Morning of the Marathon preparation & Timings

I absolutely loved my marathon experience that I decided it might be helpful to share our morning marathon routine. This routine worked well for us, but remember everyone is different so do what works for you on the morning of a marathon.

The Manchester Marathon started at 9:00AM, so we decided to work backwards when prepping our morning and timings. We were staying in Stockport which was about a 20 minute taxi ride away from the Old Trafford Cricket Club. Training runs work very differently to the schedule below, I usually roll out of bed, put on my running clothes, boil the kettle, pour myself a cup of coffee, drink said cup of coffee whilst scrolling Instagram, brush my teeth and GO.

5:45AM- Wakeup call for some this might be incredibly early but I am an early riser and my alarm usually goes off at 5:30AM on a week day so this time didn’t really affect me too much. If you aren’t an early riser or you don’t do well in the mornings then I would suggest doing this routine a couple of times before your marathon.

6:00AM- Breakfast & coffee, I wanted to makes sure I gave my body enough time to digest my breakfast before the race started, during my training I usually run fasted but I knew this wasn’t going to be possible for a 26.2 mile run. I needed to fuel but at the same time I didn’t want to risk getting a stitch as it was something my body wasn’t used to. I made sure I trailed and tested this before race day so I knew my body would adjust. For breakfast I opted for a big bowl of jumbo oats with blueberries and peanut butter which is my favourite breakfast so I was very happy.

I usually have a large cup of coffee prior to running on a usual training run and I never usually have to stop for the toilet.  I knew the excitement and nerves would get to me which we all know usually results in needing the toilet more frequently so I opted for strong but small coffees- espresso style. To be honest with you I am not sure how affective this was as I still needed the toilet twice before the race.

6:30AM- Shower time, I always like to have a shower on the morning of a race day as it makes me feel refreshed and ready to start the day. For my training runs I usually roll out of bed, throw on my running clothes and brush my teeth but that isn’t the case for race day. Then it was time to pin my running number to my vest eeek!

7:15AM: Taxi arrived, we decided to book the taxi for 7:15AM as we thought this would give us plenty of time to get to the start line especially, we knew there wouldn’t be any traffic that early on a Sunday morning. When we got into the taxi the driver asked us what time the race was starting and when our reply was 9:00AM he said ‘I’ll see what I can do about getting you there for then but there are lots of road closures’. As you can imagine my heart rate went through the ROOF, this is not the kind of stress I need on race day.

7:30AM- Taxi dropped us off, the taxi managed to drop us off about half a mile away from the race start line which we were happy about, we could do with some fresh air anyway to help with our nerves and excitement. This is definitely a lesson learnt through next time we will definitely check with the taxi company about road closures next time.

8:00AM- we arrived at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and went straight to the bag drop, the Manchester Marathon organisers suggested dropping your bags off prior to 8:00AM but they were not as strict as most places. At most races we have been to the bag drop off and bag collection points are at two separate locations, however at the Manchester Marathon the bag drop area did not move so there were not really any time restrictions.

8:15-8:30AM- We made our way to the pens which was about a 15 minute walk away from the bag drop by this point we had already walked about 7000 steps and we hadn’t even started the run. We made our way straight to the loos for one last comfort break before the marathon started.

9:10AM- we crossed the start line and the race was underway!

 

STAXX Protein Bars Review

We had never heard of STAXX Bars before we were very kindly sent them to review as they have recently launched three new flavour- Peanut & Caramel, Cookies & Cream & Dark Chocolate Mint. STAXX previously only had the Chocolate Caramel flavour. We couldn’t wait to try all of the flavours when they arrived as they all sounded delicious.

You can currently purchase STAXX bars on the website or across many other independent and online retailers including Amazon and Muscle food.

We can honestly say that STAXX bars are the nicest protein bars we have EVER tried, and we have tired a lot. We LOVE the fact you cannot taste the protein in the bars which is something we have struggled to find.

When we eat a STAXX Bar it feels like you are eating a chocolate bar, it really hits the spot and doesn’t leave us craving more sugary foods. The sugar content is low with most of them having about 2g of sugar per bar which is also another bonus. They also contain 20g Protein and are also low in net carbs.

We love how chewy the STAXX Bars are as well, they all have a caramel consistency to them which you will also love if you like a chewy protein bar. All the bars have a chocolate rice crispy coating on the outside layer which is something we really enjoyed.

CHOCOLATE CARAMEL
This was the first flavour we tried and immediately fell in love with the brand and the bars they had on offer. Chocolate caramel was also the first STAXX Bar launched and the only one you can currently purchase on their website. I felt like I was eating a toffee crisp which was a massive throw back as I have not had a toffee crisp in SO long, those chocolate bars are so under rated!

