30.4.14

Guest Post: The Electric Rundown 26.4.14

One race in a day was enough for me on Saturday. Couldn't say the same for everyone! These bunny friends of mine below, Jen (also featured in Monday's Living the simpElle life post) and Harriet went on to run the Electric Run that very evening. A whole other 5km race...opposite ends of the day! I know! 

myself, Harriet, Alicia and Jen :) 

So I couldn't be at the Electric Run that evening due to work but I know lots of people who share my passion for fun events and being active. One of these people is Alex; she shares her experience here for us of the event! 

Meet Alex

As runners/athletes/sports people we can all become so obsessed with PB’s, our best 10k, our fastest race ever and medals that we sometimes forget to run just for FUN. After all, running can be so enjoyable if you take off a bit of pressure now and then and just run. 

This Saturdays FUN RUN was the Electric Run! For the first time ever in London, a 5k run in Wembley Park with a DJ and light show with neon coloured lycra as far as the eye could see. When I got on the London Underground there were people everywhere dressed in the funkiest of outfits – bright colours all over the place. The legwarmers, bunny suits, angel wings, tutus and LED lit mohawks were making their way north east. That's one of the things I love about living in London; that people here really go for it!


where you off to?!

When we arrived the queue to pick up the race packs was very daunting but it went faster than expected. A tip if you are planning on entering the run is to have it sent to your home address in advance – worth every penny. 

Included in the race pack were LED glasses, a t-shirt with great fit and a blinking LED bracelet. There was also on site shop if you didn’t quite feel “glowy” enough. 


are you ready?! 

getting in the mood to run!

the start line

on course :) 

Before the race kicked off the atmosphere was on fire – the DJ - neffmau5 spurred us on with great beats. People were let off into big herds every five minutes, most of them running although at times it was hard given the crowds. Throughout the 5k route there were stations with music, light shows, a glow in the dark water station and volunteers cheering! Me and my friend Sara kept on stopping, taking funky pictures and having fun with the light installations. There were runners of all ages from 5 years old up to 60 years old contributing to an amazing and fun event! 


having fun


picture time

oh what a night! 

It was probably one of my slowest 5k ever but I walked away with a big smile and lots of fun memories and pictures. 

Inspired by this I want to challenge you all for your next run. Put away clocks, timers, heart rate monitors and tracking devices just once; grab your favourite music and just enjoy running. Feel the music, your body moving and take in the scenery. Fall back in love with the joy of running! 

Alex ;) 

T: @alexsie_ 
IG: alexandrasie  

The next Electric Run is on in Manchester on the 10th May with more dates to follow. 


29.4.14

The Rabbit Rundown 26.4.14 #MyMoments

race day is here!

Saturday saw me complete the first race in my 2014 running calendar! After two weeks of suffering with a cold I had no plan but to finish the run and have a good laugh! When I checked the weather forecast the night before there was a 60% chance that it would be raining all morning! Bummer!

08:15am. When I woke up and saw the sun trying to rear its head I was a little more than grateful! My friend Alicia and I started off our morning with a breakfast of granola, yoghurt and banana; fuel to get us through the run and back home!

breakfast of champions

09:30am. In the interest of time, we ran the 1km to our nearest tube station and arrived bright and early to pick up our race numbers and rabbit suits! Just in time before the queue started to get a little longer...

10:40am. The plan was to run the warm up for all the runners. I even picked out a couple tunes to play including Pharrell's Happy! If any song could get us smiling on a chilly wet morning it was that! Unfortunately, there was no sound system but the weather was decent meaning music was not essential! Me, a megaphone and a few moves to get us warmed up...

getting the group...

warmed up!

A few pics and a selfie for Instagram...

race number


Alicia rabbiting around!


Alicia and I :) #selfie

11:00am. ...And we were off...

start line

on route 

It was a pretty interesting route for me..as often as I have taught at Clapham Common I've never actually seen the whole thing! Due to the slightly wet weather in the run up to race morning, the route was a little like what I expect trail running would be! A bit of mud here and there, with different running surfaces!

