I ran the Cardiff Half!

What a day yesterday was! Along with around 20,000 other nutters I went for a 13.1 mile jog around Cardiff.

This time last year I was 38 weeks pregnant and could barely walk from my car to the office, thanks to a delightful pregnancy condition called Pelvic Girdle Pain. (Google it, its when the joints of your pelvis actually move apart. Ouch) But I watched the Cardiff Half marathon and said, “I’m going to do that next year!” My main motivation was to get fit after having the baby, but I also wanted to raise money for the fab charity I work for, Action on Hearing Loss Cymru, which supports people in Wales who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus. 

As ready as I’d ever be….

So yesterday morning at 8am we dropped the kids off at my Mums and made our way down to Cardiff Castle. 

The weather was stunning – blue skies without a cloud to be seen. Perfect for spectators, maybe not so good for the runners though – despite all the water stops I was very dehydrated after and quite sunburnt too. 

Beautiful skies above the start line

The route took us from Cardiff Castle, along Penarth Road, into Penarth, across the Barrage (the views were absolutely stunning here) through the Bay, to Roath, around Roath Park lake and back into town for the finish line at the Civic Centre. 

The route was full of amazing volunteers cheering us on and the support was fantastic – especially in Roath where there were lovely people handing out sweeties, offering high fives and loads of singers and brass bands dotting the route. Shout out to the awesome vicar at Albany Road church, offering to pour water over anyone that needed it. What a star.

The crowds were definitely needed by me, as my knee (which had been playing me up through my training recently) decided to have a major spasm between mile 9 and 10. I was in agony for the last few miles, but the amazing support got me round. 

I finished with a chip time of 2.53, which included a stop to queue for one of the many portaloos along the route. My Strava time (which I paused for said toilet break) was 2.43. My main aim was not to stop, which I didn’t, so I was happy. 

I’m still wearing this medal

If you live in Cardiff this is one of those things you must do at least once. It’s a great way to see an alternative view of the city and the supporters were just fantastic. However, I can safely say that I’ll never do it again! I’ll stick to 5k at ParkRun from now on. 

If you want to sponsor me, visit my JustGiving page. Thank you! Now I’m off to ice my poor knee….. 

I paid in full for my entry to the Cardiff Half and organisers were not aware I’d be blogging about the event. 

Sing and sign – baby activities in Cardiff

Wow, the last few months have been BUSY. J has gone back to school (year one – how did that happen? Sob) Baby F has started nursery (she loves it), I went back to work (I’m also loving it), went on two holidays (a few days in West Wales and an awesome weekend in Disneyland Paris) AND we moved house (over to the other side of Radyr). Phew. 

Safe to say I’ve had a lot going on and I feel like I lost my blogging mojo for a while there. But now I’m back! And I’m always posting on Instagram if you want to follow me there….

So I’ve been meaning to write a post about Sing and Sign, a fab baby class F and I took while I was still on maternity leave. 

Between both children, I’ve tried A LOT of the various baby classes on offer in Cardiff and Sing and Sign is by far the best. 

Sing and Sign uses a mixture of British Sign Language and Makaton, along with songs, to encourage early communication.

I work with a number of deaf people and can use (very basic) sign language, so I know what a fantastic skill this is.

The classes are 45 minutes long and incorporate singing, pictures and puppets, all accompanied by signs and actions. The class finishes with a chance for the babies to play with the toys and interact. 

The teacher, Louise, was so lovely and F really enjoyed every single class. She loved the songs, was enthralled by Lou singing and very quickly she began to know the signs – especially the sign for ‘food’! It made it much easier to understand her needs, as most of the time she’s crying because she’s hungry (girl after my own heart). 

A few months on and we’re still using the signs at home and although F doesn’t sign back yet, she is constantly pointing at what she wants and is very vocal (‘dat! Dat!’ Is her favourite expression at the moment).

Sing and Sign costs around £55 for a full term. The new term has started but I’d definitely join the waiting list for next term, if you think you’d like to try it. 

If you’re looking for something to do with your baby in Cardiff, this would be my number one recommendation! 

