12 weeks training has started

So the time has arrived! Yes… 12 weeks of hard work before we hit the finish line of the Richmond half marathon.

I am using a Nike+ app to help me with the training. This app is amazing as it tells me how much and how often to run. It measures my pace and distance.

Unfortunately my feet haven’t fully recovered from bad blisters yet, therefore my training had to be postponed, but I’ll be back on track in couple of days. I have found appropriate bandage to keep my feet going.

Healthy diet will be a huge part of the training. For breakfast or snack at work I’ve been having chia seeds granola pudding with fruits. It is a nutritious breakfast to start with (even Cookie loves it) 😆.

Wish us a luck and lot of strength. These 12 weeks will be challenging.

Thanks for your support.

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Back to ground zero

There is nothing worse than when your training routine gets distracted by an injury or sickness.
I was sick for almost two weeks and wasn’t able to run at all. Before I had quite good fitness level and ran 8-10k comfortably. How do you cope with the training after being sick or injured?

At the moment I struggle on 5k, but slowly getting there and hopefully I’ll be back on track very soon.

Yesterday and today I ran under 5k to start with. Today I also incorporated some strength training (squats, lounges, core exercises and upper body).

Even when your training routing gets put on hold, don’t get discouraged. Jump back into the routine. Start slow and soon you’ll be back on track.

You can sponsor me and Erika during this journey to help to raise money for Matthias’ surgery. He is a little fighter and deserves our help.

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Sunday Smoothie: Detox Smoothie

I hope you all had lovely weekend. It’s been some time since my last post. Unfortunately I got cold for past week and wasn’t able to continue my training. I’ve realised how much I miss running. While I was sick I didn’t feel like eating much, all I wanted is to finish work and go home and sleep. I didn’t even have a smoothie once and during the absence of smoothies in my diet I realised how much difference they make. Do you drink smoothies regularly? Do you feel any different when you stop drinking them? I felt more tired than usual and even my skin experienced few breakouts. Of course being sick and lack of sleep took a big part but skipping smoothies didn’t do any better.

I felt like I needed some tasty detox smoothie and here is the recipe:

1 chopped pear
1/2 lime (juice)
Handful of spinach
3 chopped celery sticks
2 kiwis

Sometimes I add a cucumber too. It makes this smoothie even more refreshing.

I hope you enjoy this smoothie.

Hopefully I’ll be back on track with training and eating clean within next few days. I haven’t been too good with food last few days and it makes me feel more tired. Please support us by sponsoring us during out mission to help Matthias.

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Sunday Smoothie: ‘Wake me up’

This morning I felt like something bit more sweet and fresh.
I made a mango, pineapple, grapes and coconut milk. Blend all the ingredients together in the blender and enjoy.

1/2 mango
Handful of pineapple
Handful of grapes
1/2 cup of coconut milk

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Bugs & Mosquitos for a dinner

Yesterday me and Erika went spontaneously for a run. We decided to check out the area where our race will be held. The weather was little wet, but no rain…. Ideal for my running. We didn’t have any particular distance in mind, but it’s always fun to run together.

At the end of the day we managed to run 10km and we both felt great afterwards. We both looked at each other like we could run more but as we ran along the river Thames there were ton of bugs and mosquitos flying around. I don’t wanna even know how many we swallowed nor how many got stuck in our eyes. However, despite the ‘bug struggle’ it was a great run and we are making little steps closer to our goal.
We are running the Richmond half marathon in September. Please sponsor two chicks who are helping Matthias’ family to save his life.
Just click on donation button and sponsor us. Every help is much appreciated.

Have a great day everyone!

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Summer arrived to London

Summer has finally arrived and I’ve been loving this weekend.

On Saturday I met my training buddy and sister in crime Erika…. We went to a park for picnic. I cooked some chicken marinated in basil & pine nut pesto with mix of azuki beans, red and green lentils and chickpeas.
To freshen everything up we had spinach salad with avocado and fruits on the side…later in the evening we had a dessert (chocolate avocado mousse with fresh strawberries).
Later in the evening we went for a run (4.89k). We both felt great and switched our brains from everyday routine. It was such a lovely Saturday.
I am so grateful to have such a good friend who inspires me and I can rely on. During the training we support each other and keep positive spirit.

