Ideafit Photo A Day Challenge

Stu, John and Rob all in red parkrun 50 t-shirts, black long-sleeved base layers and black shorts

Apologies – I’ve been so busy with work this month that I’ve got lots of part-written blog posts and very few completed posts… you might find things are appearing out of order. I originally started writing this post on 8th March!!!

Ok, so as we all know, I’ve been really slack about blogging recently, so I’ve been looking for ways to motivate myself. I’m hoping that eventually, I’ll be able to post something every day (preferably something that isn’t just me waffling, but that might never happen!) Anyway, to help with inspiring me, I decided to take part in the IDEAfit photo a day challenge on Instagram:

IDEAfit photo a day challenge

If you want to find out more or take part in this Challenge, please visit:

As you can see the category for March 8th was ‘Plank’, so here’s my image:

My feeble plank
My feeble plank

I’ve not practised ‘planking’ for ages, so I only held it for 1:30, but intend to make time and get better! As fellow SOAS Brand Ambassador, Jessica says: “If it’s important you will find a way; if it’s not you’ll find an excuse”.

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An important sentiment expressed by Jessica

In the last couple of weeks, there have been some exciting updates about the latest SOAS kit, with some sneak previews being posted on social media:

Preview of the new SOAS range

I really like the look of this red and black kit. If you want to view more, I’d recommend that you visit SOAS Racing on Instagram.

I’m so excited that my delivery will be here soon. I’ve already seen images of the arm warmers…

SOAS arm warmers
SOAS arm warmers

…and the tri top and shorts…

Racing SOAS tri top and shorts
Racing SOAS tri top and shorts

I am so nervous that I might have ordered the wrong size, so that’s another good reason for me to try to eat healthily. (I’m not religious, but I’ve decided to observe Lent by giving up cakes, sweets, biscuits and chocolate!)

Anyway, I’ve had a bit of time to sort out my emails and have started receiving messages from RunKeeper. I recently signed up to Tapiriik, which syncs all of my data, so that I don’t have to. As a consequence, I’m getting lots of new records on RunKeeper, including this one for February 🙂

According to Run Keeper February was good!
According to Run Keeper February was good!

So, what did I do on 8th February? parkrun was the first item on my agenda. Stuart and I arrived at The Common just in time to see Teri heading off up the hill on the first part of her long run.


The weather was quite cold and a little misty, so there were ducks on the grass.


I also spotted my favourite photographer, Paul Hammond, who had come to take photos of the runners. I managed to snap a couple of shots of him before he started to retaliate!

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The volunteers have to arrive early to help with parkrun
The volunteers have to arrive early to help with parkrun

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There was quite a large turnout, which is now becoming the norm for Southampton parkrun. You can just about see me in the image below, tucked in at the bottom left!


Paul had positioned himself at a turn in the course so that he could get some good photos. He was also hoping that he could get some people to do a bit of ‘showboating’, but most of the Southampton parkrunners take the event quite seriously.

I like the photo that Paul took of my husband running with his friends – they’ve managed to coordinate their outfits quite well!

John, Stu and Rob
John, Stu and Rob

Not all of the runners take the event seriously! On my first lap, I spotted Paul and gave him a little wave…

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…and on the second lap, I decided to skip past!

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I think the runners around me may have been a bit bemused, but I wasn’t racing, so I thought I may as well have a bit of fun!

In the afternoon, we went around to Katherine’s house. She had some new rollers and Stu wanted to try them out. As you can see, he initially needed a bit of help from Katherine and the wall to balance on the rollers.

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Katherine had already practised a bit, so she was more confident!

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I didn’t have a go on the rollers as I’m not very confident on my road bike. Also, I didn’t want to risk an injury ahead of various races and my marathon!

Have you ever tried using rollers?

2 Responses

  1. Great pictures!!! You always look good and happy in your running pictures. Means you love it. 🙂
    What are those rollers? You bike on them? I know for sure I’d fall a million times.

    • Thanks. I’ve become an expert at spotting the photographer at races! 😉
      I’ve still not had a go at biking on the rollers… as soon as I’ve done my marathon, I’ll have a go, but I may need to be surrounded by friends who are ready to catch me!

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