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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

 Music!

Julio Bashmore – Rhythm of Auld

Jack Ü ft Kezia – Take U There – I love it when the beat breaks on this track!

Uptown X.O. and Rob Low – Through The Night  – Sadly no link yet but will add soon!  I promise it’s a good ‘un!

 

Eats!

Franze and Evans

After an glorious 15km run and then a wander round some galleries Sunday was spent enjoy all the FOOD from Franze and Evans!  I discovered this little place when walking back from a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market! So, the salads look incredible, the tarts extremely tasty but let’s cut to it – the cakes are AMAZING!

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Awesome creations like courgette cake, croissant cake and of course chocolate bomb cake?!? Now personally I was desparate to try the courgette cake but my partner in cake crime was drooling over the cherry chocolate cake and well I have to admit she made a fantastic choice!  Firstly the slab was bigger than my face(WINNING) and then secondly the chocolate cake was perfect!  Not too dry, not too sickly and then all the cream instead of icing!  I don’t think it will be long before I’m back … you have to make sure the other cakes taste as good right ?

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Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

This bag makes me smile!  Thanks Stylist for bringing it to my attention.

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

 

Music!

Ne-Yo – She Knows It’s a little cheesy, but it makes me move my shoulders!

Tinashe – Wildfire Again cheesy but I think it might just grow on you …

Eats!

Chia Charge 

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So I got given one of these bars from a fellow Spartan as they are proud sponsors of the races and well thought it would be the best idea to try them as part of my breakfast before “The Beast”!   As it states on the website these bars are made up of real food offering a “fast energy boost”, easy to eat on the go.  They are free from wheat, artificial colourings, preservatives and flavours and well if you like flapjack MY GOSH these are good, particularly as you can taste the honey and butter!! So so so so GOOD plus full of those incredible chia seeds ;D!  These bars are absolutely perfect pre endurance and I was lucky enough to pick up a couple more after the race!  I will definitely be keeping them for my next long run and will definitely not be sharing them ;D

 

Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

Sneaker boots!  I got a little email the other day that was all about these …. I might just have to pick these up whilst in New York …. though I don’t know I could wait that long …

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

 Music!

Stylo G – Call Mi A Leader Sampling Bob Marley I love this, definitely gets you bouncing around… 

KOF ft Terri Walker – Name in Blood – UK talent sounding oh so good! 

Chris Brown Ft Jhene Aiko – Drunk Texting – A new track form his new 21 SONG (!?!) album! 

 

Eats!

Prestat – London Gin Truffles 

I actually don’t think I need to say much more ….

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Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

Bitch please my ride is a unicorn!!!!

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This was shown to me my by a friend on Instagram … You know it is going to get bought come pay day!!!

Race Recap: Bacchus Half Marathon

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A unicorn, 2 tumbles and whole lotta wine

Date/Time: Sunday 14th September 2014

Location: Denbies Wine Estate

Distance: 13.1 miles

Before I knew my incredible friends from TNR I used to read their blog posts and always enjoyed hearing about the crazy races they were involved in. One in particular stood out, Laura‘s post about the Bacchus Half Marathon! Fancy dress, wine stops, all the food and in glorious countryside. This year there was no way I wasn’t going to get involved.

So firstly the fancy dress, after a few ideas inspiration came … I was going to run like this ….

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To get to the race venue it was a quick journey to Waterloo and then onto a 50 minute train to Dorking which as the stops went by slowly filled up with people in fancy dress … and trainers!  Off the train and a little 10 minute walk to the “vineyard” we were quickly surrounded by where’s wallys, brides, soldiers, wedding presents (?!), bumble bees, cheer leaders, minions … I could go on. The sun was shining, the music was pumping and everyone was in such good spirits!

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Got to love that this sign was also pointing in the direction of the start line!

After a super quick bag drop and registration (NO QUEUES and smiling helpers) we had a quick group shot

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And then headed over to the start line…

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This race was SURREAL! I would say about 90% of people were dressed up, varying levels of effort but still everyone was a little different and after about a mile and a half of running through beautiful rows of grapes we came to the first wine stop ….

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Leah showing us how its done! Meaty crisps, wine, water, chocolate

These “fuelling” stations were incredible!  A shot glass of wine, roast chicken crisps, haribo, raisins, dried apricots, jaffa cakes, borbon biscuits, fig rolls, nice biscuits, digestives, oranges, bananas, water, squash and energy gels.  It was really hard not to just grab everything, in fact we are sure someone people had little bags so they could stock up for later!