The bunny suits were surprisingly comfy! As the morning was a bit chilly the suit actually kept me as warm as I needed to be! My bunny hood stayed on for the majority of the race...I took it off myself when I saw that everyone else had!

The marshals along the route were fantastically motivating and encouraging! We ran a bit and walked a bit. Our pace was set to be my slowest 5km in a long time but I was just happy to be outdoors, running and being active again!

11.35am. At the end of the course, we were given goody bags which contained our medals! My first piece of bling for 2014!

medal :) 

11:45am. Some more selfies of course...

post run selfie

Before we headed home...in our bunny suits! First there were 4, then there were 2 when Alicia and I parted with Harriet and Jen...

Plenty of people wondering and some asking why we were dressed up...

...for charity of course! Definitely one to look out for in 2015! 

done!

Next on my race calendar is a 10km leg of the Geneva Marathon! In under one week! 

What run events have you taken part in over the last few weeks?! Anything coming up soon?! 

If you have taken part in a great event and would like to share a write up then please contact me! 

Elle :) x


28.4.14

Living the simpElle life: Jen

I'm off on my first 'runcation' next weekend to Geneva so am getting into the running spirit! Inspiration from someone who has become a runner is right up my street...

Here is that inspiration for us all; in the form of this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where  I share the story of someone that I think we all need to hear.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Jen Are




I met Jen when I covered a Nike Training Club class at 1948 in Shoreditch! I remember our meeting well; Jen was the first to arrive for class and there was some minor confusion over her being Jen and the woman in charge being called Jenni! We had a little chat before everyone else arrived, got down to the workout business and then off we went! Little did I know we would cross paths again, and again...and again! I'm trying not to be selfish so am sharing all these wonderful people I meet with you... Take it away Jen ;) 

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start running / training? ...What was your plan / goals?

Jen: I started training for weight loss and to improve my fitness. Sitting in front of a screen all day did me no favours. It meant I was eating like there was no tomorrow. I tried joining the gym but that didn't work for me so I decided to try out classes at Nike Training Club (NTC) and Frame, read some fitness blogs and find out more about working out on social media through the joys of Twitter and Instagram.

The great thing about London is that there are so many options other than the gym when it comes to working out that everyone is able to find something that suits them. Be it free classes, pay as you go gym membership, Nike Training Club, bootcamps, park/outdoor classes and more.




- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite way to work out?

Jen: My favourite workouts are yoga and running and I also enjoy spinning and kettlebells. I mainly workout by myself as it helps clear my head but I do enjoy working out with others as you get to socialise and learn different things.

Elle: What's your typical weekly schedule?

Jen: I try and do 1 or 2 run's a week, a cardio workout on a wednesday and a yoga class (NTC/Hot Pod Yoga/Lululemon). I also try and squeeze in a spinning and/or kettlebells class each week. 



Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Jen: Real people inspire me. It's great to see people, particularly girls and women push themselves and work towards being fitter, stronger and healthier. I'm all for female empowerment and girl power so for me it's also a constant reminder that I'm not the only one on this fitness journey. 

People that inspire me on the fitness front include; my workout and race buddies/cheerleaders Harriet and Natalie, Jenny Scott (Mothers Meeting), the Food & Lycra girls (Rachel, Kim and Laura), Angel (@angeldeefitness) and Bangs (Bangs and a Bun/Spikes and Heels). To me they all epitomise fitness, strength and are a constant inspiration.

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Jen: Learning more about myself, confidence and finding that this journey is 70% mental and 30% physical. I am my own worst enemy and master of saying I can't. But I've learnt that with time you can do things you'd never thought you'd do.


My proudest achievements are the 7 races in 2013 and doing Mud N Madness with my girls earlier this year; also the increase in my fitness confidence and my mental attitude to working out. If you'd asked 2 years ago to go for a run I would have laughed in your face and said "hell to the no I don't do running".

