Windsor Triathlon: Final Words

Writing my post about Windsor Triathlon was a bit of an emotional one! It got to the point that I'd written so much, I thought I'd spare you all the Thank You's and do a separate post! SJ, who I ran with, from Powered by Cakes beat me to it, but inspired me at the same time with a name for the post!

Check out SJ's Final Words on Windsor {here}

A lot of work went into me getting to the start line of Windsor Triathlon; a lot of people and a lot of time! Here are my short and sweet Thank You's:

  • Human Race for planting the seed in my mind, providing me with a place and organising me support 
  • Strictly Swimming (Paul, Kat & Bartek) for supporting me with lessons from December 2014 through to April 2015
  • Nuffield Health for access to their gyms across London where I was able to get my swim practice in
  • Sweaty Betty for my first swimsuit in 10 years!
  • Sports Science Consultants for the very scientific fitness testing and filling me in on how best to train
  • Alastair of Pure Sports Medicine for working on my weaknesses (namely my neck and shoulders!) 
  • Psycle for the spin classes to support my training 
  • Marsha of RG Active for my 8 week training plan which I'm sure will be put to good use again soon! 

  • Jeff of The Tonic for his lifestyle / training support at the start of my journey
  • Speedo for my awesome kit (via the #getspeedofit campaign with Women's Health magazine)
  • Swim for Tri for my 6 week course of lessons (via the #getspeedofit campaign with Women's Health magazine) and for my first experience in open water!
  • Spencer Smith (6 time Windsor Triathlon Winner) for his advice the day before our race and also for standing on the hill of the run route and cheering for us each time we ran past!
  • My friend Natasha for her awesome support on race day and for putting me up the night before
  • SJ for sticking with me through the entire event! 
  • And to EVERYONE who listened to me talk about triathlon for the last 6 months, who shared their top tips with me and those who believed that I could do this! 

Use code KISDISCOUNT to get £5 off any 2015 Human Race Triathlon!

You can read my Race Report from Windsor Triathlon 2015 {here} and SJ's {here}

6 months ago, I couldn't swim. Today, I'm a (2x) Triathlete!  

Elle :) 


RECIPE: Vita Coco Coconut Oil Coco Bites

When I went along to the Nike Women's 10km earlier in June as part of the VCCO team, I popped along to the stand and had a nibble on the Coco Bites they had prepared. I thought they were delicious and grabbed one of the recipe cards knowing I would have to attempt to recreate this myself!

And recreate I did!

Here's the recipe (makes 14):

40g Vita Coco Coconut Oil 
100g Crunchy peanut butter 
(I used homemade almond butter)
100g Raisins 
50g Dates 
100g Toasted Oats 
(I used jumbo rolled porridge oats and toasted in a dry frying pan!)
50g Cashews 

Method - blitz all of the ingredients in a mixer until smooth and then shape into balls. For an added coconut boast try rolling in some desiccated coconut! Store in an airtight container for up to five days. #swearbyit 

Made with almond butter they taste a lot more caramel-y!

Let me know if you enjoy them as much as I have! 

Elle :) 


Abel & Cole, Meet & Eat Organic Pop Up

Sometimes, just sometimes, you get perks from being a loyal customer and not just when you are new. I joined Abel & Cole (A&C) about 6 - 8 weeks ago after attending Be:Fit Festival. I'd been interested in food delivery for a while but needed to find a company that suited my needs.

I featured A&C in my Elle Loves, May Edition; since then, I have decreased my box to a small. I've also ordered a few extras from time to time (e.g lemons when I ran out) and the perks have been little and often including shortbread biscuits and olive oil for recommending friends.

A couple weeks ago, an email landed in my inbox inviting me to a customer event named Meet & Eat Organic Pop Up; a welcome shindig full of their fantastic organic evening-time food and drink. Sold. It was free. I instantly reserved 3 tickets and popped it in my diary. 

