Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

Posted by on 11th February 2018, Sunday pm28 2:27 pm Comments: 0

Well it’s official – I have finally secured a place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon after years of unsuccessfully applying for a ballot place. I have been watching this event on TV every year since the very first one in 1981 in awe of all the amazing participants pounding the streets of my beloved London, passing all the famous landmarks and then crossing the finish line at The Mall. Thank you to  Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy for allowing me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and raise funds for such an amazing cause. The Bobath Centre’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children so that they are healthy and active, and can participate in everyday life to the best of their ability. Only 10 weeks to go!!!!!!

 

If you’re feeling generous and kind please go to my fundraising page and make a donation.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LindseyAllenRun

Marathon Man

Posted by on 17th April 2017, Monday pm30 3:47 pm Comments: 0

Once upon a time there was a man who would watch the London Marathon every year and say, every time “I’m gonna run that one day”.

The fact that he hadn’t run since he was a ickle lad didn’t seem to be an issue, and we all thought he was just saying it anyway, you know, for a laugh. But then one day, about two years ago, he took up ‘Couch to 5k’, and within 6 months he had run two races, one of which being his first half marathon, he’d been bitten by the bug and running the ‘big’ one seemed much more of a possible reality.

Fast forward to now, and he actually IS running it! I know, amazing and incredibly inspirational hey? On Sunday 23rd of April, THIS Sunday, that man, my friend Simone Maurri will run 26 miles in the world’s biggest marathon in that London. For charity too (The Bobath Centre for children with cerebral palsy). And we are all very proud. And I want to help, so his amazing talented wife has been auctioning off a few sketchbook originals and prints over the last few weeks to help him raise his target.

This sketchbook original is the last piece she will be auctioning off and bidding will END on the 22nd April.
This piece will never be reproduced in print as it is a copyrighted quote so she cannot sell it, this is why it’s being auctioned off for charity, so really is and will only ever be the only one.

This is the link to the auction site : http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/marathonman
Thanks for listening and thanks for your support, lovely people x

How to Make Sure You Reach Your Running Goals in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by on 24th August 2016, Wednesday pm31 4:13 pm Comments: 0

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If we want to improve and grow we have to set goals. Without a SMART goal, we may not even know what success looks like for us!

This isn’t about winning the Olympics or breaking World Records. This is about breaking our own personal records, becoming the strongest version of ourselves and really getting the most out of our running.

By following the SMART goal framework below you can add real purpose to your running and inject the motivation needed to push the boundaries!

Specific
This is the first step in setting any goal. Saying you just want to improve your running is not specific enough and is way too vague to give you a solid target to work towards.

So ask yourself what EXACTLY do you want to achieve? e.g. Run 5 miles without stopping, run your first marathon.

Measurable
This part of the SMART goal framework lends itself very well to running as it’s possible to measure almost everything.

By making it measurable you will know exactly how you are tracking towards your goal and when you have achieved it.

If you’re training for a distance you have run before then setting a target time will rejuvenate the challenge for you and will encourage you to put in the effort and enthusiasm required to improve.

Achievable
It’s important to set goals that stretch you, an easy way to do this is to set a target time which you would find a challenge and then reduce it by a further minute. However, it is also important not to set ridiculous goals.

If you’re still quite early in your running journey, setting a goal of finishing a marathon in under 3 hours could lead to you losing hope and giving up entirely.

Your goal should scare you slightly, not make you burst out laughing.

Relevant
This part of the SMART framework is all about keeping your goals relevant to you. Why do you want to run?

It’s not always about distances and times, if you run to be social then why not make it a goal to attend every meeting at your local running club.

Time-Framed
This final aspect ties everything together. Set a deadline, without one your goal is nothing more than another “one day I’ll do it”.

Pick an event, pay the entry fee and get yourself locked in. You can also post on social media to keep yourself accountable to your friends.

If you find that you’re achieving your goal before the deadline then re-adjust it and strap yourself in for greatness!

Write this sentence down on paper and stick it somewhere you’ll see it.

I will achieve [specific goal] by running [measured result]. I believe it is attainable and it is relevant to me because [relevant reason]. I will achieve this goal by [timed deadline].

Good luck with your smart goals and most importantly, have fun!

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Lindsey x

10 Things You Can Do To Get Healthier Now

Posted by on 22nd March 2012, Thursday pm31 2:15 pm Comments: 6

10 Things You Can Do To Get Healthier Now

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with the idea that we are not good enough.

Social media is full of advertisements that encourage us to be better and to get thinner; from the tabloids to the television to Instagram to the news, we are constantly assured that our best self is just out of reach. And yet, for most of us, optimal health is easier said than done.

Luckily, that’s all about to change.

Because I’m bringing you 10 things you can do this week to be healthier- without sacrificing too much time, or missing out on the things you most enjoy.

So read on, and embrace a healthier, happier you!

1. Eat your veggies! Remember how your mum always used to pester you to eat those greens? She was on to something. A diet high in vegetables is proven to reduce your chances of contracting illness, improve your intestinal health, and can even boost your immune system.

2. Sleep well. Not only can sleep improve your skin’s health and help you look younger, getting a proper night’s rest can help improve your memory, and can even help you to lose weight. Sleep is essential for mental and physical repair, 8 hours is an ideal amount.

3. Work it out. Exercising encourages better sleep, and releases powerful endorphins that make you feels great. You don’t have to run a marathon to get the benefits, either. Studies have shown that getting just 10 minutes of exercise a day has fantastic effects on your health. Walk in your lunch hour rather than sitting at your desk, take the stairs instead of the elevator and stand whenever possible.

4. Laugh. We’re not joking! Laughing relaxes the body, relieves tension, and even boosts your immune system.

5. Get outdoors – Even if it’s cold and wet. Taking a walk or having a picnic or even stargazing can boost your happy hormones as well as give you daily dose of fresh air! Being close to nature will make you feel less stressed and more grounded.

6. Eat protein at every meal. Protein is the building blocks of your body, we use it to build and repair tissue. It also helps you feel fuller for longer, aim for one palm size portion for a female and two for a male. Some protein sources: Eggs, Fish, Meat, Nuts, Beans, Cheese.

7. Get more fibre. Fibre regulates digestion, reduces blood pressure, and even lowers bad cholesterol. Great sources of fiber are oats, fruits, vegetables, beans, chickpeas, nuts and lentils.

8. Get naughty. That’s right- studies have proven that having sex regularly makes you feel younger, boosts your immune system, and can even increase your lifespan!

9. Drink more water. Getting 2 litres a day energises your muscles, controls your calorie intake, and encourages kidney health. If you are just 2% dehydrated it will reduce your body functioning optimally.

10. Meditate. Taking the time to tune in and relax can help reduce stress as well as relieve symptoms of IBS, lower your blood pressure, and increase your fertility. It will also encourage feelings of peace and self-love.

Introduce these gradually into your life and over time they will become habit, forming life term healthy habits is the key to your health and well-being.

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