Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Well, last week this happened:And it was even more amazing than I thought it would be! The run was by far one of the most scenic with plenty of distractions and I loved it! It wasn’t fast, it wasn’t pretty but it was lots of fun. We dressed up in Nightmare Before Christmas inspired costumes and just went with the whole relaxed atmosphere. 

Since we got back from Paris, we did PiYo and VeraFlow and also had a short run on Saturday. This week I’m getting back into my routine with classes and runs too. I’ve also signed up for a few other runs: the Mo- Run, the Great Winter Run, the Great Edinburgh Run and the Great Scottish Run too. I also have my eye on the Rock and Roll Liverpool half marathon, too- eek! Looks like I have several runs to keep me busy for the next wee while! 

As I reflect on the Disneyland Paris half, I’m very pleased with what we did. It was our slowest half marathon by far, but I’m ok with that. I’m hoping that the shorter goals this winter might help sharpen up the speed a little but I’ve definitely made me peace that a quick pace is not something I need to be worried about. As Meb says:

 Have a wonderful week!

Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation

Hello, there, blog readers. How are you?

This past week has whizzed in, and in a week’s time, the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon will be all over. I feel that I’ve been waiting for this event for so long – and suddenly it’s approaching far too quickly!

Training last week went really well, with Body Conditioning, PiYo and another VeraFlow session. I also did a very comfortable 5k and 10k, so I reckon I’m about ready for race day as I can be.

We’ve also done all of the rest the prep: we’re packed, we have all of the waivers and forms printed and signed, Euros ordered and flights checked in. Roll on Saturday morning!

This week, I’m keeping training very light: I have Body Conditioning tonight and I’ll also do a couple more 5k runs – nothing strenuous, keeping everything gentle at this stage. I’ll be missing PiYo and VeraFlow on Thursday, though, which I’m sad about – I love these classes so much! But it’s only for one week. I’ll be back for some post-race recovery next week.

What do you have planned this week? Any training scheduled? Remember this – it’s how I think I’ll be phrasing Sunday’s run in my head:


Have a brilliant week!


Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Hello, did you miss me last Monday? We had visitors, so I didn’t post. We had a wonderful weekend with Neil, Ange and Harry which included a lovely walk around Skipness and a luxurious visit to Portavadie Marina’s Spa. It was bliss! 

I was back at PiYo this week which felt great after a few weeks off, I really needed the stretch and the workout. I’ve also been running, culminating in a long, slow run on Saturday. @TheWelshWookie and I did eleven miles along the Crinan canal. The weather forecast was for rain, but it didn’t appear so we ran in sunshine for most of the way. It felt really good to get such a steady run under our belts. With Disneyland Paris’ inaugural half marathon in three weeks time it was just what we needed. We spent time this weekend making the arrangements for our trip- I’m really looking forward to it!

Tonight, I had a Body Conditioning class which was tough but ace! It has been years since I did a body conditioning class- in years gone by I did body conditioning and Body Max so it felt good to exercise my body in a different way. Suffice to say that my arms are so tired that I struggled to pick up my cup of tea this evening! 😮 

This really helped me to push through tonight during the class:  Gie it laldy if you can! Have a good week!

Monday Motivation 

Monday Motivation 

Good evening to you, on this fine holiday weekend. It isn’t a holiday for me- I’ve been working today- but I’ve enjoyed the weather from the office window;)

This weekend, I’ve done some gardening, digging up and clearing weeds. I’ve lots more to do, but it’s under way! This weekend Tarbert has hosted the Scottish Series sailing competitions, and the harbour has been a buzz of activity. It’s always good fun.

I’ve also drafted up our Disneyland Paris half marathon training plan and it begins in earnest tomorrow. You know I’ve tried lots of plans- Nike, Hal Higdon amongst others. This time I’ve designed my own. I want to keep my runs to three per week and I’ve built in some cross training, especially PiYo, active recovery and two day’s rest per week. I’m also starting with short runs to build momentum and my confidence. Since I’ve been injured, I want to build up slowly and steadily by not taking on too much too soon. Tomorrow’s two miler should be steady, easily achievable and hot hot hot!

Here’s my motivation to kick off the week:

 For me, it’s all about that self belief. 

Have a good week!

Disneyland Paris – In Pictures

Disneyland Paris – In Pictures

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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: