Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, everyone. I’m afraid I’m suffering from post holiday blues over here, and a tough week at work hasn’t helped with that. Ah well, we all get those kinds of weeks, don’t we?

On a positive note, I had a really good week in terms of my health and exercise targets:

Monday: we went for a walk after work which helped to blow away some cobwebs!

Tuesday: I had a ‘Tuesday Triple’: a lunchtime Run with Alison followed by Sculpt and Trigger Point Pilates in the evening. We focussed on hands and feet, and I felt great afterwards, although was shattered on Wednesday!

Wednesday: Jog Scotland, we did an easy 5k

Thursday: PiYo

Friday: another evening walk.

We had a busy weekend, Saturday was spent setting up for Fèis an Tairbeirt’s annual Ceilidh which was a fab night! Many hands help with clear up, so it wasn’t a late evening. Sunday was much quieter, and very much a day of relaxing and recharging.

Here’s a thought as we head into a new week:

Let’s focus not on what we say we will do, but on what we actually do. Go smash it!

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Well, I’m not quite sure how that happened: last week passed in a bit of a blur, and here we are, at Monday once again.

My week last week was unusual and very busy, but I feel a little out of touch and not terribly grounded. My plan for this week is to try to refocus on the priorities as much as I can.

In terms of health and wellness, my week was ok, but could have been better.

Monday- first day back, post holiday, so I eased back gently with a walk.

Tuesday- was the opposite! First up, I RAN! Yes, it wasn’t pretty but I managed a lunchtime walk/run. I followed that up with Sculpt and Trigger Point Pilates, so it was great to be back after weeks off.

Wednesday- back at Jog Scotland, and we did a 5k to celebrate Global Running Day

Thursday- for the first time in eight weeks, yes, eight weeks, I was back at PiYo. I loved it, though I had some spectacular DOMS on Friday!

Friday- an evening walk to clear my head was just what I needed, despite the rain

Saturday- Rest

Sunday- a late afternoon walk in glorious sunshine

Here’s to a refocused week ahead:

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

After two weeks in Florida, I’m back home. What a holiday- it was amazing!

We did lots and lots of walking, but a shed load of eating and drinking too, so this week will be spent getting back into a routine, and shaking off the jet lag.

Here’s your motivation for the week- I know I’ll need it!

Have a great week!

Florida 2019: The Best Bits

Florida 2019: The Best Bits

Before getting back to my usual fitness and wellbeing posts, I thought I’d write a post to share some of my highlights and lessons learned from our Florida trip. It’s also helping to keep me awake and flight off the jet lag!

Packing: travel light. You’ll never need half of the stuff you take with you, so don’t bother. I stuck to shorts and to t shirts that covered my shoulders as I know I’m prone to sunburn there, regardless of how much suncream I use as it rubs off of rides. I found t shirts looser, more comfortable and more cooling. Who knew?

I also had two pairs of combat type shorts from Decathlon that I wore A LOT – I didn’t need a bag or bumbag as they had decent pockets, so I could go hands free.

I wore trainers every day- comfort was more important than anything else, plus I didn’t get sunburned feet from sandals or flip flops.

Best Park Tip: use a retractable ticket holder that clips to your belt loop rather than a lanyard. I found that it was easier to use, convenient and didn’t get in the way. I picked this one up in Universal, but Disney has plenty too. It meant my room key and park tickets were always close to hand:

Best travel tip: we hired a car and it was great, but onsite parking at Universal hotels was expensive. To get to and from the park we walked, or used the frequent bus, but the best way to travel was by water taxi. We could also go through security before getting on, avoiding the crowds at CityWalk

Best off-site travel: The I-Ride trolley that runs up and down International Drive was excellent. The virgin rep in the V Hub gave us a voucher each for a free 14 day pass so it didn’t even cost us anything- but passes are very cheap. It’s a great way to get to and from Orlando International Outlets and Vineyard Outlets- and everywhere in between:

Pocket Essentials: At the parks I carried my pass in my retractable holder, SPF50 lip balm, a small 30ml tube of suncream, and this: a cup from Decathlon that is made of soft water bottle material and scrunches up very, very small, fitting into a pocket very easily. I could then get a cup of water at water fountains to sip while waiting in line for attractions. Honestly, this was the best £3.99 I have ever spent!