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So after enjoying the first stop we then carried on to the next, through a little village which is where I took my first of two tumbles…. I tripped on the pavement … no idea why … I’m a light weight but there is no way a shot of wine would do that! Anyway I picked myself up and carried on to the next stop where we came across a group of farmyard animals (in trainers) singing “wine wine dehlia”, again this race really was surreal.  Stop two was also where a very kind first Aider dressed my knee, after a had to rip my tights off … apparently things had got a little bloody …

Photo courtesy of Leah
Photo courtesy of Leah

Through stop three and onto stop four we tried some glorious wine, I particularly enjoyed the rose, and the continued on a relaxed run through fields, among cows, horses, up woodland tracks, past beautiful country houses and on what would certainly make glorious Sunday walking routes.

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At stop four we were greeted by bagpipers which actually seemed to be particularly fitting and after enjoying a very nice red wine Jen and I decided to carry on … Unbeknown to us, up a LONG hill!!

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We were about half way through by this point and though it had been an extremely relaxed run I found the stopping and starting hard, plus I don’t really drink or eat whilst running so this was a totally different experience for me! So as the hill continued up and up this was definitely a test for the legs but of course I wanted to see if I could run the whole thing, just because I am crazy like that.  I managed it but at the top I couldn’t see a wine stop (surely there should have been one by now) I was by myself and well, shattered, so I decided to walk for a little bit but of course as I ventured round the corner there it was, the wine stop! Typical ha!

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This stop was one of my favourites!  The volunteers were fantastic, dressed in Hawaiian gear, there were sweets all over the place, a steel band playing in the background and well the views were pretty incredible too!

From here it was back through the woods and onto my SECOND TUMBLE! Yes I fell again and this time really shredded my leg! I still cannot believe I fell…twice!  Anyway, I dusted myself off and carried on through the beautiful woodland where I heard someone shout “love the unicorn costume” where I responded “it’s not a costume… Oh wait STEPH!” My incredible, crazy, friend was actually running the race as a marathon! Yes if you wanted to (?!) you could run the Bacchus Marathon and she was! Looking so incredible strong and going at a great pace it was absolutely amazing to run a couple of miles with my dear friend and I was extremely pleased to wave her off at the penultimate wine stop looking so fresh!

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smiles for miles, miles for smiles

By this point we were onto a very dry white wine which was perfect for me as I really didn’t like it so didn’t feel too guilty at not finishing my shot glass. Seriously all the liquid and food isn’t easy to run with! The final stop had promised fizz so you imagine our absolute dismay to find out that by the time we got there it had all gone!!!!

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The last two miles were, as Steph promised, down hill and gave us the most incredible views! And coming back onto the estate smiles were all around!!!!

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On crossing the finish line I had Steph screaming my name and then proceeded to cry in her arms upon hearing she had absolutely smashed her marathon times! SERIOUSLY PROUD FRIEND MOMENT!

From here things got really exciting, the medal was a beast! And around the corner … ALL THE CAKE, chocolate tray cake, lemon cake, chocolate Swiss roll, vanilla Swiss roll and my favourite fruit cake with a marzipan layer! They also had loads of yummy fruit laid out too! These organisers know how to make a runner happy! This was then followed by what we had all been looking forward to! The hog roast! So as we all came across the finish line we sat and enjoyed our free HUGE hog bap in the sunshine and of course a glass of complimentary wine ;D …. I may have found the self serve ice cream too ….

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All in all Bacchus Half Marathon is a fantastically fun race. Personally for me I’m not great at stopping and starting as my legs get a little achy but this race is definitely one to be experienced and enjoyed! BOOK YOUR PLACE FOR 2015 NOW…

…whilst I sit in unicorn socks icing my knee ;D

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

 Music!

George the Poet – “Georgie Porgie”  No official link but you can hear his live session for Huw Stevens here and it’s about 15 minutes in!

Mary J. Blige – “Right Now” (again no official link to the song) but this is Mary J. Blige produced by Disclosure you know its gonna be good!

 Prince – “U Know” 

Eats!

Bounce Balls

Within a lovely goodie bag from the wonderful Fashercise Launch I was lucky enough to find one of these little protein packed balls of yumminess.  A few weeks it got me through an interesting run at 4am so I thought it was only right I mention them here!!  Bearing in mind I had had 50mins sleep max, irregular food the day before oh, and already run 18miles, munching on this before my next 6miles worked perfectly!  These little balls are high in protein, high in fibre, gluten free and come in eight different flavours!  They are perfectly travel size, caused me no stomach issues whatsoever (I sometimes find these things are very heavy on the tummy) and well really tasty!  They are also quite dense and so it took me some time to munch through, perfect because it felt like it was lots of food = WINNING

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Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

Everyone loves a Rolex right? So who wouldn’t love a Rolex with my pal SNOOPY on the face! I love every thing Rodnik put out right now!! Wish list for days!!!!

