Running with Hogwarts!

Some weeks ago me and my friend Jess came across The Hogwarts Running Club which is an online community for people who love to run and who love Harry Potter!

They have virtual runs and races all inspired by the Harry Potter world and the money they make go to different charities.

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I am a big Harry Potter fan and have all the films on Dvd which i love to pull out now and then and sit and watch.

So i was extremely excited to find the community and join up on their facebook Group!

The first thing i had to do was go to the Pottermore website and take the sorting hat quiz to find out which house i would be under. (You don’t have to do this you can always decide for yourself which school house you want to join)

 

I turned out to be a HufflePuff! So then it was an easy task of finding the facebook HufflePuff common room where i joined all the rest of my school team.

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Next with the instructions on the Group page I downloaded the charity miles app. You use this app when running and your miles go as points towards you house. (i search for your Group on the app and join it)

Different sponsors of the app also donate money to the different causes you can run for with charity miles depending on your distance. You can choose a different charity eachtime you run, its free and all go to good causes.

Another thing i like about the Hogwarts running club is that you can also buy Hogwarts Running Club t-shirts to wear along with t-shirts and other bits and piece for your school house. For example they have alot of HufflePuff tops and even have competitions on the Hufflepuff page for us to design tops 🙂

So you can really feel the part when doing your run wearing one of these and bring a little magic to your workout.

There are also races that we can sign up for and get very exclusive medals at the end. At the moment i’m signed up for two of the races each were 30 euro’s to join and once i complete them i will recieve very different lovely medals. (I will blog more about these races as I finish them)

I have to say i love the idea of being part of Hogwarts through running and it really motivates me to run. Alot of the other runners listen to the Harry Potter audio books while they run which is something i am thinking of doing to at some point.

I think it will really make me feel part of the wizarding world as I run further and get fitter!

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Friends Forever 5km

National friendship day was on the 2nd August and i took part in the Friends Forever virtual 5km run that day with my friend Jess who lives in France.

She had found the run and showing me we decided to sign up online and take part as it sounded like fun.

It was being run by Virtual Run Events for charity. The race fee’s were going to I RUN 4 which is an organization which matches runners with buddies with physical or developmental reasons that keep them from running.

We had to run at roughly at the same time on that day even though we are in different countries.

We decided to run in the evening as it was cooler in both countries then for us and made running easier.

Im still getting used to running 5km again although I am building it up slowly and have been running that distance a few times although very slow.

With the heat in the 30c’s and above I find it better to run really slowly as it helps me run for longer.

The run was actually really good I did my first mile in 11.19 minutes which is pretty fast for me at the moment. The rest of the run i slowed right down and my legs felt pretty good and didn’t get tired.

I was pretty happy with myself and the run and once finished sent my selfies off to Jess so she could make a collage for the Forever 5KM run group to prove me had completed the run.

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The medal for completing the run is really pretty its two medals which make up one heart! My half is going to look lovely on my medal rack and I will always know the other half belongs to my Bestie 🙂

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31 Day Selfie Run Challenge – Day 27 to 31

Last five days round up of the seflie run challenge from last week 🙂

Day 27 – 29c evening run 2 miles run and its sweaty hug selfie and I got two!! 😉

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Day 28 – 30c evening 1 mile done and it’s stretch selfie which was photo bombed by Miss Peanut!

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Day 29 – I missed this next run as I did not have time that day to go 😦

Day 30 – 26c tonight for my 5km run with the challenge bib on and here’s the selfie

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Day 31 – 31c 1 mile done and it’s the last day of the challenge my medal is stuck in customs at the moment so no pic yet but here’s my favourite selfie of the challenge 🙂 & I had a lovely burger to make up for waiting for my medal

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I really enjoyed this challenge and it was quite funny doing the selfie’s for a Whole month and seeing everyone elses in the Group. It got me running almost everyday and has made me confident again in my running.

I really hope they do this challenge or something like it again at some point as i really did enjoy it.

Also its fun that people made friends in the challenge Group and are still posting fun selfies even though the challenge has finished 🙂

My medal did finally turn up today (3rd August)  and here’s it is! Its huge and really well made and I just love it!

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It will be going pride of place on my medal rack this afternoon 🙂

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