Training Log

31 August 2015

This week has been full of rainy runs, as demonstrated in my photo. My legs have been suffering this badly and foam rolling has been my friend. Fortunately, one of my friends who's also a PT at my gym is qualified in foam rolling and has been teaching me all sorts of tips and tricks when it comes to stretching out my calves. If any runners have any wisdom in how to stop inner calf pain, please do share it with me! It's now less than 5 weeks until my half marathon, and 3 weeks until Spartan Race so the training needs to pick up now. One of my best friends Sara has also started up a new blog: 930 Miles. Having done the 3 Peaks Challenge, she has now set herself the task of cycling Land's End to John O'Groats and is documenting her training journey. Give it a read if you have time!

Monday 24th August
1 hour run

Tuesday 25th August
1 hour ballet class
5 x 10 lat pulls @ 40kg
5 x 10 barbell squat @ 50kg
5 x 10 deadlifts @ 50kg

Wednesday 26th August
30 minute run
1 hour LBT class

Thursday 27th August
30 mins core abs class
1 hour personal training

Friday 28th August
Off training

Saturday 29th August
30 minute run

Sunday 30th August
5 x 12 upward row @ 40kg
5 x 12 downward row @ 12kg
5 x 12 kettlebell push ups
5 x 10 TRX upward rows
5 x 10 seated rows @ 12kg
4 x Matrix 21 bicep curls @ 7kg
5 x 10 L sits

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Things I'm Excited For

30 August 2015

I had a pang of excitement yesterday knowing that the A/W season is on the way. Our Summer has been particularly rubbish, and even though Bournemouth is lucky and doesn't seem to have as much rain as other places, it's still been dreary and not much of the Summer vibes that you hope to have. Before I knew it, I was making up lists in my head of all the things that I've been looking forward to.

Winter clothes - I adore jumpers, jeans, boots and big knit scarves. I bought a new Winter coat yesterday and I'm now willing the weather to drop degrees to I can warrant wearing it!

Cold dog walks - Nothing brings a smile to my face like a cold dog walk. I love wrapping up warm in my gilet and feeling the cold sea air bounce off my cheeks before stopping for a hot chocolate somewhere to warm my bones.

Downton Abbey - I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to this series yet and I know I will be crying when it finishes. There's nothing quite like snuggling down on the sofa on a Sunday night to watch Lady Mary try to sort out her love life.

Winter running - I begrudgingly added this to my list. Training for the London Marathon means I will be running throughout the Winter, which means many cold mornings and rainy runs. Although it would be easy to resent this, I'm looking forward to the journey and the road to running those gruelling 26.2 miles.

Spartan Race - Somehow, and I'm not sure how, I will be doing Spartan Race in a few weeks time. To say that I am terrified is an understatement, however I know I will laugh my way through it. 8 miles and 15 obstacles..bring it on.

Dubai - I wouldn't be me if I didn't try and get away every few months, so I'm back off to Dubai in the Autumn to get some well deserved rest. I adore Dubai - it's not a place that everyone will love but if you're after guaranteed sun and relaxation, then you can't go wrong. Plus, I am a water baby and the water parks keep me more than happy.

What are you looking forward to?

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Sunrises and Paddleboarding

26 August 2015

On Saturday morning, I walked through the door at 7am. My housemate was up and like a parent jokingly said, 'And what time do you call this young lady?' It had been a rather crazy night. Drinks in one place moved onto drinks at another, which ended up in a karaoke bar and me singing a variety of songs including I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, and Don't Go Breaking My Heart with one of my best friends (I sung the part of Elton of course). Some Welsh people had befriended us and before we knew it, we were eating chicken at 4am and sitting by Bournemouth Pier with guitars and singing songs until the sun rose.

...which of course finished with us doing yoga on the beach at sunrise. And me being photobombed by said random Welsh guy.

After a 3 hour nap, Sara and I arose to find much needed food. A fry up in my local cafe Cool Beans did the trick, plus they're dog friendly which means Max is always in there with me. After filling our stomachs to be rid of the copious amounts of alcohol we had drunk the night before, we drove to Sandbanks in the sunshine to watch the Bournemouth Air Show from the sea on paddleboards. The sea was incredibly choppy but it made standing all the more fun, as we were being thrown off into the sea every couple of minutes.

