It seemed like a good idea! But they always do! After accepting an invite to a Prosecco Party I cleverly thought that it’d be a brilliant idea to run there. I fired onto Google Maps to check out routes. Most routes were around 11-12 miles. Perfect! It can be my long run for the weekend. Although on Monday I did 13miles but really that belonged to last week’s run week. So 13 on Monday and 11 ish on Saturday with strength training midweek. Sounds like a plan doesn’t it? Lift home organised. Wham bam bring it on!

Really chuffed with myself. Researched a few route options. Went for a recce drive to locate the best path, road crossings etc Bought prosecco and packed a bag of clothes to change into. Dropped off said bag and prosecco. Visualised the route and feeling ready to go.

Hello Saturday. It was to be a warm one. Not a problem. I’d decided to take some money to buy water rather than carry a Camel Back. Uh huh we’ve had that conversation, how funny it would be to run with a Camel Back full of Prosecco. Bubble mania! Drinking red wine at the Medoc Marathon is one thing but Prosecco. No thank you! Not en route anyways.

I was pretty tired when it came to Saturday and cheated a little. I was dropped off near Murrayfield Stadium which was roughly 10 miles away from Broxburn. The route was basically a straight line. No thinking involved. One foot in front of the other, continuously for a 100 or so minutes.

And I was off. So rubbish at selfies so opted for a shot of my feet. Prize winning or what eh? Past the zoo and into Costorphine. Lots of people to avoid but nothing too irritating or interesting. Tried IMG_3576to settle into the run. I had no idea what my pace was apart from just slow. But then it always feels like that these days. Currently I seem to run faster without a watch but think a watch would help me pace myself especially for long runs.

Ouch! My calf muscle! Surely not. A quick stretch, a test run. Hm, that’s a bit sore. Couldn’t believe it. Is that it. Over before I’ve even started. At 1.8miles. Embarrassing especially when everyone knows I’m running out. I was so looking forward to eating loads and having an excuse!!! I called the Stu. “Stretch & run”. A man of few words and not much sympathy. I set off again. Sore but what the heck, I’ve run with worse. But then that landed me up injured and out for a long time.

Onto the cycle path, along Gogarburn past the new Station and over the bridge to the IMG_3578Royal Bank of Scotland HQ. The path was great. Straight, clean (no dog poo or litter), quiet apart from a few cyclists and a very busy fast road beside me. Before I new it I was passing the airport and Ingliston and arrived at a garage at 5.2 miles. I stopped for some water and to gather my thoughts.

IMG_3577Off again, loving this route way more than I ever thought I would, I arrived at Ratho Station. Crossed the bridge, snapped a plane and continued to the next bridge taking me over the Newbridge roundabout. Car garages and another quiet, straight path that just went on and on and on and on. I knew there was only about 2 miles to go. I started struggling. I caught up with a walker ahead and overtook. Ran a bit further, giving myself targets to run to and then had to stop and check Strava. It really was not far to go ffs, come on!!!

My eyes were now looking for the start of the town. The map was imprinted in my memory. Another garage. This one displayed a sign for an off license! IMG_3584Tempting! 1.5miles or thereabouts to go. Plodding now. A few wrong turns, still not quite sure how that happened and there. Almost there. Stop.

10.1 miles at 9:48 / ml. 1:39:04. Mile 10 being pretty slow but not a shabby effort. Calf seized up during the rest of the day even with copious amounts of alcohol. I enjoyed each of the three dinners I  consumed plus snacks! I run therefore I eat…Refuelling is important right?

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Lookaboutye

With the impending half marathon looming in October and a three week lapse of running due to an annoying cold, it was time. It’s always fun trying out new routes or revisit old routes. It took ages to decide which one would suit the demands of a thirteen miler. An out and back: can be dull; a drive somewhere: I tend to stiffen up on the way back; get a bus  / train somewhere and run back or run local. Not quite sure how the decision was made as my preference was to run back from somewhere but we ended up doing an out and back along the canal. By starting at Ratho Climbing Centre it meant that on our return there would be food and refreshments and of course cake, to welcome us back.

