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Keep on Running Journal by Paperchase


A few weeks in to running I decided (after it being mentioned in posts) that I was going to start a running journal to track my runs and eventually races.
I had no intention of buying one though and grabbed a notebook and started logging.
The other weekend however, I was in London and being the stationary geek that I am I popped in to Paperchase as we were passing. That's when I saw the Keep on Running Journal.... and it accidentally ended up at the till... with me and I parted with money.


The contents.
  • PB Log
  • Inspirational Bucket List
  • Goals
  • Clubs & Organisations
  • Event & Races
  • 12 week training plan
  • 3x 4 week spreads with a month in review after each quarter
  • 12 week training plan
  • 3x 4 week spreads with a month in review after each quarter
  • Running Buddies
  • Training & Health Contacts

In the front we have a whole bunch of pages to log your PB's, your goals and keep track of events and any organisations. Seeing as i'm not part of a running club these will more than likely remain empty but I do fill in my goals and the details of races I've signed up for.
There are also pages scattered throughout with quotes to keep you motivated.

The training plan is broken in to 12 weeks and 7 days. Before anything I mark it out as though it was a calender so I can log race days and days I'm away. Then I can pop in running training days, pole days and gym days.
The 4 week spreads are undated so you can start the planner at any time which normally I find a pain with planners but for fitness it's a blessing as no pages will be wasted.
Date it. First & foremost. Just like training, I mark in days I'm away, busy, racing, poling and gyming.
The bulk of the space I fill in what my running goal was for that and then what I completed including: distance, running time and pace.
I also like to fill in details on how I felt, and any aches and pains. At the end of each week you can tally up your total mi/km.
After every 4 weeks you can log your total monthly milage and average pace.
Theres a section to write about your highs and lows too before mapping on to the next 4 weeks and then we're back to a 12 week training plan after 3 months.

At the back you can make a note of all your running buddies details and training and health contacts. I run alone right now so I'm my only friend and I'm I will fill in the health contacts as and when I need to.

Overall, I'm really glad I have a place to write down all of this information so that if I need to know when aches and pains started and also I like to look back and see how far I've come since beginning on April 11th.

I would certainly reccomend this planner to anyone running and I may re-purchase after 6 months, but I also may not... if the idea in my head (for simplicity) comes to life.

I would leave a link but it's not listed even though I got it on May 18th....

Hanging by a Moment by Tawdra Kandle



Synopsis

When life shatters, it helps to have friends. I don’t know what I’d have done without Leo and Nate to comfort me, to hold me up and to keep me sane in face of sudden and terrible loss.

And if one of those friends happens to be the love of my life, the one guy I thought I’d never be close to again . . . I’m not going to complain. After all, in a vast sea of things that aren’t fair, being with Leo again feels like the only shining beam of hope.

I know there aren’t any guarantees for us. Leo’s heading south to play football, rocking a full-ride at one of the top colleges in the nation. Meanwhile, all of my plans have fallen apart, and I have to figure out what comes next. Having Nate by my side is more important I could have imagined.

The next four years were supposed to be the most exciting time of my life. Instead, they turn into a rollercoaster of uncertainty, complete with breathtaking highs and lows that threaten to break my heart.

In the end, the decisions we make now could change everything for the three of us, forever. 


Review

Whhaaatttt!!
No no no, It can't end there!
You know when you spend a couple of nights, up until daft o'clock reading, you're on to an addictive story. The follow up to Quinn, Leo and Nate was just as enticing as book one and I can't wait to follow their story. However I have a few books downloaded so I want to switch them up as I read. 
At the beginning you're hit with unthinkable grief, and honestly it makes you super thankful to spend more time with your loved ones. This leads to Quinn and Leo rekindling their love and I was cheering them on throughout. Wondering how this series could have any more books, because they were perfect. But like anything in fictional world, it comes down. It was a nice and reasonable come down though, where as a reader you see both sides of the story. Leo is becoming more and more popular which is ruining Quinn, because she stands in the way of the Lionesses.
Leo's rise to fame isn't just effecting her though, but Leo's bestfriend Matt and OMG, I was mentally screaming at my kindle about this.
I'm trying not to give away spoilers in this review, FYI.
regardless of how much of a jerk Matt is, no one wants that to happen to anyone.
Then there's the shock twist.
Leo and Quinn are on their break. Nate's health is deteriorating, and I imagined one thing and basically got a football to the face with what was really happening.
How Quinn and Leo go through that without destroying themselves I don't know. I couldn't do it or live through it, I know that much.
Needless to say I cannot wait to pick up where I left of. 100%

DIY Coconut + Coffee Body Scrub



When I first decided to start making my own skincare products, one of the things I was dying to create was a body scrub. Mainly because, I was out and I refused to buy one.
In the past I made it with the coffee grounds out of my coffee machine, but that broke, so I have a huge jar of coffee sitting in the cupboard waiting to be used.