Despite the waves, I even managed to secure one handstand on top of the paddleboard, although there is no photo evidence of this (damn it!). However, in the video below, you can see me attempting a few more goes and failing! Watching the planes from the sea was incredible. They looked like graceful birds swooping around from side to side, and the sound of the Vulcan nearly threw us from the paddleboards.

The following day, after another breakfast at Ludo Lounge (again, dog friendly so Max was on guard duty) Sara made her way home and I walked from Southbourne to Bournemouth with Max to catch the last day of the show. Torrential rain turned into blazing sunshine, just in time for the show to begin. The Red Arrows always go down well and are truly a symbol of Britain, but the Vulcan really stole the show. With her ample wingspan and ear bursting screech, you can hardly miss her. Unfortunately, she will be retired in a few months due to health and safety reasons, so it was wonderful to see her fly twice this weekend.

It was one of those weekends that don't come around very often. One where every moment, you're laughing and smiling. I needed one of these weekends and I'm so very glad it came along at the right time.

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Training Log

24 August 2015

This week was one of those week's that you feel like you haven't trained hard enough, but when you come to look at what you've done written down, it's actually tons more than you thought, as I did lots of classes. One thing I have realised this week is that my arm strength is improving which massively pleases. My personal training sessions are going well too. It's great to have someone shouting at you and pushing you to go further when you want to give up. This week is going to be a challenge as I'm going to be camping in Wales, so it's all going to be outdoor, functional training in the rain I think. Wish me luck!

Monday 17th August
30 minute run

Tuesday 18th August
1 hour ballet
1 hour personal training

Wednesday 19th August
45 minutes LBT class
40 minute run

Thursday 20th August
30 mins core abs class
6 x 12 lat pulls @ 35kg
50 tricep dips
20 mins beach sprints
50 box jumps

Friday 21st August
Off training

Saturday 22nd August
Afternoon of paddleboarding

Sunday 23rd August
2 hour walk

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Winding Down

22 August 2015

Max is demonstrating the vibe of this post very well indeed. Wouldn't it be lovely to be a dog, and be able to curl up cosy every day, not having to worry about daily life things, and just focus on when your next meal is and when you're going on another walk. It's a hard life indeed.

With every year that another candle goes on my cake, I can feel myself acknowledging changes in my life and the way that I do things. Things can't stay the same. Humans are not invincible, and we all have to adapt and bend to the things that life throws at us. Even as little as a couple of years ago, I could work mentally long hours, go out afterwards for drinks, come home late at night, and spring out of bed like Tigger the next morning ready to do it all again at an obscenely early hour. I have a vivid memory of coming home after a night out at 5am, finishing my essay on Jane Eyre, and submitting it before the deadline at University the next morning, all before going to sleep. If I tried to do that now, my body would punish, so badly.

I'm a creature of habit. I like routine, and that suits me well. I do my shopping on the same day of every week, I try to keep my training days the same, and I do things in certain orders. However, I know that I live a very fast paced life. Someone recently said to me, 'I don't know how you actually function. How do you fit everything into your life? You do so much.' And it's true. Sometimes I actually think the same. How do I actually function?

I'm trying to make more of a conscious effort to switch off and wind down. I'm usually one of the last people at the gym every night - sometimes I even help to check all the windows and doors are closed when they lock up because I'm there so late. But that doesn't leave much time to try and chill. I find that if I don't have 'winding down time' before bed, I don't sleep as well and feel far more tired the next day - something that I cannot afford to feel when I'm training for a marathon. Recently, I've been making sure that I'm home that little bit earlier, have a good dinner, and then watch an hour of tv or get into bed to read my Kindle. I still believe that recording programmes on Sky+ was the busy persons blessing, and I love curling up with the dog and some hot water and lemon, and catching up with Great British Bake Off and One Born Every Minute. I've also been loving my Book Club, and having a book to read as a target means it pushes me to sit back and engage myself in literature and fiction. We're currently reading Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn (which I got to choose!) and it's certainly kept me jumping into bed earlier every night just so that I can read it.