The evening was a chance to say hello to other new Abel & Colers, and some of the A&C team themselves, including one of their top foodies, Jassy Davis, Queen-of-the-Recipes. My first stop was the buffet; it was packed full of delicious food and luckily I had saved myself for it all! My favourite dish had to be the Nacho Chicken Salad; I even went back for seconds! You can find the recipe {here}. Naturally, the next step was to meet the A&C gin expert and supplier to sample his delights then get myself a full sized gin cocktail from the bar in the courtyard. 

Once we were fed and watered, we ambled around to chat to some more of the team and suppliers including their "Herb Lady" who schooled us in taking care of basil (something I was eager to find out) and shared all the background on how they grow their herbs on the south coast. I picked up an amazing coriander and lemongrass pesto recipe (which I promptly made the following day!) in between all the cheery chit chat with my friends Sharon and Angela who I took along. 

A huge Thank You to A&C for hosting such a lovely evening! The perfect combination of good food and good company! 

Do you eat organic?! Oh, are you a massive gin fan (I seem to recall a lot of people are!)?! 

Elle :) 


#ElleLoves The Daily Greatness Business Planner

How much fun do you have in all the things that you do?! Do you live for the weekend or your day(s) off?!

I enjoy blogging; I'm not good at doing things I don't enjoy. The new Daily Greatness Business Planner (DGBP) has really got me thinking. It's got me thinking about blogging more seriously and has fuelled the fire for me pursuing my goals and dreams.

It's kinda weird to think of my blog (KISE) as a business but actually, it's an off shoot of my profession. As a Personal Trainer, Health & Fitness Professional, this blog has become my brand. Everything I do is out there on the world wide web. My blog is my living, breathing CV where I get to share my experiences and knowledge in my own voice.

The DGBP starts off with you creating The One Page Business Plan. Parts of this were easy - my mission was already shared here on KISE:

"Create a community which inspires and motivates people to live an active, healthy lifestyle whilst fostering empowerment through conversations which add value and allow for informed choices" 

But I then got stuck working backwards and forwards working out my vision, purpose, values, objectives and goals. Once I started to get my head around things though it began to make more sense and helped me to make decisions about the future easier.

The next main section I worked on was the Business Goal Planner. I've always had personal goals, career goals and fitness goals but had never thought about goals for my blog itself. I took inspiration from Beki (of Miss Wheezy) to identify my business areas including content, social media and products. I've begun working on SMART goals in each area to measure my progress over the next 12 months.

Next up is to create my Business Vision Planner. Where do I see KISE in one year, three years, five or ten years?!

Then it's time to narrow the focus onto the next 90 days and create business challenges for myself. I'd love to organise a Summer Social for the London Bloggers Group and potentially collaborate with these amazing local bloggers to create an ebook too.

I haven't started using the weekly planner yet as I just haven't had time (is this true?!). I also want to finish identifying my vision and goals so I can create something from those that is actionable.

At the end of the day I love blogging. They say "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." That's my ultimate plan. 

Do you blog?! Do you view your blog as a business or just a bit of fun?!

Are you a fan of blogs? How do you feel about Bloggers making money from whether do?!

Elle :)

p.s I was gifted my copy of the DGBP; but you know me, all opinions remain my own! Yes, sir!! 


Nike Women’s 10km, London 2015 #MyMoments

Sunday 21st June. The day of the Nike Women's 10km Race in London's Victoria Park. Me ...and 9,999 other women lined up at the start ready to be #betterforit!

Here are 10 of #MyMoments from the day: 

1. It's Sunday and a 9am arrival time did feel kinda early. But I did it! The plan was to hit up the silent disco hosted by Spotify but I was running behind schedule. My first stop in the very awesome race village was the Vita Coco stand to meet my race day buddies and say hi to my fellow VCCO runners in the snap below! #swearbyit 

Image Credit: VCCO IG

2. Porta Potty. Check. (the queues only got bad when it was time to get to the start line). Bag check. Check (no queues! whaaaat!). Water. Everywhere ready for you to grab and go. Thanks Smart Water. Check. Timing strip attached to shoe. Check. Hug friends and smile. Check.

