Running update. I ran my first ever 10k race

Hi everyone.

We ran our first ever 10k race last weekend so I thought it was a good time for an update.

So we headed off for Sheffield last Sunday morning having only ran the full 10k once (which included a little walking as I had horrendous stomach ache that day) hoping that we would finish in around 1 hour 15 minutes. 
We managed to complete it in 1 hour 12 minutes and 13 seconds which we are both super proud of as there was some awful hills along the way. I think it definitely helps having lots of other people around you and we where always trying to keep the 1 hour 15 minute marker lady in our site throughout most of the run. We then decided closer to the end we could pass her and still feel like we could carry on running that pace so we did ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately i am going to have to have a few weeks off now as i am finally having my gallbladder removed on Tuesday (I will be doing a post on this once i have had it done) so i will be out of action for a little while. once i am all recovered i will be back to training as i want to get up to a half marathon for next May and I would also like to get in lots more 10k races before then if I can. I would also like to start going back to the park run on a Saturday morning and speed up my time on a shorter distance run.

Here is a picture of us at the end with our medals ๐Ÿ™‚ I am very proud of my first ever medal and am hoping to add to it very soon!

I hope this motivates you to give training for a 10k or any running distance a go. If you have read my other posts you will know i started the couch to 10k running app from the start and it has been brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚

my first running post

signing up for a race

Thank you for reading.

Hannah xx

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Couch to 10k Update.. I signed up for a race!

Hi everyone,

Its been a while now since I have done an update on my couch to 10k journey so I thought I would take some time to let you all know where I am at.

Due to the summer holidays and me and my running buddy having holidays most of the way through we have not made a lot of progress for the past few months but we have fitted in a 5k run here and there as much as we could.

Now the summer holidays are over we are back on plan and are currently on Week 10 day 1. This involves a 5 minute warm up walk, 3 x 15 minute runs with a 1 minute gap in between each run then a 5 minute cool down walk.

I think the race has given us the motivation to carry on pushing to get to 10k as we are now able to comfortably run 5k which is great seen as I had gone back down to not being able to run at all after having Oliver.

That is all there is to update you with right now, I will update you again in 4 weeks when I should be running 10k and getting ready for my first race!

If you are interested in the app we use, which is the Zen Labs Fitness app please click here to download from iTunes, or here for Google Play.

Have you ever used this app or a different program for running? I would love to hear about your fitness journeys.

Thank you for reading

Hannah x


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Hi everyone,

I have recently signed up for a 10k run in Hull. This will take place in June So I am currently training for it!

I can now run 5k in about 30 mins so am just building up the distance at the minute using the zenlab 10k trainer app which is free. I really like this app and I have tried others but always go back to this one! I also track my distance etc using the run keeper app.

I am currently in week 11 of the app and will be doing day 2 tonight. I will be doing a 5 min walk then x 3 17 mins running with 1 minute walking in between and then a 5 min cool down walk! On Saturday I manage to cover just over 10k so I’m very pleased with that!

I will keep you all updated on my progress and I would definitely recommend this app as I started out not being able to run at all and it amazes me that I can now run for basically 45 mins!! I am a tad proud of myself I guess :)!!

I now need to incorporate other exercises into my exercise routine tho so that I can tone up all over. I think I may try yoga or Pilates and body pump but I will see what I can’t fit in around family life ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for reading 

Hannah xx 


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My resolutions…..update

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.

I have decided to do an update on my resolutions because if I’m honest I have not kept to any of them so I am going to break them down a bit and work on a couple at a time.

The first one I want to sort out is tidying and cleaning my house, I am so bad at this as I feel like I am the only one who cares but as Melissa Maker says in her videos (check her out at Clean My Space) you need to clean because you want to clean, I need to stop thinking that no one else around here cleans so why should I and just have a tidy house because I want a tidy house!! I will also be taking a lot of her tips to make my own cleaning products as well as most of the cleaners i use at the minute really irritate my skin.

