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HarSpa at Bristol Harbour Hotel

December 18, 2017

Christmas may be the time of giving but I’m a big believer in looking after yourself so when I was invited to Bristol Harbour Hotel‘s spa facilities, I made sure I could attend.

I’d had a busy day at work and then rushed to the Harbour Hotel. Recently opened, this was my first visit so I had no idea what to expect. The entrance was fairly standard of a nice hotel but the spa is the hidden gem of this building.

The building used to be a bank and the spa has been built within the original bank vaults. It’s so cool! I’m talking curved ceilings, big vault doors and lots of twists and turns. It’s worth a visit just to see the vault doors to be honest!

I was greeted by the spa manager Kayley who booked me in for my treatment later in the evening and I then got to catch up with the other Bristol bloggers with a glass of prosecco. To get us in the Christmas spirit, we were soon given Christmas pudding cocktails. I had no idea what this would taste like and it was basically very very strong. I’m still not sure what the main flavour was…

Kayley then told us more about the spa and the express spa treatments that have been introduced recently. Kayley is so passionate about the Harbour Spa and it’s clearly got a very exciting future.ย It’s a beautiful hotel in a great location so I’m sure the new spa will be very popular in the area.

Before long it was time for my treatment! I decided to go for a head and scalp massage. Walking to my treatment room, I got a sneak peek of the pool area and other relaxation spaces. It looked incredible and somewhere I’d love to spend a few hours. My massage was an absolute dream and I’m pretty sure I did almost start dreaming at one point… I felt so relaxed and my masseuse clearly explained all the products and what she would be doing. I love that feeling after a massage when you feel completely rejuvenated and even this little taster gave me that feeling. I can’t wait to return for a longer spa visit.

After my treatment I got to have a little look around the rest of the hotel. If you’re ever in the area then you need to check out the incredible Gold Bar. Ideal for some Christmas cocktails!

As always, I’m incredibly grateful that this blog offers me the chance to review beautiful places like this and this taster evening reminded me how much I love a spa day. You don’t always think of visiting somewhere so close to home but I’ll definitely be booking a visit in early next year!

Whether you’re after a last minute Christmas gift or want to get 2018 off to a relaxing start, make sure you check out the treatments available at the Harbour Spa!

 

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Running, again.

August 26, 2016

Regular readers of this blog (Hi Grandma and Grandad!) will remember that I ran the London Marathon earlier this year. I can no longer remember any of the pain and only look back at London with fond memories. I can’t imagine ever doing a race like that again. I am still running though and next month I’m taking part in the Bristol Half Marathon for the 4th time.

This will be my 5th half and so far each one has been faster than the last. I’m not sure if that is a good or a bad thing. So much pressure! When I was training for London, I found that I was beating my half marathon PB by a couple of minutes in my training runs. These runs were over 13 miles so I wasn’t pushing myself to beat the time, it just happened. This has made me determined to run faster again come Sunday 25th September. My ultimate aim is to go under 2 hours but that involves taking 6 minutes off my PB which is a big ask.

I’ve found my mindset has changed during my training this time around. Usually I really build up the big 10 or 11 mile training runs in my head because they’ll be the longest I run before race day. But a few months ago I running over 20 miles as a training run so these runs seem so much shorter in comparison. I even find myself saying that I *only* ran 10 miles! There is nothing only about running 10 miles! This change in mindset has made me more determined than ever to run faster. I feel really strong at the moment so touch wood that I don’t get injured and I’m happy with my time next month!

Stu is also running the race and this will be his first half marathon! He’s really tall which meansย his stride is a lot longer than mine so will probably beat me which is frustrating!

Wish us both luck and I’ll let you know how we get on!

Health & Fitness, Lists

26.2 thoughts on running the London Marathon

May 2, 2016

1. This is going to be fine, loads of people run the London Marathon!

2. What was I thinking signing up for the London Marathon?! 26.2 miles is a really long way!

3. Apparently Tim Peake started the race from Space this year. I wouldn’t know because I’m so far away from the start line!

4. I’ve finally crossed the start line. This is great! Keep cheering my name crowds, I feel famous!

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5. Is that someone walking after 1 mile?

6. How do so many people need the toilet already?

7. I feel incredible right now, this is the greatest race ever!

8. I did think the runners would have spread out a bit by now.

9. Oh great, a Runners World pacer surrounded by hundreds of people.

10. I wish I had a shorter name, the crowds seem to struggle with 4 or more letters…

11. Has that man got a washing machine on his back?!

12. I can’t believe I’m not even half way yet.

13. People are actually stopping to take selfies at Tower Bridge.

14. Oh great, I can see people who are at the 22 mile mark already. They look fast…

15. Did I just get overtaken by a dragon?

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16. This slight incline definitely counts as a hill. They told me London was flat!

17. Why are there so many people drinking beer in the crowds? Happy Sunday guys! Can I have some?

18. I’m practically finished now, right?

19. I still have an hour left of running to do!

20. Where’s that Wall everyone talks about?

21. Oh there it is.

22. This is now the furthest I’ve ever run!

23. Forget everything your parents ever told you about taking sweets from strangers, you need all the help you can get right now!

24. 2 miles to go, just think of this as a little run after work.

25. Longest. Mile. Ever.

26. Hi Queenie.

26.2. Is that the finish? It is! I suddenly have the energy to sprint! It’s about to end! Do I want this to end?

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Trust me. The London Marathon is the most incredible race. It’s worth all the months of training and I genuinely enjoyed running it. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. I smashed my target for Make A Wish!

Now, what marathon shall I do next?

Health & Fitness, Lifestyle

Sorry, got to run!

March 9, 2016

The past month or so has been pretty manic for me and I feel like I have neglected this blog so sorry about that! I’m running the London Marathon next month so all my free time is being taken up by running. Sometimes I feel like all I do is work or run. Luckily, I enjoy both so it hasn’t been too much of a hardship.

I’ve completed a few half marathons before so I’m not new to running but this is going to be my first full marathon. I’m still not entirely sure how I’m going to run 26.2 miles but I’m training hard and hoping for the best!

I come from a family of runners so I’ve received plenty of good advice to help me with my training and my mum has kept me company on the long weekend runs.

So far my training has been going really well, I ran 18 miles last weekend and will be running 20 on Sunday. Running a marathon is such a huge commitment, I never thought I would be getting up early on a Saturday to go for a 3 hour run.

The good thing is I’m doing all of this for a great cause. I’m raising money for Make-A-Wish UK – an amazing charity who grant the wishes of seriously ill children. I’d really appreciate it if you could sponsor me, you can visit my page here. Thank you!

I’ll keep you up to date with my training and obviously let you know how I get on in the actual race on April 24th – wish me luck!

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