Back to work In The Morning……….Nooooooooooo!

Just a little bit of mud.....

Just a little bit of mud…..

So that’s it, the holidays are over, just where did those two weeks go? The list of holiday jobs is still a list of jobs, I didn’t really do any of them. It’s the weathers fault, I’m not going to stay inside when the sun is shining, I didn’t stay inside on the days it wasn’t shinning either but I’ve got to blame something. On the plus side the cars clean, the garden walls are painted, the fence is painted, the windows are washed, the bird feeders are re-stocked, the lawn is re-seeded, well it was until the birds ate the seed, they clearly didn’t understand me as I pointed to the feeder! It’s fair to say that I’ve been busy. I still managed to find time to get the bike out but what a difference a couple of days can make.

Thursday it was a sunny day by the canal/river, a lovely, if somewhat muddy, ride out to Dewsbury, except I took the wrong turn and ended up near Mirfield. Never the less I did, as I always do, and found my way back. twenty miles done. I then, not on a purpose honest, ended up running 8 miles with my friend, we just sort of forgot that adding a different bit on would make it a longer run -whoops!! Still I was pretty chuffed, I haven’t run that far in a long long time. Friday I couldn’t walk, my legs felt like they weren’t mine, I had no control over them, I gave them a day off. Yesterday, in complete contrast to Thursday, it wanged it down, back to cycling in a mudbath. Two and a quarter hours of splashing through freezing cold puddles, not another cyclist to be seen (can’t think why) and just as we got back the sun came out!!

Today, in-between trying to pretend I haven’t got a hangover, I’ve been getting the work/school stuff sorted -boo! why can’t the holidays last forever? Can’t complain though -its only 3 weeks and 3 days until the next one. Is it worth going back………..

Over 1oo miles cycled

20 miles run

Going back to work for a rest

Bring it on!!















Lost and Conshoes’d…………….

Ok so we weren’t lost in the true sense of the word but we definitely ended up going in the wrong direction -the knee-deep in mud direction. Another Sunday morning (a very misty one) out on the bikes and todays route took us down by the canal -slightly flatter than last weeks daredevil hills but lots of fun just the same. If I’m honest I know the route fairly well but we were looking for an extra loop to add on to. Thankfully a nice man came to our rescue – a nice man with a dog that really seem to like me. I know it really liked me because it ended up sat on my bike. It’s not every day you share your saddle with a golden retriever -a soggy wet I’ve just been swimming in the canal golden retriever. Bless. Anyway his owner pointed us in the direction of a loop we could add on, if only we hadn’t missed the turning. Still we got there in the end but we could have done without the knee-deep mud before we did!!

With the cycling out of the way we headed out to hunt for me some new running shoes. My physio wants me to get something with more stability. So I’ve googled various shoes and had decided just what I wanted until I got to the running shop. I know running shoes are very technical these days but the girl in the shop, in-between serving other customers- I think they were short-staffed, blinded me with science. Plus she really annoyed me though it wasn’t really her fault.

You see one of the reasons for my dodgy knee is my Nike Free Runners – I got my first pair after taking advice from the shop I was in today. Great advice – maybe not!  A warning to all runners do not buy into all this free running /barefoot  shoemalarkey if you want to run long distances -they’re no good and you’ll end up injured. My physio thinks barefoot running is a money-making con and the girl in the shop thinks the same. The girl in the shop that sells barefoot running shoes!!! Confused, I know I am. The running shop that sold me the Free Runners know they are no good so they are selling them because…….Well you tell me. So I came away without any running shoes- time to try another running shop.

14.7 miles cycled

Hoping to run 2 miles tomorrow

Bring it on

Busy Weekend When the Fun Never Ends……………….

Well I fared slightly better than Hubby and have had a relatively hangover free day today, maybe having to be home before the clock struck twelve and the babysitters turned into pumpkins helped. It’s a good job really because one more drink and I would have been out for the duration- not good for a nearly non-drinker!