So, things I have been doing to wind down:

  • Leaving the gym that little bit earlier so that I give my body time to recover.
  • Eating a wholesome dinner packed with protein and flavour.
  • Drinking hot water and lemon before bed.
  • Getting into bed earlier to read my Kindle.
  • Catching up with a tv programme.
  • Listening to my favourite music and making playlists for my car journeys to work.
  • Turning off technology in favour of an early night.
For someone who is so fast paced like myself, I have to make a conscious effort to do all these things. But I do reap the benefits. For me, having a better nights sleep changes my day dramatically and that's something I'm constantly striving for. 

Work hard. Play hard. Wind down. Sleep well. Repeat.

I think Boo demonstrates that pretty well.

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Cho! Drinking Gazpacho

20 August 2015

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to review many things, but it's not often that I come across a product that I genuinely am not sure what to make of.

The product in question is Cho! Drinking Gazpacho - a traditional Spanish gazpacho but sold in a bottle, ready to have on the go and marketed as 'salad in a bottle.' With two of your five a day in every bottle, it's a great way to get your vitamins and minerals into your diet, all whilst being accessible and healthy. The flavours currently available are Tomato and Peppers, Apple and Beetroot, and Tomato and Strawberry.

When I had received the samples, the first thing I felt I needed to do was discuss the concept of 'cold soup in a bottle' with other people, so did what I know best and took the bottles to my gym. I have only tried gazpacho in Spain a handful of times, which I ate from a bowl as is usually meant to be eaten, and the Personal Trainers there were just as perplexed as I was. Cold soup in a bottle? It's a great idea, but slightly odd. All of the PT's were really intrigued as it promotes healthy living, the products are low in sugar and salt and is a great lunch or snack alternative. Think of Cho as being a savoury smoothie, and that's gazpacho. We all put the products to the taste test.

All had quite a creamy texture considering that they are low in calories (all bottles are 155 cals and under) which I wasn't expecting. The Tomato and Pepper flavour is the traditional Spanish choice, much like a traditional Spanish gazpacho. You can taste the garlic and it actually reminded me of a more liquid-like pasta sauce. The Apple and Beetroot flavour was very rustic and you could really taste the beetroot. Tomato and Strawberry was a favourite, maybe because it was the sweetest of the three with the hint of strawberry coming through. I would recommend drinking chilled, as that's when you really get the freshness of the flavours and the spring water coming through.

Being more of a fresh fruit smoothie gal, this was an interesting change. Like I said, it's not often I furrow my brow at a product because I genuinely am not sure what I think, but I did come round to the idea of having gazpacho as an on-the-go product. My taste buds are definitely more likely to grab a smoothie rather than a savoury drink, but Cho definitely adds variety to the shelf and I'm sure that you can use the products in other ways too - it would be great to try a dash of Cho with some low fat Crème Fraiche to make a low calorie pasta sauce. It ticks all the boxes for health and is packed with taste, so give it a go. You may be as surprised as I was!

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The Disney Tag

18 August 2015

I will admit to you that I'm rather made up that so many of you enjoyed watching my WDW vlogs! For me, videos give you something extra by hearing things, seeing things, and thus being able to bring back the memories of smells of food, laughter and all the rest that goes with it. Fortunately, with me being such a Disney obsessive, you can always expect more in that respect.

Before I start doing my helpful WDW tips and tricks posts, I thought I'd do The Disney Tag as it's a lovely way to remember happy times. I tag you all and I'd love you to do this also!

1. Name a scene in any Disney movie that you wish you could experience.
The Circle of Life scene from The Lion King. It's one of the best openings of any film ever and to be surrounded by all the animals would just be incredible!

2. Name an unforgettable experience you've had at one of the parks.
Oh this is a difficult question to answer, as every time I go I have a new amazing experience! I think our private balcony for Illuminations at EPCOT was pretty incredible as it was just so personal to my family. Another unforgettable memory was finding out we were staying at the Disneyland Hotel at DLP as a surprise. I cried with happiness whilst checking in - true story.

