Monday, 19 August 2013

How to set up a running club

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Following on from my successful completion of the couch to 5k running programme with a group of friends I am sharing how I set up a running club from scratch.

1. Identify a group of people
By definition a club consists of people so you’ll need to recruit some other people. I started with my work friends because we’d all been threatening to start exercising and I knew that we were all at the same level – absolute beginner. You only need 1 other person but the more people there are the greater accountability you’ll have.
I had 5 people join Team Scrambled Legs and it is a great number as it means that even if some people cannot make the run, there’s always at least 2 people hitting the road.

Within a few weeks, Sam joined in and it's great to have another motivator for the weekend runs.

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2. Identify a time you can run
If you haven’t got the time to run you simply won’t do it. I wanted to run at lunchtime so as not to eat into my own time before and after work. Pick a time that works with your schedule. If you’re not a morning person, don’t plan to get up at 6am to get a run in before work.

3. Get a running plan
I cannot recommend this enough. As an absolute beginner to running it was easy to pick a plan and there are loads of couch to 5k running plans to follow. I picked the one from the NHS website and we followed it to the letter. I think it is important to start slowly and build up at an appropriate pace. Having a plan meant we always knew what we were looking to achieve and I don’t think that we could have dragged ourselves out of the building if we’d have been aimlessly jogging along. Mentally ticking off each run of the programme is hugely rewarding and a motivator to keep going.

4. Set a goal
I personally need a goal to work towards and get me lacing up my trainers no matter what. The obvious goal for our running programme was a 5k race at the end of the 6 weeks. Seeing our progress towards the race was a real motivator.

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5. Put it in your diary
Once you know when you’ll be running, get it booked in everyone’s diaries. Make sure everyone knows when they are to be where.

6. Send text reminders to members
Running at lunchtime at work meant that we all needed to remember to bring our running kit in the mornings. To prevent people from forgetting their kit I sent them a text either the night before or the morning of a run.

7. Run!
Enjoy it and have fun!

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

New goal achieved: Started running!

One of the many reasons why I haven't had as much time to devote to Project:Lorna recently has been a new hobby in my life: running.

For those who know me well, they know that the news that Sam and I ran a 5k race this morning will be a crazy shock:

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About 7 weeks ago the unbelievable words "we should start a running club" came out of my mouth and today we did our first race.

Sam and I crossed the line together, well within nine tenths of a second, and at 34 minutes and 22 seconds I'm pretty delighted to come in under our target time of 35 mins.

Team Scrambled Legs achieved something great today and it feels so good!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Our wedding has officially been blogged!

I have been sat on my hands to stop myself from blogging about our wedding before it was officially featured on Boho Weddings and today it hit the internet. Excited is not the word!!!!

Check out the full article over at www.boho-weddings.com

Over the next few weeks I'll be featuring my favourite parts of the wedding. If you'd like to be notified of these why not follow this blog by email, via bloglovin' or follow me on twitter @projectlorna.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Another year older

28! Cor blimey!

This one has hit me like a ton of bricks because I have to face it that I am in my late twenties. And I've been married for a whole month.

27 has been a good year to me but I'd like to make 28 the best.

I have three goals for this year:

1. Knit

My birthday present to myself is the beekeepers quilt pattern and some double pointed needles. This is the year of the hexipuff for me. And don't think that this is some easy challenge for me - knitting is absolutely not my forte but I'm going to suck it up and learn because there are no crochet alternatives that I am happy with.

2. Buy our own home. 

Well that's a big one. We might not even be able to buy a house for all we know but this is the year that we will try. Rents keep increasing and there's something about a home that you can do what the hell you want to that is really starting to appeal to us.

3. Capture the moment. 

I don't know exactly how this goal will manifest itself because what might start out as one thing can morph over time. My intentions in this are currently threefold:
a) more daily life photos
b) project life in some form or another
c) 1 second every day

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hotel Love

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi


Today is our last day in Krabi. Our honeymoon is fortunately not yet over but tomorrow we are taken back to the airport and fly to Bangkok for the last 4 nights of our adventure.

I've not shared the wonderful details of our honeymoon because I've been rather busy enjoying it but as I lay out in the sun earlier I had a pang of love for our beautiful hotel. And then I felt it: the air turn and a storm on it's way.

With a matter of minutes to spare before the massive droplets of rain began to pound down I grabbed my camera and tried to capture some of the magic of the Amari Vogue Krabi experience.

You can see the storm coming and later, the rain itself. My photos don't do it justice so take my word for it - this place is very special.


Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi

Amari Vogue Hotel Krabi