New Balance Kit

As autumn caves in and evenings get darker, the temperatures have started to lower and we’ve had our first few frosts. Morning and evening runs are getting chilly to say the least and my latest kit favourites are from New Balance. Not only is the colour scheme faaaaantastic, but it’s super comfy. The leggings have a high drawstring waist band and the lower leg is mesh to keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when you heat up.

The trainers are probably my favourite part – they are lightweight, go with almost anything and are cushioned well around the forefoot. The kit can be found here.

Aftershokz Wireless Earphones

It was only recently that I started to listen to music on the run and in the gym and it was clear that finding a pair of earplugs/headphones to fit me was not easy. I came across Aftershokz initially in a running store over the summer and decided to give them a go. They don’t actually sit in your ear which allows you to still hear traffic and those around you, they’re wireless which means no wires flapping around (wooo!!) and they’re waterproof (perfect for heavy sweaters or runs in the rain!). They also don’t flap around or move once on the head which makes them perfect for people that ‘bob’ whilst running! The Aftershokz range can be found here.

Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

Until recently, I’ve been a Garmin girl. I went from the FR85 to the FR220 to the FR235 over very little time. However, now that I am less focussed on the running and mix up my fitness routine both in the gym and on the roads it seemed a great time to try out a different brand. This Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR looks dashing and I love the clock face feature. With smart watch features, an amazing gps feature and clear display I’ve fallen for it. I honestly had no idea how I would find this watch but it has exceeded expectations massively. It records heart rate via an LED on the back of the watch face and has different settings for different activities (including weightlifting!!). If you’re a fitness guru I’d definitely recommend giving this watch a go!

Metal Straws

It’s been increasingly in the news lately about the damage caused by plastic. Zanna Van Dijk is also very hot on this and after following her social channels for a few years now I decided to join the hype and invest in some metal straws. They’re not cheap…£15 for 4, but they’re reusable and look pretty sick. They come with a handy little cleaner and they’ve won me over. The metal straws I got were from Urban Outfitters although they are sold in most main supermarkets.



Sport FX Cosmetics Face Mist

Put your hand up if you struggle with the make-up/dripping/sweat fiasco🙋‍♀️🏃‍♀️ As gross as it is, people sweat when they hit the gym. It happens. It happens to all of us. [Most] girls also wear make up. We all know the equation👉 sweat + make up = ✋🐼💦🙈 Now I recently came across this new make up brand designed specifically for those into sport @sportfxcosmetics as I'd seen the likes of @chessiekingg using and ravinggg🤹‍♂️🎉about it. Soooo I gave it a go. THIS SETTING SPRAY IS THE BEST THING EVER🥇 If you wear make up to the gym or not this spray is so good at keeping it all on your face and not running down your neck🙈😂 Give it a go~you won't regret it😉 . #NOTsponsored#sportfxcosmetics#makeup#gym#sweat#girlswholift

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Well, I think my post says it all. If you want your make up to stay on and don’t fancy breaking the anyone’s bank, put this on your Christmas list 🙂


B xx

Over the last few years I have been unfortunate enough to be laden with injuries from broken bones to muscle tears. Although I have always, and still have, a huge passion for running, at various points along my journey so far it has faded a fair bit. Over Christmas my coach and I decided that I would take a short break from competitive training and racing for a few months to allow my body to fully repair itself and allow me to actually regain my love for running by taking runs easy and just enjoying the feel of actually being out running.

So far, it has worked. I’ve run without any injuries and have run as and when I feel I want to [not exceeding 3/4 runs a week] – each run has felt more enjoyable. Having a taken a step back from hard ‘training’, I’ve also done a a fair bit of cross training / cycling, quite often substituting runs for a ride if a friend’s injured and wants company on the bike.

Here are a few suggestions to make sure you and running don’t fall out:

  1. Find a buddy, or join a club eg. Nike Run Club
    Running alongside someone can be SO motivating. Having done a lot of both training alone and training in a group, I know there are positives and negatives to both. Having someone to talk to or just run alongside you silently can keep you going further if you tend to get bored easily, but also if they’re slightly faster they could even pull you along faster than you’ve ever run before.
    Joining a local running club or more relaxed club like the Nike Run Club could keep you on the road (or trail) for longer. By committing to sessions at a set time with others you are less likely to find an excuse not to go.
  2. Vary your runs eg. Intervals, speed work, long slow runs
    Plan your running week so that you don’t always run the same route at the same pace at the same time. Add an interval session, long run or fartlek.
  3. Take the scenic route
    Why stick to the same 3 mile route time and time again? Try and look for new routes along canals, through local parks or woodland, round a lake…find somewhere beautiful to run. (You might even have some insta-worthy moments 😉😉)
  4. Relax
    While you’re out on your run, take time to breathe, focus on taking slow deep breaths. If you need a break, walk for a few minutes – you’ll enjoy the run more if you’re not killing yourself 100% of the time.
  5. Don’t feel you ‘have to run’ or force yourself to run – it’s ok to have a rest day!
    If you are a regular runner and one morning you really don’t feel like running, maybe your body is trying to tell you something? Take a day off – a day (or even a week) off will not affect your progress. Running when you don’t want to be could lead you into the mud mentally when it comes to setting out on your next run.
  6. Do some other sport at least once a week eg. a cycle, swim or yoga class
    Cross-training (by this I mean anything other than running) is also a good way of keeping your body fit without running. If you feel a niggle developing, a swim or cycle could be a great way to keep your training going without making the injury worse. Taking a day off to do some other exercise may also mean you’re more grateful to be running the next time you run…!!
  7. Set yourself a goal
    You’d be surprised how much more motivation you have once you have set yourself a goal! By entering a race or setting an end-of-month target you are less likely to feel like the running has ‘no purpose’ and it’ll keep you going. Deciding to run a Saturday morning parkrun could be your first goal.
  8. Create a banging playlist and listen to some tunes
    On long runs it can be nice to zone out and get stuck into some music. Your concentration may move from the run to the music and I find time passes far quicker. Make sure the music is relatively fast with a beat around the same as your cadence so you can run to the rhythm! I prefer not to listen to music on short runs and during training periods I need to focus on the run with as few distractions as possible.

How do you stay motivated?

B xxx

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