Movember Round Up

Movember Round Up

Well, now that we’re at the end of Movember, and staring down the barrel of December (yay!) I thought I’d do a quick Movember round-up.

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Favourite run this month?

@TheWelshWookie and I really enjoyed the MoRun earlier this month:

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And @TheWelshWookie has been sporting his Mo all month:

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All in the name of charity 😉

I was delighted to find out that my MoRun race report was mentioned on the Mo Running website’s MoBlog!

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Favourite food this month? Well, it’s been a toss-up between a bag of metcalfe’s popcorn and my pizza and salad last week:

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What has been your Movember highlight?

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Getting Ready to Mo!

Getting Ready to Mo!

By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way through to Glasgow to run the MoRun on Saturday. Woo Hoo! I’m so excited!

I have my race number, so registration tomorrow morning should be pretty straight forward.

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I’ve also organised my race day gear, and it’s all safely packed away, ready. I’m still debating whether to wear a long sleeved base layer under my T-shirt. What do you think? The forecast is for light rain, with temps at around 5C/41F.

Would you like a sneak peek at my outfit?

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And we have our snacks sorted: overkill for a 10K, right? I like to be prepared. We have enough to share!

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I’ll let you know how tomorrow goes, wish me luck! 😀

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you running?

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom

Today is a rest day for me. So, I’m packing. I’m off to a Hen Weekend on Friday, and I can’t wait!

I’m packing my running gear, but I suspect that having fun, food and prosecco may take precedence….

I saw this on line, and thought I’d share.

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Have a great hump-day…. the weekend is on its way! 😀

‘Twas the Night Before…

‘Twas the Night Before…

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Tomorrow is the big day: the one I’ve been working hard for. It’s my second half marathon- the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Dublin! Squeeeee!

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Today’s plan is to take things easy: do some sight seeing, stop for lunch and for coffee, and stretch my legs with a short two miler. I’m hoping to get a good night’s sleep too!

I’ll let you all know how it goes- see you on the other side! 😀

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Being a Domestic Goddess…

Being a Domestic Goddess…

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Today, I haven’t done any exercise at all. None. Nada. Zip.

But, I have done housework: I like to have a sparking clean house when I go away, as it’s lovely to come home to a clean house. Sad, huh?

The good news, I suppose, is that housework does still count as exercise: it burns loads of calories! Hurrah! 😀

I found this on Pinterest that tells me how many calories are burned, so of course, it MUST be true!

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So, other than spending the evening scrubbing the toilet (oh, joy), I haven’t done anything.

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Oh, wait, I have done one thing……

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One more working day to go, before heading off for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Dublin! Yay!

Today’s Life Lesson: wearing fabric shoes on a wet day results in damp feet all morning.

What’s your least favourite domestic chore?

Running by the Crinan Canal

Running by the Crinan Canal

Tonight, @TheWelshWookie and I decided to mix up our running a little, by driving to Ardrishaig, and running part of the Crinan Canal towpath.

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Today’s stats:

Run: 5 mile run. We did it at a gentle pace- I don’t want to run too hard before Monday!

Time: 55:03

Trainers: LunarFly GTX +3

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells, warm

Best running track of the day: an old school track 😉

I had my new capris, with the running skirt attached, still to try out. I thought that a short, but-not-too-short, 5 miler was the perfect opportunity to try ’em out:

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Ignore the packing and the suitcase in the background- I’m packing for Dublin! These were pretty cute, and really comfortable to wear. I thought that the skirt might be annoying, but I didn’t feel any difference, from running with capris. The fabric was soft, a little stretchy and very comfy. The skirt itself has a small pocket on each side, and a zipped pocket at the back. Very practical!

So, @TheWelshWookie and I drove the 12 or 13 or so miles to Ardrishaig, and parked up by the side of the canal. We started running just at these two locks:

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Isn’t it lovely? I must confess, this is the first time we’ve run along here, and I loved it! I’ll definitely be back to run here again. There are mile markers en route, which is really useful. The banks are well cared for, too.

