I'm Piling on the Miles with Run Eat Repeat

Pile on the Miles

So it’s basically November and I’ve just seen a really cool idea posted by one of my favourite fitness/running/really amusing bloggers. She is the lovely Run Eat Repeat, aka Monica (follow her here!)

I'm Piling on the Miles with Run Eat Repeat

So the aim is to cram in as many miles as possible/realistic/healthy in November, rather than piling on the pounds. Okay it’s not such an issue in November if you’re British because – well, maybe Halloween – but Guy Fawkes Night doesn’t really involve a heavy amount of food. But apparently in America November is a good month to eat a lot – that is because of Thanks Giving, right? This is really just an online community motivating each other and staying ‘accountable’, which is such a popular word in the online fitness community these days; and there are some cheeky little prizes to pile on the motivation too.

I set myself two goals: 2 gym sessions a week & 25 miles total in November (that doesn’t include walking because I walk EVERYWHERE-ish).

What are your November goals? Do you have any November goals? Do you have any non-November goals? Come along and do this with me, and Monica and the tonnes of girls/women that follow her!

Gravity Paragliding Experience

Runner’s Resolutions 2015

So I didn’t exactly fulfil all of my resolutions last year – but that’s fine! This year, top of my list, is to enter a race of some kind, hopefully more than one but definitely one because I still didn’t manage it last year! Then I also owe myself some new trainers – big time! The ones I have, have no tread on the inner side by my toes, they are wearing down at the back too, the mesh has ripped at the top meaning the leak terribly, the laces are fading and the holes which hold the laces (what do you call those?), well, they’re going too. Time for an upgrade. Last year I did manage to try out a bunch of new sports I tried Cycling, Surfing and Paragliding – damn cool! This year I want to try at least 2 more new ones again! There are two resolutions I’m starting my holding onto just for January but they may last longer: in solidarity with my boyfriend, who picked these resolutions for himself, I’m going veggie with him – I mean, we did both eat a whole cow each this Christmas, at least – and also giving up alcohol with him. Now, I’m allowing myself an occasional glass of wine and maybe a cocktail (although I may as well make it mocktail), but no more than one at a time, and no more than 2 a week. Gonna be tough people…gonna be tough!

Oh and my final one is to actually use this blog – nuff said! To help me do this I am following my favourite fitness bloggers, Tone It Up, in doing a Vlog for Vday (#vlogforvday) and seeing how that goes.

Three For Your Thighs

Hey, so I tried a video. I’m still pretty amateur with this and the audio quality turned out horrible (working on this!) but I hope you like it all the same.

I tried to show you my three favourite thigh moves that also help core and balance. My thighs used to be my least favourite body part and now they’re definitely not – although I’m not saying that’s entirely down to just three moves! Do you like your thighs? What would you like to see me do next?

 

Love Jessie x

Fantastic Feeling Feet

Hey!
We all use our feet an awful lot more than we give them credit for. If you play sport or run or walk or dance or anything really you’ll know what I mean. Constant dry skin appearing, blisters, bleeding feet, bruised feet – you name it, we get it. I decided it was time to say thank you to mine!
#loveyourfeet
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I Remember Why I Bought All That Fancy Clothing

Ready to Run

So, I’m always wondering what pace I should start my run on. It’s a tough one and it depends a lot on distance and current energy levels. If I’m running further then I definitely want to settle down into my ‘forever pace’ as quickly as possible and not race off at the start wasting all my energy. If I’m trying to push my time then I want to economize on the good vibes I have at the start of a run, rather than those other vibes that appear just before half way (yes, you know the ones I mean). However, exactly how fast to start off depends on, at least for me, how high I’m feeling at the beginning.

I mean that in two ways; I can be on a good emotional high, feeling fresh and ready to go, and therefore should definitely use the spring in my step to get going. Use that feeling- the more you use it, the more your body will crack it out for you to use! And I also mean you should use the anger-high. I don’t think anyone should ever use exercise as a way to punish their body but most people who love to exercise would be lying if they told you it wasn’t a great release for stress, frustration and anger. Sometimes that ‘grrr’ is all you need to make your run successful.

Today I was so annoyed I forgot to even time myself! But I’m pretty sure I was fast; certainly felt it. I used the bubble of annoyance and pent up energy that had been growing all day and just spontaneously went for a run, half way on my walk home. It wasn’t until I stopped for a brief but intense nose-blowing session (I am mid-cold) that I realised how gross I felt. I was at least wearing some running trousers, albeit ones that don’t really fit me, but on top I was wearing one of my older, definitely-not-sports-bras, a cotton baby-doll tshirt and my big, fluffy Fat Face hoody. Oh dear. It was when I first stopped that I remembered why I bought all my light, breathable, wicking tops and base layers. I remembered why I have my waterproof jacket with air vents and an ultra-light hood. And I remembered why we shell out so much on a safe boob-containing-strategy for our running habits.

