Wednesday, 24 February 2016

5 Reasons To Start Running

uk british fitness blogger femaleBefore anything else, can we all take a moment to appreciate the unrealistically-white parts of my trainers?  I say 'unrealistically' because I spent a fair few minutes violently scrubbing them until they looked presentable!  The cold hard truth of running (outdoors, at least) is that you'll inevitably have dirty, soggy trainers to look forward to at some point. Mmm pretty.  Though dirty trainers aside, there are one million and one positives to running, so if you've been toying with the idea of starting, hopefully I can convince you to tie up your hair, put on your trainers and start earning those miles!
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People start running for various reasons.  A common myth is that its sole purpose is to aid weight loss (though it's pretty damn good for that too), however it attracted me for a very different reason.  I've always been a sporty person and yet only warmed to the idea of running when I realised how helpful it could be for calming the mind.  Sure, I find candles relaxing, soft music calming and picturesque views to be beautifully tranquil - however if I really want to unwind and destress, I run.  So with this in mind, I've put together a list of 5 reasons to start running, comprising slightly more unusual points that have occurred to me over the past few years...
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1 - You don't have to wait for a court to free up, your friend to arrive or a particular gym area to empty out, if you choose to make the activity a solo one, you can just... do it.  You're good to go!  Any place, any time.


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2 - Clothing isn't an issue.  The world of fitnesswear has become increasingly gorgeous over recent years and can be a lot (and I mean a lot) of fun to explore.  However apart from essentials such as comfortable footwear and fitted sports bras, from the ankle up it's playtime!  However, if your budget doesn't quite stretch to the latest, flashiest designs when it comes to trainers, there are plenty of affordable options around such as trainers by Skechers*, Nike and New Balance.


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3 - To push further and further, meeting and exceeding goals as you go.  Running is as much a mental workout as it is physical; from the very beginning, you're guaranteed to get a kick out of going further than you had expected and quicker than you'd thought.  The same mentality seeps into other aspects of your life and before you know it, you've broken through other barriers that seemed impossible to break through.  If you're looking for ways to prove your strength to yourself and build on your successes, running is a great place to start.  


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4 - As I mentioned earlier, for peace of mind.  If you're struggling to find ways to relax and slow down your thoughts, try swinging the other way and get out of the bubble bath.  I mean, don't turn your back on bubble baths altogether, just schedule them for after runs.  Sounds good?  Sounds good.


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5 - For the changes to your body.  Just like any other form of physical activity combined with eating more consciously, running helps shift weight, however the intangible changes can be just as impressive as the visible!  Lower blood pressure and cholesterol, stronger/healthier bones, increased happiness (release of endorphins in the brain), improved circulation, possible boost to immune system and the list goes on and on...

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Jacket - Kyodan Active 

Leggings - MPG Performance Gear

Trainers - Nike Rosche Running Shoes (similar)


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Regardless of whether you did a winning sprint out of the womb, or have been known to tremble at the thought of a brisk walk, running is for everyone - health permitting.  So, if you love it, great!  And if you hate it, you're welcome to come back here and beat me to a pulp with your well-circulated hands.  Deal?

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: This post has been sponsored, however all opinions are my own.
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  1. Loved this post! I just started running again and I feel absolutely amazing. It definitely does wonders as you described! x Thanks for sharing :)

    Jac Fleurant
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  2. Your running outfit is amazing, you look so beautiful! I totally agree with your reasons for running, I especially love the convenience of it by being able to do it anywhere and anytime. I also love that it's amazing for your state of mind!

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  3. I have tried running unfortunately it's not for me. I find it to b very distracting, boring and all I concentrate on is refraining myself from taking a taxi back home. Yoga is the only thing that really works for me so far.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  4. I like your workout outfit! I tried to like running but I feel like I'm terrible at it, maybe someday I'll try again :)

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  5. Convincing enough for me to start. Though not sure if my ortho will approve.
    Love that outfit.

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  6. I loved this post so much! Your right about freeing your mind. When I workout and walk and run I feel very clam like the stress of the world has just lifted. I love how you don't need a gym either, the outside elements can be your natural gym. Those trainers are gorgeous! It reminds me, I need a new pair because mine are dirty as ever. Loved this inspiration so much x :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/

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  7. I'm not much of a runner but you're right the workout gear these days is so much better than it used to be. Not having a cute workout look is not an excuse.

