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The Prodigal Blogger Returns

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A lot has happened in my absence! Firstly, an explanation, sadly one of my nearest and dearest has spent the last 7 weeks in hospital meaning a lot of time has been spent between home and the hospital, and very little has been spent on the internet.

However, I’ve found that running really has become my coping mechanism, so my training has kept going. I’ve stepped up the mileage just for a reason to be outside the house, in true British fashion I can’t deal with emotion and would prefer to just carry on as usual.

On that note, it’s my 10k this Sunday!! It has come around ridiculously quickly and I’m so nervous I feel sick. I don’t think I can make it, but I’m not sure if that is just me being an irrational, obsessive perfectionist. Hopefully the nerves will calm down over the next couple of days and I’ll be perfectly calm by weekend….

keep-calm-and-run-on-148I have also made some exciting running-related purchases, ranging from a book to a foam roller. All of which I shall take great pleasure in reviewing over the next couple of weeks (there’s nothing I like better than a good review, except maybe dark chocolate).

If anyone has any nerve-calming suggestions (that don’t involve Tequila) they would be much appreciated. I’m going to be a wreck by weekend at this rate!

A Mixed Day

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So today has been a day of mixed fortunes. I went for a run (2×20 minutes with a 3 minute walk) I got some new sunglasses and I made a cake.

Firstly, there are no words to describe the cake I’ll have to leave that to this photo….

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Secondly, I’m loving my new sunglasses even though I bankrupted myself on them, they’re Ray Bans I’ve been drooling over for months.

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Finally the run, I just couldn’t finish it. I don’t know what it is, I’ve run 35 minutes so that should be fine but I think with the walk everything seized up and I struggled through the entire second 20. It’s making me doubt whether this new 10k programme is for me. Can anyone recommend any good ones?

Struck By Germs….Again

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So I think me deciding to take it easy yesterday was a premonition, I’m now ill again. Back-to-back illnesses is far from ideal! One of my friends has given this to me and he was only out of action for a day though, so I’m hoping I’ll be back up and running again tomorrow.

Has anyone got any good cold cures or ways they avoid getting ill? I think my poor, battered immune system needs some assistance!

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Whatever illnesses, injuries or set backs I’ve had recently I’m trying not to let it affect me. My routine has gone out of the window and I think my running is suffering for it. However, life really does go on! And so will I. Maybe slightly more slowly than before until I get myself sorted…

Finding Some Balance

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I haven’t been having the best time recently. I’ve been shattered and constantly pushed around into doing things for my nearest and dearest. Now I don’t mean to say that I don’t care about them but I do think they’re occasionally taking advantage of my good nature. They all know I have a problem saying “no”. I agree to everything and then find myself with no time to sleep or eat to get everything done.

So my resolution for the new week is to take a bit more time for myself. Even if its just time to have a hot bath or to watch a trashy film. I’ve put so much effort into getting healthy and running but I’m pushing myself too hard with the day to day things and doing too much. I’ve been constantly tired so I think taking a step back and finding some balance might be the best change I can make this week.

A Very Good Weekend

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ImageI think this sums up my week pretty well! I’m feeling great and like I’m actually running rather than just clinging on until the crazy C25K lady tells me I can stop. I also feel a lot stronger for not letting people get me down and hold me back me when I could have done.

I’ve now completed C25K and have got a 10K app queued up and ready to start tomorrow! My first 10K is less than 8 weeks away now and I’m feeling really positive. I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and are feeling equally optimistic!

Review: Sennheiser PMX70 Headphones

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A couple of weeks ago, I finally lost my rag with using iPod headphones while running and ordered some sports headphones instead. After much trawling of the internet (and realising I couldn’t afford the Bose ones I was drooling over) I settled on the Sennheiser PMX70’s due to the numerous positive reviews. So here is my take on them!

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The Good

1. The sound quality. It’s great, they distinguish themselves as much higher quality than the iPod headphones straight away. The music becomes much more crisp and clear, sometimes I heard songs in a completely new light! I am also quite a dubstep fan and I’ve got to say the bass is incredible. Also, as I mainly run on roads, I was happy to note that even with this quality, they are by no means noise-cancelling headphones, so I felt safe and aware of what was around me at all times.

2. The security. These things aren’t moving while you’re running! I am by no means a graceful runner, I tend to thud up and down on the pavement with the lightness of an elephant, but still they didn’t move an inch.

3. The colour. The headphones are grey and lime green, a pleasant change from white, but some more colour choices might be nice.

4. They’re waterproof. I have run in torrential rain and sweat buckets in these and they haven’t been affected in the slightest. This is a pleasant change from some cheaper headphones which become tinny at the first sight of moisture.

The Bad

1. The fit, and this was a massive issue for me. These aren’t traditional in-ear headphones, they instead loop over your ear and then sit facing into your ear. I initially thought the problem with these facing forwards would be a loss of sound, however, it was the lack of comfort which affected me.

UntitledNow maybe this was a problem for me because I’m small, but I found it horrendously irritating! The neckband was too large and banged on the back of my neck and my ears constantly felt like something was stuck in them.

Conclusion

For quality and price, I can’t fault these headphones, I absolutely love the sound. However, I can’t deal with the fit, so I’m considering buying a new pair of Sennheiser in-ear headphones instead. With so many positive reviews online, I think I am in the minority with the fitting issues, and actually my friend has a pair and loves them, so if you’re willing to take the risk with comfort you may be pleasantly surprised!

If anyone has any recommendations of good (reasonably priced) headphones, they would be much appreciated.

Busy, Busy, Busy

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I think I really am starting to view running as therapy. Today everyone keeps wanting me to do things and organising my time without even asking me, which is doing my head in. My only logical response to this is to go for a run. That’s if everyone can back off and let me have an hour to myself….

I just find it horribly rude when people dictate what you should and shouldn’t be doing, so hopefully when it cools off a bit I can go out and get my head straight again.