For days when we walked longer distances outside of the park, and for on the aircraft we used our Decathlon soft water bottles and they too were perfect. Lots of people asked us about them as they thought they were great!

I also carried my trusty fan most days, but I wouldn’t call it an essential:

Best sunscreen: This was a-ma-zing for me, Neutrogena SPF70 and their specific face sunscreen too. I only put it on in the morning and it lasted all day- and for the first holiday ever I didn’t get any sunburn. It’s a game changer for me. It was easy to apply, soaked in well leaving my skin dry to touch, not oily or sticky. I picked it up in Walmart for around $8 I think.

Here’s the SPF lip balm I carried with me at all times too. It was also ideal:

Best drink: the coconut margarita at Chili’s was the best thing I drank all holiday!🥥🍸

Best meal: Best overall meal was at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at City Walk. We had their own chocolate stout while waiting for our table. I had a salad, and an amazing s’mores dessert that I couldn’t finish, and a cherry chocolate cocktail. TheWelshWookie had a burger, a banana cream sundae and a whisky flight. It was all so good!

Best Sweet Treat: easy- voodoo doughnuts were immense!

Best Secret Menu Item: a ‘Deathly Hallows’ or ‘Triple’ from the Hogs Head. If you ask for it, the bar staff will deny its very existence so it’s very secretive indeed! We found out about it from a UOAP member in line in front of us:

Favourite Park: definitely both parts of the Harry Potter parks, including the Hogswart Express taking us from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade. (And from HS to IOA). It was amazing, I loved it all!

Best Roller Coaster: Hulk! It was by far my favourite! I also loved Maku at Seaworld and the Rip Ride Rocket at US but Hulk beat them all.

Best Water Ride: this is a toss up between Bluto’s Bilge Barge Rats (you get very, very wet!) and Jurassic Park’s River Adventure. The afternoon spent doing the water rides at IOA was a real highlight.

Best Disney Attraction: I loved Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the park overall as I didn’t expect to rate it so highly but it was a great day .

Best ‘awe’ moment: seeing the shuttle Atlantis for the first time at Kennedy Space Center. It was a fab day out and I’d highly recommend a visit.

Best Example of Hospitality: we went to Tropicana Fields to watch the Rays play the Blue Jays. Little did we know that it’s a cash free stadium and I had left our cards back in the hotel. Oops! We tried to pay for two soft drinks using Apple Pay but couldn’t get it to work- so the cashier just gave us souvenir cups and told us to help ourselves. It was so kind of her! Pity about the result of the game, mind you…

Best Universal Hotel: we didn’t visit them all, but of those that we did we were happy with our choice to stay at the Aventura Hotel. It was stunning. We had an upgraded room so had plenty of space, it was very comfortable with good facilities including the onsite V Hub. Our view over Volcano Bay was stunning!

The views from the rooftop bar, Bar 17, were also fabulous. It was well worth a couple of visits.

Bonus Pro Tip: buy glassware and mugs to use as we found that everywhere (including hotels) relies on disposables and plastics for everything. I wish I’d packed my travel cutlery too so I’d recommend that you bring those too. It’s a real shame- they use paper straws everywhere but use disposable cups, plates and cutlery which seems crazy to me! It also tends to be the black plastic that can’t be recycled. It was definitely the biggest negative I took away from the parks.

