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If you love a trip to the movies and are lacking a little in inspiration for running then I seriously recommend Run, Fat Boy, Run.

Directed by none other than David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg and even David Walliams, this is a gritty rom com about a guy who hasn't got a lot going for him until his ex's new fella challenges him to a marathon. With the help of his charismatic landlord, gambling friend and hobbit-wannabe son he manages to get into shape and as a result (in true rom com style) his whole life turns around.

It's a little cheesier than we're used to seeing Pegg but it's impressively non-American even down to the cameos of Walliams and Noel Fielding.The best thing about it is that it reminds you how much of an achievement it is to cross the finish line of a race, no matter what your time is.

The day after I saw this film I couldn't wait to go running, having had a slight period of running boredom lately. That, combined with my Nike Plus means that I'm now happily zooming around the streets of Bath so I totally recommend you check this film out sometime soon.

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Can the computer run for me?

For my recent birthday the boy treated me to Nike Plus. I ran with it for the first time today and thought it was very cool.

I no longer have a need for a pedometer as I now have a (somewhat annoying) American lady in my ear telling me how I'm doing. Every five minutes she tells me how long I've been running for, how far I've gone and my pace. If I need that info at any other time I just press the centre button on my iPod.

I also now have a power song for the tougher parts of my run. I just have to hold down the centre button and Hey Ya kicks in. The best thing about Nike Plus though, has to be the stats that you get.

When you get back home you plug your iPod into your computer and it links you up to the Nike Plus website on which it displays a graph of your run. You can set yourself goals, plot your progress over time and challenge other runner across the globe to a "race".

Obviously you still have to put one foot in front of the other quickly but this certainly brings running into the 21st Century and as Apple products only can, it's sure to get more intuitive as time goes on. I'll tell you more once I've built up more data.

Lauz :-)

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Injuries are Lush

Well today I had to skip my Sunday run as I have done something nasty to myself (don't know how) which means the entire right-hand side of my body is in agony. So my message today is about what to do when you get an injury.

There is only one thing to do (note: this is not entirely true). That is to have a bath with a
Lush bath ballastic.

I walked into Lush many times before I decided to try something. Previously I had thought, "Yeah they look yummy but I'm not about to spend £3 on something I can only use once."
Then I realised that I spend that all the time in Starbucks without thinking twice about it. So I bought myself one in order to relax myself before a job interview and I have never looked back.

They are great as a non-food treat and perfect for cold winter nights, night-out preparation and ache soothing. My personal favourite is Think Pink.

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