The weather was good. Slightly cold but clear and the sun was out. The canal is good but I think today has put me off the Glasgow to Edinburgh Ultra, as man it is boring! Not much happens in a canal. It’s flat, gravelly and far too much dog poo.

Crikey!The noise! For a runIMG_3570 in the countryside it was so noisy! Sandwiched between motorways and airport traffic it was loud! After Broxburn things quietened down and we could almost having been running in the French countryside. The sun was shining and it was glistening off the hay bales and fields. Very picturesque!

Then it was time to head back. On our return journey the route was the same and the view was still of the canal, only it had changed sides. We came across a signpost to Lookaboutye. Lookaboutye kind of sums up the run. One of the reasons I love running is you see so many things and it can take you to surprisingly interesting places.

On the way back my husband declared his knee was getting sore as the pace wasn’t quick enough for him. I’m far from running at the pace I could manage pre pregnancy and pre marathon but I picked it up a little. Sometimes I hold back a little in case I haven’t got enough energy to finish. Miles 9-10 were pretty steady. At 10 I got a second wind and bombed it until around 11.3, at mile 12 we started slowing and the last 1/2, oh my days it was the longest part of the run. We finished back at the climbing centre at 12.9 miles. No danger would I be stopping! I don’t know why but I have to round it up. How could I finish at 12.9?

The breakfast burrito brunch was probably the wrong choice as it was a little disappointing but it was lovely just not running. We enjoyed a two part lunch having cake slightly later after a warm shower and a wee walk (hm about 7 miles, maybe not so wee)

 

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Blog off!

stopwatchBlog off! It’s back. Again! I haven’t written a blog in oh so long. The path to fitness has been broken, the blog was put to bed but now with a new motivation, it is time!

London Baby, here I come!

Last year I was lucky enough to land a ballot place at the heavily oversubscribed ballot selection for The London Marathon. In October two packages came through the letterbox. One clearly had a t-shirt in it and one looked like a magazine. Crikey – one of us is in and one of us is out. Apologies dude but I just couldn’t wait. I opened my magazine letter and could not believe what I saw! You’re in! I ran into the street and grabbed my passing neighbour, ranted with utter excitement and ran back in the house.

Then it dawned on me. That means my husband hasn’t got a place…I briefly felt some sort of emotion then thought, cool I’ve got a support team right there! And he got a tshirt. Is that a win win?

“What date is the marathon?” “April”.

“The day I’m best man?” “Erm Yip!”

Balls.

A blessing in disguise to be fair. There’s no danger my body would have been physically fit enough to run a marathon. 6 months training and preparation would not have been enough at that stage. Running 2 miles was a struggle and I couldn’t even use the term pace to describe the speed I was going at. More importantly it kickstarted me back to running and better living (ok maybe not better living but pizza is a great pre-run food). I trained hard and was able to drink & dance for an extended period at the wedding! Go me!

London is in sight. 7 months to go. I’m super excited. My husband is entered the ballot again. I completed a 10k last December. Slow but I ran all the way. So that was a result. I ran a half marathon in April. Reasonable pace for the first 10 miles, rallied on by friend and her sister who carried me along with their chat. Yes, they chatted the whole way round! Somebody had actually said to them that if they stopped chatting they could probably win the race!! My legs went to pieces in the last two miles and I was totally and utterly devastated thinking, ‘this is it. Game over yet again!’ But thankfully the next day and a quick trip to physio showed that really it was just a slight case of overdoing it. The furthest and fastest I’d run in ages.

 

 

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Blog off!

stopwatchBlog off! It’s back. Again! I haven’t written a blog in oh so long. The path to fitness has been broken, the blog was put to bed but now with a new motivation, it is time!

