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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

Have you ever received a wonderful surprise?

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?

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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Last weekend, I found out that the wonderful RunningToHerDreams had nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Thank you so much; I’m so humbled by your kindness!I love what the Sisterhood Award represents: Attitude and Gratitude which are both attributes that I value highly.The rules for the Sisterhood award are simple:

  1. Post the logo on your blog-done
  2. Thank the person who nominated you-done
  3. Choose 10-12 other ladies who blog as your nominees-done
  4. Post the links to the nominees’ blogs and notify them on their blog.-I’ll get this done ASAP, promise!

And now for the most difficult aspect of the award, in part because I have to limit my choices to ladies! These are in no particular order:

Bay Runner Jamie

The Improbable Runner

Happy Runner

Tub on the Run

Waistband on the Run

Jane Likes to Run

I’m Going Slightly Mad

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Slacker Runner

Princess and the Jog

Kylabee

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