30 days until I run the London marathon!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

So it’s only 30 days, THIRTY DAYS until I run zee London marathon 2015! Please say a little prayer for me!! The longest run to date has been 21 miles so that’s given me a bit of mental confidence to know that I will get through it. However I did lay on the actual Wimbledon ground after that as dog walkers walked around me! There was no stretch great enough to sooth the ache of 21 miles!!

Two years ago!!! #tbt

I think the best thing I’ve done this year is join a running club as that really pushes you harder than you’d push yourself! i.e Hill training every Thursday night! I never want to see another hill again after 26 April. Wimbledon hills are the worst I’ve ever seen. One word – Himalayas!!  I injured my left knee a few weeks ago so I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my left knee for making for a miraculous recovery as I thought I was a goner!!  So tick tock tick tock, only 30 days to go! If you want to sponsor me, I’d be eternally grateful as I am running it for MS! You can donate on my Just Giving page! 

#jennygoesjogging

XxJCxX

Dear London Marathon 2015, I shall not be defeated….

So the past 2 weeks have thrown me way off in my marathon training life. Due to injuring my knee, it has put me back quite a bit. I find it helps if I write about these things as I need to get out of the negative head space and realise that I can do it. So today’s blog is about inpsiring myself and being positive knowing that I can and will finish this marathon even if I have to crawl it. I will be finishing this marathon! I love all these quotes below! XxJCxX

Am I not meant to love wedding dresses?

I am not sure if it’s just me and I’m the only female on the planet that actually does not like the majority of wedding dresses. I do not experience that wild excited feeling when I Google image them or look on wedding websites. I’ve never been a person who has dreamed of what wedding dress I would wear. I also really don’t like clothes shopping at all so maybe it stems from there!! When I see something I do like, I buy it immediately as I know what I do like but this is rare. Just like I confidently designed my engagement ring in 20 minutes flat which I feel was rather impressive.  I think I dislike 90% of the wedding dresses I’ve looked at and the other 10%, well I just like specific parts on them… Is it only me?

I’ve only been engaged for a month so it’s early days but I think it’s a normal thing to do and consider what dress I would like to have. God only knows what I’ll rock up in but I don’t think it’s going to be something typical or traditional. Did/does anyone else have this situation? Ladies, gentlemen? Enlighten me!

XxJCxX

10 facts of a newly engaged person!?!

So after 2 weeks of being engaged, I’ve noticed some things. Has/Did anyone else experienced these things?

  • Everything that now comes up on Facebook feed is wedding related – Google, you’re great at your job! You’re also freaking me out!
  • You realise that your fiancé is not actually the same religion as you when you ask for the first time in 2 years!

  • You have nightmare dreams about your wedding day and then realise you’ve no wedding dress and all shops in the immediate area are closed and not suitable cause you’re actually in Ibiza
  • You realise how much you love all your friends. That’s why you have 6 bridesmaids! Big Fat Gypsy Weddings have nothing on you! NOTHING!
  • You have random thoughts that eloping to Vegas could be really fun!

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  • But then you realise none of your family would probably like that and they may also not speak to you for a decade!
  • You revive your Pinterest Account which has been dormant for about 2 years, get overwhelmed and then leave it dormant again!
  • You’ve avoided spread sheets your whole life and then realise this is no longer an option. Got 28 years out of that!
  • A joint bank account in the near future? Ok right… that works for me…The perks are endless!
  • You get sent wedding magazines (thanks Orla) and you sit there loud and proud reading them… on the tube/bus/tram because you’ve actually got the handbag sized editions. WINNING!

And also… Priscilla Presley was a God on her wedding day! Heart!  XxJCxX

You NEED THIS in your life!!!!! This is the tastiest bad boy smoothie I’ve had in months, so replenishing and hits the sugar crave spot! If you love chocolate and want something easy and AMAZING then you got to try this! All you need is a hand blender and the below! And it’s filling and so satisfying. Perfect for breakfast, a snack or anytime you like!! I also topped mine with pumpkin seeds and 1 sliced date! Raw Ingredients:

  • 1 average sized avocado
  • Half a banana
  • 2 tablespoons of raw cacao ( I like a kick)
  • Almond milk (use whichever you want and I like mine smoothie texture so prob about a cup full)

DID YOU KNOW – Pumpkin seeds are such a good source of zinc AND if you have tired circles under your eyes, eat some pumpkin seeds!! XxJCxX

GoPro Hero3+ – I’m sorry but… You’re for sale!!

