Thursday, 5 December 2013
As I have been getting up early and heading to the gym for half marathon training runs I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite pieces to wear to the gym. I like to be comfortable but I still like to look cute...
Lululemon Wunder Under Crops // These are by far my favourite leggings for the gym, super comfortable and super flattering! They also wash really well for reference if you were thinking about investing in a pair. I have had mine for almost a year and they haven't faded or worn out.
Lorna Jane Slouchy Gym Tank // My new favourite tank top. Comfortable for running and very lightweight. I love the low slung sides which means you can layer it up with a cute sports bra and be able to see it.
Swiftie Run Cap // This hat is on my 'to buy' list, it is light, cool and shouldn't budge when running. Also great for hiding a no make up half asleep face behind!
Forever 21 Sports Bra // Forever 21 is great for cheap yet good quality workout gear and I highly recommend their sports bras. I have two in this style as I love the detail on the back and they are supportive as well.
Nike FlyKnit Lunar1+ // My current, well loved, well used trainers! If you are looking for a lightweight running shoe I do recommend them. I have the Limited Edition Ellie Goulding version which I love!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Star Light, Star Bright is one of the newest Lush Christmas editions. I love stars and basically anything sparkly so I had to give it a go. Star Light, Star Bright is a bath melt which tend to be a bit more luxurious than the bubble bars or bath bombs and they leave your skin feeling super soft and nourished.
Firstly this bath melt is super messy, even just picking it up in the shop involved leaving glitter everywhere! So be careful or you'll end up looking like a Christmas fairy! The light citrus scent is pleasant and quite mellowing. I wasn't expecting a citrus scent for a Christmas edition but it's a nice change to all the cinnamon.
Once you pop it in your bath the silver shimmer melts away to reveal a inner base of cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut, lime, ginger and lavender oils. Basically everything your skin will love! As it melts a green/ blue core emerges leaving your water what I would call a 'mermaid green'.
A lovely treat for yourself or as a stocking filler ~ you can purchase the Star Light, Star Bright bath melt online or in store for £3.30.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Happy December! Christmas is on it's way and I have been super organised this year, I have almost finished my Christmas shopping. Tomorrow we are heading to the Bath Christmas market as we have the day off work so hopefully I will pick up the last presents there. It feels so strange but good to be organised!
This week I tackled the longest run I have done for a while ~ 7.5 miles! I surprised myself with both my pace and how good it felt. I didn't take any water with me as usual I just made sure I was properly hydrated before I went. I truly believe that if you have fuelled yourself with good foods and hydrated you won't need much during the race. At least, that's the way my body works! I have been trying out Gluco* natural energy tablets however and I think they are pretty great. I had one around the 5 mile mark for a bit of extra energy. They are great because they are totally free of any artificial nastiness! My feet have also held up this week, no blisters - Yay :)
I am finding the treadmill runs a little boring but I really feel the benefit of the extra training on my long run yesterday and it felt so good to be outside! To keep me amused on the treadmill I have been listening to the Above and Beyond podcasts which are free to download and packed full of upbeat dance music. Thanks to Matt for suggesting this to me!
I have also taken two yoga classes this week. If you have tight legs and muscles I highly recommend the importance of yoga, stretching and foam rolling to keep your muscles healthy, loose and injury free. We had a new teacher on the Friday yoga class and she was amazing. I really felt like I connected with her style of practice and I know I can learn a lot from her. With a lot of focus and determination I held crow pose in this class for the longest time yet and my arm felt strong and with no pain. If you don't know I have metal plates in my right arm so I have to be careful sometimes but yoga has really helped to strengthen it.
Have a wonderful week and if you have any music recommendations for my training let me know in the comments!
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I thought I was dreaming when this little beauty hit my post box ~ 97% natural, totally silicone and paraben free Glow It Up self tan lotion from one of my favourite natural skincare companies the Naked Fake It Gotta Glow Gift Set* is perfect for a sunkissed glow in the depths of winter. The gift set also includes a 97% natural Dust Me Shimmer Powder which is perfect for a little glow and sparkle now that Christmas party season is upon us.
The self tan applies easily with a tanning mitt and with a bit of buffing sinks into your skin. The formula is enriched with Shea and Cocoa butter which leaves your skin feeling soft and supple, I do love a product which does two things at once! I would compare the consistency to the Dove Summer Glow Gradual Tanner as it is quite a thick cream which I quite like as it makes it feel that little bit more luxurious. Once you have applied it to your skin the tan should develop within four hours. I tend to apply this at night so that it has time to develop and sink into my skin. Plus there is nothing better than waking up bronzed!
You can purchase the Naked Fake It Gotta Glow Gift Set for £14.00 however I did notice it is on offer at the moment for only £9.64, so snap it up while you can!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Well week two of my training has gone surprisingly well. It was my first week of getting up at 6am to walk to the gym and hit the treadmill, I will admit it was tough getting up but once I was awake I was fine. The gym was pretty quiet with only a few early birds getting their booty call in like me ;)
This week my training plan had three 4.5 mile runs scheduled for me. Running on the treadmill was a lot different to running outside as there are no obstacles to tackle like dogs, cars and old people but once I got the hang of it it was fine. The machines work in kilometres which for someone who has always worked in miles it is a bit of a challenge to try to convert things, especially that early in the morning! For my first two runs my Nike app worked great, I am faster on the treadmill than outside as expected. However, I had a bit of a slower run on Saturday morning as my Nike app decided to play up so I had to go back down to a walk a couple of times to try and get it to work, eventually I gave up and just judged the distance by the machine. I am hoping that my app will work tomorrow!
Legs are feeling strong and I can feel that my stamina is increasing. Yoga certainly helps...
After watching Catching Fire yesterday I have decided that this week in training I will be channelling my inner Katniss ~ fit, calm, confident and deadly with a bow! Goodness knows I'll need the inspiration during my 5 mile treadmill run on Monday morning. I do miss running outside so hopefully I can get out for my long run next weekend.
Have a healthy and happy week! Let me know in the comments what workouts you have planned :)
Thursday, 21 November 2013
As you will know if you read my Snow Fairy Body Wash post Christmas is my favourite time of year for Lush products. Now that the evenings are dark and the nights are chilly we are firmly into what I call 'bath season'. There is something relaxing about taking a hot, lovely smelling bath while the rain pours down outside!
Cinders is by far my favourite bath bomb, so much so that on my trip to Lush on Saturday I made sure to pick up two. Cinders just smells like Christmas to me ~ cinnamon and spice and all things nice! It is also quite a reviving scent. The red speckles are popping candy which is supposed to pop and crackle when you put it in the bath, I think I have only actually seen one of these do this so don't be surprised if yours doesn't.
You can pick up Cinders from Lush for £2.45. Perfect for a little treat!