15km round #3

It’s been just over two weeks since I last posted on here- sorry about that!  I’ve been busy again recently and some weekday evenings I feel so exhausted that I don’t have the energy to write a blog.

Moving on, the last blog I wrote was about my current struggle to get down to the gym before work in the morning. I still haven’t been as of yet, but my training for the half marathon is getting better.

Despite feeling tired after a lovely and full day out in Skegness yesterday, I managed to run 15km this morning! It’s the third time I’ve ran this distance, and I felt that it went pretty well.

For a start, my shins didn’t hurt. This felt amazing as I’ve experienced pain in my shins recently when going out long distance running; it doesn’t make it any easier having this pain. I forgot to put Deep Heat on my legs, but I didn’t need it this morning. This was certainly a boost.

The weather was ideal for running today- the sun wasn’t too strong and there was a cool breeze. It tried to rain towards the end of the run which I didn’t mind, as it was refreshing.

I also ran a lot of the route on meadows and fields, which I prefer to running on hard pavements. The grass wasn’t wet so I didn’t get blisters or feel any rubbing on my feet. Some of the fields were a little overgrown which made it a bit harder running, but it feels nicer to run on grass.

I completed 15km today in about 1 hour and 48 minutes. This is not my fastest attempt, but considering the last time I went for a 15km run was over a month ago, I think I did well.

The next step now is to run 17.5km. The next time I go out for a long distance I will have a go at adding an extra 2.5km to my 15km routes. I’ve got about 3 1/2 months to go until the half marathon, so I need to be able to run another 6km in order to reach 21km, i.e. 13 miles!


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

Step back/step forward

I wasn’t sure how to title this blog, or how to go about it at first, but here it goes.

I mentioned recently that I’ve been going through a rough patch. I’m better than I was but it’s still a bit hard, which has been affecting the fitness aspect of my life.

I still haven’t been able to get down to the gym on my way to work. I feel so tired when trying to get up earlier for the gym, so I end up going back to sleep and waking up at the latest time possible. I need to give myself a kick up the backside really as the gym is on my way to work, which is very convenient. Going to the gym will help to relieve my stress and start to make me feel more awake. I certainly felt a boost when I went to the gym before going to work for my previous job.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t want to go to the gym after work because I don’t finish until 5:30 and it gets really busy at that time. Plus I wouldn’t have much of an evening left by the time I got back home. I like time in the evening to relax, socialise or write blogs. It’s been two months since I started my new job, so I’d like to get down to the gym for an early morning session before I reach the three month mark.

However, I have been down to the gym recently; I went last weekend and today!

I wanted to go for a long distance run last weekend as part of my half marathon training, but I decided against it. This was because there was a festival along the canal, which was the way I wanted to go. If the grass was drier, I would’ve ran along the meadows but from past experience, I get blisters from running in wet trainers.

So last Sunday I went to the gym for the first time in two months! I wanted to have a go at running 15km on the treadmill, but then I remembered than running long distances on the treadmill is very different compared to running outside. I find it easier to maintain a decent speed when running outside, and I’m not constantly checking the time. I stopped running when I burnt 1000 calories on the treadmill- I ran 9.22km in 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Today I had a session on the cross trainer which actually went really well. I was expecting to find it difficult to maintain the speed I like to go at, but I managed to complete 3km in 47 minutes and 33 seconds while varying the intensity. I felt better in myself and having a good session on the cross trainer.

Even though I’ve been struggling to go to the gym recently, I have been walking on average 5 miles a day. My commute to work is 2.5 miles which I can walk in 40-45 minutes. I like walking to work as I sit all day in the office, it helps to maintain my fitness.

Onwards and upwards as they say- that’s the mentality I need for going forward in my training for the half marathon.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear

Update #17

Wow! We’re half way through the year already! Last month seems to have flown by in a blur, but I got up to a lot looking through the posts on my blog for May.

My blog was busy food wise last month. I made two lemon drizzle cakes, one for a bake off at my new job and the other for a ladies’ night in. I preferred my second attempt at making lemon drizzle cake. I used a metal tin rather than a silicone mould and using plain flour with a little dash of baking powder seemed to make a better sponge.

I recently went to a food and drinks festival at Alexandra Palace called StrEAT Life. This was a fun day out where I got to catch up with one of my university friends, and where we got to try some tasty food (and drink a lot of Pimm’s!). Last weekend in general was a binge food weekend, as I also went to a lovely afternoon tea and had fish and chips in Cromer.

Fitness wise was a series of ups and downs in May. I managed to complete a second 15km run and my 16th parkrun, but I have started experiencing pain in my shins. This has made it rather difficult when running. I attempted to run 15km at the start of the month but I only managed 5km because my shins were hurting a lot. I intend to go out running this weekend, so I’ll make sure to put some Deep Heat on my shins which my father has recommended to help ease the pain. I’d like to complete another 15km run before I move onto 17.5km for my training for the half marathon (which is only 4 months away!).

Despite the pain in my shins, last month marked one year since I discovered the parkrun in Guernsey. I am so glad that I was told about the parkrun; I enjoy going to my local one when I can make it on a Saturday morning. I ought to have a go at other parkuns around the area for a bit of a change and to meet more runners.

I mentioned about a night out for the fitness aspect of my blog, which was Peter Kay’s Dance for Life. It was a 3 hour dance-a-thon, which I think counted as a good form of exercise. The Dance for Life was so much fun and everyone was knackered by the end of the evening from dancing so much, but everyone had a big smile on their face.

I’ve been very quiet on the feminist front as of late. There’s lots of things I’d love to write about, but it takes me more time to write a feminist blog. I think it would be good for me to write at least one feminist blog this month. Do you have any suggestions for what I could write about?


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

StrEAT Life Festival

Sorry that it’s been a while since I last posted! I’ve been rather busy with various things recently, including the content of this blog. My next blog will of course be my monthly update, so I wanted to squeeze in one more blog before it’s June tomorrow!

The recent Bank Holiday weekend has been one full of good food (not all of it necessarily healthy!). I went down to London for the weekend and met up with one of my university friends and one of their friends on Saturday. Before I met up with them though, I was given a recommendation to try Edith’s House, a quirky cafe in Crouch End.

I needed a cool drink like a frappe or a milkshake, so I tried an apple pie pudshake. It was a milkshake full of ice cream and topped with thick whipped cream, and it tasted like an apple pie. It was very tasty, but also very filling! I had a 20 minute walk though, mostly uphill, which helped to ease my stomach a bit when I made my way to meet my friend.

Apple pie pudshake

The 20 minute walk from Edith’s House in Crouch End was to Alexandra Palace for the StrEAT Life Festival, a food and drinks festival which I also went to at the same time last year. The weather was glorious all day and I caught the sun (a bit too much on my back, but it’s tanned now). There is a lovely grassy area by the palace where most people relaxed during the day.

I wasn’t naked! I was wearing a crop top

After debating on what food to have, as there was a lot to choose from, I had a Greek BBQ pork and halloumi wrap with salad and a yogurt and mint dressing. It was delicious! I love Greek food so I was pleased to see a stand called ‘Greek Expectations’. My university friend had a Caribbean meal of exotic fish and rice, while his friend had some paella. It was nice that we all tried something different; we all wanted to try something that we don’t have on a daily/weekly basis.

Greek wrap

I also had an ice cream and a churro filled with banana custard, which were both delicious. I felt very full by the early evening, but pleasantly so.

After a lovely catch up and a day of hot sunshine, and as if I hadn’t already eaten enough food, I had an afternoon tea the following day! This was at a hotel in Enfield, in aid of a charity called Canine Partners. After an exciting magic card show, everyone had some afternoon tea. There were nine people at my table and there were plenty of sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. I love a good afternoon tea, and this one was superb.

This wasn’t all for me!

And as if afternoon tea wasn’t enough, I had fish and chips on Monday in Cromer! After the afternoon tea I went to Cromer to meet up with my family who were camping there. I stayed overnight in a hotel with my mother (she doesn’t do camping) and we spent the day in Cromer the following day. When you go to the seaside in Britain you have to have fish and chips, and in Cromer the best place is Mary Janes. The fish was beautiful and the batter and chips weren’t too greasy.

Yummy fish and chips

I dread to think how many pounds I’ve put on over the weekend, but the food was worth it! I rarely eat food like this over a period of a few days and I enjoyed myself, which is the most important thing.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂


parkrun #16

I was shattered on Friday night and was going to have a lie in on Saturday morning. However, I woke up at 8:20am and it was a beautiful morning. In the end I decided to go for a parkrun, my sixteenth one.