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Jen: My eating habits haven't changed; I'm now just more careful of what I eat. I'm trying to incorporate more fruit and veg into my diet and I am also now drinking water which is something I barely did before.


- {NOW} -

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Jen: I recently started tracking my progress with the Nike+ running app. I also feel fitter than I did before, which is great!

Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Jen: My goals have altered slightly but my main aims are the same; get fit, push myself, be consistent, improve my technique and lose weight. 

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Jen: Like everything there are good days and bad days. My friends are supportive and motivating and we enjoy booking races and going to sports and fitness events together. This pushes me to train and gives me something to look forward to. I also have to constantly remind myself that in order to get the results I want I have to put the hours in. After I workout I feel good and happy, which is always a good thing whether I'm working out early in the morning or late at night.




Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!

Jen: Nike have got it right "Just Do It". There's no time like the present. Follow and talk to people on social media for tips and ideas and find people that have similar interests or are on a similar journey to you. That way you can build a support network where you can learn, ask questions, be curious and have fun. Also if you can meet them face to face be it in a class, at an event or for a coffee. When you find something you enjoy you'll stick with it and not find it a chore. Remember fitness is a journey not a destination.

...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Jen a comment below please do so or you can connect with her via Twitter - @Just_Jens_World

...and if you would like to share your story please get in touch with me here: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


24.4.14

Review: Jointace by Vitabiotics

April is officially my half birthday month! I am half way to turning 30 years old this coming October! I'm determined to push my limits and be in the best shape of my life...

Age seems to be catching up with me somewhat though! I've spent the last 6 months with my knee under investigation. After several doctors appointments and a MRI scan it turned out that I have a cyst in my knee in addition to degeneration due to wear and tear as well as a condition I had when I was younger, chondromalacia patella which seems to still be there!

This made me think about how I look after my joints for sure - I plan on running and cycling a lot this year and don't want to be susceptbible to injury. In stepped Vitabiotics. The Jointace range was just what I needed there and then!

I was sent a box of their Jointace Sport tablets, Jointace patches and some Jointace gel!


It's like my body decided to give up as soon as these landed through my letter box! Day 1 and I pulled a muscle in my neck, laying in bed, chatting on the phone! So the first thing I tried out was the gel. Even the smell was enough to help relieve some of the tension in my neck! It contains essential oils of ginger, eucalyptus, menthol, lavender...and more! Plus glucosamine and chondroitin! I stuffed the gel in my bag and used it throughout the day at work to help keep the muscles as relaxed as possible. 


I then used one of the patches during the night. They also contain aromatherapy oils but you can wear for it for 12 hours. So I slept it in, then wore it to work the next morning too! Considering it was in an awkward place, it managed to stay in place for the majority of time! 


The tablets were interesting. Thirty came in a box so I assumed that was a months supply. However, the instructions were to take 2 tablets per day which meant the box would last just 2 weeks! I followed the instructions anyhow and all was well. I can't say I saw a tangible difference but general joint stuff wouldn't be noticeable. I feel taking these tablets would be an investment in my joints, but it would also be a financial investment at approx £30 per month. The extra vitamins included are definitely ones that would benefit an active person and my joints could do with all the tender loving care they could get...

What do you use for sore muscles / joints?! 

Do you take any joint care supplements?! 


Elle :) 

For more information on the full Vitabiotics range check out www.vitabiotics.com

For more information on the Jointcare range by Vitabiotics visit www.vitabiotics.com/jointace/

p.s This is NOT a sponsored post; I was provided with the products to test...but all opinions are my own :) 

22.4.14

Sport'n Style: The Little Things for Running & Cycling

The sun came out a few weeks ago and it seems to be staying for a little while at least...fingers crossed!

It's a hard toss up between cycling to work and a run commute - usually it comes down to how much time I have and if my training schedule dictates that I need a run. I've been ensuring that any kit I buy is multifunctional and can be used whether I choose to run or ride. Either way though, it needs to be light, breathable and keep me safe to get me through sunny days and chilly evenings in low light!

That's where my accessories come in...