PEANUT & CARAMEL
This one was quite similar to the chocolate caramel flavour just with peanuts. We love peanuts and anything nutty  so this bar was right up our street. We loved the caramel in the bar mostly because we are fast eaters and it slowed us down so we could saviour it for longer.

DARK CHOCOLATE MINT
Dark Chocolate Mint was definitely one of my favourites which I was really surprised about but that is just purely down to the fact I always forget how much I actually enjoy mint flavoured chocolate. It reminded me of a mint Aero but with a crispy outer layer.

COOKIES & CREAM
I left this flavour until last as I am not usually a fan of cookies and cream flavoured products but when I did eventually try it I actually really enjoyed it.  It wasn’t my favourite out of the four as it didn’t give me that WOW factor and the flavours were not as intense.

We enjoyed the bars so much we headed straight to the website and ordered a box. There is a taster box available where you can purchase a box of all the flavours for £8.99. We ordered 12 of the Chocolate Caramel Flavour because it was our favourite but we will be ordering some of the Dark Chocolate Mint ones as well.

We hope to see STAXX bars in supermarkets in 2018 because that would be amazing!

Another Space Review

Another Space have two studios in London located in Covent Garden and Bank. Both studios offer a choice of three classes which are HIIT, Yoga & Spin.

There is no need to get a membership and there isn’t a joining fee either, instead you can just purchase class as and when you feel like going. Another Space have a challenge where by you can complete 7 classes in just 7 days for £77. You can also purchase a pack of 6 for £105, 9 for £135 or 12 for £160. Each of the classes are valid for one calendar month from the date they are purchased.

They also have an intro offer where you can purchase 2 classes and one buddy pass for £30 which is valid for 2 weeks. They also have credit packages on offer where 1 credit is £20 or 5 credits is £95 (which lasts for 6 months).

The timetable at Another Space is really great as they have classes available from 6:15AM in the morning which is great if you want to get a sweat on before work. They also have lunch time classes if you can’t fit it into your schedule pre-or post-work. They then of course also have evenings classes where the latest class starts at 19:45PM.

We have been to the Covent Garden Another Space twice to try out their Spin class and absolutely loved it. The First spin class we tried was the Tuesday evening class at 19:30 with Olivia, it was incredible. Olivia brings so much energy into the class and we LOVE the fact she takes part in the entire class even if she has taught several classes already that day.

We then returned to the 19:30PM Class on a Monday with Alison and it was just as good, with it being a Monday the class was jam packed and everyone was sweating the weekend away. Alison sure did make us work hard the windows were steaming up and our legs were on fire.

The changing rooms are a good size and there is plenty of space to get changed. We love that they have lots of lockers as we do find some studios in London are lacking lockers or the lockers they do have people leave them locked for when they next return to the studio.

We liked the chalk board in the changing rooms as well so you could write down the locker you had chosen, it can’t just be us that always forgets the locker they have picked!

If you don’t want to go in the changing rooms pre-or post-class then there are also lockers outside the studios you can use, which we will definitely be doing next time if we are dashing off home.

Another Space sell Fresh Fitness Food shakes in their studio which are also delicious, we have in fact just visited for a shake in the past.

The new studio in Bank has recently opened and we would love to get down there and give one of their classes a try. We have tried Spin twice now so we would opt for a HIIT class at the new Bank studio.

The Avoidable Fitness Accidents You Somehow Didn’t Avoid

You probably see on our Insta stories of us at the gym most days, but that’s because there are 2 of us so it does look like we are there all the time. But in actually fact we aren’t and we do have rest days and understand the importance of these rest days.

Millennials and Generation Z, (which is us!) are much more health conscious than their parents and as a result it means we might be overdoing it a little. In fact most sports accidents could have been prevented but, as it is most people only understand their errors after the injury has happened.

Below are the top 7 freak and painful fitness accidents that we are here to prevent you from getting!

My gym bag is always packed and ready

First of all your body needs rest days. You might think that hard training every day can make you stronger and fitter, but ultimately if you’re in the habit of packing your gym bag every morning you might have developed an unhealthy obsession. Your muscles experience micro-tears as you train. It’s precisely those tears that will help to get you stronger and fitter, but you need to give yourself the time to heal. If you’re trying to maintain or improve your performance, a rest day will ensure that your hard work isn’t counterproductive. Ultimately, we’re talking here only a day or two break after a hard session because Going to the gym too often is unhealthy.