You will needs:

★ 1 Jar (mine was 99p from B&M Bargains)
★ Coconut Oil (solid or liquid)
★ Coffee Grounds (used or unused)
★ Essential Oil (optional)
★ Saucepan
★ Heatproof bowl that sits on top of saucepan
★ Stirring utensil.

To make:
If using liquid coconut oil, skip to step 3.
★ Bring water to a boil in the pan. Reduce heat to simmer and place bowl on top
★ Place the coconut oil in to the bowl and melt.
★ Pour in to jar until it's ½ full.
★ Add essential oil (varies on size of container)
★ Then fill the remaining jar with the coffee grounds, or to a consistency you like. Sometimes I only fill it ¼ full and again fill with the coffee grounds.
★ Make sure you mix it well before it starts to set.
★ Leave to cool before sealing the container you use

Between coffee and coconut oil you have an abundant list of benefits in one jar. You're moisturising while scrubbing away all the dead skin cells. Healing, fighting cellulite and stretch marks. Personally I skip the essential oil stage of this recipe, but some people not want to smell like Starbucks. I on the other hand am a coffee addict and have no issue with that.

A couple of times a week I like to get in the shower and scrub away before I turn the water on and wash it all away and continuing the shower. It leaves your skin so smooth and soft it's unbelievable. 100% my favourite scrub.

Book Blast • Choke Me by K Webster & Ker Dukey



Choke Me

by K Webster & Ker Dukey Publication Date: June 17, 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense 


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From international bestselling authors, Ker Dukey and K Webster, comes a steamy standalone novella from their KKinky Reads collection! I had a plan. Make Ren Hayes pay. But plans don’t always turn out the way we want them to. He was found not guilty of murdering my best friend. But that doesn’t make him innocent. In my eyes, he’s guilty. Guilty of charming everyone around him into believing his innocence. Guilty of being so intoxicating I forget who he is—what he is. And guilty of awakening parts of me I never knew existed before his touch. I know eventually, I’ll succumb. His allure beckons me. Keeping me on the edge of madness between lust and hate. In the end, it’s me who’s guilty. Guilty of allowing him to take my breath away. This is a super steamy romance sure to take your breath away! A perfect combination of sweet and sexy with a smidgen of suspense that you can gobble up in just an hour or two! You’ll get a happy ending that’ll make you swoon! This is not a dark romance.
 

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About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers. Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
 

 

About Ker Dukey

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected. I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling. When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.







Couch to 10K • Week Nine



Task: Run 10 Min. Walk 1. Repeat 4 Times


Run One:
Distance 4.19 mi
Duration 44:01
Pace 10:30 /mi

Run Two:
Distance 4.30 mi
Duration 43:33
Pace 10:07 /mi

Run Three:
Distance 4.26 mi
Duration 44:01
Pace 10:20

Run 1. After a relaxed week in terms of workouts last week and a trip to London over the weekend I was ready to get my running trainers back on and continue with the C210K plan after completing the C25K app. I set off and I was already doubting myself but I shut my brain up and listened to 90's Boy Bands. Before I knew it I was on my 2nd rep, and then turning around and heading back.
I've also never smiled at a lay-by before. Seeing the familiar sights of the first leg of the run made me so happy that I hadn't given up.
I didn't feel overly knackered either. Lets just hope I don't question my sanity the rest of the week now that I know how far I have to go....


Run 2. I wanted to quit, but a little pep talk did the trick. Whenever I considered it, I ranted to myself, "Are your legs tired? No! Your bum and ankle might have a slight ache, but they're still going. It's only the self doubt and mental tiredness that's blocking you."
It was throwing it down with rain on the way back and if I stopped to walk, it'd take longer and I'd get even more soaked than I was. So I carried on and improved on Monday's run.
I keep saying it, but it makes me laugh thinking about how week 1 was really tough... now look where I am. That, and my breathing has certainly improved. Not perfect, but improved. Roll on Fri-Yay.


Run 3. You'd think after mastering it twice, run 3 would be a piece of poop. It wasn't, and I had to take a few walking breaks during legs 3 & 4. But I know not to run late morning or early afternoon. I know not to go without food. But yet I did. I'd not even had a coffee and trust me, I'm an addict.
I didn't help myself one little bit.
That being said. During the breaks I stopped my watch to make sure I rand 40 minutes and walked 4. I followed my watch rather than the app, although it was running. Next week, I'm looking at 3 stints of 15 mins and I'm partially dreading it but I'm one more week closer to doing something I never thought I would. I think I need to find something to listen to rather than music or subliminals. I might try a podcast, i don't know.