My New Year aim and New Year attempt at some vlogging has failed, massively! This is mainly due to the fact that I never actually researched what the best camera to vlog with would be? VLOG FAIL! SO I got the wonderful Go Pro Hero 3+ for Christmas. I’ve tried and tried to love it. And everytime I dislike it more, it’s for the more technical people in this world.  I realised that this camera is not really for vlogging at all, it’s more for surfers, rock climbers, skydivers and kinda people of that level of outdoor activity.  I must say I am a little devastated but the time has come, the GoPro Hero3+ has got to go… So it’s for sale! If anyone knows of anyone who would like a GoPro camera, make sure to let me know, it’s only been used 3 times! It deserves a home where someone will love it and not detest it! IMG_0487 IMG_0497 IMG_0495 I will leave you with my one and only ever GoPro video! A day in the life of Jackson… the family dog and aka the LOML (love of my life)! You live and you learn! XxJCxX

Dear Alcohol – Slán a ****ing abhaile

So for the month of January and with signing up for the London marathon, I’ve been mainly going to the cinema at weekends instead of boozing which is a welcomed change after being home in Ireland for Xmas. An Irish Christmas is not a sobering one!. So I have also been eating really well and just feeling generally amazing.

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The new white wine!

BUT last night I went out and had a total of 5 drinks over the entire night, which was for a special occasion and I had a wonderful night. BUT boozing is just not worth its aftermath. It causes one to eat the place out of house and home, it reverses all your good work throughout the week, it makes you tired, your body does not like it, WHY OH WHY do we continue to do this to ourselves. And let’s not forget the social smoking. Do you smoke ever.. like during the week? NO never gros… DO you social smoke.. AH yeah.. ??? WHY? One night boozing and I can already feel the change in my body, the change in everything. NOTHING will satisfy one’s body!

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So I’m going to go for a 15 mile run with my running group at 9am tomorrow as revenge to alcohol. And I am officially breaking up with alcohol, it’s over! Slán a f*cK**G abhaile. For those that don’t know, slán abhaile means ‘safe home’ in Irish!

There is more to life than hangovers!

XxJCxX

Why Running is Rehab…

Do you find the thought of running the most boring thing of the planet? Do you find it’s just so unappealing and you’d never in a million years be caught dead running down the street in public? Do you think the high vis runners that you see running around the streets at night are totally nuts? Well those were also my thoughts before I signed up for the 2013 marathon. I’m also signed up for London 2015, woo hoo! And I’m also one of thoes converted high vis runners now!!

2013 registering for the Landan marathon!

2013 registering for the Landan marathon!

I would like to also express how I hated running in school; in fact, I think I detested it, with a passion! I ran up a staircase on an occasion but apart from that, you wouldn’t find me running for a bus. The reason WHY I signed up for the London 2013 marathon was because I was so bored with spending my weekends hunggover and wasting days being hungover and eating unhealthy food due to being hungover.

2013 - Mission complete & still alive!

London Marathon 2013 – Mission complete & still alive!

I think most people thought I was joking when I told them that I decided to run a marathon and I think I may have questioned the madness myself at times especially when you’re going from 0 miles to 26.2. That’s a fairly mammoth task. I started running for like 5 mins at the start and just built on that. I started training in November 2012 and then just built it up until the London marathon in April 2013.

Great Northern Run

Great North Run – September 2014 for MS

 

The reason why I think everyone should try running is because running is so much more than running. Here are some reasons why you should start running…

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In love…with Running

It’s FREE – The annual membership for running is £0 everywhere in the world

It’ll keep you out of pubs – Not all the time but it will make you re-assess the amount of time you spend there if you’re going for a 20k run the next day! You’ll still have a social life but you’ll just need to fit your runs in around it!

Stress - If you’re having a SH*T day at work or you’re just generally having some internal rage, go for a run, you’ll feel like a new person on your return. It helps with stressful situations

New Year – New Hobbie – You may dive in a few bogs but it’s better than a hangover! Dedication to the cause! Oooo yeaaaa

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Liberation & Dedication & Bogs

Rehab – It’s free mental Rehab! I find running quite therapeutic and you have time by yourself to think about things and go through things in your mind all whilst burning calories

Great way to see a city – When I had to do 3 hour runs towards the end of marathon training, I think I saw the whole of London and discovered places I never would have seen from a bus or tube!

Weight Loss – This is even high up there on the reason why I love running. It’s just an extra added bonus.

Liberating – It’s actually so liberating when you get into the swing of things. Once you get past 20 minutes running if you’re starting out, you’ll then fall in love, with running.

So all in all, I think everyone should enter rehab! This is one rehab you want to go to!

XxJCxX

 

What January has done to me!!

So I’ve decided to be healthy this January and stop eating things that I know are bad for me! And I’ve discovered you can eat the nicest things ever all guilt free! I started at the weekend making raw chocolate healthy brownies from The Healthy Bluebirds blog which contain banana, dates, pecan nuts and a few other healthy things! I also made a sweet potato and coconut califlower curry from the Healthy Bluebird blog too and it’s the tastiest nicest thing I’ve tasted in a while! Sensational! Everyone needs to try these bad boys. They’re DIVINE! Healthy and really filling too! I poured some coconut milk over mine but also had some natural yogurt with it too! I used an empty GU ramekin (that I previously ate in the olden days of 2014) to make my brown rice look OH so fancy on my plate!!! 001 002 003 Go forth and conquer your kithcen hob! XxJCxX Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter too!