It wasn’t an easy run for me, which felt strange at the parkrun as it’s only 5km. I’ve mentioned recently in my long distance training for the half marathon that my right shin has been hurting. This happened early on, and my left shin started to hurt as well. I powered on through but I had to walk for periods of time, and walk up the dreaded slope halfway through the run.

I finished in 34 minutes and 47 seconds, which is my slowest time so far for the Braunstone parkrun. To be honest I thought the time was going to be longer than that, because I had to walk to ease my shins. I still managed to run up the slope at the finishing line and shortly after I finished running, my shins felt fine.

I’ve been running for two years and I’m surprised that I’ve only just starting experiencing pain like this in my shins. Maybe it’s because I’m training to run such a long distance that I’ve never ran before. It’s starting to annoy me now since I really want to run the half marathon in October. I guess with more training my shins will become accustomed to the longer distances.

I must remember to rub some Deep Heat on my shins next time I go out for a run. That’s what my parents have suggested doing, as it helps to ease pain and may help while I’m running. I don’t need to put any on when I’ve finished running as the pain goes away quickly.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

parkrun year #1

I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I first discovered the parkrun!

I was away in Guernsey for a short break and on the plane journey there, someone told me about the parkrun taking place on Saturday. By chance I had packed my running gear, because I was training for the Race for Life, and I wanted to experience running somewhere completely different.

On Saturday 14th May 2016, I ran in my first ever parkrun along the coast of Guernsey. I enjoyed the experience of running so close to the sea and the parkrunners were very friendly and welcoming.

I then soon found out that there are are several local parkruns near where I live, which I had no idea about. After my trip to Guernsey I went to the Braunstone parkrun and had the same experience of meeting a friendly community of runners.

Since discovering the parkrun in Guernsey, I have ran a total of 15 parkruns. My slowest time has been 35 minutes and 38 seconds, which was my first parkrun at Guernsey. My personal best so far has been 32 minutes and 1 second, which was achieved at the Braunstone parkrun.

I am so glad that I was told about the parkrun. It is a fun way of keeping fit, a great way to meet new people and a convenient way to time yourself, as you get your result at the end of the run for free. I must admit, I am not the most committed parkrunner out there, but when I do make it at 9am on a Saturday morning, I feel great running along with hundreds of runners.

I’d like to be able to complete a parkrun in 30 minutes- that is one of my targets for this year. I’d also like to reach the milestone of 25 parkruns, which means 10 more parkruns to go. I’d aim for 50, but that’s another 35 to go. Who knows, I might reach that target if I try hard enough.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂

15km round #2

I’m glad to write that I managed to run 15km for the second time!

It was glorious this morning and I was determined to complete 15km this time. Last Sunday I tried to run 15km but it was a failed attempt, due to pain in my right shin. I ran 5km and then called it a day. Today the pain came back in my right shin, so I walked it off a few times and after about 4km, the pain had gone and I felt comfortable enough to carry on with 15km.

Having to walk on several occasions during the run this morning meant that my time was a bit more than my 1st attempt at 15km at the Resolution Run, which I completed in 1 hour and 38 minutes. I completed 15km today in 1 hour and 42 minutes. I thought it would’ve been much longer than this so I’m pleased with the result.

My shin feels fine after the run; my legs hurt which is normal for me after a long run. My father mentioned again that feeling pain in your shin while running is normal. I don’t like to use Google for looking up illnesses or pain, but in this instance I searched for pain in shins on Google and it came up with shin splints. I don’t want to cause myself injury, so I’ll bear this mind while running and if the pain becomes unbearable, then I’ll consider seeking advice from a doctor or look at physiotherapy.

I really need to get myself down to the gym to aid with my training. I’ve struggled to get up early in the mornings before work for my new job, but this week I’ll aim to get down to the gym at least once this week. I wonder if not going to the gym for a month has had anything to do with my right shin while running. I tend to do cardio which uses my legs, and I need to built up more stamina in my legs to complete the half marathon.

Speaking of half marathon, I’ve only got 5 months to go! Ideally I’d like to run 15km again before I step up to the next level and run 17.5km.


Happy reading and blogging!

Clare Bear 🙂