I was having a moment of ‘what shall I blog about this week…’ Then I thought, why write it, when I can show you! This may be my greatest work to date.
The title of this is ‘shopping for a bed, in a sumo suit’… Yep!
I don’t run. I just don’t. I exercise, yes, but I don’t run. I don’t like to run. I don’t want to run. I don’t run… so on Sunday, I went for a run.
It was Race for Life 2014 and I headed to Hastings as the leader of ‘Team Heart’! Basically, a load of ladies joined our Heart FM team to run together and raise a whole heap of yummy cash for cancer research uk!
I didn’t train.
Never in my life have I ran over 1 mile… ARGH!!
I ran 5K.
Pretty tough isn’t it?!!
My body is still struggling to move today! Haha. But I managed to make it all the way round and achieve a super stylish sprint finish! BOOM!
I just went for it!
The event as a whole was pretty amazing and all for an incredible cause. All the runners that day managed to raise over £96,000 for Cancer Research UK.
No that’s not a typo, NINETY SIX THOUSAND POUNDS!!!
I honestly enjoyed it and want to congratulate every single person who took part and raised all that wonga. Eventually we’ll kick cancer right up the bum! Until then, I’ve decided I’m going to run race for life every year.
NO, I’M NOT SAYING I’M NOW A RUNNER!
Just race for life.
Here’s a piccy of me, my mum and sister-in-law who joined ‘Team Heart’ to help me along.
Sweaty sweaty sweatness.
That has been my life for the last month.
So I was heading out of the Heart FM studios recently and spotted a ‘Bikram Yoga’ sign right next door. Interesting.
So I went home and googled it.
Hot yoga. Not just hot yoga. Boiling hot yoga.
Basically it’s like yoga in a sauna. 42 degrees to be precise!
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never been a big lover of yoga and always found it quite slow and a bit meh… but Bikram Yoga… NOW WE’RE TALKING!!
So the following day I walked in and said to the lady behind the counter: “Let’s do this.”
Her reply, and I quote, was : “OK great, now in your first Bikram Yoga class your main aim is just to stay in the room.”
“Just stay in the room and do what you can, if you feel like you’re about to faint then lay down on your mat for a couple of minutes but don’t leave the room.”
“Now Nicola you’re quite lucky as today the room isn’t as hot as it usually is, so it’s a good starter heat for you.”
“We do the same 26 poses in every class, some are much tougher than others.”
“Only sip your water when we tell you and never stretch so far that you’re in pain.”
“Just do what you can, you’ll learn to love the heat.”
So in I go… Blimey it’s hot!! And this isn’t it’s hottest?! Are you kidding me?! After about 2 minutes I could feel sweat dripping down from my earlobes!!
Not just that, but I’ve never been in a room with so many men and women in such small clothing. I kid you not, the man next to me was in the shortest shorts I’ve ever seen in my life. You couldn’t even call them shorts! They were just… a bit of material.
Proper ‘Yoga-ites’, do you know what I mean?
Focus Nicola. Don’t make yourself look like a plonker. Try and fit in.
I managed to keep up with the moves, except for the balancing ones. I fell down a lot.
And an hour and a half later I was out of the room. Phew! I made it! I stayed in the room! Now someone get me a shower!
I can honestly say I have never sweated so much in my entire life! It was like my hair was just a water tap, pouring salty sweatiness down my face.
I went back 2 days later. And again 2 days after that… and now I’m hooked.
The quote ‘you’ll learn to love the heat’ is quite correct indeed. I do love the heat! And now I actually look forward to a good sweat and stretch 3 times a week.
A whole month of it has actually made my body so much stronger and much more flexible!! Don’t get me wrong, I still fall down occasionally but just not as often! Huzzah!
And yes, the more often I go, the more my clothing is minimising. My trousers turned to shorts then turned to hot pants, and my t shirt turned to top then turned to crop top.
The main thing I need to focus on is my ‘concentration tongue’. Every time I concentrate, the tongue pokes out. But hey, it gives everyone in the class a laugh.
Maybe in another month I’ll be able to put my leg behind my head!?…maybe.
Ok, so it’s now the end of the week and I’m kind of regretting mentioning my Christmas song.
I’m not gonna lie, I had a blast making it. I got quite creative in the studio and a little bit carried away behind the mic.
So here’s how it got to this moment…..
I’m now celebrating 4 months at Heart FM!! Amazing. I’m having such an awesome time. Cannot tell you how much fun I’m having. I literally laugh from 5am till midday. Good for the old tummy muscles ey.
I’m feeling settled now, really part of the team y’know. Loving coming up with the creative side of things as well as obviously delivering it on air too.
We’ve done a few ‘themed weeks’. Here’s a few of them -
- Fan week (which included me singing a Robbie Williams song to random passers by in Crawley)
- Phobia week (came face to face with my worst nightmare….a frog. Don’t ask)
- Work experience week (I became a fishmonger….don’t ask)
- The big swap week (I became a man and the boys because women. If I’m honest, I freaked out as to how manly I’m capable of looking………yeh)
And this week was CHRISTMAS WEEK!…….because it’s Christmas. See what we did there?
We were set a challenge to each write and perform a Christmas song.
Here’s the thing. I have never described myself as a ‘singer’, or a person with ‘strong vocals’.
So got in the studio and started recording…..
This was the out come…..introducing ‘Elf for a Day’, my Christmas single…
Needless to say it would be far better with Gaga’s vibrato or Beyonce’s warbling but i think I did a bloody good job!
It went down a storm too! Listeners actually want to download it!
Just picture it…*****NICOLA HUME POPSTAR*****
Maybe not. Stick to your day job Nic…