20.9.16

Elle About Town: Adidas #PUREBoostX Launch Run

Thinking back, I realise that I jumped on the hype of these trainers when they were released earlier this year I think, but never actually got around to writing anything about them on the blog.


But a couple weeks ago whilst I was scrolling through Twitter (as you do) I came across an event at Runners Need in conjunction with Adidas and 1Rebel. Being a free event I jumped in and booked myself a place before actually really contemplating if I was physically able to run right about now. Anyway, the day came and I was knackered... But I went along anyway. Because, you know, the social side of running makes up for everything else!


The main point of the event was to have the chance to trial the Pure Boost X; a female specific training shoe which features a floating arch (basically a gap between the upper and the sole of the shoes) that is advertised as hugging and supporting your arch and moulding to your feet.

In the excitement and training of the days leading up to to event, I actually forgot I owned these trainers (I got them at 50% off via Sweatshop and My Vitality Insurance discount). On the schedule after swapping out my shoes for the Pure Boost X was a 45minute RESHAPE class at 1Rebel with Master Trainer, Melissa Weldon. I was so tired and sore (it's rest day y'all!) that I had to take it super chilled in class; normally the class is a mixture of treadmill and floor workout but on this occasion I did a double floor session. Once class was done, we had a little 3km run to the Runners Need Kings Cross store with fellow fitness blogger, Adrienne of That's My Mum where we set about to cool down and the have a little in store party.



First stop for me was the food (I'd had no appetite all day but that little run brought it back), then the gif photobooth, then the food again before grabbing a goody bag and heading home for my head to hit the pillow.



But the shoes. I do love them. They've been my go to shoes when I need something comfortable and flexible. I also can wear them for short runs but anything over 10km and I physically need a more supportive shoe to help protect my form as well as protecting me from injury. I also don't wear them for training / teaching as I need more lateral support when doing movements such as ski jumps or just changing direction quickly (as opposed to running which is just in the one plane of motion).

If I could choose again, I think I'd choose the all white colour way 😍 or the all black. I've also heard that they're releasing colour ways where they can now change the colour of the foam that makes up the sole.

I remember when the boost technology first was released and I lived in my pair cos they basically made me feel like I was running on clouds. It's been a long time since I've consistently run in adidas though but they're still in my kit box for shorter, faster runs!

Have you tried the Pure Boost X running shoes?! What do you currently run in?! 

Elle :)

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Photo Credits: © Photography by Jake Davis for Here & Now

19.9.16

Elle About Town: Riding The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit


Sometimes, the actual thought of doing something is way more realistic / achievable than actually doing it. Or at least, in my mind, I'm superwoman and can pretty much do anything. It was until i was at the top of the chute for the worlds longest and tallest slide that the nerves kicked in...

Before I continue, I just wanna let you know that I rode the slide. Twice. And yes, I would do it again. And again. And again.



Still to this day, 4 years after the majority of the London 2012 Olympics took part in Stratford, I marvel at the fact that the area has come 360 and become a destination. Growing up, I would pass through Stratford to get into central london but not once did I ever really disembark the train there to go anywhere or see anyone. But since Westfield and the Olympic Park opened, it's continued to develop into what I could possibly call the commercial heart of East London.



From the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit's in the viewing galleries, you can take in views of up to 20 miles across London. FYI, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the red squiggly structure in the park which you can probably also see for miles.

Then, you can get to the bottom via the 178m long slide which takes approx 40seconds to descend travelling at speeds of up to 15mph (means nothing to me so I translate this to super fast!) through light and dark sections as the slide loops its way around the sculpture 12 times taking in gentle curves, thrilling (I say crazy) drops and a tight corkscrew named 'the bettfeder' - bed spring in German.


Now I'm one for honesty, so if the truth be told, I screamed at the top of my lungs the first time. I then alternated that with roaring laughter and giggles all the way down to the bottom. The second time, I tried to be more composed but then I realised I actually liked it more when I was screaming and laughing!

The slide itself only opened in June (2016) and was designed by Belgian artist Carsten Holler. The ArcelorMittal Orbit itself was created by Anish Kapoor.

Tickets for the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the slide start from £10 (for kids) so you can take the whole family! There are of course a few restrictions in place (please check out their website for more info) but otherwise I feel like it's the best way to get a sweat on in normal clothes!

Have you already been?! Would you, even?! 


Elle :)


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17.9.16

London Winter Run 2017 - Entries Are Open!

Incase you haven't heard yet, the London Winter Run is back for 2017 on Sunday 5th February 2017! ...I know it's barely the end of Summer, but a) the race isn't that far away if you think about it b) we have enough time to train for a decent 10km time, maybe even a PB and c) with the early bird rate available until 19th September you can get your entry for £35 - if you also use the code SIMPELLE3

So basically, don't waste any time! Sign up now and join me for this challenge... and our motivation to keep pounding the pavements when the weather gets colder, duller, darker...yup.