So time for a catch-up on yesterday before going on to today. It was an early start as the online race entry for January’s Brass Monkey half marathon opened at 7a.m. So 6:30 saw me glued to the laptop frantically pressing the refresh button just incase the lines opened early, but no it was 7 before it opened -thats when things started to go wrong. My name is Dawn, it’s been Dawn all my life but the online entry was having none of it ‘we cannot verify your name’ it kept telling me. More frantic refreshing, then it decided I don’t belong to a running club – I do. I might not go very often but I am definitely a member. So now I’m a non-club runner called Mavis- but hey at least I’m in!!

With online entry done it was time to finally get my running shoes on – a whole 3 miles my physio said. I managed it pain-free until I stood on my front step – twang! Thankfully the pain was pretty short-lived and I’m hoping for more of the same tomorrow. The comeback is on! Not a bad time either to say I haven’t run for 4 weeks.Running out of the way it was time to head off for Jacks rugby game – the 1st round of the BARLA Cup which they won last year. They couldn’t have got off to a better start 74-0 against the team they beat 24 – 0 last week, I nearly ran out of room on the score sheet. Fairplay to the opposition they never gave up and I can’t believe how sad their coach was refusing to hand out a Man of The Match award because they were rubbish – his words. Real positive coaching that!!

Afternoon time saw me cycling along the local canal, weir and marshland 12.7 miles of amazing views, mud and mega deep puddles – bliss! Though my thigh muscles don’t think so today -bit sore. A very busy day finished with a great night out, great food with great friends.

Time for rest and recovery today……maybe not, we headed up to Crigg to watch some of our other teams in action, we started with glorious sunshine and finished in the thickest of fog. Maybe it was fog that brought the loonies out in force – rugby is well-known for a bit of argy bargy, even full on fisticuffs – but leaving your teeth imprints on someones cheek is a new one on me. To add to the fun the ref sin sinned the bitten one and left the biter on the pitch. Carnage and chaos reigned. The ref didn’t know who he’d sin-binned, sent off or how long they’d been on, off or whether they could come back on or not…. Still at least we won!

A great weekend doing all the things we love best

Running and cycling tomorrow

Bring it on



Tour de Waterways………………

So no sun today but it was still warm, dry and slightly less muggy than yesterday – perfect conditions for a bike ride and picnic. Well it was once ‘sleeping beauty’ surfaced. Still with Jack snoring in his pit it gave me time to do a few house wifey things (booorrrinnng!) without any distractions.

By 11:30 we were finally ready to go then we bumped into one of the neighbours – By 12:00 we were ready to go…… It was a bit of a bumpy ride in parts to start with – mainly as I missed the turn off for the nice flat bit but on the plus side we had a better view of the river. It was when we came to the bridge where  I had to carry the bikes up the stairs that I realised that carrying a backpack containing 2 jumpers, 2 rain coats, 1 bottle of suncream (well you just never know what the weathers going to do) 2 bottles of , 2 bottles of water, sandwiches, crisps,some caramel shortbread, a bike lock and a pack of chewing gum – oh and my emergency pound – was making it hard going. In fact as I sit here now with my stomach muscles throbbing I know it was hard going. Still I’m all for a workout without trying!!!! 

Anyway, by then we were nearly at the ‘stop for lunch’ point. A wall near the Navigation Pub, a great place to watch the canal boats go by. Unfortunately, for us, we also got to watch several dead fish float by – now I’m no fish expert but they looked like goldfish to me – I’m sure goldfish don’t do canals! Still it didn’t put me off my tuna sandwich.

All in all it was a great ride and finding the right path on the way back made it much easier – still can’t quite believe it was eight miles though – sleeping beauty will never get up in the morning!!!

A fab afternoon by the waterways of Wakefield

A longer route next time

Bring it on

Running, Rugby and Roundabouts………….

I’m feeing much happier now!!!!

