I’ve never really been one for buying into the hype of Valentine’s Day – I figure, if you’re in a relationship with someone who really loves you, there shouldn’t be just one day when you make the effort to show it! And it bugs me how red roses and restaurants are twice the price on February 14th than they are any other date.
Still if you’re lucky enough to have a guy who loves an outdoor adventure, here are my suggestions for an active Valentine’s Day this year. Note: you can do this at any other time of the year as well 😉
Go on a Valentine’s Day run
Take on a race together, challenge each other to competitive sprints, or amble along having a catchup. If you want to buy your partner a gift that will mean they enjoy their solo runs even more, I highly recommend the Jabra Sport Pulse headphones. These Bluetooth wireless beauties are so high tech they can track your heart rate on your run, as well as playing awesome quality tunes.
They’ll stay in your ears no matter what too, thanks to the huge selection of earbuds and wings, which mean you can truly customise the fit. Just watch out, they block out the surrounding noise so well, you’ll have to make sure you pay extra attention to the traffic!
Head out for a (romantic/competitive) bike ride
James and I are both signed up to the London to Brighton BHF bike ride, and RideLondon-Surrey 100 this year, after he saw me having such a good time in 2016! We will definitely be racking up the miles in the saddle over the next few months, and I’m hoping we’ll enjoy some chilled rides with pub/picnic stops as well as challenging hilly ones.
Take a trip to the hills for a long hike
For our 1-year anniversary and my 30th birthday, we’re heading away to the Lake District for a long weekend in a couple of weeks – I’m a little nervous at the prospect of hiking in the snow, but am excited to revisit the area after we had such an amazing holiday there last year.
I picked up this Custom Map from Ordnance Survey as a pre-trip gift to us both. It’s completely unique and focused on my chosen area, with our own title and cover image. You can even choose to have it presented flat or framed, so you can hang it on your wall – a lovely way to commemorate where you met maybe, or where you ran/cycled your first race together?
Go camping and watch the sunrise/sunset
I love camping, and there’s something special about watching a sunset. You can’t help but get a bit emotional at the beauty of Mother Nature, so it’s the perfect opportunity to cosy up to that special someone and fight over who’s stolen most of the blanket…
What are you doing this Valentine’s Day?
NB: I was sent the Jabra headphones and Custom Map to review. As always all opinions are my own.