Super Sunday

So today was more about watching sport than actually doing any. Yep the world’s longest junior rugby league season in history continued (it started last March and is still going on) , not that I’m complaining, I love rugby, but I think this ‘ Summer rugby’ needs renaming ‘All year rugby’, then at least we know what to expect. Today was Yorkshire Cup semi – final day and what a day it was. They won, and won in style, the opposition turned up assuming they already had the game won – how wrong they were. So the U16′ final beckons , and I for one can’t wait. Having been there twice before with a different team, this time, win, lose or draw, I will actually get to enjoy it.
With the rugby and uploading the match photos to Facebook taking up more of the day than I intended Janathon ended up being a quick mile and a quarter walk, had it not been for Janathon I probably wouldn’t have bothered but something is better than nothing – maybe!!!!
Another ‘proud mum’ moment
Back on the bike tomorrow
Bring it on.

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A Colour Run Catch Up

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The day after watching Le Grand Depart disaster struck. I’m not really sure why ,though I am mainly blaming it on dancing in a field, but my knee did its best dying swan act and gave up. Come lunchtime I was in agony, it kept locking and the pain was akin to childbirth (not that I’d know I had a section!) it got worse. Come tea time I was jumping out of my seat with shooting pains, hubby had heard enough and dragged me off to A & E -for once I didn’t protest! I  managed to avoid punching the nice doctor as he tried to bend my leg (just) the prognosis wasn’t good – he thought I’d torn my knee ligament again -joy!! It couldn’t have come at a worse time I was due to go on a school residential and I had a charity race to do. The residential didn’t happen for once I listened, the race, on the other hand did -I’d stopped listening by then!!!

I’d never done a colour run before, it was in aid of the local hospice and we were running in memory of my workmates dad. It was great fun, you all threw paint over one another before you started and then, at various places on the route, the race sponsors threw more paint at you – bliss! Maybe it was the crutches giving cause for sympathy, but I got off quite lightly, though my hair looked like it had had a blue rinse for the best part of a week, most people were covered. Still it was great fun, we raised lots of money and I would definitely do it again, dodgy knee permitting!!

Great colour Run Fun

So Glad it Didn’t Rain

Bring it on!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Blogs Back -Part One

Le Grand Depart – Yorkshire

It was definitely a weekend of firsts, we’d never been camping before, I’d certainly never stood on a road side for what seemed like forever waiting to watch a cycle race and typically it was the first time in ages Wakefield had beaten the Rhinos and we missed it!!

So to the camping, after a week of glorious sunshine, come Friday it started to rain. Come the time we needed to put the tent up it was wanging it down -joy!! We were only an hour from home, wouldn’t it have been easier to get up ridiculously early the following morning and drive over… To be honest, when we arrived we did kind of wonder what we were letting ourselves in for, there were some rather strange characters around. My Facebook postings for the next 12 hours went something like this;

We’re here, the tents up, the inflatable pillows will be fab for dwarves, the self inflating mats haven’t inflated,it’s pissing it down, the locals running the camp have all got huge teeth, the girl next door thinks she’s come to Glastonbury ( short dress, fat arse, white legs n wellies) the rozzers keep walking up and down, a man keeps checking our blue bands to make sure we’ve paid, I have a lager in my hand, the rugby’s on the radio, Phil Bentham’s just disallowed a Wakey try (knob!). I quite like camping!!!

So after dancing in a field and drinking lots of beer (well lots for me!) I slept like a log. The rain poured down,next doors dog howled all bleeding night, and just how many planes fly into Leeds Bradford, I did sleep honest!! Thankfully the country bumpkins didn’t wake me to ask to look at my blue band. We’ve just had brekkie, the suns trying to get out, not long to wait now!!

All in all, everything went to plan, we got the tent up in double-quick time due to the rain, the live band was great and the actual race day was amazing, so good we did it all again the following day -minus the tent. We cycled there and then along some of the route, great to get cheered for pedalling ten times slower than the actual cyclist!!

It was a great weekend, and strange how those on the route varied from one day to the next. Saturday we were surrounded by lycra clad cyclists (SOME REALLY SHOULDN’T) with light weght bikes, heart rate monitors and more gadgets than an apple shop. Sunday was the mountain bike brigade, baggy shorts, baggy tops, muddy bikes and off road maps. Did it make me want to buy a road bike…. No thanks -have you seen the size of those saddles!!