3. What non-Disney song(s) reminds you or brings back memories of the parks?
All of the Christmas songs, 100%. I'm usually at DLP every December with my best friend to wish Mickey and Co a very Merry Christmas, and walking down Main Street USA hearing the bells and festivities is just the highlight of my Christmas!

4. When was the first time you went to a Disney park?
July 1995 when I was 5 years old and my brother was 2 and a half. My parents had wanted to wait until my younger brother was old enough to experience sounds and sights, and I remember being there so well. We stayed at Disney's All Star Resort and I remember loving the piano and guitar shaped pools (the musician in me!) and the theming around the resort. I was already a Disney fanatic at this point so it really did install in me my love for the mouse and the magic.

5. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend, who would it be?
Well as a Princess myself (obviously), you'd already find me hanging out with my girls Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Co etc. I would actually love to be friends with the cast of Finding Nemo and explore the Great Barrier Reef. Lets face it, Dory would only be the best fun wouldn't she!

6. Who are your favourite Disney Princesses?
I dislike this question as I like them all for so many different reasons, and I can identify that all of the Princesses have their good qualities, and naive qualities. I will always love Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel for being dreamers, but give them so much respect for actually chasing their dreams!

7. Name a scene in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry.
When King Triton decides he's going to give Ariel legs and says he's going to miss her. It's when Ariel whispers 'I love you Daddy' that gets me bawling it. And of course, how can I not mention when Mufasa dies in The Lion King. Mufasa was the first protagonist in any Disney film to be killed off and it did rock the boat a little bit when the film came out.

8. What is the first Disney film you have memories of seeing?
My long term memory is incredibly good, and I remember sitting in our villa in the south of Spain watching Dumbo, specifically the Pink Elephants on Parade scene (the scariest scene ever!). I was two years old and it's one of my earliest memories.

9. What is your favourite Disney film?
This question I find impossible to answer. All of the films have different vibes, different atmospheres and different things to learn from. I could honestly sit down and watch any Disney film at any time, but much like anything else, they do still vary with your mood that day. Every character has their own story to tell, and I love them all for so many varying reasons..even the villains! I think that's actually one of the things that I love about Disney so much. There is no defining 'yes this is my favourite film' because they all give me so much escapism. And I love that so much.

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Training Log

17 August 2015

Quite a full on week for training! I'm definitely back on my game, although I'm feeling it in my body now, but 'no pain, no gain' is very much true. My personal training session on Thursday was incredibly difficult but so worth it. Friday and Saturday were great fun as my friend Serena came to stay and I took her to the gym to give her a bit of inspiration. She soon became part of the '9pm Club' and was pretty impressed at herself for being at the gym on a Friday night! We had a brilliant session and finished with 25 minutes of boxing with my friend George. It's now 7 weeks until the half marathon so it's time to step up my running. Scared is not the word!

Monday 10th August
10 x 10 lat pulls @ 40kg
10 x 10 kettlebell swings @ 20kg
30 mins core abs class

Tuesday 11th August
30 minute run
10 x 10 lat pulls supersets @ 40kg
6 x 10 barbell squats @ 45kg
2 x Uptown Abs

Wednesday 12th August
5 x 10 500m row sprints
10 x 10 lat pulls supersets @ 40kg
100 kettlebell swings @ 16kg
50 press ups
6 x 10 leg extension @ 56.5kg

Thursday 13th August
30 mins core abs class
1 hour personal training

Friday 14th August
15/12/10/8 Bulgarian Splits
15/12/10/8 bent arm rows
15/12/15/12 press ups
15/12/10/8 TRX rows
4 x Leg press @ 102.5 - PB
6 x 10 leg extension @ 56.5kg
7x35kg barbell squat
25 mins boxing

Saturday 15th August
60 squat with kettlebell
30 squat jumps
120 kettlebell press ups
30 press ups
120 lunges with kettlebell
30 split squats
60 kettlebell swings
30 burpees

Sunday 16th August
Off training

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Walt Disney World Vlogs - Days 13-17

14 August 2015

Happy Friday!

