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Review: It’s a Piece of Cake 10k

Review: It’s a Piece of Cake 10k

Firstly, let me clarify.  It’s a Piece of Cake is definitely not something I would say about this hilly 10k.  I turned up last Saturday morning, dressed appropriately for the 20-degree heat, not sure what to expect.  Sweating before the start line, I knew it would be harder than usual in the heat.  At least it would be a piece of cake… The event, organised by Manchester Frontrunners, took place in Boggart Hole Clough, a park I have often passed, never entered. …

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Getting Lost On Scout Moor

Getting Lost On Scout Moor

Going running without a plan is not a good idea.  Running somewhere you have never been before, on high, uneven ground may even be dangerous.  Yet that’s how I found myself last Sunday afternoon.  I set out with a friend in mild, although grey, conditions from Owd Betts and headed for Scout Moor.  Although I’d never been up the hill from this direction, I was confident that if we stuck to the pathways, both my friend and I would be…

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My Winter Training Recap

My Winter Training Recap

I’ve not updated my blog in some time and feel like the time is right to get back on it.  It is spring in name only as the temperature outside is below freezing for at least the fourth night in a row, if not longer.  It sure has been chilly.  However, over the last three months, I have managed to get back in the gym and out on the road.  Find out how I’ve been getting on… Fitness First The…

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Why I Binned My Protein Bar

Why I Binned My Protein Bar

The Quickest of Shopping Trips My ill-fated attempt to buy a post-workout snack started at 17:59 exactly.  I’d ran out of Kate Percy’s delicious Go Bites that I’ve been using as fuel for the last month or so.  Boo hiss!  Without a natural nutrition bar to turn to I decided to give protein bars another go. How I made it up the motorway with enough time to spare to stop off was a miracle in itself!  The shutter of my local health…

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My First Run With Ramsbottom Running Club

My First Run With Ramsbottom Running Club

Why Run with a Club? I have dabbled with running, on and off, for nearly six years.  Getting outside, logging miles and analysing how far I have run and how fast, when I return home is really satisfying.  I also love smashing a PB, who doesn’t! With a half marathon to train for this autumn and a 10k much sooner, I need to get my act in gear.  The best way, I’ve found, is by creating a routine.  Ramsbottom Running…

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Why Go Bites® are my Go To Snack

Why Go Bites® are my Go To Snack

Why I’m Adapting My Diet I’ve never been particularly great at avoiding chocolate or a biscuit late in the day.  Yet, when walking well over 10,000 steps a day and coupled with regular exercise, that’s never been an issue.  I’ve always been able to justify wolfing down a quick chocolate bar or indulging in something sweet after work.  Since starting a new job last year I have had to find new ways to eat.  I am conscious of sitting down for…

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My Dry January Challenge

My Dry January Challenge

Introducing Dry January   You have probably heard of Dry January by now.  Perhaps somebody at work is taking on the challenge, or maybe you have decided to take part this year.  January is a time where we all endeavor to make the best of the year to come and this challenge seems like the perfect start.  The month of sobriety is a response to overindulgence in the festive period and is a challenge many people take on to get…

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The Meaning of the MOJO

The Meaning of the MOJO

Many people experience weeks in their lives when they lose their motivation.  Things don’t seem to be going right in work, at home or perhaps in the gym and we start to question our motivation for doing something.  As the new year dawns, most people renew their resolutions and try to make changes to their lives.  In that time, people talk about getting their mojo back, but what does mojo really mean and how can you keep it?  Read on…

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My battle to be fit for my Christmas Day Run

My battle to be fit for my Christmas Day Run

The Christmas Day Run Tradition I love Christmas.  It’s a time of year I can’t help but enjoy.  There’s plenty of food and drink and good times with friends.  But there is one activity that I enjoy taking time out for on Christmas Day.  I first went for a Christmas Day run four years ago.  The streets are quiet.  Families out walking wish each other a Merry Christmas.  There’s time for turkey and all the trimmings later, but a run…

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Entering My Second Half Marathon

Entering My Second Half Marathon

Dealing with the Frustration of A Winter Cold November was a frustrating month for training.  December has started just the same.  I can’t seem to shake a cold that’s been hanging over me and just last week visited the doctor’s for a suspected case of sinusitis.  I didn’t manage to actually see a doctor but that’s a story for another time. At some point in the last snot-filled, slightly hoarse and otherwise unpleasant feeling month I finally entered my second…

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