the same time.

All in all I’m enjoying it and I’m definitely pleased I signed up to Beachbody.

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A 4 mile parkrun

On the Wednesday before parkrun, they sent out an email with a section from Vitality asking people to do an extra 20% at parkrun and use the hashtag #move20more. Rachel asked me if I was game and I told her I definitely was.

On Saturday morning I met up with both Maria and Rachel and we all ran together. To start with I was a bit grumpy because the temperature was so warm and it’s meant to be cooling off because we’re halfway through September! But as we ran along I soon got over it…although I did moan about being hot haha.

I managed to run the whole 5km again which really pleased me. There was very little breeze so I definitely felt like I struggled the more we progressed. Mile 3 was my slowest at 13:06 but I averaged a pace of 12:51 throughout.

Running Friends

As we passed through the finish funnel we took a token and then Rachel and I quickly said goodbye to Maria and ran on. We were going to do an extra 1km but as we ran I actually felt a bit stronger than I was expecting so we topped it up to 4 miles. I was really pleased, as it’s been a good while since I ran 4 miles. In fact, it was June that I last ran 4 miles! Wow! At the end, I actually didn’t feel like I’d run 4 miles. I expected to be fatigued, but seemed to have got a 2nd wind of energy after we passed through the finish funnel. Again, I wonder how much of this new found strength is down to the workouts I’ve been doing.

Rachel and I then walked back to the barcode scanners and had a chat with various friends. We then went and had a coffee at Leon’s on the seafront. Thankfully it was bug free today! We sat outside and the views over to the Isle of Wight were incredible. We’re so lucky to live here.

Did you take part in the #move20more?

 

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International Coffee Day

Today is International Coffee Day! So, I thought I’d dedicate a blog post to my favourite drink.

I love a good cup of coffee and going for a coffee with a friend is one of my favourite things to do.

Latte

Usually when I go out for a coffee I’ll order a latte. However, that’s not to say I don’t like other types! When I’m trying to be really good with eating well I’ll order an Americano, or if I fancy a bit more of a caffeine hit than a latte provides I’ll order a Flat White.

Flat White

I love to go for a coffee to see how places do coffee. Some simply use a machine but I love it when they use beans from a local company e.g. The Pump House in Gosport uses coffee from a Winchester company.

Post meal Latte

I never tire of coffee, it’s my go to drink, and as you can see I like to take pictures of it too.

Costa Coffee

My favourite High Street coffee chain is Costa coffee. I prefer their coffee and the general feel of them. However, in September, I do switch allegiance to Starbucks due to the mighty Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

Starbucks Caramel Frappucino

Lets not forget that coffee doesn’t just come served hot! I love an iced coffee and don’t just reserve these for the Summer. Starbucks definitely serve the best choice of iced coffees.

Starbucks Toffee Nut Latte

Do you like coffee?

What’s your favourite type of coffee?

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