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

Music!

Ed Sheeran ft Rick Ro$$ – Don’t

Labrinth – Let It Be  This link takes you to a live recording from Camden!  He is pretty epic!!

Blak Twang ft Rodney P, Jehst & Samson – Dettwork Southeast Remix  Link is to the original as I cannot find the re-release yet … but if you want to check it out head over to 1xtra & listen back to MistaJam’s show on 19.08.14 

Eats!

Battle Oats 

If you were asked whether you would like to try some “tasty, gluten free, 100% natural protein flapjacks” would you say no?!  Of course NOT, I jumped at the chance to try some!  Flapjack = yummy, protein = I am all about my protein at the moment!  Provided by a young start-up company by the name of “Battle Oats” I was sent two of their brand new bars “Cranberry and Blueberry Fusion” and “Dark Choc Chip”.  Here’s the low down – they are free from wheat and gluten, high in protein isolate (22%!!), made with coconut oil, high in fibre, GMO free and most importantly … THEY ARE YUMMY.    Personally my favourite was the “Cranberry and Blueberry” as you could really taste the berries, but for those of you who like a chocolate fix then you know where to go!  I found the bars extremely tasty and extremely filling, they will definitely keep you full til lunch or would be great after a loong run/work out!   Thank you “Battle Oats” for sending the bars through, I shall definitely be looking out these once they hit the stores however, if you want to get your hands on them now and support a UK based company then head to the website now and buy buy buy! :D!

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Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

Primavera Fitness

We all know we love a pair of jazzy leggings and well these are pretty bright …

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

Music!

Mike Hough – Downtown   – UK old skool sounding RnB … yum!

Beyoncé – Flawless (Remix) feat. Nicki Minaj – If you haven’t heard this already!

Sinead Harnett – Paradise! – Easy summer vibes

Eats!

Baked Alaska!   So typically a Baked Alaska is a dessert food consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue.  Why oh why has it taken me nearly 28 years to discover this!  I mean I adore cake, everyone knows I am on an ice cream tip at the moment, in fact I cannot get enough of the stuff and meringue is never a bad thing!  So when I finally got the opportunity to try out “The Pudding Bar” in Soho – a place that serves pudding and alcohol (WINNING) I decided I should try it.

“Baked Alaska – Blueberry and cinnamon baked alaska with fresh blueberries and elderflower gel”

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Literally AMAZING!  (We also tired the S’more Cheesecake – chocolate cheesecake on a ginger nut biscuit base with the BEST peanut butter ice cream I have ever tried!!!)

So, what am I telling you?  Try Baked Alaska AND get yourself down to The Pudding Bar!!!

Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

If you haven’t seen me post these all over social media please meet my brand new New Balance trainers!

These trainers are just so so comfy and the colours in their most recent collection right now are AMAZING!

Go on … treat yourself ;D!  We can never have enough trainers … right?

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This week’s workouts & THAT rain!

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As always a bit of running, a bit of weight lifting and one random workout ;D  Just how I like it!!!

Monday

3 rounds of full body circuits followed by 30 minutes on the x trainer

Tuesday

Morning – All about upper body weights in the morning!  Very excitingly (to me) I know I am getting closer to doing an unassisted pull up … small goal for this year … me and my snowman twig arms have got a way to go yet but we are getting there!

Evening – First run back with my Run Dem family after two weeks away!  This time we went loooonnnng running to the Olympic Park and back!  I loved it, EVERY SINGLE MINUTE!  Always so good to catch up with everyone and regardless of the day I have had I always finish these runs with the biggest smile on my face.  Casual, unplanned 9 miles … whoops!

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Wednesday

Intervals.  Horrible, horrible intervals! 10 minute warm up, 10 x 1 minute efforts followed by a 10 minute cool down.  It was hard, it was sweaty but hey I got it done and the reward was 100% WORTH IT ;D!  These legs WILL get used to speed!

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Thursday

3 rounds of full body circuits and a lovely 30 minute jog in the sunshine.  Nothing like getting up early and having a relaxed run in the sunshine!

Friday

REST DAY!!  Actually enjoyed today’s rest day, well my legs did that’s for sure!  And instead of getting sweaty I chucked on my dress and heels and enjoyed some gin at the Gin Joint with some very gorgeous ladies …

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Steph, Lissy and Laureen ;D

Saturday

Oh you know, casually became a fully qualified indoor cycling (or spin as we know it) instructor ;D!

A good few hours of spinning, shouting, more spinning and eating!!  More to come on this shortly!

