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!

 

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 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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How to simply change your routine to live a healthier life

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Sometimes just small steps or simple changes are all you need to do to live a little healthier lifestyle. The worst thing to do is to change everything about your life and routine because that’s not sustainable and you wont be able to do it forever. Making small changes to your routine and lifestyle is the best way. We have written down a couple of tips for you to get started!

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1) Take the stairs – we know everyone says this but honestly taking the stairs is such a fab idea and also helps build those glutes! If you work in a tall office then opt to take the stairs in the morning rather than the lift. If you are in a shopping mall take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift. If you are travelling on the London Underground choose to walk up the escalator rather than stand. A small change but a bit difference

2) Get off a stop earlier – again we know everyone says this but again its a great idea and something that can be so easily added to your daily routine. If you take the bus or train anywhere, get off a stop early and walk that little bit further. It also much nicer to and great time to have some time to yourself and have a lovely walk – you may discover new places that you never knew existed!

3) Get out at lunch – you are given a lunch break for a reason, TAKE IT! So many people these days choose to sit at their desk on in the office for their lunch break. Most companies do not pay your for your lunch break, you are entitled to it so take it! Going for a walk at lunch not only breaks up your day, it also clears your head and gives your that motivation for the afternoon but is a great way to do a gentle walk. Just go on a short walk outside around your workplace and its a very easy way to get your body mood and heart racing.

4) Get a Fitbit or similar – now we know this is something that involves costs but all the devices that track your steps are great motivation. We both have Fitbits (and even wrote a post all about our love for them!), and we do not know what we would do without them now. Fitbit’s add that extra bit of motivation to your day to try and walk those 10,000 steps. However they also track your sleep and can tell you every hour that you need to be active.

5) Eat breakfast – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and our favourite meal too. We absolutely love love breakfast, its so tasty and there are so many different things you can have for breakfast. We sometimes wish we didnt work so we can make super tasty breakfasts every morning. But then again it gives us something to look forward to at the weekend. During the week we will usually have, porridge, yoghurt and granola or overnight oats for breakfast. However at the weekend we like to experiment with our breakfasts and try new recipes, with our firm favourites being pancakes or waffles. Make sure you eat breakfast every morning because this sets you up for the day and will stop you from snacking on sugary things mid morning .

6) Avoid coffee and sugary things before bed – in the evening you need to start winding down early so you get a good nights sleep. Avoid drinking coffee in the evenings or any fizzy drinks. Also avoid any sugary foods too as all of these things will keep you awake and stop you from getting to sleep. A good night sleep is key to any lifestyle and will make your weeks feel much better.

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Mix up your workout

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Going to the gym and doing the same workout time and time again is going to become so boring, your body will become used to the exercises meaning you probably wont make the progress you want to make. Don’t be afraid to mix up your workout stepping well and truly out of your comfort zone.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for help at the gym if you don’t know how to use a machine just ask someone whether this is a member of staff at the gym or someone else who looks like they know what they are doing. We have asked so many different people in the past and it now means we can use the equipment and machines correctly.

Lift some weights… If you prefer to do cardio in the gym or attend gym classes why not try lifting a few weights? The weights room can be intimidating but once you have been once or twice it is honestly fine! Lifting weights is not going to make you big and bulky! Don’t rush your sets when lifting weights we all know those people in the gym who hang around the machine for a while before asking you how many sets you have left. Whatever you do no matter how intimidated you are don’t lie and say you only have one left when in fact you have only just got the machine yourself.

Watch YouTube videos to get some new ideas and learn the correct technique. We spend a lot of time on YouTube and especially enjoy work out videos. We will be doing a blog post soon on all our favourite Fitness YouTubers so make sure you look out for that. We have also recently started vlogging/Youtubing oursevles and we will be regularly posting our own workout videos.

Attend a new class they will challenge you and could work different groups of muscles, plus they can be really fun. There are so many great classes you could attend for example; boxercise, body pump, Metafit, Spinning, TRX, Legs bums & Tums, Pilates, Yoga and the list goes on.

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We hope these top tips help you to mix up your workouts in the future! We love doing new workouts it keeps us motivated and we look forward to going to the gym day in day out. If your gym sessions start to feel like a chore then its probably time for a change.