Recent Happenings

Well, its certainly been a while since I last blogged, longer than I thought actually – sorry about that!!! Life, inside and outside of work, has definitely taken off over the past few weeks/month and I haven’t stopped. So far its been a really great summer and lots has happened.

Now, where to start?!…I guess the biggest thing is my training for the half marathon in October. I’ve enlisted the help of a trainer to help me build up my strength and I’ve also got a running schedule for the next few weeks. I’d say thats been the hardest part for me, fitting in 3 runs, along with a training session, Pilates and maybe a workout class, into my weeks. I’m normally a morning runner, but thats not possible in the week. I recently got up and out of my bed at 5am the other day to run, which I quickly regretted it as it killed me for the rest of the week…..I will NOT be jumping out of bed to do it again, but continue going after work, which is getting easier! That aside, I’m really enjoying mixing my workouts up and have definitely noticed how much stronger I have become during training and in my runs!

The biggest and most exciting event, was last weekend, when one of my greatest friends got married. I went to college with her and we lived together in our last year, along with 3 of our closest friends. I travelled to Wales, the depths of Wales I might add, with Anna, who I also went to college with and spent the weekend in the most beautiful house/where the reception of the wedding was being held. We met everyone at the church, after a quick change, before waiting for the bride to arrive. Both Anna and I had been asked to read, which we were very honored to do.

The ceremony and the reception were both absolutely beautiful, as well as the bride, her beautiful daughters (flower girls), maid of honor, bridesmaids, and everyone else involved. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the beautiful sunshine, dining on delicious food, taking hundreds of photos and dancing the night away! It was really lovely to be together again to celebrate such a lovely day. A day I know I’ll remember forever.

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The Norland Girls <3 

After these busy weeks/weekends, I’m very much looking forward to a quiet weekend at home catching up on Netflix (my new addiction), seeing family and having a bit of me time!

Hope you have all had a great week and have been out enjoying the sunshine! Stay well and have a lovely weekend. Thanks for reading 🙂

Emma xx

Race For Life: Pretty Muddy 5K

Two Saturdays ago, I took part in a race for life with Laura, a friend/trainer and few other ladies, who she personally trains. I’ve known Laura for over a year now and attend her Saturday bootcamp and fitness class during the week. I have to say, she is awesome lady and her passion for fitness, healthy eating and wellbeing is truly inspiring.

When I saw she had signed up for this race, I thought, what a great way to raise money for a great cause. Both my grandmother and grandfather, from both sides of my family, have passed away from cancer, so I didn’t want to miss out in running this race for them.

The weather on the day of the race was perfect. Sunny, but warm and even by 10am, when we started, the temperature was quickly rising. I think we were all quite thankful that we were going to be climbing, crawling and sliding in and out of cool, mud and water…!
Turns out it was a pretty big event and my mum came with us, for moral support and to be chief photographer, which she did a great job at!

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The clean before shot!

The course was a 5k, or 7.5k as we discovered at the end, with different obstacles. This included climbing over blown up ‘rolls’, piggy backing each other!, climbing over rope made ‘tents’, crawling through muddy tunnels, under muddy nets and so much more!

I don’t know the guy with the dog, but he was super cute, and I had to take a photo!!!! I spotted him as I bolted for the finish line!

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And…the after shot! With our dog tag medals! Fantastic job ladies! 

Overall, it was a well organized event, supporting and raising money for a great cause! All of these ladies did a fantastic job and they should be super proud 🙂

Excited to do it all again next year!

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend enjoying the beautiful weather!

Emma x

2 weeks off and trip to America

For the past week and a bit I’ve been on holiday from work, which has been really welcomed, because since my week in Australia in April, life has been pretty much non stop.

So, before my holiday started, I decided that for at least one of the weeks, I would go away. Not many of you know, but I used to live in America. So, I contacted some friends who I have known since the day I moved there and within 48 hours, my trip was booked. With only a few weeks to go, I was really looking forward to getting away to some sun, heat and catching up with everyone.

The flight went pretty quick, compared to the Australian one (!), and before I knew it we were landing in New Jersey. I was greeted by my friend and the fun began!
We had a few days of general pottering around, coffee shop visits, spot of shopping, meeting up with old friends for dinner, walking my friends two adorable dogs and enjoying the hot, sunny weather.

