Nose to the Grindstone

Nose to the Grindstone or should I say footย to the treadmill.

I signed up for the ‘Colour Me Rad’ 5K back in Jan and started training quiet well then February hit, work got insane and my ankle started playing up and it all went down hill from there… Not good, not good at all!

Well yesterday flicking through my phone I saw the count down timer to the day, just 87 left. Eeek!

Things had/have to change. I had the rare morning off so managed to pull myself out from the comfort of my warm duvets, dress and drive to the gym.

Once there I texted my buddy Kat, who’s running the 5k with me to let her know where I was before shutting my phone in the locker, plugging in my headphones and ignoring the world for a while.

40 minutes later on the treadmill and a few reps on the weights, I’m exhausted! Grabbing the phone I see Kat had pinged me a text back

Come on!!!!!! You’ve got to burn it to earn it!!!!!! You’re in the zone, a women on a mission!!!!!

That text perked me up! Made me see there was a reason I was stood here, drenched in sweat, shattered from what a fitter person could have done with no effort.

So I’ve remade my pledge to get fit, to be fit enough to run a 5k in 86 days. Kat, my long distance buddy as she leaves 3hrs away, is my “personal trainer”. I have to text her every time I hit the gym and if she doesn’t get a text for three consecutive days then I have to buy her dinner!!

Pay day has just been as well so going to get some new trainers at the weekend, but as for now, I’m going to tie the laces on the current ones and head off towards the treadmill!!ย #thisgirlcan


Colour Clowns

So.. I’ve potentially just done something very stupid.

I’ve just signed up for my first ever 5K. Eeek!ย 

That’s right, you didn’t read it wrong, me, Yvonne, has just signed up – willingly – to run a 5k!

Saturday June 20th. Colour Me Rad near Bristol.

Only 157 days and I’m going to run with hundreds of other people, including a couple of my good friends 5K around a course whilst people throw paint over us.

What the hell was I thinking!!!! Well, at least it will be colourful!

Proof that I'm an idiot!

Proof that I’m an idiot!

I’ve never been a runner. I cycled a lot, did a few sponsored things but had a few too many accidents so have decided to take a break from the pedals. Running.. can’t hurt to bad can it. Man how wrong was I. I started doing the Couch to 5Kย training at the gym back in November but due to the weather, work and my general lack of will power it dwindled, until today!

I’ve signed up. I’ve paid my hard earned money to race and now I have to train, buy a white tee for the run and wait for the postman to get this cool gear!


I’ll keep people that are interested up to date on here between other random blog postings no doubt!

If you’d like to join our team, we’re the ‘Colour Clowns’ and you’re more than welcome to. More the merrier right?

Couch to 5K!

So those of you that know me know that I’m not the athletic type. I played Basketball at Uni, Tennis and Football at School and even play Badminton now (when I can) but it was/is more for social contact than anything more.

Well… things are changing.

I’ve just turned 25 (well a couple months ago) and have decided it’s time to sort things out. I have a job I love but apart from that I don’t really have much to say about me. I’m a plus size gal, have a good group of friends and a love of travelling.

Me @ Grand Canyon

Me @ Grand Canyon

My travel plans for next year are in motion but this post and the next few to come are about the fitness plans. It’s November it’s getting cold and dark outside and taking up running at this year seems a little insane.

A friend of mine has done the ‘Change for Life – Couch to 5K’ plan and it worked so I thought let’s give it a go. Chatting to a couple of friends, come January we’re going to sign up for the first 5K that we can find – hopefully a Colour Run as they look like fun!

I’m on day 2 and already regretting it. My whole body aches! The plan is 9 weeks long..

Week one of the plan: 5 minute brisk warm up walk followed by 60 secs running 90 secs walking for 20 minutes.

Seems easy enough. Day one – nearly died. Day two – died a little less.

I’m a member of a local gym and that’s where I’m running. The weather is horrible out so I’m going to do this in a gym although with awkward splits and long shifts it may take a little longer than 9 weeks.

The treadmill is set to KM and I do my brisk walk at speed 5 and then my run is at 7.

Just to use my membership a little better than just running on a treadmill I do arm weights and leg press as well which is also killing me!

So as I progress I’ll update everyone on here. Anyone want to ask questions or give me advice or anything… just leave a comment!

For anyone who wants to give it a go themselves…