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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

apricot activewear, not just for working out

Apricot activewear

Apricot activewear

With more and more people interested in health and fitness these days, it seems like every brand and their sister are launching active wear collections, with the likes of Oasis and Ted Baker some of the latest to join the club.  The beauty of fashion brands launching these ranges is that they're so damn pretty, and it makes it even more acceptable to wear lycra all day long.

Having never thought I'd become someone who works out regularly, it was even more unlikely I'd rock gym leggings outside of the gym, in fact I didn't even own a pair until a few weeks after my first class...yes, I was that person that rocked up in cotton joggers and my converse. Another brand that's jumped on the activewear bandwagon is Apricot, I've always known them for their pretty printed dresses, so was excited to see what they had to offer.

Apricot activewear
Leggings* - Apricot, Jumper* - Apricot, Trainers - Nike, Jacket - New Look

With a small and simple collection made up of pinks, blacks and greys I knew these would quickly become my new favourite additions to my wardrobe, most notably because I could get away with wearing them from the moment I got up, even if my class wasn't until 6pm...let's admit it, we all want to get away with it if we can.

So as a Sunday afternoon stroll is quickly becoming a tradition of mine and the mr's, and still sporting (see what I did there) my new Apricot goodies from a morning class, I headed out lycra clad for a wander down to the river.  But as I was looking so super stylish, and having worked up a thirst, a quick pit stop at Starbucks seemed fitting, and I picked a fruity ice tea that matched my new pink outfit.

Apricot activewear
Apricot activewear

I think it's fair to say that Apricot have achieved what we're all looking for, the perfect gym kit that you're happy to be seen in, in fact, I've barely taken off the pink jumper, and if the leggings weren't needing a wash, and I didn't have to be vaguely formal for work, then I'm pretty sure I'd still be wearing these too.  

And if that doesn't have you heading over to their site straight away, what if I told you the both items were less than £50 all in? Yep, I thought that would have you interested.  Now I'm just trying to justify buying the grey cowl jumper...  
Apricot Activewear

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

runnin' runnin' runnin' runnin'


It's been 10 months since I last ran 10k, and it's been a long slog to get here.  I've got a funny relationship with running, I've talked endlessly on this spot about how much I dislike it, and yet, here I am, over a year since I started, and I'm still sticking with it.

It's been a rollercoaster, there's been good runs and bad runs, weeks of no running, and then weeks with three runs.  I've set myself goals and targets, some I've met, and some I haven't, and here I am once again blogging about it.

I don't need to share my story about why I started running, (but if you are interested, you can check it out here), and why I'm still sticking with it, I'm not entirely sure.  However, there is something really satisfying about running, knowing that whatever time of day it is, whatever that weather (ok, I wish that was the case, I'm a fair-weather runner) and wherever you are, all you need to do is don your trainers and hit the pavements, and that's your workout in the bag.

For various reasons, losing my dad and being unemployed to name a couple, I've upped my running over the last couple of months and I've seem to have found myself enjoying it more, and hating it less.  Before Christmas, I aimed to run 5k in under 30 mins, I did it, and with a whole 12 seconds to spare..I know to many, that's pretty slow, but it's good enough for me.  I then set myself the target of running 10k before I started working again.

On Monday, I started my new job.  On Friday, I ran 10k.  I think setting myself that challenge, and knowing that if I didn't complete it on Friday it was unlikely that I would, gave me the motivation I needed to keep going.  Now, I should I probably admit that I tried to complete the whole 6 miles avoiding hills, it's not easy when you live at the top of a hill, but I knew if I came face to face with one 7/8k in, I wouldn't make it, so at the end of each road, I weighed up my options and always took the flatter route.  

10k strava

Now that I am working again, I know my running is going to suffer.  Going out for a quick jog after work, when it's cold and dark requires a lot more motivation than a mid-morning, protein porridge fuelled, bright and fresh run. 

So, my next challenge? Well, it's just to stick with it.  If I can manage one run a week, then that would be good.  If I can keep my 5k's around the 30 minute mark, I'd be happy, and if I don't run 10k again for another 10 months, then it's not the end of the world.  But, who knows what may happen, with the mr in training for the Paris Marathon, maybe I'll catch the bug, or maybe I'll remember that slow, relaxing yoga classes are much more my bag than a sweaty 26 mile run. 

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