Tag Archives: Boutique Sport

I had a great time at the Boutique Sport with Style event held on Monday at the amazing Yotopia studios in Covent Garden.  I made it through a tough Yogalates class taught by David Olton (that I’m still feeling in my legs) and met up with some other fun active ladies in London (Hi @leahnaturally!).

Plus, as you can see in the last photo*, we got a great goodybag with delicious Soul Foods treats, natural make-up and Lorna Jane products. 

*that’s my free stuff face. Embarrassing but true.

Photos via Boutique Sport

blogs & tweets I like

I love communicating and interacting with people and brands that share my interests.  Everyone probably knows I’m a twitter-maniac and clearly blog once in a while, but I thought I’d share my favourite FITfluential blogs and twitter accounts.  

Sportsister http://www.sportsister.com @sportsister

Awesome twitter updates on women’s sport and they have some kick-ass competitions on their blog. 

Boutique Sport http://www.boutiquesport.com @BoutiqueSport @BoutiqueRun

They have free and exclusive events just for women in and around London. Need I say more? From run clubs to Barrecore and yoga they have it all if you want to get involved with other like-minded ladies.

Lunges & Lycra http://lungesandlycra.co.uk/ @Lungesandlycra

New to the blogging world these ladies are right on it with a mix of top fitness advice and gin recommendations. I’ve met them at a few running events and they’re as nice IRL as on their blog.

Spikes & Heels http://spikesandheels.com @Spikesandheels

This lady needs no introduction. Whether you follow her on Bangs & A Bun or via Spikes & Heels she is on it when it comes to fashion/blogging/PR/fitness (not in that order!) There is a certain level of envy everytime I see her in in a new piece of amaze running gear. She also started the #beprettyonrestdays campaign where seriously active women took photos of themselves post-workout to put up in an incredible album.

Lazy Girl Running http://www.lazygirlrunning.com @lazygirlrunning

She’s not lazy in the slightest and runs a marathon time I could only dream of.  But she’s also all about balance and knows it’s more important to have a post-race pint than time your quarter-mile splits to the hundredth second.  She’s moving into triathlons now and reading her blog about learning how to swim with a nose plug and bike with clip-in pedals is EXACTLY the kind of real training we all face (not pretty but effective).

Nike Training Club http://www.facebook.com/NikeTrainingClubUK @NikeUK

I go on and on about how much I love the NTC Live classes for women in London. Their facebook page is also a great resource for chatting with the other ladies about their fitness plans and goals. It’s also a great place to be up on the latest product knowledge and very cool Nike events that are invite only.

Pretty Fit http://beprettyfit.wordpress.com @BePrettyFit

Another personal blog of a London girl who likes running a lot. She’s also really good at it. I love a good mix of inspiration and reality.

Naturally Leah http://www.naturallyleah.com @leahnaturally

I just found/met Leah and her blog has followed her training for her first half marathon and has some great race reviews in there too. Her voice is real and it’s refreshing to follow her training. I might be a bit biased in that she used to live in Vancouver and work for Lululemon and thinks Vancouver is the best place in the world…. so go Leah! 🙂

Lululemon Athletica Chelsea http://www.facebook.com/lululemonChelsea

Lulu is in London! Their gear is still mostly out of reach for my day-to-day exercising (I seriously ruin athletic clothing so paying over £50 for a vest/tank top is a bit much for me) But they do have some of the best gear around if you’re willing to invest AND free yoga/pilates every Wednesday and Sunday in their Chelsea studio.  

Seriously Ugly Race Pics http://uglyracepics.tumblr.com/

This one speaks for itself.  If you’ve ever felt pretty good while running – thinking you’re gliding along the pavement like a Kenyan at mile 21… here’s your reality check.

Sheactive http://www.sheactive.co.uk/

Good deals of all the best gear in one place. They always have sales on and it was the only place I could find pink running tights. 

Sport Pursuit http://www.sportpursuit.com/sales

I’m no stranger to deal-a-day websites thanks to the amazing North American Steep&Cheap group of companies, but relatively new to this deal-a-day site has some of the best of the best gear for almost every sport and fitness need.  You have to wait a couple of weeks until you get it delivered, but with those deals it’s worth it. 

Wiggle http://www.wiggle.co.uk/

Whenever I need something specific and Google it Wiggle always shows me the cheapest price with the most options/styles.  Also once I ordered a backpack off it and it arrived in LESS THAN 24 hours using the free standard shipping option. Unheard of.

Gear for Girls http://www.gearforgirls.co.uk/ @gearforgirls

I’ve never bought off this website but do find myself browsing it often.  Plus with photos like this for inspiration how can you NOT want to get outside in their clothing?!

Any other suggestions?

run clubs

I received an email from a friend the other day about how her two running friends were moving out of town and she wanted more running friends. It got me thinking about how, other than my husband, I didn’t move to London with any running buddies either.

Enter run clubs.  

photo credit: Boutique Sport

I’ve recently went for a run with Boutique Sport’s After Dark Run Club on Monday nights.  It’s a guided 8k run around central London for ladies who either don’t have the motivation to get out and run in the dark, cold winter, or those who don’t feel safe running alone in the aforementioned dark, cold winters (tired about my whining about the dark and coldness that has already set in? It’s ONLY OCTOBER). 

photo credit: Zest

I’ve run with a few free run clubs in London and this one was by far the best. It was a good mix of girls keen to run with a group and some of the cool brands you see on the blogs and twitter, was great to put a face to all those names I always see in my timeline.  Everyone was super keen to be out running even though we were in an absolute downpour rain shower.  The pace set by the lead group was fast and a good challenge to keep up with.  I’m somewhat of a Goldilocks when it comes to running groups as I like to be pushed, but I’m not setting any 20 minute 5k PB records so lets not go crazy.

photo credit: Boutique Sport

Come run with me – check out Boutique Run Club and email them to join in.

FYI: This post isn’t sponsored at all – I’m just super keen to join in on a run like this and support any sort of women’s running initiatives.  Short of a granola bar and coconut water at the end didn’t receive anything from Boutique Sport.

Photo credits as stated above – I still can’t run with a bumbag so no actions shots.