A great weekend. So glad we went to watch.

The tent dried out eventually.

Bring it on!

Sunshine Sunday!!

sunSo after a week of tossing pancakes, dressing up as a giraffe and building robots out of recyclable materials I was ready for the weekend – a time for rest and recuperation. Shame I never got round to doing either. I’m blaming the weather. At last the miserable weather has gone and the sun was out -do you really think I was going to stay in!

Yesterday we finally got back out on the bikes for a 14.5 mile cycle through the woods and various paths that went nowhere -it all adds to the fun. We would have gone further were it not for the fact that my knee looks like it’s about to give birth to triplets -lord knows what’s up with it now but it’s going to have to do one, I really haven’t got time!!

Today was rugby day, all day, outside in the sunshine what more can a girl ask for -well a house work and ironing fairy would be nice but you can’t have everything.

A lovely weekend

Hoping for an easier week

Bring it on

Just where does the time go………

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What with half term and all I’m not really sure how I’ve failed to blog for the last fortnight, as apart from the demolishing of wardrobes, re-decorating a bedroom, putting up new wardrobes (well hubby did) sorting stuff to go back in the new wardrobes, trying to de-clutter (big fail), swotting for and taking two (yes two) mock exams and a three-day trip to London. I haven’t done that much really!! Still I seem to have some time now. Granted it’s Sunday evening, I haven’t done any of the jobs I wanted to do this weekend and another busy week at work is looming (pancake races, World Book Day and a day and a half with no class teacher) but hey just what would I do if I wasn’t so busy………

I’ll try to blog more this week

Really I will

Bring it on

Whats Normal Anyway?!?!?!

Finally, feet up time, a day of rest, er I’m not very good at this resting malarkey. Still a couple of mile walk in the sunshine doesn’t really count as exercise (only when its Janathon) and I did lay in till 9. It wasn’t all work work work (apart from the walk, washing,making Sunday Lunch and looking for new wardrobes) I’ve done very little – honest!!

the purpose of my walk was to;

  • get my teenage son, who has had no rugby all week, out of the house.
  • get some photos of another abandoned building I’ve found
  • use my son to stop me being scared on my  own in said abandoned building -yep I’m a wuss!!!

All in all it was quite a succesful trip and definitely worth another look at some point. Even the teenaged one enjoyed it. So much so that he declared ‘it must be so boring to have a normal mum’. Mmm, I’m sure there’s a compliment in that somewhere!!!

A nice walk done

120 situps

170 crunches

90 seconds of planking

50 squats

30 push-ups

and a lovely bit of Shin beef.

work tomorrow

Bring it on!!

The Janathon Rap…. And a Plank

So Janathon ended the way it begunrain

Out in the pouring rain having a run.

The good news is I’m  getting so much faster,

This come back plan I’m starting to master.

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I’ve sweat blood  and tears and got covered in mud

I’ve been out in all weathers, like a true runner should.

I’ve cycled, squatted, pushed up and crunched

I’ve walked and I’ve planked, and boy have I munched!!!

So now Janathons ending and now I’m so much fitter,                     janathon-participant-logo

And I’ve blogged about it all with a moan and a witter.

I’m recovering from the surgery and over the moon.

So many thanks Janthon -I’ll see you in June!!!

1 mile in 8:20 minutes -wahoo!!!

160 crunches

90 seconds planking

Off for a vino to celebrate

Bring it on!!!

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A 90 second Giraffe Plank!!!

A Strange Being in Asda……..Me!!!

Maybe we should change the name of Janathon to dodgyweatherathon, waking to torrential rain and howling winds was not what I wanted to hear when I had a bike ride planned -so much for setting the alarm for 8 o clock. Thankfully come lunchtime the rain had stopped and the sun was shinning, the wind was still blowing but in the name of Janathon I was going to risk managing to stay upright. Even better, why not kill two birds with one stone – I needed to nip to Asda for some art homework supplies for Jack (these collage creations are bloody expensive !!) so why not cycle there and back, only four miles not the eight I had planned but it all counts.