London Baby, here I come!

Last year I was lucky enough to land a ballot place at the heavily oversubscribed ballot selection for The London Marathon. In October two packages came through the letterbox. One clearly had a t-shirt in it and one looked like a magazine. Crikey – one of us is in and one of us is out. Apologies dude but I just couldn’t wait. I opened my magazine letter and could not believe what I saw! You’re in! I ran into the street and grabbed my passing neighbour, ranted with utter excitement and ran back in the house.

Then it dawned on me. That means my husband hasn’t got a place…I briefly felt some sort of emotion then thought, cool I’ve got a support team right there! And he got a tshirt. Is that a win win?

“What date is the marathon?” “April”.

“The day I’m best man?” “Erm Yip!”

Balls.

A blessing in disguise to be fair. There’s no danger my body would have been physically fit enough to run a marathon. 6 months training and preparation would not have been enough at that stage. Running 2 miles was a struggle and I couldn’t even use the term pace to describe the speed I was going at. More importantly it kickstarted me back to running and better living (ok maybe not better living but pizza is a great pre-run food). I trained hard and was able to drink & dance for an extended period at the wedding! Go me!

London is in sight. 7 months to go. I’m super excited. My husband is entered the ballot again. I completed a 10k last December. Slow but I ran all the way. So that was a result. I ran a half marathon in April. Reasonable pace for the first 10 miles, rallied on by friend and her sister who carried me along with their chat. Yes, they chatted the whole way round! Somebody had actually said to them that if they stopped chatting they could probably win the race!! My legs went to pieces in the last two miles and I was totally and utterly devastated thinking, ‘this is it. Game over yet again!’ But thankfully the next day and a quick trip to physio showed that really it was just a slight case of overdoing it. The furthest and fastest I’d run in ages.

 

 

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Superskinny Superfit

So…how did it go? What were the results? Did it work? Was it worth the money? Am I Superskinny Superfit?

Cycle 3 is well and truly over. It kind of tailed off towards the end and I deliberated for a few days before submitting my final results.Saying that though it was definitely my favourite cycle. More new recipes that were fantastic (although some had a rather strong ‘aroma’ and I think my colleagues are only just starting to forgive me) and shorter but kind of tougher work outs. The addition of weights in cycle 2 was bearable but in cycle 3 much more manageable. Totally 100% sustainable too!

The results…did I loose tonnes of weight and fat? Maybe not tonnes but I did loose half a stone or thereabouts and keep it off for the whole 12 weeks. Fat…well to a certain extent. I certainly don’t seem to have the amazing result that you see in the social media sharing photos although I somehow deleted the photos so don’t have the start and finish photos to compare but I’ve definitely reduced in size, toned up and become leaner. The post pregnancy tummy is lingering though. Perhaps this is a bug bear I’m going to have to live with?

It worked! Of course it did. Could it have worked better?To be honest…erm yes, ok perhaps I could have ditched the chocolate and wine but for some crazy reason I began craving sugar towards the end. I guess as there is no sugar anywhere in the diet apart from in fruit. Also I decided it would be better t keep some things relatively normal so I don’t finish, put weight back on instantly and feel like it was a waste of time.

Definitely worth the pounds (get it!). Totally worth paying for this. I was really really skeptical about the whole thing. How can you eat more, exercise less and have ridiculously amazing results? It works! The macros are important and just having something to actually follow makes you stick to it much more. Also that you make it your own and take ownership lends itself to the sustainability factor!

Superskinny? Yes (apart from the aforementioned issue but now I’m fitter and stronger I can get back to mixing in running with the HIIT sessions)

Superfit? Yes. Much much stronger so hopefully less likely to accrue injuries and therefore able to build on my fitness. At the beginning I could barely cope with the warm up. Now…now I’m trying advanced workouts and pushing myself on.

Sustainable?

Hell yeah!

Now stop reading my blog and go sign up!!!!

