April Highlights: running, food and some big news!

Hi, hello, it’s been a while! I hope you’re well.

So I’m trying out this new thing where I sit down and talk about the month just gone. Totally original I know (absolutely definitely copied from all the bloggers) but a great way to catch up and spread the love for life in general.

So, grab yourself a drink – I’ve got one of my gorgeous machine coffees with hot frothed milk in my all-time favourite mug – and let’s catch up.

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Yummy yummy frothy niceness

Half marathon training

So my boyfriend and I are training for our first half marathon and it’s going surprisingly well. (I’ll bullet point the good bits because you people are busy and I get that, we understand each other).

  • We run along the West London Thames river path, from the Chiswick area all the way up to (so far) Wandsworth Bridge and (soon enough) Chelsea Harbour.
  • We start together and finish together, turning around half way, but we don’t run together because a) we run at different speeds and b) we’re too puffed to chat anyway.
  • We train 4 times a week – 1 long run, 1 speed/interval run, 1 easy run and 1 recovery run/exercise.
  • I run in silence (no talking, no headphones, no nothing) and I love it. For an hour and a half every Sunday morning I just focus on my breathing and on my body’s ability to go further than I ever thought it could. It makes me feel strong and happy and I hope to continue after we’ve run the half.
  • Our post-run brunch of choice is toasted sourdough with veg and chorizo hash and a fried egg on top. Recipe will land as soon as I can stop for long enough to take a photo of it…

More updates to follow on the training in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Abel and Cole

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Love being greeted by these two at the end of a long day!

I’m super excited about this one. For the past month and a bit I’ve been receiving the most amazing grocery boxes from Abel and Cole and loving every one. Top points are:

  • All their produce is free range/pasture-raised/organic and crazy nutritious.
  • I get the meat and fish box and some semi-skimmed milk one week, then yoghurt, butter, eggs and more semi-skimmed milk the following week. And then it repeats. It works out at just over £30 for two weeks’ worth of meat, fish and dairy and it’s brilliant. (Then I buy my veg and cupboard bits from Lidl because I’m not made of money)!
  • The meat and fish box is essentially a lucky dip and changes every week. I frequently receive produce that I’ve never cooked with before which encourages me to get creative in the kitchen. This week for example, I’ll be filleting a trout!
  • The delivery situation is great. I confirm my order by EOP Tuesday and my box is ready and waiting for me when I get home on Thursday. Which by the way comes with reusable ice packs and wool insulation to keep things cool (it surprised me too)! Then I leave the box on my doorstep for the driver to collect the following week as everything is reused or recycled! Yay for the planet.
  • Not sponsored, just good.
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Ft. matching slippers and string! 

Books

Again, let’s bullet point it.

  • Cookbook of the month is Food for a Happy Gut by Naomi Devlin. Exactly what it says on the tin, this book is perfect for those in need of some tummy loving. And some gorgeous food, like these pork meatballs with parsnip mash and lemon-spiked yoghurt. YUM.
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I mean look at them!
  • My uni friends and I have decided to start a book club. The plan is to read one book a month (which we choose from Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf Instagram account) then either meet for dinner or have a 5 way Skype chat and discuss. The first book is Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot and no I haven’t started it yet. Because…
  • … I’ve just finished The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and oh my goodness gracious me was it good! Intense, thrilling, scary, complex (in a good way), well-written and the very definition of a page-turner. Excellent tube read.

 

The weather

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The Beast from the East

Not small talk I swear, the weather has been nuts! At the end of March/beginning of April we had a ridiculous amount of snow (for London anyway) and the wind was like a big fat slap around the face. Fast forward a few weeks and I’m eating brunch in the 27 degree heat with sunnies on, shoes off, and nothing suitable to wear.

We’ve settled back in to classic British spring now – bit sunny, bit rainy, bit cloudy, bit cold, bit totally unpredictable and impossible to dress for. My fave.

Um, new job!

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The kind of notebook I’m going to need in Shoreditch!

This is the exciting bit: I’ve got a new job! It’s with the HBC (Health Bloggers Community) and I’ll be working in super swanky Shoreditch managing social media channels, writing editorial for the magazine, helping to organise events, and running all over London to meet and chat with the brands and bloggers of the health and wellness industry. Needless to say I can’t wait.

Oh and any tips on how to be a bit more cool would be much appreciated. It’s Shoreditch.

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One last look at the coffee…

So those are my April highlights! And now my coffee is gone and I’ve got training to do, rubbish.

BUT. Before I go, I wanna hear what you’ve been loving this month! Anyone else use Abel and Cole? Perhaps you’ve run a half marathon before and have some tips on how to keep up the motivation? Or maybe you’ve got a recommendation for our book club? Please get in touch because hearing from my readers makes me smile even more than the post-run brunch (and that means a LOT coming from me).

Samantha x

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Pamela Ridgway, Circle Coach for IIN says:

    Hi Sam,
    Loved you blog!!! Plus your new job sounds perfect too……….I am so happy that I get to watch your progress forward as a Health Coach in England………..

    I just finished a fabulous book for my book club called “When Women Were Birds” by Terry Tempest Williams,,,,,,,so good!!!!

    Your Circle Coach,
    Pamela

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    1. samanthacouzens95 says:

      Hi Pamela, it’s so lovely to hear from you! I’m glad you liked the post and thank you for getting in touch.

      Well watch this space, hopefully there’ll be some more exciting updates on the Health Coaching in the future!

      Ooh I’ll pop it on my list of books to try, thank you for the recommendation 🙂

      Samantha x

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  2. Lee says:

    I love my Abel & Cole box every week. Fruit, veg, eggs….
    Congratulations on new job! xx

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    1. samanthacouzens95 says:

      They’re so great aren’t they! Thank you 🙂 x

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  3. Huge congratulations on your job with HBC, that’s amazing and you must be so proud. Your blog is gorgeous, too! x

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    1. samanthacouzens95 says:

      Thank you so much! Congrats on launching your own blog too, I’ve been following along with the butternut squash series and the recipes look seriously yummy! x

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