Wednesday Wisdom 

Wednesday Wisdom 

  

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Catching up with 5×50

Catching up with 5×50

Betcha didn’t expect to hear from me tonight? 😉

Just a quick post to say that, already, we’re on day 31 of the 5×50 challenge. Oooft, that’s come in quickly!

While I’ve been getting in my average of 5k or 30 minutes each day (I know because my Up band told me so), I hadn’t been logging it. My bad.

Tonight, I ran 2 miles then walked another 2 miles- go me! Not outside, but on the ‘mill. Watching Suits. I then logged my 5×50 and was surprised how the kilometres add up quickly:  Not too shabby! I’ve also got my training schedule tightened a little, after working out the basics of it last night. 

All in all, it’s been a productive Tuesday 😀 
  

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, everyone, and welcome back, winter! 😮

It’s freeeeeeezing out there! Brrr! The hailstones have been fairly battering down today. Mustn’t complain, though. We’ve had a great few weeks of mild, sunny weather.

Well, here we are – four days’ blogging in a row 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my recent posts, and those who have offered positive comments and support following my wee admission yesterday. It’s good to know that I’m doing the right thing. Last night, I organised my ‘return to running’ plan for the next few weeks. I’ve bolted together a 5K, 10K and half marathon training plan to coincide with the Color Run, the inaugural Carradale 10K, culminating in the GNR. And, I’m actually a little excited to get back to it in a more structured and sensible way.

I’ve started tonight, with a return to Clubbercise after the Easter break, then missing last week’s class. It was GREAT! There were new routines, including one to ‘Uptown Funk’ and another to Scooter’s ‘Logical’:

It was brilliant! 😀

Here’s my soft, fluffy-pink approach to this week. It matches my mood………

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Have a GREAT week, all!

A Different Perspective on Running

A Different Perspective on Running

Like so many runners around the world, I’m at home, cheering on the incredible runners participating in the London Marathon. I’m reminiscing about this time last year, when we’d just finished the RnR Madrid half, and were enjoying lunch in a cafe in the centre of Madrid wearing our medals and tees.

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This year, things are pretty different. It won’t take a genius to work out that my running at the moment isn’t, well, what it has been in the past 😉

I’m out of shape, I’ve gained weight, but, well, I’m loving life!

I’m not going to be hard on myself – I run for fun, and for me, so I’m getting back into it by cutting my distance, and building back up again. Much kinder than beating myself up for struggling on a four miler! My training has been significanty affected by some personal stuff – so I’ve decided not to run the MOK Half. So, my next run will be the Color Run Glasgow this June, which will be the perfect, fun event for me to get back to it.

And, at the same time, I’m planning to give something back to the running community by volunteering.

We’re going to marshal at the Inveraray Jail Break next Sunday. And, would you believe it, I think I’m more excited than I’d be if I was running! 😀

I love Inveraray, it’s so beautiful. I love the Inveraray Jail – it’s a great day out!

The run takes participants from the jail, past Inveraray Castle (do you watch Downton Abbey? Remember the castle – the country estate- where cousin Rose is from? THAT is Inveraray Castle 😉 ), up a very steep hill to the viewpoint, and back to the castle. Take a look at this photo I took in March:

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Now, look closely at the top of the hill. See that view point? That is the turning point in the race 🙂

It’s about time I gave back to running. And this is just the start.

I’m hoping to volunteer more – there’s this year’s Kintyre Way Ultra, and I’m hoping to play a small part supporting in that race too. And we’re also going to marshall at the MOK run, since we won’t be running. I’m sure it will be a brilliant day!

I think that this year may well become a different one to what I thought I’d have this year in terms of running – certainly our particiption in the May events will be –  but that’s no bad thing, and I’m very happy about it. Running for pleasure is where it’s at! 😀

Double Dead and Other Adventures

Double Dead and Other Adventures

After our gin experience, we were fortified by, ahem, some Dutch courage, and decided  to go on one of the tours that Edinburgh is famous for – a ghost tour. We wanted a late night one, so chose the 10pm Double Dead tour, knowing that we’d finish the tour around midnight, in a graveyard, in Edinburgh. 😀

Before that. we stopped by a couple of the older pubs on the Royal Mile: The World’s End and then Deacon Brodies. The World’s End pub is so-called because it stood right at the city wall in earlier centuries. If you don’t know the true story of Deacon Brodie and his secret double identity, you can read about it here. Finally, it was 10pm, and we were ready to go.

We gathered by St. Giles’ Cathedral with around 35 other willing victims participants, and headed to our first stop of the evening: the city vaults, led by our guide, David. Without revealing too much, the vaults are located in the old town, around and under the Royal Mile area. People used to live (and die) there, and there are countless tales of terror and paranormal activity down there, in the areas that have been excavated. It was fascinating.  I’ve been on a tour of the vaults once before, but it was a different area, so this part was new to me. After we had spent time listening to tales in the vaults, we headed to one ot the eeriest places in the city – Greyfriar’s Kirkyard.

