Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

Last week started and ended with cold, crisp but beautiful weather, and so I had a pretty solid week of exercise but with some reduced mileage. Here’s how my week went:

Monday –

My legs weren’t feeling it after my Sunday run, but the crisp and dry evening coupled with a full moon meant that we had to enjoy a lovely evening walk. The moon accompanied us for the whole walk, dipping behind a cloud only once. Gorgeous!

Distance: 2.9m

Time: 58m 24s


As it was the 1st December, it was time to kick off another Great Run Solo Accumulator Challenge. The December challenge is to do 12 runs before Christmas Day, so I thought I’d better get started, with 4miles around the harbour. The Christmas lights were definitely increasing in number and this run felt pretty festive!

Distance: 4.01m

Time: 44m 48s

Pace: 11.10/m

Elevation: 79 ft


No photos from my kid week walk, which was a short amble to get some extra steps in!

Distance: 1.76 miles

Time: 34m 4s


We woke up to a very light icing-sugar dusting of snow, but by the time I got out at lunchtime the snow had pretty much washed away with the rain. I started out running in the rain, but it cleared during my short lunch run to leave a lovely view of the harbour.

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 30m 54s

Pace: 10.17/m

Elevation: 46 ft


We had a busy weekend planned, which is unusual for 2020, and so we only had a short window for a run on Saturday morning. We headed out to the timber route and the weather was just perfect: dry, cold and clear. I knew I might manage somewhere between 5k and 4 miles, but I could have quite easily have run much longer if I’d had the time. It was a lovely, lovely run!

Distance: 4.05 miles

Time: 46m 31s

Pace: 11.29/m

Elevation: 381 ft

And I thought I’d round up this weeks summary with a photo of our village Christmas Tree, made of lobster creels thanks to our wonderful village festival committee, businesses and our Fire and Rescue crew:

We love it!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, can you believe that we are less than two weeks until Christmas? Wow! I’ve had a pretty busy week with preparations and festivities, but I managed to squeeze in a good bit of exercise too:

Monday: Body Conditioning 

Tuesday: Fitness Marathon for CRUK- Glow, Pound, Zumba and VeraFlow, 3.5 hours 💪🏻

Wednesday: JogScotland run

Thursday: PiYo and Veraflow 

Friday: Salsa

All in all, I managed about 8 hours of workouts this week. Ooooft!

But as we wind down to Christmas, classes are beginning to slow down too, so I’ll be going along to whatever is running this week, hopefully. I’m also on leave, so today has been filled with card writing and present wrapping. All while watching Christmas films of course. Fab! 🎄

While we have had mild weather here, I did love this quote when I came across it:

 Have a wonderful week!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, peeps, are you feeling festive? Are your fitness goals still on track?

Mine are a little meh at the moment- I’ve been over indulging a little, and feeling very festive, but I’m heading out to Clubbercise to help keep on top of things.

Here’s something I came across on Pinterest which I thought was pretty useful: I hope it helps!  


Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, I hope you’re ok- particularly if you’re in the UK and affected by the dreadful flooding and poor weather this weekend.

We’ve been lucky this time around, as we weren’t hit too hard: there was a landslide on the Rest and Be Thankful, however the debris nets did their job and the road remained open- yay!

So I was able to make it to Glasgow and back on Saturday where I had a lovely festive lunch with some of the Dream Team. We even had a lovely walk around the Christmas lights, in the rain 🙂

This week, I don’t have Clubbercise and I probably won’t make my Pound class either, so I’m contemplating using that as a reason to lace up my trainers and bust out a short run. I really have to get back out there!

Here’s something to help with my motivation: 

 I hope it helps you too 😉

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, and welcome to another week: it’s wild, windy and very, very wet here on the West coast. Late autumn, early winter is well and truly here!

I have yet to get back to running since my holiday. It’s just so dark and wet after work that my running mojo is in hiding. I’m hoping that it hasn’t gone into hibernation… I’m sticking with my classes, though, so all isn’t quite abandoned!

I’ve had another busy weekend, squeezing in three parties and a trip to Glasgow. On Sunday, we had our annual visit to George Square for Remembrance Sunday, followed by a trip to Dobbies Garden Centre – Christmas 2015 is officially underway for us. We had our first Red Cups and mince pies of the season:  

 I’m going to use this as inspiration for getting back out there this week:  

 I’m open to advice and motivation to get back out there – what do you do when you have times like this?



This year’s celebration has been muted by the dreadful crash in Glasgow’s George Square on Monday, killing six people, including three from my home town.
The lorry crashed into the Millennium Hotel at Queen St station, just as we were sitting in the Grand Central hotel at Glasgow Central station: we are feeling lucky.
Best wishes to you all for the festive season, make the most of every minute.



Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom


Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

I’ve had a very festive weekend at the Children’s Classics Christmas concert, a lovely meal out and some fantastic family time.
And, equally as good, I have a week’s holiday! Woop woop!
Today has been a busy day of wrapping and finalising all of my Christmas gifts.
Have any of you been Santa Dashing this weekend? I’d love to have taken part. Maybe next year 🙂
Here’s a little motivation while I get back to Christmas movies…

Which film tonight, then?

Happy Hogmanay!

Happy Hogmanay!

Happy Hogmanay!

And a Happy New Year too!


Portavadie Marina

Portavadie Marina

Portavadie Marina is a fantastic hidden gem nestled on the west coast of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll. Conveniently for us, it is also a very short ferry ride away from Tarbert!

It features a wide range of accommodation: bed and lockers: bunk rooms for cyclists and walkers, lodge rooms (which are like good hotel rooms) , secluded cottage for honeymooners and couples and luxury apartments for friends and families who want a little more space and luxe while away.

The marina has excellent facilities, and there is a top notch restaurant, while the lodge has a more relaxed restaurant and family area. There’s a spa, and a shop which sells everything from milk and newspapers to high end clothing and chandlery supplies.

I love it!

We’ve visited many times, often for lunch and a few drinks; sometimes ourselves, other times with friends and family. We celebrated @TheWelshWookie’s 40th Birthday here, too.

And now we’re back; gatecrashing the honeymoon, and welcoming in the New Year at the Hogmanay Gala Dinner.

Lucky us! 🙂




WiFi and mobile signal is patchy, so I’ll check in when I can!