Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with @Zaggora HotPants! – Day 7

Raindrops are falling on my head… continually.

Ran my furthest distance today. I was spurned on by this new app called the Samsung Hope Relay. For every mile I ran with my GPS phone, £1 was donated to charity. How lovely is that! You take a picture of your face and stick it on top of a little running cartoon. I was only going to aim for 3.5, but thought, ‘may as well get it up to £4’. Ended up getting lost because one of the paths led into a housing estate and had to ask for directions. Took off my HotPants at the end, soaked through. Awesome!

Leg warmers will be back soon!

Would also like to thank those beautiful ladies at Zaggora, as my Viva’s have arrived! I came back in after my run to find they had arrived. So excited, planning on getting a good picture when the sun comes out. They’re very snug fitting, so I’m hoping for even more fat burn!

WOOOO!

Planning on  doing a Jillian Michaels DVD tomorrow, need to give these new HotPants their first run. So excited!

Also planning on hitting the Southport food festival tomorrow, can’t wait for that either; a chocolate festival, real ale festival and a bake off. I’ll certainly be gaining back those calories I burnt off!

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Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with @Zaggora HotPants! – Day 6

Finally got into the city centre today, spent an hour looking in Marks and Sparks for a dress with zero success. Walked out the store with a pack of Percy Pigs and some teacakes. Three cheers for Cherry Bakewells!

What, they’re only …200 calories EACH!

Had a lovely scheduled rest day today, only bit of light yoga in my HotPants, still managed to break into a light sweat though, keeping the burning going! Hopefully it will counter that bakewell.  Debated whether to go for a bike ride, but by the time I got back home it was bucketing it down (as per usual up North).

I did have a look briefly at possible races in the area. There is the BUPA Great Manchester run, which is a 10k in May next year, but I wanted something sooner and will be doing the Liverpool Half Marathon next March if I can get the time off and get down to Liverpool. This whole goal thing seems far more real now!

EDIT: Just found this now, please check out the Samsung Hope Relay at http://www.samsung.com/uk/london2012/samsung-hope-relay/. For every one mile that is recorded by the GPS app on your phone, £1 will be donated to charity!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 5

Bish bash bosh, real good spaetzle?

I do love a good bank holiday, especially when it’s the day after another bank holiday. Bless you Queeny!

Woke up an hour before my run this morning, so that I could get something to eat before heading out. For my previous runs I’ve been running on empty and wanted to try something new. Armed with my Hotpants, I ended up running sub 10  minute miles, even though I upped the mileage by another half mile to 3.1 miles. Boo-ya-ka-sha! Sub half hour 5k. I also got a pic while running; it just looked like a really pretty shot, so I went for it.

‘A prettyish kind of a little wilderness’ – if you recognise the quote, ten points to you!

I’m getting nods of recognition in the park now,  becoming something of a regular there now!

Felt like something de-lish for luncheon, and I tried the recipe for something I saw on the Hairy Bikers Bakeation cooked by a yodeller in the Alps. After reading around, I found that the dish was called Kasnocken, made using Spaetzle. Spaetzle is small dumpling cooked in boiling water. Then to make kasnocken (from what I can tell), you sautee the dumplings in butter, onions, chives and garlic and then add lashings of cheddar cheese.

Dumpling mix, and some bacon for the sautee stuff; because everyone loves bacon.

Didn’t have any chives, so added a minuscule amount of spinach for greenery.

Really grateful for my extra calorie burning Hotpants today; those lashings of cheese were sooo good! I justify it with the spinach in there. It’s healthy, promise!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 4

In the summertime…

Had a nice relaxing 1.5 mile recovery jog today, I say recovery but I ended up running a 9:30 minute mile which is faster than any run I’ve done so far. Confused… didn’t break too much of a sweat, except my legs due to my Hotpants of course – toned legs here I come!

Spent the rest of the day so far doing some baking. Found a bag of mixed fruit in the cupboard as well as some oats and bread flour, so I mixed it with some baking powder and a couple of eggs and made some biscotti.

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Looks… wonderful?

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Needed to test it, make sure it tasted okay…

It didn’t rise that much, so the biscotti isn’t very wide because of the bread flour bit still taste pretty good. I’ll be sure to get some plain flour next time I’m out.

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Ah well, you win some you lose some.

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 3

God bless my rest day, and God save the Queen!

While waiting for the Queen to board on the TV I’ve been checking out various races to compete in before the biggie; 5k’s and 10k’s that I can travel to easily. I really like the the look of this one.

Just wondering whether the outfits are provided. Either way, this is one I seriously want to do! It’s called the Liverpool Santa Dash, and goes right through the city centre.

I’ve also decided on Jospice to donate to for this particular race, it’s an excellent cause which runs hospices around Liverpool and St. Helens. I’ll be posting the JustGiving page as soon as I’m entered so please keep checking for updates.

Now, as I think the Queen will agree with me, it’s Gin O’Clock time, and so, on with the show!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 2

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God save the Queen… and the Queen of Twitter @Queen_UK

My copy of Gin O’Clock finally came today, extracts from the Queens unofficial diaries. Surely the only souvenir one needs for this weekend!

Anyhow, run today was a killer. Aching and dying etc I dragged myself up this morning. Got changed before I checked the weather outside the window, good thing to as if I’d have looked outside before changing, I would have promptly fell back asleep.

Was crazy grateful for my Hotpants this morning; it was windy and cold and my arms were freezing but my legs were perfectly toasty for the whole thing. Not that many people in the park, it was slightly foggy and a little bit rainy, but I would not be deterred in my quest for trim legs!

Did a 2.6 miler today, at the same pace still. Had ‘Drive By’ blasting from my headphones, resulting in some funny looks as I was singing along. Took my Hotpants off afterwards, legs were beautifully smooth and soft, if a bit sweaty, but it’s nice to see the fruits of your labour. I’m looking forward to the rest of the day and my first rest day of my schedule tomorrow. Like everyone, getting my party on for the Jubilee weekend. God save the Queen!

Get hot, get slim, go RUNNING – with HotPants! – Day 1

Out of the fire, and felt like I was in a frying pan.

After dragging myself out of bed, I immediately got changed into my running kit; trusty Hotpants with a nice sleevelss top. I’ve found that when I’m already changed into my workout stuff, I can’t justify getting back into bed as much. Had my playlist pre made too, so that I couldn’t use that as an excuse.

Lovely day for a run anyhow, so after finally getting out of the house (the finding some headphones process took 10 minutes) I was ready to go.

There’s an entrance to a local park not half a mile from my house (makes me feel all the more guilty for only starting today) so I did a loop of the park, occasionally putting a burst of speed on to impress people out walking their dogs. Did a good 2.5 miles, which may not seem very far but I am a bit of a couch potato, at a 10 minute mile pace.

I could practically hear the Hotpants burning off that fat.  There was continual surprise that no one mistook me for a barbeque as I ran around. I myself could hear sizzling.

Was bright red by the time I returned to my humble abode and after scrabbling for a glass of water and leaving my Hotpants on till my temp went down (don’t whip them off immediately, if you’re still sweating, they’re still burning calories) and took a well deserved shower!