I paid in full for our Sing and Sign classes and they were not aware I’d be blogging about them. 


The lovely pictures in this post were taken by Ellie Rush photography. Thanks Ellie! 


Hot pod yoga

Yoga is my favourite type of exercise and we’re really spoilt for choice in Cardiff. There are so many different yoga classes on offer, you’re bound to find something you like. Saying that, I’ve yet to see an aerial yoga class in the area, please do let me know if you see one as I reeeeeally want to try it. 

Anyway! My current favourite form of yoga is hot yoga. The first hot yoga studio opened in Cardiff a few years ago and since then, more and more have popped up, proving just how popular it is among Cardiff yogis.

The newest offering is Hot Pod Yoga. 

The Pod, picture from hotpodyoga.com

The pod is basically a cocoon-like portable heated yoga studio, this one is situated at Cardiff Central Sports and Community Centre off Ocean Way (the old Virgin Gym).
The pod fits around 20 people, is heated to 37 degrees and promises an intense workout.
Picture from @hotpodyoga_cardiff on Instagram
Hot yoga is always going to be an intense workout, the constant 37 degree heat means your muscles are warmer, giving you more flexibility and enabling you to push yourself much harder than usual. You sweat loads too, which is said to rid toxins from your body. I don’t know if this is true but I always feel great and sleep really well after a hot yoga class.
Our teacher, Adell, was good – giving us a challenging flow with lots of variations and different postures thrown in. The class is said to be suitable for beginners, but I think someone completely new to yoga would’ve struggled a bit. 

What I really liked about Hot Pod Yoga was the pod itself. It was heated without feeling ‘sweaty’ – there was none of that moisture dripping down the walls that you often get in a hot yoga studio. And I noticed that the pod didn’t smell of stale sweat either – a definite plus! Because the  pod is dimly lit I felt I could really focus on my own practice without getting distracted by the other people. The purple lighting also made the pod feel calm and relaxed. 

Hot Pod Yoga also offers a ‘nurturing flow’ restorative class on Wednesday evenings, which I’d love to try next. 

You can read an older post about more of my favourite places to do hot yoga in Cardiff here


I was invited to try a class at hot pod yoga for free, in exchange for an honest review. 

Race for Life 10k

I ran the Race for Life 10k in Cardiff yesterday – go me! I was really chuffed that I ran the whole race without stopping, but my little sister Sarah only bloomin’ went and came first! She’s a proper runner type, mind. She wears running socks and everything. You can read her blog post here.

Thousands of ladies waiting to run the Race for Life, Cardiff

If you’re looking for a running challenge The Race for Life is a good place to start. It’s more of a fun run than a race – you’re not timed with a chip, in fact people are actively encouraged to walk it.  The route loops around Blackweir, Coopers Field and Bute Park, which means it includes some of Cardiff’s best landmarks; Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium, Sophia Gardens and the Taff Trail. But if you are a regular runner you’d probably be disappointed by the terrain of the route (very uneven and lots of running on grass) and the sheer amount of women taking part meant it was almost impossible to run at any speed in certain sections. It definitely thinned out when the 10k route split away from the 5k one though and I found that more enjoyable. 

Many people run the race in honour of loved ones or to show solidarity with those affected by cancer. So the atmosphere was really supportive and reading people’s signs and t-shirts got me quite emotional at times.

We finished!

I finished it in one hour and 15 mins. Next stop, Cardiff Half. Eeeek! 


We paid in full for our entry to the Race for Life

Fforest Fawr sculpture trail

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that we took a walk along the Fforest Fawr sculpture trail at the weekend. 

The trail is situated in Tongwynlais, in the woods above Castle Coch, but I would never have known it existed if I hadn’t seen Cathryn at Cardiff Mummy Says blogging about it last year.

It’s a 1.5mile walk, filled with rustic-looking sculptures of dragons, wizards and strange creatures. The idea is that children are encouraged to create a story based on the sculptures they see, and five-year-old J had lots of fun talking about the ‘angry wizard’ and the other creatures and finding the hidden treasure chest.

