Join Me On My 10K Journey | Run Norwich 2017 | I did it! 

So here we are, the final leg of my 10k journey! I can’t believe the big day has been and gone already – just where did that time go? I thought I’d update you, just one last time as I know a few of you have read these updates and have given me some lovely feedback. I hope you enjoy this one too!

On Friday evening my husband took Baby J and me to the Forum, Norwich to collect my running vest and race pack. This is when the nerves really started to bubble up – it was all becoming so real! Seeing other runners there and the organisers and seeing the very small numbers on the countdown clock was truly terrifying! I did however, really enjoy opening up the envelope which contained my numbered bib – 6110 – was this my lucky number?

I’ll be honest, I really didn’t sleep much Friday and Saturday night. I was just too nervous and when I’m nervous I tend to put myself down and plant seeds of doubt in my own mind. ‘You’re not fit enough.’, ‘You haven’t trained enough.’, ‘You don’t deserve to be there.’, etc. Not fun!

Sunday morning arrived though and I was up early – planning to eat some breakfast, but not managing it (yes, I ran on an empty stomach!). I got my running gear on and struggled for about half an hour to pin my number to my vest – not due to being nervous, I’m just not the brightest when it comes to things like that!

My wonderful husband drove me to meet my friend Ruth so that we could walk into the city together. My goodness, was I happy to see her! Ruth has such a wonderful, calming nature that just instantly puts my nerves at ease. She pointed out parts of the running route to me whilst we walked to the Forum and gave me so much brilliant advice. When we got to the Forum, the atmosphere was absolutely buzzing. I could feel nerves in the air from others though, which made me realise I wasn’t alone.

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The wonderful Ruth and Me!

After what felt like the longest wait in the world, we were told to get into our pens ready for the start of the race. I was in the very last pen, as I’d put in a finish time of 1hr 30mins as I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself. Waiting in the pen was scary, I was actually fighting back tears which sounds pathetic now but I really was so scared! I just wanted to give Baby J a massive hug too.

Thirteen minutes after the first klaxon went for the elite runners, us pink bibbed runners were finally able to set off. Wow, what a rush as I crossed the start line – I was really doing it! I heard someone shout my name in encouragement and that felt amazing!

After about 4k I finally saw my husband and Baby J – I did stop for a split second at this point to give them both a big kiss. I was so excited to see them as I had been looking out for them the whole way. It gave me such a huge boost, I felt really strong afterwards and knew I could do it. For the first time, I actually had some confidence in myself and completing this run.

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A flattering action shot taken by my husband as I ran to kiss him!

For me, reaching 7k was where I knew I would be able to finish the whole thing. I hadn’t run further than 7k in training and just couldn’t wait to reach this point. Once I was there, I felt so happy knowing that I only had 3k to go and I still had enough energy in me to do it. I loved seeing the sights on the course – what a wonderful city I live in. The race stewards were just fantastic too – shouting your name and cheering you on. They made me feel so special.

The last kilometre was painful, I’m not going to lie. I walked a little bit of it as I really wanted to sprint over the finish line. The atmosphere at the last 400m was incredible – the shouting from the crowd spurred everyone on and made me feel like I was running so fast! When I turned the final corner and saw that finish line in sight, I really really went for it. I ran as fast as I could and held back the tears as I did so. Crossing that line felt AMAZING! I knew immediately that I definitely wanted to do it all again next year and I definitely will be.

I walked to pick up my medal and goody bag and called my husband to find out where they were. After this, I was just typing out a message to Ruth to let her know I’d finished and that’s when I bumped into her! I actually ended up crying all over her and being highly emotional (and embarrassing) because I just felt so proud that I’d done it. All those negative thoughts and self-doubt hadn’t won.

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With our medals!

I’m still getting over it now and it’s Wednesday. I just can’t describe what an incredible morning it was and how good I felt whilst doing it and afterwards. I’m never going to give up running, I just love doing it so much and I now have a PB to beat next year!

Thank you once again to all my supporters and encouragers. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me too – I have raised £155 now and there’s still time to sponsor me if you want to! Just visit my page here. An extra big thank you to my husband – what a great guy he is! I love you and Baby J so much.

I’m now looking forward to a woodland zombie run next month (err sounds bloody terrifying doesn’t it?!) and I’ll be sure to share some photos of that on my Instagram stories and account.

Love you all!

Kerry x

Join Me On My 10K Journey | Part 6

Welcome to Part 5 of my 10k training journey! This one is jam packed with positive vibes, good food and fun run photos!

I’m still following the 5k to 10k training programme, but have also been doing some free runs on days where my body is tired or I don’t have much time. I’ve found some nice areas to run in where I live, so have been mixing up my route a bit.

This week saw a complete overhaul in my diet. I was letting naughty, little snacks enter my body daily and I wasn’t feeling very good about myself. Of course, I still allow myself treats – just not as many as I was having! As mentioned in my last post, I have started a new Instagram account completely dedicated to my fitness, food and training. You can find it at @kerrys.fitness.journey

Here are some photos of the food I have been enjoying this week.