3. Now all the formalities were out of the way, all that was left was to get down to business. I had assigned myself to the Orange Pen (sub 1 hour - 1hr 10mins) which is my casual 10km pace. We were ushered into the pens at approx 10:23 where we stood for what felt like forever, in what was turning out to be a sunnier and warmer day than the weather man had shared with us! We were so far back we had little idea what was going on and found it difficult to hear / follow the warm up routine! Eventually we started running (like actually passed the start line) at around 11:05am! Not impressed (I mean, I could be half way round in that time) but we were on the move now and just had one thing to do; RUN!

4. Lap 1. Mostly spent wondering where the hell the toilets were on the course. I spent so long in the pen that by the time I started running I needed to pee. Like, now! Around the 4.5km mark, the toilets appeared and we took a much needed bathroom break. Somehow, I think needing the loo made me run a little faster! ...now I could actually focus on the race, the surroundings and take in the atmosphere!

5. CREW SIGNS!! Along the course were signs with all our crew names on! Nice touch! #CrewSimpElle #keepitsimpElle ...#CrewLove and shout out to Carly (of Project HB), Tatyana and Clare!

6. Water and Oranges. There was one orange station (?!? lol) on the course along with a water station.  Luckily orange peels don't seem to be as comically slippery as banana skins so we made it through the debris in one piece. The water stations gave you a choice of a huge bottle of water or a tiny cup of water. Middle ground people. Middle ground.

7. Lap 2. As my blogging buddy said to me in conversation after the race, sometimes, same old, same old is not such a bad thing. Lap 2 of this race. Lap 4 for the Nike 10km as it was the same route for 2014 (2013 too but I didn't run that year). We're past the half way mark by this point and the route is flat even if a little crowded. Run Dem Crew were out in force, as expected, which along with the other little touches made the final lap whiz by. Support on the course was kinda awesome for Sunday morning and the race crew were pretty into keeping us going and offering support!

8. THE FINISH LINE!!! Yes! The finish line countdown started from around 600m to go. By this point I was running with Sharon (of Queen of the Jungle Crew). I felt like I was on my last legs but when Sharon shouted "let's sprint finish!!" I found a whole heap of energy from somewhere to get me across that finish line! Through the finishers funnel we got rehydrated with a bottle a water, fed with a banana and laden with a goody bag (all edible contents were eaten within 10 minutes!).

9. THE BLING!!! We all know this is what we were running for. That Alex Monroe necklace. Boxed beautifully, it didn't disappoint.

10. The After Party. The Race Village was packed by the time I finished! I headed straight to get my glass of celebration Prosecco before making my way to pick up my bag and meet friends! The rest of the time spent there was spent chatting with friends, taking pictures and lots of laughs in the sunshine. That's what Sunday's are for, right?!

#CrewSimpElle (L-R) Tatyana, Elle, Carly, Clare :) x

A huge shout out to EVERYONE who ran on Sunday! To those whose first ever 10km race it was (^^ Tatyana and Clare!) ...To those who got their PB's and to those who maybe didn't run as well as they hoped but still crossed the finish line!

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Were you at the event too?! Share your blog posts / thoughts / moments with me in the comments below!

What's next on your race schedule?!