I don’t go to the gym, I cycle

If you’re not a gym addict, you might have chosen alternatives to stay fit, such as turning your commute to work into a fitness option. Cycling to work is extremely popular London especially since the introduction of the cycle scheme that now lets employers pay for a portion of the costs of a new bike. If you’ve got busy days, it’s the perfect workout as it doesn’t come in addition to your standard routine. The main risk you can be exposed to, assuming you’re a confident cyclist and won’t fall each time you need to let go of the handle to indicate where you’re going to turn, is traffic. London traffic is busy and can be dangerous (if you’ve been injured by a driver remember you should be making a claim after a cycling accident.

I’ve read lifting is good for toning

A lot of people are turning to lifting to tone their muscles and accelerate weight loss. It’s now common knowledge that weight lifting doesn’t have to make you bulky! We would recommend starting with a personal trainer so you are able to learn how to lift without putting your body under harmful pressures.

I’m a runner

We love running it’s one of our favourite forms of exercise but we also understand that it is a high impact exercise that can also weaken your joints. Ultimately, running can hurt when you’re new to it, and while it’s not an injury you need to give your body time to adapt to the impact and to take it easy.

I use energy-boosting supplements to keep going

Energy supplements are popular at the gym, especially if you want to push yourself to be able to see results faster, we have all heard of pre workout (personally we just drink coffee) but often these are not that healthy and in fact most supplements don’t increase your energy.

I’ll lose the weight through boot camp training

If you think that you can spend a week on a boot camp to shape your body to perfection, you need to reconsider your choices. Boot camps, while being effective as they work on minimal calories intake and maximal efforts over a short time, can actually put your health at risk. Similarly, HIIT training, which offers an everyday alternative to the boot camp cure create similar pressure in the body. Intense workouts can lead muscle tissue to break down and release poisonous myoglobin into the bloodstream.

I prefer to train at home

Yoga and stretching apps are extremely popular because they offer the possibility to train at home. However, it’s important to remain realistic about stretching. If you overdo it, you incur the risk of tearing muscles and tendons. You may not manage your splits in a week, so take it easy!

I guess what we are trying to say Is be sensible with your training! We love training and we feel great afterwards but we know when to listen to our bodies and take a rest day! No one is perfect we have all over trained our bodies in the past but don’t wait until you get an injury for you to realise you need to take those rest days.

B&M January Shopping

B&M is one of the UK’s fastest growing variety retailers and we blooming love it, so when we were asked if we wanted to join in with their January campaign we immediately jumped at the opportunity. They believe in selling ‘Big Brands for Sensational Prices’ and think they do this really well.

We always notice more B&M stores in the north of the country but this might have something to do with the fact B&M’s first store opened in Blackpool. They now have over 560 stores across the country so you are bound to find a store near to you.

If you haven’t been to B&M before and you are anything like us then make sure you give yourself some time to browse the isles, we love it and could spend so much time and money in there. We scheduled in a day to go to B&M for the campaign and we basically wanted to purchase everything we came across.

We love fitness (as you well know) so we were especially excited when we saw B&M had an activewear range. We went for the grey and coral full length leggings which were such a bargain only costing us £6.99! They also had twin pack sports bras for £7.99 and double packs of leggings for £11.99. We also spotted they had protein shakers and water bottles on sale which we didn’t opt for this time but we will be back.

We have so many girly sleepovers with hot chocolate and chick flicks (or usually in our case getting blog work ticked off the do list) that we thought what better to accompany it than with new mugs, some marshmallows, popcorn and of course our favourite chocolate.

We actually couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the price of the popcorn- 25p and the marshmallows- 39p what an absolute bargain!

We already have a date in the diary and we are so very excited already. It won’t be long until we are back in B&M we have a wish list that just keeps on growing.

The Perfect Winter Coat

Is it just us or every winter do you have that one new coat that you will always choose to wear over any other coats you own? That is exactly what we have been doing with our Lapasa coat, we absolutely love it, especially as we are now matching head to toe!

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Lapasa very kindly sent us both a windproof winter puffer coat in the colour burgundy (our favourite colour) and we haven’t taken it off since. Although it feels quite thin it is incredibly warm and the perfect coat to take if you are travelling somewhere as it is very light weight.

We have been working with Lapasa for a few months now (catch up on our previous blog post about the brand here), we absolutely love working with Lapasa the products are an amazing quality and we couldn’t recommend them enough as a brand.

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It is the perfect every day use coat, but would also be great for any outdoor winter sports. We have worn it on so many winter walks over the festive period and everyone always complements us on it.

