Thursday, 23 February 2012

Run, Walk, Party.

 Oooooooh, what a week it's been since my last post! I honestly thought it had been a few days, so I was quite surprised to see it had been an entire seven. Let's have a quick recap of all the things I did in that time, mostly in picture form.

Last Saturday I ran a half marathon! It was at Dorney Lake, near Eton: home of the Olympic Rowing venue for London 2012. It was a relentless 4 laps in an equally relentless wind. Here I am in my ninja gear, ready to run!


My goal was to cross the line in under two hours, to beat my previous best (at my first half-marathon back in September last year) of two hours, two minutes... And I did! Final chip time was actually 1:56:14 (the silly Garmin auto-stopped a couple of times as I paused to gulp a drink). Pleased as punch, I was!


Later that night, following lots of stretching and refuelling with pasta, was the Vintage Mafia's Ric Rac Club. It was, as mentioned in my last post, a launch party for Style Me Vintage: Clothes, by my dear friend Naomi. It was an absolute triumph, and despite feeling my self-inflicted weariness, I performed my usual duties as the Ric Rac Raffle Mistress of Ceremonies and sent many guests home clutching prizes.


Viv the Spiv lent me a helping hand with the ticket jar (and in this shot I'm holding our infamous Pork Pie). You may also be able to see that I was, in fact, wearing my medal. I kept it on for most of the night! What you can't see are my leg-healing compression tights, which I wore underneath my gown. I wore the long gown on purpose, obv.

Find a lot of photos of the night on Hanson Leatherby's site, and look out for the official portraits which will be coming soon!


Accessorising is everything!


On Sunday, I had to give my mum her car back. I crashed mine last week, you see. My fault (even though it wasn't, a silly woman stopped in front of me). So I drove to the sticks and treated my aching gams to a scenic, countryside walk. They didn't thank me during it, but they loosened up a lot after. I highly endorse a recovery stroll.



Isn't England beautiful sometimes?


On Monday and Wednesday, various members of the Vintage Mafia were taking part in a slightly secretive project... one which we hushed up mainly because we didn't believe it would actually happen... but it did. The VM will be featuring in a forthcoming edition of Marie Claire Taiwan, in both a fashion editorial and an interview! We shot a mixture of our own clothes and some of the very, very latest designer gear, including the above Prada outfit, as seen on the front cover of this month's Vogue! I loved it, with its cut out lace and shirred, pleated, full skirt. I posted this composition on Twitter asking who wore it the best, and everyone was kind enough to say me (although several people said they hated the outfit). I'm just hoping someone designs a high street version that I can actually afford to buy.


On Tuesday, as every Tuesday now, I ran with Run Dem Crew. While last week, I thought I might be ready to step up into the Baby Cheetah pace group, this week I actually went down again to Fast Hares, to give my battered legs a slight rest. We ran to the 'secret' graffiti tunnels under Waterloo Station, and got a real buzz from tearing up the tunnel to cheers from the other groups, plus a buzz from the solvent fumes as well.


Photo stolen from cedric_sneer - I'm sure you can spot me, in my pink and throwing my horns. There is some really fun stuff happening in my life at the moment, and much of it is down to joining the crew. Nothing but immense amounts of love for RDC right here. If you're a runner, a Londoner, and a wannabe-RDCer, then please come and join us all on the special Leap Year run next Wednesday the 29th. It'll be super fun and only 3 miles, so perfect for beginners. Get involved!



 Last but not least, I went with my brother to a book-signing given by the legendary Chrissie Wellington - reigning Ironman World Champion and unbeaten in any race she has ever done. She is an absolute machine (and my fingers can vouch for that after her handshake), but is so tiny, friendly and smiley. She told me she loved my Jitterbuggin dress and I told her I loved her (not really, but I thought it). I did declare my desire to do a 'vintage' triathlon in a swimsuit and flowery cap, Pashley and so forth. She told me to let me know when I did... now I had better do it!

So that was my week. How was yours?
Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

16 comments:

  1. wow, you are a busy little bee! i dont know where you find the energy.

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  2. Fleur I just want to say what an inspiration you are - I'm on week 5 of Couch to 5K and it is getting HARD (after being sedentary for most of my life) but everytime you post about your running I get a little more inspired! Please keep it up (and I would love to see you turn your hand to making lycra a little nicer!)

    I also really love the dress you had on for the shoot! Can't wait to see the finished article.

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  3. Exciting week! Great to see you at Ric Rac, it was a superb evening.

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  4. An absolute pleasure to meet you at the Ric Rac, such hospitality, such glamour, such lovely people and scintillating conversation. Big Hello to Sarah who took me under her wing. All in all a loved up evening sent me tottering into the night with a big smile on my face ready for my second shindig. As I said on the night, the pics of the Vintage Mafia gave some hint as to your beauty and style..but in the flesh??!!! Wowzer. Thank you for organizing such a special night :) xxx

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  5. Under 2 hours?!?!?! That's awesome. I am just (6 months now) getting back into running and have signed up for a half marathon in May. I haven't figured out what my goal is yet.

    I am in a bit of the same situation as you. Going through a divorce I am pushing myself to get out and try new things and meet new people. I have joined a running club, a quilting club, a gardening club, and have started practising Aikido again. After years of feeling sad and lonely my goal for the year is to find things that make me happy. Out with the disappointment, in with the adventure. My gardening club is making a trip to England this June and I am so excited I can hardly stand it.


    And you definitely wore it better.

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  6. What a brilliant week round-up! Congrats on your timing for the run, and it's nice to hear that there is lots of fun stuff happening for you. Yay! :)

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  7. Congratulations on beating your time in the half marathon and to the the Vintage Mafia for being in Marie Clare Taiwan. How fun!

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  8. Great job beating your time!
    I did my very 1st half-marathon last month....2:28. Not bad! But I don't know how you went out later that night. I was bowl of jello after my 1/2. I could barely walk. you are a machine!

    I think my brother has met Chrissie at a runners function. My bro does tri's and did a half-ironman last year.

    As always, you are stunning in vintage or running gear. Cheers!

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  9. Whoo-hoo! Congratulations on your feature in Marie Clare, that sounds awesome, and that Prada dress looks amazing on you! I bet it felt like butter-hahaha!

    Hope all else is well, toodles....

    xo~Syd

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  10. The Prada dress looks amazing on you! You have the perfect figure for it, it shows off your waist and definitely looks better on you than the model. Sounds like you have had a very exciting week, glad that nice things are happening for you.

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  11. Good job on the half marathon! Fantastic job.

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  12. Exciting week. The pictures are amazing...love the dress you had on for the shoot! Can't wait to see the finished article.

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  13. Congrats on your half marathon finish! I'm running my first half next weekend (in Paris, woo!). You should totally jump up to Baby Cheetahs next week - I'll be leading again and I swear I'll be gentle... :) Yet firm! :O

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  14. You are a SUPERWOMAN...running a race then going out, and looking MARVELOUS also! Wow. If I'd have run a race I would have most likely went back home and cried myself to sleep haha Very inspiring :)

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  15. Leg healing compression tights ! Well done on your mini marathon and for turning out so glam after. You're an inspiration. That red pleated skirt is beautiful on you. I adore rich colors

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