Friday’s February favourites

It’s finally March! Spring is in the air, the mornings are getting lighter, there are daffodils and crocuses popping through the greener grass and Lent has began, which sees me giving up both chocolate AND nut butter! I thought I’d do another little round-up of some of my favourite things last month, so here goes…

Kit

I finally invested in my first pair of Inov8 trail shoes – Roclite 295 – ahead of our trip to La Palma and gave them a test run in the Pentlands when I was back in Edinburgh. First impressions were good, comfortable, quite grippy, just what I expected from them and I can’t wait to test them on more rugged terrain (ankle permitting) on the island.

At the start of the year, Next introduced an activewear range to their womenswear collection and a certain pair of patterned leggings was all over my social media and blog feed. I popped into my local store in Westfield last month and picked up a pair of their navy full length leggings with mesh cutouts and a back zip pocket, and so far I love them. For only £20 I think they’re well worth investing in and I’m excited to see how they follow this first collection.

Food

Rude Health very kindly gifted my flatmate Sophie with a hamper-full of their goodies last month and lucky for me I got to try some too. My favourite product was their Fruity Date porridge, perfect for making breakfast overnight oats to take on-the-go.

I’ve also been testing out the healing and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric recently and my favourite way to enjoy the real thing in root form is in a hot drink with orange and lemon slices, fresh ginger, cinnamon and honey, topped with hot water. Just be aware that peeling and chopping fresh turmeric does dye your fingers (and manicure) fluorescent yellow!

Books and TV

I devoured Paul Kalanithi’s book When Breath Becomes Air in just a few days and became totally immersed in his story. I’m going to do a full book review very soon, but if you can pick up a copy I would highly recommend it, a very honest and sad but powerful account of a doctor’s battle with cancer.

I’ve also re-watched many episodes of one of my favourite comedy shows Catastrophe ahead of the new and final series that started this week on Channel 4. It’s back and as funny as ever, raw and just a little (a lot) naughty.

Friends

Last week I was hooked to my Facebook feed keeping a close eye on updates of some fabulous Advent Runners taking part in various distances of Transgrancanaria. Captain James was first Brit home in the epic 265km journey while friends Mark, Svenja, Gif, Rach and Claire conquered the marathon in style.

Meanwhile in Tokyo, bestie Stephanie, out with injury for so long, stormed the famous marathon route alongside FRC-er Bob and enjoyed every minute it seems! Her Tokyo adventures post-race also made me look forward to the Olympics in 2020, it would be a fabulous reason to visit!

So goodbye February and hello March, tomorrow we fly to La Palma for a week so be sure to join me over on Instagram for updates!

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