Activities, Interests, Lifestyle

3 Things I Learned as a Parkrun Marshall

Yesterday was my 41st Parkrun! Yes, 9 more Saturdays and I hit 50 and get that coveted Tshirt! Saturday was also my first day as a Parkrun marshall. What do marshalls do? Well, we basically help to set up before the run and we are posted at different posts on the route to cheer everyone on as they run past. I learned some valuable lessons on my rookie stint and I thought I would share them with you.

The fastest runners are focused

I’ve never been able to see the fastest runners because I’m always somewhere in the middle so it was interesting to see them on this day. It was quite interesting to see how I unbothered the winners were about the people behind them, whether they were going in the right direction and they were not even interested to acknowledge me as they flew past! Their goal was one: to finish at the best time possible. Read into that as metaphorically as you would like.

It’s not about you

When I do parkrun, my goals have varied over the past year, from finishing the run in one piece to beating my previous personal best, but as a marshall, the goal has nothing to do with me. As much as there are marathon runners in the crowd, there are also those who are running for the first time and others who are just walking it. All these people appreciate encouragement, someone who’s on their side and wants to see them do well, and I took it upon myself to be this person at my post.

Change your mindset

I knew that yesterday was not about the run and more about lending a helping hand, and I was able to run the rest of the route after everyone had passed my post, but man, it was hard to get into running mode after standing around for a while! This is going to take some getting used to and a change of mindset going forward.

Well, there you have it! I’m looking forward to doing more marshalling in the future! This is another opportunity to meet new people and be part of a community of like minded people. If you are a parkrunner, and you have done 25 or more runs, get yourself on the list of volunteers!

Thank you so much for popping in! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here. Have a beautiful week😘

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Fibo Fitness and Wellness Festival

I’m starting to feel more and more at home in fitness spaces and I love it!

This weekend found me at Fibo Health and Fitness, Wellness Festival. I was really there to support my friend as per the friendship aggreement but I got much more than I expected!

Endless stalls ranging from food to active wear and equipment and everything in between! I planked for vouchers, sweated out in 30-minute classes and tried out all kinds of healthy shakes and food.

So I finally tried out Piloxing, guys and it was so much more than I expected! It’s not just punching into the air. The piloxing gloves, which have a little added weight, ensure that you get more out of those punches. 2 sets, and I understood why the instructors have such lean arms! It was only a 30-minute demo class but I was sweating hard by the end!

And it doesn’t stop there. My legs were put to the test with standing leg raises that also demand a tightened core to maximise effectiveness. I would love to have this class on a regular basis at my own gym! It’s a must try for men and women!

Shout out to Tania and her team for a great demo. You’re an amazing instructor full of fun and so much energy and it’s evident that you and your team believing in what you’re doing! Thank you!

Thank you for popping erbody! It’s always a pleasure to have you hear! Have an awesome week😘

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Piloxing

When it comes to fitness, I’m down for whatever, to be honest. I’m here for the results and being able to push myself beyond limits I thought were impenetrable! It feels good to be able to wear whatever I want and not to feel uncomfortable with my body! It feels good to catch a glimpse, at the perfect angle and the perfect lighting, a glimpse of what appears to be a 6 pack! Man, it feels so good to feel good in my own skin!

So my very good friend Lian started doing this thing called Piloxing and from what I could see on her Instagram, it is a lot and she looks better and better every day and sounds happier and happier everytime we catch up – I was curious!

Because I like things and Lian and I will find any opportunity to see each other since she is based in Cape Town, she’s roped me in for a Piloxing event taking place in Joburg next weekend!

I need to do some more research and preparation but based on this Piloxing video and other research I’ve done, Piloxing is pilates meets boxing -and your girl has her work cut out for her! Listen, it’s not child’s play and I felt every muscle in my body flex at just the sight of the gruelling work out that is in store for me next weekend! It’s going to be hectic! Pray for me! I’ll have more details for you during the week and maybe even a giveaway!

In the meantime, I’m going to put in some real work this week to get me ready, so wish me luck!

Thank you for popping in today! It’s always good to have you hear! Have an amazing week😘

Gym Life, Interests, Lifestyle

3 Positive Pants Favourites

Happy Sunday and a new month to everyone! A change of season is near and I can’t wait for the changes that come with it!

If you’re a curvy girl like me, you understand how difficult it is to find gym tights that fit. It is exhausting! They’re usually too small or they don’t sit as high up on the waist as I would like them to, which makes my gym sessions so uncomfortable! The struggle is real!

I was sceptical when Positive Pants showed up on my social media timeline. I mean, these pants are modelled by either slender or pregnant women and I fall somewhere inbetween these gorgeous people, so meh! Here are 3 things I liked about the Positive Pants:

Design

Despite my scepticism, I couldn’t help but browse through the wide selection of prints. Positive Pants offers gorgeous tights that have vibrant designs in bright colours. How does one resist all that?!

Service

In this day and age, you’d think I shop online like all forward-thinking Millennials, but I still worry about how my clothes will fit – if they arrive at all! That’s why I was so happy that I could DM them on social media for all my questions and whoever [promptly] responded to me was so helpful! Within a few minutes, I knew how to pick a pair of pants that would fit me best and another half an hour to make my payment! And the cherry on top? My pants arrived THE NEXT DAY! They were packaged with my name on them as if the person I DMed sent them herself! I couldn’t be happier if I was sent flowers, to be honest!

Perfect fit

When I took them out I was horrified. They looked tiny and I was sure that all my anxiety about the fit was coming to life! But they fit like a glove! Not like squeeze them in or jump up and down for them to fit but legit fit and high waist, just like I wanted! I didn’t want to take them off, not even to try on the other pair! Now I understand why they advertise these pants for day to day living and not just as active wear!

If you like feeling good and being comfortable in whatever you are wearing, then these pants are for you! You’ll love their bold designs too! You can find them on Facebook and Instagram!

Thank you so much for popping in, guys! Have a beautiful week 😘

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5 Things I Liked about Gillloy’s Parkrun

Evening Erbody!

Wow, that was close! I almost didn’t make it today!

Let’s get straight to it! I did a parkrun yesterday morning. It is a 5km run that is done every Saturday. Here’s what I thought:

1.It’s International!

I don’t know about you, but I love being a part of something that’s bigger than me! Did you know that parkruns take place in 20 countries accross 5 continents every Saturday morning? At 8am all over the world people are running!

2. Rise and Run!

8 in the morning sounds super early, especially for a Saturday, but the last thing I want to do on a Friday night is go out partying! So, for me 8am is the perfect time. I’m home by 9 and I can go back to bed or have a Saturday like everybody else🙂

3.So Much Support!

This one’s specific to this parkrun. At every kilometre, Gillooly’s had one of their volunteers shouting encouragments to keep going! It was such a boost!

4. Group Work

Even if you attend a parkrun alone, you are still doing the run with hundreds of other people. I kept tracking myself according to the granny ahead of me or the walking children behind me. I loved the sense of community!

5. Fitness Goals

I guess this one is obvious. Everyone is in it for different reasons, but for me it was nice to run on the ground as opposed to the treadmill which makes running easier in some ways. Running long distance is really effective outside!

I’m really curious to see the progress I make in the next few weeks. I’ll keep you posted!

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have an awesome week!