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We passed some walkers, another runner, a few cyclists, some dog walkers and a horse and rider. Can you spot them in this pic I snapped while still running?

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I have a question for any animal lovers out there, just because I’m clueless about these things I’d be interested to know: why is it that dog owners need to scoop their dog’s poop, or face a fine, yet horses just ‘drop and go’ and that’s OK? What’s the difference? :S

Anyhoo, we ran for 2.5 miles, then turned around and ran back. The scenery was lovely:

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After driving home, we popped out to our fave cafe for some dinner, and treated ourselves to an After Eight Sundae….. very naughty, but very delicious!

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Today’s life lesson: a dish with bubbling cheese on it is likely to be hot, and burn the roof of your mouth. Ouch!

Have you changed up your running route recently?

Home! Zzzzzzz…

Home! Zzzzzzz…

Good evening, one and all! @TheWelshWookie and I are home from our road trip, and we sound something like this:

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We’ve had a fantastic weekend in Coventry, keeping up with the Joneses. Good food, and brilliant company. We’ve also had a few refreshments along the way:

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Margaritas! Yum!

So, I’m now going to catch up on sleep, get prepared for the working week ahead, and get planning for our weekend away- again- next weekend. As it’s the RnR Dublin half marathon next Monday, I don’t have too much running planned for the week ahead, but I’ll keep you all posted.

Favourite driving track of the day: Perfect Ten, The Beautiful South

Today’s Life Lesson: all the crazies drive on the Motorway on Sundays….

What are your running plans for the coming week?

TGYF

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It’s the weekend! TGYF! Thank Goodness, Yoga Friday!

We’ve had another cracking day today, and from my office window, I could see a visitor to the office grounds:

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He was having a good forage in the bushes, and was there for about 15 minutes.

Today’s Stats:

Run: no, today was a lazy day  rest day for me

Exercise: 15 minute NTC Shawn Johnson’s Stretch Guide, followed by 30 minutes of yoga. 

Today’s best yoga track: a bit of chilled Paul Weller is always good 🙂

Here’s the yoga app I’ve been using- it’s OK- does the job. 

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I use AirPlay, and put the picture up on the TV via Apple TV. Pretty cool. Does anyone use any other yoga apps that are good?

@TheWelshWookie is packing for two week’s Annual Cadet Camp, so I’m looking forward to peace, quiet and a tidy house going to miss him… a wee bit 😉 

Oh, well, I’m sure we’ll have a wee vino tonight before he goes…

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Enjoy your evening, everyone!

Today’s Life Lesson: Check your trousers don’t trail on the ground before wearing them with sandals… scuffed hems are not a good look.

Which surprise visitors have you had at your workplace?

Outdoor Gym :)

Outdoor Gym :)

Well, tonight, I came home from work to find that @TheWelshWookie had my dinner waiting for me. 😀 He had made a fabulous turkey curry. Deee-lish!

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But it meant that I was too full to do and looking for any excuse to get out of doing my strength training as planned. So, instead I went for a lovely walk in the sunshine. It was too gorgeous a night to waste indoors doing strength training anyway 😉

We live about 14 miles away from the nearest ‘normal’ gym, which is located in Lochgilphead. That means that any strength training I do is at home, using bits and pieces of light equipment I’ve picked up over time: dumbbells, resistance bands, swiss ball, mat, etc. I mostly do NTC training, so that’s about all of the equipment I need. But in Tarbert, we are very lucky; we have a secret weapon: an Outdoor Gym!

I took some pictures of it this evening, to let you see it:

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There’s even a table tennis table, and some basketball hoops:

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There are picnic tables located nearby, and a glorious view of the harbour:

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When I arrived home, I thought I’d better begin to pack for the Color Run UK in London this weekend. I’m deciding what to take with me…

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And right now, I’m brushing my wig, trying to make it look presentable! 😮

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Today’s Life Lesson: Don’t wear brand new sandals to work before breaking them in first. Ouch!

What surprises does your home village/town/city have?