I love that equipment, I love using it and I’d certainly recommend much of it. One thing I did remember though, is that, that was exactly how I started running; angry at the world and fairly poorly dressed, with no stamina, poor form and a long way to go. Whatever equipment, or lack of, you have in your wardrobe, I still say just get out there and use that emotion-high to create something you’re proud of. The rest will come.

 

Signing out for the day 😉

Photo by AJF Stuart Photography

Rantathlon: My Pet Running Hates

So, they go something like this…

  1. Cars: I mean cars are fine when they are doing a car-like thing and driving along a road next to you, or preferably quite far away from you and I am actually aware that most of my car hating occurs when I impose my pedestrian presence on the Car Zone but even so. Firstly, when I come to cross a small road, no traffic lights, and the car is clearly already turning and Driver sees me running casually towards him and slams on his brakes for an emergency stop so I can continue coming at my moderate pace – dude, no need. You can go and then I will reach the road and I can go and then we’ve all gone and nobody had to brake, I know you’re just being friendly but come on, efficiency. Then in Germany (and other European countries?) it is normal for the little green man to be up and awake at the same time as the car turning right across your path is also on green – it’s normal here but I can’t get my head around it, it feels wrong. So yesterday a car sees me slowing in my run (I was going to take a breather while he turned down the road) he stops, in the middle of his turn and waves me frantically across the road; oi, I’ll decide when I speed up and when I slow down. The last one is horn beeping. I know, I know, thanks for the compliment I clearly look like a bombshell when I’m sweating and panting and occasionally have a drippy nose- mm attractive. But seriously, there is no need to beep me while I’m running; I’m exercising, I’m having me time, I’m in the zone and I’m trying to push myself, and you’re leering at me? I’m not walking down the road in my lingerie wiggling my hips and licking my lips, I am running – Leave me alone. Unfortunately I had the anti-social habit of casual swearing at the beeping-offenders – not vocally, I employ my finger – and I once did this at an anonymous beeping car. I now don’t do this, the car was my friend’s dad just giving a friendly beep to say that he’d seen me.

 

  1. Cyclists: I mean cyclists are great when they’re doing a bikey thing and chilling in the bike lane, or on the bike path. I like that you’re doing exercise, we’re all doing exercise, aren’t we lucky, happy, cool people? So why in the name of all that is wonderful are you cycling on the running track/side of the path rather than cycling like a good cycler on the CYCLE track. Now I have to swing off the running track to make room for you and get in the way of other potential cyclists. Aside: nothing that’s the fault of the cyclist but they terrify me when they come up from behind me, I always tense up like it’s going to crash into me, I am, however, so far cycle-incident free.

 

  1. Dogs: I’m definitely not going to say dog walkers should keep their dogs on a lead- noo let your dog run free, free range doggies are the best! However, not that it’s their fault they don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing, and not that it’s their owners fault but…I hate when dogs literally get under your feet, especially small dogs because it’s harder to predict where they’re going to go; you are suddenly balanced precariously, definitely not wanting to step on the dog and not wanting to fall on your face and you didn’t really want to stop either. And yet here you are and sometimes the dog has friends and now you’re surrounded by dogs, weaving in and out of your legs for giggles and your pace is destroyed. Yea, nobody’s fault but stressful still.

 

  1. People: yea, I am anti-social.

No I promise I’m not! But I really dislike people interfering with my run- I know you’re just playing but don’t lean across into my face and tell me to “run faster” “go for it sexy” or whatever else your brain comes up with, I am running, I wouldn’t walk past you with your friend sat on a bench and get in your face and say “yea go for it mate, great conversation you’re having”. I mean, why would I do that? So don’t do it to me. Also groups of people that span the entire pavement when you’re coming towards them (walking, running, cycling, cartwheeling, you still find them) that prefer you to go into the road that to split their group for a few seconds. Plus, you all know how much energy it takes to propel yourself all the way back up onto the curb when you’re exhausted, valuable ounces of will power are lost.

 

 

Now all that’s said and done it may seem like I am a vicious, world-hating runner with no love for anything, but all of the categories above can be amazing and helpful (dogs) and wonderful while you’re running, just felt like I’d have a little rant! We know these things annoy us – they do!

Tired but happy post-run

Ran my first ever half marathon distance today (21.73 km to be precise, but I needed to get all the way back to my front door!) in 2:09 – two hours nine minutes, just in case. I am exhausted and have a lot of aches but I’m very, very happy.