Women Wednesdays #2 Run Eat Repeat

I’m writing this one about a woman and blogger I have adored for a long time now. (I think I might actually be a little bit in love with her 😉 but that’s another post!). I’m sort of in shock as I write this because I’ve just read a very personal post by her about her private life, something which I, obviously, had no clue about. It just reminded me of how everyone can shock you with what they’re going through, you just never know till you ask – or on the internet of course until someone lets you know.

I was originally going to write this post without knowing anything about that sphere of Monica’s life though – just because she is damn fabulous. She is, of course, the wonderful, hilarious and motivational Run Eat Repeat, otherwise known as Monica.

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This woman is insanely motivational, incredibly funny, and she promotes one of the best traits you can ever exhibit as a person: she doesn’t take herself or life too seriously. Or in fact seriously at all in the case of herself, which is wonderfully refreshing and real. I have learnt a lot about running from Monica (mainly – just get off your butt and do it, then come back and eat a pizza) and a lot about not taking myself to seriously too. That’s something I find very hard by the way, I find it so difficult to laugh at my short-comings and my failures. She is also a great balancer in a blogosphere full of health obsession. I’m not saying being healthy or eating healthy is bad, but it can become such a heavy focus these days that we lose sight of other things – like our lives! Monica on the other hand, doesn’t really care. As long as she’s happy, full and replenished after her run that counts as a high-five-moment. Winner! I love that attitude – she reminds me never to become afraid of chips and never to lose my love of pizza.

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I also love her fearless attitude to races. I don’t believe any race would be too tough of too long for this woman, she never seems phased; she seems anti-phased. That, and the honest way she talks about running and her eating habits (which are glorious), make her my ultimate fitness and life role model. I am still stubbornly too scared to enter a running race, I’m not sure if it’s because of fear of failure, or being slow or fear of people watching me pull my running face but I am determined to overcome that this year! Even just an incy-wincy 5km; I have to do it. But reading Run Eat Repeat, I definitely feel like I am going to enter something … one day.

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Monica, I only have one thing to say to you – WHAT A BABE! Please keep posting your delightfully inspiring blog posts.

Follow Run Eat Repeat right here!

Don’t forget to search for Pile On The Miles on her site:

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All images from runeatrepeat.com

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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!

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My Week In Exercise #1

Monday:

God knows why it’s such a shock to wake up, it’s a perfectly reasonable time, but I do feel like poo. I think it’s because I slept so badly last night – my bed is hideous and it’s on my list of things to fix. So right now I’ve had to flip so I’m sleeping at the ‘foot’ end, it’s just disorientating. Anyway I had a failed doctors appointment where they messed up my travel injections again followed by about 6 hours in Uni where I felt like I achieved nothing. Safe to say I was very happy to get to my first Frisbee Training Session of the year! It made my day but I had forgotten how tough it can be, especially as the fewer people you have at training (we had only 8, not enough for a real game), the more and the harder you have to run. I was badly out of shape, especially when it came to lunging and sprinting. It was a shock after having run slower, longer distances for so long. I’m now thoroughly enjoying feeling the burn, hoping that being more tired will help me sleep tonight!

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Love this Sky

Eating Raw and Fresh

Eating Raw and Fresh loving Tom-Juice this week

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Wednesday:

After spending yesterday hobbling around and very sorely thighs – which I managed to pull and then didn’t manage to warm down, nice one – I had another Frisbee training to go to and this time it was outdoors. I love outdoors because there’s more room to run and it’s often a better game, for me anyway, but I was pretty horrified to figure that it’s already too damp and slippy on the grass to play in trainers. This means… it is time to stud-up and in my case, fix up my boots that were missing about half of their studs. Putting on said slightly battered (slightly small?) football boots and made me realise they are definitely going to have to go this season. Meaning I need to shell out for new ones – urgh really? When we went out later I definitely participated in some groovy dance moves; that’s exercise right?

