Workout Of The Week: Half Marathon Training

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My first installment of Workout Of The Week is one that will probably feature a lot on my blog over the next 12 weeks. I’m currently training for the Sheffield Half Marathon and into week 2 of my schedule. It’s gruelling, time-consuming and often the last thing I want to do at 8pm in the evening 3 times a week.

However I know I have to train, I won’t be able to tackle the very hilly course on the 12th April without putting in the hours. I’m much more efficient when I’m doing something where a plan and schedule is involved, I love ticking things off a to-do-list, so using this training schedule from BUPA is really helping me. There is something very satisfying about going on a run, returning home to a onesie and a hot chocolate and ticking off another day of training.

I guess I do like to call myself a jogger, note I said jogger and not runner! I have two 10ks under my running belt and early last year I was running 2/3 times a week. However, I am a bit of a fair weather runner though so since November I haven’t really run at all and in the first few runs I could really feel it in my legs and chest. But with each run it is getting easier and more enjoyable.

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Recipe Of The Week: Gluten & Guilt Free Pizza

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As I mentioned on Monday, every Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite recipe and workout of the week. I won’t be giving you actual recipes or a step-by-step guide because I am definitely no expert when it comes to the culinary arts! (Not yet anyway). Instead I’ll be sharing a recipe that I’ve experimented with and really enjoyed. As I said in My Goals for 2015 I really want to learn to cook this year so I’ll be trying lots of yummy dishes and sharing my favourites with you!

As this is my first recipe of the week I think I should share a few things with you…

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Highs of the week #7

Highs of the week #7

My first Highs of the Week of 2015 is here! It’s been a tough one deciding what makes the cut as I got so many delicious treats for Christmas, ate the yummiest of food and I’ve had a wee dabble in the sales… I’ve also had some magical moments with friends, family and my boyfriend so I could literally list 100 highs this week. Here are the real standouts for me.

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Christmas gift guide: 20 gorgeous gifts all under £20

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With Christmas just around the corner now is the time to pick up those last minute treats, or manically rush round buying presents if you haven’t started shopping yet! All the gifts below are my personal recommendations, I’ve tried and tested the lot, some have been sent to me especially for maryoliviahickey.com, some I’ve bought myself as a December treat and some are a preview of the gifts I’ll be handing out to friends and family on December 25th.

All the gifts are £20 and under, perfect for family members, girlfriends and Secret Santas. Many of the treats are below £10 and perfect for stocking fillers.

Happy buying!

1. Clinique ‘Makeup Brush Cleanser’
Perfect for beauty lovers, this Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser is the ideal way to wash a collection of makeup brushes. This is one of those gifts that any beauty lover will adore and probably not already own. I find buying makeup for someone else is always risky as it’s a very personal thing, this is the perfect alternative.
£13.00

2. Beauticology ‘Creamy Marshmallow Frosting Foot Lotion’
The Beauitcology collection from Baylis & Harding is a more affordable and fun alternative to the mother brand. Despite the lower cost, this range doesn’t lack in quality. The Gingerbread Foot Lotion and cozy sock duo is the perfect gift for Christmas. Oh and smells good enough to eat.
£5.00 (Currently 1/3 off in Sainsburys!!)

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Highs of the week #5

Highs of the week #5

So last week was pretty special. I am in full Christmas mode right now and a second, even more special event is not far away, my sisters wedding. Okay, well it’s in the summer but we are currently in the process of getting everything organised. This weekend we headed up home to Sheffield to talk flowers, dresses and drink. Perfect. And here’s a few more treats I’ve loved this week.

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5 ways to beat the Monday blues

1. Achieve something early 

Monday mornings are always a challenge. For many of us we are still in ‘weekend mode’ so it’s often hard to get motivated. Much of my Monday is spent reading emails and catching up on the last two days so I often feel by lunchtime that I haven’t really achieved anything. Over the past few weeks I have been setting myself small, achievable tasks that I can complete and tick off before I start my working day. It can be something simple as putting the bins out or putting a load of laundry on. I’m currently writing a weekly review of the X Factor Sunday results show for Metro Online so I often wake up early on a Monday to write and file my article. I’m also going to start running Monday mornings too.

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