The final WDW vlogs are here! It's actually been really emotional putting these vlogs together because it brings back so many wonderful memories. Day 13 was definitely one of the best days we had in WDW, and I'm so glad it was a day that Rosie and I spent together.

It started with the news that Rosie was going to be graduating from Loughborough University with no less than a First in English and Drama. I couldn't have been prouder, and it set the day up pretty fantastically I would say. We headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios for the final time and rode Tower of Terror as many times as we could, before singing along to the Beauty and the Beast show one final time. Gaston was particularly exceptional! After a quick lunch at The Boathouse (again), Rosie and I left our parents and headed to EPCOT for the final time so that we could finally do Soarin'. Anyone who's been to EPCOT before will know that Soarin' always has ridiculously long queues and Fastpass is actually quite hard to come by for it, so we waited it out for 80 minutes (double the longest time we had waited the whole holiday) and it was worth it! Soarin' never fails to make me smile! After EPCOT, we dashed to..of course..the Magic Kingdom for the final time. Where else would we go? We went a bit mad here and did every ride possible whilst high on life and Dole Whips. In the evening, we sat and watched Wishes which as per usual, made me cry..many..many times. It truly was the perfect day and one that I will never, ever forget.

On Day 14, I hardly filmed as we had a quiet day at Typhoon Lagoon and got chatting to many lovely people sitting near us. However, I got a snapshot of us at Seito Sushi in the evening which was absolutely divine. On Day 15, after a bit of post Downtown Disney shopping and sunbathing, we headed to the airport for our flight home. This is where it all got a bit complicated.

We ended up having many plane problems which meant us being delayed in Orlando for 3 days. Virgin Atlantic are usually a fantastic company but they let us and a lot of people down on this occasion. A lot of you know that my dad is very ill and he soon ran out of his spare medication, and my main concern was getting my dad home. Virgin didn't seem to understand this. We completely understood that delays happen, but it was the way we were treated which was the real problem. When I finally got home, my housemate said that she had never seen me look worse and that I resembled a refugee!

Travel problems aside, we had the most amazing holiday and it exceeded all of our expectations. WDW just gets better for me every time and spending so many special moments with our best friends was just a dream come true.

As a rather obsessed Disney Connoisseur, I've put together a couple of posts/videos for you to help you if you're planning on heading to WDW in the near future. Knowing the correct tips and tricks with Disney really does help save you time and money, so expect to see some posts like that coming up.

Thank you for following my WDW holiday - it's been good to have you along for the ride!

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40 Questions

11 August 2015

I haven't done a questions tag in what feels like a very long time, so if you're looking to get to know me a little bit better, this is the blog post for you! As always, feel free to do this tag, and let me know if you decide to post this on your blog.

1. Three words about me: understanding, positive, bubbly
2. The first thing I do in the morning: Have a snuggle with Max dog.
3. When I hear music on the radio: I sing along..loudly.
4. I'm looking forward to: going camping in Wales in 2 weeks time.
5. My wardrobe is full of: gym clothing.
6. When I have to get dressed up: I usually try about 7 different dresses, before settling on an old favourite. Always the way!
7. I passionate about: Disney, education, sport and music.
8. A little secret about me: I cannot eat cookies and most biscuits. I don't like the texture and they make me feel like I'm eating sweet sand!
9: I feel at my best: when training consistently.
10. In the coffee shop I order: skinny macchiato.

11. In the bar I order: champagne.
12. In a group of friends I am: the loud friend with a laugh that you can hear in Australia.
13. Within the family, I am: the independent one.
14. I can not live without: Disney
15. Children are: something that I dream of having every day. I cannot wait to be a mother!
16. At night: I hardly move when I sleep. I can wake up in exactly the same position as when I fell asleep.
17. In my bag I have: wallet, makeup, lip balm, diary and phone.
18. Training is: something that comes as standard in my life.
19. Policies are: needed in every day life.

