I’ve Got 99 Problems & I’m Running From All of Them…


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My relationship with running started off in the most generic way possible - filled with hatred. I feel like no matter what your current relationship with exercise is, most of you will relate. How I got in to running though, that's a little bit less conventional... after one particularly drama filled night out, feeling pretty horrific, very sorry for myself and more than a wee bit pissed off, I drove to the gym, hopped on the treadmill and ran. It wasn't a particularly spectacular run as far as they go (my current running activity previous to this had only been as a short warm up by instruction of my PT) but it was a run none the less and I felt so good after. Week in week out this became a ritual for me, which then extended in to the week and is now becoming part of my daily routine.

This year has been wonderful for me, but also a little chaotic at times, and running has become a way of channeling my stresses and frustrations over external factors in to something I can control. Too much work? Go for a run. Stressed? Go for a run. Hungover? Go for a run. Relationship issues? Run. (LOL little double meaning in there.) I've got 99 problems and running seems to solve all of them. Or am I just running from my responsibilities? Who knows. But I feel absolutely fantastic and thats whats most important to me. Running has been very healing for me over the past few months, I've run both when I've wanted to scream and cry and I've felt an incredible sense of freedom running in some of the most stunning locations around the world. I find my brain tends to shut down a little and I focus more on my coordination whilst running, giving me time to process without over thinking things too much. And every time I've run I've felt amazing after.






Now if being a hungover mess isn't your catalyst for getting in to running (then excellent, you're probably a normal, functioning member of society), but your still keen to get in to it, here are a few things that really help:



Your in ear entertainment is vital during your run. Whilst some prefer podcasts I'm a lover of a good old playlist full of songs that make me feel badass. Everyone has different music preferences, but my universal rule is to choose something upbeat, that will help set you a good running pace. Personal favourites for me are my IDGAF and Signed playlists on Spotify, as well as a lot of Cardi B too.







For me I'll never run better than I do in the morning. I prefer to run on an empty stomach for best performance so naturally running earlier sees the best results (and less hanger). I also find location is a huge factor in my performance. I run better with a view, so whilst your basic gym is easy and convenient, I will try to switch it up where I can - opting for parks and seafronts. But my slightly extra fave will always be a boujie hotel gym - they often put the treadmills right in front of a window, so you get the views of an outdoor run, with the comfort and consistency of a gym run. Try different times and locations and even different gyms and find what works best for you, maybe it's even down to having company on a run? Once you find that sweet spot, stick to it!



For me feeling comfortable is one of the factors that makes me more likely to succeed when it comes to exercising. If I like my location and feel happy to run or exercise there, I'm more likely to repeat that activity more often, same goes for how I physically look. Now I'm not talking about sticking my extensions in for the gym or wearing a full face of makeup for it. Though if that is what makes you feel comfortable - DO IT - eventually you'll feel comfortable to roll in the gym straight from your bed. (Yeah, been there...) But a cute gym outfit and a little mascara does wonders for how I feel. Nike is one brand I come back to for my gym kit again and again. I own a lot of Nike trainers but these Nike React trainers (pictured) might be my favourite I've owned so far, they're the kind with the foam cushioning and that are almost seamless (so they're like a hug for your feet). Side note: why have trainers not always been like this? I own so many in this style now as it's so comfortable! The colour of these is just perfect too - so versatile and not as in your face as pure white. As it's summer I've also been loving these Nike cropped leggings which make my bum look frickin fab and throwing on a little white Nike crop top over my sports bra. It's super easy but looks so pulled together and I literally bounce in to the gym when I feel cute in my activewear!




Though some find signing up to marathons the best motivator for running, I work best when left to work on myself with minimal pressure. I started small, just seeing how much I could do, and repeated this often. Each time I ran I would see an improvement in my time and how my body felt at certain milestones. I used to feel out of breath after a few minutes and now 2.5k is (dare I say it) enjoyable and 5k feels comfortable. Who'd have thought?




  1. Ashlie Coward
    27 Jun 2018 / 7:50 am

    I looove the Nike gym clothes! They’re so comfortable yet look so good on. I’ve recently started running and trying to build up to the big 5K (but struggling!). This post has definitely given me the motivation to reach it, thanks Suzie! Xx


  2. Valerie
    27 Jun 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Love this!x


  3. Melina
    27 Jun 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Firstly, I have to say that your photos came out fab. I’ve been heading to the gym more often, and while it does take a while for me to actually get to the gym, once I’m there, it doesn’t bother me. I come out of there in an amazing mood. While I can’t really do the treadmill (heart issues), I do the stair machine, and the cycling machine. After using those two machines, I end up feeling amazing! Great post and great tips xx

    melina | www.melinaelisa.com

  4. Gillian
    28 Jun 2018 / 1:05 am

    this is so good. beautiful pics. love those Nike trainers they look very comfy with the bounce soles. very motivating this blog piece thanks Suzie X

  5. LindaLibraLoca
    28 Jun 2018 / 8:46 am

    I used to run a lot, but with two pregnancies and two little kids I fell off the wagon and out of love. I am eager to get started again though, because as you said, the feeling after a run is amazing.

    Anne – Linda, Libra, Loca

  6. Fran
    28 Jun 2018 / 9:15 am

    I love this post Suzie, you’ve made running sound empowering and I want to feel empowered! Like yourself, I find exercise healing too, when you pop on your headphones and that banging playlist, you’re in your own little world and nothing else matters and before you know it you’ve run 5k without even noticing

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

  7. Rowena Miller
    28 Jun 2018 / 2:59 pm

    Suzie, I’m so glad to hear you’ve ‘got in to running’. Your story sounds so like mine. I started last April. Running makes me feel just like you described. I couldn’t of written the article better myself. Love you hun!

  8. Lucy
    29 Jun 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I really want to get back into running and take it seriously and hopefully complete a 5K park run. I definitely think it helps if you have some nice work out stuff to wear!

    Lucy | Forever September

  9. Lisa Autumn
    01 Jul 2018 / 1:43 pm

    Obsessed with this post! Nike is my go-to brand when it comes to sportswear and you make it look even more stylish.. might need to go on a little splurge soon 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  10. Emma Bought What
    01 Jul 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Loved reading this post! I want to get into running more and these are great tips x


  11. Charlotte
    02 Jul 2018 / 1:14 pm

    I can relate to this post a lot – running seems to solve almost everything! It’s good for letting my anger out in a healthy way, it’s a win-win situation – I get fitter and feel happier 🙂

    -Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

  12. Victoria Thompson
    03 Jul 2018 / 2:07 pm

    I am loving this blog post and so happy I have found your website. You have given me inspiration to start running again, I am not the best but in time I hope to improve xxx

  13. Flo la vita
    04 Jul 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Gorgeous trainers xx


  14. Olivia
    11 Aug 2018 / 8:53 pm

    I feel like we’ve had the same relationship with running! You’ve got to keep at it and then suddenly it’s a solve for a lot of things 🙂

    01 Jan 2019 / 10:27 am

    Yeahh you are very right! Because running is a very important for your life and that is make you health. I always doing like that with nmy young brother. Anyway do u know I really like your smile. Very simply but looks very cool and elegant. I really love it and I wanna buy it. You are very great!