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What am I doing this April?


Besides turning 32, (Le sigh), I’m trying quite a few things.

I’m in love with Instagram this month & have been joining in with a daily photo challenge that’s all fitness inspired. My favorite photo so far is the progress shot my husband took.


I suppose it was my own fault for asking him to take a photo during the F1 qualifying. But he could have warned me, my face looks like I’m in a gurning championship. At least it will be a great photo to compare an after shot to. Anything will look better than this!


I’m also doing a squat challenge, every day I do more & more squats. I think the month started with 30 squats, and 10 have been added every day, with Sundays off, I’m 40 squats through the 100 I have to do today. I’ve found it easier if I spread them out across the day, but on the one day where I did do them all in the evening, it wasn’t too crippling & didn’t take too long. I’m not looking forwards to the 200+ towards the end of the month. But I wasn’t in love with the idea of doing more than 10 squats in one day at the start of the month.

I’m also running! I’ve downloaded Runkeeper (hasn’t it gotten snazzy since ast year?) and I’m going to run the Preston 10k in September. It’s £12 compared to the £30, or so, for the Mancherster 10k the entrance fee alone says I should do it! It’s a happy coincidence that there are 25 weeks until the 10k. That’s enough time to do both Runkeeper’s C25k and 10k training plans.

My 1st official training run is on 14th and what’s cooler is that my friend Maz wants to join me (well, that’s a stretch, a week or 2 she asked if she could try running with me & now I’ve told her we’re going to run 10k in 6 months time.) It’ll be interesting trying to fit in running, we both have jobs, we both have 2 kids & other halves who also work. So that 25th hour every day, and 8th day a week will come in useful!

I’m also going to give a new class a try, I love the Box Fit class I go to, but a fitness friend recommended a MetaFit class on Saturday mornings.

The Metafit™ bodyweight training system is an effective and simple tool for fitness professionals looking for the most effective group workout that gets big results and increases your revenue. To burn fat you need to change the resting metabolism, work big muscle groups with high intensity intervals and get quick results for your clients. The Metafit workout can be taught as a studio class, small group or as a one to one/personal training session.

Or so says their website. It sounds like a body weight version of Cross fit to me.

I guess I’ll let you know on Saturday evening.

So anyone have any big plans for April?

Janathon is coming: Quick Look Fit!


Today, at some unearthly time, probably before 10am, I saw some people out running, and all my caffeine deprived brain could think of was

Fools. Don’t they know Janathon doesn’t start for another 2 days!?

Although @runbritchicrun pointed out that they could be practicing, so I took the milk and brioche home and went back to eating too much food and drinking all the coffee I could find.

If you’re not signed up to Janathon get over there and do it now!
All you have to do is some form of excerise every day and write about it on a blog, log it on the runfree website, then you get to put your feet up and read about everyone else’s efforts and cheer them on! Its just that easy!

But you’re not officially doing it if you don’t sign up on the Janathon website. So sign up. NOW.

Then you can go yo the Janathon Shop and buy yourself, or your dog, a great t-shirt!


One week from now



So this time next week I’ll either be sitting smiling that I’ve completed my 2nd marathon, or moaning about how I didn’t complete / start it.

I feel fitter than I was 12 months ago, and managed to complete Liverpool marathon (6hr 27min!) but I haven’t done any running recently and am feeling like I’m lacking in mental discipline to keep me running when when I fancy a bit of a lazy walk.

Oh, and then there’s that semi lazy part of me that wants to see if I can down grade into the half marathon.

Ah I guess we’ll see in a week.

Oh Shit! A marathon in a month!!


Argh! It’s the Preston guild Marathon on the 28th October, and I haven’t done any serious running (or blogging) for 6 weeks!

You’d be expecting that today I’d have gotten out and put some miles down, but I did do some serious weights, and then lots of coughing and a bit of moaning.

Think I need to check if I can downgrade to the half marathon.

#Juneathon Day 11 – Thinking of Medals

My Manchester 10k (2010 & 2011) & Liverpool Marathon 2011 Medals

Last night, I went for a walk then run, mostly because I hadn’t done much all day but eat & couldn’t be bothered to do lots of running. While I was walking, I was thinking, and somehow got on to thinking about the medals I’ve gotten from doing the (few) races.