The Body Coach

 

 

 

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Cheat!

This was never supposed to happen.

It couldn’t be helped…

Well, ok I guess it could have been. I cheated. Not a teeny tiny little cheat but a week long cheat. It was between cycles…does that not make it ok? No. No matter how I try to justify it, deny it or accept it. It was a week long cheat!

So cycle 2 is over. I didn’t enjoy it as much as cycle 1. Why? A number of reasons: I felt I was cooking more. I didn’t have the time to invent or concoct exciting and inspiring recipes so every meal ended up being a stress to see what was in the house and how much time I had. Which wasn’t much. The pick n mix is a good idea and I did enjoy it at times. It helped me to continue to understand more about nutrition and fuelling my body more.I was eating chocolate almost every day towards the end which for some reason I couldn’t find anywhere on the meal planners…Although the amount of days for training were less the sessions took a bit longer. In hindsight I should have raised the weights earlier. The weighted exercises were good but hurt. I thought the legs one would be the easiest as this is probably my strongest area but man alive they were a killer. How many do you want me to do Joe?

It was approaching the end of term, I was shattered. I’d been feeling a bit faint. Not sure whether it was due to not drinking enough (water). Probably just a build up of running around, managing work, a toddler, a husband and 3 meals and 2 snacks every day. So whilst waiting for cycle 3 to appear I took a week off.

Wine, chocolate, cake, fish n chips, burgers, crisps, cheese, bread, pizza. All the good stuff! It was a great week.

What was the impact though? I thought it would destroy my great results. Two pounds. Just two pounds. Not that bad really! Do I feel guilty? Not at all! I know that once I’m stuck into cycle 3 it’ll all sort itself out again. I know I’m building lean muscle form my results. I just need to get back on it!

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Half weigh!

Cycle 2: Pick n Mix eating & only 4 training days! This can’t be bad at all. I had visions of Ye Olde Woolworths pick ‘n mix extravaganza which is now poorly mimicked at cinemas. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be the case.For starters, the fried eggs were now totally different. With no yolks they didn’t even remotely resemble standard everyday images of the perfect fried, poached or scrambled variety, sweeties or not.

There’s something a bit fishy about both plans. Indeed, ‘a bit fishy’ is an understatement. As I’m not using a meat-eaters plan my diet will now consist of fish, eggs and tofu for protein. Breakfasts have been my biggest concern. I just can’t stomach a massive meal at 6:30. But I’ll try. In for a penny, in for losing a pound…or two.

So, how does it work?

The basics: you pick a protein, one or two veg options, and a standard of spinach, broccoli, kale. Plus a side of either yoghurt or adorable sour cream. Then on a rest day you add a good fat source eg avocado or egg and on a training day it would be a carb. eg sweet potatoes, pasta.

Yeeha! Pasta and potatoes! Bagels and bread! Be careful what you wish for. Word of warning…the carb bloat! On training days ALL meals contain carbs.Just as well I lost weight first in cycle one with this bloat on the go, although it appears to be settling a week in.

Today I received an email. Half way! A wee reminder to stay away from the Sad Step! I can totally understand that as with the bloat, the carbs and the amount of food portions I feel like I’ve probably put weight on, so I’m staying away and trusting the Bodycoach!

Budding chefs would have a field day with this part of the plan. It’s fun coming up with your own meal concoctions although I feel most of mine are becoming a bit same same. If I had more time on my hands I could definitely be a lot more creative. Sure, after this finishes and I continue eating healthy I’ll be able to come up with some creative culinary dish from time to time but with work, a kid, shopping and different meal plans it’s a case of getting the job done the best I can.

There have also been a few disasters. At the weekend my fairly expensive sea bass Thai broth become some kind of weird white mush only save-able by soy sauce. It also produced 5 rather than 3 portions so I have a few more sittings to look forward to…not.

Then there’s the new exercise routine…

 

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