Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

This weekend, I’ve been very conscious about how busy I’ve been lately. I’ve had jam-packed weekends, lots of trips and journeys, really full work days where I haven’t had time to stop.

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And, I’ve been missing running, missing taking that time for me to get out, clear my head, and chill.

Even when I’ve had ‘down time’, it’s been filled with activities, planning and sorting.

So, I’m going to gift myself some time. Some time for moi.

And, hopefully, that will include pulling on my trainers, too 🙂

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

I’m ba-ack!

I’ve had a wonderful week away: we saw Miss Saigon in London, spent a few very busy days in Disneyland Paris, travelled back to Scotland via the Eurostar and then the overnight Sleeper train services.

On Friday, my BFF, Pauline, married the wonderful Gavin, and we had a fantastic day with great food, champagne, fun and plenty of dancing.

Now, it’s back to routine, and back to shifting the pounds I’ve gained, and regaining the fitness I’ve lost!

So, to say ‘farewell’ to my holiday, here’s one of my favourite Walt Disney quotes:

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Welcome to my 300th blog post! And, I had to find any excuse to celebrate by posting a picture of fellow Scot Gerard Butler as a Spartan ❤

This probably reminded him of the weather at home:

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Anyone out there doing a Spartan race this year?

If so, this might be the workout for you, courtesy of Men’s Health 🙂

GB Relay Update

Tonight, I saw this post on Facebook:

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So, with FREE STAGES up for grabs, now might well be the time for you and your team to bag a few stages!

Happy Friday, all!

Happy

Happy

As you’ve probably heard, today is The United Nation’s International Day of Happiness. And so, I did something that makes me happy: I ran. I tried out the running gear that I plan on wearing in Madrid, and all seemed OK with it. The vest is probably a little more snug than I’d like 😉 but all in all, I had a slow-but-solid five miler. So, that’s a total of 12.93k this week so far for #ARTWRBR2014, and 57.96 kilometres for March.

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And, I also received some surprise mail today that really made me happy: a large, overseas envelope was waiting for me on the doorstep. Puzzled, I picked it up, and carried it into the house, wondering what on earth this could be!

I opened it up, and out came three gorgeous bars of organic, fair trade chocolate in fantastic flavours, and a card! The wonderful Kyla from Motivation had sent me a tasty treat, and a gorgeous card for my wedding! It was such a wonderful surprise, and couldn’t have arrived on a better day! She knows me so well, and my love of fancy chocolate bars 😀 The chocolate is made locally to Kyla in Vancouver, so I have a little bit of local goodness to look forward to!

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It was a reminder that not only are you fellow bloggers, but you are also friends – and you’re so generous with your support, your comments and even your lovely gifts! 🙂

What has made you happy today?

A Blogger Surprise!

A Blogger Surprise!

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting to Girl Runs Wild about running music and playlists. During the online conversation, she mentioned that we should buy a basic MP3 player each, download our playlists, and mail them to each other.

And so, the great playlist swap has begun!

While Girl Runs Wild is still waiting for me to receive the MP3 player from Amazon to load and send to her, I received an email on Tuesday, telling me to look out for a little package through the mail 😉

And yesterday, there was a parcel waiting for me at the front door! Eeeek!

It was quite a large package, and my first thoughts were: was there something I’ve ordered for the wedding that I’ve forgotten about? Has @TheWelshWookie been doing some sneaky online shopping?

I carried the package into the kitchen, and opened it. Hmmm. It was a lovely pink box, wrapped in a silver satin ribbon. I was intrigued!

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I carefully removed the ribbon, puzzling over this lovely package.  My thoughts included have I entered and won a competition? I rechecked the name and address, in case I’d accidentally opened a package for my neighbour: nope! It’s definitely for me!

I opened the box, unsure of what to expect. And what did I find? A box of fabulous goodies, perfect for a runner!

The lovely notecard inside explained all: this wonderful blogger was treating me to the whole ‘Girl Runs Wild’ running experience, including the music, fuel, recovery food and post-run pampering kit! 😀

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In the box was: a 9 Bar (I love these), a bag of Lindt eggs (delish!), The Body Shop Total Energy Enlivening Body Gel, a big box of lovely scented tea lights and another small gift box containing the MP3 player!

I’m a very, very lucky blogger!

I’m already a huge fan of 9 bars, and I’m not sure you’ll believe this, but @TheWelshWookie and I polished off the last of our Lindt chocolate balls from Christmas only on Monday, so to receive the Lindt eggs now is just perfect!

The body gel smells really lovely, and I can’t wait to try it post-run. I use a lot of candles, and the ones Girl Runs Wild included smell divine!

I am tempted to have a sneak listen to the MP3 player but I’m going to hold off, and use it on my long run, so that I can really enjoy it. I’ll let you know all about it after I’ve listened!

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I’ve been blown away by both the generosity and the lovely, thoughtful surprise: it has really made my week!

Thank you, Girl Runs Wild! You’ve really highlighted for me how fantastic all of you bloggers are!

In case you missed it, we’re also both signed up for the Around the World Running Blog Relay 2014: Are you in yet? No? Well, you’d best get a wriggle on, it starts on Saturday! 😉 Sign up here

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Supporting the Around the World Running Blog Relay 2014

Supporting the Around the World Running Blog Relay 2014

For those of you who haven’t heard, the wonderful Kyla over at Motivation came up with a brilliant idea last year, for all of us running bloggers who have connected over the internet, from the four corners of the globe.

