SS: Sunday Saves (#55)

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back to my Sunday Saves. As I’m sure you know by now, if you haven’t read last week’s post, you’ll find it right here or if you want to read my previous Sunday Saves over the past year, you’ll find them right here! This week’s theme is focusing on fitness: more specifically, preparing for a workout, tips on being a beginner runner and finding the motivation to work out in the morning.

1) Lifestyled by Jennie (Motivational Reasons For Exercising In The Morning)

I am such an advocate for exercising in the morning so I am, of course, going to celebrate Jennie’s post about it. She gives us four genuine reasons why working out in the morning is better than the evening, straight after work for example. I can’t wait to write about my own experiences on this!

2) Fit Cake (Preparing for a Workout)

So now that you’ve read Jennie’s post about getting the motivation to get up in the morning, why not read Emma’s post on how to prepare for a workout. This includes making sure you drink your water (especially when working out, I can’t stress how IMPORTANT this is!) and the art of stretching.

3) Harmony Blaze (Me, Myself and Running)

Emma’s post (Yes, this is a different Emma!) has come at a great time for me as I begin my own running journey just before the Summer. Originally, I had begun last year; it was around this time last year I signed up for my first Park Run but unfortunately life happened and I never kept up with the running. Thankfully, that’s changed this year and I’m finally ready to give it a go again. Emma talks about why she took up running, what she loves about it and even a few tips to newbie runners like me.

That’s all from this week’s Sunday  Saves; if you have any other fitness posts you think I should read, please tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake on Twitter or leave a comment below. I crave more fitness posts! Thanks for reading, and have a lovely weekend, whatever you get up to!

SS: Sunday Saves (#25)

I hit 25! It’s such a huge landmark for my blog this week, twenty five editions of Sunday Saves! If you want to look back on my other Sunday Saves, you can find them right here. This week I’ll be talking about exercise in Winter, vegan chocolate and musicals!

1. Purely Amy (Winter is coming. How to prepare for running seasion in the cold.)

Amy has hit the nail on the head with her post. Running or exercise in general is just as important in Winter as it is the rest of the year but a lot of people are put off with it being colder which is completely understandable. What would you rather choose? Cuddling in your warm cosy bed or being outside in the freezing cold running a 5K? I want to be one of those people that eventually chooses the latter (but right now, I’m a good cuddling in bed with my fluffy duvet type of person) because I know once Christmas comes, I’ll feel better for making more of an effort with my fitness and not let the cold stop me. Amy gives advice on what clothing to wear, how to set a schedule and she’s taking part in Mo Running too (just like me!) so she talks about the charity and how she plans to train for it.

2. The Little Blog of Vegan (Ombar Chocolate – Perfect Stocking Fillers!)

Sneak peek! I have included the Ombars in a post that is coming up later on in the week so look out for that! I love Ombars; I only discovered them a few months ago after being on the hunt for vegan chocolate for someone I know and then discovering I could have it too. I haven’t tried all their flavours but Coco Mylk is my favourite by far. Holly Jade goes more in depth in all the flavours you can get, so if you’re interested in a chocolate that is gluten free, dairy free and vegan, make sure you check out her post!

3. Bloo’N’Stuff (Out ‘n’ About | Ghost the Musical)

Sara blogged about her experience at the musical ‘Ghost’ that took place a few weeks ago at the Grand Opera house. It was a limited date show and I had the pleasure of seeing the same show! I’m not too sure when Sara went but I went on the Tuesday; it was my first musical theatre I had ever seen live and I was blown away. The reason I chose to include Sara’s post is because she blogged about her whole experience as well as the show; I don’t think I would be able to do a live performance justice in a blog post and Sara did such a good job of it.

I can’t believe I got to 25 and I can’t wait to get to 50 now! I love finding new blog posts every week because blog reading is one of my favourite chill out activities, so to blog about them just makes that even better.

I’m taking part in #MoRunning 2016!

I’ve been saying from the get-go that I want to incorporate more fitness on the blog. Fitness used to be such a huge part of my life; it still is a part of my life but I’m slowly building it back up again, which is fantastic for me, I’m really happy about it. A lovely woman involved with the Mo Running team emailed me and asked me would I be interested in taking part in the Belfast Mo Running event and I said yes!

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If you’re not sure what Mo Running is (I personally had never heard of it until last week), it’s a charity run to raise money for the Movember Foundation. You might have heard of Movember because you’ll probably find a lot of men in your life growing their beards (or lack of!) out until the end of November and then shaving it off at the end. I seen it a lot last year!

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So of course I’m taking part in the Belfast event for the 5K. It’s taking place on Sunday 6th November (2016) in Ormeau Park at 11am for the 5K and 11:10am for the 10K. Registration opens at 9:30am and closes at 10:45am, and if you’ve ever been in the Ormeau Park car park on a busy day, you’ll know it can be a pain to park in, so I suggest getting down early!

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I’ve only ever done one 5K ParkRun which was great but stopping a lot did happen, so that’s why I’ve decided to stick to 5K this time. I’ll maybe venture into 10K next year though (or I might even have perfected loads of 10K’s by then!).

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If this sounds like something up your street, you can sign up for the Belfast 5K (which will cost £19.80 including the admin fee) or the 10K (which will cost £24.20 including the admin fee) on the Mo Running Belfast page. If you’re not from Belfast, don’t worry! There’s loads of other locations around the UK too and you can find out where they are right here!

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post and I (of course!) will be donating money to the charity involved in this year’s run because it’s an amazing cause and I’m really glad to be involved.

All photography credit goes to Ryan Richards at FStop Photography for the photographs taken at last years Mo Running 2015 Belfast event.