#fitbitbifty time

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On the way to the airport on Thursday, I got a call from Coach Magazine.  Mind you, I was headed to Berlin for my first World Marathon Major and was running late.  But I was thrilled when I got the news.  I was being drafted up from my reserve position to a member of Team Adventure for the Fitbit Fifty Challenge.  Along with five teammates, we will run and cycle our way to Edinburgh and back with the aim of finishing in 50 hours or less.  Team Challenge will be giving us a run for our money, but I am so excited (and petrified of course) to take part in this once in a lifetime experience.

Since Ride London, I switched over to marathon training with spin classes to suppliment my training.  I am replacing a male Ironman triathlete and have a Team GB member on my team.  These athletes are amazing, and I cannot believe I will be working alongside them this weekend.  I have been recovering all week since the marathon and am keeping a positive mindset about my abilities after running a marathon less than a week prior.

We start out Friday morning at 6am from Buckingham Palace and head north for 400+ miles.  After running around Edinburgh Castle, we will retrace our steps and end up back at Buckingham Palace on Sunday morning.

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for live updates on our progress.  Also search for #fitbitfifty for perspective from all the athletes.

Massive thanks to Coach Magazine and Fitbit for this incredible opportunity.  I would also like to thank Altura Cycling for providing me with some autumnal weather kit last minute.  They were lifesavers!

Can #officeyoga help you find your om?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Earlier this summer, The Telegraph published an article stating that a research study found that sitting for eight or more hours a day could significantly increase the risk of premature death.  We all know sitting is worse for you than being active, but it can be hard to fit it into a busy day that includes getting the kids off to school, commuting, working, cooking dinner, and relaxing in the evening.  Lately, I have been at a desk all day long without any time to get out the door for a run or stretch.  These are the days that I could really use some stress-relief.

Travelling can bring you to a more relaxing setting, but the journey there can be stressful.  On my trip over the weekend to France and Germany, I found myself sitting a lot in the airport, then on the plane, and finally in the car for a few hours.  I just couldn't get comfortable and found my lower back really knotted up.

The moves included in the infographic from Furniture at Work below can easily be done at your desk at work or on a plane or during a roadtrip.  (Please refrain from exercising if you are behind the wheel.  Focus on the road ahead!)  I highly recomend that instead of taking a 5 minute Facebook break, you instead give the poses below a try.

See larger graphic here

You can also check out this short video with some #officeyoga moves over on You Tube.

While our flight was delayed in Frankfurt, I came up with a few suggestions for exercises you can easily do at the airport.  These include:

Bulgarian squats (with one leg up on the chair)

Incline press ups (horrible angle, ugh!)

Side plank (add in a twist if it is easy)

Tricep dips (legs straight to make it tougher)

Remember to take a few moments every day to stretch at your desk.  Nobody wants to die young, especially if you are so working hard you don;t have time to enjoy life outside the office.

How do you relax and reenergize when you are stuck at your desk all day?  Leave a comment below with your tips or tweet me (@PTMollie) with #officeyoga.

This post was in collaboration with Furniture at Work, a company keen to raise awareness of the importance of movement at work.  Corportate wellness is important, so get in touch if you would like me to lead a fitness class or run club at your central London workplace.

12 Weeks Til Christmas online training program

Monday, September 5, 2016

Summer holidays are over and the kids are back at school.  The next break from work isn't until Christmas, but that will be here before you know it.

You might have lost your fitness routine and healthy eating habits during the summer, but I can help you get back on track with your health and happiness.  My new 12 week training program, 12 Weeks 'Til Christmas, is designed to give you enough time to gradually make changes (which means you are more likely to stick with them) and supports moving more while nourishing your body.

During our 12 weeks together we will:
  • Set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • Work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Achieve strength and body shape goals
  • Discover enjoyable and fun forms of exercise
If you are ready to start an exercise program after taking some time off, this program is for you.  

If you have trouble sticking to an exercise program once you have started it, this program is for  you.

If you need accountability to stay on track with your food choices, this program is for you.

Open to anyone in the world with email access and a Smart phone, now is the time to get started.  The autumn leaves will soon be falling.  Winter is coming.

"A year from now you will have wished you started today."

We start on 12th September and finish on 12th December, just in time for holiday party season.
Twelve Weeks 'Til Christmas includes:
  • Digital app to consolidate your activity, sleeping and food so I can monitor your progress virtually
  • New full body workout emailed to you every week
  • Exclusive club community to support fellow group members
  • 3 day food diary analysis 
  • Health coaching
  • Free set of five motivational cards
  • 30 min goal setting call at start, and 30 min check in call during week 6
  • Weekly challenges
  • Unlimited email support
  • 20% off Fitness Genes test

Worth over £800, sign up below by 7th September 2016 for only £425.  Or register beween 8th - 12th September 2016 for just £525.  Average rates for personal training in London are £60/hour. This program is less than £44/week for a personal trainer in your pocket. 

