Earth miles goodies, a trip to London and a chilly run

Hey peeps, I hope you are all well.

The weekend before last we went into London for a belated birthday visit to The Shard (for Andy). We had a lovely walk around Hyde park (and got to see all the sign-age being put up for the Royal Parks half), before heading to The Shard.

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Even though it was cloudy, we had good views- Tower Bridge looked fab all lit up, and we could see the Olympic Park.

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We then went to dinner in an Italian restaurant- the salads came in bowls made of pizza dough! (There is some salad under all that cheese, tomato and avocado)- it looked amazing but really you could only eat the edge because the bottom was all soggy from the dressing.

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The next morning I woke up early so went out for a run- it was just beautiful weather, so I stopped to take a few photos. I did just over 8 miles- I wanted to do about that distance as I hadn’t signed up for the Brighton 10 miles at that point as I wanted to check I would be OK with the distance.

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Amazing. It was cold though- I think I had on a t-shirt and capris but I wished for gloves for the first couple of miles. I got home, had a drink and a shower, but I could not warm up so ended up getting back into bed to try and warm up. Since then (apart from the race) I have been choosing running tights.

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Once I had warmed up I made pancakes with blueberries, and nutella. Mmmm.

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Onto the Earth Miles. I have read about the app on a few blogs, but because the website is just a link to get the app, I didn’t really do anything about it for ages. But basically if you do exercise (and I think it links to either Garmin or Strava- it must be one of those as that is what I have) you earn miles, which you can redeem against rewards. It’s not as good as Bounts, where you earn free vouchers, but you can use your points to buy discounts and offers. I used some (not many compared to how many I have earned) to get a 15% discount from the Pulsin’ store, and this week my order arrived. I got mini mint ones, normal vanilla ones and normal maca ones (good for stress I think!).

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I also used some other miles to buy a Tribe box for £1 (instead of £6 I think)- it came with three lots of seeds/ trail mix things, and two nakd-style bars. They do have some weird offers on there (cro-bars, which have crickets or some other insects in them- not for me!) but there is no cost to the app so you don’t have anything to lose by signing up I don’t think. And they seem to be generally health oriented products like coconut water and whatnot.

Also, how cool is this medal????

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It glows in the dark!!!!! Glows! Amazing! It was a virtual run (of course)- the October 5K so I did that at parkrun for my 50th.

Right, I have two more days of work (including one more parents evening) and then I am off to Iceland! The country, not the shop! This is so exciting!!! Although we checked the weather and it is going to be freezing. Or maybe 1 degree. Better dig out the thermals!

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11 thoughts on “Earth miles goodies, a trip to London and a chilly run

  1. That medal! I’m so sad that I missed out on the October races – when I was finally able to enter they had all sold out 🙁 I’m in for the December 5 and 10K, but obviously a spooky medal tops a happy, festive one for me 😉 I have to thank you for introducing me to the idea of virtual races – once my knees are better I really think they’ll be a great option for me because I seem to find races harder and harder to cope with these days in terms of sensory overload. I don’t see me doing any more ‘big’ races with large crowds for quite a while, but I will miss the challenge, so being able to race without all of the fear and anxiety seems like an ideal solution.

    I’m still running in a crop top and shorts! I *might* put on a t-shirt if I was in Iceland…but I wouldn’t bet on it 😉 Have a wonderful time! I really enjoyed Anna’s recaps of her holiday, and I’d love to hear about yours too. Iceland is one of the few countries I really wish I could visit.

    • I think the 10K was a pumpkin but that sold out before I had signed up- that would have been more my style!
      I saw you had signed up to the festive ones- glad it is something that will help- I just get a bit magpie-like when I see the medals and have to be very restrained whenever I look!
      Probably, if I ran as fast as you do, I would be hotter and so not need the long clothes!

  2. Iceland seems to be the place to visit this year! Hope you have a lovely trip. 🙂 Hope your parents evening goes by quickly and without issue too. I’ve got my next one when we come back after the holiday, which is good as I’m so tired now I really wouldn’t be able to talk coherently for any length of time with parents! Roll on next week!
    I love the sound of that salad in a bowl. Very much my kind of meal!

    • Thanks 🙂
      I think parents evening after a holiday is worse- then it’s hanging over you- at least this week I could forget about work. (Our spring one is normally after half term and I find that worse). Ah well, at least the holiday is a perk of the job!

  3. Only just seen that you also tried the Tribe snack box! I think I got a discount code off of Twitter so mine was also a pound.
    Also, good to know about Earth Miles. I love all those point things – I’m signed up the the Running Heroes and Bounts too.
    That salad idea sounds amazing! I much prefer salads to pizza AND you get the crusts!
    Hope you’re enjoying Iceland!

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