Burials have been taking place there since the 16th Century, and conservative estimates puts the body count at around 300,000….. in such a small area. It made me shudder. We heard tales of the famous Mackenzie Poltergeist, and the hauntings and paranormal activity in the Covenanters’ Prison. Yes – there was indeed a prison in the graveyard. It was largely outdoors, which would have been an extra torture for those imprisoned there. We heard about the graverobbing that was prolific, and it’s where the term Resurrection Men was coined. Have you heard of Burke and Hare? Well, that’s where they started.  I managed to take some snaps while in the kirkyard:

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Although he’s spent quite a lot of time in Edinburgh over the past 11 or 12 years, @TheWelshWookie hasn’t done much of the ‘tourist stuff’, so we spent Monday catching up on some of that. First stop was the wonderful Mary King’s Close, which takes you around one of the excavated closes, which has been tranformed to show you how people really lived in those areas, under the city, during the plague and at other times. It is definitely worth a visit. We then had a wander along the Royal Mile. We diverted slightly by stopping off at the Elephant House for lunch, which is the very cafe where JK Rowling wrote the early Harry Potter books. Loved it! It has kept its own character, and hasn’t been turned into a Harry Potter theme shop.

In the afternoon, we spent time exploring Edinburgh Castle. I reckon it’s been maybe 30 years since I was last there. It felt like a priviledge to see the Stone of Destiny and the Scottish Crown Jewels.

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Obviously, we weren’t allowed to take pictures in the crown room – so you’ll have to make do with photos of Mon’s Meg (the giant cannon), the Castle and the view over the city instead 🙂

It was a busy, but fun, couple of days in the Capital 😉

The Gin Thing

The Gin Thing

I’m sure you all know by now that included in the long list of things I love are running, eating, vino and gin.

For our first wedding anniversary, we were able to indulge in most!

On the day of our anniversary, we were celebrating with family, as it was also the Saturday closest to my brother in law, Andrew’s, 40th Birthday. His two eldest sons, Kieran and Aidan, were to be player escorts that day at the Partick Thistle v Motherwell game, and so we went along to see them – and to show support of course!

It was a gloriously sunny day, and we were able to sit in the sunshine, soaking up the fun and the atmosphere. When the boys came out onto the pitch, we couldn’t see Aidan, who is 4. He was escort for Scott Fox, the goalie, and Scott had scooped Aidan up and carried him onto the pitch! Too cute!

Here’s some pics, just to illustrate 😉

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After the game, the boys were able to head back to a meet and greet with the players, and one of my other nephews, Liam, was able to go with them. I think they had a ball!

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Afterwords, it was back to the Donnelly’s house for a bit of a party. As @TheWelshWookie and I were heading to Edinburgh the next day, we went to our hotel and celebrated with a bottle of fizz, overlooking George Square.

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And yes. That’s not an optical illusion. This 4 star hotel in the city centre really DID give us hugely different glass sizes to enjoy our fizz with. And @TheWookie had to open it himself 😮 . And no, we won’t be back.

Sunday arrived with heavy rain 😦 but we headed to Edinburgh, excited for our short trip. We made our way to 56 North, where my friends, Pauline and Gavin, had treated us to an afternoon tea with gin tasting 😀 Hurrah!

We were greeted with a really friendly welcome, and with the fab news that Pauline & Gavin had treated us to a bottle of fizz! Yay!

We settled down with around 20 or so others, eager to get started. This was the joyous sight in front of us….

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The two guys hosting the session took us through the first four gins which were all strikingly different. The pace was relaxed, and there was no rush at all. We had a selection of different mixers to try, and the whole session was interactive – we could ask questions, and add comments – good or bad!

We then had a short break, with afternoon tea of sandwiches and small cakes, before starting again with the final four gins. I won’t spoil it for anyone by telling you which gins we tried, what we found out about them, or which were my favourites. You can try for yourselves!

After the session, we bagged a great window table, with the sun – newly surfaced through the rain – beating in. The bar is stocked with around 300 different gins, so I chatted with the barman, telling him what I liked in a gin so that he could recommend a gin for me. I had a Daffy’s, which is a small batch gin made in Edinburgh, while @TheWelshWookie had a Hoxton grapefruit and coconut gin. Yummy! They serve their gins in gorgeous continental style goblets with ice, a suggested tonic, and a garnish designed to compliment the flavours.

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We had some lunch with our fizz- @TheWookie had a burger, I had a gorgeous chicken caesar salad with a poached egg. It was delish!

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We finished off with another gin each – @TheWookie had a Brecon Welsh gin, while I had a Rock Rose, which may well be my new favourite – it, too, is a small batch Scottish gin. We then headed to our hotel, to get ready for our evening in the city – with the ghosts!

Wednesday Wisdom 

Wednesday Wisdom 

  

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Here we are already, another week has rattled around and my holiday is over. Today’s work day was longer than planned, meaning that I missed my Clubbercise class. Boo!

But the past week has been so busy- winding up with a weekend of visitors including five of my nephews, loads of football and sandy beaches 😊

I had planned on blogging about my Anniversary weekend but just haven’t had time. Nor have I had time to catch up on your blogs- or on actual running either!

Here’s to a new week of getting back to it:  

Wednesday Wisdom 

Wednesday Wisdom 

  

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hi everyone!

Congratulations to all of those who conquered marathons this weekend: I hope the aches aren’t too bad today.

While you’ve been running, @TheWelshWookie and I have been celebrating our first wedding anniversary: first, at a Partick Thistle football match 😳, then on a trip to Edinburgh which involved gin tasting, a ghost tour through the the city vaults and a graveyard, a tour around Mary King’s Close then Edinburgh Castle. Phew! No running, but plenty of walking for us. We even visited the coffee shop where JK Rowling wrote much of the early Harry Potter books 🙂

I’ll share some pics when I’m back home. For now, we’re on the train heading back to Glasgow, for a spot of impromptu babysitting. 

In the mean time, I hope this makes you smile 😀  

 Wouldn’t it?