Thursday, 30 October 2014

#backtorunning

I got lazy over the summer.

Real real lazy.

It was hot, the World Cup was on and I was more interested in watching football after work than going running.

It didn't take me long to realise that the lack of exercise and abundance of beer and general merriment was taking it's toll on me.

Pre #WC2014 I was running fairly often; We Own The Night, Hackney Half, Liverpool Roll n Roll Half Marathon, plus training for each run in between. I got down to my lightest weight since I was 18 and things were looking good.

I joined PavementBound with the idea to finally have a running crew and centralized hub to share all things, well, running, but never got round to getting out there too much with nothing in sight to train for.

This week, I had it in my mind that I'd get out there and went for a little 5K on my own. I listened to Shake It Off the whole way round and enjoyed the cool, crisp Amsterdam air along the Amstel but managed to hit a few pungent ganja clouds the further Oost I headed.

It was nice to be back out (ganja clouds aside) but I have to admit, even after a fairly short run, I was a bit farabucked.

Tonight I just got back from the first TRVCK session with two other members of PavementBound - JonnyDiscoBalls and LausMuzz. I did find it tough (still feel a bit sick tbh) and no doubt tomorrow I'll find it even tougher but I really enjoyed it.

We did some warmups, ran a few times round the track, then did 5 x 200m Sprints, then twice round the track again. I think I only managed it round the track one last time and had to give in before I took the knock. But I'm so pleased I got back out there.

At the moment, I'm not training for anything, but just trying to push myself to run as I know it'll get easier the more often I do it, even if it is for a couple of KM each time, so that's why my take on PavementBound isn't technical clothing reviews, or inspiring stories about running marathons, it's about one girl's attempt to get #backtorunning.




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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

leather and layers

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Bootea Teatox Review


I'm Senorita Skeptical when it comes to things like this. You see "detox tea" or if you like, "teatox" companies on instagram, like Bootea, using photos of skinny girls, beaches, nicely cut fruit blah blah and overall I think it's pretty much B.S.

However I was feeling a bit sluggish for a couple of weeks, felt like I'd put on a bit of weight and thought, f'ck it, I'll order the Bootea 14 day (not too much commitment) and see how it goes.

I wasn't super strict with my diet, or exercise for that matter, as they suggest, but I've really enjoyed doing it. I've looked forward to drinking it during the day and actually last time I weighed myself, I was 5 pounds lighter than when I started it. I've found that I've not been tired during the day, I've reduced the amount of coffees I've been getting from the machine at work and drinking more herbal teas in general.




A couple of observations:

The actual tea-bags aren't good quality:

They split very easily, so I suggest using a tea-strainer or whatever they're called, so you don't get loads of herbs n sh't floating around your cup. That said, I reuse each day-time tea-bag about three or four times, just topping it up with hot water and maybe adding a green tea in there with it when it's on its last legs.

The Bedtime Cleanse:

Not as scary as I expected. I watched a few review videos where girls had suffered terribly from the cleanse, but I didn't find that at all. These girls were in pain, had to stop whatever they were doing etc so they could use the bathroom. I was scared about this, so started it on the weekend and not when I'd be in work, just incase anything bad happened but I was happy to find I didn't suffer from this at all. I don't really have an explanation for this, maybe I was just lucky.

I think in total, plus p&p to Amsterdam, I paid around €28 for it. It's quite a lot of money for 21 tea bags I suppose, but having the set regime of the detox helped me a lot and I didn't slip from it or forget to take it.

Would I buy it again? Probably. I've looked into other teatoxes but think I'll just stick with this as I didn't have any bad side effects. I might even treat myself and go for the 28 day. Who knows.

I would recommend this to people but only if I know they don't have sensitive stomachs, because some of the reviews sounded pretty nasty. What can I say. I'm made of tough sh;t.




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