By way of a change, I thought that I would bring you three different items in this post – something to wear, something to eat and a little exercise thought or two.
You all know how much I love anything pink – particularly a pink top or jumper (or front door) and so when I was shopping for some outfits for an upcoming event, this Sun, Sea, Sand Hush top (£40) might just have found its way into my basket. I haven’t tried it on yet but it made me instantly cheery – and there would be something slightly ironic about wearing it when we’re so far from the sea.
One of the main observations in the “comments” section about this top on the Hush site, is that it is much brighter in real life than shown on the site – which is a fair comment when you compare the two photos above. Anyway, if you’re on the look out for a pink pick me up for your wardrobe, this could be it.
And if you’re looking for a snack time pick me up, these could be them! True, I know that they don’t look the most appetising ever but I love them and the recipe makes loads, so you can pop a few in the freezer and always have a healthy snack at the ready. They are the raw vegan flapjack from Jamie’s “Everyday Superfoods” but without the oil or the maple syrup. I find that if I soak the dates and dried fruit in warm water for a few minutes, they get nice and soft and absorb enough liquid so that the oil isn’t necessary.
I make these in the nutri-bullet in two separate batches or else it can’t cope with all of the ingredients. Essentially I chuck in 200g oats, 100g hazelnuts, 50/100g other mixed nuts, 20g sunflower seeds, 100g dried fruit and 180g dates, whizz it up, roll it into humungous sized rabbit droppings and there we have about 22 power balls. They can be flavoured with cacao powder, or ginger, or other bits and bobs but I prefer them just as they come. And they’re great to take out running with you…which leads me to my next part of this post.
Running. In all its sweaty, heart-pumping, achingly painful (at times) but totally mind clearing and wonderful glory. For some crazy reason, I’ve entered the ballot for the London Marathon again. Now it’s just a waiting game until the beginning of October to see whether I have a place. And in the meantime, I shall be training for the Birmingham Marathon, which is towards the end of October. It’s the first time that we’ve had a Marathon in Birmingham and whilst I didn’t think that I had another one in me, I did a few 20 odd milers with a friend in preparation for the Boston Marathon and it was OK – so what the hec?
But at the same time as marathon training, I’m doing the “Couch to 5k” app with my husband. A more unlikely runner you couldn’t find – only through lack of interest I should hasten to add. It’s taken me 20 years to get him to come out with me! But he’s done three runs now, he hasn’t complained once and I reckon that he will be pretty nippy once he gets into the swing of it. It was his new resolution on reaching 50. So for anyone tempted, the app could be perfect – the worst thing is heading out, blasting around the streets for 400m and then collapsing in a heap never to go out again. This is a gentle, structured introduction that includes lots of walking as well.
Oh, and the “Mind over Marathon” TV programme was brilliant. I loved seeing how running transformed the lives of those involved in such a moving and positive way. I would imagine that if you weren’t sure whether you could get out there and do it (and I know that it’s not for everyone) this might just be the thing to get someone to put on their trainers and give it a go.
And of course non of us ever likes how we look in skin tight lycra but again, a splash of pink or coral – or some flowers and a few layers always helps. I’m still loving the way that my Prism Leggings and Seafolly Festival Hoodie (both available at Cocobay) feel when I’m running in them. These are my running staples but I also have a good splash of pieces from GAP, H&M and Primark for running in too – so it’s really not necessary to spend a lot to get going.
I hope that you all have something fab planned for the weekend, or if not, that you can just sit back and relax for a while. x