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About four months ago we successfully walked up Snowdon on what was probably the hottest day of the year. It was long and it was sweaty but it was so much fun and as we reached the summit we were already thinking about our next adventure. Scafell Pike.

Scafell Pike is quite simply the highest point in England, sitting (or rather standing) at 978 metres above sea level. Located in the beautiful Lake District National Park in Cumbria, where the surroundings quite literally take your breath away. It’s such a peaceful and magical place which made me fall in love with Britain all over again.

For all you budding walkers, climbers and adventurers out there read on to find out everything you need to know about completing Scafell Pike, from where to stay to what route to take, right through to where to have your celebratory meal.

Where:

We stayed in a beautiful little place called Wasdale, which is quite literally the most remote place I have ever visited. Even the drive was Manchester was a mini adventure in itself. It took just over an hour on the motorway until we hit the start of the Lakes. We then spent another hour and a half driving through the countryside, up and over hills, down winding roads and through quaint country villages. There were times we went over hills not knowing what was over the other side and we even had to stop to guide some cute (and utterly fearless) sheep off the road.

Wasdale itself has some of the best neighbours in England, from the highest peak to the deepest lake; not forgetting the famous walking pub, The Wasdale Head Inn.

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'Camping':

Now, I’m no camper. Don’t get me wrong, I love being outside but I also love a little home comfort, so the Wasdale National Trust Campsite was a great place to stay as it has 7 heated pods that you can hire, which are essentially wooden ‘tents’ with a small heater and a lamp. Nothing special but just enough comfort for us city folk! The facilities at the campsite are pretty decent – with showers, toilets, a small shop and a pop up cafe on the Saturday which sold tea, coffee, bacon/veggie rolls and porridge – just make sure you take a little cash with you.

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Route:

We had planned to take the longer 14km route up Scafell but when we woke in the morning visibility wasn’t great, plus it was set to rain later in the day (and rain it did). So, being the sensible folk that we are, we decided to take the most direct route up to the peak. This route took us around 3.5 hours altogether with the ascent taking much longer than descent. But bear in mind, it may be the most direct route but it was definitely much steeper, and more challenging at times, especially as you neared the top.

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Clothing:

Being a regular walker I was already pretty well equipped. I wore my Berghaus jacket and my trusty Trespass boots along with my regular gym gear. You might want to wear waterproof trousers which many of my group did, however, I’m much more comfortable in leggings. My number one tip for the walk is layers. It my feel like summer at the bottom but trust me, by the time you reach the top you’ll swear it’s the middle of winter as it quickly goes from sun to cloud. You might even want to take gloves and a hat (just make sure it’s securely on your head or you may well lose it to the strong winds).

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Food:

I personally struggle to eat when I’m doing anything active. I had planned to be good and have some oats before I left but ended up eating some breakfast biscuits washed down with a coffee instead. We did make sure we were fully stocked for the climb though, with plenty of water and snacks including our favourite rice cakes and plenty of soreen. After we’d completed our climb we obviously had to reward ourselves in the pub with far too much wine and comfort food at the Wasdale Head. I chose the vegetarian lasagne with garlic bread, chips and salad, followed by a huge sticky toffee pudding and ice-cream. Well deserved I thought!

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Take home message:

Climbing Scafell Pike is something that I think everyone in England should do. It brought me a great sense of gratitude and I was able to put everything into perspective. It’s the perfect place to get off the grid, switch off (there is NO SERVICE!) and spend some quality time bonding with friends (old and new).

The world is truly a wonderful place and we should always seek beauty in everything we see and do.

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Have you climbed Scafell Pike? How did you get on? Let me know in the comments below or tag me in any pics on Twitter or Instagram.

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If you’ve ever competed in a Crossfit competition then you’ll know it’s tough. 

First there’s the months of hard work you’ll put in at the gym; training once, or maybe even twice a day. You’ll spend that time honing your technique and working on your engine, ready for what ever wod gets thrown your way. Then there’s the time spent in the kitchen, dialling in your nutrition to help fuel your body through this brutal training (and to get lean as f***, of course). Not to mention your daily rom wod, supplementation plan and potentially some hours spent in the pool trying to learn a new skill – tires me out just thinking about it!

But have you ever planned for your recovery?

I’m guessing not (I’m speaking from experience here). In fact, you’ve probably thought about your post comp treat meal more than you’ve thought about your post comp recovery. 

So what should you be doing to make sure you’re well rested post comp and ready to get back to the gym (and training for your next competition) in no time.

MOVE – This is one for the day itself – your recovery starts here. You may have just completed a mammoth grinder or pushed yourself so hard in 5 mins that you think you might burst, but that doesn’t mean you can sit down. Make sure you’re keeping mobile between wods. Walk, mobilise, roll, stretch or even crawl. Just KEEP MOVING.

REST– And I mean, the do very little sort of rest and definitely not back in the gym within 24 hours. For the rest of the day and perhaps even the following day you’ll want to rest pretty hard, maybe walk the job and mobilise but then it’s ‘Netflix and Chill’ all the way. Following that you can start adding in some active rest but don’t go whole hog until you’re fully recovered, and then some. 