20. Love is: the strongest force in the world.
21. In Autumn: I'll indulge in lazy Sunday afternoons, watching films and chilly dog walks along the beach. It's one of my favourite seasons as it means the run up to Winter is near!
22. By my bedside I have: lamp, photo of my Mum and I with Mickey Mouse, iPhone and my Kindle.
23. In the kitchen I: love to cook, especially for others!
24. I'm worst at: dealing with spiders. 
25. I'm best at: motivating other people.
26. I love: life! We only get one so we need to make it count!
27. What I want with my life: to become a wife and a mother, a successful career and a healthy and happy life.
28. I admire: Olympians. Such dedication to a sport.
29. The best thing I know: 'Remember who you are'

30. Unusual habit: Volume in my car/tv can only be even numbers or multiples of fives. Any other numbers make me feel sick!
31. I am a member of: many charities.
32. I believe in: God
33. You may not know that: I am a natural brunette but dye my hair blonde.
34. In the evening I: workout for a couple of hours, make dinner and sleep!
35. As a friend, I am: understanding, supportive, dedicated and loyal.
36. When I have free time: I workout lots and try and do something different, like visit new places or experiencing new things.
37. When I'm at work: I am engaged, focused and want to be the best at what I do.
38. You're allowed to lie if: you have a big, exciting secret that you're not able to tell yet!
39. In five years I am: 30 years old ahhhhh!
40. In ten years I am: 35 years old and life will probably look quite different from what it does now.

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Training Log

10 August 2015

Last week was a really hard week for training. I've had a virus all week and by the time I got to Thursday, I wasn't feeling my best but tried to do a little bit of hard work where I could. It was making me laugh as you could see the time it was taking me to do my workout getting higher and higher every time! I'd decided after my 30 minute run on Monday that running was off the cards this week as it was just too much work and my breathing techniques were taking a battering from the virus, so it's going to be a bit painful to go for a good length run this week now. I'm still full of the virus but massively dosing myself up so that I can get back on my game and train as hard as I can. It's now less than 8 weeks until my half marathon...scared is not the word!

Monday 3rd August
Off training

Tuesday 4th August
30 min treadmill run
6 x 10 Bulgarian Split handheld @ 15kg
10 x 10 press ups
4 x 10 thrusters handheld @ 20kg
6 x 10 bent arm curl @ 15kg
6 x 10 barbell squat @ 27kg
4 x 15 swiss ball crunches
4 x 15 swiss ball back extensions
15 mins boxing
15 one armed handstand lifts

Wednesday 5th August
Off training

Thursday 6th August
30 mins core abs class
4 x 16 kettlebell swings @ 16kg
8 x 12 deadlifts @ 20kg
5 x 12 lat pulls @ 40kg

Friday 7th August
5 x 10 deadlifts @ 20kg
5 x 12 lat pulls @ 45kg
6 x 12 barbell squat @ 30kg
5 x 15 swiss ball crunches
5 x 15 swiss ball back extensions
15 one armed handstand lifts

Saturday 8th August
Off training

Sunday 9th August
15/12/10/8 Bulgarian Split handheld @ 10kg
15/12/10/8 press ups
15/12/10/8 thrusters handheld @ 10kg
15/12/10/8 bent arm curl @ 10kg
15/12/10/8 lat pulls @ 45kg
15/12/10/8 barbell squat @ 30kg

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Gait Analysis #PituitaryPromise

6 August 2015


Since I'm going to be running the London Marathon, I'm having to think like a 'runner'.

Let's just remember one thing though...I'm not a natural runner. Sure, I'm a fit person and I workout a hell of a lot, but I'm not a runner. So I figured that I needed to start thinking like a runner. If I get my mentality into a state where I tell myself that 'yes, I do know what I'm doing', then maybe I will continue to improve.

At the moment, every run I do, I'm getting a personal best which is obviously really encouraging and motivating. However, I do want to do things right and eliminate any possibility of hurting myself. So I decided the best thing to do was get my gait analysed.