Now, as many of you know, I’m a total running lover/freak, whatever you want to call it!!!! So, before I left England, I signed up for a 5k in one of the local towns. The run was called ‘Girls on the run’, an organization that “inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.” They also had a food bank there, so I took a non perishable item along with me. I was very happy to support both of these great organizations with my donations.
Now, to the race…it was a bloody, excuse my french, hot day and it was only 9am…we’d arrived in plenty of time to collect my number and t-shirt, as well as meet with a new friend I’ve been following on Instagram. Social networking really is amazing nowadays! Before I knew it, we were lining up ready to start, the horn sounded and we were off…as the course weaved through the streets of the town, local residents had set themselves up outside their houses with banners, shouting support and turning on their sprinklers for us all to run through and cool down – total life savers! The heat made the race quite tough, as I’m not used to running in it and the last 1/2 a mile showed that.

As I made it over the finish line, I was congratulated and handed a medal then greeted by my friend. After grabbing water and a snack, we headed back to the car, as we had a Father’s Day bbq arranged. I really enjoyed running this race, unexpectedly coming first in my age group! For the rest of the day I was beaming!!

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As the days flew on, my time over seas was drawing to an end. I had already extended my trip, the best decision ever, because I just wasn’t ready to leave. So we filled those days with a trip down to the shore, seeing more friends, shopping and watching Finding Dory (a definite recommendation!).
Leaving was hard, I dragged myself to the airport and settled down for the night flight. I can’t thank my amazing friends enough for having me to stay and making my trip such a fun and very memorable one.

Back in England, with a gentle bump back to reality, I’ve been enjoying my last week off. Lots of rested days spent enjoying time with my mum, catching up, general organizing and of course, watching Wimbledon! Work will be hard to get back into, as I could certainly get used to lazy mornings and late lunches out, but that would get boring…or would it?!

Have a lovely rest of the week/weekend and thanks for reading!

Emma xx

My first 10k

“What WAS I thinking?!”…I muttered to myself as I passed the 5k mark on a warm and very muggy evening. Half way I thought, I CAN do this…

Let’s rewind a few weeks back to when I decided that it was time to enter my first 10K. I’d ran a couple of 5K’s and now that my fitness and speed was good, I thought it was time for the next challenge. I found out that my fairly local park,  Dinton pastures, was holding its second summer 5/10k around the lake and thought it would be the perfect place to start. A nice flat and scenic route, one I’ve walked many times with my mum and Oscar, our dog. So I signed up and with the help of a friend, wrote a training plan.

Those few weeks went pretty quick and before I knew it, the evening of the race had arrived. With my mum and Oscar accompanying me, we set off with plenty of time to pick up my number, timing chip and make a few nervous wee trips, before it started.

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As we approached the start line there was a great buzz and positive atmosphere as we waited to go. The air horn sounded and we were off, cheered on by the volunteers and family members that had come to provide support. I nervously waved and smiled to my mum, now it was all down to me! The first few miles were quite hard, the heat was definitely having an impact, and I knew I had to listen to my body and slow it down. My motivation was reaching that half way mark, and when I did, my mum was there cheering me on. After that I picked up a second wind and ran on.

 

As I got closer to the finish line, I could feel my legs starting to tire and the hour draw in. With a few words of wisdom and the chatty man next to me, I made it over the finish line in 58 minutes and 31 seconds. I felt amazing. I was quickly handed a medal, grabbed a banana and a bottle of water, before being greeted with open arms and a huge hug from mum!

I couldn’t believe I had actually done it, and a few days after, I was still beaming from ear to ear. My legs were quite sore but nothing a few baths and evenings on the foam roller couldn’t sort. Overall, it was a fun evening and well organised event, one I couldn’t have done without the support of my amazing mum! I love her so much and can’t thank her enough for all her support and love!
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Emma xx

Womens Running 10K Race Series – Southampton

Last Sunday, I ran in the 5K, that was being held by the Women’s running magazine, along with the 10K. I didn’t want to run the 10K, because later that week I was signed up to run one my local park.

I found out about this series of races, from Louisa, a really lovely, inspiring and beautiful lady, runner and blogger. I’ve been following on instagram for a while now, and had the privilege of meeting on Sunday!

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On the day, it was very warm, so I knew it wouldn’t be an easy run. It was a beautiful park partly covered by trees, giving much needed shade around the course. The volunteers that helped cheer us on were great and overall it was a really well organised event.

At the end we were handed a medal, goodie bag, t-shirt and magazine to congratulate us on our run. I was happy with my time and after finishing, I promptly headed back to my car, grabbed food and water and set off home to enjoy the rest of the day, and beautiful weather, in the garden!

A huge thank you to Women’s running magazine for putting together this great event. I look forward to, hopefully, running the Finsbury Park run with my nanny friend, and blogger, Sarah, in September!!

Emma xx