Five Things Friday-8

Five Things Friday #8

Five things Friday #8 and I am hoping that the things I am sharing are useful.


So last week I was listening to my usual podcast on my way to work and Rob Dial started to talk about Ikigai. I found it very interesting and thought about it once I got to work. Well, my tutor group had an assembly and we had an external speaker come in.

Can you imagine my shock when she started talking about Ikigai! I’d never heard of the word and then twice in one morning! So obviously I wanted to know more about it!

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I’m now reading more about it. Maybe it will help me find my next job!

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There seem to be a few people struggling with injuries at the moment, myself included so I just wanted to share this post for anyone else that may need to read it.

Follow Friday

I know that they say you shouldn’t talk to strangers online, but I am so glad that I started following and talking to @lexielovestorun. She is an amazing runner and so inspiring. Make sure you check out her Instagram page and give her a follow. You will not regret it.

@lexielovestorun instagram profile.

The Running Awards

I was fortunate enough to attend The Running Awards last year. They have announced the shortlist for the awards. There are so many amazing people and brands up for awards, so as runners I feel it’s important for us to vote. So, take a look and vote here.

Last years Running Awards
Last years running awards


Yes, I know it’s a shocker. For the second week, I’m plugging my own photo challenge!! It’s well underway and I am loving seeing people photos. It’s all for fun and you can join in whenever you want. If you want to look at what has been posted so far, search for click here.

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Five Things Friday #7

Five Things Friday is still going and I think I have found some good things to share this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Super Halfs

I feel like I totally missed this, so apologies if this is old news for you! As you know I am a sucker for a challenge and have shared my desire to complete all the World Marathon Majors. Well, last week when I was at the Running Show Alistair told me about the Super Halfs challenge. It’s a half marathon challenge, featuring FIVE half marathons in some pretty cool cities; Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff and Valencia.

When I looked into it, you could get a series pass and you have 36 months to run all of them. Unfortunately, this has now sold out, but when you register they give you a passport number, so you can keep track of any that you enter independently. It looks awesome and I know that I would love to run some of these half marathons and eventually run the whole series! When am I going to win the lotto!!!

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Power Hour Podcast

I have been following The Runner Beans for years now. I love her honest nature. Well, Charlie is on the Power Hour Podcast this week and it is a really good listen. So, I know I have shared in previously but check out the Power Hour Podcast.

Five Things Friday #7 - Power Hour Podcast

Improve With Luke

If you are like me and possibly almost every runner, you are not so great at stretching. I am currently struggling with a tight right hip so my go-to is @improvewithluke. The videos are very clear and just help remind you of stretches to do.

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🔹𝐓𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐇𝐢𝐩 𝐅𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐨𝐫𝐬🔹⁣ ⁣ This is a very common problem, especially with how much time we spend sitting down vs moving! 🏃‍♂️⁣ ⁣ People might know that they need to work on some stretching and mobility 🧘🏻‍♂️ for tight hip flexors, but what might not be so obvious is the importance of improving spinal stability / core efficiency. ✅⁣ ⁣ Your psoas (hip flexor) attaches to all of your lumbar vertebra, and therefore plays an important role in stabilisation of your lumbar spine. ⁣ ⁣ If you don’t create good, efficient spinal stabilisation through the rest of your core muscles, you’re psoas can become overly tight to compensate for this… 🤷🏻‍♂️⁣ ⁣ So if you’re struggling with tight hip flexors and stretching doesn’t seem to be working, you want to spend some time on improving your core efficiently too…⁣ ⁣ 1️⃣ – 𝐇𝐢𝐩 𝐅𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐜𝐡⁣ 🔸 Great for improving the flexibility of your hip flexors (psoas / illiacus)⁣ ⁣ 2️⃣ – 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐮𝐠𝐬⁣ 🔸 Builds core strength and efficiency⁣ 🔸 Moving the legs means it’s harder for the psoas to overly contract ⁣ ⁣ 3️⃣ – 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐤⁣ 🔸Great for improving core efficiency⁣ 🔸Developed core stretch whilst challenging lumbar/pelvic stability ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Remember to never push into any pain or pinching ❌ and get professional help if you’re dealing with ongoing pain / injuries ✅⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Please tag any friends you think might find this useful, and as always any questions please comment below 👇🏻⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #improvewithluke – ‘Free your Limits’ #TightHips #HipFlexors #HipFlexorStretch #HipMobility #CoreStrength #corestrengthening

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February Photo Challange

So this is a little premature, but it is about to start! So each February for the last two years I have run a little photo challenge on Instagram. Basically I suggest a theme every day and we post a photo linked to the theme and use the hashtag #rularunsphotochallenge. It’s just for fun, so if you fancy joining in, make sure you are following me on Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do it every day, just jump on and join in when you can.

A Summer on Track with Hayley Carruthers

So there you have it, another Five things Friday complete. If you missed last weeks, click here.

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