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Sunday

A WET RUN.  Yep the lovely Alice and I said we would go on a little run to catch up and then have a HUGE brunch afterwards.  I think the run was our excuse to have more brunch HOWEVER, the English weather had other plans!  So I set out in the pouring rain (thank god for my uber stylish visor!) and ran the 18minutes to Alice’s door.  I love the running community, on my way to Alice’s house I passed a good few other crazy runners also braving the rain and every single one I passed gave me a knowing smile “YES we are MAD”!  I picked up Alice and we braved the outdoors, planning to do a 30 minute loop around Highbury.  It was wet, and when I say wet I mean WET.  The paths were flooded, the park waterlogged and we, well we were wet to the bone, quickly discovering that our trainers were not “flood proof”.  So 5 minutes in we gave up, turned round grabbed a towel and went to Lululemon Islington to enjoy a yoga class instead.  By the time we had finished our busy day of run, yoga, brunch and bed dismantling/ripping apart the sun showed up so YES we did go back out for a glorious 30 minute run!  HA!  Take that English weather ;D we got ya in the end!  48 minutes of running, 1 hour of flow yoga, 2 hours of brunching and 2 hours of ripping wood to shreds!  It was a good day!

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This week’s word: Sweat.

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Monday

The world’s sweatiest run!  Whilst in Valencia it was only right that we tried out a run or two in the gorgeous green path created by the old Turia riverbed.  So setting out nice and early (to beat the 35 degree heat?!?) Harry and I made our way to the park and did enough of a stretch to make it a nice 3 miler and then headed back.  I love running in new cities, it’s just a great way to see the place BUT by the time we got back we were both a complete sweaty mess! I have done HOT yoga before and definitely needed a towel during it but nothing competes with how we felt after this run!

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Tuesday

Flexing our muscles in an attempt to keep calm with delay after delay after delay getting back to the UK ;D!

Wednesday

3 rounds of full body circuits followed by a HIIT workout on the stepper!  Definitely not on holiday anymore! Ha!

Thursday

Making my track!  Inspired by some of my incredibly speedy friends I decided to get out and do some interval training.  Now I don’t have a track outside my door but the lovely Laura had mentioned that she had used the Emirates Stadium as a track in the past … so off I went!  A nice 1.2 mile warm up followed by 6 x 400 “sprints” with a 1.2 mile cool down home.  I will be doing a lot more of these sorts of runs as my legs are not built for speed. Not one bit! Ask me to run and I’ll go and go and go, ask me to go fast and it’s another story … maybe if you put a piece of carrot cake on a stick I might be more tempted ;D!

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Friday

Weights day!  Yay!  There is something really satisfying about lifting! So a few rope pulls, pull ups, shoulder presses, bent over presses and pull over presses later I was a very happy lady!

Saturday

Hungover circuits followed by a horrendous 3 miler on the treadmill. There isn’t much to be said about this run. The cocktails from the night before definitely did not enhance my run, but hey I still got a 2minute plank in!

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Sunday

Back in Christmas 2013 I contacted Leah,  a lovely blogger I had had the pleasure of meeting at a few races/NTC sessions, after seeing her post a picture out on a run with a couple of other girls all in the name of marathon training!  Having just agreed to do my first marathon, and with no idea where to start, I asked Leah if I could join them on their next run.  So one VERY cold winter morning I went and met a load of strangers and went for a run.  8 months later, with numerous shared races, training weekends, RUNcations and of course celebratory meals & drinks I now call those strangers some of my closest friends and this Sunday I met up with Harry & Steph and ran a glorious 8.8mile route around Hyde park retracing that original route I did in winter!  It was absolutely gorgeous!  Running, chatting and taking some stunning scenery, plus we did a bit of celeb spotting Adele!

I LOVE running!

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Friday’s Fact File

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Things that I have discovered or just loved this week …

Music!

Billon ft. Maxine Ashley – Special 

Jacob Banks – Move With You – Try and listen to this without bouncing :D!  Also the video makes quite nice viewing ;D!

Jennifer Hudson feat. R. Kelly – It’s Your World

 

Eats!

Ice cream!

I know that this is seriously vague but whilst on holiday Lissy, Harriet and I enjoyed a different ice cream every day and well, I just forgot how much I love ice cream!  I definitely am a fan of a good crispy wafer and then a mountain of ice cream on too so cornettos are always my first choice, however in Valencia it appeared that there was an abundance of ice cream shops so I had to try a variety of flavours ;D!  Top of the list … coconut!!!

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Nice little ice cream collage done by Lissy
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Lissy and I enjoying an “XXL” ice cream haha IT WAS HUGE!

 

 

Stuff, things, bits and pieces!

 

So you know I couldn’t resist buying this whilst on a naughty detour to Monki with Lissy …

Some of the best £4 I think I have ever spent!

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