My First Love

During these past few years I’ve been dabbling with a variety of sports, through injury from running and through sheer fear of not being able to complete a swim event, I put my running on the back burner for a while.

Road cycling has hit my radar recently, after a spell of injury from running, I took to the bike to keep my body ticking over, to keep the endorphins high. I enjoyed it, felt strong and saw some improvements in technique and strength. It became a social event with others joining me and the weather we experienced throughout the late spring and early summer made it a thing of beauty. I have entered into the Ride London ballot and will hear whether I am in the event in February 2016.

Sea pool swim training started in earnest in June this year as myself and two friends were entered into the Bude Sea Pool Channel Challenge. We took to the water twice weekly to train for the mile we would be swimming in October. Considering I am not a “natural” swimmer, again I saw improvements in my technique and started to see my times improve accordingly. I’m very pleased to say we completed the challenge on 10th October 2015 and it seems we may be in the team for next year already!

Seapool

Variety is the spice of life but I have to admit that I always go back to my first love. Running has everything encapsulated in one sport for me. I find the social element a real highlight. Nothing quite gives me an endorphin high like it does. The calmness and focus that follows keeps me energised for days. It really should be prescribed on the NHS for all the positive elements it gives to its users.

Cross training will play a part in my workouts but there will always only be one true love for me.

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I didn’t recognize you….

Ooooh, I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on!

Sounds odd right? Especially when someone says that to you in a supermarket!

I’ve had this happen a couple of times now, the most recent one being yesterday. The connotations within this statement are obvious, the comment that always follows is; “I mean, I don’t recognise you without your running clothes on!”

Being clad head to toe in synthetic garments made to wick moisture away from my body obviously makes me look different to that of my day to day clothes. Maybe I should take a leaf out of the fashion forward bloggers books and continue the theme through into my daily wear. It would make quick changes from work to play even more simplified. With the compression technology that many active wear brands are using, it also creates a very flattering silhouette. Not to mention how much more comfortable my sports bras are than the under wired contraptions that I wear!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article from Lunges & Lycra about how fashion and fitness are fusing and I will happily admit to being partial to staying in my Pilates get up (Sweaty Betty) after a session just because it is so darn comfortable. I have also looked into how I can re-mortgage the house so that I can purchase Jennifer Lawrence’s training kit in the Hunger Games from Lucas Hugh!! Gorgeous pieces just slightly out of my price range and let’s face it, I would be dodging each muddy trail path if I ended up training in it!! Although I think I may need to add a pop of colour to my run wardrobe after seeing a photo of my festive run today!

Festive run

Can definitely see me taking some of that gym wear on to the dance floor though! Perfect for those killer disco moves that are so much part of my repertoire! You have been warned 😉