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Baking Gingerbread Runners

Today is the first day of half term. Today is also the day after the day after my first run back after injury. I thought I’d feel awful but surprisingly I feel ok. No back pain, no leg pain and no tingling or numbness. I want to be delighted but I don’t want to tempt fate.

As it turned out I wasn’t able to get out to run as the boys were home with me. Plus I thought it would be sensible to let things settle after Saturday’s run. Instead we made gingerbread men.




I got in and had a go at decorating too. Even managed to get a running man in there. I like his little Nike swooshes.


Tonight I might try a few strength exercises and if all’s well I might consider a jog tomorrow. I need to run off those gingerbread men!


Running Gear Lust: Back Away From Black

I know I get fed up with women’s running leggings almost being exclusively black and from seeing running ladies chat on Twitter I know I’m not alone. There does seem to be a trend towards black and pink where women’s running gear is concerned, as in the t-shirts are pink and the leggings are *snore* black. I’m not sure if sports companies ever listen to their customers but WE WANT OTHER OPTIONS!

Fortunately I’m here to let you know that some retailers are starting to branch out into the colour spectrum where t-shirts and leggings are concerned. I’ve found a few of my favourites to share but I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want something a little bit different the internets is more likely to come up with the goods than the High Street. That goes for some of the specialist running shops too.

First up is my go to brand for the majority of my running gear: Nike. Nike, oh Nike, how I love thee so. Having a scroll through their new releases there are a variety of colour choices in both tops and bottoms.

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I love the Nike Legend Print Tight Poly Capris which come in black and grey or pink. Another colourful option would be the Nike Relay capris. These aren’t even available in black, instead Nike have produced these in purple, pink and my personal favourite, yellow.


The Nike Relay print capris which I have in the grey print are available in red. The pattern is pretty funky and dazzles your eyes if you look at it for too long! I’m loving Nike’s colour palette for their work out gear. With Nike you needn’t where any black at all or you could dress entirely in black. Your call.

I popped the latest copy of Zest in my trolley and was rather taken by the yellow leggings on the front cover. Info on the front cover led me to a brand I was totally unaware of called Hey Jo. They produce two styles of workout leggings in Italian jersey. They aren’t just for working out though. They are so luxe that Hey Jo says pair them with a pair of heels for that catwalk Sports Luxe look (yeah, I won’t ever be doing that). The colours though are amazing and only one black pair in sight. They do an amazing yellow pair which you can see below (I must have a thing for yellow right now). They are a bit on the pricey side for work out gear but good news, there is a sale on at the moment giving 30% off their tights.


I don’t often look at Sweaty Betty’s site but I thought I’d check it out in my search for running gear porn. The trend over there was still towards black for leggings (I mean how many types of plain black leggings can you sell?) but I spotted these funky patterned numbers. I have heard that Sweaty Betty leggings are on the long side, a bit like Thoosa leggings, so these might be more for the amazonian runners amongst you. Not sure about the matchy matchy top, looks a bit onesie for my taste, However the pattern reminds me of Fairisle which makes me think of winter jumpers which means these could be perfect for winter running. I’m an enabler, you’re welcome.

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Shopping around other stores online I came across a pair of pink running tights on Sweatshop’s site for half price in their sale but sadly that was about it for non black leggings on their site. The  No Balls site has leggings with leopard print touches but they are still predominantly black.

So it appears you don’t have to stick with black leggings if you shop around. It does seem though that Nike are yet again at the forefront or if you want a choice of colour you may have to go to the high end price wise. All I know from writing this post is that I now want some yellow leggings or capris. A post injury gift to myself perhaps. At this rate there’s going to be a lot of those ‘gifts’.

Running Highs and Running Lows: 2012 edition!

This year has been a bit up and down both for my family and for my running. In my profession we always talk about reflecting on our actions and what has happened. Reflection is a useful tool so I thought I’d reflect back on my running journey in 2012.

Running Highs

Edinburgh Marathon 2012


I had always said I would run a marathon but had never actually got round to it. When the rejection  magazine came through again from the London Marathon my husband put me on the spot and asked why it had to be London? Truth is it didn’t have to be. So I looked for another Spring race and Edinburgh became ‘the One’.

Training for the Edinburgh Marathon was an incredible experiences  It challenged me not just physically but mentally. Marathon training takes you to some dark places. You have moments of self doubt and fear but also excitement and anticipation of getting to the start line. I think if you train for a marathon you can discover that you are stronger than you think you are. Once I crossed that line the elation was immense and I now know that I can tough it out when things get hard. For a first marathon I can’t recommend Edinburgh enough. Thanks to one of my favourite places I can always call myself a marathon runner.