Can you really put a price on your health and happiness?

This opportunity is limited to 10 people to allow proper individualised attention over the 12 weeks.  It will fill up quickly, so don't delay.

Email me to register:  mollie@ptmollie.com

Survival Tips for the Spitfire Scramble

Friday, September 2, 2016

I learned a few things from last year's Spitfire Scramble.  Even though I made a list of things to pack, I still forgot a few things, like baby wipes.  I did remember a hot water bottle and think that was more essential because if I smelled, I was camping alone.  Here are the Things that got me through Spitfire Scramble 2016.

2016 UK Fitness Bloggers team

Pearl Izumi kit is lush
Pearl Izumi*-Their Transfer Dry running kit is amazing!  I have the Pursuit Singlet and 4.5 in short.  Both dried out so quick after my first lap I left them on and wore for lap #2.  I even wore the shorts to Fierce Grace Yoga once and they never stuck to me or need to be adjusted.  They are now my go-to shorts in the summer.  The only change I would make is to add a zipper or Velcro seal three small pocket on the back waistband as I am always afraid my gel or keys will fall out.  The top is a flattering cut (as is my preference for a loose cut).

Runderwear- They quick dry too so you don't have to worry about swamp ass.  'nough said.  Here is my original review.

Knuckle Lights*- Team member, Corey from Learning Patience, was able to hook up the team with these.  She had used them last year and raved about them.  I used mine at high power and could see everything even though it was pitch black out.  I also had Night Runner 270's* on my feet, Million Mile lights on my waist and a head torch.  It was awesome to be so lit up because I got of lot of comments during my 2 night laps, which gave me the boost I needed.  One person said I was lit up like a Christmas tree, while a marshall said I made their night by being so bright.  The rechargable batteries didn't last me too laps though while on high power.  Next year, I will go with medium strenght.

Primal pantry bars*- Sabine, from My Life My Challenges, was able to share some sample Primal Pantry bars.  My flapjacks ended up sticking to the parchment paper when I took them out of the oven, so I was grateful for an alternative snack. We had 4 flavours but I stuck to the ones I knew and saved the rest for run commuting.

VITHIT water*- These were sent to me just days before the race. I chose to have them as a treat after my daytime laps as a way to rehydrate without having to worry about my body's response. (Runners are really superstitious about trying new things, if you haven't pick up on that yet). I tried Apple & Elderflower and Coconut & Pineapple.  Both were really nice treat after a hot 5.9 mile run. I still have 2 other flavours in my fridge and hope summer lasts a bit longer so I can enjoy them properly.

Primus Lite gas stove*- I harnessed it's true potential this year and had a hot water bottle while I slept, made Sabine a pot of noodles, and someone a cup of tea.  I was so relieved it didn't rust when we left it outside in a plastic storage container in the garden that became super damp when we had heavy rain.  The insulation on the cup went a bit mouldy but I was able to wash that off under the tap.  I was super impressed it wasn't damaged further.  Quality stuff right there!

elete Holistic Hydrate*- These were a lifesaver as it was very hot and sunny on Saturday afternoon.  All I did was pour 1/2 capful into my 750ml water bottle and added water.  It didn't taste that much different (but just a little bit, maybe just psychosomatic as I knew there were added salts in there?). The bottles are small enough (like an eye drop bottle) that you can travel with it or keep in your gym bag for hot days or super-sweaty workouts.

Stretch and massage in between laps
Massages- I had enough cash on me to invest in 3 massages this year. Corey's massage therapist said to get massages throughout the race. Our team was the first in line to sign up for our anticipated slots. God bless the Flying Physios as they worked for nearly 35 hours straight to keep all us runners going.  I don't know if it was mentally or physically a relief but I will do the same again next year.

Familiar faces- It is wonderful to be building up my friends in the London running community.  We had several other blogger friends at the race (Lisa, Lucy, and Frankie), my friend Clare and her gang of East End Road Runners, two ladies from Advent Running, and my local park run leaders.  Spitfire is so friendly and relaxed you really can't beat it.

I am already looking forward to next year.  My goal is to bring my own food rather than rely on the food stands.  During my laps, I had lots of time to strategize our rota for next year.  Returning to such a fun race year-after-year helps me check in with the community aspect of running and reminds me how fun it truly can be.

All items with a * were given to me with compliments in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.