Flights: the Virgin flights and their Vera in flight entertainment system was ace, and service was excellent. The food was also great- I was very impressed, considering that airline food gets a (usually justifiable) bad rap. But many people just didn’t seem to care about what they were doing throughout the flight. I was mortified looking around as we disembarked to see the disgusting state that lots and lots of passengers left behind them. I felt heart sorry that the impression we left behind for the clean up crew was so bad. On the return flight, the guy behind me kept sticking his bare feet right down beside my seat- urgh! And he didn’t get the concept of a touch screen- I spent the night flight with what felt like him punching the screen and consequently the back of my seat and head rather than touching it! Perhaps we need a ‘flight etiquette’ guide as well as a safety guide?

It was a fabulous holiday though, from start to finish.

What are your top tips and best moments from your trips to Florida?

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello everyone!

I’m still banned from activity, especially running, but I did get the stitches in my knee out last Thursday, after a long 12 days. So, I’m on the mend!

I had been training for the Kintyre Way Relay which took place on Saturday, and what a brilliant day it was. I couldn’t be more proud of my team: Alison and Morag were superb and ran amazing times on such a warm and sunny day. TheWelshWookie was a star, too, stepping in for me at such short notice. Well done team JAMathon!

I’d also like to give special mention to all of the Ultra runners who did all 32.8 miles, especially Gordon, Kathleen and Lorraine. Very well done! 👏🏻

While they were running I was busy scoping out our next challenge 😉

The Kintyre Way Relay was so well organised and such a fun and friendly event that I would highly recommend it either as an Ultra or as a relay.

I’ll be taking a short break away from my blog, as we’re off on holiday. I’ll be back in early June, no doubt refreshed- and I hope by then I’ll be back running again!

Until then, follow me on Instagram and Twitter @TartanJogger for regular updates.

Here’s your motivation until I’m back:

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Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Morning! Happy Bank Holiday!

How has your week been? For those not following my social media streams, this has been one of my most challenging weeks as a runner. Here’s why.

Last Sunday I headed out with Alison, Morag and Kathleen to recce the middle section of the Kintyre Way relay. The weather was perfect, I was properly fuelled and rested. The first four miles were great, the scenery was simply stunning:

But then disaster struck! I tripped over a boulder and fell 😩. No big drama, no huge incident, just a trip. I scraped my arm pretty well, and my right knee was bleeding a little but my tights weren’t ripped so I wasn’t too concerned.

Morag had a bandage with her so she helped patch up my arm and we headed off once again. We soon realised that we were on the wrong path- we had missed a turn. We got back on track and finished our run- over 11 miles in total. I felt pretty good! My knee was still bleeding, but physically I felt strong and that I could run much longer.

After a detour to the shop to pick up some antiseptic for my arm I headed home and straight for a shower to clean out my graze- only to find that under my tights my knee was pretty mashed up.

So I spent the remainder of Sunday afternoon and evening at A&E, leaving at 7.30 with stitches, x rays, antibiotics, painkillers, crutches and strict instructions to rest. Not how I planned to spend my day!

The excellent news is that nothing is broken, so our upcoming trip to Florida is still firmly on. But the bad news? No running, no exercise for a while. 😭

I was back at the hospital on Tuesday and everything was healing well, and I was back on Sunday as the plan was to have my stitches removed then. They didn’t take them out, largely because of where my cut is in my knee, so I’m back again this Thursday to get them out then.

Meanwhile my graze has been bruising up well:

I’m not showing you my leg as it’s a bit too gory!

Things could be worse- though I’ve had to withdraw from the Kintyre Way Relay which I’m devastated about. All of that training, and I was feeling so good about it! But @TheWelshWookie is stepping in to fill the gap. Rob, the organiser of the Kintyre Way runs has been very understanding so I’m very grateful to them for their help with this. I’m also very grateful to the A&E staff at the Mid Argyll hospital, they have been ace.

It’s true why they say- you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s taken away. At least I’ll be back at it in a few weeks, so I need to focus on that.

Kintyre Way Relay- I have unfinished business with you!

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