    -M
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  8. I have a weird relationship with running. I never used to run, it never appealed to me until a few years ago when one day I just felt a need to take it up. Since then I go through moments where I make it a priority then don't. I don't know why I go for them, and I'm going through another moment where I want to take it up again lol. I put more priority on going for long walks because I find that clears my mind and destresses me, something which I noticed running does not do for me!

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  9. I really needed that little pep talk! I just got back from vacationing in Asia, and while I'm usually losing weight when traveling in Asia this time was different and I actually gained some:/ Time to get the running shoes on:)

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  10. This post makes me want to be a runner, and I love the thought of running as well but my god it's just not for me. I completely take my hat off to those who genuinely enjoy running but for me I much prefer things like kickboxing, dancing or hiking to get in my exercise. I guess it really all just comes down to personal preference though. I will admit that I think if I had a really nice route to run or some kind of a scenic place nearby then that would make it much more appealing to me!

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  11. Yeah, the best part of running is endorphin its like getting high legally!

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    xo, Alyssa

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  12. I like your workout outfit! and your reasons to start running..makes me want to jog everyday:)

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  13. I've tried running a couple of times but I find it hard to get into! I get SO out of breath and then I just give up haha I'll definitely give it another go though once I give birth (i'll probably need the exercise more than ever!)

    Renee | Lose the Road

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  14. Great pictures and really motivating! I love your natural look :) xx, Carmen - http://www.carmitive.com

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  15. Nice ones, will try ;)

    XX

    Mónica Sors

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  16. Exercise is mission impossible for me, Gabrielle! The only part I enjoy about picking up a sport is shopping for the attire. Hahaha! xoxo

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  17. I am really excited to get back into running once I get the clear from my doctor after having the baby. It was an exercise I always really enjoyed, mostly because you can really do it anytime.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  18. that part about the sneakers, made me laugh. True every letter. I am fond of running myself, and since the spring is here, its going to be a month full of running for me.
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  19. I agree that it helps in relaxation! I like hearing myself think :)

    - Seyra
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  20. I love running, it relaxes me because my mind is free fromm bad vibes!
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  21. I love to get out and run (instead of going to the gym), especially on weekend mornings when it's warm and sunny outside! Love your running jacket too!

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  22. I love this post! I make 15 min exercises and go for 20 min. jogging every single day and it incredibly helps not only to be in a good shape, but like you say it's great for the mind too :)
    By the way, nail polish remover cleans the white rubber parts of trainers very quickly and easily xx

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  23. I love your running outfit! Running isn't for me, but I know what you mean about brisk exercise being the best way to calm down ever! x

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  24. Hi Gabrielle,

    I like your running shoes. They look like the shoes we just bought my fiancee for when she goes running with me. I've just started running in mid December 2015 and I have to say that I agree with your list. The part that resonated with me the most was what you mentioned about goal setting.

    For me, running has been a test of my physical endurance and my mental strength. Every day I find myself setting new goals in terms of distance or time and I really push myself to meet them. Beyond that I have lost a little bit of my "lazy weight" that I put on during years of inactivity. I look better, I feel better, and I think that I am more confident in a lot of other areas of my life.

    I think its important to note, though, that someone totally unaccustomed to running doesn't have to start out with any crazy goals. They could walk until they build up the want to jog or run. Setting small goals will work- its getting out there that is important!

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  25. Looking cute hon , I need to join the running club as well.
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  26. This post is so inspirational! I unfortunately can't handle running; I'm one of those people that cracks every join just by sitting down or standing up and running gets uncomfortable fast on my ankle and knees. I do however try to do a quick 15 minute jog on the treadmill for my heart rate which I can handle, something about the treadmill is easier on my joints than the ground. Thanks for writing this post!

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  27. Lovely motivational post! I love exercising, but I couldn't run to save my life. I know it's good for the body and mind, like you said, but I get dizzy. I usually walk really fast with weights on an incline to get my heart rate up.

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  28. Your blog is legitimately such a feel-good blog, and also, your hair is awesome. I agree with what you're saying, but at the same time I basically have no spare time, so can basically only jog on my way back home from my saturday job xD

    Amy;
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  29. Nah running is not really my thing! I prefer martial arts! Loving your jacket though! You look chic with sportswear too!
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  30. Ah, this is gorgeous - you look sooooooo pretty and your hair is oh so glorious! I love how swishy it is!!!

    Hun you always make things look so effortless and elegant, love it!! :)

    Hope you're well!

