I haven’t checked in for a while with a lifestyle post, so here are some aspects of life that I’m currently loving, and some that I’m not loving as much as I thought I would…
I am loving country life; running along the trail near our house, or along the Thames path with Tom, walking in the woods nearby. It’s quieter, friendlier and very welcoming. Although I’m definitely having to get used to the commute into London, if I time it wrong, at the weekend it takes 2+ hours, however on a good day (i.e. 7am) it takes less than 45 mins to Paddington.
Also I’m obsessed with our house – we’re renting a gorgeous 2 bed house with a small garden. I’ll do a mini house tour soon if people might find it interesting! We are sleeping so well, its quiet and dark, unlike London, but could also be to do with our incredible new mattress from Ergoflex – another full review coming soon – and new pillows. Who knew they would make such a difference!
Rest & Recovery
After arriving in Amsterdam last weekend, all Helena and I could think about was a massage – our shoulders were so sore from the hours on the bike. Out walking on Saturday afternoon we walked past a Chinese massage parlour (that was thankfully well outside of the red light district!!) and seemed busy. It was such a welcome 30 minutes of pampering, and we left feeling so much better. In fact we both slept like logs that evening – although the tequilas could also have helped with that.
I was lucky enough to be invited for a massage at Spa & Massage in Chiswick a few weeks ago. It came at a time when my migraines were pretty bad again and I was feeling rather tense (it was right before I had to drive my friend’s wedding cake 3 hours to an island off Essex during rush hour). I booked in for a sports massage as I wanted a firm, full body massage.
I found the atmosphere very relaxing – much better than the usual physio office sports massages than I’m used to, however it wasn’t as firm as I would have liked (despite asking for it to be a bit firmer). Maybe I’m used to being pummelled by the physio. However I really enjoyed my experience, and would love to go back for a full body relaxing massage.
2XU Compression Leggings
I was sent a pair of 2XU compression leggings from Style Sportif a few weeks ago, however it has been a little too hot to run in them right now. I’m looking forward to wearing them out when it gets chillier, and for post long-run recovery walks around Henley. Designed and tested by scientists to aid performance, they are breathable yet supportive for your leg muscles allowing them to fire up more efficiently. The graduated compression increases blood flow to help aid recovery.
Wedding Dress Shopping
Actually, I’m not loving this. I’ve been to three shops and just haven’t found one where I’m like ‘woohoo this is the one’. I’ve found two that I like, but not that I feel incredible in, that I can fully imagine wearing down the aisle. I keep questioning myself, my choices.
Oh, and yeah I wear sports kit to my appointments…
What are you loving at the moment? If you’re married, did you have that eureka moment when wedding dress shopping? Should I just persevere?!