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Stud Up

Stud Up

Thursday:

Aaah so excited to use my gym pass for the first time! It was actually a very good gym session. I completed 5km on the cross trainer in 25mins, which is certainly not my fastest time but since I haven’t been running in so long I was very chuffed about it – call it a spring board. I also did some rowing, only around 1000m but that’s about what I like to do without too much trouble, and then some matt work. I do everything on the matt; a bit of abs, a bit more legs (cos hell, these bad boys can take a beating) and some arm weights too. It felt amazing to be back working out inside, sort of reassuring since I know the temperature is about to plummet. I did a big stretching session when I got in today in an attempt to beat these damned pulled muscles.

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Walking home

P.s. I found a new rip in my trainers 😦

Friday:

Three guesses what I did today? Yep. Frisbee. I had another session today and I did a very short yoga session by myself beforehand which between them have managed to finally crushed these pulled muscles away and get some productivity out of my legs. Woohoo. Training 8-10pm is still killing me though, it’s not a pleasant time in the day for anyone.

Saturday:

I woke up so late today. I had a disastrous start, snoozing my work alarm and then falling asleep until 17minutes before I was due to start work. Somehow, by a miracle, I managed to make it out the house and up to University in barely any time and got to work without a hitch. I was so lucky, and also so tired. But after a stressful and long day at work I thought I was ready to collapse… then I got persuaded to the gym. We had an epic dinner planned so it wasn’t hard to convince me to burn some room for pudding. I cycled, doing 5km in 11minutes (which I’m sure is not impressive but hey, bikes are not especially my thing) and then went straight to a matt session. It was so much fun working out with someone for a change. We did abs and arms, and legs just by default but oh my goodness did we make that butt muscle buuuurn. 🙂 I genuinely loved pushing someone else to feel the burn with me. And now I’m exhausted.

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In Gym

Plan for Sunday? Rest day…maybe a short run 😉 who can resist?

What are your Sunday plans? What did you exercise-up-to this week? Let me know…

Sig

Fresh As A Daisy – Fit For Freshers

Hey guys!

As part of my Fit For Freshers series I decided to do this Fresh As A Daisy workout – which is not how I felt after I was done filming I must say! It would be a good morning one – hangover permitting – because it really gets your heart pumping and that’ll help your metabolism right at the start of the day when it needs a kick. It’d also be a great way to burn off that lazy day feeling if you haven’t left the house yet and you’re starting to feel lethargic. It’s only three moves but you could always do a few rounds of it and then let me know how you feel! The first two moves are adapted from warm-up moves I use when training with my team.

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Tell me if you do this work out! Use #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag me on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). It would be super exciting to have someone join me and tell me if they love, or hate, these moves!

 

p.s. after watching the video back I was not a fan of how I looked during it but I wanted to share the moves! I use what filming set up I have available (i.e. none) and these are the angles I get – hey, who said workouts had to be glamorous.

Galloping Side Stretch:

Place two markers, they can be anything (mine were dead flowers), a few feet apart either side of you and stand in the middle. Then lower yourself down, semi-squat, making sure your knees never drop over your toes and have your hands poised at the centre of your core – as if you’re thinking about punching. You can be on your tippy-toes a little too if you want, I find it easier personally. Then you’re going to side step, quickly, to one of your markers, drop a little and hand your hand reach down and touch the marker on the same side. Then raise again and side gallop all the way to the other marker and have your hand touch that one too. Right hand touches right marker and vice versa. You can see how many you can do in 30 or 45 seconds or you can time how long ten of them take you. I love this, keeps you light on your feet.