Oakley Commit Sunnies 



Why I Love These - Firstly, they are pink!! Anything that is pink is halfway to finding a place in my heart! Most importantly, my vision through them when cycling / running is immaculate! No glare from the sunshine which is especially important when cycling as I'm in amongst traffic. They're light as a feather too and although the look sporty, not to the point that I feel like a sport nerd!


They also come in a beautiful hard case and have an additional fabric case so will be well protected in my bag if I'm coming back in lower light and don't need them!


Fancy a pair?! Blackleaf.com stock a maaaahusive range of Oakley sunnies - pick a pair {here}!

lululemon Run From Work Backpack 



Why I Love This - Talking of low light, I need not worry when I have this bag on my back! At the end of last year I bought some trainers which are high vis and perfect for the wintry weather. As it's getting warmer, those shoes are not quite as breathable so I'm switching up my visibility and taking it into my backpack!


It's light and compact (which can be an issue for me as I'm not a light packer!) but it's big enough to fit a change of clothes and the other little extras that you will need for your day! I love the cool design going on on the inside too ;)

lululemon Rise & Shine Jacket II



Why I Love This - I love the fact it's so versatile! It looks more 'ordinary' than my previous cycling jacket which just looked all serious! I feel more stylish in this one, yet it's still very functional! It's water resistant, warm and even has ventilation zips by the arm pits! I've used those numerous times when I start to heat up on my journey!

More Little Things:
- *LOVE* running headbands which keep my ears covered and warm
- *WOULD LOVE* an armband for my iPhone to allow easy access when using apps to track my workout

What accessories make or break your run commute or city cycle?! 


Elle :) x

p.s This is NOT a sponsored post; I was provided with the products (Oakley sunnies) to test...but all opinions are my own :) 

21.4.14

Guest Post: Breakfast Pots

Having just been struck down ill for the past couple weeks, I'm on eating the best of everything right now! One thing that was brought up again for me, were chia seeds and Kaitlin brings us an amazing recipe including these nutritional nuggets! Over to Kaitlin...



These little beauties have been my breaky for the last few weeks. They have replaced the morning green smoothie; maybe it's the summer coming, but I crave fruit and chia puds now! This is super easy to make and very healthy. The oats keep you full til lunch and the chia pud is high in protein so it's a great satisfying meal to keep you going. 


Ingredients



Bircher muesli

One bag of rolled jumbo oats
Tub of natural yoghurt
1 apple, grated
2tsp cinnamon
2tbsp honey/maple syrup/agave syrup
Handful of almonds
Water/nut milk



Chia pudding

Two cups of nut milk
6 tbsp chia seeds
1tsp vanilla powder
1tbsp honey/maple syrup/agave syrup


Extra yoghurt to layer
Fruit to layer on top
Mint leaves





Method

For the Bircher muesli, mix all ingredients together and add a little water or nut milk to attain the consistency you like, it shouldn't be too dry; better to have a little more liquid as the oats will absorb it. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

The chia pudding should also be made the night before, mix all ingredients together in a bowl, stir every 5-10 mins for half hour or so, cover, then leave in fridge.


In the morning layer the muesli, chia pud, yoghurt, mint and fruit (I like berries and rhubarb) into little jars to make breakfast pots! Super cute and ideal to grab when in a hurry! You can also make these on the weekend for your week ahead!


For more food inspiration you can follow Kaitlin on Instagram!

If you try the recipe, let us know what you think via the comments section below, Twitter / Facebook and share with your friends! 


Elle :) x

17.4.14

5 Sports Bra Commandments

Teaching women regularly has brought a few things to my attention - number one being - the amount of women who exercise in a bra which does not have enough / the right support for them!

Luckily,  I blog, and can share my thoughts with you right here! And guys, you have wives, girlfriends, daughters, sisters etc so no need to switch off!


Why Are Sports Bras Important? 