The entrance to the trail is situated in the free car park, which can be found if you drive from Tongwynlais, past the entrance to Castle Coch and continue for about a mile.

It was a warm day on Sunday but the trail is shaded and it was quite cool and very muddy in places. I carried baby F in the sling, we did see a family with a buggy but the ground is very uneven in places and not that suitable for wheels. 

All in all the walk took us about an hour, but we were dawdling! 

There were no picnic tables along the way although plenty of makeshift sitting areas in clearings along the wood. We made our way back to the car park and ate our lunch on the stone circle. J also had a play on the giant dragon.

Note the discarded can on the ground in this picture. It isn’t ours. Take your rubbish home people! 

If you’re looking for something to do in the summer holidays, this is a good way to spend a few hours. Next time we’re planning to do one of the longer walks and take in the Castle at the same time.


Fforest Fawr sculpture trail is a free activity and Natural Resources Wales were not aware I’d be writing a blog about it. 

Lunch at Bodlon, Whitchurch

Mum and I went for lunch at Bodlon in Whitchurch last week. The coffee shop and gift shop opened around a year ago at the roundabout near Whitchurch Library, on the site of the old Malvern newsagent. 

It’s amazing that I’ve never been before as both my parents live in the area, but for some reason we’d always passed it by. Perhaps because it’s slightly away from the main shops in Whitchurch village. 

Mum and I both had very good Americanos and we both went for the nutty superfood salad (I can’t remember exactly how much this cost but I think it was around the £6 mark). 

The salad was gorgeous, chock full of quinoa, beans, nuts, leaves, Spring onion, seeds and a minty dressing. It was healthy and really filling. Sadly we didn’t have time for cake, as they looked delicious.

Baby F was happy as Larry sitting on the comfy sofa and smiling at passers by.

Bodlon also sells lovely gifts and Welsh foods to take away.

I’m already planning my next visit. I’ll definitely try the cake next time!


We paid in full for our lunch at Bodlon and the cafe did not know I’d be blogging about them.

New Spring menu at Wahaca

Unless you’ve been living under a rock on a desert island you’re bound to have heard of Wahaca. The Mexican restaurant chain is the brainchild of Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and in my opinion, one of the best chain restaurants around. I was so excited when one opened in Cardiff, as part of the St David’s 2 development a few years ago. I’ve been to this branch a few times and various other branches in London (with and without kids) and I’ve honestly never had a bad meal there. So when I was invited to try the new spring menu at Wahaca, I jumped at the chance!

We were starving when we sat down so ordered some tortillas with guacamole to eat (£4.45) while we perused the menu. The kids were with a babysitter so I also went wild (!) and ordered a classic margarita cocktail (£6.95). Wahaca does the best margarita in Cardiff. Believe me, I’ve tried a few.

Street food is what Wahaca does best – think Mexican tapas. I love it because you get to try loads of different things. Perfect if you’re a greedy guts like me. The Spring specials and new additions to the menu looked awesome and I was delighted to see that one of my favourite large dishes, the fish tacos, are now available in a smaller street food portion. 

In the end we went for; the new cactus and courgette tacos (£4.10) (these were amazing), the chorizo and cheese taco special (£5.50), summer pea and mint empanadas (£4.25), cod baja tacos (£5.50), chilli quesadillas (£3.95), crab and shrimp taquitos (£4.95) and a side of grilled summer corn (£3.95). Yes it was enough food to feed an army. Yes we ate it all. 

The cactus and courgette tacos and corn on the cob side were probably my favourite dishes, but it was all amazing and I’d eat any of it again. My mouth is actually watering writing about it. I couldn’t manage dessert, but a couple of good coffees and a square of chilli chocolate did the trick.

I love the atmosphere at Wahaca too – it’s the kind of place you can take kids or have a meal and a few drinks with friends. While we were there James Dean Bradfield, from the Manic Street Preachers came in for lunch and sat on the table next to us. If you’re interested he had a tortilla bowl salad. He seemed to enjoy it…..


We were invited to try the food at Wahaca for free, in exchange for an honest review.