Elle :) 

p.s Thank You to Vita Coco Coconut Oil for my place in the event and for keeping hydrated with a sweet supply of water and coconut oil! Don't think that swayed me though; as always, all opinions are my very own! ;) 


RECIPE: Cherry Berry Cacao {Protein} Acai Bowl


1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp Acai powder {I used this one}*
1 large frozen banana
1 serving of neutral taste protein powder (I used Paleo Protein from Bio-Synergy)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1/4 avocado
dash of vanilla (optional)
small handful of kale
1/2 cup frozen summer berries

Toppings (pictured): granola, cacao nibs {I used this one}*, cherries

Other Toppings: sliced banana, chia seeds, ground flax, shredded coconut

Method: Add all ingredients (minus toppings) to blender and blitz till smooth. Pour into bowl of choice and get creative adding your toppings. Then Instagram.

I literally have been drooling over acai bowls for months now. Most recipes call for frozen acai pulp which is costly and difficult to get your hands on over here in the UK so after some advice & tips I picked up a bag of acai powder and got creative to make my very own recipe.

Acai is a berry which comes from Brazil and has been given the superfood label. It's packed full of antioxidants - more so than blueberries - as well as vitamin E and essential fatty acids. An acai bowl is basically a smoothie that you eat in a bowl. You want it to be thick enough you can spoon it into your mouth and not too runny that you have no choice but to drink it.

The aim was to make myself a delicious fruity breakfast which would keep me full. This recipe is packed with good fats from avocado, protein from the protein powder and I even managed to sneak a little bit of green in there.

Once the smoothie part is done, you can get creative with your toppings. I opted not to go too crazy with extra fruit. I had a box of cherries from Tesco on hand; I got them via their Orchard programme where you get to try products for free every now and again. Apparently, picking cherries and berries is a bit of an art form! Cherries need very cold nights when in their dormancy period through the winter – so the British climate is surprisingly great for cherry production!

Ready for breakfast again, or what?! For more inspiration...

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What's your favourite smoothie ingredient?! Got an acai bowl recipe to share with me?! 

Elle :) 

*This post contains affiliate links; this means that should you make a purchase, I will receive a small payment. It costs you nothing though and the (little) money I make goes back into my blog! 


WIN with Your Workout Playlist

Just last month, I shared with you how I'm not all that on top of my music selection when I teach. That doesn't however mean that I don't know a good tune or love a good tune when I hear one! There's heaps of research, and we know it ourselves, that music plays a huge factor in motivating us to get our workouts done and work harder!

So to get the musical creativity juices flowing, in collaboration with PureGym, I've chosen a few of my favourite tracks from my workout playlist to share with you. Then it's your turn to join in all the fun - Pure Gym are launching a competition to find the best running/workout playlists; all you have to do is create your own blog post sharing your favourite tunes to work out to! The winner will receive a Maximuscle goodie bag worth £500, while two runners up will receive a prize worth £150 each; a Fitbit and a voucher for Sweat Shop.

Here are my top 3 tunes for some inspiration:

1. Jennifer Lopez - Booty feat Iggy Azalea

2. will.i.am - Bang Bang

3. Taylor Swift- Shake it off

I'll be one of three judges casting an ear over the entries! So get your thinking caps on and keep an eye on this post (I'll be updating it in due course) for all the competition details and how to enter!

The competition is now up and running! ...good luck everyone! Can't wait to check out all the entries! 

Elle :)

p.s I'm working in partnership with PureGym for this competition and will be compensated for my time as a judge; as always though, all opinions shall be my very own ;) 


Windsor Triathlon 2015 #MyMoments

It's kinda surreal. I took part in the 25th Anniversary event of Windsor Triathlon on Sunday 14th June 2015 and now it's all over. I swam in the River Thames, I cycled on the streets of Windsor and then I ran past Windsor Castle.

This is how I did it.

Swim 750m | Bike 30km | Run 5km 


For Windsor Triathlon, we were required to rack our bikes in transition on the Saturday (the day before). So after collecting race packs, numbering up bikes, swim hats, helmets and ourselves, all that was left to do was put my bike in position ready for race morning and get my bearings for where I would be entering / exiting for the different parts.