For people who don't know what 'gait' is, it's basically a the way that your anatomy is when you run, and the idea is that if there are any weird things that you do, you can focus on putting those things right. I have started to participate in the #UKRunChat talks occasionally, as there's lots of experienced runners with a wealth of knowledge. They had recommended places to get my gait analysed, but in the end, I went with my gym as they see me pretty much every day so I thought they would be able to help the most.

Of course, I filmed the whole thing which you can watch below.

As ever, thank you for your support. If you would like to donate, you can do so here, and if you would like to get involved with the campaign on Facebook, please like the #PituitaryPromise page here.

Training Log

3 August 2015

A good week for training this week, even though the sides of my quads have been mega tight. Fortunately, my housemate is a trained physiotherapist and does sports massage so she set about helping my aches and pains. Anyone who's had a sports massage before will know that they are anything but comfortable. It's painful as hell, but does help in the long run. I'm just focusing on foam rolling my legs to bits in the meantime.

Monday 27th July
30 mins core abs class
6 x 10 lat pulls @ 45kg
10 x 10 press ups
10 x 10 Bulgarian Split handheld @ 15kg
10 x 10 bent arm curl @ 15kg
10 x 10 reverse lunges handheld @ 15kg
5 x 10 barbell squat @ 25kg

Tuesday 28th July
20 min treadmill run
10 x 10 sit ups
10 x 10 crunches
10 x 10 press ups
10 handstand push ups
5 x 10 barbell squat @ 25kg

Wednesday 29th July
Gait analysis (watch the video here!)

Thursday 30th July
30 mins core abs class
6 x 10 lat pulls @ 45kg
10 x 10 leg curls @ 50kg
5 x 10 barbell squat @ 25kg

Friday 31st July
Off training

Saturday 1st August
A whole day of paddle boarding at the beach - not strictly a workout but super for arms, legs and core!

Sunday 2nd August
6 x 10 sit ups
6 x 10 crunches
6 x 10 lat pulls @ 45kg
6 x 10 leg curls @ 50kg
8 x 10 barbell squat @ 25kg
6 x 15 kettlebell swings @ 16kg

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Walt Disney World Vlogs - Days 10-12

2 August 2015

Happy Sunday folks!

It's time for the second to last instalment of my Walt Disney World vlogs and I cannot tell you how much I love looking back on these vlogs already. Being able to watch something on film is just such a winner for me. Photos are fantastic and capture beautiful moments, but I love being able to hear things with film. The music, sound effects, sound of people and random conversations that you forgot you had take you right back, and that's something truly special.

Day 10 involved the families splitting up for most of the day. My family went to Blizzard Beach to chill (can you tell we enjoy waterparks yet?) but it rained pretty constantly from 11am - 5pm so we eventually went and had some lunch and tried to keep dry. Rosie's family went to do the Behind The Magic tour which I'm so jealous of, but the price is extortionate and it puts me off. Maybe one day! Although they did bring me back a limited edition pin which you only get if you do the tour which made my day! We finished the day with the Disney Cluedo Tower of Terror edition which was SO worth the money. My mum had no idea what she was doing and it caused much hilarity.

Day 11 involved us finally having our long awaited IHOP breakfast. Our waiter was a magician called Joel Santiago and he'd worked with David Blaine. He did all sorts of magic tricks with us that completely blew us away. The pancakes were pretty wonderful too. After a small bit of shopping, we headed back to Animal Kingdom which was fun as always. The evening finished with dinner at Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It was delicious!

Day 12 started with Blizzard Beach (yes, again) just so we could tick Summit Plummet off our list. For those who don't know what Summit Plummet is, it's an 120 foot waterslide that's themed like a ski jump. You fly down at 60mph and wedgies are obviously compulsory. Rosie was terrified, but I coached her down it! We then headed back to the Magic Kingdom (of course!) but our plans went slightly off course because of a huge thunder and lightning storm. The video doesn't even show the intensity of it. It went on for ages and the lightning was unlike anything I've ever seen. Because of this, Wishes didn't happen, but we managed to catch the Electrical Parade right at the end of the night.

What are you up to today? I'm about to head to the gym and then plan to sunbathe on the beach for the rest of the day - thank you sun for finally reappearing!