What time/number did you get? J

Spiderman Crawl:

Start in a plank position with your abs engaged. Then raise your right leg up and out at a 45degree angle. This is a groin stretch so make sure you warm that muscle up. Your leg should be almost in line with your arms now but slightly out to the side. Here you can do a push up or half push up (if it’s easier you can spread your arm out wider here too, I usually do I just forgot). Then bring your leg back in line so it’s just behind your hand and walk your hands forward, till the other leg is level with it. Now do it on the other side. That’s damn hard to explain but I hope you get what I mean. You could do five or ten on each side…or more…

Punch, Crouch, Twist:

You can start slightly low if you like, comfortable punching position, with your core engaged. Punch to the left with your left hand; then perform a squat. As you raise up, take your right leg and twist it across your body in a standing crunch, coming to meet your left elbow. Now punch with your right hand; then squat. Then crunch your left leg across your body to meet your right elbow, abs engaged.

Do you love it? It took me a while to get into a rhythm as I tend to totally mess up complicated moves – my brain doesn’t always engage you see. Once I found the rhythm though, I was off, did many more than I planned. How many did you do? I suggest ten on each side and then keep going if you like!

Are you all excited for University/College? Have you started yet and how is your freshers week going?

 Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

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Fresh Fish – Fit For Freshers!

s to me) I’ve created a workout specially for Freshers Week and I’ve called it – drum roll – Fresh Fish! Because, I mean, what’s fresher than fish? (One hopes!).

This work out is 6 moves, all named after fish-esque things and they can all be done with no equipment. This is important to me because during my first year at Uni, and my first few years teaching myself how to work out, I didn’t have equipment or the money for a gym pass. I still don’t have that much equipment now and I think it’s really important to ditch the excuses for not working: not having equipment, not being able to afford the gym and being embarrassed to work out in front of other people. These are all no worries if you can do everything at home! I still love to work out at home and the only thing you could need is a nice yoga mat to stop you getting bruised on the floor, but I used to just use rugs and they were fine – grrr toughen up! (hehe).

Tell me if you do this work out! Check in my #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag my on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). I can’t even tell you how cool it would be for one other person to try this and let me know, whether you’re a fresher or not!

Sushi Roll:

This is a side plank – you can bend one knee if you find feet stacking tricky, I have those days too! Your hand is pointing up to the sky, your supporting hand should come straight down from your shoulder not stick out at an angle. Then you roll round by reaching your hand under your belly and poking it out the other side.

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Pulling The Nets:

Make like your pulling in a biiig fishing net. Okay, long shot name-wise I know. Start on all fours and raise your right leg and left arm, sort of like Superman. The stretch is part one, part two is crunching your knee up to your chest, bending your leg and bringing your arm in too. Then you kick pack again, focusing on your Glute (the butt muscle) as you do. I suppose you could do this with a small hand weight if you wanted to.

X 10 (each side)

Sea Horse:

You look a bit like a sea horse – believe it! Sea horses are ace. So you’re on your belly, not curving your lower back up too much, supporting yourself however is comfortable with your arms. With your legs together and straight raise them a little off the floor, this should burn. Now hold this while you bend your legs at the knee and curve your feet towards your bum. Now uncurl so they’re held straight again. Then you can drop them back to the floor.

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Crunch-y Seaweed:

Crunch it out! You’ve got this.

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Row Your Boat:

Up in a boat position, also known as a V-sit position. It’s basically a regular V-sit, if you’re having one of those days where coordinating hands and legs simultaneously is a problem – I feel ya – then just ignore the hands. Otherwise when your knees are up, your hands are down by your feet. As you straighten your body towards more of a line, you stretch your legs out, keeping abs engaged, and hands go back to your chest.

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Crab Claw:

This looks a bit like the pincer motion that crabs do. Start on a side plank again (same side as your first plank) but with your lower knee bent for support. Upper leg is straight and raised slightly off the floor and your non-supporting arm is resting on your ear, stretched above your head. You swing your raised leg skyward, dropping your hip slightly (your leg can come forwards a bit too), and your raise hand goes to meet it like a closing pincer. Then you return to the first position.

X 10 (one side)

Now go right ahead and repeat that on the other side, go for it twice if you’re feeling ambitious. Hope those Freshers Tummies are looking toned!

Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

Fit For Freshers!

I am getting extremely excited for starting my fourth (and final) year in University. I fell in love with Manchester University and ever since I started here I’ve had the absolute time of my life. I live in a hell of a city and I’m so thankful that I study a course I love and have had a ridiculous, unexpected, emotional and thoroughly fabulous time here. I thought I’d try something new this year and incorporate all my buzzy, fuzzy excitement into this blog with – Get Fit For Freshers.

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Are you just starting University? Excited to head off to Freshers Week or Welcome Week or whatever your University likes to call it… it will always just be ‘Freshers’ to us students? Or are you heading for a Re-Freshers (or Re-Re-Re-Freshers, if you’re as old as me!)? You know you want to look your best.

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Freshers Week is the first week of term and it can be mad and emotional, it can be amazing fun and it can be tiring. It’s where you start to meet your potential new friends, your new house mates and your future crushes (don’t lie!) so it’s a fantastic time to be looking and feeling your best. And I know what you’re thinking, that Freshers is all about the booze (welcome to UK University Life if you’re a foreign blog reader!); but it’s not. It is a great time to bond with people, over a beer, over a hangover, over a coffee, over a run in the park – it’s about you not about a Freshers Stereotype of any kind. It’s a good time to have your confidence up though, whether you’re far away from home or just round the corner it’s still going to be tough meeting new people – of course it is, but you’ll manage and you’ll love it – so it’s a fantastic time to look great and feel great, inside and out.

I will be posting right up and through September on health and fitness and lifestyle to hopefully help inspire some of you to feel great and Fit For Freshers. I will post First Year Tips, work out ideas, motivation, maybe some low-calorie cocktail recipes (oooh yes!), some healthy Fresher Friendly Meals and tips to beat that Freshers Flu. If you like the sound of it then please follow my blog, or follow me on bloglovin to keep up to date with all my posts.

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Got that Fresh Feeling? I do! Tell me all about it below, where you’re heading and why you’re excited or even nervous. If you know someone else starting Uni or College this year, or already there, please pass this post onto them I’d love to connect and share tips, tricks, ideas and recipes!

Keep up to date with my on Instagram @jessiefrisbee and use the hashtag #fitforfreshers if you want to send me any pictures (that would be dead cool!). Same applies on Twitter, I am @JessieFrisbee93

Sig

P.s. As always, I am not a professional fitness trainer and I’m not qualified for…well, anything, but I’m certainly not qualified to give medical or nutrition advice. Take everything with a pinch of salt (not literally) and understand that I’m just telling y’all what I do, and constantly asking you guys for advice too, not saying it will necessarily ‘work’ for you. But I hope you feel, at the least, inspired.

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Things I Thought I’d Never Do…6000ft to Floor

On the list of things I’d never have imagined doing, throwing myself of high objects is pretty high up. Near the top. A paralysing fear of heights pretty much has me kicking and screaming up average sized mountains so as I was perched on a seat in a warm, careering mini-bus being pelted towards the 6000ft (1600-and-something metres) high Badabag Paragliding Station I was pretty surprised at myself for having even handed over the dosh and got in the vehicle.

I talked to a few people sat around me and was pretty impressed that a bunch of them also considered themselves scared of heights – question is, why are we all doing this to ourselves? I had been assured, however, that there was no jumping involved.

At the 'start line'

At the ‘start line’

Badabag Take-Off 6000ft

Badabag Take-Off 6000ft

The top of Badabag was teeming, it’s the Piccadilly Circus of paragliding at this time – the sunset slot, although the sun seemed stubbornly far away from setting – and I was simultaneously reassured and terrified by the hordes of people drifting up into the distance as we disembarked. The instructors are fabulous at not giving you time to think (I only saw one person wimping out, he kept sitting down on the floor every time they tried to get him to take off, I do hope he made it eventually); they just chuck you in a harness and helmet, keep you talking, demand a quick selfie and then make for the steepest bit of concrete that is free.

