FitBits - fitness for fun and wellbeing: April 2018


Sunday, 29 April 2018


Brighton Marathon Weekend - BM10k review 2018 - Tess Agnew fitness blogger 

OK so this is a bit late, so sorry if you don't care any more.

Lots of exciting stuff has kept me from getting this BM10k review and video edited and published -  stuff like my latest blog on The Body Coach (YAY!), and another couple of big deadlines for exciting freelance clients. Oh yeah, and my birthday. I'm thirty-bloody-two now guys. What's all that about?! I'm totally living my best life right now, happiest I've ever been which is ace, but still feel every now and then like a real adult should come and tell me what to do. Do you get that?

So yeah, after a loooooong month of deadlines deadlines deadlines, today's the day where I finally get to treat myself to some proper blog time. And it *is* a real treat, you know 😊

BM10k - all the fun without the pain

Brighton Marathon Weekend - BM10k review 2018 - Tess Agnew fitness blogger

The 2018 BM10k. Another year where I couldn't be bothered to do the full marathon, but didn't want to miss out on the epic atmosphere of Brighton Marathon Weekend. In case you're wondering why I cba to do the full marathon again just yet, you can watch the hottest, hardest marathon of my life here.

Over 12,500 people descended on my beautiful, brilliant hometown for this year's BM10k and Brighton Marathon, both of which were started by the legend that is Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE, founder of parkrun. Surprisingly, it was my first year of taking on the 10k so I was looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and skipping the pain. Getting all the good bits of the day - ace crowd support, nice, mostly flat route, great race village and medal - without the black toenails and crises of confidence at mile 20-26.

Brighton Marathon Weekend - BM10k review 2018 - Tess Agnew fitness blogger
Nabbed another photo with our mate Norman :) 

I signed up to the 10k with passive plans to go for a PB but life and work got in the way and I ended up doing ZERO training, which was of course an excellent idea all round. I've been doing lots of strength training with my ace PT (read about that here), and getting my HIIT fix at the brilliant F45 studio in Brighton (more on that later), but running-wise just couldn't didn't get much in at all, apart from a couple of token treadmill efforts and a plod around the park.

So come race day I was very nervous about actually being able to complete the full 10k course. Turns out - I can run 10k on no training... but it does hurt afterwards! After the race both of my feet hurt, which must've been a hangover from when I injured myself running 10 miles on concrete after only training on trail before Brighton Half. It calmed down in a couple of days this time so wasn't half as bad, but it's clear there's definitely a problem there now. Or is it that I should just actually TRAIN PROPERLY for these things instead of just going out and doing it anyway? Who knows. Do as I say kids, not as I do. 💁

Anyway, that's quite enough of me banging on - here's the video of a brilliant BM10k where I bumped into lots of my running buddies (and a lovely reader of this blog who was a marathon pacer - if you're reading this, you made my day, thank you!x)

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Entries are open for Brighton Marathon Weekend 2019 (marathon and 10k) - go go go! 

*I was given two free places in exchange for writing this blog and making the video :) 


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Monday, 9 April 2018

REVIEW | MAMIL the film

FitBits | MAMIL the film review - Tess Agnew fitness blogger

When the cinema is full you know it's gonna be a good one. When the people in that cinema join you in laughing at all the right places, and come together in a collective applause as you leave, you go home, get on the blog and tell everyone about it immediately, even though you've got 6am PT the next morning. Edit, made it!

MAMIL. Funny, warm, and moving. Relatable on so many levels. If you know, you know.

Middle Aged Men in Lycra, for those not in the know, is a film written by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, and narrated by Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett, about what makes men turn to the bike at a certain age. Midlife crisis? Health scare? To support a friend fighting cancer? Or simply to stay alive.

FitBits | MAMIL the film review - Tess Agnew fitness bloggerThe film follows a few groups through their various love affairs with the wheels. The Fat Boys cycling club from Adelaide and their blossoming bromance that stretches far beyond the time spent actually out on the bikes. A christian cycling club and how they see their rides as a form of worship and way to connect with God.

A man and his best friend, now free from cancer, who inspired him to ride to raise money for cancer. A high flying barrister who clung to cycling after a relationship breakdown and who has now lost a part of his soul to the bike and everything that comes with it, travelling the world to take on the toughest climbs in honour of his heroes. Or the journalist who took up cycling to combat MS.

It's an irreverent celebration of all that the bike brings to us:
FREEDOM - and joy in its purest form. A hark back to our childhoods, where we could jump on the wheels to go anywhere,  and do anything we liked. 

FRIENDS - the communities we're part of, in person and online. The people we ride with, our clubs, our groups, our friends - these are the people who keep us out there, even when we really don't want to or when life gets tough. 

FITNESS - of course it brings us fitness, makes us push ourselves, achieve things we never thought possible. Climbing hills we've always dreamed of, riding distances we've heard others talk of. Getting faster, stronger, better with every revolution of the pedal. 

FUN - because, really, is there anything more enjoyable than riding your bike as fast or as far as you can, with your favourite people? Not really. 

FitBits | MAMIL the film review - Tess Agnew fitness blogger

One line that got a laugh was when one of the riders was mountain biking: "When you're descending, go fast enough to kill yourself."   I can relate to that, and unfortunately learnt my lesson when I decided to throw myself off my bike and break my collarbone and wrist in 2016. It's a lesson I'm still learning as I get throat punched by the new-found fear when I least expect it.

And this line really got me:
"It makes you want to believe in something other than your legs."

They're right, you know. There really is nothing like the feeling you get when you're totally in flow on a bike. Like the runner's high, only faster.

This film isn't so much about the actual bikes (although of course it does talk about how much they all spend on them and me and Chris got serious shed envy more than once). It's about the mental health and wellbeing benefits that cycling brings to us all. Not just MAMILS. The underrepresented MAFILS(?) too? (PS. you might've seen my mug in a Huff Post article about this last week).

One thing it did make me do though, was want to ride my bike!

FitBits | MAMIL the film review - Tess Agnew fitness blogger
True story.

Find out more about MAMIL on the official website

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