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She came up with the idea of having a running bloggers relay race, and the inaugural event takes place during March and April this year 😀

The idea is pretty simple: we run a virtual relay race! It’ll allow us to see how far we get, in terms of:

  1. GLOBAL COVERAGE where we are from will allow a map to be drawn up, detailing where in the world we’re running – hopefully it will be truly global!
  2. GLOBAL DISTANCE we commit to a distance, which will allow the total number of kilometres run to be calculated. It’ll be really good to see how far we can get….. can we log enough distance to go around the world? 😉

It’s great!

And Kyla’s decision to run it in March and April will really help with Spring training!

So, who’s in? All you need to do is fill out this simple form to register where you are and how far you’ll be running. Remember it’s from 1st March  – 30th April, so hopefully it’ll be lots of kilometres!

For those interested in an extra dimension, fellow blogger The Improbable Runner suggested that we could use the Charity Miles App to raise funds for charity. I think it’s a great idea, as an added extra!

Visit Kyla’s blog post about the challenge here.

So, what do you think? Interested? Have you registered yet? Go on, you know the challenge will be great!

TartanJogger on FB at last!

TartanJogger on FB at last!

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve taken the social media world by storm!

Only kidding.

I’ve set up a TartanJogger page on Facebook! 😀

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So, the way I see it, you have two choices. Number One: ignore this post. Number Two: put your real life on hold and head over to FB to like meeeeee!

Since starting my blog, I’ve had FB linked to my personal facebook page. That meant that my friends and family were treated to had no choice but to read my blog posts. Ha! Now, my timeline is not dotted with running related posts quite as much!

I’ve been on twitter, G+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Path and BlogLovin’ for some time. I reckon I’ve now completed the set.

Where do you link your blog posts to? Would you say you’re social media savvy, or a SM novice? Does it matter? 😉

You Found Me By Searching What? Part Two

You Found Me By Searching What? Part Two

A few weeks ago, I wrote a short post abut how some people had found my blog by searching ‘depressed quotes’!

Well, things must be looking up for me, as someone found me this week by searching for this:

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Yay! Cool Movember motivation? That’s more like it!

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It’s ‘fess up time. I’ve had some late nights this week, and so my POTM has slipped. I’m about 10K off target, which is not good; but is entirely recoverable, I hope!

How are you doing with your November challenges?

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been nominated by two of my favourite bloggers, The Improbable Runner and Jane Likes to Run for the Liebster Award! Thanks, you guys! 😀

The rules for this award are:

-Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator. Done!
-Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers. Kinda done- I don’t know how many followers  folks have, so I’ve nominated at random!
-Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer. Done!
-Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them. In Progress!

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Here are the questions posed by The Improbable Runner along with my answers:

1) As a teenager, what was your most shameful celebrity crush?

Kevin Bacon. There’s no shame in that. I still fancy him, if I’m honest….

2) Pies, sweet or savoury?

Sweet, every time!

3) Free healthcare, yes or no?

Yes- but I don’t know anything else

4) How many pairs of trainers do you own?

At least six, probably eight pairs

5) What is the drunkest you’ve ever been?

Very drunk. Not my finest hour.

6) What is the most gadgety piece of sports equipment you own?

My Nike FuelBand and SportWatch GPS

7) Your favourite music album

Raintown by Deacon Blue

8) Movie currently in your dvd player/last watched

I’m watching Mrs Miracle 2 right now, so I’ll have to say that.

9) Have you had any tweets from celebs? If so who?

NikeWomen, but no famous people

10) cat or dog person?

Neither, I’m sorry!

And here are the questions posed by Jane Likes to Run, along with my answers:

1. What is your go-to drink?

Fruit tea in the morning, coffee mid morning, sparkling water any other time. Vino at the weekends 😉

2. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to function with no sleep. I could do so much!

3. What is the best book you have read recently?

Recently I re-read The Great Gatsby. Does that count?

4. What is your special weird person trick?

I can’t think of one!

5. What do you do for a living?

I’m an Operations Manager.

6. Who is your role model?

I look up to lots of people, but not one person in particular

7. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Tenerife. Every time.

8. Do you prefer driving or riding shotgun?

Riding shotgun, being chauffeured.

9. Do you have any pets, or what kind of pets would you like to have?

None!

10. City life or country life?

Country life for me!

My nominations go to:

Motivation

MaybeMarathoner

Full Moon Runner

Get Going, Get Running

Running with Sam

Princess and the Jog

SlackerRunner

Mud, Sweat and Kettlebells

Tub on the Run

Waistband on the Run

And my questions are:

1. What can you see from your window right now?

2. Which is your favourite season?

3. Do you prefer to lie in or rise early?

4. What’s your favourite dinner ever?

5. What would be your dream dinner party guests?

6. What piece of advice do you most often share?

7. Which album did you last listen to?

8. Are you a Techy geek or Techno phobe?

9. Which is your favourite holiday?

10. What was the best present you ever received?

You Found Me By Searching What?

You Found Me By Searching What?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll cast a glance over what, if any, search terms are used by people to find your blog.

Well, last week, someone came across my blog searching for this:

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What?? Depressed quotes?

Maybe I’ll need to have some more positive posts from now on!

Tonight, @TheWelshWookie and I headed for a short run, to keep the legs ticking over before the Zombie Night Run on Saturday evening. We’ve found out that the first two miles are straight uphill, so thanks to PirateBobcat, I’ve been reframing my thinking. All hill are relative, and running is a matter of perspective. These are my current mantras.

Today’s Stats:

Run: 2 miles, slow

Time: 20:39

Trainers: LunarEclipse

Weather: cool, cloudy, a little showery

Today’s life lesson: Assuming that all daytime phone calls are sales calls is a mistake: some nice surprises come that way, too!

What’s been the weirdest search term you’ve used, or someone has used to find your blog?