The ELLE Fitness Blog: Post Ten

Carrie Gorman, Web Editor, Power Plate and Thalgo at Urban Retreat, Harrods

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I’ve had two sessions this week – one in a class, the other as a one-to-one – both I put my all in to. I am wearing a slip of a dress at a wedding this weekend and naturally wanted to look good in it. I hadn’t had any way of measuring my figure post Power Plate training. My clothes and I felt the same as we always did.

But when trying on dresses, I felt pretty good. My arms looked toned without being remotely muscly and my legs – generally my least favourite body part – suddenly looked lean. My tummy (pre-dinner) is flat and a faint trace of a one-pack can be made out. And although I sniffed at the slimming Thalgo products I was given to use, I really think they have reduced puffiness all over. I’m now half way through my 6 week course and so far thrilled with the results.

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Amy Lawrenson, Web Beauty Assistant, British Military Fitness - Running Club

So I headed to running club last night and unfortunately the instructor was called away on some police work, so we had no-one to lead us. Luckily, the regular runners were happy to carry on the class and run a route they normally do through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’ Park and back. It’s about 10k and takes them an hour. This is the great thing about running with a group, everyone encourages each other.

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So, we headed off down to Hyde Park corner. The first few minutes were fine and I kept up, but then I started to lag behind. The lovely running club members kept looking back and making sure I was OK, but this made me feel bad, I didn’t want to hamper their run. When I eventually caught up with them at Hyde Park corner I persuaded them to carry on their way and I would loop round Hyde Park.

Alone, I took up the running, walking, running game. I started to set myself targets, “if you run to that tree over there, you can walk for a minute” I told myself. This was a good one, as 9 times out of 10 I actually ran further than the tree. Then I started to look around at other runners, some were speeding off and others were literally walking with a bounce. I always thought that runs were about speed, but really it’s more about endurance especially if I am going to survive a half marathon in October.

I found one woman who was running really slowly and decided to tail her. Then I realised I may be freaking her out, but that was fine because she was running a little too slow for me. Too slow for me! That was enough encouragement for me to keep jogging (at a slower pace) without the walking breaks, rather than pushing myself and having to stop all the time. After all, the tortoise always beats the hare.

I ended up jogging (I can’t really call it running) for 4.4 miles. Then I did some sprints, squats and lunges finally finishing with some stretching. Go me! It’s the furthest I have ever run, alone. Running Club has definitely taught me that you really can push yourself to go further or be better. And by the looks of the ‘rookie’ runners, if I keep it up I should be able to join them on a run... one day.

I mapped my run on runningmap.com so I could see how far I went. You can save your routes and then time yourself to see if you are getting quicker. Tres handy!

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