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Lapasa have so many amazing products we couldn’t promote their leggings anymore than we already do. They are super soft and fit amazingly (they are super high waisted which we love). We have got them in a range of colours and literally live in our black ones.

The jacket is £35.95 which is such a good price for a coat especially as it is so versatile. You can also use our code ‘TWOBRITS’ at checkout to get 5% off all orders, we always order the products from the Amazon (the delivery time is amazing).

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Walking In The Woods

Do you ever just wake up in the morning and all you fancy doing is going for a long walk through the woods? We LOVE walking we think it does wonders for the mind and we always feel so much better for it.

There is something about getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, putting on some trainers, our scruffy clothes and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air in this beautiful world we live in. Sundays are usually our rest days from the gym so instead we slow down the pace and just go for a casual stroll instead, it’s the only time of the week where we actually slow down, no wonder our minds work at 100mph if our bodies are doing exactly the same.

We have both been lucky enough to grow up with the woods just a stone throw away and trust us we don’t take it for granted, we absolutely love it and we make the most of it wherever possible.  Sunday morning are always so peaceful we rarely see another soul, which always surprises us as we always expect to see lots of people, although saying that  most people are probably enjoying a lazy Sunday in bed  as we are known to wake up unusually early.  You will see us out in the woods come rain, snow or shine, we especially love it in the snow it’s like our own little winter wonderland where we can pretend we are in Narnia it’s truly is beautiful.

We have never understood why people HATE walking? Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people hate it. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs, there are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

We are those people that think it’s possible to WALK anywhere and everywhere, we recently saw a meme on Facebook of this and it made us laugh because that is us down to a T! We always try and beat the Google Maps whenever we walk anywhere it’s become a little game we have, because we are so COOL!

Post Christmas Fitness Classes in London

Almost everyone’s Fitness motivation is on a high come the 2nd of January once everyone has got over their NYE hangover and wants to start living a healthier life, it is a new year new start bla bla bla. We are here to help you choose some classes that will help whip you back into shape.

Barrys Bootcamp- it’s time to sweat out all the wine and mince pies you have consumed over the Christmas break and nothing is going to make you sweat like Barry’s Bootcamp. You can read our previous review here where we go into so much more detail, but we would definitely recommend the full body class. Half way through the class we both turned to each other and mouthed ‘I am going to chunder’ it was funny as we did it at the same time but luckily we didn’t because that would have been embarrassing.

One 10 cycle-if you haven’t read our One 10 review before you can find it here. We will definitely be showing our face in One 10 during the month of January it is such a fun sweaty session that will leave you wanting to go back for more. One 10 Cycle has some of the best spinning instructors in town and they are always there encouraging you whilst whipping your but into gear.

Kobox- because who doesn’t love a post christmas punching session? Kobox is located on the Kings Road so the perfect location if you want to do a spot of sale shopping afterwards. We love a Kobox class and they really get you sweaty which is always a good thing! Their tag line is perfect ‘where fight club meets night club’ because it is SO true!

Another Space- why not attend a sweaty Cycle class at Another Space. Another space is located in the heart of Soho only a short walk from Covent Garden. We love attending Olivia’s class she brings so much energy into the room it’s incredible so definitely book onto one of her classes! Oh and the shakes after the class are even more of a reason to get your butt down there they taste amazing!

How to Train to Run Your First 5K

‘How can you run so far? I wish I could run as far as you two but I just can’t’

We hear this so often and everytime our answer is ‘we never used to be able to run either but everyone can run, so if we can do it you can as well’. The first race we ever did was a 5K colour run, Rach was on placement year and trained really hard for it. Annie on the other hand was still at University and thought the typical 5km isn’t that far I don’t need to train but boy was I wrong. It was that run though that made Annie want to train properly and actually get into running (after the embarrassment of having to walk some of the way).

5km is honestly the hardest milestone to get to and we tell everyone this time and time again. Start short and just extend your run bit by bit each time and before you know it you will be able to run 5km, it will take time depending on how frequently you run so don’t get disheartened when you first start running and have to walk after 5 minutes.

We have set out some top tips below that we would have found helpful when we first started running

Listen to music- make sure you have a good playlist when you running, something that is going to inspire you to keep going. When you first start running you might want to create a playlist that has a variety of different styles of songs so you can see what you do like or what you don’t like when running. We like to have a mixture between old classics (got to love a bit of spice girls), chart music & a couple of dance songs thrown in the mix.

Download a good podcast-we have recently started to get into podcasts when we run. We find it passes time really quickly as you are concentrating more about what the person is saying on the podcast rather than thinking ‘how much further have I got to go’ after each stride. We have been listening to lots of blogging podcasts and our favourites at the moment is ‘What She Said’ by Lucy She…. And ‘Made Online’ by… this way it means we actually gain knowledge about blogging whilst we are doing something that is good for us- win win.