You can still use the code after the early bird price ends, but using it now gets you the best price there will be!


See you on the start line! 


Elle :) 

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16.9.16

Looking After My Bones & Joints

Recently, in a misunderstanding with a courier company, they had asked the courier to confirm where and whom he left the parcel with. They came back to me and said...

"He says it was signed for and accepted by a black female mid 20's about 5'5, slim and very polite."

...which made me smile as it was so accurate but for the age! A though I may look in my mid twenties, you might well be aware that I'm actually in my early thirties. Somehow, along the way though, no one ever really stressed how important it was to look after your insides as well as your outside.

I've been on a mission for around one year now focusing on what I put in my body especially in the form of supplements. One supplement I really rated were prebiotics (check out my post here) but I haven't taken any recently because the ones I have are such huge tablets and every now and again I get a mental block and am unable to swallow them. I kid you not.


So when I was offered the chance to try out LQ Joint Care Supplements I jumped at the chance especially because they are a liquid and come packed neatly in individual bottles. LQ joint supplement is supposed to promote joint, cartilage and bone health whilst increasing flexibility and mobility. I received one months worth of samples so my post is based just on that period of time.

The supplement contains key active ingredients such as Peptan marine collagen, hylaronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin, copper, ginger and vitamin c. It also doesn't taste too bad (it has a pleasant cherry flavour) so can either be taken as a daily shot on its own or blended into your morning smoothie


I put together a little breakfast smoothie recipe which incorporates your daily shot:

LQ Joint Care Supplements Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

1 cup almond milk
1 LQ Joint Care shot
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1tsp chia seeds
1 scoop Impact Whey Strawberry
1/2 banana

Method: Add all ingredients to your blender and whizz until smooth.

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After a month of taking LQ Joint Care Supplements I can't sit here and tell you they worked any kind of magic or that they were directly responsible for how I was feeling but at the time I remember thinking how much better my neck, upper back and shoulders felt in comparison to the same time the year before; those areas are where I carry the most tension and tightness in my joints especially when 'stressed'.

Would I continue taking them? I sure would as I think joint and bone care is an important area especially for women and those who are active. However, they come at the cost of £24.99 for 10 servings (available from Holland & Barrett) equating to just under £75 per month (which is out of my price range at the moment).

Do you take any supplements for bones and joints?! Any other ways you look after your bones and joints?!


Elle :)

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15.9.16

Breakfast with POM Wonderful Juice (+GIVEAWAY)

My favourite meal of the day has got to be breakfast I think. Breakfast in bed is an even bigger winner. Breakfast cooked by a chef in your own home ...well I'm not sure I knew this was a thing, but it is and I was lucky enough to get the chance to experience it for myself, on a Monday morning of all days (MONYAY!!).

This came with a catch though. I'd have to swap out my usual morning coffee for a glass of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice which is packed with polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, potassium, foliate, copper, iron, calcium. As if that isn't enough, POM Wonderful also contains no added nasties. Just 100% pomegranate goodness!


Incase you didn't know, September is actually said to be the new New Year. It seems it's a much better time to make changes as you're refreshed coming out of summer and probably getting settled back into the routine of work, school or studies. It's a great opportunity to implement small changes which can contribute to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. And breakfast is the perfect place to start when you're looking to create positive changes.

POM Wonderful Breakfast with La Belle Assiette
I opted for an 11am breakfast / brunch so our Chef, Kasia from La Belle Assiette, arrived at around 10am. Our menu had already been sent through to me prior to the day so I was all ready for (although clearly no-one read the legume and grain free bit?! lol):



Kasia was super friendly so I was immediately put at ease having someone else in my kitchen! I got on with answering emails and doing some admin whilst waiting for our food to be ready. Everything was served together and by 11am, I was pretty hungry (I saved myself for this!). It was such a simple menu but it was perfectly healthy, filling and delicious!

Kasha did all the preparation and left my kitchen spotless when she had finished! And as if like a dream, she was gone before we knew it! We enjoyed chatting to her about sourcing ingredients (she is a firm believer in eating organic as much as possible) and talking about supplements for looking after yourself from the inside out!

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And you don't just have to read about my experience! You can win your very own breakfast experience (for two) right here! Entries are via the rafflecopter widget below (please ensure you take a moment to read the terms and conditions). Best of luck; I can't wait to hear what you would all choose, who wins and what they think of the experience!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
What would you choose a chef to cook you for breakfast? What's your favourite beverage to have with breakfast?! 


Elle :) 

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p.s  I was gifted this amazing experience by POM Wonderful, who have also kindly provided the prize. But you know me, all opinions, as always, are all mine ;) 
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