There are only 4, but 2 of them live in the bowl we chuck our keys in & the other 2 have become “princess medals” that are worn by my daughter & her toys when playing the sort of pink & cute games that little 4 year old girls play.

Every time I chuck my keys into the bowl I always think “I *should* do something with them” and then I don’t because I think it would be showing off, or tacky or something like that, so they stay in the the key bowl & around Princess Aurora‘s neck.

So I asked Twitter what they all do with their medals;

@Jogblog “Mine are hung on a hook on the wall. The hook was already there, it’s just somewhere to bung them.”

@Rhalou ” I hang them up by the door to make me smile whenever I walk by :)”

@LongJogRoz “mine are hanging on the big mirror we have in the hall. Supposed to give me a little lift as i walk by…”

@KnittedPenguin ” Mine are all worn by a large PG Tips Monkey who we refer to as ‘medal monkey’…”

@MrsBedders “I have a special box for mine and I keep all my race numbers too.”

@DiscreetSecure “I made a nice display of all mine in a nice wooden ‘odds & sods’ tray that held them neatly.”

@JoSmith “my #VLM one is on my bedpost – a reminder of the fact I can do anything I put my mind to! “

And then I think this tweet trumped it for me

@Rhinomittens “i have a nice medal rack from allied steel for mine 🙂”

Isn’t that awesome? I think I’ve just added another thing to my wish list, I’m going to be broke by the time I’ve bought EVERYTHING on the internet.

Also it’s possibly the most replies I’ve ever got to a single tweet! (So don’t I feel popular!)
Does anyone else do something amazing with their medals, or save their race numbers?

What about race shirts? I end up wearing mine to the gym, because most of them are hideous. (Although I like this years Great Manchester Run one)

(Oh, I ran 5k and walked for about an hour for Juneathon!)

#Juneathon Days 9 & 10


I’m a little behind with my blogging & certainly behind with my logging (Because I haven’t one any yet) and we already know I’m behind with the actual exercise.

But the weekend did have excersise in.

Saturday was parkrun,  a wet & damp 5k, managed it in 38min, but learnt that I should not try to run up The Hill on the 1st lap unless I want a horrible stitch for the rest of the run. Still for all my internal moaning, 38 min is an alright time.

Sunday I went to the gym for the usual stuff, and I think I just plowed through the motions, as I found it all very boring. But at least the gym was quiet and I didn’t have to wait for any of the equipment to become free.

Today I do plan to do something, either go for a run or head back to the gym, but I’m in such a grumpy mood, I might just settle for making everyone around me miserable…

#Juneathon Day 8


Today I didn’t run, I’m saving myself for parkrun in the morning.
I did;
Lots of weighty things,
30 min cycle
30 min cross trainer

And ate a giant bar of chocolate. And now I’m drinking Crabbie’s ginger beer.

When you hear me moan about not loosing weight this week, remind me of this post!

I ran @PrestonParkrun! (& eventually blog for #Juneathon)


Preston parkrun week 4-19

… But I was too late to be in the starters photo!

Yep, true to form I was late for the start, but I still ran, and my friend Kate ran with me.

Preston parkrun week 4-132

It was great fun & it’s true the hill was a killer, and we walked it for lap 2 & 3. (THREE hills in a 5k run, that’s just mean!) We started about 5 minutes after everyone else, and walked a few times too, and still managed a 40 minute time. A few months ago, I was “Running” a whole 5k in 40 min, never mind run / walking it in that time, so there’s been leaps & bounds in the terms of my general fitness. Running parkrun was more fun than volunteering, but only just. Even though we were the final two runners through the finish we got a good round of applause, and not the sort of factitious slow clap, but genuine “well done, you’re awesome” claps, and not one person was bothered by us coming in after the back marker, (because we arrived late, but no one minded that we started late either)

Preston parkrun week 4-314

It was a lovely morning, and also the start of the Jubilee weekend and there were several people running in Union Flag shorts & the baked bean T shirt was my personal favorite.

Unfortunately, this parkrun is the sum total of my #Juneathon effort! and that was 2 days ago. So I’m not winning any prizes, but then I guess that’s what Juneathon isn’t about!

I’m thinking I’ll possibly going to get to go to the gym / running on Tuesday & will start from there.  Honest.

(If you’re not part of parkrun JOIN US also if you’re not on the Juneathon list JOIN US!)