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Baked eggs in chopped tomatoes, topped with cheese. Lots of chilli included!

 

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Avocado, Spiced Tofu, Kale and Sweet Potato Chips

 

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Vegetable Patties and Micro Grains (chickpeas, quinoa and lots of veg)
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Avocado, Franks Extra Hot Sauce, Meridian Peanut Butter on top of a Food Doctor Pitta with chilli flakes

As part of my journey, I have also been working on my confidence, especially that to do with my body. I’ve never liked how I look or how my body is shaped, but now I’m at the grand old age of 30, I realise it’s about time I stop wasting time worrying about it and start doing something about it! My body is slowly changing with all the running and healthy eating and this alone gives me a massive boost. Running releases all those happy hormones and endorphins and the feeling is addictive. I also treated myself to a new pair of jeans, which I’m obsessed with!

Here’s for another exciting bit – Mum and I took part in Colour5k yesterday! It was such a brilliant afternoon and I loved crossing the finish line with Mum. Getting a medal was also a lovely bonus! I think I may have Mum hooked on taking part in these events now, so hopefully there will be lots more to come!

What an amazing week! I’m feeling extra positive about the week ahead. Have a good one!

If you’d like to sponsor me for the Run Norwich 10k – which is in less than 30 days! – then please click here.

Kerry x

Join Me On My Journey

I know I haven’t written one of these for a while, but decided it’s time to bring them back (especially as my friend Natasha requested it!). I stopped writing because I had suffered from back and knee injuries so was struggling to exercise. I overdid it too soon after childbirth so decided to give my body a rest.

I have continued to eat healthily and have discovered some more beautiful recipes. As you may have seen, I have written recipe posts on the blog including and Sausage and Cider Stew and Chocolate and Coconut Chickpea Cookies.

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Chocolate and Coconut Chickpea Cookies

In terms of exercise, I’m still training for a 5k. I’ve started a new training program since my injuries and I prefer it. It’s fun to run this time of year – I especially enjoy it when it’s raining! The roads are clear, and the rain cools me down! I’ve discovered a new course around my estate which keeps me entertained on my journeys. I’m still continuing to go on walks with Baby J everyday which I love. She wears her snowsuit  now in the pram and she looks adorable! I just need one for myself now!

Recipes I have cooked and enjoyed this week include –

Beetroot Cous Cous with Roasted Squash and Feta
Poached Eggs with Cayenne Pepper, Feta, Jalapeños, Pickled Eggs and Rocket

I haven’t deprived myself of treats though. I especially enjoyed my Costa Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate!

Thank you for joining me once again. Next week’s post will be much more interesting – promise!

Kerry x

Join Me On My Journey – Week 4

Well this week hasn’t been anything to shout about! I debated whether to write and share this post – but what good would it do me if I buried my head in the sand? 

Things went off track in all aspects this week. I was doing my HIIT training on Monday and managed to twist my knee. I had an operation on my knee a few years ago, as I had a torn cartilage, so it’s never been quite right since. It was very painful which then meant I couldn’t go running. Luckily the Body Coach has made some HIIT videos which are easy on the knees, so I was able to do this. 

So unfortunately, when something goes wrong in my exercise, I then let it go wrong in my food choices! It was my husband’s birthday on Tuesday and I told myself I wanted to enjoy the day with him and eat what I really fancied when we went out to lunch. This was fine, but I then let it effect the rest of my week! I really did lose control – not something I want to go into too much detail over. However, I did mange to make a few Lean in 15 recipes and here are some new ones – 

As you can see, I use a lot of Quorn instead of meat. I’m not a vegetarian, I just prefer Quorn! I also add chillies wherever I can too. I love spicy things and they’re excellent at speeding up your metabolism. 

I’m writing this on the Monday of week 5. I’m in the right frame of mind again. I’m ready to run again and treat my body like it deserves to be treated. I have many lovely recipes planned, so will take many photos again! Remember you can find me on Twitter at – @sparkle_kerry or Instagram on – @sparkle.with.kerry Make sure you give me a follow! I also really appreciate your encouragement. 

See you next week! 

Kerry x

Join Me On My Journey – Week 3

Well this week has flown by and has definitely been my best one yet! Running has been going well and I’ve eaten some gorgeous meals. 

As you know from last week’s post, I bought myself the ‘Lean in 15’ by The Body Coach book. Well I cooked many recipes from the book this week and here are a few of my favourites. 

Winner’s Protein and Blueberry Pancakes

I have lots more recipes to try over week 4 so will take plenty of photos of those. 

This week has been made much easier by my very supportive husband. He took my hideous ‘before’ photos for me and won’t show me them so that it will be a nice surprise when I see them next to my (hopefully) much healthier physique. He has also looked after our little Jessica whilst I’ve gone out for my runs and has eaten the meals with me in the evenings (even thouugh he doesn’t need to lose any weight!). He never reads these posts, but I want him to know that he’s been great and I do appreciate his support. 

I am starting to notice a change in my clothing now – it is feeling less tight and I’m much more comfortable. I don’t weigh myself, so feeling the changes through my clothing and seeing them through photos is so exciting and much more effective in my opinion. 