    Layla xx

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  31. You look fantastic, Gabrielle! I love your workout outfit and those trainers, too! I do more weight training than anything else because I've noticed the whenever I do a lot of cardio, I lose a lot of weight, an unhealthy looking amount. However, within the past couple of months, I've been doing 15 minutes of some form of cardio 3x a week and haven't seen too much weight loss. I love running and stopped because of the weight, but I think I'll start up again, just for a shorter amount of time. You've definitely inspired me with this post. You're right, it's great for the mind and easing stress. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you're having a wonderful day and week so far :)

    XO,

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  32. Running is such a great cardio workout. I hope that I'll be be able to take it up again one of these days as soon as I can fully re-strengthen my janky ankle. Your trainers look perfect :)

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  33. Sport outdoors - it's great! You have a beautiful shape.

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  34. I was really looking forward to reading this post, hon! :) And I am glad I did as you totally gave me a renewed inspiration to grab my sneakers and go for a run tomorrow morning. I am a gym goer but running outside by yourself is just different. Couldn't agree more about the peace of mind benefit of it.
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  35. I've been toying with the idea of having a quick 30 minute run in the mornings before I start my day, and I think you may have just convinced me, I love the benefits you stated and girl, how do you look so fabulous in gym gear haha ♥

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  36. I wish I was a runner. You make it look too easy! I definitely need to just get out there and start one day!

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  37. Great inspo to get back into running! It is one thing that at first I hate but then fall in love with. Love the look as well. Xo, Ellese

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  38. Greta posts & points. I started running again recently & although I thought I’d never be able to really enjoy like I did when I was younger, I really have gotten into it. It truly is a relaxing workout. Especially when you’re outside! Thanks for sharing.

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  39. Great post and inspiration Gabrielle. I used to run a lot but injured my foot in a snowboarding accident, now I walk a lot mostly, speed walk to get the same results. Stylish gear definitely motivates me, and I love these pieces you are wearing. Yes, the Nike Roshe trainers get dirty quickly, I always have to scrub mine after an outdoor workout. <3 Happy weekend! xo /Madison

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  40. These are fantastic reasons, Gabrielle! I've been running inconsistently for the past two months and am hoping to make it part of my daily routine. I definitely agree that running aids in the calming of the mind tremendously.

    Also, I had a good little laugh at your introductory paragraph. Oh, what bloggers do for presentable photographs.

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  41. Excellent post, you are a good inspiration Gaby...well done. BTW,  I love your sports outfit....Me too, I've always been a sporty person my two passions: hiking and swimming. Completely addicted, very energetic , invigorating and destress :-))

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  42. I totally agree with you about all the 5 reasons, because I am a regular runner myself too. And it's such a good mental workout as well, as recently I am trying to break through my 35 minutes limit to 40 and I feel hella good after reaching 40. It's like accomplishing things that I thought I'd never reach. x

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  43. I must admit that I'm not a fan of running. However, often in my life when I lacked the Energy and time for other types of physical activity, I would turn to running and I must say it did really help me feel better. It is like the character in The Human Stain says- I hated running but I never missed a day. Running is great for Health because everyone can adjust it in the way the want and find a pace that suit their needs.

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  44. you look stunning in this sporty outfit!!!

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  45. Great photos and tips! I wish I had a good place near for a run, but I don´t.. :(

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  46. Thats a great post! I love running! you are right it is perfect to relax and calm down! Whenever I feel stressed out I just go for a run♥
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  47. I agree that running also calms the mind. Great read. Thanks for sharing! :)

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

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  48. Running is a great cardio and keeps you fit very easily. Unfortunately, I can't do it due to a condition in my ankles, but I try to compensate with other exercises.

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  49. Great post, I love running! Have you tried the 'Zombies Run' app? Gets you running faster than ever out of fear!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
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  50. I regularly take a walk in the park. Running is such a fabulous exercise, keeps the entire body fit. Love how fresh and beautiful you look in these pics, Gabrielle!
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  51. I could not agree with you more. Running is one of the best ways to clear the mind!

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  52. I used to do quite a lot of running but now I stick to sprinting as I think my body got used to it and I needed something quite radical ;-) Great shots especially that second one, it's really striking

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  53. I'm not really the running type of gal since I prefer the slow/low impact type of exercise like yoga or power walking but when I do decide to give running a try I won't beat you to a pulp even if I know i will probably hate it...promise! hahaha

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  54. I definitely agree that wanting a peace of mind is one of the most common reasons to start running, it is definitely what drives me to run. Lately though running outdoors seemed almost impossible for me due to the terrible weather, hopefully spring will change that
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    Mia

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  55. Okay Gabrielle, you've got me motivated and girl is going out for a morning jog tomorrow morning!! Jotting it down now and let's go :)

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  56. Excellent post! I can't get into running but trying to walk more. You look amazing in your fitness gear!

