#Janathon Day 6

  • 20 minutes or 1.8 km of intervals on the Elliptical
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Playlist Thursday – Refreshed for 2013

Another Thursday, another Playlist! This week, the theme is to post something old, current and to consider that is new on your playlist. For a fresh start to the new year!

Playlist Thursday Logo by the Pavement Runner

Something Old

Artist: Sally Oldfield
Title: Woman Of The Night
Side Note: The 80s! Not a song I listen to on runs necessarily but when shutting off on the couch, watching the snowflakes fall, drinking a cup of hot tea. I found this in parents CD collection by chance and think it`s “interesting” – still not sure if it`s a good interesting or not.
Quotable: “It`s dark in the street but it feels like // Heaven is all around me!”

Something Current

Artist: Maddi Jane
Title: Barricade
Side Note: I`m obsessed with this little girl. Heck, she`s just a child! And her voice is just amazing, don`t you think? Just put this onto my current go-to running playlist. (Erika, you could like this girl!)
Quotable: “So no matter how far, whatever it takes // You will make it through the day, I`m your barricade”

Something to Consider

Artist: Bill Lovelady
Title: One More Reggae For The Road
Side Note: As crazy as it sounds, I have this song in a Reggae Mix that came on during a recent run when I had my music on shuffle. Hours later I found myself humming the chorus. So much positive energy, don`t you think?
Quotable: “Gonna sing it to you before I go // Everybody!”

#Janathon Day 3

  • 4 miles

These four miles will bring a whole community one step closer to the moon. Why, you ask? Because in honour of Neil Armstrong – the first man on the moon – Tribesports member Nick B set up a challenge to “reach the moon”. And you don`t even have to run to get there. In this virtual challenge every lap in the pool, mile on a bike or rowing on the water counts. It`s “just” 384,400 km and the community wants to reach that goal before Neil Armstrong`s next birthday on the 5th of August. Click on the picture to get to the challenge.

RUN TO THE MOON Challenge poster from Tribesports via WithAnna.Wordpress.com

PT Mollie`s Virtual Training Group

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Join the fun! Starting January 14. Mollie Millington is starting a new – her sixth – round of the eight week long Virtual Training Group. Starting out with three SMART goals you are ready to go for weekly e-mails with articles, tips and Mollie`s report. It really is the perfect time to join, you don`t need gym buddies (you don`t even need a gym!) or friends to rely on for your early morning runs. All you need is some resolutions for the new year that you want to keep. That`s easy, right? It could be anything, like an exercise routine, healthy eating habits, you name it.

Head over to Millie`s blog to find out more and sign up before January 14., I am really exited to take part in this and I`m sure, judging from all of the positive responses to previous training groups hosted by Millie, you would enjoy it too.

The very best aspect? For first-timers the virtual training group is free, for veterans, you are asked to pay a very affordable sum of $15 (that is for the full cycle).

#Janathon Day 2

  • 10 minutes warm-up on the elliptical
  • 30 minute circuit including 5 minutes of core specific exercises

Read this today, so true isn`t it? Click on the picture for the full article! I think I might have been guilty of saying no to that cookie, but I resolve to indulge in 2013, it`s just a “damn cookie”! Anyone else willing to commit that he has done it before?

Eat the Damn Cookie via WithAnna.Wordpress.com

My New Years Resolutions for 2013

Travel - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.com Food - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.com Enjoy - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.com Change - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.com Celebrate - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.com Active - New Years Resolutions via WithAnna.Wordpress.comSo much is happening this year, and I still have no idea where I will end up come summer. Instead of making very specific goals this year I decided to remind myself to appreciate all the things I have, live healthy and enjoy life. This is what makes me happy and I hope you have a very happy and successful year too.

I want to keep racing, I want to find a nice flat in a nice city, I want to visit London and travel to Amsterdam, I want to enjoy quiet warm evenings with my friends in street restaurants, read books, take pictures, evolve my style, cook and host friends and family and enjoy every single moment of it.

What are your resolutions for 2013?

 

Just Your Weight

My mother is the type who will weigh herself every day. She even keeps a log. Some days there is no difference and on other days she`ll loose or gain a few grams. That`s life. My mother is more concerned about her weight than the average person, I would say, because I really don`t usually step on a scale.

If I do, I see a number that I wish was actually a little higher. Yes, those people exist. But I know that the number is not a reflection of how much I do, to feel great every day. It`s not rocket science. This number however high or low it may be in kilograms or pounds is just your weight. What is important is that you feel good about yourself.

In my local gym there is a scale, “that`s crazy”, I thought at first. But sometimes I step on it to check whether I am drinking enough during exercise. Because that water will be part of the end number.

Don`t be confused if your weight doesn`t change even though you work out every single day. In the original article Scales Can`t Tell You Everything it says: “In the end, your weight is quite simply the cumulative number of your fat, muscle, bone, cartilegde and organs – it will never tell you what the proportions of these things are from that one number!”

scales via withanna.wordpress.com

 

 

Becoming a Pro…

…at writing cover letters and CV`s. That`s what I`ve been doing, in short. But, no, thanks, I don`t want to discuss my future “professional” life just yet, so today, my friends, I have something much better.

…I`d rather become a pro at yoga. But that won`t happen from one day to the other and my first try way back earlier this year was a disaster, if you remember. Actually, I made plans to attend some more yoga classes over the holidays or during my upcoming exam month and winter break.

And, in fact, I have incorporated a little bit of yoga into my daily stretching routine. Before I go to bed I will really stretch out, it relaxes me, and I feel like I am already becoming more flexible, as my body warms up. Tribesports send me this today, it will be my routine tonight:

Vinyasa Yoga Sequence via WithAnna.Wordpress.com

If you go to yoga, and unlike me are not completely confused by all the different styles and names, please help me and tell me what kind of class I should attend for a second “first”. Something suitable for beginners, and totally stiff people like me.

One to Mention: Set Bang Pretty

While on Twitter I stumbled across a tweet about the “1000 Squats a Week” Challenge. Squats are one of the most effective exercises to strengthen your thighs and get your bum into shape, I think I might join the challenge once I worked up to the amount of squats needed.

I clicked on the link to the blog and found out about Set Bang Pretty, an online women’s gymwear boutique. Their long-sleeved cropped tops immediately caught my attention so I continued to read about the shop. According to the text on the website, they feature a small collection of selected  pieces in limited qualities that are a little bit special, perhaps a little bit sexy but in my opinion often very interesting! Head over to their shop here!

Set Bang Pretty via WithAnna.Wordpress.comFrom top left to bottom right: Aria reversible top (£40.00), Twist top (£45.00), Crop in Snake (£39.00), Capri pants (£48.00), Goal shorts (£45.00), Scrunchy V capri pants (£47.00)

I think some of these designs are very pretty, especially the sports bras and capris. You need to check the homepage for available colors if you are interested, because of the limited selection available. By the way, Set Bang Pretty has free shipping in the UK!

What do you think of the designs?

Personal disclaimer: I am in no way connected to Set Bang Pretty, I discovered the shop online and thought I`d share them with everyone else who was interested in “fit fashion”.