SLEEP – I’ve spoken before about the importance of sleep for recovery here. Getting the right amount of sleep will help you to recover both physically and mentally. Just remember, you’ll want to build a good sleep pattern before your competition to make it even more effective afterwards.

HYDRATE – Keeping well hydrated before, during and post wod will help your muscles to recover, aid digestion when refuelling your body and reduce fatigue. You may find it difficult to drink a lot of water during the day, especially if Double Unders feature (ladies, you know what I’m saying) but just ensure you constantly take small sips throughout the day & make time for your pre-wod wee and you’ll be fine.

EAT – Yes, you do deserve that treat meal after but don’t let it turn into a full on treat weekend or even worse a treat week! Eating the right foods will certainly help you to recover faster, the same as eating the wrong foods will hinder recovery (so try not to go get wasted and have a dirty kebab on your way home). Instead, enjoy a treat meal, have a beer or a wine and make sure you are getting plenty of protein and veg (if you live in Manchester then head down to Kettlebell Kitchen post comp and cheat clean like I did)

MASSAGE – A good sports massage following your comp is a great way to aid recovery. It will help to flush out toxins, allow the body to relax, reduce the risk of DOMS, and lets face it, it’s a nice little treat right?!

EPSOM – You can pick Epsom Salts up pretty cheaply in your local chemist (drug store) or supermarket. Magnesium Sulphites are known to help muscle relaxation, sports injuries and recovery in the bath. Just add two cups to a bath of warm water and soak for 15-20 minutes. This can be repeated a couple of days a week as needed. 

DELOAD – And finally, when you do get back to the gym you might want to consider a deload week. You can either reduce the weight in your lifts, stick with the same weight but lower the rep scheme or if you’re doing a lot of wods/cardio then maybe think about hitting the intermediate scaling instead of advanced. You’re much more likely to come back with a bang the following week.

I’d love to hear about your post comp or post workout recovery routines – just leave a message in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter or IG.

Happy wodding!

Buckwheat and chia pancakes

The best things about weekends? Lie ins, extended gym sessions, baking, prosecco, friends, long dog walks and pancakes. And my weekend included them all.

Most of my weekends lately have been jam packed. With weddings, work and lots of adulting, so it was lovely to get a free weekend to do with as we pleased. We started off the weekend by making dinner for our friends and having one or two (or three, or four) glasses of fizz on Friday. Then on Saturday we went for a long dog walk in the park where Hudson had his first proper swim… he looked so pleased with himself and I was beaming from ear to ear. Just look at my little swamp boy go…
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We then had a nice chilled afternoon before visiting our friends for the evening.

On Sunday, I woke up, made my favourite pancakes and headed to the gym for a morning of snatches with the lifting crew. It was so nice to have a long session (apart from dropping 40kg on my head) without feeling rushed. I then came home, did a mini facial, food prepped and chilled with the fam. Bliss.

Now, obviously you didn’t come over to the blog to hear all about my weekend… you came for the pancakes.

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Am I right?

I adapted this recipe from a super standard pancake recipe I found online and all you have to remember is 1-1-1 plus whatever other bits and bobs you fancy. So what do you need to do?

Buckwheat and Chia Pancakes
A super simple pancake recipe for my gluten intolerant, dairy free or paleo peeps. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning with coffee... lots of coffee.
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Ingredients
  1. Serves 1-2
  2. 1 cup Buckwheat
  3. 1 cup coconut milk (or any other milk)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tbsp chia seeds
  6. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  7. Coconut oil to cook
  8. Maple syrup or honey
  9. Mixed berries
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk
  2. Heat some coconut oil in a frying pan on a medium heat
  3. Add a spoonful of pancake mixture and cook until the top starts to bubble
  4. Flip and cook for another minute or two
  5. Continue with the rest of the mixture
  6. Stack up on a plate, top with maple syrup or honey and your favourite fruit
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What did you do this weekend? Was it chilled like mine or a mad one? Let me know in the comments below.

I’d also love to hear if you make these pancakes. You can tag me in any photo’s on Instagram or Twitter, or why not send me a snapchat at mybigfitdiary

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Being injured is an athletes worst nightmare – not being able to do the sport that you love is completely frustrating. And I should know.

I’ve had a shoulder injury which has seen my training scaled back ever since my last competition back in Feb and it’s been far from easy. I can’t even tell you where it all started as it wasn’t brought on by a single event but by months of repetitive strain, and a lot of training through the pain (mistake number one!). It wasn’t until I was in a small car crash back in January which jolted my neck and upper back adding insult to injury that I started taking the pain seriously.

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Eating healthy on a budget

Life is pretty hectic at the moment, not only have I just gone and bagged myself a new job (Wahoo!), but I’m also in the midst of buying a new house. The last couple of weeks have been crazy with mortgage applications etc. (fingers crossed!) and I’ve really had to be a bit more conscious about all the money I’m spending, especially when it comes to food. You may have already noticed that my Instagram hasn’t been super full of my latest inventions as I really have had to reign it in.

Although, it has got me thinking… is it really possible to eat a super healthy diet on a budget?

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