So the day dawned with glorious sunshine – perfect weather for watching rugby and thanks to the chilly breeze, not bad running weather either. Due to the later KO, I had time to run first, so I decided to run to Oulton(todays opponents). I looked at running all along the canal to Castleford then down to Oulton but at 11 miles it was a little further than I dare run at the moment, so I took the option of coming off the canal at Stanley and finishing the rest of the run by road. It was a lovely run, great views (apart from the drunk asleep on the bench – Well I think he was asleep!) and it finally felt like summer. Come the end of the dual carriagway, I wished I had taken the longer route- slight problem – no path across the roundabout where the motorway meets the dual carriage way. Whoops!! I could have sworn I’d seen a path on Google Earth – now what? Cars were coming too fast for me to stay on the road so I had to climb over the crash barrier – Oh well only trees and grass not too bad – wrong!!!! Try trees, grass and a sheer drop down to………..Well I don’t know what was down there but I really didn’t want to find out!!! Cue plenty of strange looks from drivers as I tottered along through the trees ……

Roundabout conquered I arrived at Oulton with a lovely suntan and plenty of time till KO. Then the sun disappeared – thank god I’d taken my big coat, furry boots and gloves – well let’s be honest you never know what the weather’s going to do.

Rugby game won – go Crigglestone All Blacks – it was time to head home wash the kit (all washed, dried and away – sun came back out!!) and chill. A much happier Dawn today, no tears – although if hubby doesn’t turn the golf off soon, I might start sobbing hysterically!! 7.6 miles doneA walk in the sunshine tomorrowBring it on

On my Walk I Saw…………..

So for once I took the doctors ‘run in moderation’ advice, and having run 5 times this week (!), decided not to bother – I went for a five and a half mile walk instead. The walk was linked to running as I wanted to see if I could get along the canal  from where we normally come off at the Navigation Pub (no we don’t stop of a sneaky beer) to the river that then takes me to the road near where I live. Can’t believe how easy it is to get through, not one but two options … Typical, we’ve been running the long way round for months.

Anyway, I persuaded Jack n Ernie to go watch the rugby (didn’t take much doing) so I could go for a walk in relative peace, give me chance to play with some of the artistic bits on my camera. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking with Jack but it’s a nightmare trying to concentrate on close up shots. Especially when he usually ends up standing on what I’m zooming in on!!!! So first stop was my Brothers house to drop his birthday card off (Happy Birthday Big Bro) a quick coffee and chat then off on my travels – the river is near mt brothers house as well.

It wasn’t long before I had my first close up shot’s in the bag (well camera!) Did quite well – I think so anyway, felt a bit of a tit laying down in the middle of a field but needs must!!!

So I carried on along the riverside until I came to the old bridge my brother told me about – apparently this would take me over the river to the canal, where I needed to be. Thing is, it is the dodgiest looking bridge you’ve ever seen. The trains run over the top bit and there’s a wooden tunnel that runs under it – with a wooden pier like floor that you can see the river flowing beneath you – no thanks. So I wandered on in hope of another way over – no such luck – dodgy bridge it was. Never been as scared in my life – from one end you couldn’t see the other – the iffy lighting didn’t help!! I just kept telling myself I wasn’t scared – out loud- and made a run for it!!!

The good news was the bridge meant there was a way through, bad news was in reality I don’t need to go that way, there’s an easier option on the other side – I’d scared myself to death for nothing – pft. So I carried on a little way taking in many different views and lots of different things to try my camera on. The running water shot went well, the plastic bag tree shot wasn’t too bad – no really, next time you let a plastic bag blow away just think about where it could end up!!! The shot of the Loch Ness Monster was awesome – Nessie is alive and well and living in Wakey. It was just the shot of the bee in flight that didn’t seem to work – probably due to the 2 killer geese that were up my arse as I tried to take it – all in a days walk for a photographer.

Lovely weather, a great walk, and another play with my camera.

5.5 miles walked

A gentle run tomorrow

Bring it on



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