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  57. I agree with your running list! It's probably one of the easiest exercises you can do because all you have to do is step out your front door (unless you live in the country...then you need to probably get into your car and at least drive somewhere safe). Also I must say you have the prettiest ponytail ever - I always want to grow my hair out that long but cut it before it gets too far past my shoulders because its starts to weigh on my scalp.

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  58. Very inspiring post Gabrielle and some great reasons to start running. I need to start pushing myself into it as sport is what I struggle to find the time and energy to do. Have a lovely weekend. Gemma x
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  59. As someone who enjoys running, I loved reading this post. So many truths! And you make a good point about accessibility, too... you don't have to have a certain place or time or gym to do it.

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  60. What a lovely idea. I tried running once but as my stamina was so low, I gave it up. I'm now thinking of giving it another go.

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  61. I love running, it is the only exercise that calms my anxiety. Thank you for sharing.

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  62. I run at the gym so my trainers never get real dirty :) I love to run although it doesn't calm my mind. Wish it did!
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  63. These are such great reasons! I absolutely love running!

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  64. I've been thinking about starting running and I really want to just get out their and give it a go , I really like that you don't have to rely or wait for anyone else :) BUt I didn't realise how good it was for de-stressing , I really want to work on being calmer so this ppost has really inspired me to get started, so thank you :)

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

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  65. There definitely are many benefits of running, but I have bad knees, so I can't really do it anymore. I do enjoy taking long walks, though! ;)
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  66. Oh dear you look absolutely amazing.. look at those legs! Also, you almost convinced me that running is a good idea. Almost :)

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  67. Running definitely brings clarity when you're in a frustrating situation. I find it's great for pumping up some motivation too!

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  68. I love this post! I have just updated my blog with 'Holika Holika Pig Nose' Review! You should check it out.

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  69. Your white runners look great! I wouldn't have known you spent eons cleaning them if you hadn't said so. I should run again; I used to do it more often but got out of the habit. :]

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  70. You're so pretty! Love your blog! Care to follow each other?

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  71. Great tips
    Amazing outfit
    Thanks for sharing
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  72. I still haven't worked out in the last 2 years but this is super motivating! I really just want to do it for health reasons

    Tina
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  73. This is such a great post! I've been thinking about adding some running into my workout routine but I just find it so boring and not really for me, but maybe this post was just the motivation that I needed.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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  74. Thanks for the motivation! Really need to start running ;)

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  75. you are so fit!! love this workout outfit! x
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  76. I needed this!!! I've been wanting to start exercising for a while.

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  77. Great post dear! I run two times a week and I love it! It is so good for the body and the health! Thank you for sharing this post! ❤
    xx Pisa
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  78. A great post and lovely photographs too! You can certainly tell you work out as you look so toned and healthy, and your skin is beautiful. Lovely workout outfit too!

    I don't run personally, I do HIIT training which is a shorter form of intense training. I combine it with weights and toning exercises and it helps incredibly with overall fitness and health. They can also be done at anytime too from your own home (or outdoors if you want).

    It's important to get fit and stay healthy, health really is one of the most important thing to consider in life.

    Thanks for sharing your great post, and have a lovely weekend!

    Laura xo

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  79. Absolutely love running in the mornings! It gives me such a wonderful feeling of freedom!
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  80. So motivational, thanks for the awesome tips beautiful! Xx

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  81. thanks for posting! my dad is an ultra marathon runner, so needless to say i'm surrounded by running. but lately i've lost the zeal for it. here's for new years resolutions and getting back into it! xx

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  82. I agree. :) Nice post!
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  83. I've never seen someone looking more gorgeous than you during a running session! You look so beautiful!
    I started running again few weeks ago but sometimes I still feel a lack of motivation... So thank you for these great tips that for sure I'll use!

    Camy xx
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  84. Love this! I also love catching up on podcasts during runs!:-) xo!

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  85. Great post! I am all about working out and fitness but I can quite motivate myself to go running regularly. I am now planning on doing so once it gets warmer here!
    Love from New York,
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  86. I agree running is a great way to unwind and keep your mind stress-free and active :) Loved the post..
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  87. Love the looks

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  88. Great article, brings the pictures together beautifully.
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