Category Archives: sports

Today’s outfit (25/05/2014)

Today is my day off, so that means I get to bring the dog on a big walk where I can let him off to just run (& run, & run….he’s part Irish setter so needs a lot of running) so I need to wear stuff that’s stretchy & comfy.

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Leggings are the “filament” running tight from Nike – I know they come in loads of seasonal colours as well as plain black. The slouchy grey tank is from the Under Armour Studio range, with one of their “victory” tanks underneath. Obviously this is Ireland so I’ll need a hoody on top – I love the “storm” ones from Under Armour, with them being water resistant and cosy, they do the job. And to finish off my outfit – which looks very like I’ve been dressed by the brand, but I just love their stuff!, I use their hair bands. They did these great neon colours last year but have only seen black and white this time around.

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For my runners – I won’t show a pic because they are in need of replacing so are fairly manky looking!, I cannot enthuse enough about Asics’ Nimbus. As someone who walks on the middle to outside of my feet they are a gift! I could never understand why I got pains in my hips & knees with other brands, until I went into my local sports shop – an independent rather than a chain as I felt they would have better insight into their product ranges, and they sent me in the right direction.

So there we go! That’s my gym clothing recommendations!

‘Til next time……

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Lost: my fitness, reward offered

So I joined a gym last Monday. I caved. But getting out of breath if I have to run for the train & then being out of breath for all the majority of the journey home kinda makes you realise how unfit you’ve become.

As a former smoker, I always put it down to my lungs being banjoed from that, but I’ve been off them for 3 years now, can’t blame them anymore, they should be well out of my system by now. So I decided last year with my friend O (obv not her real name!) that we were both going to get fit. It started with mammoth walks around Howth – the cliff edges & everything, and then moved into two sets of ten Zumba classes, which I loved but seemed to affect my back, so they had to stop. Boo.

Myself & himself have been talking about joining a gym for ages & after wrecking ourselves at the wedding last week, we bit the bullet. Joined on Monday & I went twice in the 5 days after. And it is addictive. I love that feeling of jelly legs after you’ve thrown yourself into a sequence.

One slight problem, last time I exercised this regularly I was super fit. Properly super fit. Could run 400m without even breaking a sweat fit. Yes that was a decade ago, but I managed to keep a level of fitness (mainly through dancing on nights out & the fact I couldn’t drive so walked everywhere) until I was about 23. When partying really took over. So getting myself to a point where I can run for five minutes without my lungs burning will probably take a while. Getting fit when you’re a little bit older is hard. ESP when if you’re like me & expect results immediately. I couldn’t understand why my stomach wasn’t instantly flat the next morning. And you’re surrounded by gym bunnies who obviously live on the tread mill. And the cross trainer! That object of torture! I tried that after being on the bike. Not very smart. In fact supremely stupid. So stupid it should be spelled stooooopid . My legs refused to work & went on strike. They had little placards & everything*.

So, this is my battle. Gym it enough that I can eat what I want but still burn off a bit extra, and I think I can handle that.

‘Til next time……

*this may be a lie

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Zumba kicked my ass

I know I’m not alone in wanting to get into shape, but when you haven’t exercised properly in years & your former sporting attempts have been riddled with injuries it’s quite difficult to get motivated!

So myself and a friend decided to try out Zumba. Needless to say it kicked our asses. Many a time. But two batches of ten classes later and I am loving it, but tomorrow is my last class, which makes me a wee bit sad. As much as I would like to sign up for another lump of classes, I think it may be time to change it up a bit, try a boot camp, or heaven forbid *whispers* join a gym! But needless to say, I had a ball doing my Zumba, and if you’re on the northside you should definitely check out Stepping Out

Til next time……

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