There’s been so much going on over the last few weeks so here’s an update on what I’ve been up to lately …
I flew to Stockholm to celebrate International Women’s Day. I went to visit my friend Hannah and to lead a fitness class in her brand new studio! Hannah is a fellow adidas ambassador and we first me last September in Copenhagen. I had previously followed Hannah on Instagram (obvs). Her account, @fashionablefit is a mixture of stylish three striped workout gear, empowering messages and Hannah looking so damn sexy & strong! I was joined by my fit pals Hayley and AJ, two ladies that totally inspire me, both for different reasons. The whole trip left me feeling like a total girl boss! I still can’t believe that my life now involves casually hopping on a plane for a thirty six hour trip to Europe. All because of this blog and social media. I’ll write a separate post about my thoughts on this maybe.
I ran the North London Half Marathon! I was invited to lead a warm up for ten thousand runners at the start line of the race. Looking out to see that many people doing synchronised lunges was mental! I even got to sound the klaxon to officially start the race, before joining the crowd and taking on 13.1 miles around Wembley, and man was it tough! To say that the course was hilly would be an understatement, but I really enjoyed it. It’s worth mentioning that as well as water stations along the way, the race officials also hand out haribo! Now that’s my kinda race!
If you follow me on any social media then you will know that I’ve been training for my first marathon since January. As well of lots of training, I’ve also had to schedule time for rest, recovery and treatments to ensure that I arrive at the start line in one piece. A few weeks ago I went to the Aqua Sana Spa for a day with my friend AJ. We went for a swim and sauna before putting our running feet up to enjoy an express facial. Running outside in the elements can dry out your skin a lot, so I’m using face masks regularly and drinking lots of water too. If you’re running a marathon this year, (physically or metaphorically) I defiantly recommend that you take a little day trip to a spa. It was just what my tired legs needed.
Last week I recorded the first in a series of three podcasts. I’m mega excited about his project and I will share more info about it as soon as I get the green light. I only started listening to podcasts about a year ago and now I’m obsessed. I’ve even replaced some of my running playlists with podcasts. If I’m going out for a long run, I find it helps me to relax and I can keep a more consistent pace too. My current faves are ‘Stuff To Blow Your Mind’ – HowStuffWorks.com & ‘Run To The Top’ – The Ultimate Guide To Running.
I’m looking forward to recording the next two podcasts next week, watch this space.
I also spent last week teaching fitness classes at the adidas studio on Brick Lane. My class ‘Flex to The Beat’ is high energy, fun and LOUD! If you haven’t been down to the East London studio yet, what are you waiting for? There’s a weekly timetable of free classes and run clubs. Click here to find out more and sign up. I’m heading back soon to join the Wednesday evening women’s only run club. It’s perfect if you’re quite new to running, the girls are all lovely and make sure that no one gets left behind.
Schools out for the Easter holidays, so I’m taking some time off to hang out with the boys. I predict that this weeks training will be fuelled by mini eggs. ???? Winner!
So . . . that’s the latest!