Invest in some good running trainers-you won’t know how important these are until you actually have them.

Download a running app- make sure you download a running app to your phone so you know how far you have run and what pace you are running at. Not that the pace is important but you will find the more you run the faster you become so it can be interesting to look back at. We are using the Fitbit app as we both have Fitbits but prior to that we always used the Nike running app which we found really good and the distance was always accurate.

Map your route- we always like to have an idea of where we are running so we have something to aim for when we are running. We sometimes use the app map my run as you are able to choose the route you want to go and also know the distance before you leave the house. We would love it if you could give an app your address, let it know the distance you want to run and then allow the app to choose the route for you. If this app already exists then please do let us know because it would be so cool and your run would be different every time which also brings us on nicely to the next point.

Mix up your runs-When we first started out running and wanting to hit 5KM we used to run/part walk the same route every time as we wanted to see how much further we could run this time compared to our previous run. Running the same route over and over again can become borings so if you are feeling unmotivated to go out on a run try a new route because a change of scenery may be exactly what you need.

Running 5km is such a brilliant goal to have for any new runners, find a race you want to run and enter it that way you will have something to work towards (or run towards lol).

Good luck you can do it!

One 10 Review

One 10 has recently opened in Baker street (16 Baker Street to be exact). We first came across one 10 when we were walking down Baker Street one Saturday morning a month or so before it opened when we happened to notice they were running a competition to win 25 free rides. You had to take a photo in front of the One 10 sign and post it on Instagram or tweet them the photo on twitter of course we decided to enter. We were then tagged in a photo by One 10 to let us know we had won the competition we were so surprised and chuffed that we had won so once again thanks so much One 10.


When we went to activate our voucher and book our first spinning class we noticed you could only book one individual on a class under your username (so you couldn’t book a friend on as well they would have to have their own account). We messaged One 10 on Instagram to ask them how we could both book ourselves onto one class and they said we couldn’t but they had given us both a voucher to activate. We were so surprised that they had very kindly given us both 25 free rides we knew right about we were going to like One 10 and the people that worked there. Most of the time brands or competitions expect us to share the prize because there are two of us so it was a lovely surprise to see that they were happy to give us both 25 free rides when they could have easily of made someone else the winner of their competition.


One 10 have two classes on offer the first one being Paceline which is a fast paced high intensity workout. The idea is to challenge yourself for a personal best they track your performance live on the interactive screen throughout the class.

The other class is called Nirvana which is a full body session where you ride to the beat in a club like atmosphere. They also use weights during the session which is something we have never seen before, its great fun especially when they play throwback music.

Everyone that goes to One 10 has their own moves profile where you can log in and check your moves, the distance you cycled or the calories you burnt in a class. We love looking at our stats as we can see if we are improving each time we attend.

We decided to attend our first One 10 class together so booked ourselves onto the Wednesday 18:45 Paceline class with Leo. It was our first time doing attending a spinning studio (we had been spinning before but nothing on this level). The staff were so incredibly helpful they helped us set up our bikes and clip our cleats into the pedals (it’s easy once you get the hang of it but it did take Annie a while to grasp it lol).

We particularly like the 9:00am class on a Saturday morning with Vicky S she always has so much energy and it’s such a great way to start the weekend whether you are cycling off a hangover or just want to kick start your weekend with a sweaty session. We also really like the Thursday morning class with Josh, he really knows how to make everyone in the class feel motivated and his choice of songs are just the best! Just what you need to kick start your Thursday.


The changing rooms at One 10 are so lush (but a tiny weeny bit small). They have lots of locker space which you can keep your belongings in during the class as you can lock them using a code. Some of the bigger lockers also have a USB port so a great place to charge your phone.




The shampoo, conditioner and body wash is all Cowshed our favourite so we were very excited to take a shower at One 10. They have a lots of mirrors in the toilet so there is lots of places for you to get ready after the spin class. They also have GHD straighteners that you can use which we have noticed is the norm for quite a few London Gyms.

After the workout you can grab a Botanic Lab grab-and-go juice on the way out!

One 10 have recently started an offer where you can book 5 classes in the week for £50 which is amazing seeing as the classes are usually £20 each. So if you love spinning during the week then we would suggest this would be a brilliant deal especially if you live close to Baker Street.

If you want a sweaty session filled with an abundance of energy then we would definitely recommend getting your butt down to One 10 because you definitely won’t come out of the class with the same colour top that you went into the class with, the sweat is real.