The Track

2012 saw me gather up the courage to return to go to an athletics club and join a training group. The last time I did this was in my early twenties. In my thirties and two children later I wasn’t sure if I should but the marathon had given me such a boost I thought ‘Hell why not?’.

I love training back on the track. I love wearing spikes again. I love the interval training and I relish the burning and the feeling of nausea because that’s when you know you’ve trained hard. I may never be a champion of anything but hopefully next year I can run for the club at some local meetings.

Dragon CrossFit

I discovered Dragon CrossFit via my husband who had worked alongside Andy, coach and owner, at a local rugby club. I was hugely sceptical at first because I had never heard of it and, as a runner, have a long standing dislike of being in gyms. What I discovered was an amazing fitness community full of fantastic people.

I truly believe that the strength and conditioning I gained from training here helped me stay injury free for my marathon. I’ve also learnt a huge amount and gained some new skills. I can proudly say that I can snatch, power clean and dead lift. I never thought little old me would be doing anything like that. I could watch the Weight Lifting at the Olympics and really appreciate what they were doing. I’ve also met some brilliant people at the classes and I am missing it so much while I’m waiting for the latest injury to settle down!

The London Olympics

Ok, I know I didn’t run in them and I know it’s odd to include them in my own running highs but hear me out.

When I was twelve I watched Sally Gunnell win gold in Barcelona. I was a young athlete and Olympics Champion was the ultimate title for any track and field athlete. When I watched the Olympics I knew that one day I wanted to be in the stadium watching.

Fast forward to 2012 in London and we were there! I spent a whole day inside the Olympic Stadium watching heats and finals. I saw Mo Farah in his 5000m semi final and Usain Bolt in his 200m semi. I also watched some nail biting women’s finals in the 400m hurdles and the 200m. I have never been in a stadium where the crowd was so loud and the atmosphere so electric. As an amateur runner and lover of athletics, watching the elite at the Olympics was literally a dream come true.



Sharing running with my children.

Thanks to running my two boys have an understanding of what it means to exercise. My eldest asks to come with me and my youngest at not even 3 runs to fetch my trainers when he sees me in my running gear. They may hate running when they’re older but a running high for me is that they see me trying to be healthy. Hopefully they will take my habits on board, whatever the sport or activity may be.

The Gear

I’m a lady. I like shopping. I like clothes. And I love buying running gear. There has been some great running gear out this year. I have plundered my bank account and caused my running gear drawer to over flow with running goodies. Ahead of the game still, I feel, is Nike. Their range for women tends to extend beyond bright luminous pink, something that other brands (hint hint Ron Hill) could learn from. I am currently loving my Nike purple waterproof running jacket. There’s something about new running gear that makes your following run feel a little bit better.


Running Lows

Brighton Half Marathon

I didn’t go into this race in February as prepared as I would have liked. I wasn’t feeling it mentally and I wasn’t happy with my preparation going into it. There was some confusion with markers during the race which meant we ran further than we should have. On my watch I ran just under 1.40 on the day at the 13.1 mark. The official time had me at 1.43 which was then adjusted to 1.40. I’m not happy with my time for the half. I know I can go quicker. I will come back to half marathon distance again but for now I want to cover the shorter endurance distances. Halves and I have unfinished business! Oh and the goody bag was essentially a plastic bag with a Sweat Shop voucher in it. Disappointing! I did spot Katie Price’s pink 4×4 though and I beat her so every silver lining. Um, yeah, anyway…..

Injury and Illness

Woe is me. The end of 2012 has been a bit unlucky for me running wise. I tore my calf end of September. I was also beset with vomiting bugs and recurring viruses so I had the best part of six weeks off. I started training again and everything seemed fine until I injured my back. The running gods are vexed with me I tell thee!

The suspicion is for my back is that it’s disc related which might make people recoil and think ‘Oh no running over for good!’. The irrational side of me thinks that but my sensible Physio side, with my knowledge of spines and tissue healing knows this isn’t the case. I have my own Physiotherapy appointment booked in and reading this blog post over at Running Physio has helped put my mind at ease.

So that was my year of running. I haven’t achieved as much as I would have liked but running isn’t going anywhere. As it’s December I might just knock the rest of 2012 on the head from a running point of view, get my back sorted and start afresh in the New Year.

What were your running highs and lows this year? Do share!