Sports bras are important because they minimise movement of the breasts during vigorous activities. It has been estimated that during high-energy, high-impact sports women’s breasts can move up to ten or more centimetres which means that anatomically there is not much natural support. Sports bras can provide this support as well as allow sweat to be wicked away and reduce chaffing of sensitive skin or nipples. For women who consistently run or jump these factors can go a long way towards avoiding or alleviating breast pain as well as fighting the sagging of the breasts. (www.breastadvice.co.uk)

I decided to gather some thoughts via social media to see what the consensus was! I asked:


Which helped me to create the 5 Sports Bra Commandments: 

1.  Wear a Sports Bra. 

Seems obvious but so many women don't even seem to think this is necessary. Not only does it save us all from certain sights, but it also will save your bosoms from sagging and unnecessary pain.

2. Get measured. 

For the longest time, I just wore the Small in Nike sports bras. Then I got measured and it turned out I should be wearing an XS for my back! Who knew?!

3. Choose a bra suited to your activity oh, and bust size. 

Running, aerobics and other activities which are high impact will need a high support bra. Yoga, pilates, ballet barre and other low impact activities will allow you to get away with the more fashion conscious bras which have little to do with support!

4. A sports bra should be...

Comfortable. Supportive. Allow you to breathe and feel unrestricted. Fit. Non chafing. Sweat wicking. Keep you cool and dry. Looks good. Functional.

Never buy a sports bra before trying it on as that is the ultimate way to know if it is right for you!

5. Your sports bra won't live forever. 

Like us, your running shoes and other pieces of kit - nothing lasts forever. When you notice that it doesn't quite feel the same, the elastic starts to fray, it's stretched out...then it probably time to invest in a new ta ta tamer!

Anymore commandments to add to the list?!

Are sports bras the bane of your life?! or have you found THE perfect one! 

Let us know what does / doesn't work for you and why in the comments below! 


Elle :) x

15.4.14

Living the simpElle life: Rishin

Spring has sprung, and now is THE time to set goals which we can truly commit to and achieve. Then, what better time to share some inspiration in the form of this mini series - Living the simpElle life - where I talk to someone who has inspired me with their story.

I heard a great phrase last year -

"The Universe is made up of stories, not of atoms"

 - so that is what I want to share with you, stories, to open up the Universe to us all!

Each individual we meet embodies what this blog is about. They have dug deep to find motivation, they have sought inspiration and in doing so become inspirational to others. They have been empowered with knowledge to change and that is what their story will do for the rest of us...

Meet: Rishin Paonaskar


I met Rishin at the lululemon Covent Garden showroom as a regular attendee at the community yoga sessions. Over time, and chats, I found out Rishin was actually a qualified yoga teacher himself. I then found myself tasked with finding teachers for the community classes and thought "what better way to give back to Rishin, than putting him at the forefront of our community?!". Rishin's class was a hit with everyone and the feedback I received from attendees was very positive! The extra touch was that Rishin brought along some of his raw food bars to class which were so good that none were left by the time I arrived...

- {THEN} - 

Elle: What made you decide to start yoga? ...What was your plan / goals?

Rishin: My first memory of doing yoga was as a five year old at school in India but I have to admit, I didn't enjoy it at the time! The style of yoga was a bit too slow for a bunch of young kids who just wanted to run around and play cricket or kick a ball about! As recently as four years ago I would never have considered doing yoga again. However, I tore muscles in both my shoulders when I fell off my bike cycling downhill in the Lake District and my physiotherapist strongly recommended yoga as a method of recuperation. I tried a "Yoga for shoulders" video on youtube which I quite liked and then signed up for the intro offer at Hot Power Yoga in Clapham and found myself hooked. At the time I worked for an investment bank in the City and would never have considered training as a yoga teacher but when I quit my job a couple of years later to start my own food business, I decided since I was spending so much time practicing yoga, I may as well learn to teach it so I signed up for the teacher training! 



- {HOW} - 

Elle: What's your favourite style of yoga? favourite yoga pose?