Runs have consisted of interval training – a brisk 5 minute warm up walk, followed by 90 seconds run, 90 seconds walk, 3 minutes run, 3 minutes walk ☓ 2 followed by a cool down walk. I’ve also been doing the Body Coach HIIT 15 minute workouts – they’re a killer! Of course I have also still been going on lots of lovely long walks with my gorgeous girl – very hard core in this heat! 

Thanks again for joining me. Have a good week! 

Kerry x

Join Me On My Journey – Week 2

Yesterday brought the end to another successful week on my journey. I’m feeling so positive, it’s fantastic! My skin is glowing and my mind is full of positive thoughts – including a much more positive view of my body. 

I have focused a lot this week on walking. I have been taking advantage of the features on my FitBit app and enjoying some challenges with my mum and friend Emily, which have really spurred me on. The best thing about all the walks is the quality time I have been able to spend with my lovely Jessica. I have loved pushing her pram and discovering what’s around where we live. The FitBit app has also introduced some brilliant challenges where you can travel around beauty spots in the North American state of Yosemite. The further you walk, the more sights you unlock. I have completed all the challenges now (15,000, 24,000 and 42,000 step ones) but will be doing them again this week. 

I have also continued with my running training. It will really be stepping up a gear this week – which both excites and terrifies me! I’m very happy with how quickly my stamina has recovered and I’m hoping I can increase my distances this week. 

Once again this week I have been enjoying some gorgeous food. I focused on recipes from the Hemsley and Hemsley ‘Eat Well’ book. My particular favourite was the Sausage and Cider Stew. 

I also enjoyed some overnight cacao and hazelnut oats, which were a Deliciously Ella recipe. These are my new favourite breakfast!

My favourite lunch this week was tuna, boiled egg, chilli and avocado in a sourdough sandwich. So so good!

My discovery of the week was this gorgeous detox tea from M&S. I’ve been having it before bed and it’s been so comforting. 

Right, now it’s confession time… I’m ashamed to admit that I purchased the ‘Lean in 15’ book by The Body Coach Joe Wicks. I’ve always found him so irritating, but I watched his one-off special show on Channel 4 and realised the results people have achieved on his advice are incredible! So today I have taken my ‘before’ photos and I’m hoping to see a difference in my shape in four weeks time. I will let you know! 

This week I will be introducing HIIT into my daily fitness along with my running and walking. My food is all Lean in 15 inspired so we’ll see how it goes – make sure you check out the blog next week! 

My Daily Greatness Training Journal has been fantastic – it has helped to keep me focused, made sure I drank lots of water, meditated and stretched before and after my runs. I have enjoyed reflecting on my daily achievements in the evening and thinking about what I want from the day and what I appreciate in life in the mornings. It’s not been about counting calories, weighing myself or studying every inch of my body. It’s been about appreciating what I have, reflecting on my choices and enjoying getting fit and healthy. I highly recommend getting one of these journals. 

Thanks again for joining me and for your support. Here’s to another positive week! 
Kerry x

Instagram – @sparkle.with.kerry 

Join Me On My Journey – Week 1

Well I’m ending this week on a real high. Yes it’s taken me longer to start this journey than I originally planned, but I can now comfortably say my heart is in it. Knowing that you guys are reading this too, really keeps me on track. 

I have eaten some wonderful food this week – my favourite being my easy, but nutritional lunch of poached eggs and avocado on gluten free sourdough bread (with some chilli flakes thrown in!). 

I also tried cauliflower rice for the first time and I have to say it was AMAZING. I mixed it with satay style Quorn pieces and sweet potato chunks. I didn’t get the best photo as I was too excited to eat it! 

The week’s food has also consisted of: courgetti, Eat Natural bars, Nakd Salted Caramel Bites, protein shakes, Gosh bakes (give these a try, they’re gorgeous!) and a rocket and goat’s cheese frittata! 

For exercise I have been following the first and beginning of the second week of the Couch to 5k app on my phone. It has been brilliant at building up my stamina again and I’m pretty pleased with how quickly my fitness is improving. I hope to be as fit as I was before pregnancy soon. Next week I will be introducing daily High Intensity training which I’ll go into more detail about in my next post. 

Another benefit (among the many) to running, is that I have been able to explore my local area. We live on a brand new housing development, which is still in the process of being built. We are surrounded by beautiful fields and I have been lucky enough to run around them and take in the gorgeous surroundings. I do keep getting distracted by the views though! 

I haven’t begun to fill out the daily sections of my Daily Greatness Training Journal yet, this starts tomorrow. I wanted to make sure I was fully devoted to my plan before I started the book. I’m ready now and I’m so excited. Next week I will be sharing some of my journal entries with you – I think you’ll love to see what’s inside and look at the beautiful page layouts. 
As extra motivation I have also created a new Instagram account where I share food, exercise and beauty related pictures. You can find it at @sparkle.with.kerry – make sure you give me a follow! I’m following lots of other food and exercise lovers and I have seen some fantastic inspiration on there! 

Well thank you for checking in on my progress. Any motivational comments are very welcome! 

Kerry x