Swim | 750m | 46:14

Feeling a little nervous about the swim, I headed for my race briefing ready for the gun at 06:16am. I spoke to one of the crew just to let him know I was nervous and he suggested I waited till the last minute to get in the water to conserve energy. When I got in, I stuck my face in the water to see what it looked like - brown and dark. The cold didn't even factor in for me as it was a reasonable 16 degrees (water temperature).

After the gun went off, we started swimming towards the start line and down the river. We were lucky in that the majority of the route was downstream this year so that helped a fair bit. However, my nerves just didn't go away and within no time at all I was panicking again so took a break holding on to one of the kayaks while I regained composure.

The rest of the swim pretty much went like that. Swim a little (with awesome support from Sarah-Jane (SJ) who stayed with me the whole time), take a break, choose my next point to swim to, take a break ...until the end. I swam breaststroke for 99.9% of the time with one measly attempt at front crawl.

As well as the awesome support of SJ, my friend Natasha walked the entire course of the swim cheering me on and encouraging me when I needed it.

Photo Credit: SportCam

Coming out of the swim was the strangest sensation ever! My legs temporarily forgot how to walk and I seemed to have no sense of balance. On way to transition, I was so overwhelmed I literally started sobbing! They were mainly tears of happiness and probably a little shock!

T1 | 12:41 

Now transition was quite a way from the swim finish but I don't know what we took nearly 13 minutes doing unless this includes the very long distance to the bike mount line as well. I did pretty much walk from the swim to transition (while sobbing), wrestled off my wetsuit, popped on my helmet, socks and cleated shoes, a t-shirt, race belt and my Svelte arm warmers. Then it was time to hit the road on two wheels...

Photo Credit: SportCam

Bike | 30km | 1:13:59

This was my first time taking part in a race on actual roads. I was a little confused about the distance (was it 27km or 30km) and only confirmed it was 30km once I checked my results. I cycled 9km less last month in just 12 minutes less so I'm pretty happy with my time for this section. It wasn't an easy course (for me) with a few (what I would call) hills / inclines which I find tough having not trained much on my bike for this event.

The scenery was amazing though. It beat cycling on a track or doing laps. Being so early, there weren't too many cars on the road either which made it even more enjoyable. Having finished the swim so far behind everyone when we got to the point where the sprint cyclists deviate from the olympic route the marshals almost sent us the wrong way. We were then asked to wait while the marshal radioed in to her colleague who himself wasn't sure why she stopped us! Anyway, we got back on the road and focused on making it to the end (without doing the olympic distance!).

Changing gears for the hills and enjoying the speedy downhill sections (which I got up to over 40kmph!) there were plenty of times I wondered what I had gotten myself into and wished that I had had more time to get more training in on the bike. The realisation made me promise myself that I would add one spin class a week to my training schedule in the lead up to my next event.

T2 | 3:17

We came through the "bike in", racked our bikes, whipped our race belts around and switched into running shoes. Done. Back onto the course to take on the final 5km of our event...

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Run | 5km | 31:08

The 5km run was 3 laps of a route through the town centre including running (uphill) alongside Windsor Castle. The uphill section was at the very beginning of the lap which I think made the rest of  each lap feel a lot less like torture. SJ and I kept a count of our laps, kept hydrated and fuelled with shotbloks each time we passed the water station. Again, there was a little confusion with us trying to run the sprint route but eventually we just told the marshals where we were at before we were asked / stopped and did what we had to do.

Photo Credit: Sport Cam

Having gotten this far, there was no way we were giving up now! Our Windsor Triathlon medal was in sight...

There are just sooooo many Thank You's that I would need to share for this event - I literally don't know where to begin! My biggest Thanks on the day go to SJ for sticking with me the whole time and Natasha for being such an amazing support on the day! 

As I said last month, I'm not done with triathlon. I have 3 months till my next event which will be at the end of the season! That's 3 months to work on my open water swimming, and 3 months to get some time in on my bike (and keep running of course!). I've got a time (from Windsor of 2:47:22) to improve on (or smash hopefully) for the 2016 triathlon season and I'm excited to see what I get up to in the future... 