I have also restarted the couch to 5k program with my friend and I am really enjoying getting back into running again and I’m hoping we will be able to keep running together once we reach 5k ๐Ÿ™‚ I also took my daughter along in her pushchair today which was nice.

These are my 2 main things to stick to at the moment and I’m hoping these will help me feel happier and not so mardy as I seem to be at the minute!

I will keep you updated with how I am doing but really hoping I can stick to these 2 then after a few weeks when I get into a routine I will add something else in, it will probably be cooking from scratch and saving money on food ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for reading my random ramblings ๐Ÿ™‚

Hannah xx

My resolutions for 2015

Hi everyone, Happy New Year!

Well once again I have been terrible at keeping up with my blog posts so I thought I would start this post off with the first resolution of being more organised and less lazy on an evening!

I am so unorganised and always forgetting things so I need to think about the best way to organise my work, home and crafty life! Any suggestions would be fab.

My next resolution is get back on track with my running.. I am hoping to run the Half marathon in my local area in May. When I last ran at the end of November I could run 6k so I have a long way to go as have eaten awfully and not ran at all in December. I am starting with running twice a week building up my distance weekly. I would really like to do 3 runs a week but not setting myself up for a fail so 2 will be fine and then I will fit an extra one in if I can!

Another resolution I have it just for me and my family to be healthier, eat healthier meals etc. I would love to try smoothie making too as I never want to eat breakfast so this would be a great alternative for me.

And the last one is to just appreciate what I have more! Spend more time making memories with my hubby and 2 babies, not worrying about money, not just going through normal day life without really taking in what we are doing, just spending lots of quality time together as a family and just as a couple more as well!

I think this is about it for now ๐Ÿ™‚

If you made it this far well done!

I will let you know how I am getting on with my resolutions and pass on any hints and tips I pick up along the way.

I feel 2015 is going to be the year I finally sort myself out for the better ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading

Love Hannah xx


Couch to 10k training

Hi everyone,

I have not written a blog post for a while, sorry about this life just seemed to take over and have been busy with kids etc!

Well a few weeks ago (6 to be exact) i started the couch to 10k program using the free app on my phone. I didn’t really tell anyone about it at first as i have started this program loads of times but never got any further than week 2!

This time i just decided that enough is enough i have run out of excuses and it was time to get fit so instead of trying to start the program with someone else as i had done 2 times previously, i would just start doing it myself and stick to it. Well so far so good. I am currently on Week 7 day 2 which involves a 5 min warm up walk and then a 25min non stop run! 6 weeks ago i struggled doing 1 min run 2 min walking so to be able to run 25 mins non stop is great ๐Ÿ™‚ by next week (week 8 day 3) i will be running a full 5k!

For most of the time it has been bearable, obviously it it hard work because i never did any exercise before but it is so rewarding finishing each session and posting it to my Facebook page to let everyone know how far i have come ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a wobble at week 5 when my ankle and knee became painful so i had a week off to let the pain settle. I was really worried i would not be able to carry on running but once i started running again the pain has now gone. I read a couple of articles and watched some YouTube videos for tips on what to do and i think the pain was due to my body getting used to the new exercise regime!

I plan on signing up for my local park run which takes place every weekend. I would like to do this as many weekends as possible and as it is free and early in the morning i am sure i will be able to fit it in.

Well that’s it i think for this post ๐Ÿ™‚ If anyone is thinking of starting one of these running programs i would determinately say give it a go, i really didst think i would be able to do it, i always used the excuse of “oh i just cant run” “my knees wont let me run” etc etc, which i now know is just rubbish ๐Ÿ™‚

I have about 5-6 weeks left of training after i complete the 5k run to be able to run 10k but hope to carry on as i have been and run further and further every week ๐Ÿ™‚

If you read this far well done as its a bit of a rambling blog post!

Thanks for reading

Hannah x