Knit yourself fit

I thought I should drop by and say hello, I realise I haven’t blogged for a few weeks now and imagine you think me quite rude. As is usual in our house right now, we have been variously under a layer of dust, covered in paint or admiring our new kitchen. Last Tuesday marked one year in our south London house, and we were able to look back and see just how much we have achieved in that time, not just all the DIY mayhem, but making new friends, getting to know our new area and Hector starting nursery. What a busy year!

I have been running, but just not finding time to share this. The weather has been lovely and I was determined to make the most of it at the weekend, and even did a short-sleeved run on Sunday morning – apparently this is one of the mildest Novembers for many years. I don’t know if it was the sunshine, the beautiful trees or the big bowl of steaming porridge I had for breakfast, but something gave me a spring in my step as I ran faster than I have in a long time. It wasn’t a long run – I’m not training for anything in particular right now, just ticking over – but it was very enjoyable.

Distance: 4.03 miles

Time: 37 minutes 20 seconds

Average Pace: 9.15

Best Pace: 1.06 (obviously a blip!)

Calories: 429 (I seem to have sorted out the odd calorie readings by resetting the watch to factory settings).

In other news, London has been successful in bidding for the 2017 World Athletics Championships, which will forge a stronger legacy for next year’s Olympic Games and, to celebrate, knitters around the world will be click-clicking at top speed to create little homages to their Olympic heroes. I’m not sure my knitting skills will cut it, but I know some of my running knitting friends have what it takes.


Simply Sweat(y)

That was me, walking around the supermarket after this morning’s short run – I simply didn’t have time to separate the two entities so got all Travelling Hopefully, and mixed it up.

Today’s run was far more enjoyable than Monday’s and I felt less heavy-legged and tired, I think it helped that I was wearing my lovely new kit from Simply Sweat. I had been to the post office on my bike to collect the parcel I missed over the weekend, and was really pleased with my new Nike capri pants, Shock Absorber bra and 1000 Mile socks, so put them all on at once 🙂 I have been quite loyal with my online active wear shopping in the past, usually visiting Sweatshop, or buying things in the sale if I happen to see them in shops as and when I need them. If I do an online search, I often end up at Wiggle, but I find it all so confusing that I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought anything from them – the layout is so poor that it takes quite a bit of effort to find what you really want and you end up scrolling for ages before giving up hope!

Not so with Simply Sweat. I found the website to be clear and simple to navigate, with nice big photos so you can really get a good look at the product before you buy. My first port of call was the pants section because I have noticed a hole appearing in my favourite Nike capris for a while, so desperately needed to find a suitable replacement. I settled on these after browsing the images, and found the different views and text information helpful in making my decision. As I have been pretty busy recently, I decided to really test the site by seeing if I could find and order my clothes in about ten minutes, a bit difficult when you get distracted by lycra goods, but so much easier when everything is laid out so cleanly. I next went on to look at sports bras, and decided on a Shock Absorber bra because I find them comfortable and supportive without creating that awful ‘shelf’ look. One thing that did hold up my quest to beat the clock was the need to research online about how to measure yourself for a bra. Now I know it would be simple to just look at the label on my old bras, but they really are so ancient that the labels are worn smooth and bear no information whatsoever! I managed to locate my tape measure in my knitting bag, measured myself, then got on with the task in hand. So maybe a little section on measuring and sizing for bras would be helpful here.

I now decided to get some more socks as mine are all a bit worn around the heel, and decided on these in black. I wore them on today’s run and found them to be really light and breathable, and not at all bulky, which I like. The whole process of payment was very straightforward, with your basket clearly visible in the top right hand corner for you to keep track of your spending, and quick confirmation of your purchase and also information about delivery, which was prompt (other than the fact that I was away when it arrived!).

The things I like most are:

– the layout: bright, clear and easy to navigate

– the images

– the text giving information about products

– the prompt delivery

Things I think would improve the site:

– a section on sizing and measuring of sports bras

I was lucky enough to be an under-cover shopper this time, but I do think I will visit the site again when I need some more gear.


Janathon Day 22: Pom-Pom-P-P-P-Pom-Pom!

Nonsense, I know. I’m tired. This afternoon, Hector and I went on a round trip of about six hours to go to his friend’s birthday party in North London, where we used to live. It just proves how very far away we have moved. It was lovely to see everyone again, and for Hector to jump around and have some fun with familiar faces, but boy, this party animal thing takes it out of you! This did mean a morning run again, but after breakfast, thank goodness. It was a very French sort of breakfast: coffee, croissant, pointy French bread and a selection of homemade jams. We are getting into practice for April, when Edward and Steven will be heading over to Paris on a little bike ride (I should encourage a blog…).

My run was another errand type run, this time without a running buggy to carry the stuff, but an annoying rucksack bouncing around on my back. Well, I say bouncing around, it was quite still, but made loads of noise, I felt paranoid when passing people and kept putting my hand behind my back to still the din. It was drizzly – or my new favourite word, as seen over on Running Matters, ‘mizzly’ – out there, so not the most lovely of runs, but I did it and got some parcel-collection errands done into the bargain. I apologise to anyone in the Lewisham sorting office this morning, I was a bit sweaty.

On another note, I knitted myself a hat this week and, when I put it on proudly, Edward said: ‘Ooh, I can’t quite place it’. He thought about it for a bit and then said: ‘Badly Drawn Boy!’. Thanks. To get rid of any Badly references, I made a great big pom-pom and sewed it on the top. I don’t think there are many things as pleasurable as making a pom-pom, try it, it’s simply delightful!

Janathon day 22:

Time: 31 minutes 39 seconds

Distance: 3.02 miles

Average Pace: 10.30

Best Pace: 7.47

Calories: 331

Tomorrow I am supposed to do a long run, what with marathon training and all. Hmmm, this three-mile minimum I set myself for Janathon (and Juneathon) means I find it hard to go beyond three miles at the moment, so it should be interesting!