6 months ago, I couldn't swim. Today, I'm a (2x) Triathlete! 

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?! 

Elle :) 

p.s a huge Thank You to Human Race for the place in this event and support along my journey to Windsor. Thank You also to SportCam for the photographs. As always, all opinions are my own :) 


R E C I P E || Green Tea Smoothie

Some mornings call for a chilled, refreshing green tea smoothie. Using @VividDrinks matcha green tea powder - use 1 cup (almond) milk, 1 ripe banana, 1 tsp matcha, 1 tbsp chia seeds, ice and 1 (optional) medjool date ‪#‎MatchaMovement‬ ‪#‎keepitsimpelle‬ #kise 

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#BackAttack from Shock Absorber

This is news to me, but there is a new cosmetic trend where women are demanding a toned upper and lower back, nicknamed the ‘Barbie Back’. Now I'm definitely not backing this trend, but I do think the back is an area that gets forgotten a lot when we plan our workouts. 

To solve said problem, Shock Absorber collaborated with celebrity personal trainer Pierre Pozzuto (from 1Rebel) to create a targeted workout which focuses on your back and core muscles. 

I went along to try out the workout and also to check out the new autumn/winter 2015 collection from Shock Absorber. 

Pierre says, “One of the biggest mistakes people make in the fitness industry is to focus too much on the abdominals and the ‘six pack’. Our body has antagonistic pairs of muscles that work together, so if you focus on only one side you will have a physiological imbalance which can cause bad form and posture as well as injuries”.

Back Attack is made up of three ten-minute complimentary workouts, which each isolate different muscle groups to achieve a different result – Posture, Fat Burn and Hourglass. The variation engages both the back and abdominal muscles to ensure they are working together to create a lean hourglass silhouette. 

I loved the workouts - they can easily be done at home and require minimal equipment! We completed all three on the night, back to back (pun intended) in addition to the warm up and cool down. Pierre advised to mix up the sessions and do each 10 minute segment on a different day in addition to 10 minutes of cardio (e.g skipping or running) in addition to one or two rest days in each week! 

Shop the Bra: Shock Absorber Active Zipped Plunge Sports Bra

Shop the Tights: Shock Absorber Ultimate Body Support Full Length Tights

Keep an eye out for when I road test more of the a/w 2015 collection! 

In the meantime, give #BackAttack a try and let me know what you think! 

Elle :) 


5 Days, 5 simpElle Tasks To Get You To Race Day #werunlondon

It's Race Day on Sunday. The Nike Women's 10km hits London's East End; Victoria Park, where I will join 9,999 other women to take on this challenge!

This year I'll be running with the Vita Coco Coconut Oil (VCO) Crew.

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I've been using the VCO since February; I cook with it as it withstands high heat well and contains lots of good fats. You can also add a dollop to your smoothies. Check them out {here} #swearbyit

With less than one week to go till race day, I'm now getting my act together and figured I may not be the only one! So this is my "do one thing a day" task list to get me ready for Sunday Morning!

Do it...

Monday: Pick Your Kit (and get it washed)

Pick your race day outfit. Something tried and tested (I know you've heard it a thousand times). Find everything from socks, underwear, rain jacket (it's London) to water bottle, headphones and your favourite pair of lycra leggings. If anything needs washing, get it done tonight. And don't forget to store your wristbands / paperwork with your kit so it's easy to find on Sunday morning!

Tuesday: Plan Your Journey 

Check TFL to find your fastest / easiest route. The location for Sunday is indeed a good walk from Mile End Underground but there are buses you can hop on which drop you right outside the park. Check for tube line closures or just hire a Boris Bike and use it as a warm up!