Rishin: I've tried loads of different styles of yoga since I took it up 3 years ago but my preferred styles are the more dynamic or powerful styles of yoga such as Vinyasa flow, Power Yoga, Broga and Rocket which get me into my breath and get me working up a sweat but which are also different each time I come to the mat. Having said that, I have now developed a healthy appreciation for slower styles of yoga and I enjoy yin yoga and restorative yoga just as much.

I don't have a favourite yoga pose as I find when my practice evolves so does the pose that I like the most. When I started yoga it was wheel, then it was crow and now it is handstand. It tends to be the pose that I find the most challenging at the time and am working towards getting better at!



Elle: What's your typical weekly schedule?

Rishin: I exercise around my teaching/cover schedule and my food business, both of which have fairly irregular hours! I try to fit in at least one yoga session a day. If I cant make it to a studio, I'll do a home practice. Sometimes, when checking out new studios and "abusing" their intro offers, I'll squeeze in as many as four classes a day as its a good way to try out different teachers.

I am training for the London Triathlon in Hyde Park this summer so try to run, swim or ride my bike 4-5 times a week depending on my schedule. I'm doing the Tough Mudder event in October which is a half marathon distance obstacle course so when I finish the triathlon, I'll probably switch things up a bit and switch my focus to include more running. 

Elle: What / who has been your inspiration?

Rishin: There are so many inspirational people out there that it is hard to pick just one or two or even three!

Having left a relatively stable career in banking to start my own business, I draw inspiration from people who have taken risks and stepped into the unknown to do something they are genuinely passionate about rather than following the conventional path that society expects them to. The commencement speech that Steve Jobs made at Yale in 2004 is particularly inspiring (www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

The poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling has always inspired me as each line from that poem can be applied to so many different situations. 

Elle: What was the first big difference in you, that made you feel proud and excited?

Rishin: With any kind of physical activity, I guess each time you hit a goal, there is the next milestone to keep you on your toes! With running, I was really pleased the first time I did 10k in less than 60 minutes but I immediately set my target on running it in 50 minutes and was just as pleased when I managed to hit that goal! I feel a sense of pride and excitement each time I hit a PB as it is an indication that the hard work is paying off. 

Similarly with yoga, I was delighted when I first managed to come into crow but immediately began to set my sights on variations of the pose such as jumping back to high plank and moving from crow to headstand! Thats what I love about yoga. My practice is always evolving.

Elle: Did you make any changes to your diet once you started training?

Rishin: Yes and No! I am known amongst my friends for my gluttonous ways and although I am a lot more conscious now about what I eat, I do indulge from time to time. I find with triathlon training that its not just the calorie content that is important for fuelling me but also the quality of what I eat so I do eat healthily most of the time. 

Before I do any endurance training I will eat a meal that provides me with slow release energy and I also carry energy bars (which I also sell!) on long rides as they are a compact and filling energy source. After a training session, I will eat something high in protein along with a carbohydrate source.

- {NOW} - 

Elle: How do you track your progress?

Rishin: I use a Garmin Forerunner GPS watch for my runs and bike rides which is one of the best training tools out there. I can upload details of my rides and runs to a website which compares speed, average pace, heart rate amongst a number of other criteria to previous sessions. It is great as I can track progress and identify personal bests as and when I achieve them. You can also see how you compare against other cyclists and runners on the same route so its quite a fun toy if you are competitive. This might seem at odds with the non competitive nature of yoga!


Elle: Have your goals changed since you started your journey?

Rishin: Massively! My initial goal when I started to run was to lose weight. I remember the first time I went for a run in Clapham around 2007. I did one lap of Clapham Common which was about 3km and it took me almost 30 minutes. I was in pain for over a week because of that run. At the time, I couldnt even imagine running 10km but in 2012 I did an Olympic Distance Triathlon in Stockholm (1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run) and I remember thinking after the bike ride "thank god I only have another 10km to run"

I was hoping to do a half iron man triathlon in 2013 but unfortunately tore my calf 2 weeks before and only started to run again a couple of months ago. I'm hoping to do a couple of olympic distance triathlons this summer and improve on the time I set in Stockholm and next year work towards doing that half ironman.