The good news is my iPhone mapped my route,I managed to stay upright and even better I now look ten years younger (slight exaggeration but any less is not funny!) such was the force of the wind my eyebrows are now in my hairline. Downside, the previous nights  non-stop rain meant I was cycling through a quagmire (it was bloody brilliant -had I have been a kid I would have ‘got well done’ as my 13-year-old would say, for being so mucky!) my bike weighed twice as much when I got back, I now have half of Pugneys (local water park) stuck to my wheels.

Still it was all good fun, though I could have done without the strange looks in Asda -have they never seen a woman in cycle gear shopping before. Granted I was a bit mud splattered and left a trail of muddy footprints as I walked but I was just shopping like the rest of them, glad I didn’t have a ‘Big Shop’ to do!!

Nearly four mile cycled

The knee seems to be coping

Bring it on

A Walk a Run and Why is My iphone so Dumb?

So I’m sat here a little annoyed. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve run and walked today but my stupid iPhone died mid run (again) so now I’ve no idea how far I went (it wasn’t far!) or  how fast. I suppose it doesn’t matter on either count as for me it’s about getting back from injury, the distance and pace will come later -maybe Sunday!! (I’m joking -honest)

Anyway, I’ve decided my iPhone’s a man -it can’t multi-task to save its life. All I asked it to do was map my run, play some music and take the odd photo, half a mile, 3 photos and one Take That track later it had given up. Which kind of buggers up my plans for this years blog as I was going to take the occasional shot of where I was so you could share my route. When I’m walking taking the camera isn’t a problem, and I can probably put it in my rucksack when cycling ,don’t think hubby will be too chuffed with me stopping every two minutes though! But I can’t carry it when running -looks like me walking round all my running routes to take photos first -maybe you could just imagine where I am -I’m good at descriptive writing!!!

Still it did feel like a good run, and the walk wasn’t bad either. In complete contrast to yesterday we had sun and blue skies, the housework would have to wait the outdoors beckoned. Well it did once sleeping beauty a.k.a Jack had risen from his pit – he really is going to take some waking come school on Monday. So early afternoon ( yes he really did sleep that long) we hit the local nature park and had two hours of outdoor heaven -still not too sure whether the abandoned railway line we climbed up to again is actually abandoned but I haven’t seen a train yet!!!

A run, a walk

Might do the bike tomorrow

Bring it on

So here we go again…..have you got any waders?

So here we go again, Janathon time. my third go and in true Janathon style it looks like the good old January weather is not going to be kind. Past Janathons have seen snow, sleet,  ice, howling winds and today, just to start things off on the right foot (or is my left -I always get the two mixed up!) we had, what can best be described as ‘well and truly pissing it down’ weather(sorry Mum.x) Still I love a bit of rain.

Janathon is all about motivation and this year it is hopefully going to get me back to some quality running. This time last year I was really struggling with the running, after many visits to the physio and ridiculous amounts of money spent I still had a knee that didn’t want to play, mid January it died. 2013 was my injured year (sort of) I still cycled, swam, went to the gym and did anything else that I could get away with, right up until the end of July when I finally had surgery. So now the comebacks on. I’ve got to confess I’ve not been very patient. I was back cycling within three weeks of surgery and started running again in October time, a whole month before I was told to, I think I mis-heard!! Anyway the running wasn’t going too bad but then  3 weeks before christmas I got struck by the school lurgy and that was my early morning runs done with…….until today.

Nothing early about todays run, more of a lunch time jog. Still I was good and listened to my surgeon’s advice (first time for everything -New Year and all that rubbish!) and headed for some softer ground to run on -right idea -not. A pair of waders would have been more helpful. I must have looked a right wally slipping and sliding along the riverside. Just to add to the fun my fully charged phone (I checked before I left) died mid run -all that effort and I don’t know exactly how far I’d run. Mind you it wouldn’t have been accurate – GPS signals and I do not get on. I must radiate some sort of blocking system as it never says the same from one run/cycle to the next!!!

Still it was a great run, a very scenic route and I’ve even added some nice photos of the route for you to look at, some taken with my phone just before death and the others taken when I’ve been out with my camera.Day one is over and done with.

1.5ish miles run

Knees holding up

Bring it on!!

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