Wednesday: Race Day Breakfast / Race Fuel 

You know what works for you before a morning run; it's another one of those "stick to what you know" times. Good options are porridge, a banana or a bagel with peanut butter. Pack a snack bar in your bag for post race too! I've also put race fuel in this section too; if you use hydration tablets then make sure you have them packed. Usually you won't require gels etc for a 10km race so that's one less thing to worry about. Check you have everything you need in your cupboard at home! if not, order a food delivery or pop to the shops in your lunch break today!

Thursday: Check The Weather 

Double check the weather for race day (it can still change) and make sure you have options in your pile of kit for sunshine (hat / visor, suncream, shorts), rain (rain jacket, change of clothes), cold (extra layers for post run, bin bag for start line) and everything in between!

Friday: Start Getting Hydrated 

Try your best to increase your fluid intake from today onwards. This will help your energy levels in the lead up to race day and keep you well! You have plenty of options including water (love me some sparkling), Vita Coco Water and your tea and coffee counts too (although they can be dehydrating in large quantities and try to keep sugar to a minimum).

Saturday: Shake Out Run 

Get in a little 2 - 5km run to remind your legs what they need to do! Then chill out, rest your legs and catch a movie :) This is also a good time to update your GPS watch so it connects faster to the satellites tomorrow morning! I'm always the one shouting "wait, my GPS isn't ready!". Then all that's left is to get a good nights sleep (if you can!).

Sunday: Let's Do This! 

You've done all the preparation now its time to enjoy the race itself! Then style your Alex Munroe finishers necklace with your outfits everyday!

Got anything on your mind?! or have any other preparation tips for us?! 

Elle :) 

p.s huge shout out to VCO for the complimentary race place. They will also be supplying me with some VCO and water and some leggings for race day. But you know me, all opinions about this event and my journey will be honest, and very much my own opinions! 

p.p.s who noticed it's actually 6 days and 6 tasks?! Hmmmm. 


My Running Journey {2015}

It's Friday night and I'm home in bed. But that's aight. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for a race.

Just the other day, some friends and I were talking about how 10 years ago if you said "I'm going for a run", people would be like, "a what?!" ..."why?!" ..."that's crazy". Now, in 2015 the definition of crazy has changed. A marathon is not crazy. A 100km race is not crazy.

My running journey started somewhere in school. Kinda. Maybe. In primary school, I ran. I loved sports day and in my final year I even (jointly) won sports day out of the whole school and got to take the trophy home with my name on it. I hope that trophy still sits in a cabinet at Goodmayes Primary School.

Then came secondary school. I still liked some sports but not all. I suffered from anaemia which meant I had no motivation to be active. At school, the PE teachers picked their favourites (not me) and ignored everyone else. I dropped PE as a subject as soon as I could; I wouldn't choose to have lessons with those teachers!

Then I changed schools for Sixth Form and rediscovered PE. But PE at A level was all about the science. I'd been attending theatre school during my teenage years too and I'd be able to incorporate dance and any activity I chose into my studies. New school. New energy.

University came and I chose to study Sport & Exercise Science. Don't get me wrong though, I still wasn't typically "sporty". I didn't join any teams and I bought a gym membership every year which I think I maybe used once or twice. By third year I was feeling a little more active and chose subjects from the PE Teaching (QTS) degree to go along side my dissertation on exercise psychology. Still not "sporty".

I left University and got a job in Sport Development. In an office. Very inactive. I joined the gym and maybe ran a little on the treadmill and did a few workouts. Then Lex joined our team. She was all into eating healthy and running. So I signed up for my first ever 5km with Lex, the Adidas Women's Only 5km in Hyde Park in (circa) 2009 (maybe) and ran (jogged) whilst getting overtaken by women in tutus.

Then Alicia joined my team and somewhere along the line we decided to sign up for a 10km. This was the exact time I started this blog. 2012 {read about the race here}. We didn't train and the one time we decided we should really run the distance once, it was pure torture. The event was torture too, It was literally in torrential rain and I remember us getting taken over by the blind guy. He was fast. We were slow. It was raining. I was wearing mascara.