Elle: How do you keep yourself motivated?

Rishin: I was recently going through a list of poses on a chart and identified more than 50 poses which I wasn't able to do when I first started doing yoga but can now do quite comfortably. There are probably still hundreds of poses which I cannot do at the moment but seeing how far I have come always gives me the motivation to keep plugging away. Similarly with running and cycling seeing how much I have improved only reminds me how much further there is to go. I think its important to enjoy and celebrate success but not use that as an excuse to stagnate.

Elle: If you could go back and give advice to the "before" you...or any other person contemplating changing their lifestyle...what would you say?!

Rishin: I swam regularly when I was in my teens but I spent most of my twenties doing very little if any exercise. With hindsight I wish I had spent that period of my life being more active. Having said that, hindsight is a wonderful thing and I imagine my "before" me would scoff at any advice I gave him. I think most people know what they need to do to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Very often people say they haven't got the time or the money to be healthy but thats just a convenient excuse. You can always find some time to do a bit of exercise. For instance, cycling to work is cheaper and quicker than getting the bus or tube and you also arrive at work more energised. I worked with someone who was a senior executive at a bank and working 12 hour days who still found the time to train to climb Mount Everest proving that as long as you really want to do something, you will be able to find the time to make it happen! 

...so what d'ya think?! 

If you'd like to leave Rishin a comment below please do so or you can connect with him here:

Facebook: facebook.com/rishinyoga
Website: www.yogasites.com/rishinyoga 

...and if you would like to share your story please get in touch with me here: {Contact Elle}

Until then, keep living that simpElle life ;) 

Elle :) 


14.4.14

From the Sidelines of the London Marathon 2014

Sunday 13th April 2014.

I didn't run the London Marathon but I did rock up to the sidelines to cheer on those who commited to the 26.2 miles of running.

My initial plan was to join the lululemon london cheer squad at mile 11 but I forgot I had to teach so by the time I could make it into town I would need to be further down the route in order to see everyone!

lululemon london cheer squad

After teaching at Clapham Common, Laura, Alicia and myself jumped on the London Underground and met some other friends just before Mile 22 outside of Monument Station!

spot number 1

kiera and her fab sign to make the runners smile!


moving on...

The sun was out in force - perfect for us supporters - maybe not so great for the 36,000 runners who didn't have this weather to train in and might not have been prepared. We arrived in time to see the runners around the 3hr 15 min pace which in my opinion is pretty speedy! They were looking strong heading into the final 4 miles of the race.

The crowd was too thick to be able to get a great view at that point so we decided to grab a drink and walk up the route towards the finish line.

Our next spot was on a bridge where we had a birds eye view of the runners. We managed to spot someone we knew at this point but were too far away for him to hear us cheering for him. So we decided to move further on.

guiness to keep my energy levels up :) 

We found a little area of grass to eat some food and I had a quick look on Facebook. I saw a friend posted a picture of another friend running at an earlier point than where we were then so decided to resume viewing! After a short while, people dressed as a phone box, rhino, super mario, pink lady apple, male bride and the man in a blue thong (just to mention a few!) we spotted another friend! At this point, runners were heading towards a 4hr 45min and later finish with many struggling with injuries and fatigue. We cheered for anyone who had their name printed on their running outfits to help give that extra bit of encouragement...

band on route

It all got too emotional when we cheered on a great granddad who was walking at that point. He looked up to wave and smile at us then as he went to carry on, he stumbled a little, but was helped by a passing runner and was soon on his way again. I can't lie, at that point, I started to cry! Just watching all these individuals who I'm sure have their own special stories was a real inspiration. Watching those battle on despite their pain was even more so...

By the time I saw someone else I knew, I was gone again! More crying and laughing all at the same time!

Although I wasn't quite moved to the point that I am going to sign up for a marathon right this minute, it nspired me to continue my running efforts and journey in 2014! It did however make me want to volunteer at the London Marathon next year for sure...

What inspires you to keep going?! 

Ever volunteered at a run event?! 


Elle :) x
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