Get Running · Happiness · Weightloss.

Get Running – Day Two

So, yesterday was a rest day and today was the second run of week one. I have to say, even since Tuesday, things seem to be easier. My recovery time between each one minute run was shorter and I didn’t fall through the door gasping for water this time. I’ve been making sure I stretch before and after and I have a cool shower as soon as I get home (after cooling down properly) and I don’t even seem to be too achey.

The thought that today was easier than the first was actually really motivating as I kept thinking “Well, if today was easier, think how easy Saturday will seem!”. I don’t know if, in reality, that will be the case but it’s certainly a positive way to think about the whole thing and really helped me, mentally.

As I’m new to all of this, I didn’t want to have “all the gear and no idea”, like so many people do where they embark on a new hobby and go out and spend a load of cash on things the need but which just gather dust once they give up in a week. However, I’ve decided that if I’m to carry on, I want to invest in a couple of things. Luckily, Husband bought me a decent pair of trainers a couple of years ago which I’ve hardly used, they’re Nike and seem like a good match for my feet, so that’s not something I need to spend on. What I do need is some new headphones. As I said in my last post, the ones that come with the iPhone are both rubbish at staying in and quite honestly make me feel like a running mugger’s delight, I kept my hood up today to cover them up.

I also want one of those elastic bands that I can attach to my glasses to hold them on. Yes, I’ll look a knob, but there’s nothing more distracting than having to push your glasses up every five seconds (except maybe pushing rubbish iPhone headphones back in my ears)…and don’t even suggest contact lenses. Just don’t.

So far, I’ve been wearing jogging bottoms and one of Husband’s t-shirts, which is fine, but I’d like some actual dedicated running clothes. It’s going to be winter soon, so something thermally efficient would be awesome. Oh yeah, and maybe one of those water bottles you can hold while you’re running.

Not too much to ask, I don’t think?!

All About ME! · Style

Mummy’s Make Up

EDIT: Although I started by tagging people, it’s just so flippin’ fun that I want everyone who wants to join in to be able to, without having to wait to be tagged, so if this takes your fancy get involved and tweet me the results! (@jaynecrammond)

Sausage decided this morning that she wanted to pretend to give me a make-over and I thought “what the heck!” and gave her free reign over my actual make up. These are the results…(click twice to enlarge the pic)

Despite encouraging Sausage to add as much as she like, she was actually quite muted…I expected to look like a clown! Her blending skills leave something to be desired and I got poked in the eyeball with a mascara wand but I think she’s done well, all things considered.

So, now it’s a challenge!

I’m going to tag some other bloggers who have to let their kids loose on them with the contents of their make up bags! The rules are:

  • You must offer them everything you have in your bag (except scissors or eyelash curlers, obviously!)
  • You must not influence colours or products being used
  • You must not help with technique
  • The photo you take after must be unedited and you cannot do any blending or adding before snapping

So, who are my victims participants going to be?

Well, I’ve actually had a slew of willing volunteers who want to get involved, so it’s over to you, ladies:

Minty from Waterbirth Please

Susanne from Ghostwriter Mummy

Laura from The Mummy Life

Lauren from The Real Housewife of Suffolk County

Maggie from Life at the Zoo

Fi from Childcare is Fun

Sian from The Yummy Mummy

Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings

Nickie from I Am Typecast

I cannot wait  to see the results!

Get Running · Happiness · Weightloss.

Get Running – Day One

Yesterday was the first time I used my Get Running app and this is what I learned:


1. A minute of running can seem like an hour

2. A minute and a half of walking can go by in the blink of an eye

3. A male, un-neutered dog on a lead can be a perilous running companion, especially if it’s midday and there are a load of other dogs around.

4. Feeling your stomach jiggle with every footfall can be mighty off-putting

5. Ministry of Sound Funky House Classics is a great running album for tempo and taking your mind off of jiggling stomachs.

6. Run number 7 of eight runs is definitely the hardest.

7. I should probably take my inhaler with me next time.

8. You never feel like you deserve a nice shower more than when you’ve worked up a sweat by exercising.

9. Husband pointed out before I left that the lady talking you through the Get Running app sounds like Hattie Hayridge, and imagining that I’m being coached by Holly from Red Dwarf is a great distraction.

10. iPhone headphones are absolutely SHIT for running and fall out of your ears at least 5 times a minute.

11. I need some sort of strap to hold my glasses on because having to push them up my nose every two seconds is a massive embuggerance.

12. I actually quite like running!

Review · School · Top of the Class

Top of the Class – Mum’s the Word Recommends…George

Up today we have George, the clothing brand from Asda.

They hit the target in terms of colour, giving us both gold and brown, so here’s what we got:

1. Leather School Shoes (price unknown)

2. Yellow School Scallop Polo Shirt (2pk) – £3

3. Brown Box Pleat Skirt – from £3.50

4. Feel Fresh Ankle Socks (7pk) – £4

The shoes don’t seem to be on the George website anymore, so I can’t comment in terms of value as I don’t know what they cost but Sausage has been wearing them for about two weeks now and they haven’t rubbed her feet at all, and they don’t have any scuffs. There’s a padded bit at the back which is presumably to reduce discomfort from rubbing, the insoles feel almost squishy like memory foam, and Sausage says they’re really comfy. There are other shoes on the site which look almost identical but with a different pattern on the front.

The polo shirt doesn’t feel like it’s made of quite as thick material as the ones from Tesco, but I do like the scalloped collar for little girls, it’s a nice touch that looks pretty and feminine.

The skirt washes up nicely and is a good length while the box pleats allow for full range of movement, so she’ll still be able to charge around whilst wearing it. It washes up nicely and has a Teflon coating to reduce stains, so I suspect it’ll last quite well too.

The socks are for size 9-12 and Sausage is a size 9 but they come up on the larger end of the scale, they bunched up around Sausage’s heel, so the 6-8.5 may have fitted better but they’re okay quality and the whole ‘feel fresh’ thing intrigues me, I’m guessing it’s something to do with not getting stinky feet, but I can’t find an explanation on the website. They also have a scalloped edge, which is pretty.

All in all, the George uniform is really nice; the polos don’t feel quite as good as the Tesco ones but the skirt feels thicker and more durable (although twice the price, but still only £3.50). The shoes are leather, which is impressive as most of the pairs on the site are below £15, and I reckon they’ll last well but only time and many hours kicking around the playground will tell!

All in all, we give George an A – narrowly missing the A* for the slightly flimsy polo but being held up by the quality and value of the other items!