Today I have been relaxing most of the day. I cooked lunch (sweet potatoes, halumi cheese, spinach & avocado salad and eggs). For the rest of the afternoon i relaxed in the garden with my kitty and was catching some rays.
I feel relaxed and refreshed and soon will head out for a run.

Please sponsor us during the training and half marathon which we will run in September. All the funds go directly to Matthias’ charity account for his life saving surgery. Thanks to everyone for all the support.

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Sunday Smoothie: Green Machine

Hello everyone,

It’s Sunday again and I am showing you another smoothie recipe. This time I chose to do completely different one compare to last week.
This week we focus on veggies. I’ve never been huge veggie lover, but recently I eat lot of it and smoothies help me with my daily veggie intake.
With my smoothie I snacked some fresh strawberries & grapes with organic smooth peanut butter (I absolutely love this stuff). Peanut butter with anything :p

I called this smoothie ‘Green Machine’ as it gives me energy and restarts my system 🙂

Green Machine recipe:
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
1 rape avocado
1 small celery stick
1/2 cup of organic apple juice
1/2 cup of water
Splash of lime juice
1tsp of spirulina

Optional:
Mint leaves

It is even more refreshing when you add mint. I recommend this smoothie especially to those who are starting with their veggies. This way you will get all the nutrients without having to eat ton of vegetables.

Enjoy! And I hope you like this post.

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Perfect Sunny Day & After Run Lunch

Today is absolutely beautiful and this weather suppose to continue until Monday….ton of opportunities to get out of the sofa and go outside for a jog.
This morning I went for a very light jog as my legs have not recovered from my last long distance run yet. I ran 3km and did long stretching session to help my muscles in recovery process. I also decided to do some strength training with my own body weight. It is important to include strength training while you doing your cardio.
I am fortunate for the beautiful park I have close to my house. I absolutely love running there, even tho it’s in the city it still feels like country side.

After I returned home I made a quick rocket, spinach & quinoa salad with some mozzarella cheese and eggs. It’s light, but it fills me for a while.

Put your trainers on and join our team in a mission to raise money for Matthias’ surgery.

Enjoy the sunny day everyone ☀️😊😜

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Training doesn’t stop

My kitty woke me up quite early this morning and after only 6h of sleep I surprisingly didn’t feel too tired. Stupidly I had a latte around 8pm last night at work (FYI I don’t drink coffee at all) and the caffeine effect worked until about 2am and I couldn’t sleep.
Anyway… I still went for a run as planned, even tho half way it started pouring the rain. I ran 8.40km and it was one of the best runs I’ve done so far. I felt great and still had enough energy to run more but had to return back home and get ready for work.
I have explored new routes and met some geese on the way (oh boy they were quite aggressive as they had babies around).

Don’t give up even if the weather isn’t according to your plans. We are on the mission here to inspire others and most importantly to raise money for Matthias. Please click on the just giving donation button and drop us a £1 or few 🙂

Have a lovely day everyone. Keep moving! 😘

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

There’s something about the dessert. It just completes a good meal and we all love them.
I love chocolate mousse desserts, but since I have started eating clean I have found a perfect replacement for regular mousse. And let me tell you…this tastes so much better.

Recipe:
4 very ripe avocados
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup of agave or honey
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 of almond (coconut) milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

Melt the chocolate chips and let it cool on the side. Blend rest of the ingredients with the melted chocolate to get this lovely smooth chocolate mousse.
As a topping I chose to caramelise banana in coconut oil. You can add popcorn instead or any fruit you like.

Topping:
1 banana
1tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp coconut or brown sugar

– melt the coconut oil and stir the sliced banana until brown. Add sugar to caramelise banana slices.
– once the banana is ready add it on the top of the mousse and place in the fridge to chill for at the least 3 hours.

ENJOY!! 😛