Then, I must've felt like superwoman cos I signed up to a Half Marathon with 4 weeks to go having only ever run 10km twice in my life. {read how that one went here}. My plan for that race was to start at 6:30 per km and stay at that pace the whole way through to get me to finish in under 2 hours 30 minutes. And I did it.

I then did a few more 10kms in 2013 and that was it really. All my races from 2013 onwards are listed on the Train with Elle page - you can see the difference between 2013 and 2014. From 4 events in a year to 16! That's more than one a month!

In 2014, I started a Wednesday Evening Run Club with the lululemon athletica Covent Garden Store which really helped me to become consistent with running. In all the years, one thing remained the same; I'd sign up for races and never train properly (except a 3-4 month stint of proper training at the start of 2013 which gave a taste for running and it feeling good!).

For 2015, I trained to PB at Half Marathon distance which I did at Brighton in February. Since then, my running has been less consistent as I changed my focus to swimming. With triathlon though, I get to do three things that I have learnt to love - swim, cycle and run! I'm finishing the year with another half marathon and triathlon then somewhere between now and then I will decide where I want to take my running.

I love the social side of running. Meeting new friends, catching up, chatting and not focusing on your pace or splits etc. Exploring the city you already live / work in or getting to know new places. The community and the fun events that come with running are an added bonus. The shoes, and leggings and tops ...who wouldn't wanna look good whilst working out?!

Who knows where running will take me, but wherever that is, I know I'll enjoy the journey! 

Elle :) 

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TRI | CHECK | DO: Final Windsor Preparation

Photo Credit: David Shepard

It's been a whole month already since I tested out the triathlon waters at Eton Super Sprint Sunday 17th May 2015. A whole month later; that means I'm days away from Windsor Triathlon. The main event. The catalyst for me learning to swim at aged 30.

I had some goals to meet before Eton SS in preparation such as ordering spare inner tubes for my bike and planning my race day outfit. This thankfully all got done which means I have less thinking to do for Windsor.

In The Know. 

I'm glad I read up about triathlon. The book Tricurious, filled me in on everything I needed to know and maybe some of what I didn't need to know. The thing that stuck in my head was the mention of early starts. I wasn't sure they were accurate when my Eton SS start time was approx 10.30 but then when I received my race pack for Windsor and saw I'd be STARTING my swim at 06:16 it sunk in. I didn't even want to think about what that meant in terms of arrival time ....and waking up time. Was there any point in going to bed the night before?!

The Plan. 

Speedo Coach, Dan Bullock said to me in an email "Rest up a little next week (this week) and plan plan plan for the Windsor race! Know every map, direction and detail."

I've been trying not to take the order of rest to an extreme whilst attempting to dig my head out of the sand in regards to knowing every detail. I've chosen to focus on the fact that the swim route has been changed and is now downstream for the majority. Hopefully the current will carry me the entire 750m?! Does it work that way?!

The cycle is just a little longer than last month. Don't remind me it's actually on the road though. And the run? Well, I think I could drag myself 5km after all that!

Photo Credit: SportCam

Lessons From Last Time. 

Not to store food that can melt in my cycling bib.

To remove my watch from my wrist before attempting to take my wetsuit off.

I don't need a sports bra.

Drink more water.

Pee in the water so I don't spend the whole cycle and run needing to pee. Yes, I said that.

Take cash for my triathlon day license. £6 to be exact.

Oh and it's not too late to join in the fun for 2015...

Get £5 off any Human Race Triathlon in 2015! Use code KISDISCOUNT 

So, there it all is, in black, white and pink. I'm nervous, excited ...but ready as I can be! 

Feel free to chime in right now with any advice, tips, other gems of wisdom in the comments below! And keep an eye out for my next update... 

Elle :) 

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