It’s been paved up here for take-off but there is something quite alarming about the concrete just falling away  into nothing; it may not be a sheer cliff face but it’s damn steep. Before you know it a spot has become free as some other helpless dangling body sails off screaming into the orangey sky. They clip you in – ‘when I say walk, we walk forward, maybe I say run, then we run yes?’. Erm… yes?! It was this point I could feel my stomach plunging and twirling in anticipation and I thought I might just say no and stop but you can feel the adrenaline kicking in too and mine was enough to hold down the fear.

First shot, way up there

First shot, way up there

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It’s a weird feeling as the wind takes the slack in the large brightly coloured wind sock behind you and attached to you; you get tugged and you’re walking forward  whether you like it or not. There may also be a blokey helping with take-offs who will grab the front of your harness and begin to drag you – it helps the general feeling of, ‘whether I like it or not’. Then you’re running and you’re gone. It’s so simple I laughed much more than I screamed (although one or two profanities may have slipped past my lips), there’s no jumping or plummeting sensation or moment of agonizing fear, there’s just sailing up like a balloon. Gentle as you like. You can rearrange yourself to sitting now and it becomes obvious why this is a tourist attraction; it’s pretty comfy up there, you have nothing to do except get an adrenaline rush and the view is phenomenal. The beach is tiny. The hotels are almost invisible. The sea is so blue, turquoise in the shallows and rich, almost-navy a little further out.  Then sun is spreading a warm haze over everything and my tandem partner explains a little about the thermals that are to thank for carrying us around up here. From and living in the nearby town of Fethiye, he has been doing tandem flights for 12 years, and begun gliding at the age of 14, which I consider an impressive resume, when this route becomes unusable in the winter the paraglide from a venue further west. Non-stop flying, seven days a week, all year.

Into the sunset

Into the sunset

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It might make you feel sick, even if you have a strong stomach; my partner asks me to warm him as he has a bag for this very scenario. ‘Sometimes people don’t warn me, then they spewy in my face’ – an exact quote I kid you not. When you’re not feeling slightly motion sick, as you might in a simulator, it’s very relaxing and just immensely peaceful up there, riding the thermals, the envy of all below (probably). Then sometimes it’s not. He asks me if I want to spin and my brother did so I can hardly refuse and be one-upped. I get video footage to prove it. Spinning is optional but it’s one hell of a rush. No roller coaster can match up; you drop rapidly, sometimes angled so the fabric of your trusty ‘chute is actually below you and you’re hammering round and round. There is no way you can feel sick doing this, there’s too much else to feel: the wind, the G-Force, the sheer adrenaline, I could even feel my flailing feet going numb it was incredible.

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Up in the sky

Landing is also not unexciting. You sway quite dramatically into a steep drop towards the street below, where tourists may or may not get out of your way. You are aiming for a patch of grass on the open sea front but if you over shot you’d only hit the beach. The instructor’s feet hit the floor first then you stand up too, usually staggering a bit with the plain shock of dropping to the pavement at such an alarming rate, even with rather handsome young men running alongside to grab your strings and make sure you’re properly grounded. I was certainly not grounded. Not for a while after doing that. What a buzz! I would certainly repeat it – and 100% recommend it.

Over the hotels

You can see my hotel from here

Finished!

Finished!

P.s. I’m counting this as another new sport I’ve tried, although I cannot afford to take it up full time!

Gravity Paragliding Experience

If you’re interested I flew with Gravity, one of many fairly equally priced companies you can find on the high street of ölüdeniz. They are all rated pretty well, I wouldn’t be in a position to recommend one over the other and besides, they’re all sharing facilities and being pretty friendly, there’s no hard sell or company-bashing here. It cost 370 TL to fly plus 140 TL to have my photos and DVD – so no, it’s not cheap, but it was definitely worth it, and well worth weighing up.